River Heights Weekly

Week of August 23, 2020

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For all PK3 and PK4 families.

Taking learning to new heights!

Hello RIVER HEIGHTS ACADEMY Families!


In case you missed our BIG announcement this week - the board of directors has voted to rename and rebrand Summit Academy Flat Rock. We are now officially RIVER HEIGHTS ACADEMY and can't wait to take learning to new heights for all of our students this school year. You will not want to miss our Socially Distanced Block Party on Sept. 2nd to pick up your very own RHA swag!!


This will be a year like never before and we appreciate your patience, your questions, and your feedback as we move forward together to create an impactful educational experience for all of our students.


Included in this update is information regarding tech. pickup and options for family remote learning orientation, parent information sessions about our new project-based middle school learning platform and curriculum, as well as other important news and information.


Thank you for choosing us as a partner in your child's education,


- Jessica Kull, Principal

Materials Pick Up & Family Orientation Information

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We have three specific dates set aside for families to pick up all of their remote learning materials, complete and submit paperwork, and receive family orientation materials. Please plan to join us during one of the following times:


Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 from 9am - 12pm

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 from 5pm - 8pm

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 from 3pm - 5pm


All events will be socially distanced and masks will be required for all attendees over the age of 3. If you are unable to attend any of these times or need to make alternative arrangements, please contact Tammy Sparks in the front office at (734) 379-6810 for more information on scheduling an appointment.

I Still Have a School Device from Last Year... Now What?

If you still have a school device from last school year, please plan to bring it to the school office during office hours (7am - 4pm, Monday - Friday) or to bring it with you when you come to campus to get your materials for back to school on Sept. 1, 2, or 3.


Please Note: The devices from last spring are NOT set up for remote learning for the fall and need to be returned so they can be updated.

What Will Remote Learning Look Like?

Remote learning will look different from the emergency at-home learning that took place in the spring. We have been working hard all summer to design a high quality learning experience for your child from home. We heard from over 1,000 families and 300 staff members throughout the Distinctive Schools network about how we could improve remote learning and this plan was built with all of your feedback in mind.


Below is a summary of our Remote Learning program design at-a-glance with a full parent handbook and orientation to come! (Click on the picture to enlarge)

Remote Learning Updates from the MDE

This past week, we received updated guidance from the Michigan Dept. of Education that will allow us to offer remote instruction online for the rest of the 2020-21 school year for families who select that option. We will be required to submit plans to the state each quarter.


Our plan for quarter 1 remains the same with all instruction taking place remotely with the Community Care option in the school building for students to complete their remote work in a supervised setting.


We do not know what the next several months hold, but if a parent does not feel comfortable sending their child to the school building this year, remote learning will be an option for the entire 2020-21 school year based on our current understanding of the latest state guidance. We will update families with our quarterly plans as they are approved by CMU and the state throughout the year.

Curriculum Corner: Summit Learning Platform for 6th - 8th Grade

This year we have an amazing new project-based curriculum for all 6th-8th grade students for all content areas!


The Summit Learning Platform (no affiliation with Summit Academy) is a project of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and takes 21st Century learning to a new level. Students work on self-paced projects and content focus areas while developing cognitive skills and habits of success that will translate into all areas of their lives in the future. This highly rated curriculum is used at some of the top performing schools in southeast Michigan and we are thrilled at the opportunity to bring it to RHA!


You are invited to attend a virtual parent preview on Thursday, August 27 at 6:30pm


Link to Join Zoom Meeting: https://distinctiveschools-org.zoom.us/j/91510156706?pwd=citzWVlqdzArN1dIMk1hU24yUGZzZz09 Meeting ID: 915 1015 6706 Passcode: 4a@Y6]

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Charron

We are so excited to welcome Ms. Brianna Charron to the RHA family as a second grade teacher for the 2020-21 school year!


Ms. Charron is a graduate of Albion College and has experience working with 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 8th graders during her time at Albion. She also has extensive experience working with kids in the parks and recreation field as a camp counselor for the City of Woodhaven and as a fast-pitch softball coach.


Before coming to RHA, Ms. Charron had the one in a lifetime opportunity to work at Walt Disney World in the Epcot Theme Park in guest relations as part of the Disney College Program!