Virtual Summer School (VSS) begins on July 7th and ends on August 8th. A parent/student orientation meeting will be held before the program begins. At this meeting, families will receive important information about the VSS program, specifically information about accessing the online programs.
Mr. Shermak, the VSS teacher, will provide students with weekly assignments that they will complete virtually. It is recommended that students spend at least 20 minutes a day on these assignments. At least once a week, Mr. Shermak will provide feedback to the students using Google Hangout, Skype and/or Edmodo. In addition, the tutoring group will meet in person with the teacher 3 times during the tutoring period (1st, 3rd, and 5th weeks). The day and time for the on-site tutoring will be scheduled between the teacher and families.
Students will use many of the online programs accessed throughout the school year (ex. Google Docs, Google Hangout, and math and reading online programs). Edmodo will be used to post assignments and communicate with the students and parents. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child's progress using Edmodo and assist with online assignments when needed. If a family does not have a computer, one will be provided. Internet access is needed via the home, library, or public entity.
District 7 is excited to be offering this innovative and exciting program. Hopefully, the pilot program will be successful for our families and we will be able to expand it next summer.