Middle School Schedule
The Virtual PLUS+ model provides teaching and learning for students within virtual classrooms that will teach new content, provide instructional support, build relationships with teachers and staff, and help students stay connected to the school community. At the middle school level, the Virtual Plus+ schedule consists of asynchronous and synchronous learning models.
Middle School Asynchronous Learning Model
Each Monday is an Asynchronous planning day for staff and learning day for students. Administrators and staff will spend the day in school-wide meetings, professional learning, content professional learning communities, grade-level team meetings to ensure cross-curricular collaboration, and individual planning for weekly instruction. On this day, students will engage in asynchronous learning. On asynchronous learning days, students have flexible and equitable opportunities to complete their learning throughout the day. Asynchronous learning activities will be available on Canvas and will include a variety of activities and instructional resources such as recorded instructional videos, online activities, and online assignments.
Middle School Synchronous Learning Model
Tuesday through Friday are synchronous learning days. Middle school students will follow a 4x4 (A-Day/ B-Day) schedule. The synchronous instructional learning model includes 60 minute block periods utilizing a station rotation model. The instructional day begins at 8:30 am with the Admiral RULER Morning Meeting for Francis C. Hammond Middle School and the Prexie SEAL Morning Meeting for George Washington Middle School. RULER and SEAL are social and emotional approaches to learning that allow students to understand the value of emotions, build emotional intelligence, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, make responsible decisions, maintain positive relationships, and create and maintain a positive school climate.
The instructional model during the 60-minute block will consist of 20 minutes of synchronous whole group instruction with the teacher. After whole group instruction, students transition into 30 minutes of station rotation to include Asynchronous Independent Work, Asynchronous Choice Boards, and Synchronous Targeted Small Group Instruction. The 60-minute block ends with 10 minutes of regrouping and an asynchronous exit ticket. The needs of students with disabilities will be met in accordance with their IEP requirements in a virtual setting. Middle schools will meet the needs of English learner students in a virtual setting through direct services from EL teachers through the general education classroom and in their EAP classes.
Tuesday and Thursday are considered A days in which students attend blocks 1,3,5 and 7. Wednesday and Friday are B days in which students attend blocks 2,4,6, and 8. Block 8 is an additional online support for students. During block 8 students will participate in scheduled extended advisory, School counselor led Wellness Wednesday and Fitness Friday which further supports social and emotional learning, virtual library services, virtual Talented and Gifted (TAG) support, and a virtual tutoring center to include a Language Arts/Writing Center, Math Center, Science Center, Social Studies Center, and Electives Center. The instructional day ends with 40 minutes of Asynchronous and Synchronous student support in which teachers can provide additional instructional support for students.