I am pleased to share the official details of South Hills Zoom Academy. Virtual classes will begin this Monday, March 30 at 9:00am. Zoom Academy consists of THREE components: (1) LIVE classes, (2) DAILY pre-recorded lessons, and (3) WEEKLY pre-recorded educational experiences!
In order to access our virtual learning, you’ll need to do the following:
- Download the Zoom app to your cell phone, iPad, laptop, or desktop computer.
- Navigate to your child’s Classroom Handout folder on Dropbox for your full class schedule for the coming week.
Within your child’s Dropbox Handout folder, please select the Zoom folder, which will contain a sub-folder for the week (i.e. Week of March 30 - April 3). Within this folder, select the PDF document titled “YOUR ROOM - Class Schedule (3/30-4/3)” for a complete schedule of your LIVE classes for the week, as well as links to your child’s DAILY and WEEKLY pre-recorded lessons (7-10 minutes each).
Teachers will be uploading the FIRST week’s class schedule to Dropbox by tomorrow, Saturday, March 28! Please continue monitoring your child’s Dropbox folder throughout the weekend in preparation for Monday’s classes.
If you are having difficult in accessing your Zoom folder on Dropbox, please contact Beth via the South Hills website HERE (or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org) to ensure that you receive a copy of your weekly class schedule.
ACCESSING YOUR LIVE CLASSROOM ON ZOOM
Our objective is to connect your child with his/her teachers as well as classmates in a few live sessions each day. Daily sessions with your child's class will be offered beginning at 9:00am each day. Music classes with me, Ms Connie, and Spanish/ Sign Language classes with Ms Pam will also be available in the mornings and afternoons. All live sessions are available for you to “pick and choose” times that fit best into your family’s schedule.
In order to access any of the LIVE sessions, simply open the Zoom app on your device, select “Join a Meeting”, and type in the applicable Meeting/ Classroom ID listed at the top of your class schedule. Be sure to write in your child’s name before selecting “Join”. NOTE: A Zoom account is not necessary to join a LIVE session.
I recommend joining your first LIVE class 10-15 minutes early in order to test your audio and video. You can also access a test meeting on the Zoom website HERE in order to test your audio previous to joining your first meeting. If you’re having any issues with Zoom, be sure to review Zoom’s support page HERE for assistance.
PRE-RECORDED ZOOM CLASSES
Links to all pre-recorded Zoom sessions are included in your weekly class schedule. Pre-recorded sessions are available for your child to view at your convenience. These lessons are 7-10 minutes long and cover critical subjects such as Literacy, Math, and Handwriting. Please watch ALL applicable lessons linked for a given day in order to meet required State Standards and South Hills’ Curriculum.
In addition, weekly prerecorded lessons from Ms Mary and Ms Lisa are available for all students to participate at their convenience! Ms Mary will incorporate nature and seasonal studies with STREAM while children will have the chance to visit with Ms. Lisa on her farm, Live and Learn Farm, and engage students in nature based science lessons.
Your weekly class schedule will list any specific materials that will be needed for the week’s lessons (LIVE and PRE-RECORDED). Materials will only include items that we are certain you already have in your home. For example, on Monday and Tuesday, I am requesting a small stuffed animal for each child to use for the LIVE music session. Always have crayons, markers, pencils, scissors, and paper nearby if your child is participating in any lesson.
In addition to materials around your home, please print any activities located in the week’s “Supplies” folder on Dropbox (Located within your child’s weekly Zoom folder).
KINDERGARTEN - INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
For Kindergarten students ONLY: LIVE INDIVIDUAL sessions with BOTH Ms Robin and Ms Pam will take place DAILY. Your child will attend one 20 minute session with either Ms Robin or one 20 minute session with Ms Pam EACH day during the week! You’ll be receiving an email tomorrow (SATURDAY) with simple instructions on how to sign your child up for these individual sessions.
I GREATLY appreciate so many parents taking the time to share their thoughts, consideration, needs and suggestions—we listened and considered carefully, and hope you will be proud of what we have to offer, and that your children will enjoy reconnecting with us, and with each other. We want your child to continue moving forward and meet or exceed the required standards for Kindergarten as noted in our required assessment.
I personally am incredibly proud of this hardworking, committed and dedicated group of South Hills’ teachers, who express continually how we all miss our children, our families, our classrooms, our playground, our colleagues. To work together on Zoom Academy has given us hope, inspiration, and a place to put our energies toward offering your child and you our very best in a difficult situation. Please be patient with us this initial week, take our errors lightly, have a sense of humor with us, and we look forward to reconnecting with your child on Monday!
If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please reach out to Beth or myself via email or the South Hills contact page HERE.
♡ Ms. Connie