The RCS Virtual Download
January 21, 2022
Happy Friday Virtual Voyagers and Families,
This week, Rochester Community Schools honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and during one of our community events, we were reminded to pause and find the joy in all things. This messages has resonated with us here at the Virtual Campus, perhaps now more than ever. We sincerely appreciate the patience, flexibility, and understanding of all our our Voyager families as we continue to build and navigate the start of our second semester. And amidst a whirlwind of new classes and teachers, schedules, new schedules and technology puzzles, we also find the joy. The fresh start of a clean slate, opportunities to connect with new teachers and classmates, learning about our favorite subjects, and finding the support of our learning community. Schedules will be finalized, Zooms accessed, and Brightspace navigated. And through it all, these joyful moments are those that will stick with us. Those that we will remember and carry with us long into the future. We wish you all the best this week and throughout the rest of the school year.
With warmth and appreciation,
Virtual Campus Important Dates
February 21-22 - No School Midwinter Recess (TK-12)
Virtual Campus Hosts the American Math Competition!
Students from all around Rochester Community Schools visited the Virtual Campus today to participate in the American Math Competition (AMC) facilitated by Jack Barraclough, our very own secondary math teacher. The AMC 8 is an annual math challenge open to students who are currently in middle school and beyond. The questions are loosely connected to the math curriculum, but are more problem-solving in nature. When our students expressed interest in participating, Mr. Barraclough went above and beyond to make this event possible, and the students shared their appreciation. When asked about their favorite part of the event, students shared:
- "It's pretty fun. Just doing the problems to see if you have the knowledge to do it. To challenge yourself."
- "If you finish at the top of the leaderboard, there's a prestige associated with it."
We wish all of our mathematicians good luck as they await their final scores! We are proud of you all for taking the time to participate.
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!
The Annual 4th Grade Egg Drop
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!
Pledge of Allegiance Leaders
NOTE: All videos are moderated and must be reviewed by staff prior to being viewable to other learners so they will not show up right away on our community Flipgrid.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org