Distance Learning at SMES

During school closure as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), St. Martin's has developed an online learning process to continue class work for students through non-conventional and creative distance learning protocols.

Please click on the corresponding by-division link below to learn more.
 

List of 5 items.

  • Early Childhood

    Early Childhood - Distance Learning
    Toddlers - Kindergarten
    Early Childhood Lead Teachers will provide daily instructions through Teacher webpages on the SMES parent portal. Young children love routine and having a morning meeting/circle time. This will provide a fun way for our EC Teachers to stay connected with your children during their time away from school.

    Also, EC Teachers will provide academic video lessons each day.

    To access Early Childhood daily teacher lessons, please Log-in to the website. Next click on your child’s name (in the top left-hand corner), then scroll down to visit your child’s homeroom class lead teacher daily video lessons and co-curricular teacher weekly videos.

    Families should be prepared to spend approximately 30 minutes engaged in watching Lead Teacher and Cocurricular videos and having fun completing related activities.

    Families will need access to a device such as a tablet, laptop, or Chromebook that is capable of accessing the Internet, headphones, and access to a printer is helpful.

    Questions regarding the structure of distance learning can be sent to Cindy Alexander, calexander@stmartinschool.org

    Questions regarding the technology used or access to equipment can be sent to Chris Nama at cnama@stmartinschool.org.

    Please click here for more detailed instructions about the Early Childhood distance learning process. 

    Please click here for a video tutorial on tips and best practices for distance learning. 
  • Elementary School

    Elementary School - Distance Learning 

    Lower ES (1st-3rd)

    Self-contained lower Elementary School classes will access online learning content via several digital avenues including teacher-created instructional videos, web conferencing platforms such as Zoom, digital downloads via the teacher webpage, and supplemental online resources that reinforce topics covered. The majority of digital information will be accessed through the student’s teacher webpages and students will need access to a device such as tablet, laptop, or Chromebook that is capable of accessing the internet, headphones, and access to a printer is helpful.

    Students will have access to short instructional videos that cover content related to core academics such as Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies. Students should be prepared to spend approximately 2.5 hours actively engaged in watching videos, completing related activities, and speaking directly to their teachers during daily scheduled web conferences.

    Student performance will be assessed using daily work completion. Homework will not be assigned when distance learning is in effect.

    While the primary focus for students will be on core academics, co-curricular activities will be available via those teacher webpages and will be updated on the day the student has a regularly scheduled class with that teacher. Co-curricular teachers will also be available via regularly scheduled published times to answer questions and engage with students via web conferencing.

    Please keep in mind that teachers will be adhering to their regularly scheduled work hours of 7:30-4:00 for lead teachers and 7:30-3:00 for assistant teachers.

    Questions regarding the structure of distance learning in the Elementary School can be sent to Dr. McPherson at mmcpherson@stmartinschool.org.

    Questions regarding technology used or access to equipment can be sent to Chris Nama at cnama@stmartinschool.org

    Upper ES (4th and 5th)

    Semi-departmentalized upper school classes will access online learning content via several digital avenues including teacher-created instructional videos, web conferencing platforms such as Zoom, digital downloads via the teacher webpage, Google Suite, and supplemental online resources that reinforce topics covered. The majority of digital information will be accessed through teacher webpages and students will need access to a device such as tablet, laptop, or Chromebook that is capable of accessing the internet, headphones, and access to a printer is helpful.

    Students will have access to short instructional videos that cover content related to core academics such as Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies. Students should be prepared to spend approximately 3.5 hours actively engaged in watching videos, completing related activities, and speaking directly to their teachers during daily scheduled web conferences. Homeroom teachers, as well as subject-specific teachers, will be available for web conference conversations daily.

    Student performance will be assessed using daily work completion and “take home” end of unit tests and projects. Homework will not be assigned when distance learning is in effect.

    While the primary focus for students will be on core academics, co-curricular activities will be available via those teacher webpages and will be updated on the day the student has a regularly scheduled class with that teacher. Co-curricular teachers will also be available via regularly scheduled published times to answer questions and engage with students via web conferencing.

    Please keep in mind that teachers will be adhering to their regularly scheduled work hours of 7:30-4:00 for lead teachers and 7:30-3:00 for assistant teachers.

    Questions regarding the structure of distance learning in the Elementary School can be sent to Dr. McPherson at mmcpherson@stmartinschool.org.

    Questions regarding technology used or access to equipment can be sent to Chris Nama at cnama@stmartinschool.org

    Click here for more detailed instructions on the Elementary School distance learning process. 

    Please click here for a video tutorial on tips and best practices for distance learning in the Elementary School. 
  • Middle School

    Distance Learning in St. Martin’s Middle School

    Goals:
    As a result of school closure and social distancing due to the coronavirus, we have several important distance learning goals: 
    • Reassurance - provide students with a comfortable daily routine that acts as a touchstone during times when they may be feeling anything from excited to frightened, or some combination.
    • Continuity of learning - with the understanding that we cannot replicate a St. Martin’s school day, we will be creative in finding ways to help students continue to progress in their classes.
    • Assessments - continue to assess student progress in line with the activities that we are providing during the closure.
    Tools:
    Your child has access to the following tools simply by using their school-issued Chromebook:
    • School email account (FLastnameYEAR@stmartinschool.org)
    • Google Classroom (http://classroom.google.com)
    • YouTube
    • St. Martin’s website and teacher pages
    • Zoom (http://www.zoom.com - no account needed; students can join a “meeting” just by clicking the link provided in the teacher’s Google Classroom)
    It is very important that you verify that your child can access each of these resources and knows his/her username, password and other needed information. It is also important that your child accept their teacher’s Google Classroom “invitations” or use the join code provided by the teacher. 

    You may not have access to some resources via a parent account. To the extent that you wish to assist or monitor your children, that may happen simply by sitting next to them and observing what they see when they log in.

    Daily schedule and procedures: 
    April 22, 2020 (updated schedule): Click here for a revised distance learning schedule.


    Please click here for a video tutorial on tips and best practices for distance learning. 

    More information on grade-level specific distance learning information can be found behind the login on the Parent Resource Page.

    Questions regarding the structure of distance learning in the Middle School can be sent to Mr. Shaffer at tshaffer@stmartinschool.org.

    Questions regarding the technology used or access to equipment can be sent to Chris Nama at cnama@stmartinschool.org

  • Online Learning Resources

    Following are a variety of additional resources and tutorials to assist with distance learning.
    • Click here for online learning tips and best practices for all grade levels.
    • Click here for how to login to MackinVIA, St. Martin's digital library resource. 
    • Click here for how to use Zoom video conferencing.
    • Click here for Scholastic's "learn at home" resources.
    • Click here for how to use the Adobe Scan app (helpful for submitting homework). 
    • Click here for unlimited streaming of hundreds of titles for kids and famlies for free from Audible.
    • Click here for a tutorial on how to reduce email notifications from Google Classroom. 
    • Click here for Daily Devotions on Mother Taylor's YouTube channel.
    • Click here to explore Tumblebook's five databases of books for children of various reading levels and ages.
    • Click here for a comprehensive list of education companies offering free subscriptions in response to COVID-19.



  • Helpful Coronavirus Information

    • Click here for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines on social distancing and how to protect your family against COVID-19.
    • Click here for how to talk to your child about COVID-19.

Contact Information

  • If you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever, dry cough or noticeable breathing difficulties, contact your healthcare provider (do not show up unannounced) and notify St. Martin's school clinic.
  • If you're having trouble with school-issued devices or website login access, contact the Director of Technology Chris Nama
  • If you have questions about the structure of distance learning in your child's division, please contact your division principal.
  • If you have questions about your child's assignments or class-specific information, please contact your child's teacher directly.
St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.