This email is intended for families who are considering the MRH Virtual Academy option. A reminder that the virtual academy option does not include MRH teachers or MRH curriculum. As noted in previous communications, families choosing the MRH Virtual Academy (working from home with no option to come on campus) will be working through Launch, an online school that meets all Missouri guidelines with Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP). Launch will be replacing Schools PLP that the middle school utilized in the first semester. In order to help you better understand this platform, we are going to host a Virtual Launch Open House on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from 6 pm - 7 pm. This open house is an opportunity for parents to learn about enrollment, what classes will look like for students, and an opportunity to ask questions from Launch professionals.
What is LAUNCH?
Launch is a virtual course access program designed to serve Missouri students. All Launch courses are built by curriculum specialists, teachers, and digital developers and are aligned to Missouri Learning Standards. Each Launch course is taught by a highly qualified Missouri educator.
Similarities to Learning in a School Building:
• Launch courses still have teachers there to support students.
• Students still complete assignments, but they are delivered in an online format.
• Course pacing follows a similar calendar to seated courses.
Differences From the Traditional Classroom:
• Students won’t always see teachers face-to-face in real-time, although they have opportunities to conference with them.
?• Launch course content is already created for students, so they can work at their own pace.
For more information about Launch, please take a look at MS/HS Guide-Parent & Student.
If you are interested in attending our open house, please fill out this Virtual Open House RSVP. You will receive the zoom link for the open house on the day before the event.
Dr. Michael Dittrich
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District