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Middle School 2021-22

Dragon virtual

Announcement:

Middle level Dragon Virtual will undergo many changes for the 2022-2023 school year. While we will continue to offer a virtual option to our students, any family interested in the virtual option will have a more traditional virtual learning experience. Any student interested in the virtual option for the fall should please email Nick Coccia (Nicholas.Coccia@lok12.org) to request a placement. 

Program Details

  • Instruction: Students will engage online, independently of the in-person schedule, through one or more of our many third party partners. Students will also have access to an LOCS mentor who will provide support to students throughout their virtual placement. 
  • 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: Students will work independently and at their own pace. Keeping up with daily recommended tasks and assignments is important and students must complete their courses by the assigned course end date.
  • Student Support: Students may request meetings and office hours from their mentors throughout their course. Mentors will also meet with virtual students once a week.
  • 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.