The RCS Virtual Download
December 17, 2021
Have A Great and Break
Greetings Virtual Voyagers and Families,
On behalf of all of us at the Virtual Campus, I wanted to wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season. There is no doubt that we love working with your children, and as you can see from the video links below, we also love having fun with them as well. Please accept our sincerest gratitude for trusting us with your most precious assets.
Please note that the Virtual Campus will be observing the Winter Recess from December 18, 2021 until January 3, 2022 when we return to school. The lessons and activities for each of our classes will be available through Brightspace, but we are encouraging all of our students to take this time to rest and recharge. Our staff will be doing the same during this time and will also be away from emails and phone calls.
We wish you and your families a relaxing break and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Virtual Campus Important Dates
January 14 - Half Day TK-5 (Teacher PD)
January 14 - End Quarter 2/Semester 1 (6-12)
January 17 - No School Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (TK-12)
February 21-22 - No School Midwinter Recess (TK-12)
Virtual Campus Winter Sing Along
We here at the virtual campus would like to wish you a very happy winter and holiday season! We are so excited to share the premiere of our Virtual Campus Winter Sing-Along with all of you. This virtual sing-along event features classic winter tunes sung by Virtual Campus staff. It also includes the world premiere of the virtual campus school anthem, written by our fourth and fifth grade students!
To access the sing-along, follow the link below:
Closed captioning is provided throughout the video so that everybody can sing along! Some songs feature rhythm sections with bells- you may choose to grab a shaker, bell or rhythm instrument from home so that you can play along with the music.
The Twelve Days of Virtual
Our Virtual Staff were excited to share with you our special rendition of "The Twelve Days of Virtual." Please check it out....
Virtual Campus Winter Interactive Activities
We'd like to introduce our media winter choice board, which is chalked full of fun and interactive activities you can access throughout break and the winter months. Be sure to check out our Cultural Connections video interview with third grade teacher Rick Krause and our Diwali read aloud with first grade teacher Val Ruckes.
To access the choice board, follow the link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DJL9_z_nMXtuuNyOl5yrptKHMKzgdypF3xzZonRo-jo/edit?usp=sharing
Career Connection Newsletters - Elementary, Middle School and High School Students
Our Counseling Teams have been creating newsletters dedicated to providing resources and materials to students to assist with career exploration. Below are the newsletters for the month of December for each level.
December Career Connections Newsletter - High School
All Day Absence Reporting
Open Mic Night, a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Rochester Community Schools is proud to announce a virtual Open Mic Night, a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
All students are invited to participate in a virtual talent submission honoring Dr. King’s life and legacy. Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, January 5, 2022, and must incorporate this year’s theme: Joy, Liberation, and Justice. See the below flyer for more information.
RCS Curriculum Department & The RCS MLK Committee
Secondary Students - Semester 1 Exams
As we begin the second quarter of the 2021/2022 school year, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with information regarding final exams for semester 1. After careful consideration by our district Curriculum team and feedback from our stakeholder groups, which included students, staff and parents, we have made the decision that there will be NO final exams for students to end semester 1. The schedule of January 12, 13, 14 will stay the same.
Check Out This Tutoring Opportunity!
RCS PTA Council High School Battle of the Books
The RCS Council PTA is proud to present the 2021-22 High School Battle of the Books! All RCS High School Students are welcome to join this free competition. Students read the Battle Books, join books clubs through each school, and compete or cheer in the three trivia battles to advanced on the Battle of the Books Leaderboard. More information on BOTB can be found on our website https://rcsbattleofthebooks.com/ or with your school media specialist.
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
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.
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