Summer Enrichment 2020 Announcement:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Gorman High School will be conducting all Summer Enrichment classes for the 2020 program, through a Distance Learning format. Summer Enrichment 2020 will be open to continuing students only, and will be unavailable for any incoming Freshmen or transfer students.

Attendance Policy

Core Summer Enrichment Distance Learning courses will be run within two, three-week modules, whereby each module equates to a semester of study during the academic year.  In order to guarantee the 60 contact hours necessary to receive credit for these courses, attendance is required and will be recorded for every day of class.  

List of 1 items.

  • How attendance will be recorded on every day of class:

    1.  PRIMARY: Daily Class Meeting
    2.  SECONDARY: Daily Attendance Assignment

    Priority for attendance is given to the Daily Class Meeting, however students must complete the primary and secondary attendance checks on a daily basis.  This is the quickest and easiest way for a student to ensure that the attendance requirement is being met for the course.  The Daily Class Meeting will occur at the same time each morning via an electronic video-conferencing interface.  The Daily Attendance Assignment is a secondary attendance check which will be recorded in the gradebook for the class.  In order to allow flexibility for travel or other extenuating circumstances, students will be permitted to miss up to two (2) Daily Class Meetings for each three-week module, without risking loss-of-credit for the class.*

    *Important: 
    1. Students who miss a Daily Class Meeting on a given day MUST complete the secondary attendance check (the Daily Attendance Assignment) for that same day on that day, or they will be automatically removed from the class roster for failing to meet the required daily instructional hours for the class.
    2. Students who miss a third (3rd) Daily Class Meeting within a three-week module will be automatically removed from the class roster for failing to meet the required instructional hours for the class, even if they make an attempt to complete the Daily Attendance Assignment for that same day.
    3. Students who attend a Daily Class Meeting but fail to submit a Daily Attendance Assignment will experience loss-of-credit in the gradebook for that assignment, the cumulative impact of which may result in course failure.

Daily Class Meeting Policy

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  • Checking In / Out for the Daily Class Meeting:

    Upon entering a Daily Class Meeting, students will record their attendance by typing “here” or “present” into the chat forum for the virtual meeting. Their attendance will then be time-stamped as the official record of when they checked in for class on that day.  At the conclusion of a class meeting (which will be signaled by the course instructor) students will be given an opportunity to ask clarifying questions about assignments, or about any other course-related content.  At the end of this time, students will return to the chat forum to sign out of the class meeting by typing, “no questions,” “all good,” or “thank you.”  This check out will be time-stamped as the official record of when a student left class on that day.
  • Daily Class Meeting Tardiness:

    Students who are more than five minutes late to a Daily Class Meeting will be counted as absent for the day, even if an attempt is made to sign into the meeting after the five-minute mark.  Students who are one-to-four minutes late to a class meeting will be considered tardy.  The accumulation of three tardies will result in one absence from a daily class meeting.  
  • Leaving the Daily Class Meeting Early:

    Students who leave the Daily Class Meeting early, or who fail to submit their proper sign-out to the chat forum, will be considered absent for the day.
  • In Class Procedures:

    The Daily Class Meeting is a professional learning environment.  As such, students will adhere to the following standards when showing up to class on a daily basis:
    1. Device cameras will be on and students’ faces will be fully visible for the duration of the meeting.
    2. Microphones will be turned off (as a default) though will be toggled on when called on to ask or answer questions.
    3. Students will be presentably dressed and in appropriate locations for the class meeting, ideally seated at a desk or table, prepared to actively and attentively participate
      • Inappropriate Dress: pajamas, swimwear, revealing clothing of any kind, etc.
      • Inappropriate Settings: laying in bed or on a couch, in a pool, participating in other activities, etc.
    4. Students will be prepared to actively participate in the Daily Class Meeting.  Students should not expect to simply show up and remain passive or silent in the class.  When called on by instructors, students will respond to questions or share insights within live discussions. 
Failure to adhere to these Daily Class Meeting policies, or others as indicated by the course instructor, may result in a student being recorded as “absent” for the day, even if logged in for the duration of the meeting itself.

FAQs

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Will I be able to request additional Summer Enrichment classes or request changes to my student’s existing summer class(es)?

    Yes, but only during a 48 hour window of opportunity that will open on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 3:00 PM, and close on May 14, 2020 at 3:00 PM.  If a course opens for additional student requests, priority for placement will be given in the order that enrollment contracts have been returned electronically through Blackbaud.  The process by which this will occur will exactly match the process in which students requested classes earlier in the year through Blackbaud.  Please note, we do not anticipate opening requests for all classes.  The only requests that will be made available, will be for those classes in which a placement is possible
  • Why have Summer Enrichment classes been changed from two-week on campus classes and four-week online classes, to three-week distance learning modules requiring daily check-ins with teachers?

    When it became clear that we would be moving to a distance learning format for all class instruction in March 2020, we began the process of adapting all curricular content to our new format.  What we discovered is in line with the views of leading educational researchers, technologists and administrators: the most meaningful distance instruction incorporates elements of synchronous learning (learning that involves direct face-to-face contact between teachers and students, and between classmates within a class) alongside elements of asynchronous learning (learning that can be done separate from a class, and which requires no direct or timed face-to-face interaction).  When we discovered that physical on campus classes would not be possible this summer, we sought a solution that would incorporate the best aspects of our on campus classes (face-to-face interaction and community-building), while retaining some of the freedoms associated with our traditionally asynchronous online course offerings.  The result was a blending of practices which seeks to accommodate as many students as is reasonably possible, given the availability of qualified teaching faculty, as well as other instructional resources.
  • I’ve made tentative plans this summer based on the old Summer Enrichment schedule.  Can I still be accommodated based on the old schedule format and student commitment?

    Our previously-planned Summer Enrichment program has been cancelled.  It has been replaced with a newly redesigned schedule format, which incorporates learned best practices for instruction in a distance learning format.  As a courtesy, students were placed in these classes based on (1) course requests made through Blackbaud prior to our campus shut-down in March 2020, (2) available student positions within a class, and (3) on a first-come, first-served basis in the order that enrollment contracts for the 2020-2021 school year have been received (electronically, also through Blackbaud).  The Parent / Student Bulletin sent out by Mr. Kiefer on May 4, 2020 (linked HERE) details the process by which these newly designed, distance learning courses can be confirmed through the submission of a Google Form (linked HERE).  Please note that this form must be completed by Monday, May 11, 2020 or a student may lose out on an opportunity to take a Summer Enrichment class this year.
  • Doesn’t my student need to take Summer Enrichment classes?  I thought Summer Enrichment classes were required.

    Summer Enrichment classes are completely non-compulsory and it is entirely possible for students to satisfy all graduation requirements by taking all classes during the academic year.  This might mean sacrificing an elective or managing a more academically rigorous schedule, but these are decisions that some families may have to make if the new class format does not work for them given their anticipated summer plans, or if classes close due to having reached capacity.
  • My student is a rising Junior/Senior.  Why was one of his/her Theology classes approved, and the other denied?

    For Junior and Senior level Theology, there is no requirement that one course be taken before the other.  Unlike the Freshman and Sophomore level Theology courses, the “A” course is not prerequisite for the “B” course.  In addition, unlike Sophomore level summer Theology (Freshman level Theology is not offered in the summer), students in Junior and Senior level Theology are not required to take both “A” and “B” Theology courses as a long summer “block.”  What this all means is that there may have been a much higher demand for one Junior or Senior level Theology class, over the other.  This disparity would cause one class to close before the other, and for a student to potentially be accepted for one, but not for the other.
  • I’d like to be able to take two online Summer Enrichment classes simultaneously as in years past.  Why is that no longer possible?

    In past years when Summer Enrichment online instruction was conducted completely asynchronously, it was potentially possible (though rare) for students to “double up” on classes within an offered online session.  As we’ve moved away from the asynchronous model for online class delivery, we are requiring synchronous components which means that students must be available for live online class time between the hours of 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM, Monday through Friday, on all days in which classes will be meeting.  These class meetings, along with other types of completed student tasks, will count as students’ “attendance checks” for instructional class days.  Just as it would not be possible for a student to take two separate classes during an instructional period within a school day, a student may not take two core (meaning “required for graduation”) courses concurrently during Summer Enrichment.
  • So are all of the classes that were originally planned now just being offered online?

    No.  Many courses are no longer being offered during Summer Enrichment.  These include Driver’s Ed, Physical Education, Art, Honors Trigonometry, Honors World History Part 1, Theology 1A: Sacred Scripture, Theology 1B: Ecclesiology, Algebra Readiness and English Readiness.  In addition, classes that are being offered are now streamlined within the summer schedule.  During Distance Learning Module 1 students may take only one of the following courses: Theology 2A: Paschal Mystery, Theology 3A: Sacraments, Theology 4A: Christian Vocations, Health, or Computer Literacy.  During Distance Learning Module 2 students may take only one of the following courses: Theology 2B: Ecclesiology, Theology 3B: Morality, Theology 4B: World Religions, or Honors World History Part 2.
  • Can my student take a Creative Writing, General Ecology, Mastering the College Essay (Advanced Comp), or ACT English Prep class at the same time as a core class?

    Since the Creative Writing and General Ecology classes are taken for the purpose of credit recovery, and the Mastering the College Essay and ACT English Prep classes are “zero credit” classes, they may be taken concurrently with core classes.  These classes will work outside of the 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Monday through Friday times established for core courses.
  • Can you give me some more details on the daily attendance requirements for core classes?  Will my student have to be online every day for four hours?

    Attendance checks will be done by teachers on a daily basis, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM, Monday through Friday for all days that a class is in session.  These attendance checks may include class meetings through Zoom or Google Meet, Google forms, or other student-completed tasks within a synchronous framework.  Ultimately, teachers will have wide latitude to plan and determine the synchronous components of the distance learning classes, however, these components will be included in all classes.  As a safe estimate, it is reasonable to assume that the synchronous components of a class (i.e., live “class time”) might make up anywhere between 30-60 minutes of a given class day.  The other time would be given for students to conference with teachers individually, and to complete learning tasks either independently or within groups.
  • Will my student be required to complete an attendance check for every day of class?  May students miss a certain number of classes during the three-week distance learning modules?

    We are required to ensure that our students maintain a minimum of 60 contact hours of instructional engagement over the time that a course is offered, in order to grant credit for successfully passing a course.  Four hours of instructional content per day (ensured by the daily attendance check), multiplied by five instructional days per week, over a period of three weeks, brings us to our 60 hour threshold.  As a result students may not miss any instructional days during the period in which a course is being offered.  Failure to successfully complete a required daily attendance check may result in automatic withdrawal from a Summer Enrichment course, with no credit earned.
  • Aren’t these newly designed, distance learning classes conducted online?  How does an online class fill up?  Can’t you accommodate everyone who would like to take the class?

    All classes - on campus or online - have tolerances in which instruction occurs.  Maintaining reasonable numbers of students in class sections is a critical component in the delivery of high-level and efficacious instruction.  We are not interested in providing an option for students to “check a box” in order to “get a class out of the way.”  We are interested only in delivering the highest level of instruction possible within the scope of our academic programs.

2020 Summer Enrichment Course Schedule

Module 1: June 1-19, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (M-F)
  • Computer Literacy (10th, 11th, 12th grades)
  • Health (10th, 11th, 12th grades)
  • Theology 2A: Paschal Mystery (10th grade)
  • Theology 3A: Sacraments (11th grade)
  • Theology 4A: Christian Vocations (12th grade)
Module 2: June 22 - July 10, 8:00 AM -12:00 PM (M-F)
  • Honors World History Part 2 (10th grade)
  • Theology 2B: Ecclesiology (10th grade)
  • Theology 3B: Morality (11th grade)
  • Theology 4B: World Religions (12th grade)
Directed Summer Study: June 1 - July 10
(times TBD by course instructors)
  • Creative Writing 1 (10th, 11th, 12th grades)
  • Creative Writing 2 (11th, 12th grades)
  • General Ecology (10th, 11th, 12th grades)
  • Social Justice Practicum (12th grade)
  • ACT English Prep
  • Mastering the College Essay (Advanced Comp)