Jr. High At-Home Learning

August 28th, 2020

We welcome you to the Holy Spirit Catholic Schools Junior High At-Home Learning program which will be jointly delivered by several staff members from both  Father Leonard Van Tighem (FLVT) and St. Francis Junior High (SF). The  Grade 7 and 8 program delivery will be provided by FLVT teachers while Grade 9 program delivery will be provided by SF teaching staff.  

We are all committed to ensuring your child has the skills they need to be successful.  At-home learning will cover all the required areas of the provincial curriculum with teaching focusing on the five core subject areas of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and Religious Education.  The weekly 25-hour learning commitment guidelines of this alternate learning option has been organized to include a combination of several types of content delivery methods.  

The different types of content delivery that will occur within our “At- Home Learning format include:

  1. Synchronous Learning
    1. Student learning that involves face-to-face instruction through an online learning platform.  This is similar to in-class instruction however delivered over a digital learning environment.
  2. Asynchronous Learning
    1. Student learning that adheres to deadlines but allows the student to learn at their pace with an opportunity to connect with the instructor if needed. This time provides an opportunity for 1:1 instruction or small group learning time.
  3. Independent Student Learning
    1. Student learning is independently completed without the assistance of the instructor. 

To support At-Home Learning: 

  • Teachers will provide instruction at a specific grade or subject level for all students who have signed up for At-Home learning in the division.  It is important to note that since all learners are not functioning at the same academic level, there will be a need to provide ongoing differentiated instruction to support ALL students.
  • Teachers will provide engaging, curriculum-based lessons that require students to actively participate in all lessons and planned activities.
  • Teachers are expected to offer a rigorous online learning program that requires the same degree of attention as an in-school class would have.  
  • Teachers providing at-home instruction in grades 1-9 will follow the sequencing of units and topics as set out by the Division
  • At-home courses will be delivered using Google Meet and Google Classroom and other secure Division applications
  • Teachers will have the flexibility to schedule their synchronous class meetings as well as their office hours (within the confines of the usual school day) in order to best meet the learning needs of their students. 

Assessment:

  • Teachers are expected to assess student learning through a variety of means, both formatively, as well as in a summative fashion.
  • Teachers will follow provincial learning outcomes as identified in the Program of Studies.
  • If a student (and their family) choose to move back into in-person learning, the at-home teacher will provide a summary report of outcomes covered to date and an assessment of student learning to date.
  • Teachers will be required to maintain ongoing communication to report student progress and address any issues or concerns with parents as soon as they arise.

Communication:

  • Teachers will be expected to connect and communicate with parents of students in their cohorts, the way they would in an in-school teaching context.
  • Parents who need to contact the at-home teacher should do so directly with the teacher first, and if there’s a need to contact an administrator, inquiries need to be directed to the ‘designated’ supervising principal of that teacher, not the ‘resident’ principal of the student.
  • There will be ongoing contact between the designated principal and the resident principal, as required.
  • Teachers will need to attempt to contact any students (and their families) who do not engage in the synchronous class meetings or if there are concerns with the completion of assignments as soon as possible. If teachers are unable to contact the student/families they are to inform their supervising administrator(s) in order to plan next steps for re-engaging the students. 

Student “At -Home Learning” Expectations:

  • Students will attend every day at the scheduled login times established by the teacher.  At-home learning is comparable to being in a classroom but in an online environment.  As such, attendance will be monitored.
  • Attendance will be taken daily and submitted in PowerSchool
  • If a student does not attend for 3 days (unexcused absence/without communication between parent/teacher) and or falls too far behind, he/she will be referred to administration.
  • Log-in expectations set by the teacher will be expected for students to adhere to (i.e. cameras on, microphones off, chat or comment protocols, etc.)
  • Google meets and/or secure video platform meetings are mandatory and recordings of these will NOT be posted.
  • Students need to be prepared and engaged. The learning space the student will be using should be free of all distractions (i.e. cell phones must be put away).
  • Regular check-ins on Google Classroom or Holy Spirit email will be required. It is the responsibility of the student to email the teacher if he/she is unclear of expectations, confused about an assignment, or if there is something preventing the completion of work.
  • There will be zero tolerance for plagiarism or cheating on assignments or exams.
  • As per the “Responsible Use Agreement Form”, digital etiquette of being respectful and positive to others at all times is expected.  This applies to the use of language and the sharing of content in written or verbal form. 
  • Students will conduct themselves in behaviours expected of all Holy Spirit students and engage with both the teacher and their peers respectfully.

Although the teachers will be working hard to meet the various needs of the students, the At-Home Learning program is a regular program; teachers will be teaching the Jr. High learning outcomes.  Student success in the At-Home Learning program requires students to be able to work independently.

Most of the teachers delivering the At-Home Learning program are working on-site at their respective school.  These  teachers have on-site classes at their schools with on-site students.  Therefore, At-Home Learning instructional times are set at specific times.  Here are the schedules:  

Grade 7 At-Home Learning Schedule

Monday & Wednesday Schedule

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:54am(74 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 29:58am – 11:10am(72 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 311:14am – 12:26pm(72 minutes) Independent School WorkN/A
Block 41:11pm – 2:37pm(86 minutes)Social Studies 7 / Religious Studies 7  Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMrs. Johnson
Block 52:42pm – 3:20pm(38 minutes)Office HoursMrs. Johnson (Mon) and Miss Giannetti (Wed)

Tuesday & Thursday

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:54am(74 minutes)Math 7 Synchronous and AsynchronousLearningMiss Giannetti
Block 29:58am – 11:10am(72 minutes)Language Arts 7 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMr. Meyer
Block 311:14am – 12:26pm(72 minutes) Independent School WorkN/A
Block 41:11pm – 2:37pm(86 minutes)Science 7 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Tkach
Block 52:42pm – 3:20pm(38 minutes)Office HoursMr. Meyer and Miss Tkach(Tues), Miss Tkach (Thurs)

Friday

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:20am(40 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 29:23am – 10:01am(38 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 310:04am – 10:42am(38 minutes) Math 7 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Giannetti
Block 410:45am – 11:23am(38 minutes)Language Arts 7 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMr. Meyer
Block 511:41am – 12:19pm(38 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A

Grade 8 At-Home Learning Schedule

Monday & Wednesday Schedule

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:54am(74 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 29:58am – 11:10am(72 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 311:14am – 12:26pm(72 minutes) Language Arts 8 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Tkach
Block 41:11pm – 2:37pm(86 minutes)Science 8 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMr. Pollio
Block 52:42pm – 3:20pm(38 minutes)Office HoursMiss Gabruck (Mon) and Miss Loman (Wed)

Tuesday & Thursday

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:54am(74 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 29:58am – 11:10am(72 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 311:14am – 12:26pm(58 minutes) Math 8 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Loman
Block 41:11pm – 2:37pm(86 minutes)Social Studies 8 / Religious Studies 8Synchronous and AsynchronousLearningMiss Gabruck
Block 52:42pm – 3:20pm(38 minutes)Office HoursMiss Tkach and Mr. Pollio (Thurs)

Friday

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:40am – 9:20am(40 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 29:23am – 10:01am(38 minutes)Independent School WorkN/A
Block 310:04am – 10:42am(38 minutes) Independent School WorkN/A
Block 410:45am – 11:23am(38 minutes)Math 8 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Loman
Block 511:41am – 12:19pm(38 minutes)Language Arts 8 Synchronous and Asynchronous LearningMiss Tkach

Grade 9 At-Home Learning Schedule

Monday & Wednesday Schedule

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:14am – 9:12am(58 minutes)ELA 9 Synchronous LearningMrs. Tina Carmichael Young
Block 29:12am – 10:12am(60 minutes)ELA 9 Asynchronous LearningMrs Tina Carmichael Young
Block 310:14am – 11:12am(58 minutes) Religion 9 Mrs. Tina Carmichael Young
Block 411:50am – 12:50pm(60 minutes)Independent Student Work Time(Mrs. Tina Carmicheal Young to follow up on student learning)
Block 512:52pm – 1:50pm(58 minutes)Science 9 Synchronous LearningMr. Brain Leclaire
Block 61:50pm – 2:50pm(60 minutes)Science 9 Asynchronous LearningMr. Brain Leclaire

Tuesday & Thursday

TimeClassTeacher
Block 18:14am – 9:12am(58 minutes)Social 9 Synchronous LearningMrs. Tina Carmichael Young
Block 29:12am – 10:12am(60 minutes)Social 9 Asynchronous Learning Mrs. Tina Carmichael Young
Block 310:14am – 11:12am(58 minutes) Math 9 Synchronous LearningMrs. Jen Hay
Block 411:52am – 12:50pm(58 minutes)Math 9 Asynchronous Learning  Mrs. Jen Hay
Block 512:52pm – 1:50pm(58 minutes)Religion 9 Synchronous LearningTina Carmichael Young
Block 61:50pm – 2:50pm(60 minutes)Independent Student Work Time(Mrs. Tina Carmichael Young to follow up on student learning)

Flexible Learning Fridays (Grade 9)

  • Independent Student Work Time
  • This dedicated time will be an opportunity for students to independently complete any work that requires additional time. 
  • Fridays will be a dedicated time when Mrs. Tina Carmichael Young will be checking in and following up with the learning team, students, families, and resident schools regarding “At- Home Learning” progress.

At-Home Learning will begin on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.  Google Classrooms will be established for At-Home Learning once class lists are final; teachers will contact you soon after.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we deliver this new program.

Respectfully yours,

Crystal Lothian Greg Kostiuk

Principal, SF Principal, FLVT

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