The RCS Virtual Download
February 4, 2022
Greetings Virtual Voyagers and Families,
The turn into February came with some excitement with the two Snow Days this week. This spontaneous break really highlighted the flexibility and accessibility of the Virtual Campus because even though school was cancelled, students had the ability to connect with the content in their classes if they chose to. Additionally, we are very proud of the choice board that was sent out as part of the national Global School Play Day. If you missed it, you can find all of the information below should you and/or your family like to participate in some of the engaging experiences.
We are also very excited to announce the introduction of our first set of clubs and activities for students at the Virtual Campus. If you would like to know more, please check out the information below. These new opportunities for our students will further expand the vibrant student culture already forming at our school.
This upcoming Wednesday, February 9th, is our next Count Day. Count Day is part of our accountability with the State of Michigan Department of Education and is directly tied to the funding of our programs. More funding equates to more programs offered to our students. On Monday we will be sending out an email that includes all of the relevant information for this process. Please work with your students at home to ensure that they are complying with all of the necessary steps. On behalf of our entire faculty and staff, we appreciate your support.
Have a great weekend!
Virtual Campus Important Dates
February 8th - 1st Semester Report Cards are available in ParentVue
February 9th - Count Day (Please see below for schedule)
February 21-22nd - No School Midwinter Recess (TK-12)
Global School Play Day! Let's Play!
A Warm Hello Voyagers,
Looking for something fun to do in this winter weather? Well, it just so happens that in addition to a SNOW DAY on Wednesday, it was also Global School Play Day and we've created some fun videos for just such an occasion! Whether you are in first grade or eleventh,
How it Works: Click on the boxes below to access fun video links you can play for Global Play Day! Then, feel free to share what you played today or another play idea with our learning community. Click here to access the videos: Global School Play Day!
To access more Tesselation ideas from the Patterns video, you can click on the following links: Digital Pattern Blocks: https://apps.mathlearningcenter.org/pattern-shapes/ AND Making Paper Tesselations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FIOF8xsPas
THEN, share your playful adventures by sharing your thinking on our community Flipgrid: https://flipgrid.com/73a404e5
We are so proud and AMAZED by the high quality videos shared by our Virtual Campus students. Let's keep the fun going and continue to share our thinking on Flipgrid. Please feel free to email with any questions: email@example.com We are so looking forward to hearing more about your playful adventures!
Announcing: Virtual Campus Clubs!
Are you interested in joining a club at Virtual Campus? Then this is the place for you! Join your classmates and teachers in Book Club, Art Club, or Game Club this spring.
How can I learn more? Please complete the interest form, and we will contact you to follow up in the coming weeks: https://forms.gle/TV9PoPwsCh16wNCM7
Elementary Science Day - In Person Learning Opportunity!
Hello TK-5 Virtual Voyagers!
We are excited to announce RCS Science Day at Adams High School.
Thermo Fisher Scientific company has a great science outreach program and are hosting a STEM opportunity for our elementary schools, March 1st-March 3rd (during the school day).
Virtual students will need to provide their own transportation to and from Adams High School for this event.
Volunteers and VC teachers will be there to help facilitate the experiments, as well as Thermo Fisher. Please see the general schedule below.
Each grade level group will be at Adams for 1 hour, during the school day. Once we know how many students are interested, the organizers will be able to plan out a schedule and provide specific times.
March 1st: Grades 4-5, Invisible Ink
March 2nd: Grades K-1, Oobleck
March 3rd: Grades 2-3, Elephant toothpaste
DUE DATE EXTENDED: Due to the Snow Days, we have extended the deadline for entry to Monday, February 7. To sign-up, please complete the following form: https://forms.gle/C8oTu6mPLbmYMgJs6
Middle School Authors in April - Varian Johnson!
Does your student need a book for class? Our book sale is going on NOW through March 1st. Follow this link to order: https://authors-in-april-inc.square.site/shop/virtual-academy-middle-school-special-sale/8. The Parker Inheritance will be read by all 6-8th graders at the Virtual Campus and is $4.00 for a paperback and to $8.50 for a hardcover. Book delivery will happen during a pick-up day in early-mid March (an email will be sent with details). Any books purchased will be sent home with an autograph slip that can be filled out and returned with the book if you would like the book(s) signed. Book collection for autographing will take place the week before the author’s visit in the Schultz Campus/ACE High School lobby.
Elementary Students - Stay tuned for more information coming soon about our elementary authors!
Book Room- Now Open to Grades TK-5!
When: Fridays from 11:00AM - 1:00PM (when school is in session)
Where: The Schultz Campus 1440 John R. Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307
Enter using the main entrance (on the north side of the building) and staff will direct you to the book room
We can't wait to see you! Happy Reading Voyagers!
Virtual Campus Winter Interactive Activities
Staying warm inside this week? Looking for something to do? Then check out our Winter Choice Board, chalked full of fun and interactive activities you can access throughout the winter months.
To access the choice board, follow the link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DJL9_z_nMXtuuNyOl5yrptKHMKzgdypF3xzZonRo-jo/edit?usp=sharing
All Day Absence Reporting
Check Out This Tutoring Opportunity!
Chromebook Pickup and Technical Support
As a reminder, all RCS students are required to have a district device for use in the classroom.
If you do not yet have an RCS device, please schedule an appointment by using this link: https://form.jotform.com/203207837751153.
Families may use this checklist to ensure an efficient device pick-up.
- Device deployments will take place at the RCS Administration Center, located at 501 W. University Dr.
- Directions and available times will be provided during appointment sign-up.
- For faster service, please arrive with a completed Student Device Loan Agreement.
- High-school students may pick up their own device, as long as the agreement form is signed by a parent or guardian.
We truly appreciate your support in providing our students with the necessary tools and resources for a productive year of growth and learning.
If you already have your Chromebook device, we strongly recommend viewing these Chromebook tutorials to remind you how to take care of your device and get signed into Zoom:
- Chromebook Do’s and Don’ts: https://youtu.be/GakzWneZqzk
- How to Sign into Zoom on a Chromebook: https://youtu.be/O6zXGySnozQ
Getting Logged Into Your Chromebook
For our elementary students or those new to the district, we have a tutorial to walk families through how to access your student’s login information on ParentVUE: https://youtu.be/R2NqkOlgQNA
For our secondary students, we have a tutorial that walks students through how to navigate StudentVUE. This will be most helpful to our 6th graders as they now have full access to the platform: How to Use StudentVUE- https://youtu.be/w8CMwxzZf9E
Just like students new to middle school may get locker jams or our little friends may need help finding their classroom cubby, there may be some virtual snags that happen as we kick-off our new school year. Should you run into any technical issues (that are not Brightspace related), we recommend the following steps:
- Visit our district Family Technology Support Page. There are tutorials and information on many of our common technology tools including: ParentVUE and StudentVUE, Zoom, Flipgrid and Seesaw.
- If that does not solve your problem, complete a Technology Support Form and our district technology support staff will get back to you as soon as they are able.
- If you still have questions or need assistance, please contact Julie Rains at firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Campus Seniors are invited to all of the home school building culminating events like Senior Portraits. Please be sure to stay up-to-date by checking in with your home school's "Senior Class Information" website.
Check out the links below to connect to each High School's Senior Page:
Adams HS - CLICK HERE
Rochester HS - CLICK HERE
Stoney Creek HS - CLICK HERE
Rochester Community Schools Virtual Campus Academic Administrator Amanda McKay email@example.com