The RCS Virtual Download
January 14, 2022
Greetings Virtual Voyagers and Families,
A warm hello to you all on this frosty winter Friday!
It's been another busy week over here at the Schultz Campus with the end of the semester upon us. The Virtual Campus faculty have been working diligently to ensure that each student has every opportunity possible to earn credit in their classes. Our team ended the week on a high note with an afternoon of amazing professional learning for our elementary staff. Thank you for your support as our professional learning time provides an invaluable opportunity for our staff to evaluate how we are meeting the needs of each of our students.
Next week, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and we hope you will consider participating in one of our district learning opportunities (more information included below).
Enjoy your long weekend.
Virtual Campus Important Dates
January 14 - Half Day (Elementary)
January 14 - End Quarter 2/Semester 1 (Secondary)
January 17 - No School Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (TK-12)
February 21-22 - No School Midwinter Recess (TK-12)
Virtual Adventures - The Big Bright Light Show 2.0
For those of you who may have missed it last week, we are excited to share our first Virtual Adventure for the year, featuring The Big Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester!
Students and families also have the opportunity to complete a series of activities with a focus on community to earn a digital badge. Any students who choose to complete the badge activities should email our Technology Program Consultant Julie Rains to be awarded their digital badge and mini button" firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more by accessing the shared resources below:
- The Big Bright Light Show Virtual Adventure: https://youtu.be/WnjjCRflmBg
- Digital Badging Booklet:
Virtual Campus Winter Interactive Activities
Don't forget to check out our winter choice board, which is chalked full of fun and interactive activities you can access throughout 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
All Day Absence Reporting
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Monday, January 17th 2022
On January 17th, Rochester Community Schools welcomes all students, families and staff to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy through a variety of virtual learning opportunities, including a keynote presentation, Twitter conversation, Open Mic Night, tributes and more. Stay tuned for details!
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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