Virtual School

Virtual School at Indian Creek

Indian Creek's approach to Virtual School is not fundamentally different from Indian Creek's approach to regular school life. Our intrinsic values are still firmly in place: ICS is a family school with a strong, supportive community. This is fostered by listening, understanding, and communicating with empathy, open-mindedness, and kindness.  Indian Creek faculty's committment to incorporating best practices in teaching and learning is unwavering. The Indian Creek faculty has spent years implementing purposeful and engaging technology into instruction.  Through our blended learning platform BLinc, as well the innovative creativity of our teachers in daily instruction, our faculty and students have been empowered to utilize technology to enhance teaching and learning in a virtual environment. Finally, providing an equitable and inclusive learning community is foundational to our program. We are committed to ensuring that all students have an equitable and positive experience in the Virtual School environment. This work will be approached with patience, compassion, and open-mindedness.


Virtual School Structure

Indian Creek Virtual School is structured into 2.5 week sessions to give families the opportunity to acclimate to this new educational environment and to give faculty the opportunity to make adjustments to the program based on experience and feedback.

Virtual School Session 1 runs from March 25 - April 10 with a focus on the competency of WELLNESS.

Virtual School Session 2 runs from April 14 - May 1 with a focus on the competency of COMMUNICATION.

ICS announced on April 18 that we will remain in Virtual School through the end of the school year:
Virtual School Session 3 will run from May 4 - 22.
Virtual School Session 4 will run from May 27 - June 5.


Virtual School Details

Virtual School at Indian Creek:
  • is developmentally appropriate for students at each grade level
  • incorporates familiar tools to deliver programming
  • continues familiar routines, procedures, and expectations for students
Throughout this period of Virtual School, our school counselors are available to students and to families. They will share resources on safeguarding the emotional health of students through this page, CREEKnet, and by email. Learning Specialists and Support teachers will connect directly with students to provide individualized learning plans.

Indian Creek's mission and vision drive all that we do each day. We are confident that our students will continue to develop as self-aware, empowered learners through the Virtual School experience. 

Community Engagement Sessions

Whatever fall of 2020-21 brings, Indian Creek School will provide a safe, mission-consistent, flexible, and student-centered program. Parent participation is important to Indian Creek’s planning for 2020-21. Please join us for any of the following Parent Engagement Events (with more to be added in the coming weeks):

Virtual School Support

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  • For Students

    For Students
    • I am having difficulty using CREEKnet or Microsoft Teams. ​
    • I forgot my CREEKnet password. ​
    • My email is not working.
    • icsit@indiancreekschool.org

    For Students
    • I am not sure how to access my work for a class. ​
    • I am confused on a topic or lesson. ​
    • I need help completing my assignments.
    • Contact your homeroom or classroom teacher directly by email.
  • For Parents

    For Parents

Competency-Based Learning

As we considered the most valuable, equitable, and achievable approach to assessing learning in the Virtual School environment, Indian Creek has decided to focus on student competencies – rather than traditional grades during this time.  Competencies are combinations of knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop and apply for successful learning, living and working. They emphasize aspects of learning that apply within and across all subject areas. These non-cognitive skills help students to succeed both in and outside of school. Each session of Virtual School will focus on a specific competency for students in Pre-K3 through grade 12. Each competency will feature an accompanying Community Challenge to encourage thoughtful participation.


Indian Creek Virtual School Overview

Pre-K - Grade 3

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  • Virtual School Goals

    Virtual School for Pre-K through Grade 3 students is designed to keep students learning in a stress-free environment. The program is flexible, engaging, and fun!

    We understand that students may have parents working from home, and siblings also attending virtual school. Learning for these grades will be mostly asynchronous, meaning that work can be completed on a student's own timeline. Teachers will work with families to schedule weekly synchronous sessions so that young children have the opportunity to connect with their classmates and teachers.

    Students will receive learning plans for their core classes four days a week.  One day a week will be spent on lessons from their co-curricular teachers. 
  • Content Delivery

    Content will be delivered through a morning email to parents from the homeroom teacher each day. This email will contain the learning plan for the day. The email will contain a Sway document that will include videos, resources, and tools for online learning.

    Content will be provided through:
    Email (best way to communicate with teachers)
    Microsoft Sway (content delivery)
    SeeSaw (to share content back and forth)
    Raz-Kids (Reading tool for K-3)

    Synchronous sessions will be held through Zoom.



  • Recommended Daily Schedules

    Virtual School is flexible. The schedules below can be used for guidance:

    Pre-K Recommended Daily Schedule
    K Recommended Daily Schedule
    Grades 1-3 Recommended Daily Schedule

Grade 4

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  • Virtual School Goals

    Virtual School for fourth grade students is designed to keep students learning in an engaging environment. The program is flexible, robust, and fun!

    We understand that students may have parents working from home, and siblings also attending virtual school. Learning for these grades will be asynchronous (meaning that work can be completed on a student's own timeline) on Mondays, Wedesdays, and Fridays. Some classes will be synchronous (meaning live with a group) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

    Students will receive learning plans for their core classes four days a week and for their co-curricular classes one day a week. 

    Teachers are available during specific office hours for guidance.
  • Content Delivery

    Content will be delivered through a morning email to parents from the homeroom teacher each day. This email will contain the learning plan for the day. (Four days a week, the plan will include lessons for core classes; one day a week the plan will include lessons for co-curricular classes.)

    Content will be provided through:
    Email (best way to communicate with teachers)

    CREEKnet: CREEKnet will be utilized to deliver instructional videos, resources, tools, and links to students. Students will also utilize CREEKnet to receive and turn in their assignments

    Microsoft Teams: Teams will be utilized for instructional delivery using video conferencing and discussion board features.


  • Recommended Daily Schedule

    Students should follow the suggested daily schedule each day. Students will have Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science four days a week. All co-curricular class will be included in a learning plan sent one day a week. 

    Synchronous 
    learning will take place Tuesday and Thursday on Teams. Students should try to participate, but there is no penalty if students cannot.  

    Fourth Grade Recommended Daily Schedule

Grades 5 & 6

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  • Virtual School Goals

    Virtual School for grades 5 & 6 is designed to keep students learning in an engaging environment. The program is robust, engaging, and fun!

    We understand that students may have parents working from home, and siblings also attending virtual school. We are committed to being flexible, generous, fair, and patient.

    Synchronous learning will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Students should try to participate, but there is no penalty if they cannot. 

    Work on the other days, and for other co-durricular classes will be asynchronous, and posted on CREEKnet weekly.

    Teachers will have designated office hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Content Delivery

    Content will be provided through:
    Email:  Each week, parents will receive an email with an overview of the learning plan. Students should take the lead in finding their daily coursework 

    CREEKnet: CREEKnet will be utilized to deliver instructional videos, resources, tools, and links to students. Students will also utilize CREEKnet to receive and turn in their assignments

    Microsoft Teams: Teams will be utilized for instructional delivery using video conferencing and discussion board features.

  • Daily Schedule

    Students should follow their normal class schedule each day. Students will have Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science each day, and Spanish four days a week. Every other co-curricular class will be held once a week.

    Synchronous learning will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays on Teams. Students should try to participate, but there is no penalty if students cannot. All sessions will be recorded for students who are unable to attend.

    Learning will be asynchronous on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This means that teachers will post assignments to CREEKnet each morning, to be completed at the students' own pace.

Grades 7-12

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  • Virtual School Goals

    Virtual School for grades 7-12 is designed to keep students learning in a virtual environment. The program is innovative, flexible, and challenging.

    We understand that students may have parents working from home, and siblings also attending virtual school. We are committed to being flexible, generous, fair, and patient.
     
  • Content Delivery

    Content will be delivered through:
    • CREEKnet: CREEKnet will be utilized to deliver instructional videos, resources, tools, and links to students. Students will also utilize CREEKnet to receive and turn in their assignments.  ​
    • Microsoft Teams: Teams will be utilized for instructional delivery using video conferencing and discussion board features. ​
  • Daily Schedule

    Synchronous learning will take place during two days out of the eight day rotation for each class. Teachers will schedule these meetings during times when the class would normally meet and notify students of synchronous days at least 24 hours ahead of time. Students should try to participate, but there is no penalty if students cannot. All sessions will be recorded for students who are unable to attend.
     
    Work on the other days will be asynchronous, and posted on CREEKnet by 8:45 a.m. daily for students to complete at their own pace. We recommend that students try to log off at the end of the school day (3:30 p.m.) each day.

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