GCJHS-Virtual School

Welcome to a new era in education! Grace and Courage is our school motto this year as we all learn to navigate this new process! We hope that you will help us, help you in this journey!

While virtual school does not have a particular start or end time each day, we will follow along with the following timelines for things like Google Meetings or teacher office hours. This does not mean that students must only do math activities during math class time or science only at 12:20, but google meetings should occur during the listed times below.

Each teacher has set up a particular Google Classroom page for their virtual classes. You should have emails with that information. Please have your student contact his/her teacher/s (listed below) if more information is needed.

PowerSchool-Parent/Student login page https://powerschool.gcsc.k12.in.us/public/home.html

7th Grade

9:30am College and Careers (nnolin@gcsc.k12.in.us

10:25am PE/Health (jfrye@gcsc.k12.in.us)

11:20am Geography (hdidelot@gcsc.k12.in.us, atrinkle@gcsc.k12.in.us, or mnorris@gcsc.k12.in.us)

12:20pm Science (bgreene@gcsc.k12.in.us)

1:38pm Language Arts (kscott@gcsc.k12.in.us or cwalker@gcsc.k12.in.us)

2:33pm Math (dsteimel@gcsc.k12.in.us)

8th Grade

8:35am College and Careers (nnolin@gcsc.k12.in.us

9:05am Science 8 (jstatzer@gcsc.k12.in.us or nuhl@gcsc.k12.in.us

9:30am Language Arts (swheeler@gcsc.k12.in.us)

10:25am PE/Health (jfrye@gcsc.k12.in.us)

11:20am Biology (dcarr@gcsc.k12.in.us

12:20pm US History (ksangiorgio@gcsc.k12.in.us, mstutesman@gcsc.k12.in.us, or mnorris@gcsc.k12.in.us)  

1:38pm Math (agroninger@gcsc.k12.in.us

*High Ability/Honors Language Arts 2:33pm (lpotter@gcsc.k12.in.us

Teachers will post work in Google Classroom by the time listed.  While not all teachers will have live sessions, students are expected to attend the scheduled Google Meet, when requested.  Please email teachers with any questions or concerns. 

Below is a list of school-wide expectations, followed by a short summary from each teacher about how her/his class works.

7th Grade

Virtual School Expectations

  • Log in and participate in every course each day. 
  • Complete and submit course assignments (typically an average of two assignments per week per course,) in accordance with due dates, to make adequate progress toward course completion. 
  • Communicate with GC Staff as needed via Google classroom, telephone conversations, and/or email correspondence.  
  • Check email at least once daily and respond to any teacher or staff inquiries within 24 hours.  
  • Adhere to the GCCSC school calendar for attendance days. 

Parents: Please make sure that your phone number and email address is up to date in Powerschool. 

Language Arts

What does virtual learning look like for my child?

Google Classroom is the key. I post the assignments to their Google Classroom every day by 8:30am. Students can communicate with me through this platform, as well. Sometimes I  will utilize Google Meets which will provide opportunities for LIVE interaction during the week. Most of these Google Meets are not mandatory, but they are there for the students to get help with me face-to-face.  If a Meet is mandatory, I will put that in Google Classroom.  Also, students will have a Google Slide deck that will tell them what they are to accomplish for the day, ways to contact me, and other information they may need to know.  Videos are also posted of lessons, discussions, and instructions.  These need to be watched before doing the assignment for the day.  

What are my expectations for Virtual ELA?

I expect students to look at the slide deck, watch any videos, complete the assignments, and ask questions if they don’t understand.  I also expect students to complete the assignments to the best of their ability and not turn in blank work.  Communication is the key to success, so please encourage your student to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.  Every week, I send out a classroom newsletter via email to all parents and students.  Please make sure you are getting these newsletters.  

How is work assigned, turned in, and completed and graded?

Work is assigned through Google Classroom.  Unfortunately, students can mark the assignments as done, even though they aren’t done.  Please go into the assignment and see if it is actually completed.  I have had a lot of students mark the assignment as done and turn in blank work. Please do not rely on Google Classroom for grades.  I put all grades into PowerSchool.  Please check PowerSchool frequently for missing assignments and their most current grade.  Also, not everything they do on Google Classroom will be taken for a grade.  Some things are just for me to see how they are doing and if we need more practice. 

Math

GOOGLE MEETS: 

  • Weekly meets will be scheduled through Google Classroom to offer additional support for any student as needed.  

DAILY COMMUNICATION:

  1. Google Classroom should be looked at everyday – more than once!  This means OPEN each item for the day (each day is listed by date) and READ the instructions thoroughly.  Updates may need to be made, so it’s important to look at Google Classroom more than once a day.
  2. Email should be checked several times throughout the day.  Any updates or changes will be emailed.  

ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. All assignments will be listed in Google Classroom for each day.  Instructions are given for each assignment and should be read carefully so as to not make any assumptions.
  2. Each assignment will have one or more of the following:
    1. PDF Student Work Paper – this is for students to show the work for each problem on the assignment.  NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN IF THERE IS NO WORK SHOWN!
    2. LINK – some assignments will require the student to go outside of Google Classroom to a new link to complete the assignment.  
    3. INSTRUCTIONS – Each assignment will have important information/instructions to follow.

TEST/QUIZZES:

  1. Tests and Quizzes will have an open and close time/date.  To ensure the integrity of each assessment, students will have 1.5 hours to complete each test or quiz.  Tests/Quizzes will open at 2:30 p.m. and will close at 4:00 p.m. which is the scheduled 7th grade virtual class time.  If a student will not be able to take the test during this time, a parent should contact me via email so arrangements can be made for a different time.  

GRADES: 

  1. PowerSchool is the “go to” for the most current progress in math.  If an assignment is marked as missing with a zero, then credit can still be earned by completing the work.
  2. Google Classroom: Not all assignments will be graded.  Some assignments are intended to provide additional practice.  HOW TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE:  Graded assignments will have the words, “Graded” in the instructions.  All other assignments will have the words, “Not Graded” in the instructions.  

Science

What are the Virtual Science BASICS?

Students MUST log into Google Classroom daily! I post an announcement/agenda for the day  and the assignments to their Google Classroom classwork tab daily.  Most posts are done by 8:30am or 12 noon at the latest. Students can communicate with me through this platform, as well. We meet twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday at 12:20. The Google Meetings are used to ask and answer questions, group discussions and assignment information. 

What are my expectations for Virtual Science? 

  1. Log into Google Classroom Daily
  2. Read the announcement/AGENDA for the day
  3. Complete assignments in order as they are assigned

Assignments are ALWAYS on the classwork tab and organized by the week assigned.

  1. Attend the two weekly Google Meets; Tuesday’s & Thursday’s at 12:20
  2. COMPLETE all parts of an assignment before turning it in.

Do not turn in incomplete assignments.

  1. Check PowerSchool regularly

*Parents, please check to see that work is completed before turning in.  

How is work assigned, turned in, and completed and graded?

Work is assigned through Google Classroom.  (Unfortunately, students can mark the assignments as done, even though they aren’t done.)  Please go into the assignment and see if it is actually completed.  I have had a lot of students mark the assignment as done and turn in blank work. 

ALL assignments are located on the classwork tab and organized by the week assigned.  Please do not rely on Google Classroom for grades.  I put grades into PowerSchool weekly (usually Wednesday’s) and that is the best way to see if assignments are complete or not!  Late work may not be graded right away so for best results, do assignments on time! Not everything assigned in Google Classroom is taken for a grade, some things are just for me to see how students are doing and if we need more practice. 

Social Studies

Assignments are posted almost daily to google classroom. Most days there is a video of what we did in  class. There may be an activity that is separate from google classroom that will be graded, but with that being said, not every assignment is graded. I have many issues with students turning in google classroom assignments, but not completing the attached work, like a  nearpod, quizizz, etc.  Just because something is turned in on google classroom does not mean the work was actually done. 

I do not do whole class google meets very often, only if a student needs help, which I greatly encourage. I am  available from 11:30-12:30 daily for meets!

For missing assignments, I always mark them as missing, and put a 0 in powerschool, just so that you and your student notice the missing assignment. Once the assignment is turned in late, please EMAIL me and let me know, so  I know to go back and grade it. If an assignment is only 1 day late, I give 100% credit, any day after that I give 90% for late assignments. Please do not pay attention to what is “Missing” on google classroom, as not every single assignment is graded.

Please EMAIL me with any questions, rather than commenting on google classroom posts. 

PE/Health

Students in Virtual PE/Health are expected to complete physical fitness activities on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week.  Individuals can choose from their own workouts, or can use one of the suggested workouts.  Health Lessons are given on Tuesday and Thursday.  Work is assigned via a Google Classroom post made each morning at 10:00 a.m. The post will contain the expectation/lesson for the day and any work assigned is attached to that post.  

Every Monday a new Fitness Log is sent out for the week.  Students should be doing 120 minutes of physical activity each week over the course of at least three days. The fitness log should be turned in by Monday of the following week. Health lessons are distributed in the form of various media: slideshows, EdPuzzles, Google Forms, etc.  Those are expected to be done during the assigned class time, and are due by the start of class on the following day.  Because work is done over more than one form of media, PowerSchool is the most accurate for checking grades and lesson completion.  Grades are updated by the end of day Tuesday for the week prior.

Google Meet sessions have been arranged on occasion for any questions or concerns. There are not, however, any mandatory live sessions for PE/Health. 

Preparing for College and Careers

What does virtual learning look like for Preparation for College & Careers?

Students need to log into Google Classroom EACH day. I post Assignment Directions on Google Classroom daily, generally by 8:15 am.. Directions include a numbered list to help students stay organized as they work through daily assignments. Students can communicate with me through Google Classroom or email. I host LIVE Google Meet sessions every TUESDAY morning. Information is posted each Tuesday indicating how to join live sessions, with specific times assigned using students’ last names. If students miss their assigned time, they may join with the next scheduled group using the login information provided. Students are strongly encouraged to join live Google Meet sessions, but these are not mandatory. These sessions are used to answer questions, inform students of important upcoming assignments and to “check in” to see how students are doing. This is a great time for students to ask specific questions and get clarification for assignments! Please note: Students are expected to turn on their cameras during live sessions and refrain from eating so they can participate easily. 

What are my expectations for Virtual Preparation for College & Careers?

A, B, Cs for Success:

A – Check Google Classroom DAILY

B – Read the Assignment Directions and complete assignments in the order they are assigned

C – Complete ALL parts of an assignment before turning it in on Google Classroom

D – Avoid “turning in” blank assignments that are missing required elements

E – Attend Live Google Meet session each TUESDAY 

F – Watch my weekly video update for important information about assignments

G – Check PowerSchool regularly for missing assignments

H – Check email regularly and respond to confirm you received important information

PARENTS: Please check to ensure students complete assignments before submitting them

How is work assigned, turned in, completed and graded?

Work is assigned through Google Classroom. Students can access the Classwork tab to easily find directions, assignments and materials. I post assignments using topics that are alphabetized on the Classwork tab, although students can also access everything from the Stream tab. Students are encouraged to EMAIL me with any questions rather than commenting on google classroom posts. Parents should be aware that students can mark assignments as done, even though they are not complete. To check to see if your student actually completed an assignment, ask to see the required work.  Many students mark the assignment as “turned in” and simply submit blank work. 

Please do not rely on Google Classroom for grades. I post grades in PowerSchool weekly. Check there to see if assignments are missing. I post a comment with late or missing work to notify parents and students with additional information. Late work may not be graded right away as current assignments are given priority. Please encourage your student to complete assignments on time. Not everything assigned in Google Classroom is graded. Some assignments provide students with practice and allow me to see how they are progressing. EdPuzzle scores are always posted to PowerSchool. These are critical assignments that target key learning concepts each week. 

8th Grade

Virtual School Expectations

  • Log in and participate in every course each day. 
  • Complete and submit course assignments (typically an average of two assignments per week per course,) in accordance with due dates, to make adequate progress toward course completion. 
  • Communicate with GC Staff as needed via Google classroom, telephone conversations, and/or email correspondence.  
  • Check email at least once daily and respond to any teacher or staff inquiries within 24 hours.  
  • Adhere to the GCCSC school calendar for attendance days. 

Parents: Please make sure that your phone number and email address is up to date in Powerschool. 

Language Arts

What does virtual learning look like for my child?

Google Classroom is the key. I post the assignments to their Google Classroom every day by 8:00am each day. After first period, I post a classroom video with the direct instruction that I do with all the students. These videos contain instructions, model answers, and questions that in class students have. In several posts, videos and emails to students, I have made it clear that these videos are an important part of the virtual learning process and they need to be watched before doing the assignment for the day.  

What are my expectations for Virtual ELA?

I expect students to look at the agenda on Google Classroom, watch any videos, complete the assignments, and ask questions if they don’t understand.  I also expect students to complete the assignments to the best of their ability and not turn in blank work.  Communication is the key to success, so please encourage your student to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.  Every week, I send out a virtual parent video to help parents navigate this new world of virtual learning.  Please make sure you are getting these newsletters.  

How is work assigned, turned in, and completed and graded?

Work is assigned through Google Classroom.  Unfortunately, students can mark the assignments as done, even though they aren’t done.  Please go into the assignment and see if it is actually completed.  I have had a lot of students mark the assignment as done and turn in blank work. Please do not rely on Google Classroom for grades.  I put all grades into PowerSchool.  Please check PowerSchool frequently for missing assignments and their most current grade.  Also, not everything they do on Google Classroom will be taken for a grade.  Some things are just for me to see how they are doing and if we need more practice. 

For grades in PowerSchool, I will always enter a score of a 50% for a missing assignment and flag the assignment as missing. If the assignment is marked missing, I can assure you, your student has not completed it. I will update completed assignments the same day as the student emails me to let me know they have completed it. I will accept all late work for credit because your student’s grade will reflect what they know and what they have mastered. 

Math

Google Classroom: Assignments will be posted on Google Classroom everyday at 8:30 a.m. The post will contain the lesson for the day, videos and assignments. Under the instructions, it will state if the assignment will be graded or extra practice. 

Grades: I do not grade anything in Google Classroom. Check PowerSchool for current grades and missing assignments. 

If a student does not take a test or quiz on the day that it is assigned on Google Classroom, they will not be allowed to make it up. Please email the teacher in advance if a student will not be able to take an assessment on the assigned day. Arrangements will be made for that student. 

Missing assignments will be marked as missing and 0% until it gets turned in. Missing assignments will be accepted up until the chapter test. For example, students can submit missing assignments from chapter 4 up until the chapter 4 test. Once the test is given, students will no longer be allowed to submit late work from that chapter. 

Announcements: Starting Quarter 2, weekly parent emails will be sent out on Friday afternoon. The email will provide a list of assignments that students were expected to complete for a grade along with dates for upcoming tests and quizzes. 

Google Meets: Extra help is available for students through . There is a sign up sheet at the top of Google Classroom. The student needs to pick a day and time to meet with the teacher.  

Science/Biology

What are the Virtual Science BASICS?

Students MUST log into Google Classroom daily! I post an announcement/agenda for the day in the Google Classroom stream and the assignments in the Google Classroom classwork tab daily.  Posts are done by noon at the latest. Students can communicate with me through this platform as well. 

What are my expectations for Virtual Science? 

  1. Log into Google Classroom Daily
  2. Read the announcement/AGENDA for the day
  3. Complete assignments in order as they are assigned

Assignments are ALWAYS on the classwork tab and organized by the week assigned.

  1. COMPLETE all parts of an assignment before turning it in.

Do not turn in incomplete assignments.

  1. Check PowerSchool regularly

How is work assigned, turned in, and completed and graded?

Work is assigned through Google Classroom.  (Unfortunately, students can mark the assignments as done, even though they aren’t done.)  Please go into the assignment and see if it is actually completed.  I have had a lot of students mark the assignment as done and turn in blank work. 

ALL assignments are located on the classwork tab and organized by the week assigned.  Please do not rely on Google Classroom for grades.  I put grades into PowerSchool daily and that is the best way to see if assignments are complete or not!  Late work may not be graded right away so for best results, do assignments on time! Not everything assigned in Google Classroom is taken for a grade, some things are just for me to see how students are doing and if we need more practice. 

U.S. History

1.Log into Google Classroom Daily

2. Read the stream for any announcements for the class

3. Complete assignments in order as they are assigned

  1. Assignments are ALWAYS on the classwork tab, under the “Daily Work” topic. The dates for each day are also listed in the assignment titled. COMPLETE all parts of an assignment before turning it in (this includes watching instruction videos made by teachers!).
  2. Please, do not turn in incomplete assignments or hit “turn in” if assignments are not completed.

4. Check PowerSchool regularly

5. Feel free to reach out to teachers if you would like to have a google meet scheduled, have questions about assignments, or would just like to have a 1:1 discussion! Emailing is great, too! 

PE/Health

Students in Virtual PE/Health are expected to complete physical fitness activities on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week.  Individuals can choose from their own workouts, or can use one of the suggested workouts.  Health Lessons are given on Tuesday and Thursday.  Work is assigned via a Google Classroom post made each morning at 10:00 a.m. The post will contain the expectation/lesson for the day and any work assigned is attached to that post.  

Every Monday a new Fitness Log is sent out for the week.  Students should be doing 120 minutes of physical activity each week over the course of at least three days. The fitness log should be turned in by Monday of the following week. Health lessons are distributed in the form of various media: slideshows, EdPuzzles, Google Forms, etc.  Those are expected to be done during the assigned class time, and are due by the start of class on the following day.  Because work is done over more than one form of media, PowerSchool is the most accurate for checking grades and lesson completion.  Grades are updated by the end of day Tuesday for the week prior.

Google Meet sessions have been arranged on occasion for any questions or concerns. There are not, however, any mandatory live sessions for PE/Health. 

Preparing for College and Careers

What does virtual learning look like for Preparation for College & Careers?

Students need to log into Google Classroom EACH day. I post Assignment Directions on Google Classroom daily, generally by 8:15 am.. Directions include a numbered list to help students stay organized as they work through daily assignments. Students can communicate with me through Google Classroom or email. I host LIVE Google Meet sessions every TUESDAY morning. Information is posted each Tuesday indicating how to join live sessions, with specific times assigned using students’ last names. If students miss their assigned time, they may join with the next scheduled group using the login information provided. Students are strongly encouraged to join live Google Meet sessions, but these are not mandatory. These sessions are used to answer questions, inform students of important upcoming assignments and to “check in” to see how students are doing. This is a great time for students to ask specific questions and get clarification for assignments! Please note: Students are expected to turn on their cameras during live sessions and refrain from eating so they can participate easily. 

What are my expectations for Virtual Preparation for College & Careers?

A, B, Cs for Success:

A – Check Google Classroom DAILY

B – Read the Assignment Directions and complete assignments in the order they are assigned

C – Complete ALL parts of an assignment before turning it in on Google Classroom

D – Avoid “turning in” blank assignments that are missing required elements

E – Attend Live Google Meet session each TUESDAY 

F – Watch my weekly video update for important information about assignments

G – Check PowerSchool regularly for missing assignments

H – Check email regularly and respond to confirm you received important information

PARENTS: Please check to ensure students complete assignments before submitting them

How is work assigned, turned in, completed and graded?

Work is assigned through Google Classroom. Students can access the Classwork tab to easily find directions, assignments and materials. I post assignments using topics that are alphabetized on the Classwork tab, although students can also access everything from the Stream tab. Students are encouraged to EMAIL me with any questions rather than commenting on google classroom posts. Parents should be aware that students can mark assignments as done, even though they are not complete. To check to see if your student actually completed an assignment, ask to see the required work.  Many students mark the assignment as “turned in” and simply submit blank work. 

Please do not rely on Google Classroom for grades. I post grades in PowerSchool weekly. Check there to see if assignments are missing. I post a comment with late or missing work to notify parents and students with additional information. Late work may not be graded right away as current assignments are given priority. Please encourage your student to complete assignments on time. Not everything assigned in Google Classroom is graded. Some assignments provide students with practice and allow me to see how they are progressing. EdPuzzle scores are always posted to PowerSchool. These are critical assignments that target key learning concepts each week.