Welcome to the resource page for current students and families. Throughout the year, you will need access to forms and information. This page should bring most of what you're looking for into one place, for your convenience.
Remote Learning Updates
April 7, 2020
Dear FA Students, Parents, and Guardians,
As I promised last week, I’m sending you this letter to provide an overview of the scheduling process for the 2020-21 school year. I think the most important thing to understand is that this is truly a process; schedules will be released around the end of the school year— and everything between now and then— is done in partnership with students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the administration. Here is the scheduling calendar for the rest of the year. If you have any questions about any part of this process, please email me at email@example.com.
Without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Here is a link to the electronic version of the 2020-21 FA Course Bulletin. If you lose the link, you can access the bulletin by going to www.fryeburgacademy.org and navigating to Academics > Curriculum and Course Offerings > Course Bulletin. In this bulletin, you will find all of FA’s academic policies, as well as descriptions of our course offerings for 2020-21 academic year. Please read through the information relevant to you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) over the next week. To help guide your course selections, please use this worksheet and make a copy(you will not need to submit this; it’s just for your reference). With very few exceptions, students should have six credits worth of classes per year.
This week, your teachers will be talking to you in groups and individually to recommend what courses you should take in 2020-21. Most students will remain at the same level for courses that they were this year. We ask that you take the teacher recommendations seriously; they are made with each student’s best interest at heart. If you and/or your parent(s)/guardian(s) would like to discuss placement, please contact your current teacher directly. Your advisor, post-secondary school counselor, and dean can also be a resource during this process.
Effective immediately, post-secondary school counselors will be taking over scheduling responsibilities from the deans’ office. As overseers of students’ four-year plans, they are very familiar with students’ goals and strengths. Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Davenport, and retiring Mrs. Cote-Crosskill’s fall replacement, will continue to work with students throughout their four-year journey at Fryeburg Academy.
In preparation for entering course requests for next year, make sure you know your Netclassroom Student UserID and Password. This information was provided to each student on a self-adhesive label about a month and a half ago, and students were instructed to save that information. If you need this login information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will provide more details about the course request registration process later this week. The most important thing to understand is that unlike May Term registration, you are requesting courses— not enrolling directly for class periods. For academic sign-up, the schedule is constructed after students request courses. It’s also critical to understand that unlike May Term, academic scheduling is not a race and should be done thoughtfully! With the exception of some electives, courses do not fill up. It is more important to select the correct classes for you. Once all students’ requests are entered and approved, the master schedule will be built and student schedules will be released towards the last week of school.
As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about the scheduling process.
Assistant Director of Studies
Students will need to be in class every period they are required to be unless they are too sick to do so. If your parents or guardians need to excuse you due to illness, they should email email@example.com and answer the questions in the automated Google form. Attendance will be taken in each class and may be a part of your grade.
Please note: International students in different time zones may reach out to their teachers to arrange times to meet for their coursework.
A. This is probably a new program for most, if not all, students. Google has recently unlocked some features (like meeting recording) that make this an even more useful tool than before. If you've ever used the video parts of Google Hangouts, you've basically used Meet.
A. The primary use for students will be as a virtual class meeting space. An unlimited number of students can join a Meet, and your teacher can see all of your smiling faces. Additionally, teachers can present their screen to you, as well as record the entire Meet for students to watch on Classroom later. Remember, your teachers are learning this tool too, so be kind to them and take your time.
A. Your teacher will post a Meet link to your Classroom page. Just click on the link, JOIN, and go! Want to meet with some friends for work or just for fun? You can create your own anytime as well by going to meet.google.com
A. The primary feature will be the online meeting, but you may also need to learn to Present to share your screen. Watch the Meet training video in the Remote Learning Help section on the Student Portal webpage.
A. Again, Meet is just a tool- and a new one for almost everyone at FA. Treat it like you would a classroom: be respectful, quiet, and present. Also, don’t worry about how you look and sound- everyone feels that way at first! See you soon, and happy Meet-ing!
Q. First, sign into Google with your FA email address. Like all Google products, Classroom can be accessed by typing product.google.com into the search/address bar. So, in this case, classroom.google.com
A. Whenever you are notified of an update in any of your classes, as well as during scheduled class periods. We encourage you to download the mobile Classroom app and turn on notifications just like you would for a social media app. If you do this, you can unsubscribe from email notifications.
A. The main ones you need to use are the Stream and Classwork. Teachers and advisors may also use other features and we will provide additional training for those. Pay attention to the Classroom training video in the Remote Learning Help section on the Student Portal webpage as well as other upcoming videos.
A. Just remember, Classroom is like any other tool- if used correctly and well, it can be a big help. If you don’t check it enough, or understand how to use it, it’s not as effective. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the basics, whether by using the school’s training videos or by asking a friend or classmate. Be patient, attentive, and above all, remember- we’re all in this together!
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