Middle School 2021-22
Lake Orion Community Schools middle school teachers have become proficient and confident in delivering virtual learning. Ongoing professional development and the virtual lessons developed during the pandemic have positioned LOCS middle schools to continue a high-quality virtual program for the 2021-22 school year. LOCS middle school core academic classes (ELA, math, science, social studies) will be designed and taught by LOCS teachers following the LOCS middle school district curriculum. Dragon Virtual core academic classes will meet live through virtual meetings/class sessions, which will correspond with the LOMS in-person schedule. Electives classes will be asynchronous through a third party with a LOCS mentor teacher.
When making the decision between in-person and Dragon Virtual, parents and students must consider both the structure of the Dragon Virtual program, as well as the characteristics of the learner.
- Instruction: Core classes are designed and delivered by LOCS middle school teaching staff. Third party instructional platforms will be utilized for electives.
- Commitment: The standard commitment is for students to remain enrolled in Dragon Virtual for the duration of the school year. A student may request to return to in-person instruction at the end of the first semester, subject to administrative approval. Students are required to have a full schedule of Dragon Virtual courses each term.
- Schedule: Core class will have live, virtual meetings which will occur daily during regular school hours. Elective classes will occur independently (asynchronously) through a third party.
- Student Support: Students may request office hours for additional teacher support.
- Athletics and Extracurriculars: Students are eligible to participate in their home LOCS middle school after-school opportunities.
Characteristics of a Dragon Virtual student
- Self-motivated / Independent Learner: Even though students have ongoing teacher support, individuals must have the capacity to understand expectations, submit work, and request assistance when needed.
- Time Management / Discipline: To maximize the potential for learning, students are expected to attend all live, virtual class sessions. Recordings of class sessions will be made available for students with unexpected absences, and to allow for needed review of crucial concepts. In addition to class meetings, students must manage their time and keep pace with the independent learning tasks.
- Computer Literate: Virtual learning is dependent on the ability to navigate the digital environment proficiently.
- Willingness to actively participate: A passive presence is an ineffective means of learning, regardless of the mode of delivery. In virtual learning, students will be expected to share thoughts orally, or by submitting responses by other means. Asking questions is even more important in a virtual environment because the instructor often will have challenges determining if all students are understanding a concept. Students will be expected to have their computer cameras on during virtual class meetings.
- Self-reflection: The delivery of feedback is more limited without face-to-face interaction. Self-assessment and reflection are important whenever detailed feedback is provided by the teacher.
- Personal “Fit”: The Dragon Virtual program will offer different elective choices than the courses that are available in-person. Students must realize that virtual programming has advantages as well as disadvantages, which often correspond to the student’s learning characteristics and academic goals.
Calendar of events
February-March -- LOCS middle school Registration opens (Link will be posted here when available)
March 17 -- Commitment must be made to the program
August -- Students receive schedules
September 7 -- First day of 2021-22 LOCS School Year
Contact Email: DragonVirtual@lok12.org