Welcome (Back) to Remote Learning

NCS teachers repeatedly shared how proud they were of their students’ level of engagement in online learning throughout the fourth quarter of the 2019-2020 school year. For the 2020-2021 school year, NCS has planned a blended-learning environment that incorporates lessons learned while teaching and learning remotely and best practices incorporated from professional development throughout the spring and summer.

Classes will be delivered through a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

Students will engage in community events and online learning with their teachers and classmates, using the Zoom videoconference software, and asynchronous instruction may be delivered using a mix of flipped instruction, discussion boards, group work and independent assignments.

Students who report the most success in an online learning environment develop and maintain routines that keep them organized and on top of their assignments. Maintaining a digital or paper calendar and developing the habit of checking daily for messages from teachers, the chaplain, counselors, and deans, both through school-provided email accounts and on MyNCS, is essential for students to keep abreast of course expectations and school events.

Access to all course materials is through MyNCS, our learning management system. During online orientation sessions the first week of school, faculty will show how to sign in to this system and how to access needed information. Each teacher will set clear expectations around attendance, assignments, Office Hours, time for conferencing with teachers one-on-one or in small groups, communication, and how to submit work, and make this information readily available and visible to students online.

Not all remote learning will be synchronous, but when synchronous activities and classes, homeroom, and community events are scheduled, students are expected to be engaged and fully participate. When engaged in synchronous events with teachers, students are expected to dress appropriately for a learning environment, be prepared, and, to the degree possible, place themselves where distractions will be minimal. Students who found success in an online learning environment report getting up and getting dressed for school each morning helps develop positive learning habits.

Working online gives students access to a wide range of reference materials and digital resources. Students should keep the parameters for individual and group work established by their teacher in mind when engaged in any assignment or assessment. Students are expected to adhere to the NCS Honor Code and the Acceptable Use Policy for Technology as well as the guidelines outlined in their division’s Student-Parent Handbook.

Whether learning together in the building or online, NCS provides students with an array of support resources. If students are unable to troubleshoot a technical problem on their own, the NCS Tech Team is available to help. If extra time, additional materials, or other academic accommodations are needed, students should connect with their teachers, advisors, and our learning specialists in the Teaching and Learning Center. We encourage students to do their best and ask for help when needed.

Some of the best advice we saw last spring on doing schoolwork remotely came from Upper School students.

Remember to make time for self-care. Get away from the screen in between classes. Be good to your body with physical exercise. Take time to just breathe. And don’t forget to stay connected with classmates.

Learn more about Blended Learning