The RCS Virtual Download

February 25, 2022

Greetings Virtual Voyagers!

I hope this message finds you and your family doing well on this snowy Friday! This past week we passed by our 100th day school this year. Though, this is typically celebrated in our elementary classrooms, it is a great reminder of how we are well past the halfway point this school year. With less than four months left, a few extended weekends and Spring Break, there is no doubt that time will fly by. If you can believe it, we are already focusing on planning for the 2022-2023 school year. Please be on the lookout next week for some important updates regarding scheduling and selecting classes for the fall.

Below you will find some important updates. I would like to draw special attention to our clubs section as we are going to be kicking off these new opportunities for students. Based on interest we are going to launch:

* Art Club
* Book Club

* Gaming Club

Next year we will be working to expand these opportunities to our first Ski Club and potentially an E-Sports team. If you would like to learn more please fill out the sheet included within the section entitled "Announcing: Virtual Campus Clubs."

We have also been noticing a trend with some of our students missing the live class sessions, particularly for secondary. The Virtual Campus is designed to facilitate the same standards and benchmarks found within our traditional Rochester Community Schools classrooms. The live (synchronous) lessons are an opportunity to ensure that students are learning the material and to receive feedback from a highly-qualified teacher. To further engage with your student about their progress please consider the following discussion topics:

* Ask your student about their schedule. They should have planned out time to attend ALL synchronous classes and ample time to complete the course work. Their schedule can be flexible but should still comprise of at least 32 hours of work per week.

* Attend Parent/Teacher Conferences. If you have any questions about signing up, please connect with your student's teacher.

* Ask your student about their progress. Whether they are attending one of our Virtual Campus synchronous courses or a self-pace course, they should be able to show you their progress.

Please remember that all of our teachers are available during Office Hours throughout each week. This is a great time for students to get individualized support and attention for any of their course material. The information for each teacher's Office Hours are posted within their class tile on Brightspace.

On behalf of our entire team, enjoy your Midwinter Recess.


Jeff Frankowiak


RCS Virtual Campus

Virtual Campus Important Dates

February 23 - Scheduling of Secondary Conferences available on ParentVUE

March 2nd - Parent/Teacher Conferences (6-8 after school)

March 3rd - Parent/Teacher Conferences (9-12 after school)

March 4th - Half Day of school/End of Trimester 2 (TK-5)

March 4th - Teacher PD (6-12)

March 18th- Half Day of school/End of 3rd Quarter (6-12)

March 28-April 2nd - Spring Break (TK-12)

Secondary Conferences

We are pleased to announce that parent-teacher conferences will be conducted through Zoom meetings again. Parents will have the ability to preschedule conferences in ParentVUE, rather than waiting in line to see a teacher.

The spring parent-teacher conferences are scheduled as follows:

  • Middle School - March 2nd - 5:00-8:00pm
  • High School – March 3rd - 5:00-8:00pm

Please use the attached quick start guide for instructions on scheduling your conferences. We are asking parents who are planning to attend conferences to schedule five-minute time slots with the teachers with whom they would like to speak. If a parent does not have any concerns or questions for their son or daughter’s teacher, they do not need to feel obligated to schedule appointments during that time. Also, if a parent feels their concern will require more time than the allotted five minutes, they are welcome to contact the teacher to set up a separate appointment.

Families will have the ability to schedule meetings beginning on February 23rd, up until the evening of conferences. If parents are planning to see multiple teachers, we recommend leaving 5-10 minutes between scheduled appointments to join the next meeting.

In order to schedule appointments, it is important for parents to be able to successfully login to ParentVUE. You may use either the ParentVUE mobile app or visit

If a parent is having difficulties with their ParentVUE login, they can email ParentVUE support at

100th Day: Celebrating In Person and Online

This week, our TK and kindergarten friends visited the Schultz Campus to celebrate the 100th day of school. Students dressed up, colored alongside friends, and played 100's Bingo to name a few. Our first grade friends also joined in on the fun. Playing the 100 Second Challenge, practicing writing 100, and hopping in arm circles. We always love seeing our Virtual Campus students in person, especially to celebrate such a fun occasion. Way to go Voyagers!

Elementary Yearbook Orders

Virtual Campus Elementary Yearbooks are now available to order! Please use the link below to directly order from Kaiser Studio. Home shipping is available for an additional fee.
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RCS Foundation Online Auction

We are excited to invite you to our second annual RCS Foundation Online Auction going live this FRIDAY, Feb. 18 at 8 a.m.!

The online auction will be available for 10 days, ending on Sunday evening, Feb.27!

Two ways you can help:

Showcase your business or family name TODAY!

Join the wonderful list of businesses by donating an in-kind gift.

· Scan the barcode below or click here to save your spot. More bidding items means increased support for RCS staff!

Let’s shop and make a difference together!

· Simply create an account at, then log in at any time, watch an item (or two) then place a bid from anywhere!! The online auction will be available for 10 days, Feb 18-27.

MANY thanks to the following list of local businesses for making this auction possible to benefit RCS students:

Forgot to add your name to the list? There's still time! Scan NOW!

Click the link below to see the great items up for bids from the listed donors:

Advocate Claim Services (ACS)

The Barre Code

Be Scene Boutique

Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market

Christina Hogan, Real Estate One

Classic Appreciation

Close to my Heart - Melanie Sinka

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Dream Dinners - Amanda Coffman

Dy'nfly Rochester Hills


Headshots by Scott Lawrence

Jax Kar Wash


JL Therapeutics

Justin Family

Lena Shkreli & Company

Lincoln, the therapy dog

Mary Kay Cosmetics
Stacy Roz

Matilda Jane Clothing

Mr. C's Car Wash

Nino Salvaggio

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Orangetheory Fitness

Painting with a Twist

Party Pretzels & More by Teri

Pillow Fight Sleepover Co.


PKSA Karate

PRP Wine

PRP Wine

Red Lotus Yoga

Rochester Pedal Ride

Rochester School of Martial Arts

SeneGence Skin Care

Sport Clips Haircuts of RH

TITLE Boxing Club Rochester Hills

Wines for Humanity


Bottoms Up Orange - Christine Cardimen

Priceless Auction Items Donated By...

Adams High School

Baldwin Elementary

Brewster Elementary

Brooklands Elementary

Delta Kelly Elementary

Hamlin Elementary

Hart Middle School

Hugger Elementary

Long Meadow Elementary

McGregor Elementary

Meadow Brook Elementary

Musson Elementary

Rochester High School

University Hills Elementary

West Middle School

RCS Superintendent

Rochester Police Dept.

All proceeds will be donated to our "Where the Need is Greatest" fund to enhance classroom initiatives, programs, and educational experiences across the district.

Whether you bid $5, $20 or more, all RCS students will benefit.

Thank you, again, for you generous investment in our students!

Zoom Update

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.

Global School Play Day! Let's Play!

A Warm Hello Voyagers,

Looking for something fun to do in this winter weather? Then we have the thing for you!

How it Works: Click on the boxes below to access fun video links you can play for Global Play Day! Then, feel free to share what you played today or another play idea with our learning community. Click here to access the videos: Global School Play Day!

To access more Tesselation ideas from the Patterns video, you can click on the following links: Digital Pattern Blocks: AND Making Paper Tesselations:

THEN, share your playful adventures by sharing your thinking on our community Flipgrid:

We are so proud and AMAZED by the high quality videos shared by our Virtual Campus students. Let's keep the fun going and continue to share our thinking on Flipgrid. Please feel free to email with any questions: We are so looking forward to hearing more about your playful adventures!

Have Fun!

Announcing: Virtual Campus Clubs!

Are you interested in joining a club at Virtual Campus? Then this is the place for you! Join your classmates and teachers in Book Club, Art Club, or Game Club this spring.

How can I learn more? Please complete the interest form, and we will contact you to follow up in the coming weeks:

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Middle School Authors in April - Varian Johnson!

Varian Johnson will visit Rochester April 25th-29th, 2022. In March and April, middle school students will be preparing for his visit by reading and discussing his book, The Parker Inheritance, in their language arts class. Prior to his visit, Varian Johnson will provide us with a pre-visit video giving us some insight into his work space and routines. During his visit, Mr. Johnson will give an in person presentation on his writing process to each grade level at each student's home school. Find out more about Varian Johnson in our introduction video here:

Does your student need a book for class? Our book sale is going on NOW through March 1st. Follow this link to order: The Parker Inheritance will be read by all 6-8th graders at the Virtual Campus and is $4.00 for a paperback and to $8.50 for a hardcover. Book delivery will happen during a pick-up day in early-mid March (an email will be sent with details). Any books purchased will be sent home with an autograph slip that can be filled out and returned with the book if you would like the book(s) signed. Book collection for autographing will take place the week before the author’s visit in the Schultz Campus/ACE High School lobby.

Elementary Students - Stay tuned for more information coming soon about our elementary authors!

Book Room- Now Open to Grades TK-5!

We are excited to announce that our Virtual Campus Book Room is now open to all Virtual Campus elementary students!

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!

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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:

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:

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:

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-

Technology Troubleshooting

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. If you still have questions or need assistance, please contact Julie Rains at

All Day Absence Reporting

With sniffle season upon us, please take a moment to review the ParentVUE Absence reporting information. You can now report all day absences via ParentVUE. Absences can be reported for a full day or for multiple days. All absences can also be reported using our attendance line 248.726.5900.

Senior Update


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:


Rochester HS - CLICK HERE

Stoney Creek HS - CLICK HERE

RCS Virtual YouTube Channel

Please subscribe to our RCS Virtual YouTube Channel where we post videos to help keep you updated, organized, and share fun communtiy events!