Take a Peek Into a Remote Classroom

 

6th grade science teacher, Bridget, introduces a physics project to her class. Building and flying helicopters at home will require creative problem-solving, investigative inquiry, and a little imagination. 

 

"A Day in the Life of a Remote Student" by GMS teacher Torrey Delaplane, colored by GMS students. 

Guidance Counselor and SEL teacher, Andi, chats with the body appreciation tracings her class made and reminds them to honor every part of themselves. 

8th grade math teacher, Esther, creatively adapts an in-person math activity to teach at home, with a little help from her daughter. Edited for length.

GMS Librarian, Walter, talks through "Picture This" by Molly Bang for Renee's art class. Edited for length.

GMS faculty and staff showcase ways students can stay healthy and active during remote learning!

Check back over the next few weeks for additional videos as we celebrate the work of our faculty, staff, and students. #togetherGMS

Looking for additional ways to inspire learning in your home? Visit our Educational Resources page for links and ideas.

 


 

The GMS Remote Learning Program

Beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 10, GMS is enacting a Remote Learning Plan in accordance with our closure plan to response to COVID-19. 

Our Goals

Our Remote Learning Plan is designed to create a structured school day for GMS students during the school closure. Teachers deliver lessons through Google Classroom, which is familiar to students. We follow a regular school day schedule on Monday-Friday from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm. 

Teachers introduce lessons by video for each class they teach, and are available every school day to work with students individually and in small groups. The goals of our plan are to:

  • Provide structure and predictability, both because these are comforting in times of stress, and because it will help students to focus and learn.

  • Provide as much connection as possible by using video each day so students can see their teachers, and by having set times when teachers are available to students in real-time (by chat, email, video, etc.)

  • Provide student collaboration where appropriate.

  • Preserve the GMS spirit as we continue to learn together!

Our Approach

Students will have regular school days, with hours from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Mornings from 8:45 am-12:00 pm are structured for class instruction and afternoons from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm are structured for work time and office hours. All teachers and students are expected to be available during these times. Some details:

  • Each day begins with Homeroom. There will be a Daily Bulletin along with video from a GMS administrator, posted to Google Classroom “Class of 20XX.”

  • Classes are scheduled from 9:00 am -12:00 pm (with breaks). Students are expected to be present and engaged just as they would be during a regular school day.

  • Work time is scheduled every afternoon from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm. Students are expected to be working and checking in with teachers, as needed. Teachers are available for one-to-one appointments through e-chats, video conferences, and  quick-response emails. Tutors are also available to work with students through video conference (details to come).

Helping at Home

Parents can support their child's learning in the following ways:

  • Provide a workplace where your child can connect and focus as they interact with school topics.

  • Support your student in following the school schedule as closely as possible. If the schedule won’t work for your family, please reach out and let us know. Our hope is to provide as much structure as possible for our students AND be flexible to the needs of families!

  • Encourage accountability. Students need to turn in their work for each class that day by 7:00 pm.

As we learn together about remote learning, this plan may be adjusted. We welcome your feedback and partnership. 

Social Distancing During Remote Learning

While we understand the desire to do bring small groups of children together to learn together, this practice detracts from the purpose of closing school. Public health experts emphasize the importance of avoiding groups larger than 3 people (besides family) and maintaining 6 feet of distance between individuals. For this reason, we ask that students NOT meet in study groups. We understand that this is a sacrifice, and ultimately each individual and family will have to make their own decision about this. We continue to recommend following the advice of health professionals including the WHO, CDC and County Health Departments.

 


 

GMs Emergency response plan

In response to COVID-19 and in an effort to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of our community, we have created a COVID-19 Response Plan in accordance with the SCPHD. As of March 16, we are at Risk Level 4. Campus is closed to students.

Emergency response plan