Thompson Connect Online (TCO): Grades K-8


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    2021-2022 Plan for Students in K-8 TCO


    BASIC INFORMATION:

    • Although students will be participating in TCO, they will remain ENROLLED in the school they have been attending within TSD. 
      • Families can expect to receive ongoing communications from The Thompson School District, their assigned or "enrolled" school, and TCO.
      • If extra-curricular activities are provided at the "school of enrollment", students in TCO will have opportunities to participate in those activities.
    • Updated devices (e.g., Chromebooks or iPads) will be provided by TSD for use by students.
    • Students and families do not have to pay additional fees to attend TCO instead of their "enrolled" school.
      • Fuel Ed/Peak will not be used for any TCO grade levels for the 2021-2022 school year.
    • Note: A fully-digital ("100% online") instructional model for Early Childhood/Preschool or Dual Language Immersion (DLI) will not be available during the 2021-2022 school year.

    OVERVIEW:

    • There will be designated TSD staff who are assigned specifically to serve students in TCO.
      • Examples include: An online K-8 principal, administrative assistance staff, and classroom teachers.
    • Students will be expected to pay attention to work each day and remain actively engaged.
      • At-home supervision and support for learning will be needed for student success.
    • Learning in the core content areas (i.e., ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) will be provided.
      • Instruction will be provided through a "Learning Management System", which is an online software program that organizes the learning content and materials (similar to an "app"). Within K-8 TCO, the teachers may use: Buzz ("FLVS"), iLearn Collaborative, and Google Classroom.
    • Students will have limited options for online courses for "specials or electives". 
      • All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will have Physical Education for one semester.
      • All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will choose either Coding Fundamentals or Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for one semester.
      • All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will also choose one year long elective: Art or Spanish (either beginning or intermediate).
      • Individualized opportunities for exploration within students' areas of interest will be possible for student enrichment.

    Daily and weekly learning time will include:

    • Synchronous ("real-time") online instruction in K-8 mathematics with a TSD Teacher each day.
    • Synchronous ("real-time") online instruction in K-3 reading and/or writing with a TSD Teacher each day.
    • Synchronous ("real-time") online instruction in grades 4-8 reading and writing with a TSD Teacher 3 times a week.
    • Synchronous ("real-time") online connection (e.g., Class Meetings) and opportunities for support (e.g., Office Hours) with a TSD Teacher each day.

    • Asynchronous ("anytime") digital content for K-8 science and social studies each week.
    • Asynchronous ("anytime") individualized digital content exploration (i.e., for specials and enrichment) each week.

    • Specialized support for student learning (i.e., ESS, ELD, GT, Counseling) will be provided as needed or as documented within Learning Plans.

    • Attendance will be recorded (by end-of-school-day) in Infinite Campus (IC); families may review attendance using Parent Portal.
    • Students in TCO will be participating in district and/or state assessments (e.g., iReady, CMAS) to provide indicators of progress and to follow the state's requirements of schools for the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (CO READ Act).

    Note: Students will be allowed to switch from TCO (100% online) to the "in-person" instructional model in TSD at the semester break. 


  • Resource: Tips & Troubleshooting Buzz webpage

    For basic information about Buzz (and "FLVS"), you may also visit:

    Supply List:

    This is a sample list of some of the basic (offline) materials/supplies that may be needed (in addition to computer devices). Teachers may give more detail, but these are examples:

    • Notebook, 3-ring binder, Pencils, Erasers, Scissors,
      Crayons & colored pencils, Glue, Tape, Ruler, Paper (various types)

    Any "materials pick-up" that may be required will be planned and coordinated by TCO staff.