APRIL 16, 2020


MARCH 25, 2020

Secondary Faculty and Staff,

I want to begin by recognizing your work over the past two weeks while also fully acknowledging the challenge that lies ahead. We are in this together. 

After the first week of Remote Learning (March 16 – 20) we garnered feedback from faculty, students and parents. Consequently, the CAC administration has put forth what we believe to be a sustainable Extended Remote Learning Strategy that best recreates the classroom in an online format. This updated strategy requires teachers to lead with thoughtfulness, hard work and creativity. We are confident you will be able to excel and help our students do the same. 

In a remote learning environment, it is impossible to hide behind mediocre teaching or busywork. Assignments must have a clear purpose, assessments should encourage concept mastery, and teachers should display a high level of professionalism at all times.

Though CAC is fully aware of current state mandates, we must meet the requirements of our accrediting bodies (ANSAA, NCSA) while providing similar learning experiences as our fellow local private schools. At the end of the day, we are an educational institution whose families pay for our services and expertise.

Again, I have the highest confidence in our ability as a faculty and staff. I know you will lead your classes with the love of the Lord and the same unwavering support as always. These are our kids. They are looking for us to provide comfort, reassurance and a sense of normalcy in a time filled with uncertainty. 

Let’s show up.   

WHILE WE HOPE TO RETURN ON APRIL 17, WE HAVE MADE PLANS THAT WILL CARRY US THROUGH THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. ALL INFORMATION BELOW IS PRESENTED AS THOUGH WE WILL NOT RETURN TO CAMPUS.

PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY AND THOROUGHLY


MARCH 31, 2020

Updates:


REMOTE LEARNING DETAILS

Online Class Schedule

Though the previous Remote Learning Strategy was successful, it was always intended to be a one-week solution.

We are back and firing on all cylinders! All classes will meet (except yearbook) for the remainder of the year.

The new modified Extended Remote Learning Schedule will mimic a regular school day with all classes meeting for shortened, 30-minute periods. This provides more opportunities for teachers and students to interact on a daily basis. Interaction is vital in creating an environment that fosters learning. (More on teacher expectations later.)

  • Middle School: Middle school will follow a rotation schedule similar to their regular day in the school building. Middle school will operate on ‘A’ and ‘B’ weeks similar to our regular schedule. 
  • High School: All high school classes will meet (excluding yearbook). They will follow the schedule as outlined and will be expected to attend their regular class periods (including fine arts, strength and conditioning, etc). 
  • Concurrent and Online College Classes: Students are to attend concurrent college classes according to the online schedule. Students will complete their online classes during their regularly scheduled periods.
  • Seniors: Senior Exams have been scheduled for Tuesday, April 28 – Friday, May 1.
Extended Remote Learning Schedule
1st
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
2nd
8:35 - 9:05 a.m.
3rd
9:10 - 9:40 a.m.
4th
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
5th
10:20 - 10:50 a.m.
6th
10:55 - 11:25 a.m.
Chapel
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Lunch
11:50 - 12:20 p.m.
7th
12:25 - 12:55 p.m.
8th
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Independent Study
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

OR

Testing Period (If Applicable)
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Teacher Expectations

Meaningful Work

Our goal has always been to ensure students master the concepts presented to them. The shift to Remote Learning is not an excuse to create busywork. We are tasked with providing a high-quality education for all of our students, no matter the circumstance. Push yourselves to create interactive, exciting assignments. Allow this situation to challenge your routine and find new ways to present the material you know so well. 

Click Here for the Google Classroom training videos. Mrs. Northen has worked hard to provide us with incredible online teaching resources.

Schedule

Students will be highly encouraged to attend (be present on their devices) the class period online as scheduled; however, we cannot guarantee students will always be present online when the class is in session. Thus, it is important to record your Google Meet sessions if they include pertinent information. 

Homework

It is our goal to provide a quality educational experience without students/faculty being on their computers all day. Thus, the timing of your outside of class assignments is key. Please consider the intentionality of your homework, the purpose it serves, and why you assigned it. Also, please garner feedback quickly on the length of time it took students to complete homework so you have a good idea moving forward. It is feasible for students to begin working on assignments in class.

 HOMEWORK
Middle School Homework PolicyHomework assignments should be completed by the due date. If an assignment is not turned in by the assigned date, the assignment may be turned in by the beginning of class the following day for up to 75% credit. If an assignment is missed on the 2nd day, the student will not receive any credit for the assignment. The student will not have to make-up the assignment, they will simply not receive the credit.
High School Homework Policy Homework assignments should be completed by the due date. If an assignment is not turned in by the assigned date, late work is subject to the classroom teacher’s policy as approved by the administration.

Testing

Our Remote Learning Strategy promotes the quality of assessments over the quantity of assessments. Every assessment should serve as a “mastery of skills” and not to boost a gradebook. Multiple learning opportunities should be provided for students to achieve mastery of the subject matter. 

It is critical we create a learning environment where students feel comfortable, challenged, but not overly stressed. Therefore, reliance on grades should be significantly reduced.

 TESTING & ASSESSMENTS
Testing PolicyAll students are to take tests during their assigned class period or Independent Study time. Teachers should communicate with Coach Hall and Mr. Stewart immediately if a student misses a test.
Testing & Student AssessmentOn average, teachers should create tests that can be completed during the 30 minute class block.

As usual, all tests should be on the testing calendar on the Teacher Cheat Sheet.

If your test will take longer than your 30 minute class time, you can schedule it during Independent Study time. The 30 minute class period should be used as a review period for the test being taken during independent study time.

Only one test will be allowed per Independent Study time.
Testing on Google ClassroomsTeachers (except math) should create assessments through Google Forms (Click Here to access Video Tutorial.)

Assessments should be set to be accessible for a specific date and time limit.

If the assessment is thorough, students will not have time to look elsewhere for the answers because of the time limit.
Final ExamsWe plan to administer final exams. These exams will be cumulative, though we understand content will be heavily weighted to the 3rd quarter.

It has been decided NOT to offer exemptions this year. The exam schedule will be communicated at a later date.
AP ClassesAs of this writing, AP students will test over material covered in the first three quarters of the school year. On April 3rd, the College Board will announce the test format for AP examinations. We anticipate that the AP test will be a 45 minute test online made available to students at the beginning of May.

AP classes should be used as a review for the test. Teachers should concentrate on reviewing major concepts from the three quarters of content previously covered. Additionally, AP class reviews have been provided on Youtube. Click Here to access.

Grades

Middle School

All grades should have a purpose. Students should focus on learning and mastering concepts. Grades must be intentional (the worst thing we can do right now is put a lot of emphasis on grades). If students decide not to complete an assignment that does not have a grade attached, then so be it. If assignments are meaningful they will negatively impact a student if they do not complete it, even if there is no grade.

I cannot stress enough: DO NOT ASSIGN BUSYWORK. Please limit grades tied to completion.

Remember, grades are important in middle school, yet, concept mastery is more important.

High School

All grades should have a purpose. Students should focus on learning and mastering concepts. Grades must be intentional (the worst thing we can do right now is put a lot of emphasis on grades). If students decide not to complete an assignment that does not have a grade attached, then so be it. If assignments are meaningful they will negatively impact a student if they do not complete it, even if there is no grade.

I cannot stress enough: DO NOT ASSIGN BUSYWORK. Please limit grades tied to completion.

Remember, grades are important in high school, yet concept mastery is more important. Grades are tied to an official transcript that affects college opportunities, so we must be extremely intentional in the graded assignments and assessments we provide.

Google Classroom

From this point forward we will utilize Google Classroom as our sole form of teaching and communication (lesson plans, assignments, due dates, updates). Click Here for the training videos. RenWeb will only be used to input grades.

  1. Add Administration: Teachers must add Mr. Stewart and Coach Hall to all classroom sections. This encourages accountability and gives us the ability to provide feedback and encouragement.
  2. Class Sections: All teachers must set up a Google Classroom per class period (i.e. – Mr. Thomas teaches two sections of Senior English, therefore he would create two separate classrooms).

Lesson Plans

Teachers are not required to post lesson plans on RenWeb. All assignments, due dates and assessments should be uploaded in Google Classroom. This will create a centralized location for students to see what is expected of them. 

Teachers should create online lessons for the next 7 weeks. Again, planning as if we are not returning to campus. (SENIOR TEACHERS AND AP TEACHERS ARE THE EXCEPTIONS.)

A “lesson plan” on Google Classroom will consist of three separate parts:

1. Post Assignments to Google Classroom
Please ensure you include all assignments and assessments through the assignments section on Google Classroom. (Ex. Ch. 10 assignment. Students are to complete Q 1-10 covering progressive nouns.)

2. Set Due Dates
Make sure you assign due dates and times to every assignment and lesson. These will appear on your students’ calendar and increase accountability. I cannot stress enough how important this is.

3. Communicate through Stream on Google Classroom
Utilize the Stream function in Google Classroom to communicate to the group as a whole. (This appears on your Google Classroom homepage as “Share something to your class.” Stream is like a Facebook feed where you will post information to reiterate the assignments and due dates you have already communicated.

Lesson Example:

Teachers are required to post grades on RenWeb as usual. Please communicate with parents if you are running behind on grades. Administration will be monitoring RenWeb to make sure grades are posted in a timely fashion.

Ensure all graded assignments are clearly marked in your lesson plans so students and parents are aware of assignments that will contribute to their overall class grade.

Communication

Google Classroom will be our main form of communication with students. All class assignments, due dates and changes will be communicated through the Google Classroom. 

Other Questions

 EXTENDED REMOTE LEARNING FAQ's
What if a student cheats?We understand the likelihood that students may cheat. We ask that you use your best professional judgment when it comes to assessing the validity of student work. If you are certain a student cheated (plagiarism, etc), regular handbook policy applies. Please immediately inform the administration so the appropriate disciplinary actions may be taken.
What are the student attendance requirements?Our goal is to ensure students master the concepts in their classes. Since there is not a manageable way to ensure all students attend all online classes, you will not be required to input attendance in RenWeb. Student participation will be measured by the completion of assignments.

As previously stated, it is critical to clearly communicate due dates for all assignments to encourage student academic and attendance accountability.
What happens if a student does not have a class period or has a subject that is not scheduled to meet online?The student can classify the period as a study hall but has no responsibility to attend a class period during that time. If possible, we advocate for students to work ahead on other assignments or use the time to enjoy reading a book.
Is CAC providing students and teachers with devices?Yes. We have set up a Device Loan Program. Click Here for instructions.