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First Day of School Tip Sheet

First Day of School Tip Sheet

The first half day of school for all Clarkston Community Schools students is Tuesday, September 8. Some students will begin the school year with Clarkston Virtual, and all others will participate in our temporary distance learning contingency until we can return safely to our classrooms. The first several days of school will be an opportunity for teachers, students and families to spend time getting comfortable with the learning environment and classroom expectations. Don't worry! We fully anticipate that there will be a few wrinkles as we all begin this new way of learning together, but we are here to help your family make the transition back to school as seamless as possible. Here are some tips to get CCS distance learning students and families started.

Class Schedules & Teacher Assignments

Student class schedules and teacher assignments will be available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE after 4pm on Friday, September 4. (Access and update your ParentVUE account.)

Distance Learning Daily Schedule

The school day is 8:30am-3pm (elementary) and 8:30am-3:20pm (secondary) five days a week, Monday through Friday. Lunch is 11:25am-12:25pm for all students. Teachers are available from the end of the school day until 3:50pm for meetings with parents and students. Half-days are 8:30am-11:25am.

Wednesdays are reserved for both academic and well being work with students. Students will meet with each teacher for enrichment, tutoring, and building classroom community. Attendance is required, though as the semester develops, students may be released by the teacher to work independently while other students receive personalized support. At the secondary level, Wednesdays are for PAWS and WolfTime meetings and afternoons are reserved for students to make appointments with their teachers or counselors.

Student Email Accounts

Students in grades 3-12 have a district-issued email address. It is formatted this way: (first & middle initial) (last name) (last two digits of grad year)@clarkston.k12.mi.us (EXAMPLE: jrdoe21@clarkston.k12.mi.us This is a Google-based email with an associated Google account, offering Gmail, Google Classroom, Google Drive, and other apps that students may need. Your email address can be found by logging into ParentVUE or StudentVUE and viewing "student info."

Seesaw (Y5-Grade 2)

Seesaw gives students in Y5-Grade 2 creative tools to capture and reflect on their learning in real time with teachers and families. The Seesaw App is on district iPads and Chromebooks. You can download Seesaw Family App on your phone for iOS, Android, or use the web to view your student's learning. When your child adds new work, you will receive a notification to view, hear and/or respond to your child's learning item. You only have access to your own child's work and all of the content is stored securely. Please contact your classroom teacher with any questions about Seesaw.

Google Classroom (Grades 3-12)

Google Classroom is the unified learning management system for all students in Grades 3-12. Google Classroom will act as a student's hub or digital planner, housing all links, assignments and resources. Google Drive will act as a student's digital backpack, housing folders and documents as needed. Teachers will help students set up an organizational system. To add Google Classroom, go to https://classroom.google.com, then click "sign in." Sign in with your student's CCS Google account (@clarkston.k12.mi.us).

By Monday, September 7, students will be automatically enrolled in their teachers' distance learning Google Classroom for each of their classes. Students will need to log into their school Google accounts and check school email to enter the Google Classroom dashboard. If you do not see all of your classes in your Google Classroom you may need to use a class code provided by your teacher. Please check your school email. At the top of the Classes page, click the "+" and select "Join class" and enter the class code (If you do not see all of your classes and your teacher has not emailed you a class code, please email him or her to request this prior to the start of school.)

Attendance

Students are expected to check in to each class session and have their attendance noted. Student cameras should be on during this check-in period.

Grading

All assigned work and assessments will be graded by the teacher, and grades or feedback will be issued to the student in the same manner they would during Face-to-Face in-person instruction. Grading is based on coursework and assessments, mirroring the traditional in-person learning environment. Timely feedback and reporting of grades will keep students and families aware of individual progress.

Distance Learning Screen Time and Class Structure

Instructional blocks are reserved for each course, but how teachers choose to present the curriculum will vary. Each class session will include attendance and live instructional time with a variety of other modalities like small group work, multimedia resources, and student participation.

Technology Distribution

The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education recently approved a One-to-One (1:1) Technology Program that provides each teacher and student with a district-issued digital device for educational purposes at school and at home. This initiative supports the district's curriculum and the needs of distance and virtual learners. Please review our Technology Distribution schedule to know when to report to our buildings for curbside device pick-up.

Campus Visitor Protocols

If you visit any of our school buildings for any reason, please keep in mind that we have strict visitor protocols in order to keep our staff safe.

  • Please call ahead. Visitors to all school facilities will be restricted to essential personnel and pre-approved visitors only.
  • Visitor self-screening stations will be located in each building vestibule.
  • All visitors must complete a self-screening questionnaire and scan his/her own temperature for self-reporting purposes prior to entering the building.

All visitors who are permitted entry must wear a mask and remain in a designated area pertaining to the reason for the visit.

Family Technology Support

A Technology Support website was created by the CCS Instructional Technology Team to help parents learn more about their student's iPads, Chromebooks and other educational resources like Seesaw. Take some time to explore the many tutorial videos and resources provided on this website. You can also visit our Support for Online Learners webpage.

Additional Support

Please call your building's main office during business hours for any assistance you may need. Weekend and after-hours inquiries can be directed to the following contacts. Please allow 24 hours for a response.

Free School Meal Service

We have some very exciting updates about our meal program! The United States Department of Agriculture is going to continue funding to provide free meals for every child. What does this mean? With these changes, we are now allowed to serve each child a full weeks' worth of meals. We are going to keep our service day on WEDNESDAY of each week with the times and locations below. (Please disregard our previous communication related to lunch menu pricing.) We will provide seven days worth meals for all children who live in your household. Simply drive up to our curbside location and let our staff know how many children you need meals for and we will do the rest!

Meal Distribution Locations

  • Andersonville Elementary: 10350 Andersonville Rd 11am-12pm
  • Sashabaw Middle School: 5565 Pine Knob Lane 11am-12pm
  • Clarkston Junior High: 6595 Waldon Rd 11am-12pm
  • Clintonvilla Mobile Community 11:45am-12:15pm
  • Independence Woods Mobile Community 11am-11:30am

Please see the CCS Nutrition Services website for more information on locations, service times, meal applications, and menus.

First Day of School Signs & Social Media

As is our tradition, we have created printable First Day of School Signs to kick off the year with a little fun. Please snap a photo on Tuesday, and email it to marketing@clarkston.k12.mi.us and/or share on social media using #WeAreClarkston. You can also update your Facebook profile picture or video with a First Day frame from Clarkston Community Schools. Try It.

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.


Read more Clarkston Community Schools News at www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/news.

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