Response to your Feedback
Good Afternoon Cornerstone Families,
Last week we sent out a survey asking for some feedback on your experiences during distance learning. We received some great encouragement and some feedback that will help us continue to partner with you even as we educate while we are apart.
Several people mentioned being uncomfortable with utilizing Facebook. First of all, let me say that we completely support your decision not to use social media. Many of our teachers have worked out alternative plans for families that do not have Facebook accounts. Private Facebook pages allow us to maintain a sense of classroom community with a space to share comments, pictures and interact. This is not a requirement and your child’s teacher is more than happy to make other arrangements for the distribution of instructional videos or daily attendance questions.
I want to explain the reason for utilizing different technology platforms:
- Facebook: explained above.
- Seesaw: This platform allows us to distribute assignments that students can annotate over to complete. Collect assignments from students and keep all of their work in one digital platform, rather than looking through multiple emails and pictures. This allows us to continue to monitor progress and provide academic feedback.
- Zoom: This virtual meeting platform allows us to maintain connections with our students through conversation and visually. As elementary educators, much of the information that we collect comes through analysis of body language and facial expression. We also want our students to see that we are OK and have the opportunity to connect with other classmates.
- IXL: this adaptive technology provides your student the opportunity to increase aptitude on math and English skills. It is meant to challenge your student; however, there are ways to make it more user friendly. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if certain features are causing stress (i.e. the timer or the Smartscore)
I realize that at first this might have seemed like a lot but hopefully as you have worked through the process this week you are more comfortable with each platform. Of course, if you need help please reach out to your child’s teacher. We are here to help you and make this as stress free as possible.
As we enter Easter weekend, we hope that you will take this opportunity to step away from school-work and spend time with your family, enjoy the sunshine and focus on the incomprehensible love of our Savior. This week I have been reflecting on the way that so much has changed in our world in such a short period of time and all the strong emotions that have come with that, while also thinking about the fact that Jesus went from vibrant ministry to death on a cross in one week. I’m so thankful to serve a God who showed us the depths of His love and gave us an unshakable hope for the future. He is Risen!
Dr. Ragan Long
DISTANCE LEARNING NOTES (March 29, 2020)
- As we move into another week of Distance Learning at CCA, our classes will be utilizing a few new technology tools to enhance learning (Zoom, Seesaw). Our teachers communicated details at the end of last week and most classes did a test run. As always, if you have questions, contact your classroom teacher.
- Teachers will be posting a "Question of the Day." The response to this question counts as attendance for the day.
- During this unique distance learning experience the continuation of education is our top priority. In order to facilitate this in the most effective way, we are focusing on the subject areas of Bible, Reading and Math. Teachers will provide lessons and practice assignments in these areas. These assignments should be treated like the schoolwork that would be accomplished on any school day. Participation and completion of this material is expected in order to maintain forward progress toward the next grade level. Teachers will also provide enrichment opportunities in other areas of instruction. These assignments will be considered optional.
- Scroll down to the bottom of this page to enjoy a daily video from a member of our Cornerstone team (read aloud, nature walk, PE, Chapel and more!).
The Bible promises that God works all things together for good and we are trusting in that. I close each faculty meeting by saying, “I love you, Jesus loves you and you are blessed!” Let me close by saying the same to you.
Dr. Ragan Long
Adjustments to Scheduled Events (April 1)
Hello Cornerstone Families,
As we enter week three of school being closed for the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to give you some updates on adjustments to scheduled plans that have been made so far. I’m sure that many of you are wondering about additional events that are on the calendar as well. Please know that we are making decisions regarding rescheduling and/or cancelling events as information becomes available. We will communicate those changes with you as soon as we are able.
The one change we know at this time is our Standardized Achievement Testing. We had scheduled to administer the CTP Achievement Test, published by the Educational Records Bureau, to all students in grades 1-5 during the week of April 27-May 1. We will not be administering that test this year. Because of the number of instructional days that have been lost or moved to Distance Learning, we believe that data will not provide an accurate or valid measurement of student achievement this year. We will resume our normal achievement testing patterns next year.
As we have said before, we so much appreciate the patience and support from our Cornerstone families as we all try to navigate this unforeseen terrain together. As events continue to unfold we will be sure to communicate with you whenever we are able to give you additional information.
Thank you for allowing us to partner with you in the education of your child!
Dr. Ragan Long
Principal, Cornerstone Christian Academy
Art at Home!
It's time to go to art class ... Mrs. Cox has put together some videos so that you can continue to practice your skills while at home.
From CCA's Library ...
Tonight Andrew Peterson, well known Christian author, musician, and entertainer will begin reading Book 1 of The Wingfeather Saga for the whole family. Students can listen any time on youtube but the live reading will be at 8:00 p.m. each evening.
“These books will teach you and your children to be brave and noble in the face of adversity.” ------Caleb Cooke
Read an eBook!
Use Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. with your local library card to sign in and checkout a book to read in a browser or on Kindle.
Don’t have a library card? Morristown-Hamblen Library has an online application.
Instructions for the above experiments:
Water Cycle in a bag
Support during Distance Learning
We have set up the following channels to support you while we are out of school:
- Student support
- Specific class questions - contact your teacher!
- LCA Principal
Mr. David McVicker
- CCA Principal
Dr. Ragan Long
Mr. Stephen Denny
- Distance Learning at CCA
- eLearning at LCA
- CFA Facebook Group
- LFA Facebook Group
- School Meal Finder