Mar 13, 2020

Virtual Learning with MPCS

Virtual Learning with MPCS

 

Virtual Learning Has Begun!

Due to the temporary campus self-quarantine in response to the Coronavirus threat, MPCS began Virtual Learning on March 16. We expect to be off-campus through April 24, off for Spring Break and Easter through April 13. Virtual Learning will continue April 14-May 15. The last day of school and virtual learning will be May 15.

We are thankful for the cooperation of staff and students in the implementation of Virtual Learning to continue the academic experience. Thank you to our amazing MPCS families and school community for your patience and cooperation! Please refer to these tips and guidelines as you prepare your home learning space and schedules.

 

*In addition to Virtual Learning, our admission team is still hard at work offering a Virtual Open House On-Demand to students interested in learning more about joining the MPCS family, even while at home! 
We also encourage you to read the new WingTips blogs for 7 Tips for Parents Working from Home and 6 Tips to Make the Most of Virtual Learning.

 

For updates from Dr. Wiens, Virtual Learning, and plans for summer and fall, click the button below.


Directions for Virtual Learning (Preschool):

Check your e-mail daily for updates and links from your PreK teachers! 

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NEW Message from Mrs. "B"

4/3/20:

We have made it through three weeks of online learning. I am sure it has been a long three weeks for many of you. I am so pleased with how smoothly everyone adapted to this new way of doing preschool. We hope that adding the teachers' webpages during the second week of virtual learning was a pleasant addition to making learning fun and easy for your child.

We also hope that you enjoy next week's Spring Break, even though we are stillhome-bound. Take this time to turn off the screens, and find fun things to do at home. Work on puzzles, read books, make a mess in the kitchen by baking some yummy treats, enjoy walks, and make a scavenger hunt outside in your yard. Do all this with your preschooler! These are memories they will always have and time you will enjoy.

We will continue to have Storytime next week with Dr. Davis. I hope your kids can join in at 7:30 p.m. (password: storytime). 

We will return to online learning on Tuesday, April 14. Your teachers will send out their daily e-mail that morning. All virtual playdates and nap time story times will resume on that day as well. On the evening of Tuesday, April 14, I will host a preschool parent meet-up on Zoom from 7:30-8:00 p.m. All of the preschool staff will be on this video conference as well. We would like to offer you some time to ask questions about how Virtual Learning has been going in your home. We would love to also pass on any tips or thoughts of activities that you can continue to do with your preschooler during this time. I will send out a reminder of the parent meeting.  

Lastly, I would encourage you to hang in there. You are doing a great job. These crazy times are definitely stressful for all of us adults. Your sweet, little ones do not fully understand the long impact this virus will have on us. Let's keep it that way, and let them be young and innocent. Love on your children and make the most of this time at home. Do not hesitate to reach out to any of us if you need anything. We are all in this together, even though we are apart. 

I will leave you with Philippians 4: 6-9 (The Message): Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

I will continue to lift each of you up in my daily prayers asking for peace and comfort on your households during your time at home.

 

3/13/20:

The preschool teachers have been diligently working to prepare for fun preschool activities for your children during this campus closure. You will receive an email from your child’s teacher starting Monday, March 16 by 9:00 a.m. regarding the day’s plans.

Please note that all activities and special events have been postponed until further notice. These special events include class pictures, field day, spring conferences, Easter Chapel and parties, and Grandparents’ Day. Some of these wonderful events may be rescheduled and some may be canceled. 

Psalm 91 tells us, ”Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” We love and miss you all and will keep you updated with any changes.

 

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Schedule and Expectations

Unlike lower school, preschool students will not have “live” Zoom classes. All of our lessons will be recorded and delivered each morning via e-mail link for your individual teacher. Teachers are also hosting their own virtual playdates at different times on Tuesday and Thursday. Each of our exploratory teachers will be sending short videos with learning activities for preschoolers via the teacher e-mails. 

Please know that the learning activities provided are optional and age-appropriate and may be viewed and completed at your leisure. Our goal is to keep your child's skills up so they don't miss a beat.

Preschool chapel is now being held live on Monday and Friday mornings 8:30-8:50 a.m. by parent demand.

The Zoom PreK chapel meeting link is:

https://zoom.us/j/206234661

 

We know that many of you will have childcare and work-related challenges, and we want to offer these flexible opportunities for learning. The teachers will be available through e-mail from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m. each school day should you have any questions.

 


Directions for Virtual Learning (Lower School):

Check your e-mail often for updates and links sent by teachers for your student's grade level.

We will end each day during virtual learning with an optional Mystery Reader bedtime story at 7:30 p.m.

 

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NEW Message from Dr. Davis

4/3/20:

We have made it through three weeks of at-home-online learning! I am so impressed with how everyone has adapted to this temporary "new" normal. Our students seem to be doing a great job. Seeing everyone for morning announcements and devotions is a refreshing way to my start the day! I think that we have created a new tradition with our Storytime and Mystery Reader. I love ending our days together as well.

When we first created our schedule for online learning, we anticipated working from home for two weeks. Since this is no longer the case, we have made a few tweaks to the lower school schedule to provide additional face-to-face instructional times. We want to ensure that we make the best use of our time online with your children. Teachers (K-5) have shared the new schedule, which can be found on your child's teacher's webpage or their Google Classroom Daily Agenda (Grades 3-5) this Friday. We will begin the new schedule of instruction for kindergarten-fifth grades on Tuesday, April 14.

I hope that you all enjoy your Spring Break with your families. I know that I am looking for a bit of a break from my computer screen. I pray that you and your children will be able to do the same.

We will continue to have Storytime next week. I hope to see your kids at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday next week! I have a special book to share with them and a fun challenge for them to complete next week.

Later today, you will receive an e-mail from me with a list of fun activities that your children may wish to do next week during Spring Break. Also, after Spring Break, you will need the following passwords to join our large group gatherings via Zoom each day.

   Lower School Morning Announcements and Devotions: bekind

   Lower School Storytime and Mystery Readers: storytime

 

As we continue through this process, I welcome your feedback. I sent a parent survey, and teachers have sent surveys that have informed our process. Please reach out to me with any additional thoughts or ideas. We are certainly in this together, and your feedback makes us better.

I will leave you with the verse that Governor Kemp referenced this week. This is our family verse - one that we have clung to for years!

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." — Joshua 1:9

I continue to pray for your families - that God will fill your hearts and your homes with His peace.

 

3/13/20:

Although we have had a hectic three days preparing for the possibility of at-home learning, I have to admit that in many ways, it has been a great experience for our lower school team. As educators, we are innate learners. We thrive on the opportunity to learn and collaborate. This week has provided an abundance of opportunities to do just that. Let me say that our teachers and paraprofessionals have stepped up, and they have knocked it out of the park this week! They have planned lessons, learned how to use Zoom, set up classrooms in their homes, prayed for you and your children, and prepared as best they can to teach remotely. We are ready, and we are excited!

We have tried our best to put a plan in place that will allow us to continue to provide an excellent learning experience for your children. I am confident that we have not thought of all the little bumps that we will experience; however, we have done our best to anticipate as many as possible. Through this process, I will need you to provide feedback to the teachers and me as to how we can best support the at-home learning experience for your children, other than coming to your house to teach! Read the details for schedules and expections in the windows below.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you and your children in any way! It is going to be great! Not without bumps, but we will all be closer and stronger as we work together during the next few weeks.

The lower school team is praying for you and your family. I have been reminded multiple times this week of how thankful I am for my relationship with Christ and the peace that He provides. And I am grateful to be a part of the MPCS family.

 

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NEW Schedule

The adjusted lower school schedule provides additional face-to-face instructional times. We want to ensure that we make the best use of our time online with your children. Teachers (K-5) have shared the new schedule, which can be found on your child's teacher's webpage, or their Google Classroom Daily Agenda (Grades 3-5). We will begin the new schedule of instruction for kindergarten-fifth grades on Tuesday, April 14.

We will continue to have Storytime at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Password for these activities are:

    Lower School Morning Announcements and Devotions: bekind

    Lower School Storytime and Mystery Readers: storytime

 

Learning plan overview:

  • We have made every effort to keep your children’s school day as “normal” as possible.

  • We will begin each day with a devotion and announcements at 8:50 a.m. I will highlight some of the learning activities that are taking place.

  • Your children will have class meetings at 9:00 a.m. to set the expectations for the day. Each grade's class order and schedule is posted to Google Classroom and your teacher's webpage.

  • Teachers will have office hours each day so that you and your children will have the opportunity to clarify any questions.

  • Your children will have an exploratory class each day and either a P.E. session or a guidance lesson.

  • If your child receives support services, we have provided time for that instruction. (Directed Studies, Speech, ENCORE)

  • You will receive a recorded chapel session each day.

  • We will end each day with a Mystery Reader at 7:30 p.m. 

 

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Expectations

Expectations for the coming weeks so that we are all on the same page:

  • Your children will be expected to complete approximately two hours of “school” work each day. Below is a link to a long list of ideas that your children can do outside our daily expectations.

  • We will provide live meetings throughout the day. Please, if at all possible, make these meetings a top priority for your children.

  • We do understand that some children may not be able to attend the live sessions. We will record “instructional” times and upload those files to either a google site (K-2nd) or google classroom (3rd-5th).

  • Help your children attend the live sessions in a “professional” manner and be ready to engage in the learning experiences.

    • Have them dressed for the day

    • Define their “work” space for school work. They need to be at a desk or a table. I would suggest an area that can remain set up with materials: paper, crayons, pencils, etc.

    • Limit distractions: pets, TV, music, etc.

    • Encourage them to connect with their teacher during “office hours” if they have questions or need assistance. We are here to help!

  • Please be flexible and patient as we all adapt to a new platform for learning. We will also be flexible and patient. We know that there will likely be technical issues that are out of our control. None of us can predict what will happen when the whole world is working online. We know that families will be sharing devices and bandwidth. Our teachers are adapting to teaching online—many “new” things for all of us to learn how to navigate.

  • Our goal for closing school is to provide social distance and slow the spread of the virus. We want to protect ourselves and others. Please do not plan indoor group activities. Encourage your children to get outside and play! Please limit entertainment time on devices and use this as an opportunity to have students engage with books at home.

  • The campus is closed. Students may not come onto campus until we re-open.

  • Keep a positive attitude and make this fun for your children.

  • Take time to connect with your children in intentional ways. Plan family dinners and game night. Take advantage of the gift of time!

 

2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

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Tips for Virtual Learning (Lower School)
Tips for Virtual Learning (Lower School)

If the need arises for at-home learning, lower school teachers, counselors, and administration are ready and excited to continue facilitating learning experiences for our students: 

  • Please know, we will be flexible with our lower school students as we know that younger children, to some degree, are dependent upon parents and monitored access to digital devices. (*Preschool students will not be expected to do more than any at-home recommendations provided to you by teachers).

  • The first day at home, we will not hold class, but request that students get prepared for virtual learning on the second day.

  • Any home computer, tablet, or smart phone connected to the internet will work for virtual learning. If you do not have any of these devices, please alert your teacher now. 

  • We will begin our school day at 9:00 a.m. each morning with a 20-minute class or grade-level meeting via Zoom. Teachers will provide the meeting invitation link to parents via e-mail. 

  • You will receive links to Zoom meetings for each of the lesson times specified in each grade level. Attendance is not being taken, but if you miss a session, you will still recieve assignment information via your teacher's daily e-mail.

  • If your child is not able to attend a virtual meeting, he or she will be able to access a recorded version of the meeting at a time when it works best for you and your child. 

  • Instruction and assignments should take no more than 2-4 hours of work per day, depending on grade-level.

  • Our expectation is that students must stay up to speed on concepts and assignments.

  • Teachers will establish office hours twice a day for 1 hour at a time. Refer to your teacher’s e-mail for exact times should your student have questions concerning classwork.

  • Instruction will include:

    • Core subject instruction from teachers for continuity of learning

    • Bible lessons taught by paraprofessionals three times a week via a recorded Zoom meeting

    • Live exploratory classes from exploratory teachers at 2:00 p.m. each day

    • Live guidance lessons from counselors twice a week at 2:30 p.m.

    • Fifth-grade leadership class facilitated by Dr. Davis at 1:30 p.m. each day

  • Again, please e-mail your teacher or division head with any questions should they arise.

 


Directions for Virtual Learning (Middle School):

Check your e-mail often for updates and links sent by teachers for your student's grade level. Students are also very familiar in how to check teacher messages and assignments through Google Classroom.

 

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NEW Message from Mr. Montaperto

4/3/20:

It is hard to believe that we are completing our third week of Virtual Learning. These last few weeks have been filled with big adjustments, trial and error, resourcefulness, patience, and a great deal of uncertainty. With the most recent decision to close the campus and continue Virtual Learning through May 15, I am grateful for a concrete path for our students and our teachers moving forward. While none of this is what we had planned for our community, we continue to remain encouraged and at peace, knowing a loving God who is in full control. Here is a list of updates that you need to know:

  • Virtual Learning will continue through May 15, the last day of school. Below is a copy of the schedule from April 14 through May 15.
  • There will be no finals or end of year tests in grades 6-8. The remaining days of at-home learning will be dedicated to teaching and learning, with some middle school fun thrown in too. With the cancellation of several of the events we had planned for the end of our school year, we are fortunate to pick up several additional days of instruction as a result.
  • Eighth-grade parents, be on the lookout for a brief survey regarding the Blessing Ceremony in the next couple of weeks. We would love to get your input.
  • Continue to support your students with their classes. It is critical that our students remain present and engaged with the learning objectives and expectations in each course to maximize their opportunity for success.

Thank you for all of the great support, patience, and understanding as we have worked to pivot these last few weeks in an effort to offer continuity of learning with value. I encourage all of us to remain steadfast and committed to "finish strong." Have a wonderful Spring Break and Easter!

 

3/20/20:

This week has been a week unlike anything we've ever experienced.  The constant changes we have adapted to over the course of this week watching and listening as our state and federal government officials provide guidance and updates for our communities; the many decisions businesses and organizations are all having to consider; and the adjustments and challenges we are facing in our own households can all be rather overwhelming to say the least. And this is all in addition to us working through the virtual learning experience with our students. With that said, there is an abundance of peace in knowing our heavenly Father is sovereign and in full control. Placing our trust in Him during this time of uncertainty is just what He wants us to do. I encourage you to remain in prayer as we continue to navigate these next few weeks. 

As a school, we have learned a great deal this week through the virtual learning experience. Our teachers and students have been resilient in making the most of something so very new and different. As a result of many conversations and wonderful constructive feedback, we have decided to implement some changes to our middle school schedule, beginning Monday, March 23, that will make some simple improvements for students, teachers, and families. See the menu below for the new schedule.

I also wanted to share with you we have decided that for the safety and best interest of our students and families, all middle school field trips will be canceled for the remainder of the school year. This truly breaks my heart! Please know that the travel companies that support our trips to Chattanooga, Charleston, and Washington D.C. are already working through the details regarding refunds for the many, many schools and organizations that are all finding themselves in the same situation. Please be patient as we work closely with them to process those refunds as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for your continued support and partnership. I look forward to the day when we can be back in the busy and boisterous halls and classrooms, loving on our amazing kids as a middle school community.

 

3/16/20:

I hope this message finds you well with your pantry stocked full and your home classroom ready to rock and roll as we launch into our virtual learning platform beginning on Monday. Thank you so much for your support, patience, and understanding as we have navigated these last several days with regard to the spread of the Coronavirus and what that means for the MPCS community at large. 

While virtual learning will be and feel quite different for all of us, I assure you that we, as a school, have poured a great deal of time and energy into the preparations for making these upcoming days of learning as impactful and meaningful as possible. Please know and understand that this effort will not come without some obstacles or failures as we launch into this new learning space; we all learning together. 

With that said, we plan to collaborate on a regular basis in an effort to share what works well and what may need some tweaking, so that our teaching faculty can learn from one another and refine instruction as we move through the days ahead. Included in the windows are a few standard expectations for our students that we believe will maximize the learning opportunities for them within the virtual teaching platform.

Thank you again for your continued partnership and support with MPCS middle school. We truly are better when we work together to provide learning and growth opportunities that best support all of our kids. We are continually praying for our community during this time of crisis and find peace in the notion that we worship a sovereign God who knows all.  Be safe...stay healthy... praise Jesus!

 

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NEW Schedule

The class periods will be built in 60-minute blocks and we will run 4 blocks per day. The lunch break will be extended to intentionally allot time for students to have a break from their computer screens, more closely align the lunch time for families with students across divisions, and offer some additional time to get up and move or play outside during the school day. Students should reference only “Monday” on both their Blue week and Black week traditional schedules. Please see the new schedule below.  


Middle School Virtual Learning Schedule (through last day of school on May 15):

 

 

4/13/20

04/14/20

04/15/20

04/16/20

04/17/20

Time:

No School

Black (B) Monday

Black (B) Monday

Blue (A) Monday

Blue (A) Monday

8:00-9:00

 

2nd Period

1st Period

2nd Period

1st Period

9:15-10:15

 

4th Period

3rd Period

4th Period

3rd Period

10:30-11:30

 

Study Hall

7th Period

Study Hall

7th Period

11:30-1:00

 

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

1:00-2:00

 

5th Period

6th Period

5th Period

6th Period

2:10-3:10 OFFICE HOURS

 

Math/Science/
Bible

Lang Arts/ Social 
Studies/ Exploratory

Math/Science/
Bible

Lang Arts/ Social 
Studies/ Exploratory

 

 

 

04/20/20

04/21/20

04/22/20

04/23/20

04/24/20

Time:

Black (B) Monday

Black (B) Monday

Blue (A) Monday

Blue (A) Monday

Black (B) Monday

8:00-9:00

2nd Period

1st Period

2nd Period

1st Period

2nd Period

9:15-10:15

4th Period

3rd Period

4th Period

3rd Period

4th Period

10:30-11:30

Study Hall

7th Period

Study Hall

7th Period

Study Hall

11:30-1:00

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

1:00-2:00

5th Period

6th Period

5th Period

6th Period

5th Period

2:10-3:10 OFFICE HOURS

Math/Science/
Bible

Lang Arts/ Social 
Studies/ Exploratory

Math/Science/
Bible

Lang Arts/ Social 
Studies/ Exploratory

 

 

 

 

04/27/20

04/28/20

04/29/20

04/30/20

05/01/20

Time:

Black (B) Monday

Blue (A) Monday

Blue (A) Monday

Black (B) Monday

Black (B) Monday

8:00-9:00

1st Period

2nd Period

1st Period

2nd Period

1st Period

9:15-10:15

3rd Period

4th Period

3rd Period

4th Period

3rd Period

10:30-11:30

7th Period

Study Hall

7th Period

Study Hall

7th Period

11:30-1:00

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

1:00-2:00

6th Period

5th Period

6th Period

5th Period

6th Period

2:10-3:10 OFFICE HOURS

Math/Science/
Bible

Lang Arts/ Social 
Studies/ Exploratory

Math/Science/
Bible

Lang Arts/ Social 
Studies/ Exploratory

 

 

  

 

05/04/20

05/05/20

05/06/20

05/07/20

05/08/20

Time:

Blue (A) Monday

Blue (A) Monday

Black (B) Monday

Black (B) Monday

Blue (A) Monday

8:00-9:00

2nd Period

1st Period

2nd Period

1st Period

2nd Period

9:15-10:15

4th Period

3rd Period

4th Period

3rd Period

4th Period

10:30-11:30

Study Hall

7th Period

Study Hall

7th Period

Study Hall

11:30-1:00

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

1:00-2:00

5th Period

6th Period

5th Period

6th Period

5th Period

2:10-3:10 OFFICE HOURS

Math/Science/
Bible

Lang Arts/ Social 
Studies/ Exploratory

Math/Science/
Bible

Lang Arts/ Social 
Studies/ Exploratory

 

 

 

 

05/11/20

05/12/20

05/13/20

05/14/20

05/15/20

Time:

Blue (A) Monday

Black (B) Monday

Black (B) Monday

Blue (A) Monday

Blue (A) Monday

8:00-9:00

1st Period

2nd Period

1st Period

2nd Period

1st Period

9:15-10:15

3rd Period

4th Period

3rd Period

4th Period

3rd Period

10:30-11:30

7th Period

Study Hall

7th Period

Study Hall

7th Period

11:30-1:00

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

1:00-2:00

6th Period

5th Period

6th Period

5th Period

6th Period

2:10-3:10 OFFICE HOURS

Math/Science/
Bible

Lang Arts/ Social 
Studies/ Exploratory

Math/Science/
Bible

Lang Arts/ Social 
Studies/ Exploratory

 

 

 

 

Please know that teachers will be available for support during the posted office hours in the schedule above. Of course, you or the students can e-mail them at any time, but please be patient and allow at least 24 hours for a response as they are still "doing school."

If you have any questions about the schedule or feedback about the virtual learning experience please feel free to e-mail Mr. Montaperto at pmontaperto@mtparanschool.com. In addition, please continue to e-mail ithelpdesk@mtparanschool.com with issues regarding connectivity or student devices.
 

IMPORTANT: Please note that there is no Late-Start Wednesday in the new schedule. There is a new built-in study hall time for recess, studying, or time for watching the devotion. We will not have any planned opportunities during these times.  

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Expectations

BE PRESENT - Please make sure that your student is present for each class period. Students will be utilizing Google Hangouts Meet to connect with their teacher and classmates. They need to be present in each class period for the duration of time as directed by their teachers.

BE ENGAGED - Please encourage your child to engage in the learning that is being provided virtually. Teachers will review their expectations with students at the beginning of each class and remind them as needed.

BE FLEXIBLE - Please remind your child to be flexible when working with the technology. This applies to parents too! Teachers will provide information on what to do when this happens. When in doubt, initiate a "hard reset" to the device and try again.

USE GOOGLE CLASSROOM - This is the "go-to" for students for much of the information they will need. The link to Google Hangouts Meet, various other links, posted assignments, and other information will be housed in each teacher's Google Classroom.  The students know this well - always start there!

 

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Tips for Virtual Learning (Middle School)
Tips for Virtual Learning (Middle School):

As we prepare for virtual learning, below are some suggestions for best practices for middle school students as they engage with teachers and peers: 

  • School will begin at 8:00 a.m. — students should be fed, dressed, and ready for school and logged in to the Google Hangout Meet. The link can be found in their Google Classroom they are accustomed to using daily. 

  • Students should be in a space in their home most conducive for learning and interacting with teachers. Students should not be sitting in bed to do class. Consider a desk or table and ensure the background that is visible is appropriate for other students and teachers. 

  • Limit distractions: pets, TV, music, etc. 

  • Attendance will be taken for each class, so students should log in and be ready for instruction at class time. We will follow the NEW bell schedule (A and B days). 

  • Students should use tools within Google Classroom and e-mail to communicate with teachers if needed or required. 

  • Students may contact the counselor or administrators with any questions. E-mail is the easiest way to communicate and teachers will be prepared to respond.

  • If you have technical difficulties with your device, submit a request to the IT Department at ithelpdesk@mtparanschool.com who are on stand-by to provide support.


Directions for Virtual Learning (High School): 

Check your e-mails from teachers for each of your classes. Students will "report" to classes at the new scheduled times. Read instructions below.

 

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NEW Message from Mrs. Rusk

4/3/20: 

Like many of you, I kept myself in a state of hopefulness about the potential to return to campus. I will admit that I was heartbroken yesterday, but I have great respect for Governor Kemp, and we will move forward with virtual school. Today, I will rejoice in the day the Lord has made, and I will begin to craft a new action plan for the remainder of our school year!

  • Yesterday, every high school student should have received an e-mail from Mrs. Hicks regarding course registration. Please refer to that e-mail for important timeline information that begins the week after spring break. 
  • Seniors, please e-mail Mrs. Hicks, thicks@mtparanschool.com, your final college choice. We need this for the graduation program and other printed materials. 
  • Seniors, please e-mail Dr. Holmes, tholmes@mtparanschool.com, all of your college acceptances and any scholarship offers you have received. If you don't plan to accept the award, we still want you to report that you earned the offer. 
  • With school ending May 15, we have decided that we will NOT give final exams
  • The student's average in each class will be placed in the category of the final exam. For example, Tawanna has an 82 average in Anatomy; her final exam grade is an 82. 
  • Teachers will have until May 8 to collect grades and determine which students have an A (90 or above) average. 
  • On May 11 and 12, students will attend class online and find out if they reached an "exemption" status. For courses in which they hold an A average, they no longer need to attend Virtual Learning. 
  • May 11-15, students with grades below an A average will receive opportunities to complete assignments that will allow them to improve their average before it becomes their final exam grade. 
  • The AP exam dates are May 11-22. AP students testing on these dates are excused from all other classes. Mrs. Lussier will send more specific information, along with the AP teachers.
  • AP students must take the AP exam in order to receive the AP course on their transcript.
  • AP students do not return to their AP courses after they have completed the AP exam. 

We are working on plans for honors night, senior breakfast, college day, prom, and graduation. We will keep you updated as plans are solidified. 

Our high school faculty and staff are working hard to provide an excellent Virtual Learning experience and to love on our students. We have your child's best interest at heart. 

I pray that you can all enjoy a restful spring break. Continue to stay safe by sheltering in place and practicing social distancing. I remind myself each hour that God is faithful, He is sovereign, and He will make a way out of this situation. Let us count our blessings and cherish this unique family time. 

 

3/20/20:

This week has been one for the record books! It has been filled with challenges and success for teachers, students, and families. What has been evident is how exceptional our MPCS community is at coming together. Thank you to every parent who has supported your student and our teachers - we couldn't do this without you! 

We have been surveying teachers, students, and parents to gain feedback to improve our virtual learning experience. We have always known from the first day of virtual learning that we would need to make adjustments to our schedule. We want to honor that kids need less time on screens, time for getting up and moving during the day, and time to get extra support from teachers. See the new schedule in the section menu below.

It is our sincere prayer that we will return to classes on campus after Spring Break, but in the meantime, we are so blessed to provide your family with the best possible MPCS experience via virtual learning. Please continue to practice social- distancing so we can flatten the curve, protect our neighbors, and return to a sense of normalcy. 

We also invite your family to be in prayer every night at 7:00 p.m. God is faithful and He can and will use this time to bless us if we seek Him. 

 

3/16/20:

What a wild ride this past week has been for all of us. I know we never dreamed of having to do virtual school due to a global health issue. However, nothing catches God off guard, and while this is unchartered territory, I have complete peace that we will all be okay. Your teachers consider this time as an opportunity to pour into you and to help you in any way possible. 

I know that many of you have mixed emotions about all that is happening. We are here for you. We will walk this out with each of you and ensure you get the academic and emotional support you need. 

This new endeavor will require patience on everyone’s part, including all of you. Let’s commit to working together to make this time as successful as it can be. When we are back on campus we will do something to celebrate!

If you have technical difficulties with your device, submit a request to the IT Department at ithelpdesk@mtparanschool.com, who are on standby to provide support.

Stay up-to-date on our school updates concerning Coronavirus at mtparanschool.com/coronavirus

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NEW Schedule

We will follow the regular A/B rotation, but we will use the NEW bell schedule times listed below

You may refer to the A/B rotation below but class times have changed.

Spring A/B Block Schedule

 

Beginning on Monday, March 23, classes have been reduced to 60 minutes, transitions are now 15 minutes, and lunch is 90 minutes. We also are ending the school day at 2:00 p.m. for all students. Teachers will hold AP/Office Hours during the last hour on an as-needed basis. 

 

New virtual bell schedule for high school:

 

Time:

High School Block (A or B):

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Block 1

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Block 2

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Block 3

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Block 4

2:10-3:10 p.m.

AP/Office Hours

 


 

AP/Office Hours:

 

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

AP Math/

Math 

AP History/

History

AP FL/Arts

FL/Electives

AP ELA

ELA

AP Science/ 

Science

AP Cal AB

AP Cal BC

AP Stats

AP Human

AP World

AP US

AP Gov

AP Econ

AP Psych

AP S Lang

AP S Lit

AP French

AP Art

AP Music Theory

AP Lang

AP Lit

AP Seminar

AP Bio

AP Chem

AP Physics

AP CS

 

 

AP/Office Hours are when your AP teachers may call a class meeting to give you additional instruction. For honors and on-level courses, these office hours are the designated time when you can e-mail and ask a teacher for extra help. 

 

Students should be fed, dressed, and ready for school and logged in to the Google Hangout Meet by 8:00 a.m. The link can be found in your Google Classroom. 

  • Attendance will be taken for each class, so students should log in and be ready for instruction at class times above. There is NO LATE-START Wednesday with the new bell schedule.
  • Students should use tools within Google Classroom and e-mail to communicate with teachers if needed or required. 
  • E-mail is the easiest way to communicate, and teachers will be prepared to respond.
  • Use the chat function as a mature person. 
  • Students must use Google Chrome — we have to see you on GoGuardian during your work time, or we cannot give you credit for assignments. This is already set up on your device.
  • Be a person of integrity in all online interactions. 
  • If you have technical difficulties with your device, submit a request to the IT Department at ithelpdesk@mtparanschool.com, who are on standby to provide support.

 

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Expectations

 

Here are a few expectations and some event updates: 

  • The whole point of this closing is so we can all socially distance ourselves and not spread the virus. We want to protect ourselves and others. 
  • Do not plan group activities — it defeats the purpose if you are together in groups. 
  • If you have a study hall or free block, you do not have to log in at those times. (use the time wisely)
  • Students should be in a space in their home most conducive for learning and interacting with teachers. Students should not be sitting in bed to do class. Consider a desk or table and ensure the visible background is appropriate for other students and teachers. 
  • Limit distractions: pets, TV, music, etc. 
  • The campus is closed — no one can come on campus until we re-open. 
  • Keep a positive attitude and look at this as a training ground for an online college class.
  • We are already looking at dates to reschedule "Tuck Everlasting."
  • Prom is still scheduled for April 17!
  • Athletics is working with GHSA to find a way to finish all athletic seasons. 
  • If you need help — e-mail the teacher, Mrs. Lussier, Mr. Beard, or Mrs. Rusk.

 

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Tips for Virtual Learning (High School)
Tips for Virtual Learning (High School):

As we prepare for virtual learning, below are some suggestions for best practices for high school students as they engage with teachers and peers: 

  • School will begin at 8:00 a.m. — students should be fed, dressed, and ready for school and logged in to the Google Hangout Meet. The link can be found in their Google Classroom they are accustomed to using daily. 

  • Students should be in a space in their home most conducive for learning and interacting with teachers. Students should not be sitting in bed to do class. Consider a desk or table and ensure the background that is visible is appropriate for other students and teachers. 

  • Limit distractions: pets, TV, music, etc. 

  • Attendance will be taken for each class, so students should log in and be ready for instruction at the normal class time. We will follow the NEW bell schedule (A and B days / see menu above). 

  • Students should use tools within Google Classroom and e-mail to communicate with teachers if needed or required. 

  • Students may contact the counselor or administrators with any questions. E-mail is the easiest way to communicate and teachers will be prepared to respond.

  • If you have technical difficulties with your device, submit a request to the IT Department at ithelpdesk@mtparanschool.com who are on stand-by to provide support.


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"Virtual" Morning Devotion

Check back each morning during Virtual Learning to watch a new morning devotion posted below. Click here for our recent CHAPEL messages. 

Morning Devotion 5/15/20 by Mr. Kyle

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If you have technical difficulties with your device, please submit a request to the IT Department at at the contact e-mail below. The IT Help Desk is  on standby to provide support to all students and staff!

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