Greetings St. John’s Students and Parents,
This week has certainly been a week of transition for us all!
We are extremely fortunate to already have Office 365 and ManageBac in place to provide
online learning for our school community. Crises, like this one, also present plenty of
opportunities – a huge opportunity for all learners in our school community that we have
already embraced is the opportunity to learn more about how to use the software and
technology which we already have. Lessons have moved to our online classrooms and some
teachers have even already had whole-group meetings through Microsoft Teams. Lessons
and resources are being posted on ManageBac and students are learning how to access the
work and teachers are learning how to provide rich feedback to students through the
annotation tools available.
This week we also took the opportunity to contact all of our students through their Advisors
to make sure all of our learners could access their work, to see how they were coping, and
to collect feedback on how we could improve our online delivery.
Next week, we are aiming to begin to get into online lessons with recorded, live mini-lessons
and also through hosting regular online “office” hours where students can chat with their
teachers during set times about their schoolwork, progress, and general well-being.
Although this is an uncertain time, I would encourage everyone in the community to find the
opportunities this crisis has created and embrace them. It is also a time to be creative and
innovative in response. Please know that the faculty is present and ready to support you or
your child and are all just an email away if you should require any assistance.
I wish all of you health and peace in this time of uncertainty.
Director of Academics
For more information about how students can access and upload their classwork, please
see the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFhRlCycLLU