Elementary (PK-6) Program Overview
Families who wish to enroll their PK-6th grade student into WDMCS Online will commit to full-time enrollment for the entire 2021-22 school year. This is different from the 2020-21 school year when parents were asked to choose online or in-person for each semester.
We want our families who choose this learning environment to stay connected to the district and to each other. Students who enroll in WDMCS Online will be connected to other online students. This means we will look for opportunities outside of the classroom for students to connect with students in their grade and other online students. Parents/guardians will also be provided opportunities to connect with other families whose students are enrolled online.
Parents can be assured their students will be provided a high-quality learning environment with certified teachers instructing their students. WDMCS Online curriculum aligns to the Iowa Core, so parents always know that their students are getting the same education consistent with other students in the state.
Elementary Students Assigned to a Specific WDMCS School
If you choose to enroll in WDMCS Online, students will be assigned to an elementary school which houses the online teachers for their grades/sections. Students will receive communication from that school, learn about social activities, and connect with a parent organization.
Day in the Life of an Elementary Online Learner
PK-6th grade students’ schedules will have a combination of online learning, independent learning, and breaks.
Connecting Online with Teacher and Peers
- Whole Class Check-In: Starting the day off right is important. At the beginning of each day, teachers and students will connect using Google Meet or Zoom. Teachers will engage students in a collaborative activity, share the goals for the day, take attendance, and answer questions.
- Whole Class Learning: Teachers may provide direct instruction, review independent work learning activities, engage students in class discussions, and oversee collaborative group work. Teachers will provide language arts, math, science, and social studies to the entire class.
- Small Group Learning: Teachers will schedule individual and/or small group online meetings with students throughout the week. Teachers may provide support, work on goals, and talk about progress and group work. Students may also receive additional support related to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) needs.
- Art, Music, PE, Guidance, Media: Students will connect online with each teacher ONE TIME PER WEEK. Independent activities will be shared through Canvas.
- Whole Class Closing: It’s important to provide an end to the school day. Teachers will engage students in a collaborative activity, review learning from the day, and preview content for the following day.
Students will not be online for an entire day. Instead, the schedule will work in breaks and opportunities for independent learning.
- Independent Learning/Break: Students will engage in independent learning through the weekly learning plans posted to Canvas. Teachers will provide students with additional lessons, independent activities like journaling, and opportunities to collaborate with their peers. Breaks and additional extension activities are an important part of the day to keep students engaged.
Keep in mind, offline learning can be managed in a way that works best for your family. Students have different attention spans, and teachers have planned activities that will be valuable and doable for students by grade.
Elementary Online Learning FAQs
WDMCS Online will have a certain number of spots available based on how many students enroll in a grade or course. Students may be placed on a waiting list if a classroom or course is full. Additional sections may be added based on enrollment and teacher availability.
- Elementary (PK-6): Spots available are based on grade level, with a minimum of 20 students per grade.
Teachers will take attendance each day as part of their morning meeting which kicks off the day. In addition, participation in all class meetings and small groups is expected. Similar to our on-site students, if they leave for the day at lunch time they are marked absent. Achievement is measured by a student’s participation throughout their learning, rather than solely on attendance.
Each day, your student will participate in some form of related arts, whether it is art, music, P.E., guidance, or media. The sample schedule shows 30-minute blocks within each day.
Students enrolled in WDMCS Online take part in all of the same standardized learning opportunities as in-person learners. All of the classes follow the same pacing guides and the curriculum of students learning within a school building.
Yes. Your student will need to come into a school to take some standardized tests. Families will be notified in advance so they can plan accordingly. Elementary teachers and students will also meet in-person at least once each grading period.
In order to provide the best resources to our online students, teachers, and staff, only one or two elementary schools will be used for WDMCS Online elementary learners.
We want your student to receive the appropriate support needed throughout their day. By placing online teachers in only one or two of our school buildings, we can provide faster, more comprehensive service to your students.
In addition, WDMCS Online students and families will be connected to social opportunities (both in-person and virtually) with other online families.