Like all of Illinois, Roycemore shifted to a Remote Learning Platform during March of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 global outbreak and finished the school year under that direction. We are very excited that with a new Health and Safety Plan, we are on track to open campus for the 2020-2021 school year. Being able to start on-campus instruction is a great benefit that we are excited to offer members of our community. However, we realize that other families might prefer to continue off-campus instruction for a variety of reasons. We are in a unique position to be able to accommodate both types of instruction. Thus, our Academic Re-Entry Plan 2020-2021 includes multiple enrollment options for our Roycemore students. In-depth details for each division can be found below.
“We have always made a point to address the individual needs of our students. Now, we are extending that effort to families who have their own needs and concerns.”
During the Spring semester's Remote Learning phase, Ms. Stein challenged students to a Friday Art challenge that focused on forced perspective photography. Children from Junior K to 4th Grade subitted images demonstrating their unerstanding of forced perspective photography to share with the school.
The Junior Kindergardeners studied the letter Yy and everyone was encouraged to share something that’s yummy and yucky, along with writing and using their Yy words. Batman was showing his class that he thinks broccoli is yummy!
Many of the second graders created book share projects. After choosing a favorite book, they then created a board game, trading cards, diorama, or comic strip that represented important plot points and characters from the book. They got to present it to their classmates during the daily Zoom morning meeting!
Ms. Erb's math foundations class worked on a concept review for a quiz. Utilizing the "breakout rooms" feature in ZOOM, she split the class into groups so they could work in small groups like they used to back in the classroom. Two of the groups decided to have one person be the "teacher" and share their screen as they did the problems. This was a great way to support Roycemore's continued commitment to differentiation for students, and provided an opportunity for Ms. Erb to support students on a more individual basis. Several students enjoyed the work so much that they stayed on the call even after class ended to continue working with their group.
Each student worked on their science projects this spring and then completed them by sharing their project's Hypothesis, Research, Results, and Conclusion with their peers via video using Flipgrid.
The sixth grade class completed the first ever Roycemore School Virtual Trip to Paris. Throughout the year, the class was introduced to essential vocabulary related to airport and customs, transportation on the ground, hotel and accommodations, dining out au café, and finally, sightseeing. Each student independently researched specific locales in Paris and created their own guided tours. The students claimed their respective character roles and scriptwriting assignments and drafted their original scripts all in French. The recording begins on the airplane, as you can see with Marko's creative use of backgrounds in Zoom, then on to the Paris subway with Robi’s brilliantly designed map of Paris in the background. From there, the students turn into hotel guests and workers, and also transformed into chefs and servers at a café. Bon voyage.
This was in AP Bio. As a review for the AP Exam, the students made concept maps where they took vocabulary from different units and mapped them together to show how they all interconnect, even though they are from different topics. It was a competition between juniors and seniors, and seniors won for most connections made and for style/organization
As part of final revisions to their research projects, students created Spark Pages. They can hyperlink to these in portfolios and resumes and LinkedIn profiles as a way to show colleges examples of their writing and scholarship. Here is Toran Ham's (impressive) project on impacts of climate change.
As part of their Trigonometry unit, the students in Algebra II made unit circles this spring. Unit circles show degrees, radians, and sine/cosine values. Students painted, weaved strings, and created other works of art for their mini-projects. Grace Lawlor overlaid her unit circle on her sleeping cat.
Roycemore offers a small student to teacher ratio providing an environment where educators have a better chance to identify individual talents and unique needs of each student in their classroom. Teachers in smaller classroom settings have an opportunity to encourage and enlighten their students to understand their unique learning styles. Studies show that when children feel that they are a valuable part of their school community, participation rates rise in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. Engagement also stimulates a sense of personal responsibility that helps students develop important leadership skills, problem-solving techniques, and teamwork ingenuity.
A strong student-teacher relationship gives kids the confidence to have a voice in class and feel comfortable taking risks socially and academically. Roycemore’s faculty values their relationship with students and parents, and strives to help them maintain a strong personal bond even through remote learning. These strong bonds allow teachers and students to navigate failure and cope with feelings of frustration, stress, and anxiety. Students who have a safe and supportive environment when those experiences arise start to see failure in a different light. This is shown to improve their social-emotional development and ultimately increase self-confidence in an authentic way.
Head of School Adrianne Finley Odell explains the multiple enrollment options for students such as taking on-campus or off-campus classes. Below we have provided detailed information about our new health and safety plan.
Amanda Avery – Director of Admissions
Beth Shutters – Director of Curriculum & Innovation
Darcy Aksamitowski – Lower School Division Head
Adrienne Floro – Middle School Division Head
Stefanie Rivera – Upper School Division Head
We launched a school-wide Remote Learning platform in March 2020 as a result of local and state health regulations requiring all schools to close their campuses. As part of that initiative, we created a Remote Learning Handbook and a Remote Learning Page to serve as resources for our families. Both of those resources are linked here and if another government-mandated campus closure should occur in the future, these resources will continue to be updated and available to serve our Roycemore families.