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We have gathered many comprehensive resources in this special section.  Our plan is to provide more community outreach and opportunities to help, along with updated news and information.  We will update information, as it is available.  Check for emails and postings on this page.
 

Kerry Birmingham
Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives
Troy School District

STUDENTS/EXTENDED LEARNING: 

Students should begin interacting with Extended Learning on Wednesday. Middle and High School students will find their materials on Schoology (please turn on notifications!) Elementary students will receive their materials through parents/guardians’ email addresses.

NO SECONDARY THIRD QUARTER GRADES: 

Given the interruption we are experiencing in our traditional academic calendar, we are going to approach grading for semester 2 in a different way. This year, we will not be posting Q3 grades for any of our middle schools or high schools. Instead, Semester 2 grades will be based upon all grades gathered from January 27 through the end of the school year. The grading process for quarter long classes at the middle school level will be shared upon our return to school.

TECHNOLOGY HELP: 

Due to a high volume of calls to the Help Desk, we are recommending that parents/students try the following steps before calling. 
Some of you are reporting having difficulty connecting your child’s device to your internet at home OR connecting to certain websites or apps. Our amazing tech team has prepared these helpful handouts (which are also posted on every elementary school website): 

If you are having difficulty connecting to Wifi, SeeSaw or other programs, it is recommended that you try the following steps before calling the Help Desk.

In addition, these tips and a video showing a student walking through how to connect at home is available on our tech department website:  https://www.troy.k12.mi.us/departments/technology/how-to-connect-to-wifi-at-home
 
If you still need help with this or other technology issues, our Help Desk will be available from 7am-3pm each weekday for the near future. You can email helpdesk@troy.k12.mi.us or call (248-823-5092)

ELEMENTARY SPECIFIC RESOURCES:

Our Elementary Team has developed this great Family Tip Sheet for what to expect during our Extended Learning program and what you can do at home to make this a success: Extended Learning Family Tip Sheet.pdf 
They have also provided a Sample Weekly Schedule so you can see what a typical week will contain: Sample Elementary Weekly Schedule.pdf 
Elementary Specials Weebly: Our amazing Elementary Specials Teachers have developed an awesome TSD Specials Weebly with extended learning opportunities for students in all specials areas: TSD Specials Weebly
Check out https://www.storylineonline.net/, which features videos of celebrated actors reading stories to children (hearing James Earl Jones reading “To Be a Drum” is mesmerizing—and he shares a little of his own struggles with reading out loud/stuttering at the beginning, plus there are readers as diverse as Betty White and Rami Malek.)

PSYCHOLOGICAL RESOURCES TO HELP ALL CHILDREN THROUGH THE CLOSURE: 

We recognize that the closure of school, as well as general anxiety surrounding COVID-19, can be very difficult for children. Our phenomenal school psychologists have some great resources to share with parents. The following link has tips for talking to children about COVID-19, translated into different languages: 
 
 
And here are some resources our psychologists have compiled from NYT Parenting to help parents navigate through having children home and engaged in extended learning (it’s possible that you may have to enter an email address to read these for free—I did not.) :
 

ELEMENTARY REPORT CARDS: 

Available now in PowerSchool.

ELEMENTARY PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES CANCELLED:

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

NO SECONDARY THIRD QUARTER GRADES: 

Given the interruption we are experiencing in our traditional academic calendar, we are going to approach grading for semester 2 in a different way. This year, we will not be posting Q3 grades for any of our middle schools or high schools. Instead, Semester 2 grades will be based upon all grades gathered from January 27 through the end of the school year. The grading process for quarter long classes at the middle school level will be shared upon our return to school.

COMCAST PUBLIC WIFI HOTSPOTS:

Hotspots are now FREE and in our area! Comcast has opened up its public Xfinity wifi hotspots for free. We are busy getting individual hotspots to families who don’t have internet at home, but this is a great solution in the meantime and wonderful for houses with intermittent outages. Put your zip code in this map to see if there one near you:  https://hotspots.wifi.xfinity.com/mobile/?nc
Here is an article about the free wifi, as well as other programs Comcast has to help:    Click Here
 

SECONDARY LITERARY RESOURCE

SORA by Overdrive app    : The SORA app (available in the app store and Google play) is an e-reader and audio book player which allows students to select books from our libraries and read at home. All of the Troybery and Battle of the Books books are on there, plus thousands of others. Students choose “Troy School District” and then sign in with their regular TSD login (no cost.)

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY RESOURCES: 

TPL has many resources for our students, including those available through their Virtual Library Card, which is available to all. In addition, Tutor.com is available through TPL to help students continue their learning from home. More information here: Troy Library Resources.pdf .
 

TSD TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY E-CARD: TSD has partnered with the Troy Public Library to provide a free TPL electronic library card for your child—all you need to do is opt-in on PowerSchools

What is an eLibrary Card? 
  • It’s not an actual library card—it’s a “virtual” card. 

  • Students use the code 212739 plus their student ID number to gain access to TPL electronic materials, including eBooks, authoritative information for all levels of student research, global studies, worldwide news and much more! 

Why should I sign up? 
  • Your child will be able to access eBooks and audio books 24/7 through the Sora (secondary students) or Libby app.  

  • Can’t make it to the library? Have them use their iPads to check out and read books! 

  • The eCard can be used for the Teen Homework Help section, which provides students access to databases as well as Tutor.com, a free online homework help service 

My child already has a TPL card. Do I need to sign up? 
  • Your child can use his/her personal TPL card to access these resources, but s/he might not have the physical card accessible at school. Since the ecard uses your child’s ID number, it’s easy for your child to set up and access the TPL resources from school. 

OK, how do I sign up?