STEM'S Virtual School

STEM'S Virtual School

STEMS is currently upholding a Virtual Hybrid Learning Plan for the 2020/2021 school year. We are dedicated to maintaining our positive and supportive environment with virtual learning as though we are together at STEMS location.

We are working to monitor the morale of every class, and the workload of its students carefully. We have the latitude to make good decisions for the wellbeing of our students and that will be our top priority always. 

 

We aim to have lessons capitalize on the home environment and to reduce screen time and include as much physical activity as possible.

Policies

Attendance Policy:

Attending Google meetings and the completion of assignments will count towards the attendance grade.

 

If a student is not able to complete an assignment or discussion, due to illness or a family emergency, the parent is required to inform the teacher via email and fill out an excused absence form, attached here, and submit it to the office staff via email or in person.

 

Grading Policy: 

Students will be graded based on attending Google Meets and according to the completion and/or accuracy of their assignments.

 

Assignments 

All assignments are either due by 9: 00 am the next day or the due date established by the teachers. No assignment is due on the same day. 

Student Responsibilities

  • Dress up in uniform every morning and dedicate appropriate time to learning, comparable to a school day and/or as guided by your teacher/s.
  • Check appropriate online platforms for information on courses, assignments, resources daily.
  • Attend, as consistently as possible, the regular sessions offered by each of their teacher/s.
  • Identify a comfortable and quiet space to study/learn.
  • Engage in all learning posted with academic honesty.
  • Submit all assignments in accordance with provided timeline and/or due dates.
  • Ensure your own social and emotional balance by keeping healthy habits.

Parent Responsibilities

Support their child(ren)’s learning by:

  • Providing an environment conducive to learning (access to technology, safe and quiet space during daytime).
  • Engaging in conversations on posted materials, assignments
  • Monitoring time spent engaging in online and offline learning
  • Encouraging attendance, as much as possible, by attending sessions and completing assignments offered by each of your child’s teacher/s.
  • Support emotional balance by providing ample room and time for reflection, physical activity, conversation, and play.

Platforms for Daily Use

  • All teachers KG-8th are required to email and post on ClassDojo for parents weekly assignments/HW Sheets (following Pacing Charts) in the beginning of each week. 
  • Grades K-2 will Use ClassDojo and Zoom Meetings
  • Grades 3-8 will use Google classrooms and Zoom as well.
  • Grades 1-5 will use Think Central for Math and Science classwork and Homework assignments, as well as their quizzes and tests. Teachers will utilize the variety of resources on Think central for collaborative projects.  
  • Grades 6-8 will use Think Central for Science.  
  • Grades 6-8 will use HRW for Reading and Math.
  • KG-8th Social Studies online curriculum is on HMHco.com/one/login 

 

Note: STEMS has hybrid/print & digital resources for Math curriculum K-8, Science curriculum K-8, and Social Studies curriculum K-8.

Teaching and Learning 

Kindegarten

  • KG will use ThinkCentral for Math Assignments. Teacher will send Science worksheets using ClassDojo. CW/HW will be done using consumable textbooks. They will use the Headsprout to complete daily reading.
  • KG Teacher will use “Headsprout” self-adaptive Reading Program.
  • KG will use provided resource bellow for fitness and character development -it provided talking points based on grade level bands-lower school/middle school. It can be used for discussion at Morning Meetings BoosterthonCharacter.com
  • Fitness activities will be incorporated in the classes daily by teachers.

1st-2nd Grade

  •  Teachers will have Morning Meetings live on Zoom/or recorded/posted on Class Dojo daily. This is used to set up positive message /tone, to check with your students, even to do  Show and Tell, or to do Instruction for Literacy.
  • Teachers will use “Headsprout” self-adaptive Reading Program.
  • Teachers in 1st and 2nd grade will continue to use RazKids as homework assignments for weekly Reading, and Headsprout as classwork and should be assigned as such. 
  • Teachers will not exceed 3 assignments a day for students.
  • Each assignment may be expected to take up to 20min. for students in K-1, up to 30 min. for students in 2nd grade.
  • Teachers may post videos and assignments from Khan Academy, BrainPop, and other resources to extend students’ learning experience, Inshallah.

3rd – 5th Grade

  • Teachers will use GoogleClassroom, Classdojo, and Zoom daily for Morning Meetings.
  • 3rd/4th grade will use Headsprout for classwork/daily weekly assignments and RazKids Will stay as weekly Monday to Sunday Homework. These two Reading programs are different in purpose and they complement each other.
  • 3rd-4th -5th will continue to use ThinkCentral for Math and Science (HW,CW quizzes,tests, etc.). Teachers can assign a week worth of work with due dates.
  • Teachers will not exceed 3 assignments a day for students: each one up to 45mn. for students in 4-5th grades.
  • Teachers may post videos and assignments from Khan Academy, BrainPop, and other resources to extend students’ learning experience, insha Allah. 

Middle School 

  • Teachers will use Google Classroom, Classdojo, and Zoom for Morning Meeting.
  •  Students in 6-8 grades will continue with their online learning on HRW, Reading Plus, ThinkCentral, and online interventions. They may begin on research projects that are broken down by steps to simplify the process for students.  
  • Teachers may post videos and assignments from Khan Academy, and other resources to extend students’ learning experience, insha Allah. 

 

Resources For Mental Health Support

https://www.rethinkstigma.org/covid-19-support.html  

http://www.fldoe.org/newsroom/latest-news/florida-department-of-education-announces-additional-guidance-for-the-2019-20-school-year.stml

http://www.fldoe.org/em-response/resources-families.stml#early

For Healthy Screen Time

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Additional Guidance for 2019-2020 School Year

http://www.fldoe.org/newsroom/latest-news/florida-department-of-education-announces-additional-guidance-for-the-2019-20-school-year.stml