Junior High (7-8) Program Overview
Families who wish to enroll their 7th and/or 8th 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.
Day in the Life of a Junior High Online Learner
Junior high students will experience learning and connect with each other through a daily schedule that provides flexibility and continues a strong focus on academic and social-emotional learning.
- Tiger Time: This is an advisory time to build student-to-student and student-to-staff relationships with a strong focus on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and social-emotional learning.
- Classroom Virtual Meetings: Virtual learning will be conducted using Google Meet or Zoom. During virtual learning, teachers may provide direct instruction, review independent learning activities, engage students in class discussions, and collaborate as a group. Students will be instructed by an online teacher, and their courses will be with other online learners. Unlike during the 2020-21 school year, students will not “remote into a classroom” for their classes.
- Open/Independent Learning/Small Group Instruction/Office Hours: Students engage in their own independent learning tasks, following timelines set by teachers within courses. Students may engage in live online instruction to meet individual IEPs, English learner, and other specific needs. Teachers/counselors will schedule with individual or small groups of students. Teachers will host scheduled office hours to support student needs and may schedule small group virtual meetings, as needed. Students may schedule times to work virtually on group work (i.e. academics, clubs, activities, etc.).
Junior High Schedule Overview
Students who choose online will work with other online students and a teacher who will only teach online students during that period. Teachers in each class will take attendance through a variety of methods. Examples could include completing a task during independent work, verifying participation during a large or small group online meeting, etc. Achievement is measured by a student’s participation throughout their learning, rather than solely on attendance.
- 7:35 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
- Seven periods: 45 minutes/period
- Tiger Time/Lunch/Encore: 30 minutes each
- 7:35 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.
- Seven periods: 42 minutes/period
- Tiger Time/Lunch: 30 minutes each
- No Encore due to shortened day
Junior High Online Learning FAQs
Teachers in each class will take attendance through a variety of methods. Examples could include completing a task during independent work, verifying participation during a large or small group online meeting, etc. Achievement is measured by a student’s participation throughout their learning, rather than solely on attendance.
- 8th Grade Math
- Algebra C
- Geometry C
- 8th Grade Science
- Advanced Physical Science
- 8th Grade Language Arts
- 8th Grade Social Studies
- Advanced Social Studies
- Music (Independent Study)
- Physical Education
- Spanish I
Three 12-Week "Wheel" Courses
- Family and Consumer Science (FCS)
- Financial Literacy
- Engineering Technology
Elementary and junior high families enroll for the entire school year full-time. This is because we believe this provides the most consistent learning environment for our junior high students. High school students may enroll in some online courses and some in-person courses for each semester.
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.
- Secondary (7-12): Space available is based on course size, with a minimum of 15 students per course.
No. Teachers may have some sections they teach with all online students and others with all in-person students, but students will not "remote in" to classes.
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. Some courses may also require a student to come into the building to complete a lab or demonstrate proficiency in a particular content area that cannot be completed online. Families will be notified in advance so they can plan accordingly.
Canvas—a learning management system—streamlines all the digital tools and content that teachers and students love, creating a simpler and more connected learning experience for ALL students.
- All online teachers will utilize Canvas as the learning management system.
- Classroom teachers will add learning experiences and recorded mini-lessons to their Canvas course.
- Teachers who instruct students in grades 6-12 will continue to use Canvas to record grades and feedback for the essential life skills.
Will my student be able to participate in athletics/activities if they are enrolled in WDMCS Online?
Yes. WDMCS Online students who are able to come to on-site facilities may take part in sports, clubs, and co-curricular activities like debate, mock trial, school newspaper, student leadership, and more. Students are also eligible to participate in band, chorus, drama, orchestra, and school plays.
Eighth-grade students who choose to participate in athletics are also eligible.