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Whether teaching and learning take place on campus or at home, Rossman School is dedicated to providing our students with an unparalleled academic and character foundation that preserves the magic of childhood and gifts of community. Though the world around us may change, we are ever guided by our mission to provide a strong, well-balanced education in a nurturing school community committed to excellence. What does our mission look like in the context of remote learning?

Rossman Online mirrors the high academic standards of our traditional educational experience. Our rich curriculum and deeply-rooted character program are designed to develop graduates who are academically well-prepared, thoughtful, motivated and self-confident. High expectations and strong support of our exceptional faculty, combined with our commitment to ongoing professional development, ensure the utmost consistency in the quality and value of the Rossman experience, even when campus is closed.

We remain committed to developing the whole child. Our robust remote learning approach balances social emotional well-being with academics and continues to offer students instruction in math, reading, language arts and all specialty subjects (science, social studies, art, music, physical education, Spanish, and library). Kindness, honesty, respect and responsibility, the pillars of our character program, continue to permeate all that we do.

Always at the core of our work is knowing our students well and honoring their unique contributions to our community. We know it is crucial for children to feel seen, valued and loved for who they are in order to grow and take risks in their learning. A priority of Rossman Online is to create space to discover and nurture what makes each of our students one-of-a-kind. These opportunities come in many forms, from scheduled community check-ins and teacher office hours to virtual lunch, recess, small group and one-on-one hang outs.

We know relationships are the key to successful learning environments, and when learning remotely, live experiences are crucial. This spring, our teachers stretched themselves to offer more and more live learning experiences for their students. When children struggled with the remote learning format or lacked motivation, our teachers provided one-on-one encouragement and individualized suggestions for families. Our intentionally small size allows us to devote ample time and attention nurturing relationships with our students.

This spring, we also were committed to preserving the Rossman traditions that unite and are meaningful to our community by reimagining defining grade level experiences and treasured end of year celebrations. Although we were apart, families had numerous opportunities to come together in spirit and enjoy the special traditions that hold an important place in Rossman’s over 100-year history.

From the day of its launch, Rossman Online was designed to offer families the same level of excellence for which we are known. This commitment extended to all aspects of the remote learning experience, including our curricular program, partnership with parents, school culture and communication. We are particularly proud of the character excellence exhibited by our entire school community. In the midst of crisis, our families, faculty and students were committed to serving others and living out our values of kindness, honesty, respect and responsibility.

SCHOOL WIDE HIGHLIGHTS (SPRING 2020)

Over 150 live sessions weekly for an average of 65 hours of live instructional time weekly

Each grade experienced:

  • Three “Community Check-ins” each week, two hosted by their homeroom teachers and one hosted by a specialist teacher

  • At least one purely social opportunity each week (snack, lunch, recess, etc.)

  • Small group instructional opportunities

  • Asynchronous video instruction in multiple core subjects and at least one specialty subject each day

  • Office hours daily, including scheduled live office hour sessions during the week

  • A morning message and clear directions for the day

  • Weekly schedule of live lessons and Zoom links emailed to parents the weekend before each week

  • Continued Rossman Family Gatherings

  • Additional resources for enrichment and support provided by each grade level

Division Details and Sample Schedules (Spring 2020)

Sample Lower School Schedule 

8 a.m.   All asynchronous content posted for the day
9:25-10 a.m.   Live Community Check-ins in half groups
10-1 p.m.   Synchronous instructional opportunities and work time
1-2 p.m.   Office Hours with teachers

 

Junior Kindergarten Highlights

  • Small group social groups
  • Asynchronous instruction in:
    • literacy
    • math
    • handwriting
    • discovery (i.e. hands-on “STEAM” type lessons)
    • PE
    • Spanish
    • music
    • library
  • Multiple daily recorded read alouds from homeroom teachers

Senior Kindergarten Highlights

  • Live small group reading instruction
  • Asynchronous instruction in:
    • phonics
    • math
    • writing
    • science
    • PE
    • Spanish
    • music
    • library
    • art
  • Star of the Week
  • SK Graduation Parade with surprise goodies and diploma distribution

First Grade Highlights

  • Live small group reading and math instruction
  • Asynchronous instruction in:
    • reading
    • math
    • writing
    • spelling
    • social studies
    • science
    • PE
    • Spanish
    • music
    • library
    • art
  • Recorded read alouds from homeroom teachers
  • Weekly virtual Author’s Chair for students to showcase work
  • Continuation of DOL (Daily Oral Language) — morning assignment that was part of every day’s routine
  • Continuation of “Fabulous Friday” — fun learning activities/crafts/games connected to a current area of study
  • Virtual Poetry Party — a first grade tradition to present a favorite poem, memorized, at the culmination of their spring poetry unit

Second Grade Highlights

  • Small group literature and math instruction
  • Asynchronous instruction in:
    • reading
    • math
    • writing
    • spelling
    • grammar
    • geography
    • science
    • PE
    • Spanish
    • music
    • library
    • art
  • Continuation of daily/weekly work such as Daily Edits, reading logs and journal prompts
  • Service project for Operation Food Search
  • Person of the Week
  • Participated virtually in the “Ding Ding Game” — the traditional second grade game to prepare for geography tests

Sample Upper School Schedule 

8 a.m.   All asynchronous content posted for the day
8:50-9:25 a.m.   Live Community Check-ins in half groups
10-2 p.m.   Synchronous instructional opportunities and work time
2-3 p.m.   Office Hours with teachers
 
Third Grade Highlights:
  • Live instruction in reading, writing and math
  • Live social studies and science sessions
  • Asynchronous instruction in:
    • reading
    • math
    • writing
    • science
    • social studies
    • PE
    • Spanish
    • music
    • library
    • art
  • Live lunches with friends
  • Virtual Poetry Cafe — a third grade tradition to present an original poem at the culmination of their spring poetry unit
  • Virtual Cinco De Mayo Celebration
  • Mystery readers
  • Famous Missourian “Living Museum” speeches
  • Weekly Student Council meetings
Fourth Grade Highlights:
  • Live small group math instruction
  • ​Live reading discussions
  • Live social studies and science sessions
  • Asynchronous instruction in:
    • reading
    • math
    • writing
    • social studies
    • science
    • PE
    • Spanish
    • music
    • library
    • art
  • Virtual lunch with teachers and friends
  • Poetry Book project
  • Online Wordly Wise vocabulary continued
  • Individualized PE student goals
  • Weekly Student Council meetings
Fifth Grade Highlights:
  • Live math lessons and small group instruction
  • Live small group reading instruction and discussion and presentation
  • Live writing lessons
  • Live social studies and science sessions
  • ​Asynchronous instruction in:
    • reading
    • math
    • writing
    • social studies
    • science
    • PE
    • Spanish
    • music
    • library
    • art
  • Recorded read alouds from homeroom teachers
  • Pop-up writing classes
  • Weekly virtual lunch with teacher and friends
  • Weekly virtual Author’s Chair for students to showcase work
  • Virtual evening Camp Out and Talent Show planned by the students
  • Online Wordly Wise vocabulary continued
  • Individualized PE Student Goals
  • Weekly Student Council meetings
Sixth Grade Highlights:
  • Live reading, writing and math sessions
  • One-on-one virtual writing conferences
  • Live social studies and science sessions
  • Asynchronous instruction in:
    • reading
    • math
    • writing
    • social studies
    • science
    • PE
    • Spanish
    • music
    • library
    • art
  • Weekly virtual Advisory meetings
  • Weekly virtual lunch with teachers and friends
  • Hero Project — the traditional capstone sixth grade project — and online gallery
  • Graduation speech writing
  • NASA astronaut guest speaker
  • Masked Singer contest
  • Sixth Grader Parking Lot Parade and many special graduation surprises
  • Online Wordly Wise vocabulary continued
  • Individualized PE Student Goals
  • Weekly Student Council meetings

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