In the past few weeks there has been a steady stream of questions about our plans for the Summer Explorations Program. I understand the need for all of our families to plan for the summer months. Therefore, I wanted to reach out to you today to share our preliminary plans for this program.
Spartans at Home
Distance Learning Philosophy
Wichita Collegiate School’s approach to distance learning is centered on the belief that we should think differently about our priorities when responding to challenging circumstances, and we should embrace new opportunities for students to learn in authentic, meaningful ways. We use the term distance learning deliberately and in lieu of technology-specific terms such as “e-learning” or “online courses” to reflect our conviction that quality learning can occur at a distance without solely relying on computers. Our approach to distance learning seeks, to the greatest extent possible, to ensure that students maintain connections with each other and with their teachers as well as engage in authentic learning experiences across all disciplines. Although distance learning will never replace the direct contact students have with their teachers and peers as members of a caring, inclusive campus community, it will allow students to continue to progress in their studies and to nurture relationships with friends and trusted adults.
I wanted to reach out today to update you on the school’s plans for the rest of this semester. As the global COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, many things have changed for all of us, and we have all been monitoring the situation daily to adapt to the evolving crisis and how it impacts our lives.
As we enter week 3 of our Distance learning Plan, I wanted to provide you with an update on a few important matters ... I hope our Distance Learning Program is going well for your family. My team and I are available to answer any questions as we learn remotely together.
- How can I support my child(ren) during the Distance Learning Plan?
- From the Counselors
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Resource Links for COVID-19
- Distance Learning Resources
This fact sheet describes how to start a conversation with children about COVID-19, correct inaccurate information, encourage children to ask questions and how to answer them, help children self-regulate, and outlines common reactions, how to stay connected, practice self-care, and what to do if you need extra help.
Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. It’s a foundation for acting ethically, for good relationships of many kinds, for loving well, and for professional success. How can parents cultivate empathy?
In this video, Richard Weissbourd, Harvard Graduate School of Education Senior Lecturer, shares his thoughts on how to help children cope with coronavirus and uncertainty.
Download this helpful guide from the Wellness Society designed for parents to work through with their children as they face stress and anxiety during this unprecedented time.
While young kids may love 24/7 parental attention, adolescents might not be so thrilled. This video gives helpful advice on how to support your teenager during this time.
As schools across the nation close to stop the spread of COVID-19, millions of children are obliged to remain at home. During this time, it is helpful for parents to consider their child’s needs for structure, education, exercise, social contact, appropriate leisure time, and calm, rational explanations about the situation
Kids may not have to worry about work, bills or what to cook for dinner, but that doesn't mean they don't face stress every day. The next time your child is struggling, have them try some of these stress-reducing activities.
When will campus re-open?
Currently, WCS is monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis. Distance Learning will be offered remotely beginning Tuesday, March 24, through the foreseeable future. The Senior Leadership Team will evaluate the re-opening of campus on an on-going basis while monitoring CDC, state, and local government guidelines.
Whom do I contact if I have a question during Distance Learning?
If you have a question specific to your child, please reach out to your child’s teacher or advisor. Please direct questions about Distance Learning in a particular division to the appropriate division head.
- Early Childhood Division Head, Becky O’Hearn firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lower School Division Head, Lindsey Noble email@example.com
- Middle School Division Head, Ann Rai firstname.lastname@example.org
- Upper School Division Head, Chris Ashbrook email@example.com
How will distance learning work for students?
Visit the Collegiate Website page devoted to our COVID-19 response to find out what learning looks like at WCS in each division.
What if my child (or parent) needs technology help during distance learning?
Families needing tech support should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include their phone number. Someone will contact you to offer you assistance.
What is the status for WCS events and field trips?
Rescheduling of field trips and events will be reviewed case by case and will depend on the length of time our campus is closed and health guidelines. All are cancelled though April 3rd at this time.
Will my child be on a screen all day long?
Absolutely not. The amount of screen time will vary by the child’s age and grade. Our expert teaching faculty have designed a distance learning plan that is developmentally appropriate. Breaks, off-screen time, wellness, physical activity, and advisory meetings are all part of the Distance Learning Plan for our students.
How will my child receive learning support and/or counseling support?
The WCS Distance Learning Plan includes plans for learning support and counseling support. Support will vary case by case depending on each child’s specific needs. Counselors will be available by email to support students and/or families:
- Early Childhood and Lower School Counselor, Jennifer Hearne email@example.com
- Middle School Counselor, Heidi Holton firstname.lastname@example.org
- Upper School Counselor, Shanna Ahmad email@example.com
What can my family or WCS community members do to help those in need?
After Distance Learning begins, we will turn some of our focus to the WCS and greater Wichita community. A number of our faculty and parents are working on plans to focus on the needs of our WCS families and others in Wichita. Stay tuned for more information.
What is the type and frequency of communication that I can expect to receive from WCS?
The Head of School will communicate weekly (or more depending on situation) through email or video.
The Division Heads will communicate (or more depending on situation) weekly through email.
The Spartan Scoop e-newsletter will continue on a weekly basis.
During the school week, your students will be communicated with daily from their homeroom teacher or advisor and several times a week from their subject teachers.
How can I retrieve an item my child left at school?
Families may not come to campus during the current guidelines. Please contact your child’s division head so we can work out curbside pickup at the campus at a specific time arranged with the division head if the items needed are crucial to your child’s Distance Learning Plan.
What is the plan for standardized testing such as NWEA and AP?
WCS is monitoring the standardized testing plans that are managed by NWEA and the College Board. We will communicate with families once we receive updates.
Can SAGE credits for seniors be applied to a younger sibling's account?
Yes, senior parents should e-mail those instructions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can we turn in unused lunch tickets? Where and when?
Preference would be to re-use them next year. To get a refund they would need to drop them off to the business office in an envelope with their name on it and number of tickets enclosed. Please number them somehow in case there is a discrepancy.
Will we be credited if our child was on the milk program?
This credit has already been given.
This comprehensive list includes ideas on how to stay active and engaged during social distancing.
Seesaw offers a wonderful Help page for parents to use. Visit this site for any additional questions you may have about this communication and home learning tool.
This Seesaw Quick Tips is for parents with directions on how to access and use the camera and microphone features in Seesaw.
This Seesaw Quick Tips is for parents with directions on how to access Seesaw via the website utilizing home learning codes.
This Seesaw Quick Tips is for parents with hints at how to navigate through Seesaw folders, calendar, and printing options as well as how Google Docs can be accessed on Seesaw.
These helpful tips will help students have a successful and productive experience using Zoom as an educational tool.
Our teachers have worked tirelessly to bring the classroom into our students' homes. Listed below are samples of the lessons our teachers have created for students during this time.
In this experiment, while using a constant force, students will explore how acceleration changes when mass is increased in a system.
Brush up on your understanding of polynomials in this algebra lesson.
This lesson teaches preschoolers about capillary action, or how water travels through branches.
Learn about the colors of the rainbow with objects found from around your home.
Help your pre-kindergartner develop counting skills using everyday objects.
Can you design a system to protect an egg from cracking? Check out this STEM challenge.
Help your student become a math ninja with this lesson on factors.
Capture the beauty just outside your window with this guided painting tutorial.
Learn about force and gravity using objects you already have around the house.
Get out into nature and help build a habitat for all of the little critters in your backyard.
Enjoy the book One Duck Stuck and then bring the story to life with this multi-step art project.
Learn about inertia with this classic tablecloth jerk.
Distance learning has offered the opportunity to build some important life skills. The lessons below are a collection of cooking lessons to help students learn the culinary arts while also bolstering their math skills and enriching their social studies. Bon appetit!
Craving chocolate cake for one? Then check out this mug cake recipe.
Bring to life the culinary world found in Farmer Boy with this hand pie recipe.
Learn how to make the base recipe for muffins ... then add your favorite flavors.
Celebrate Earth Day with this yummy treat!
These classic rolls are a hit with kids!
Want to try making homemade donuts? Here's a recipe to get you started.
Craving a donut? Then make yourself one in a mug!
Make that classically popular kids lunch ... in a mug!
A classic treat simply made. Just remember one + one + one!
Learn how to make your own personal pizza ... in a mug!
Help support these businesses!
If you are able to do so, please support these businesses owned by Collegiate families. Whether ordering curbside pick-up or purchasing gift cards, any support you can provide would be appreciated at this time!