Our Building is Closed, but our Learning Continues. Please check back to read about our updated online learning plans during COVID-19.
The empty hallways and empty classrooms are strange. Not, summer vacation strange, but "where is everybody?" strange. The school is alive when filled with the sounds of children and the smiles of the faculty who teach, mentor, and love on them. We miss everyone.
Faculty: This first week of CoronaClosure has been, by all accounts, a success. Our faculty had 48 hours to be ready for a completely different means of delivering education, and they have risen to the occasion. We've learned (and are still learning) how to do it well. I am just one of many who thank-you! A few of the testimonials we've received...
"Day 3! I’m thankful my boys get to do virtual school together and I’m grateful for the instruction and support their teachers and the administration at Oakland Christian School are providing."
"I'm so impressed with how quickly and smoothly you all transitioned to virtual learning. My son is only in EEC but I cannot tell you how thankful we are for all the updates and reminders to trust in God through all this!"
"Man, my student has adjusted so fast to remote learning thanks to Mrs. Ream and the OCS team. She has been completely independent in her learning and she's only in 3rd grade. So proud of her and our OCS school!"
Parents: Y'all have been incredible. Juggling work-at-home schedules, disrupting home routines, and kids taking classes online have all been new territory for everyone. But, we're light years ahead of most schools as we are educating virtually. Your prayers, support, understanding, patience and feedback have been invaluable. Thank you!
Students: Well done! You kiddos are so teachable, adaptable and resilient. This is different but it's temporary. We miss seeing you face-to-face. We miss YOU - the laughter, the stories, the questions, the craziness (OK, most of it) and all of the other gifts you bring to OCS. Obey your parents, be kind and nice to one another, and do your classwork! At some point, we will return to what we know, hang in there. There is a silver lining; here's what some of your classmates are saying...
"I'm thankful that I have understanding teachers who are willing to go slow and give grace in these crazy times."
"I am thankful for the school and my host family and everyone who’s taking care of the international students. I‘m also glad to be able to stay in a healthy environment with a sufficient amount of food."
"My silver lining is that I can do my homework late at night and not have to worry about getting up early in the morning."
".....And I am thankful for the school I attend and everything the teachers and staff has done for us to make our lives easier. I feel as though we haven’t skipped a stride in our learning even when we are all in different places."
- Mr. Pat McCarty, Head of School
As Christians, we are traveling together through a time unlike any we have experienced in our lives. We are not sure what tomorrow will bring, but we are sure that He is in control. We seek to understand and to do what we need to keep our families safe. We are not fearful, but pray for wisdom, discernment and strength. As followers of Christ, we give testimony to all who would ask about the hope that lies within us. What an opportunity!
As educators, we are adapting to what education will look like for the near future. All of our classroom experience and content knowledge is being utilized to adapt to an online learning model using our Schoology platform. We are well equipped and working diligently to change our mode of instructional delivery. Our faculty, students, and parents will be learning together. This is an unprecedented time for all of us. We are blessed that at Oakland Christian School we have the professional faculty, technology, and opportunity to continue engaging and challenging our students. What an opportunity!
A couple of notes:
Building hours this week - Staff and administrators will be on campus between 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Teachers will be available as outlined in the communication below.)
Spring break dates will remain as scheduled - April 6th - April 13th
I will communicate additional updates with the OCS community again this Friday, March 20th
Eyes on Christ - Mr. Pat McCarty, Head of School
Secondary Online Learning Plans
OCS is blessed to have resources available to support student learning during this time, and a staff trained in using these resources. On Monday, March 16, teachers gathered for a day of supplemental training and outlining expectations. As this is the first time any of us - educators, families, and students - have gone through anything like this, we know it won’t be perfect! However, we are committed to doing our best.
- Dr. Hook
Suggestions for Parents
- Remind your student to check Schoology daily.
- Teacher communication will originate there.
- Teacher “Office” hours will be posted on class calendars in Schoology.
- Announcements that apply to middle school and secondary students will be posted there.
- Even if you have a very independent student, check Schoology yourself. Our current situation is not typical, and all students will have an adjustment.
- Help your student build a routine. Setting aside time for school activities will help ensure they are completed. The routine also will help prevent boredom and video games from taking over!
- If you have any questions, please contact the teacher. During posted Office Hours, replies should be timely. At other times, teachers will respond as they are able.
Suggestions for Students
- Check Schoology often! Review the schedule below to know what classes to check on each day. We’ve divided them up to make it more manageable.
- If your teacher schedules a live video, tune in! We miss you and want to see you even if it is through a screen.
- Complete your assigned tasks! They might be different than normal, but they are designed to keep our minds working.
- Build a mini schedule for yourself and stick to it! Include activities such as music, art, and physical education. These are important for your well-being, too!
- If you have any questions, contact your teachers. During posted Office Hours, replies should be quick. At other times, teachers will respond as they are able.
- Teachers will be flexible with dates, but some due dates will be set. You should be making continuous progress. There is an expectation that when we return students will be on track. A “make up” window might not be provided.
- If you are unable to complete assignments due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, please let your teachers know.
Academic Overview for Secondary
OCS online learning program begins Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
- Three touchpoints per week for each class. These may include assignments, video instruction, live video instruction, Schoology discussion boards, or other activities identified by each teacher. Due dates will be posted on Schoology to help families and students navigate.
- AP classes may have more touchpoints each week. Teachers are trying to balance flexibility with the reality of the upcoming AP tests. Information about any potential rescheduling by the College Board will be shared if and when it becomes available.
- Physical Education and Arts classes will have at least one touchpoint per week. Each teacher will outline their expectations with not more than three due dates in line with other classes.
- Teachers will provide “Office Hours” on their Touchpoint days. Office hours might be on-line availability via Schoology discussion board, immediate email responses, or live video streaming and interaction via Schoology Conferences. Each teacher will post their times and methodology to the Course calendar in Schoology.
Elementary Online Learning Plans
Here we go on an adventure! Teachers have been at school today preparing plans to work remotely with our students and you. As we’ve gone through the day, Proverbs 16:9 resonates with me, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps”.
- Mr. Nickel
Here are the plans for the Elementary beginning Tuesday for the near future.
- Teacher communications with students and parents will come through your Schoology account. We will be using additional Schoology features to assist student learning, and some of these features will require the use of a desktop, laptop or tablet.
- Teachers will hold online “office hours” according to the following schedule:
- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 9:00-11:00 am
- Tuesdays, Thursdays for one hour between 6:00-9:00 pm. (Each teacher will communicate the hour they are available)
- Teachers will outline learning goals for 5 days of the week. You can control the schedule in your home, but you are strongly encouraged to keep a regular routine and expect 3-5 hours of learning activities per day.
- If you need to check out a school iPad, you can stop by the school this afternoon between 2:00 - 6:00 pm or tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17 between 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. (A parent/adult must pick up, as no students are allowed in the building.)
- Look for activities posted by each of our Specials teachers for the week.
We understand there may be technical issues to troubleshoot as we introduce this new format of communication and instruction. For technical questions, please contact the IT department at firstname.lastname@example.org Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and again between 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
For all other questions, please contact your child’s teacher or Mr. Nickel at email@example.com. We appreciate your patience as we begin this online learning endeavor!