In response to COVID-19 pandemic, St. Margaret’s launched a robust distance learning program to ensure an uninterrupted learning experience for all of our Scotties. Maintaining focus on connectedness, St. Margaret’s close knit community creates time for togetherness through virtual all-school meetings, student-led Sisterhood forums, and all of our customary student supports including adviser lunches and social-emotional wellness programming. Our signature Wheat Center supports for students with learning differences continue uninterrupted. St. Margaret’s commitment to community connectedness for all of our girls and faculty, superb instruction and appropriate academic challenge, and sustained learning support remains vibrant in the face of this unique challenge.
Key Aspects of Our Remote Learning Program
- Synchronous Classes
Using virtual meeting platforms, all classes meet “live” at least once weekly following our typical academic day schedule.
- Asynchronous Learning
When not engaged in “live” classes, students are assigned meaningful learning work to achieve mastery of the content in all classes.
- Academic Support
Wheat Center support offerings continue in 1-1 and small group meetings. These supports include Study Skills, reading and math labs, academic coaching, reading reinforcement, and sustained individual support.
- Social/Emotional Wellbeing
Our School Counselor meets with students 1:1 and through a student-driven wellness group called CAM Chats.
Advisers remain in close contact with their student advisee groups through weekly lunches, individual check-ins and games together as a community.
Offered twice weekly, our rich Chapel program continues remotely facilitated by students and our Chaplain.
- Athletics and Activities
Physical health is a priority for all Scotties through individual and virtual group workouts and challenges. We dedicate 30 - 60 minutes daily to athletics and activities.
Student-led Sisterhood Forums throughout the week, a pen pal program, movie nights and family TikTok challenges are just some of the ways we stay connected.
Our weekly newsletter is Cross Currents. In addition, we have regular parent forums with the school leadership team. Weekly parent update emails from our Dean of Students, periodic check-ins with families from the School Counselor, Academic Dean and advisers are other forms of close contact. If you are a parent or guardian and have not been receiving the weekly email communications, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample Distance Learning Schedule
Our distance learning schedule allows time for learning and co-curricular work such as college counseling, wellness programming, meetings with advisers, counseling appointments, Chapel, Sisterhood Forums, and personalized conditioning plans from the Athletic Department. The schedule linked above is a sample based on Week 6 of remote learning. This week’s schedule included speeches and voting for Student Body President, Vice President, Head of Honor Council and Honor Council while also celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday with a Twelfth Nightwatch party.
Helpful Tips and Reminders for Students
- Routine is critical. Be up, dressed, and eat breakfast before the school day begins.
- Dress code for all school days is “casual dress” as outlined in our Student Handbook. Pajamas are not appropriate attire for remote learning.
- Be mindful of your location. Be at your learning space, ready to engage during school time. It is not appropriate to be in your bed during any class or community time.
- Check Blackbaud regularly throughout the school day.
- Ask for help and clarification.
- Remember, your teachers will invite you for live class meetings. Check your email and Google calendar frequently.