Academics
Middle School

Middle School Re-Entry

All Benjamin Middle School students began the academic year remotely on August 18, 2020.  The Benjamin Middle School campus re-opened on August 31, 2020.
 
The community will follow specific health precautions which will be in accordance with and, in many cases, exceed our local, state, and federal requirements. Specific decisions and plans regarding on campus modifications will be finalized over the next several weeks, however current considerations can be found below. 

With a focus on building positive classroom culture and community, Middle School students who return to campus and those who choose the virtual option will be taught concurrently through synchronous classroom instruction using Zoom. Both on-campus and remote students will utilize Google Drive and BucLinks to access unit-based course materials. Students and families completed a Re-Entry form on or before July 10, 2020, letting the School know their decision regarding learning format preference, either on-campus or remote. Once a student starts remotely, she/he may join the on-campus learning program (full-time) on the following dates during the academic year, with the expectation (barring any medical issues or a general school closure) that they will remain in the on-campus program throughout the remainder of the school year:
 
  • September 21, 2020
  • October 20, 2020
  • November 16, 2020
  • January 5, 2021
  • February 17, 2021
  • March 23, 2021
  • April 19, 2021
 
Disclaimer:
All policies and procedures are subject to change. Please refer to email communications from the Division Head and/or Head of School for the most current information.

On-Campus

As lockers will not be used, students on campus will store their personal belongings in their advisor’s classrooms. When students return, supplies will be distributed by the School to facilitate the at-home learning process. On-campus students will receive supplies to take home to use in the event the School is forced to close and transition to distance learning at some point during the school year. Remote learning students will receive these supplies along with textbooks and other materials to use during at-home instruction.

As students move from period to period, they will be required to wear face coverings. While we will work to limit movement as much as possible, it will be at times unavoidable. In these scenarios, students will follow one-way traffic patterns that will be clearly marked with signs and arrows.

The advisory program is an integral part of the Middle School experience and will continue, as in years past. Along with serving as an important mentor for students, advisors will also provide a space in the advisory room to store belongings that would normally be stored in lockers. The advisory room will serve as a “hub” for students throughout the school day.

Middle School classrooms will work to follow physical distancing guidelines. In doing so, class size will be approximately 12-16 students, to the greatest extent possible desks will be spaced at least six feet apart, and will all be turned in the same direction, seats will be assigned, and students will not share items. When possible, classrooms will have separate entrance and exit doors. If this is not possible, a physical distancing protocol will be in place for changing classes that allows students to enter and exit the classroom. To help limit class size, additional teaching spaces are being identified and outdoor classroom spaces are being outfitted.

All restrooms will be single-use. Students lock the door once inside. Reminders for proper hand washing will be posted in restrooms. Students will use a paper towel to open the door to exit. Once back in the classroom, students will use hand sanitizer. Cleaning attendants will wipe down bathrooms on a regular basis.

Remote Learning

Overview:
Middle School teachers will post learning goals, readings, assignments, and activities to BucLinks in a class Topics Page labeled by date, time of class, and course name. A Weekly Plan will also be presented during the first weekly class session. In coordination with BucLinks, teachers will present material via a Zoom Video Conference and/or a class Google Doc during the allotted class time. Real-time class sessions can be conducted through Zoom and can be recorded and posted for future use and review. Students will log into Zoom through their individual class pages on BucLinks. Each teacher will post their specific Zoom link to their Topics page. If prompted, students will enter their first and last name for attendance.

Online Class Schedule:
The schedule has been modified to make the school day as manageable as possible for middle school students. Courses will meet in seventy-minute blocks to allow plenty of time for teacher instruction, question/answer, discussion, classwork, and student presentations. Remote and on-campus students use the same schedule.

Student Supplies:
Students will need their laptops, and will receive instruction in linking to the Zoom platform. They will also need any texts and standard school supplies normally used on campus. In addition, we highly recommend a headset and microphone to make hearing and speaking much clearer in a digital-learning realm. The headphones used by students in World Languages are perfect for this use; if you are not taking a World Languages class, please click here to see the headset we recommend. If you cannot get one, you may be able to use Airpods, although they are less reliable in this learning environment.

Attendance: 
Daily class attendance will be taken by the teacher. This can be done in video conferences by having students log-in at the appropriate class time or in Google Docs by having students sign in on an attendance sheet.

Parents/Guardians

Please consider the following to best support your student while learning at home:
  • Please review the Student Information below to best support the educational process at home.  
  • Establish a daily routine for engaging in learning activities.
  • Encourage your child to monitor school email and BucLinks for daily communications.
  • Engage your child in dialogue about learning.
  • Please reach out to teachers, advisors, and administrators with suggestions or for help.
  • Follow the class protocol for reporting absences due to illness.
  • Establish times for your child to turn off screens.  Encourage physical activity.

Instructions for the Student

 
  • Before class begins, please remember that we must all follow the School's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), Handbook Policies, Honor Code, as well as our classroom expectations at all times.
  • Please complete the account set-up and orientation process before leaving school.  Be sure you enter your first and last name for attendance during the set-up process.
  • Establish a daily routine for your school work.  
  • Find a comfortable, distraction-free room in the house to work, preferably not the bedroom. If a bedroom must be used, please do not be in your bed.
  • Create a workstation at a table or a desk for class.  Sit in a seat that is on camera so that your instructor can see you.
  • Use appropriate lighting in your room so the teacher and your classmates can see your face.
  • Be on time for class. Your teacher will take class attendance/tardies for School records.  
  • Attendance is expected. If for any reason you miss class, it is your responsibility to make up the work.
  • Dress Code:  TBS uniform polo shirt must be in view and your video must be left on at all times for you to be counted present in class. 
  • You must stay for the entire class with your camera on to be counted present for the class.  Please do not leave class before the teacher closes the session.  This will be counted as an absence.  
 
 
  • Engage in class following the instructions given by the teacher.  Please do not be on other digital devices during class.  Phones should be off and out of view.  If your phone is to be used for class purposes, your teacher will give you instructions. .  
  • Log into BucLinks for class, go to Topics, and Navigate to Zoom (or a Google Doc) to join the session.
  • Notify the Technology Help Desk for help with technical issues.
  • Perform tasks as outlined by your teacher.
  • Follow the teacher’s instructions to communicate or ask questions. Seek clarification when needed. This will be accomplished through the chat window or if your microphone is unmuted by your teacher.  
  • Your teacher will respond to questions during class time or at a later point in the school day.  
  • Follow your teacher’s directions to turn in classwork.  Put forth your best effort, as these grades will “count.”
  • Please be respectful to your teacher and classmates.  Behavioral concerns will be addressed by the School.  
  • Understand that all class sessions are recorded and microphones may be “live” at all times.
  • Classes will follow the schedule posted below. 
  • Office Hours for questions and/or extra help are scheduled for Friday.  
  • Check your email and BucLinks daily for assignments and feedback from teachers.  
  • Between classes, email teachers with questions. Please do not ask your teacher to text or call you. 

Time Schedule & Rotation

November 2020

Week 4 - November 30, 2020
Day 4-Monday
November 30, 2020
Day 1-Tuesday
December 1, 2020
Day 2-Wednesday
December 2, 2020
Day 3-Thursday
December 3, 2020
Day 4-Friday
December 4, 2020
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Late Start Day - Arrival
8:30-8:55
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
H4 - Assembly
A1
8:30-9:45
F2
9:00-10:10
B3
8:30-9:45
H4
8:30-9:45
H4
8:55-10:10
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
10:10-10:20
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
10:10-10:20
E4
10:20-11:35
C1
10:00-11:15
E2
10:20-11:30
C3
10:00-11:15
E4
10:00-11:15
Lunch
11:35-12:00 
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Lunch
11:30-12:00 
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Study Hall
12:00-12:30
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Study Hall 
12:00-12:35
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Break
12:30-12:40
Break
12:20-12:35
Break
12:35-12:45
Break
12:20-12:35
Break
12:20-12:35
G4
12:40-1:55
D1
12:35-1:50
G2
12:45-1:55
D3
12:35-1:50
G4
12:35-1:50
Break
1:55-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
Break
1:55-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
F4
2:05-3:20
B1
2:05-3:20
H2
2:05-3:20
A3
2:05-3:20
F4
2:05-3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20



Week 1 - December 7, 2020
Day 1-Monday
December 7, 2020
Day 2-Tuesday
December 8, 2020
Day 3-Wednesday
December 9, 2020
Day 4-Thursday
December 10, 2020
Day 1-Friday
December 11, 2020
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
A1 - Assembly
F2
8:30-9:45
B3
8:30-9:45
H4
8:30-9:45
A1
8:30-9:45
A1
8:55-10:10
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
10:10-10:20
C1
10:20-11:35
E2
10:00-11:15
C3
10:00-11:15
E4
10:00-11:15
C1
10:00-11:15
Lunch
11:35-12:00 
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Study Hall
12:00-12:30
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Break
12:30-12:40
Break
12:20-12:35
Break
12:20-12:35
Break
12:20-12:35
Break
12:20-12:35
D1
12:40-1:55
G2
12:35-1:50
D3
12:35-1:50
G4
12:35-1:50
D1
12:35-1:50
Break
1:55-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
B1
2:05-3:20
H2
2:05-3:20
A3
2:05-3:20
F4
2:05-3:20
B1
2:05-3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20



Week 2 - December 14, 2020
Day 2-Monday
December 14, 2020
Day 3-Tuesday
December 15, 2020
Day 4-Wednesday
December 16, 2020
Day 1-Thursday
December 17, 2020
Day 2-Friday
December 18, 2020
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
F2 - Assembly
B3
8:30-9:45
H4
8:30-9:45
A1
8:30-9:45
F2
8:30-9:15
F2
8:55-10:10
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
9:15-9:25
Break
10:10-10:20
E2
10:20-11:35
C3
10:00-11:15
E4
10:00-11:15
C1
10:00-11:15
E2
9:25-10:10
Lunch
11:35-12:00 
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Lunch
11:15-11:45
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Break
10:10-10:20
Study Hall
12:00-12:30
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
G2
10:20-11:05
Break
12:30-12:40
Break
12:20-12:35
Break
12:20-12:35
Break
12:20-12:35
Break
11:05-11:15
G2
12:40-1:55
D3
12:35-1:50
G4
12:35-1:50
D1
12:35-1:50
H2
11:15-12:00
Break
1:55-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
Dismissal 
12:00
H2
2:05-3:20
A3
2:05-3:20
F4
2:05-3:20
B1
2:05-3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20



Week of December 21, 2020
Monday
December 21, 2020
Tuesday
December 22, 2020
Wednesday
December 23, 2020
Thursday
December 24, 2020
Friday
December 25, 2020

Winter Break
(No Classes)

Winter Break
(No Classes)

Winter Break
(No Classes)

Winter Break
(No Classes)

Winter Break
(No Classes)

Week of December 28, 2020
Monday
December 28, 2020
Tuesday
December 29, 2020
Wednesday
December 30, 2020
Thursday
December 31, 2020
Friday
January 1, 2020

Winter Break
(No Classes)

Winter Break
(No Classes)

Winter Break
(No Classes)

Winter Break
(No Classes)

Winter Break
(No Classes)




Week 3 - January 4, 2021
Monday
January 4, 2021
Day 3-Tuesday
January 5, 2021
Day 4-Wednesday
January 6, 2021
Day 1-Thursday
January 7, 2021
Day 2-Friday
January 8, 2021

Faculty Professional Development Day
(No Classes)
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
Arrival
7:45-8:25
B3 - Assembly
H4
8:30-9:45
A1
8:30-9:45
F2
8:30-9:45
B3
8:55-10:10
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
9:45-10:00
Break
10:10-10:20
C3
10:20-11:35
E4
10:00-11:15
C1
10:00-11:15
E2
10:00-11:15
Lunch
11:35-12:00 
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Lunch
11:15-11:45 
Study Hall
12:00-12:30
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Study Hall
11:45-12:20
Break
12:30-12:40
Break
12:20-12:35
Break
12:20-12:35
Break
12:20-12:35
D3
12:40-1:55
G4
12:35-1:50
D1
12:35-1:50
G2
12:35-1:50
Break
1:55-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
Break
1:50-2:05
A3
2:05-3:20
F4
2:05-3:20
B1
2:05-3:20
H2
2:05-3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20
Dismissal
3:20



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