The RCS Virtual Download
March 4, 2022
Greetings Virtual Voyagers!
Thank you for your support and partnership as we wrap up another week at the Virtual Campus! This afternoon, our secondary teams engaged in an afternoon of professional learning where in addition to planning for future, our faculty was able to learn about new instructional strategies. Our elementary team used the time to work on collecting comprehensive feedback for report cards, which are right around the corner. I know that half-days are not always convenient for parents at home, so please note that we greatly appreciate your support.
The newsletter this week has quite a bit of information in it. This is one update that I would recommend keeping handy as it will serve as a reference for the upcoming months ahead. I would like to particularly draw your attention to the following topics:
- Virtual Campus Orientation Night
- March is Reading Month
- Contact information for Clubs and Activities
- Elementary Yearbook Order Forms
On behalf of our entire team, have a wonderful weekend Voyagers!
RCS Virtual Campus
Virtual Campus Important Dates
March 11th- Elementary Spirit Day - Dress up as Your Dream Job
March 18th- Half Day of school/End of 3rd Quarter (6-12) & Elementary Spirit Day - Get Cozy for Reading
March 25th- The Great Read Aloud Swap
March 28-April 2nd - Spring Break (TK-12)
April 11th- May 6th - State Testing Window (See schedule below for specific times)
2022-2023 Virtual Campus Orientation Night
Wednesday - March 9th
Elementary - 5:00pm (Link to the presentation: https://youtu.be/V_1ulE0Yqow)
Secondary - 6:30pm (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-E-o2RKhNw)
We still have three months of the current school year but if you can believe it we are already planning for the fall. Whether you are a returning family or would be new to the Virtual Campus in the fall, the 2022-2023 Virtual Campus Orientation Night will be beneficial for everyone. If you cannot attend the program, the links from the live sessions will convert to recordings of the program. You will be able to check them out whenever is convenient for you.
If you know of someone who is considering enrolling at the Virtual Campus either full or part-time, please pass along the program information. New RCS families who would like to enroll their child(ren) can complete the following contact form: https://forms.gle/b12sEqF9be1WXj5y9
March is Reading Month
Weekly Introduction Video: We begin each week with an overview of the weekly theme as well as a reminder of the activities students can choose to complete throughout the week. You can access these videos by clicking on the first book cover each week (located next to a blue hand clicking icon) on the first day of each week.
Maker Challenges: Each week, students will have the opportunity to participate in themed Maker Challenges, each of which will have its own explanation slide and in some cases, extra planning slides and templates. You can access these slides by clicking on the red, underlined Maker Challenges listed each Tuesday on the calendar or by just viewing the slideshow and navigating to the slides you want to view.
Weekly Discussion Prompts: Along with each maker challenge, we want to encourage students across grade levels at Virtual Campus to share their thinking with one another. Students are invited to think about weekly discussion questions and post their responses on our community Flipgrid each week. You can find the Flipgrid links by clicking on the red, underlined Week #: DIscussion Question area on the right side of the calendar. There are different links for each week so be sure to click on the correct weekly links to respond.
Themed Book Talks/Read Alouds: Staff members from Virtual Campus share read aloud and/or book talk videos connected to our weekly making theme each week. You can find these by clicking on the book covers located on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the calendar.
Dress-up Days: No elementary school event would be complete without thematic dress-up days. We will have three, and they will all take place on Fridays.
- March 4: Make Your Own Fashion and Wear it Day - Students create their own clothing or accessories and wear them to their morning meeting Zoom on Friday.
- March 11: Dress-up As Your Dream Job Day- Students research jobs they might like to do throughout the week and then dress-up as someone who chooses that career during their morning meeting Zoom on Friday.
- March 18: Get Cozy for Reading Day- Students get dressed in comfy reading gear whether that means sweatpants, sweatshirts, or pajamas. It’s a half-day, so why not read away?
The Great Read Aloud Swap! On March 25, students will have the opportunity to sign-up and listen to Virtual teachers read some of their favorite books across grade levels. More information will be shared closer to the event date.
We are looking forward to a fun March is Reading Month and continuing to cultivate innovation and creativity in our school community. To access the Making Together Calendar, please click on the shared link below and make your own personal copy: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1zt1iwsnmIQDetw93ihYin2GQDYgsWMqVbPZrGs9ZNS0/copy
Science Day Fun!
Elementary Yearbook Orders
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.
Announcing: Virtual Campus Clubs!
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
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