Distance Learning at Rocky Run Middle School
- Assistance from a Distance
- Online Learning for Students
- Stop Receiving Printed Distance Learning Packets
What is distance learning?
Distance learning is a learning experience where teachers and students are separated by place. They communicate synchronously (through live face to face classes using virtual meeting technology) and asynchronously (through print or electronic media).
Face to face virtual meetings will be held primarily on a tool called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Here are directions for students to access their teacher's classes. Students "star" their classroom links in their email or use this document to organize their links (this is shared with students in Google Classroom so that they can edit it).
Each week students will be mailed a distance learning packet (the first packet should be at your house later this week), have access to materials in FCPS 24/7 Learning (Blackboard) and will be expected to participate in synchronous online classes on Wednesday and Friday to review concepts, review the packet, and learn and practice new concepts as instructed by your classroom teachers.
RRMS Schedule for Distance Learning
Below is the Distance Learning schedule that Rocky Run MS will implement. It includes a schedule for Wednesdays and Fridays when each class period will meet in an online synchronous session. Currently at the middle school level, synchronous sessions will occur once a week in student’s Math, English, Science, History, Academic Support electives, and HS credit World Language classes. Electives and PE classes will provide activities for students to complete in the asynchronous (non- face to face) environment. Our elective and PE teachers will be reaching out to their students with additional details. Students are expected to attend the live class times on Wednesday and Friday and are expected to complete teacher-directed learning activities on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
In addition, your teachers will have office hours on Tuesday and Thursday. These office hours will be communicated with you by each teacher soon. Office hours are a time when you can sign on to Blackboard Collaborate or email with your teachers to consult with them regarding your assignments, questions, and concerns.
RRMS School Schedule
Monday: Students complete independent or collaborative work and learning packets.
Tuesday: Students complete independent or collaborative work and learning packets.
Wednesday: Bell Schedule by Period
Thursday: Students complete independent or collaborative work and learning packets.
Friday: Bell Schedule by Period
Expectations for Distance Learning
Your student’s Math, Science, English, Social Studies and HS Credit World Language class will have 45 minute synchronous, face-to-face online sessions every Wednesday or Friday. Outside of the scheduled class times for 45 minutes/week, students will be expected to work independently on assignments, activities, and coursework. The work assigned may be independent or collaborative and can include watching pre-recorded video lessons, reading for a purpose, participating in an online discussion, and completing assignments posted on Blackboard or Google Classroom.
Distance Learning Attendance
All students are expected to participate in the virtual face to face classes. Teachers and our counselors will follow up with families of those students who do not attend class each week. Attendance is important for students to maintain a continuity of learning and to acquire new content from the 4th quarter, to develop ongoing connections between teachers and peers, and to establish a sense of normalcy and routine during a stressful time. Please feel free to reach out to a member of the RRMS staff at any time if you have any questions or concerns about your student’s ability to engage with this distance learning model.
It is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. To that end, middle school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript.
Student Supports for ESOL and Special Education
The RRMS staff is working hard to prepare distance learning materials to ensure that all students have access to educational materials and activities, including our English learners and students with Individualized Education Programs and 504 Plans. Numerous supports, modifications, and services may be effectively provided online and our team will be contacting students and families with additional details and resources.
Counselors and Student Services
As we transition to this Distance Learning model of instruction, we are also focused on supporting the social and emotional needs of our students. Our Student Services team will be collaborating with our teachers during this transition. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s counselor if you need any assistance.
If you need help with your computer or internet access, please contact Mrs. Wilde (@email) as soon as possible.