URCEO Virtual Welcome Kit

Middle School 2021-2022 (Updated 1/15/22)

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Considering Transitioning to URCEO Virtual?

We are here to support you should you choose the virtual option for your child's schooling. In this kit, we want to both inform you of our practices and prepare you for the adjustments to this learning format.

Our Welcome Kit shares the most important information and expectations for URCEO Virtual families. If you find that we are the right choice for your family, we look forward to welcoming you to the learning community! Please do not hesitate to reach out early on. Adapting to change can easily lead to frustration, but you are not alone in this journey. We are here to help you.


Thank you,
Mrs. Green & staff

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT SCHEDULES

Our students have a compressed schedule and only take 4 classes per term. Each term, which is traditionally a grading quarter, our students complete a semester's worth of instruction. Class periods are longer to accommodate the instructional time necessary to cover learning standards.


Block 1 8:45-10:05 a.m.

Block 2 10:17-11:37 a.m.

Block 3 12:13-1:33 p.m.

Block 4 1:35-2:55 p.m.


Each term, students have four classes that follow a pattern:

  • Terms 1 & 3 are what you could refer to as the "A class schedule"
  • Terms 2 & 4 would be the "B class schedule"


All middle schoolers will be assigned to AVID, a year-long class. During terms, 1 and 3, AVID is block 4. And during terms 2 and 4 it is scheduled for Block 1. This course will support students in developing skills to be successful in the virtual setting as well as prepare them for high school. Mrs. Hunt is our AVID advisor and provides a consistent space for our students as they manage the transition to virtual learning and middle school.


Over the year, students will have seven classes that take place in blocks of time (similar to periods but there are no bells indicating start and finish times). Most classes have SynchMeets that are held the first 30-minutes of the block. Following that time, students can stay to work with the teacher and peers during Office Hours or work independently.


Students will complete a full year's curriculum for math, language arts, social studies, and science. During terms 1 and 3, all students will take physical education and health. During terms 2 & 4, PE fitness goals are integrated into AVID. Click the hyperlink for 6-8 class to preview our class schedule by grade level.

URCEO Electives & Dual Enrollment as an option

Middle schoolers will have an elective class for terms 2 and 4 during Block 4. We offer World Language (independent study using Rosetta Stone), Genius Hour (a self-directed inquiry project), and Yearbook.


Students can apply (see form below) to take an elective through their neighborhood middle school. Students who opt to take an in-person elective at one of the middle schools will have to provide their own transportation. These classes include band and choir but are not limited to these options. Taking an elective at the neighborhood school will also require that students work with their URCEO teachers to schedule 1:1 or small group SynchMeets if the elective conflicts with their scheduled classes at URCEO.

URCEO Requests that Families Identify a Learning Coach for Their Child

In a traditional school, the teacher is in students' physical space and can observe how they are doing and intervene without direct requests based on a child's behavior. Without this advantage in the virtual setting, the home partnership becomes more crucial than ever. We've identified the Learning Coach as a key role in virtual student success.


During the school day, your child's teachers focus on helping them achieve their learning targets, while the Learning Coach serves as the teacher's eyes and ears in the home. The role of the Learning Coach is to:


  • Support remote learning and establish a suitable structure and environment for the school day at home

  • Monitor the student on completing their daily tasks

  • Partner with the teacher to provide motivation and guidance as your child moves through the curriculum


Who can be a Learning Coach?

Any adult the family identifies who is committed to serving as a guide, supporter, and motivator during the school day.

SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS

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For Students

We ask our students to access Canvas through Rapid Identity. This allows students to open the web version which has more features.


If your child does not know their EPSD9 username and password, please let us know ASAP so we can assist.

Customizing Your Canvas Dashboard

We suggest switching to CARD VIEW on your Dashboard and moving your new URCEO classes to the top of the list.

For Parents & Guardians

We ask that you activate your Canvas Observer account if you have not already!


Your Observer Role will connect you to your child’s Canvas classes where you can view assignments, communicate with the teacher, and more!

Learning Lounge

We offer a designated study space for URCEO middle schoolers on campus (140 E. Main Street, Eagle Point) is available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch is provided.


Students can stay for any designated amount of time. Students will not be released prior to 3:00 p.m. unless a parent/guardian checks them out through the office or has a prearranged written agreement. We require this for safety purposes.

Meet Your School Support Team

Mrs. McKinsey: Attendance Issues

Report absences by calling Mrs. McKinsey at 541.830.6258.

If you reach voicemail, please include your child’s full name and grade level in your message.

Mrs. O'Sullivan

Mrs. O'Sullivan is URCEO's Title I Family Laison. In this role, she supports students and their families in establishing strong, effective habits for virtual learning success. Her hours are adjusted to accommodate parent/guardian work hours. She can be reached after school until 6:00 p.m. at 541.830.6253.

Mrs. Green

Mrs. Green is URCEO's Principal. You can email her or call 541.830.6602.

The URCEO Mission and Vision

Our Mission:

Serve the diverse learners of our community by providing a quality virtual educational experience for all K-12 students to ensure their success in an ever changing world.


Our Vision:

Nurture and guide all students through equitable educational opportunities that encourage students to take ownership of their learning and develop into lifelong learners.

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