GCS Virtual Learning

Our deep hope is that all of us would thank God for the ways He has gone before us to put us in a position to translate our Biblically-integrated Grace curriculum to a purposeful virtual learning environment that will bless our families.

Due to the temporary campus self-quarantine in response to the Coronavirus threat, GCS is beginning Virtual Learning on March 23, 2020. We expect to be off-campus for at least two weeks and will follow CDC and DPH recommendations as to when we re-open our doors.

We are thankful for the cooperation of staff and students in the implementation of Virtual Learning to continue the academic experience. Thank you to our amazing GCS families and school community for your patience and cooperation! Learning at home using digital resources and communication will be different. Our teachers are dedicated to providing clear communication and creating flexible atmospheres for our GCS families. Please refer to these tips and guidelines as you prepare your home learning space and schedules.

Please be flexible and patient as we all adapt to a new platform for learning. We know that there will likely be technical issues that are out of our control. None of us can predict what will happen when the whole world is working online. We know that families will be sharing devices and bandwidth. Our teachers are adapting to teaching virtually—many “new” things for all of us to learn how to navigate.

Platforms for Daily Use

  • Grades JrK-5 will provide lessons and resources through Google Drive for their daily learning engagements and parent interactions.
  • Grades 6-12 will provide lessons and resources through Google Classroom for their daily learning engagements.
  • Classical School will provide lessons and resources through Google Classroom for their daily learning engagements.
  • Teachers will utilize software like Google Meet to provide video conference opportunities that will be posted ahead of time. 
  • Email, video chat, and phone calls will be used to communicate formally with families.
  • Any home computer, smartphone, or tablet that is connected to the internet will work for virtual learning. If you do not have any of these devices or capability, please alert your campus ASAP.

Elementary School

Message from Mrs. Dozier

All of us have been praying for you and for your kiddos!  Just like the Lord has called the teachers and all of us on staff to this task and has sustained us, He is doing the same for you!  As educators, we thrive on the opportunity to learn and to collaborate.  And boy, have we been able to do that! Mrs. Provines and I have been so blessed to lead this extremely talented group of teachers and watch as they have taken our expectations, ideas, and suggestions and absolutely run with them!  Teachers have planned lessons, learned how to use Google Meet (a brand new Google product), recorded lessons, created learning packets, built “learning spaces” in their homes, and more. I couldn’t be more proud of our teachers! 

We have put a plan in place that will allow us to continue to deliver our biblically-integrated curriculum in a manner that is as seamless, comprehensive, and easy to follow, as possible.  Though our planning has been extremely purposeful and thoughtful, we still may experience some bumps along the way. Throughout this process, please provide feedback to us as to how to help you best.  Please be patient with us as we enter uncharted waters.

We are praying for you and your children! Be reminded … “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”  2 Timothy 1:7. It is going to be great! We can do this together!  

In Jesus,
Jennifer Dozier

Virtual Learning for Elementary Students
  • Your children will be expected to complete approximately two hours of “school” work each day.  
  • Lessons and activities will be shared via Google Drive with each family.
  • We will provide live meetings throughout the week.  Teachers will communicate with their classes the dates and times for these sessions.
    • We do understand that some children may not be able to attend the live sessions. We will record instructional times and upload those files to the Google Drive folders that are shared with each family.
    • Help your children attend the live sessions in a “professional” manner and be ready to engage in the learning experiences.
    • Please have them appropriately dressed for the day.
  • Define their “work” space for school work.  We would suggest an area that can remain set up with materials: paper, crayons, pencils, etc.  Limit distractions: pets, TV, music, etc.
  • We encourage you to connect with their teacher during office hours, if you have questions or need assistance. We are here to help! Office Hours
  • Our goal for closing school is to provide social distance and slow the spread of the virus. We want to protect ourselves and others. Please do not plan indoor group activities. Encourage your children to get outside and play! Please limit entertainment time on devices and use this as an opportunity to have students engage with books at home.
  • Keep a positive attitude and make this fun for your children.
  • Take time to connect with your children in intentional ways. Plan family dinners and game night. Take advantage of the gift of time!
  • See Google Drive for additional ideas that your children can do outside our daily expectations.
  • If you need help — contact the teacher, Mrs. Dozier or Mrs. Provines.

Middle School

Message from Mrs. Hicks

This year’s theme for Grace Community School is “Growing in Gratefulness.”  I am grateful that God is sovereign over us. He is in control of every situation. Yes, even the Coronavirus/ Covid-19. With His sovereignty comes a promise of provision and protection. Psalm 91 reminds us that if we abide in God, He will protect us, He will shelter us, and He will give us long life (ever-lasting life).  God is Jehovah Jireh. He has provided beforehand a vision for our school which has led to Grace educators being trained all year long to provide alternative schooling for our children. Moving to a virtual learning format will allow us to continue to provide your student with a high-quality, Christ-centered education. 

This change may be hard, it will not be absent of struggles, misunderstanding, uncertainty, etc. please reach out to us. We are here to support you and your child. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, we would love to pray with you, listen to you and to love on you.

God Bless You,
Tandy Hicks

Virtual Learning for Middle School Students
  • Google Classroom is the “go-to” for students for much of the information they will need. The link to Google Meet, various other links, posted assignments, and other information will be housed in each teacher’s Google Classroom.  
  • Students will be given the opportunity to utilize Google Meet to connect with their teacher and classmates. If they are unable to attend the live sessions, a recording will be made available.  
    • Help your student attend the live sessions in a “professional” manner and be ready to engage in the learning experiences.
    • Please have them appropriately dressed for the day.
  • Define their “work” space for school work.  We would suggest an area that can remain set up with materials: paper, books, pencils, etc.  Limit distractions: pets, TV, music, etc.
  • Please encourage your child to engage in the learning that is being provided virtually. 
  • Please remind your child to be flexible when working with the technology.  If an issue or concern does arise, please contact their teacher. We will provide assistance when possible.  When in doubt, initiate a “hard reset” to the device and try again.
  • As always, parent supervision promotes and helps maintain a safe learning environment while your student is working online.  Please remember that the filtering protocols we have in place on campus do not extend to your home network.
  • If a teacher shares a YouTube link through Google Classroom that the student is not not able to access please use your personal account to access the video linked.  
  • If you need help — contact the teacher or Mrs. Hicks.

High School

Message from Mr. Witt

We would like to thank all of you for the patience and cooperation you have shown so far during this stressful time.  You truly show what Grace Community School is all about by modeling the heart of Christ in your reaction to this crisis. Please be in prayer as we prepare to launch virtual learning.  Our teachers have been hard at work this week in preparing innovative ways for your student to learn during this time when we are not able to meet in a traditional setting. Our teachers are collaborating on a daily basis to share ideas and are collecting resources from all across the country to best serve our families.

We will be using Google Classroom as our learning management tool.  FACTS (RenWeb) will continue to be used for grade posting but lesson plans, resources, and announcements will be available using Google Classroom.  We are doing this to be consistent and to keep things as simple as possible for our families. Your student’s individual teachers will be providing direction for course work but you are welcome to contact the office or send me an email if you have questions.  We also welcome your feedback on the experience.

Thank you again in advance for partnering with us during this unique season and, as always, thank you for sharing your child with us!

God Bless,
Lanny Witt

Virtual Learning for High School Students
  • Google Classroom is the “go-to” for students for much of the information they will need. The link to Google Meet, various other links, posted assignments, and other information will be housed in each teacher’s Google Classroom.  The students know this well – always start there!
  • Students should be in a space in their home most conducive for learning and interacting with teachers.
    • Students should not be sitting in bed to do class. Consider a desk or table and ensure the visible background is appropriate for other students and teachers. 
    • Define their “work” space for school work.  We would suggest an area that can remain set up with materials: paper, books, pencils, etc.  
    • Limit distractions: pets, TV, music, etc. 
  • Students will be given the opportunity to utilize Google Meet to connect with their teacher and classmates. If they are unable to attend the live sessions, a recording will be made available.  
    • Help your student attend the live sessions in a “professional” manner and be ready to engage in the learning experiences.
    • Please have them appropriately dressed for the day.
  • As always, parent supervision promotes and helps maintain a safe learning environment while your student is working online.  Please remember that the filtering protocols we have in place on campus do not extend to your home network.
  • If a teacher shares a YouTube link through Google Classroom that the student is not not able to access please use your personal account to access the video linked.  
  • The whole point of closing school at this time is so we can all socially distance ourselves and not spread the virus. We want to protect ourselves and others.  Do not plan group activities — it defeats the purpose if you are together in groups. 
  • Keep a positive attitude and look at this as a training ground for an online college class.
  • If you need help — contact the teacher, Mr. Witt or Mr. Webb.

Classical School

Message from Mrs. Flournoy

In a time of uncertainty in the world around us, we can be certain that God knew what this spring would look like at Grace Community.   “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17 

As you know, all campuses at Grace Community will be moving to a virtual learning environment. At Grace Classical, you can still expect the same delivery of lesson plans and curriculum with the additional support to move from three home days to five home days. With the use of Google Classroom, we will be able to deliver lessons to your students virtually and continue to foster community among our students and families. It has been a productive week at school with your teachers learning how to implement Google Classroom and finding creative ways to teach your students. 

Time together with family is a gift! We are praying that you will find rest and the blessing of a slower pace and a new rhythm with your family during this time. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any needs that you might have.

Trusting Him,
Karla Flournoy

Virtual Learning for Classical School Students
  • Google Classroom is the “go-to” for students for much of the information they will need. The link to Google Meet, various other links, posted assignments, and other information will be housed in each teacher’s Google Classroom.  
  • Students will be given the opportunity to utilize Google Meet to connect with their teacher and classmates. If they are unable to attend the live sessions, a recording will be made available.  
  • Define their “work” space for school work.  We would suggest an area that can remain set up with materials: paper, books, crayons, pencils, etc.  Limit distractions: pets, TV, music, etc.
  • Please encourage your child to engage in the learning that is being provided virtually. 
  • Please remind your child to be flexible when working with the technology.  If an issue or concern does arise, please contact their teacher. We will provide assistance when possible.  When in doubt, initiate a “hard reset” to the device and try again.
  • As always, parent supervision promotes and helps maintain a safe learning environment while your student is working online.  Please remember that the filtering protocols we have in place on campus do not extend to your home network.
  • If a teacher shares a YouTube link through Google Classroom that the student is not not able to access please use your personal account to access the video linked.  
  • Teachers will be available to co-teachers in the same way they have been up to this point. Don’t hesitate to reach out, particularly during normal school day hours. (Tuesday/Thursday: 8:00-3:00)
  • To reduce the amount of change for your student, try to remain on your current home day schedule.
  • If you need help — contact the teacher, Mrs. Flournoy or Mrs. Foreman.

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