West Potomac Distance Learning

schedule, office hours, grading guidelines, and resources

May 6 Virtual Parent Principal Coffee Meetings

Distance Learning Schedule & Office Hours

Monday:

Independent or collaborative work completed by students. 

Tuesday: Silver Day (LIVE Instruction using Google Meet)

1:  9:15 -10:00

3:  10:30 - 11:15 Wellness Block (*optional)

 Lunch Break

5:    12:15 - 1:00

7:    1:30 - 2:15

*Optional Afterschool Clubs & Activities

Wednesday:

  • Students: independent or collaborative work (45-60 min per class)
  • Office Hours via Google Meets (90 minutes) for Individualized Instruction and Support

Thursday: Blue Day (LIVE Instruction using Google Meet)

2: 9:15 - 10:00

4:  10:30 - 11:15

Lunch Break

6:  12:15 - 1:00

8:  1:30 - 2:15 

*Optional Afterschool Clubs & Activities

Friday:

  • Students: independent or collaborative work (45-60 min per class)
  • Office Hours via Google Meets (90 minutes) for Individualized Instruction and Support

Office Hours

Wednesdays & Fridays

Departments

9:00 -10:30

HPE

Case Managers

10:00 - 11:30

Math

CTE

Academy

11:00 - 12:30

English

Fine & Performing Arts

12:00 - 1:30

Science

Student Services

1:00 - 2:30

Social Studies

World Languages

Tips for a Successful Distance Learning Experience

distance learning tips

Online Learning (Google Classroom/Meet) and SIS (Online Gradebook)

Google Classroom & G Suite

Google Classroom/Meets

  • Students will need to log in to their Google Classroom through their fcpsschools.net accounts - their participation will not be anonymous
  • Students will not have access to the Google Meets session until the teacher opens it
  • Students are NOT required to have their videos on to participate
  • Teachers will have the ability to mute and remove students from sessions
  • Teachers will record and post all sessions
  • All administrators have access to all virtual sessions and will “drop in” to class sessions

After the student logs in to google classroom, they need to open their class and the code appears in the class banner.  They can click on it and they will go into the live session.  If the teacher is not there, they will not be able to access the session.

Reminders of Virtual Learning Environments Expectations

Parents/Guardians, we have greatly appreciated your support throughout these past weeks.  We ask that you continue to be active in engaging your child WHILE they are in the virtual environment.  Check in on them, make sure they are actively engaging their learning.  Your presence is a POWERFUL motivator to your child.

Students:

  • Follow the best practices that your teacher establishes for participating in the class
  • Participate fully and appropriately (just as you would if you were physically at school) in your virtual classes
  • The FCPS SR&R is still the governing document for your rights and your responsibility
  • If a teacher writes a referral for your behavior in the virtual environment, your AP will schedule a discipline meeting with you and your parent/guardian via Google Meets
  • If your behaviors are negatively impacting the virtual learning environment, your google account will be suspended.  Your work will be provided to your parents/guardian via email for you to complete.

SIS (Student Information System) Online Gradebook

Technical Support

Additional Resources

Distance Learning Grading and Attendance

4th Quarter

  • begins May 4th and will end on June 12th
  • new instruction and assignments on essential skills and knowledge
  • all assignments and assessments will show progress in SIS and will reflect the mastery level of each assignment
  • all 4th quarter work will be used to support the overall final grade
  • Students and families will be able to see “marks” in SIS, though weekly emails will not be sent since there will not be a quarter 4 grade

Attendance Monitoring

  • Goal: to make sure students are staying connected in 3rd and 4th quarter
  • Student attendance will be monitored by each teacher during the Tuesday/Thursday class times and Wednesday/Friday office hours. The WPHS attendance team will work with and support students who may be struggling with staying engaged during the remainder of the school year.

High School Grading and Progress Monitoring

  • 3rd quarter grade based on all work prior to closure
  • Although 4th quarter report card will show a "no mark" this does not show on the final transcript
  • All final grades and ONLY final grades show on transcripts

4th Quarter Progress Reporting on Standards

Exceeds 3
Meets 2
Does Not Meet (redo) 1
No Mark (missing) no score

Calculating Final Grades

Final Exams: There will be no final exam and/or culminating activity included as part of the final course grade calculation this year.

Year-Long Courses - Calculating Final Grade 

  • Teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by at least one grade distribution (B to B+), based on demonstrated mastery of quarter 4 learning standards. 
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Average of Quarters 1, 2, & 3
    • Average of Quarters 1, 2, & 3 w/1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • 1st Semester Grade
    • 1st Semester Grade w/1 grade distribution increase consideration

2nd Semester Courses - Calculating Final Grade

  • Schools/teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by two grade distributions (B to A-), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning.  
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Quarter 3 Average
    • Quarter 3 Average (w/up to a two grade distribution increase consideration)

Report Cards

Report Cards/Progress Reports: Report Cards/Progress Reports will be mailed centrally for both third and fourth quarters.

Parents/Guardians may opt into “Go Paperless” for report cards by following the instructions:

  • Login to ParentVUE, then going to “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless!". This is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option. This option must be selected prior to May 12th to prevent the 3rd quarter report card from being mailed. 

Last Day of School

The last day of school for all students (except seniors) is Friday, June 12. Seniors’ last day of school is May 29.

Summer Courses

Additional summer offerings and support through FCPS summer learning programming are being discussed and will be shared as soon as available pending developments with the state-wide closure of schools.

Virtual Student Services & Wellness Resources

Virtual WPHS Student Services

Contact your School Counselor

Mental Wellness Consultation

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

  • This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their student’s emotional well-being during their time away from school.  Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available.  
  • *This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

Updates for AP Courses & Exams

Traditional face-to-face Advanced Placement (AP) exams will not take place.  The full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam can be found on College Board.

AP Testing & Instruction Frequently Asked Questions for Students, Parents and Staff

FCPS AP Updates due to Corona Virus

Library Office Hours & Resources

Virtual Office Hours:

Mondays: 10:00 -11:00 (Mrs. Landon), 1:00 - 2:00 (Mrs. Rice)

Wednesdays: 10:00 -11:00 (Mrs. Landon), 1:00 - 2:00 (Mrs. Rice)

Fridays: 10:00 - 11:00 (Mrs. Landon), 1:00 - 2:00 (Mrs. Rice)

If those times don’t work for you, please email either one of us to set up a time that works (jllandon@fcps.edu or wsrice@fcps.edu).

Online Library Resources

Several “How To” videos are available in the 2019-2020 WPHS Library Blackboard course. These include, accessing ebooks, searching the catalog, working in databases, and using NoodleTools for citing sources.

The county and the West Potomac HS library subscribe to a number of databases.  The databases contain vetted information and sources.  Passwords to all of the databases can be found in the 2019-2020 WPHS Library Blackboard in the “information section.” Please remember that these are for the use of students of West Potomac HS and/or FCPS and they should not be shared with anyone else.

Please enjoy your school library books at home. No books are overdue and they can be returned when school buildings re-open.

We look forward to working with students virtually for the remainder of the school year. Please feel free to reach out to either one or both of us to help.

Mrs. Landon and Ms. Rice

Overview of Distance Learning Plan

Distance Learning Grading and Assessment