Welcome to Covenant @ Home, your remote learning solution during the COVID-19 extended school closure.  Here you’ll find links to various digital school resources available while we are using a remote learning format, as well as creative and enjoyable ways for Covenant families to connect and maintain our incredible community in this unprecedented time.

 

The administration, faculty, and staff are committed to providing the best possible remote learning experience for all of our students, while maintaining our high standards of excellence. While we know it cannot replicate the experience of being at school, we want to maintain the joy of learning in the strongest ways we can during these difficult times. We know that this remote learning is new for everyone, and we will partner together for success. We are here to support you and your children every step of the way.

 

Remote Learning Goals

  • The spiritual and social/emotional well being of our students is our number one priority: We are working hard to find developmentally appropriate ways to ensure that our students feel loved, valued, and connected during this time.
  • Pursuing intellectual pursuits with our students is as important as ever. We recognize that this will look differently that in our classrooms, but the quality doesn’t need to suffer. We will embrace creativity and think outside of the box while also embracing the routines, structures and systems that our students depend on.
  • Scholé: Restful learning must be a part of our daily experience: Scholé is the opposite of ceaseless busy work that provokes anxiety. Scholé is selective and careful, embracing that which is true, beautiful and good. We want to focus on contemplative deep, lasting learning. We will seek to provide the most important lessons, mindful that learning will be richest when it coincides peacefully with real life (and real life is a bit unusual at the moment).

In spite of the tremendous undertaking of “reinventing” what school looks like in a remote setting, we do well to consider that who we are as a school has not changed.  In fact, this season instead highlights work we have been about for years. 

 

CCA Mission Statement (annotated)

Covenant Christian Academy offers a Christian (always) and Classical (even still in this remote environment) education that builds students’ academic, spiritual and social foundations for lives of leadership and service in today’s global community (has this global reality ever been more obvious?). A Covenant education prepares students to excel in collegiate studies and intellectual pursuits (here is where we dig in… pursuing intellectual things), nurtures Christian faith and character (see below), and fosters individual gifts and abilities (we will continue to look for ways to highlight these!).

 

CCA Portrait of a Graduate

This season provides an unprecedented opportunity to cultivate in our students the 7 virtues below, and we remain committed to keeping these at the forefront of our student development. 

  • Discernment: Distinguishing the bad from the good and the good from the best. 
  • Humility: Honesty and peace about one’s abilities, frailties, and place in the world. 
  • Righteousness: Directing all effort toward the glory and purposes of God.  
  • Compassion: Knowing the value of all people, cultivating a just and flourishing community. 
  • Tenacity: Working with diligence, failing with optimism, overcoming obstacles with patience.  
  • Joy: Driven by delight, peaceful regardless of circumstances.  
  • Eloquence: Speaking the truth convincingly and beautifully. 

Please see information specific to each school and grade level, below.

 

 

Pre-K & Grammar School (K-6)

Our remote learning endeavor is a partnership, dependent on the purposeful planning of our dedicated teachers, student motivation and engagement, and strong parent support and communication.  

 

We have put into place a plan that combines asynchronous learning with synchronous engagements via Zoom Meeting to support both the learning and the social-emotional well-being of our students.  Covenant students are empowered to make choices in their learning and be encouraged to take intellectual risks while they persevere through some inevitable challenges. Students will be expected to do some work independently, to engage in occasional live class sessions, and to communicate with their teachers who will continue to provide support and feedback, as well as opportunities for reflection and revision.  

 

For students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6 – please look for the email, The Daily Scoop, delivered weeknights at 6:00 pm for all academic assignments and information.

 

Upper School (7-12)

Our remote learning endeavor is a partnership, dependent on the purposeful planning of our dedicated teachers, student motivation and engagement, and strong parent support and communication.  

 

We have put into place a plan that combines asynchronous learning with synchronous engagements via Google Classroom (classroom.google.com) and Zoom Meeting to support both the learning and the social-emotional well-being of our students.  Covenant students are empowered to make choices in their learning and be encouraged to take intellectual risks while they persevere through some inevitable challenges. Students will be expected to work independently, to engage in required weekly live class sessions, and to communicate daily with their teachers who will continue to provide support and feedback, as well as opportunities for reflection and revision.  

 

Expectations for Students – It is important that we are all operating from the same set of expectations to ensure the best possible learning environment. Students (and parents), please read through these documents thoroughly. 

Expectations for Students during Remote Learning

Zoom Best Practices for Students

 

For students in Grades 7 through 12 – please look for the email, The Forum, delivered daily at 7:00 am for links to academic assignments, announcements, enrichment activities and other information.

 

Google Classroom (classroom.google.com)  is a website that will serve as the hub for all CCA Upper School classes during our campus closure. It is easy to navigate and allows teachers to post content, distribute assignments, and send feedback.  Students can participate in discussions, keep track of what work is due, and submit assignments- all in one place. Google Classroom also seamlessly integrates with other Google tools our students were already using regularly, like Google Docs and Drive. A Google Classroom app is available on Android and iOS. Grades will still be kept and checked on Renweb.   

 

The key to Google Classroom is your first.last.year@covenantchristianacademy.org email address.  You will always need to be logged into this google account to use Google Classroom, Docs, Drive, etc.  If you have another gmail account, always make sure your @covenantchristianacademy.org account is logged in and shows up in the top right-hand corner of classroom.google.com, docs.google.com, drive.google.com, etc.  If it is not there, please sign in.  

 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What have you done to prepare for Remote Learning?

Administrators began planning for remote learning after returning to school in January and understanding the severity of the COVID-19 situation. Administrators researched many different platform options, including Google Classroom and Zoom Meeting.  Once the closure was announced, faculty & staff took a full day to make final preparations for the start of remote learning on Tuesday, March 17th. The chosen model was a hybrid of self directed work and live video instruction, with room for expansion as necessary, as the length of the closure becomes more clear. Due to careful planning, Covenant students never missed a beat between in school learning and the start of remote learning.

 

What do I need to know about Remote Learning?

We are all new to remote learning, and we are committed to providing support for everyone, so the first thing you need to know is that if you don’t know something, we will help you figure it out! There may be some bumps as we get started, so we will be patient with one another.

 

Who can I reach out to with questions?

ACADEMIC QUESTIONS

Andrea Bergstrom – Head of School, Grammar School Principalandrea.bergstom@ccamail.org

Tracy Bennett – Upper School Dean of Academicstracy.bennett@ccamail.org

 

USLR STUDENT TECHNOLOGY / MENTAL HEALTH

Michael Curtis – Upper School Dean of Studentsmichael.curtis@ccamail.org

 

FINANCIAL / TUITION / BILLING

David Anastasi – Chief Financial Officer  – david.anastasi@ccamail.org

Rita Detwiler – Business Office Manager – rita.detwiler@ccamail.org

 

ADMISSIONS / RE-ENROLLMENT

Brenda McPherson – Director of Admissions – 978-290-8326 or brenda.mcpherson@ccamail.org

Robin Lawrenz – USLR Registrarrobin.lawrenz@ccamail.org

 

SPIRITUAL

Jason Lawrenz – School Chaplainjason.lawrenz@ccamail.org

 

When do you think we will return to school?

We want to get back onto campus as soon as we safely can, just like you. For planning purposes, and according to a directive from the Governor of Massachusetts, that will not be before May 4, 2020.

 

Will we still have Spring Break?

Yes! You can plan to take some much-needed rest during the week of April 20-24. While learning never ends, school will not be in session during spring break.

 

I have suggestions for The Daily Scoop and/or The Forum. Who can I send them to?

Please send suggestions for The Daily Scoop to Lisa Coleman lisa.coleman@ccamail.org, and suggestions for The Forum to Emily Roth emily.roth@ccamail.org

Tutorials

Tutorials for Parents & Students

Student Guide to Google Classroom (for USLR students only)

How to Join a Zoom Meeting

Parent Testimonials

See what our Parents are Saying about Covenant@Home!

The following feedback was received from current Covenant parents during a Covenant@Home Parent Survey, after 5 full weeks of Remote Learning. (All comments are un-edited and appear exactly as they were received.

 

CCA has done an admirable job in quickly launching a remote learning program that is comprehensive, engaging, and fun. In the chaotic world we’re living in right now, I am comforted in part by knowing that we belong to such an amazing school “family”.

The teachers at Covenant have gone over and above to support our families during a challenging and unusual season. We’re thankful for their thoughtful lessons and the encouragement they’ve given to our children.

During this uncertain period, CCA has helped my family maintain a sense of normalcy. The teachers maintain a challenging curriculum while connecting personally with all students. CCA continues to provide a balance of education, spiritual well being and a strong sense of community. Very thankful God sent us to CCA.

What an amazing school! In these trying times, our girls have been able to stay focused on school. The teachers never allowed for any lag time, which has been instrumental in terms of structure and stability with learning. The teachers have communicated effectively and with love and grace. They have checked in making sure their students have felt comfortable with the material and have offered extra help hours. They have and continue to provide an environment for learning that is second to none. Thank you staff, teachers and administrators! Looking forward to seeing what you have planned for Fall 2020, we know it will be great!!

I was nervous when the government mandated distance learning but it has been a surprisingly good experience thanks to the exceptional and heroic efforts of the CCA teachers and administrators. The teachers have provided quality and individualized attention from home and are working round the clock to make sure every student gets what he or she needs. I am so grateful and don’t know what my kids would have done during this crisis without their incredible teachers.

I have one child in public school and one child at CCA in the pre-K program. What I have seen come home on a daily basis from CCA defies expectations in the best way possible! Covenant has been organized and clear in communicating resources and expectations from the start of the building closure. The assignments/activities we receive are not merely busy work, but are a valuable part of our days during this time. While we wish we could all be together, I am amazed at the quality of work CCA has sent as a substitute for in-school learning!

The feeling of support and dedication of the administration and teachers to not only educate our children but to support them emotionally and spiritually during this time has made such a difference for us and our children during this challenging time.

As two working parents, we are grateful to the CCA staff and teachers for their amazing dedication and the high quality of resources, content, and support provided to our child during COVID 19 remote learning. This faculty has been such a blessing to to our child and to us as parents.

We are so appreciative of the entire CCA staff during this difficult time. The smooth transition to home-based, online learning was obviously the result of a lot of hard work behind the scenes. The teachers’ enthusiasm and availability to students during the school day left us truly amazed and happy we’ve chosen CCA. The ability to continue our son’s education from home has been a true blessing.

CCA has provided a level of excellence in remote learning consistent with the school’s mission to provide a classical Christian education. They have maintained a feeling of community and support in the midst of massive challenges, learning curves and unprecedented circumstances. The staff and teachers have showed uncompromising love and relentless commitment to the continued learning of the students, and found resourceful ways to advance both the students academic and spiritual progress. We are so very grateful for the support and community of CCA!

I am very thankful for CCA’s approach to this unexpected situation, and how Covenant@Home, has been an excellent tool for my kids during this quarantine period. I have friends and relatives that do not receive the same quality of remote education, neither any assignments for their children to work on. I appreciate not only the academically care for the students but also the spiritual and nurturing care of teachers and the administration.

We have felt very cared for and equipped during the season of using Covenant@Home. The tools provided has been streamlined, user-friendly, & helped us feel connected to the CCA family. We will be forever grateful for the well-rounded teaching provided for all our children.

During Covenant@Home our child has continued to make progress in her learning with the help of her amazing teachers, who send her daily materials that are challenging and interesting. We love the short videos of her teacher giving instructions as if the students were physically in the classroom. All lessons are straightforward and easy to follow, due to the wonderful job the teachers did building classroom routines to the children prior to the social distancing requirements.

This at home learning experience with Covenant has felt nothing short of the perfect balance of being personalized, manageable, and meaningful. It has felt personalized through the weekly zoom classes that my daughter gets to have with her class and teacher, manageable as the plans allow for the space to do the learning tasks at our convenience and meaningful as they are meeting my daughter at her exact content needs. We couldn’t be more grateful for this partnership at this time!

We have been so impressed by the way in which CCA immediately replaced school-based learning with remote learning through Covenant@Home. They were so prepared from day one, with no delay in academic content. Every day our children are provided with structured, fun, creative, and thorough educational content including both core academic subjects and specials. They look forward to receiving an email with videos and detailed assignments for the day. They have loved interacting with friends and teachers through live video sessions and even continuing music lessons virtually. Periodic assessments have shown that they are learning just as they should. Covenant@Home has been organized in such a way that our children have been able to work independently for several hours daily while both parents work from home full time. We are so grateful to have our children at CCA during this uncertain time.

Covenant@Home has been a very positive experience for our children, one in Grammar school and one in Rhetoric School. The quality and structure of the daily and weekly assignments from all teachers has been outstanding. We never could have known what to expect in this very difficult time of uncertainty in our world, but it is certain that CCA has continued to provide the utmost excellence in all areas of learning. The care and concern of each teacher with the students is evident in their weekly Zoom lessons. The students have been able to voice their feelings both on what has been positive for them and what may be a struggle for them as they are home learning through this pandemic. For both of our children, it has been missing their teachers and friends in real time. Mrs. Bergstrom has kept communication with the CCA community at the top of her list as always. We have not been left in the dark, as thorough pre-planning and frequent assessment with families has been a priority.