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NPUSC Flex Day

August 31st, 2017

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

The New Prairie United School Corporation will continue implementing virtual “eLearning” initiatives for all students throughout the district during the 2017-2018 school year. The goal of this initiative is to provide students with instruction that enhances the skills needed to succeed in a technological world. Last school year, NPUSC conducted a survey concerning the continuation of a virtual learning option, and 70% of parents wanted to continue using this method of learning within our school district. On Friday, September 15th, students will engage in virtual learning during the one and only Flex Day. In the past, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) required that schools host a school site for students to utilize WIFI access. However, the IDOE is not requiring districts to have an open school site during the 2017-2018 school year. NPUSC has decided not to open a school site due to the low number of students who attended last year. Below are answers to various questions that have been asked in the past concerning eLearning and Flex Days. If you have any questions on the Flex Days or the eLearning format, you may contact your student’s building principal or Dr. Carrie Cannon at 574-654-7273 or ccannon@npusc.k12.in.us

Flex and eLearning FAQs

What is the difference between a Flex Day and an eLearning Inclement Weather Day?

  • Flex Day:  Teachers report to their school building for Professional Development and students are provided with an virtual eLearning format.
  • eLearning Inclement Weather Day: Neither teachers nor students will report to school due to inclement weather. The first two inclement weather days in the NPUSC calendar will be a traditional “call off” and no eLearning will take place.  The 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th weather cancellation day would be then utilized for an eLearning inclement weather day.  We would not have an eLearning day if there were a State of Emergency established within our community.
Why did NPUSC pursue the idea of eLearning days?

  • NPUSC is providing eLearning days to allow students the opportunity to engage educationally outside of the traditional school day. This will amplify the success of the district’s ongoing 1:1 digital learning initiative by furthering our commitment in providing the best educational opportunities for all students at NPUSC.
How are teachers and/or schools preparing for our first Flex Days?

  • Each school will practice, correspond, and work with students/parents to carry out each building’s instructional initiatives on a Flex or eLearning Day.
What can you expect for Students on a Flex or eLearning Day?

  • Students may begin working on their assignments and/or virtual tasks starting at 8:00am and teachers will be available to correspond, support, and discuss any questions until 3:00pm.  
  • Teachers will be using Google Classroom (K-4) and Schoology (5th-12th) to correspond with students regarding their assignments/tasks throughout the Flex Day.
What type of instructional content and classwork is expected on a virtual option day?

  • K-1st grade students will be task focused and given technology links to work on skills and standards while using Google Classroom.
  • Grades 2nd-4th will incorporate technology submitted work that focuses on skills and standards while using Google Classroom.  
  • 5th grade will use Schoology and app based platforms to meet grade level skills and standards.  
  • Grades 6th-12th will continue to use Schoology to distribute, discuss, and upload assignments.
  • Every student will receive grade level appropriate assignments/tasks from their elective and/or specials teachers they would normally meet with on that scheduled day.
How much time per class will teachers assign?

  • As a general guideline…
    • Elementary students would have approximately 2-3 hours of assignments including specials and support classes.
    • Secondary students would have approximately 3-4 hours of assignments including specials and support classes.
What if a student is unable to connect to the Internet?

  • We are aware that not all students have Internet access at home. If for some reason your child cannot access WIFI, there will be a two school day grace period given to make up their work.  This would allow students without Internet connection to have the opportunity to complete work and/or make arrangements to utilize free wireless Internet within our community or any of our NPUSC school buildings. There are also many local establishments that offer complimentary WIFI services, including the New Carlisle Public Library.
How will attendance be tracked?

  • The IDOE requires we take student attendance on the Flex and eLearning Days. Students have to correspond to each of their teachers. They will have until midnight of the eLearning/Flex day in order to being counted present for the school day. We highly suggest that they correspond to their teacher(s) during the 8:00am-3:00pm time slot, but it is not required. Completing assignments are not part of attendance. Students only have to correspond with their teacher to receive attendance for the day.
  • Teachers are only expected to communicate with their students from 8:00am-3:00pm on the the eLearning/Flex Days.
  • Students who do not have WIFI access or need extra time to make up their work will have 2 school days to complete all virtual assignments. Weekend days do not count for the 2 make up days. If students do not turn in their assignments and/or complete their assigned task within the 2 days, then the individual teacher homework policy will go into effect. All correspondence will be completed within Google Classroom (K-4) or Schoology (5th-12th).
What if a student does not have their iPad at home during an eLearning day?

  • If a student has another electronic device (computer, cell phone, kindle, etc.)  at home, they may use that to log into either Google Classroom or Schoology to communicate with their teachers.
Will eLearning days impact any after school events/activities?

  • Scheduled Flex Days will not impact after school events/activities, however the activities will begin after 3:00pm on those scheduled days.  An inclement eLearning day may or may not be impacted and will be determined on that particular day.
What if my child participates in AK Smith classes?

  • Buses will run as usual for AK Smith students and they are expected to attend the onsite classes in Michigan City.  In the afternoon, students will be able to login into their PM classes through Schoology and correspond with their NPUSC teachers.  
How will we accommodate students with  IEPs and ILPs in a virtual option?

  • Our school corporation has worked closely with our corresponding special education cooperative as well as our ELL Coordinator.  Here are the steps in place to support our special education students. These steps are aligned directly from the IDOE guidance for virtual learning.
  • In these instances, assistance will be given to meet needs and IEP and ILP goals.
  • Teacher of record will make contact with the students and classroom teachers on virtual learning days.
  • Students will be contacted in the morning to inform them concerning accommodations and modifications about the assignments.
  • Any service minutes missed due to eLearning/Flex Day will be addressed on an individual basis.
What if my student needs technical support during a Flex Day?

To help accommodate students with any technical challenges or questions, we will have hotline support systems open from 8:00am-3:00pm for each one of our school buildings. These questions and/or challenges should be technical, not instructional. All instructional questions should be directed to your student’s teacher(s). *Please note, technical support will take a lunch break sometime throughout the virtual learning day.

  • Olive Elementary -- 574-654-0427 or 219-778-1491
  • Prairie View Elementary -- 219-778-1485 or 574-654-0496
  • Rolling Prairie Elementary -- 219-778-1436 or 574-654-0497
  • NP Middle School -- 574-654-0468 or 219-778-1445
  • NP High School -- 574-654-0469 or 219-778-1496

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2017 Eclipse at Rolling Prairie

Rolling Prairie Students took the opportunity to view the Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21st.  Students also watch the NASA and WNDU live channel coverage.
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RPE Walk-Through

RPE Family Walk-Through Night

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

6:00-7:00 pm CST

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Online Registration Now Available!

Important: You must have a snap code to begin the online registration process. The snap code, as well as instructions, is included in a letter that was mailed out July 10th & 11th and an email that was sent out on July 12th.  Using the link below Parents/Guardians must first enter the snap code included in the letter and then use the same account used for the online regsitration last year or create a new account. Or click on the link you received in the email and start the registration process. Students can only be linked to one parent/guardian account. Families with multiple children will receive a letter and/or email for each child. Please allow a few days for the letter(s) to arrive.  Please read each section of the online registration process in it’s entirety. If you do not receive the letter and/or email, please contact the NPUSC Corporation Office at 574-654-7273.

Returning Student Registration can be accessed Here.

or copy and paste the link below into your browser

https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=11417&culture=en

The K-12 grade registration events is for returning students only and will be located at the MS Gymnasium on Central Time

                 - Thursday, July 27th, 10:00 am-6:00 pm

                 - Thursday, August 3rd,  8:30 pm-3:30 pm

New Student Registration can be accessed Here.

or copy and paste the link below into your browser

https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=10639&culture=en

A snap code is not needed for New Student registration, thus no letters/emails will be sent. The registration events are for returning students only and iPads will be available for new students when school starts. Please create an account and fill out the online registration form. Please read each section of the online registration process in it’s entirety. If you have any questions, please contact the NPUSC Corporation Office at 574-654-7273.

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