The RCS Virtual Download
February 18, 2022
Greetings Virtual Voyagers!
I hope this message finds you and your family doing well on this snowy Friday! This past week we passed by our 100th day school this year. Though, this is typically celebrated in our elementary classrooms, it is a great reminder of how we are well past the halfway point this school year. With less than four months left, a few extended weekends and Spring Break, there is no doubt that time will fly by. If you can believe it, we are already focusing on planning for the 2022-2023 school year. Please be on the lookout next week for some important updates regarding scheduling and selecting classes for the fall.
Below you will find some important updates. I would like to draw special attention to our clubs section as we are going to be kicking off these new opportunities for students. Based on interest we are going to launch:
* Art Club
* Book Club
* Gaming Club
Next year we will be working to expand these opportunities to our first Ski Club and potentially an E-Sports team. If you would like to learn more please fill out the sheet included within the section entitled "Announcing: Virtual Campus Clubs."
We have also been noticing a trend with some of our students missing the live class sessions, particularly for secondary. The Virtual Campus is designed to facilitate the same standards and benchmarks found within our traditional Rochester Community Schools classrooms. The live (synchronous) lessons are an opportunity to ensure that students are learning the material and to receive feedback from a highly-qualified teacher. To further engage with your student about their progress please consider the following discussion topics:
* Ask your student about their schedule. They should have planned out time to attend ALL synchronous classes and ample time to complete the course work. Their schedule can be flexible but should still comprise of at least 32 hours of work per week.
* Attend Parent/Teacher Conferences. If you have any questions about signing up, please connect with your student's teacher.
* Ask your student about their progress. Whether they are attending one of our Virtual Campus synchronous courses or a self-pace course, they should be able to show you their progress.
Please remember that all of our teachers are available during Office Hours throughout each week. This is a great time for students to get individualized support and attention for any of their course material. The information for each teacher's Office Hours are posted within their class tile on Brightspace.
On behalf of our entire team, enjoy your Midwinter Recess.
RCS Virtual Campus
Virtual Campus Important Dates
February 21-22nd - No School Midwinter Recess (TK-12)
March 2nd - Parent/Teacher Conferences (6-8 after school)
March 3rd - Parent/Teacher Conferences (9-12 after school)
March 4th - Half Day of school/End of Trimester 2 (TK-5)
March 4th - Teacher PD (6-12)
March 18th- Half Day of school/End of 3rd Quarter (6-12)
March 28-April 2nd - Spring Break (TK-12)
100th Day: Celebrating In Person and Online
Elementary Yearbook Orders
RCS Foundation Online Auction
We are excited to invite you to our second annual RCS Foundation Online Auction going live this FRIDAY, Feb. 18 at 8 a.m.!
The online auction will be available for 10 days, ending on Sunday evening, Feb.27!
Two ways you can help:
Showcase your business or family name TODAY!
Join the wonderful list of businesses by donating an in-kind gift.
· Scan the barcode below or click here to save your spot. More bidding items means increased support for RCS staff!
Let’s shop and make a difference together!
· Simply create an account at www.32auctions.com/RCSFAuction2022, then log in at any time, watch an item (or two) then place a bid from anywhere!! The online auction will be available for 10 days, Feb 18-27.
MANY thanks to the following list of local businesses for making this auction possible to benefit RCS students:
Forgot to add your name to the list? There's still time! Scan NOW!
Click the link below to see the great items up for bids from the listed donors:
Advocate Claim Services (ACS)
The Barre Code
Be Scene Boutique
Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market
Christina Hogan, Real Estate One
Close to my Heart - Melanie Sinka
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Dream Dinners - Amanda Coffman
Dy'nfly Rochester Hills
Headshots by Scott Lawrence
Jax Kar Wash
Lena Shkreli & Company
Lincoln, the therapy dog
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Matilda Jane Clothing
Mr. C's Car Wash
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Painting with a Twist
Party Pretzels & More by Teri
Pillow Fight Sleepover Co.
Red Lotus Yoga
Rochester Pedal Ride
Rochester School of Martial Arts
SeneGence Skin Care
Sport Clips Haircuts of RH
TITLE Boxing Club Rochester Hills
Wines for Humanity
Bottoms Up Orange - Christine Cardimen
Priceless Auction Items Donated By...
Adams High School
Delta Kelly Elementary
Hart Middle School
Long Meadow Elementary
Meadow Brook Elementary
Rochester High School
University Hills Elementary
West Middle School
Rochester Police Dept.
All proceeds will be donated to our "Where the Need is Greatest" fund to enhance classroom initiatives, programs, and educational experiences across the district.
Whether you bid $5, $20 or more, all RCS students will benefit.
Thank you, again, for you generous investment in our students!
This week, our video conferencing program, Zoom, received an updated on student-issued Chromebooks. This update involves students taking a few necessary steps in order to ensure that they are able to access their live classes. The information below will walk you through step-by-step in order to complete the installation of the new application
Step 1: Have students restart their Chromebooks
Step 2: Have students follow the guidance document to login to Zoom and consolidate their accounts to the new application UPDATED_ Sign In to Zoom on Chromebook.pdf
Step 3: Students should log into Zoom with their Google credential issued by Rochester Community Schools
A video tutorial has also been created to walk you through this process:
Please do not hesitate to contact the Virtual Campus Main Office at (248)726-5900 with any questions.
Global School Play Day! Let's Play!
A Warm Hello Voyagers,
Looking for something fun to do in this winter weather? Then we have the thing for you!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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!
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 email@example.com
All Day Absence Reporting
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