Educating our Students
As we embark on this new experience of distance learning together, we want to be sure to address any concerns and answer any questions you may have. To help you navigate your way through distance learning, we have created this page of Frequently Asked Questions. We hope that you will find it a valuable resource of information. As we move forward, additional information will be added to assist you during this time.
Message from our Headmaster
Brentwood Academy's Headmaster, Curt Masters shares a few thoughts on how BA is continuing to provide an exceptional academic experience in a Christ-centered context during these uncertain times, along with some encouraging words of faith and hope!
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Distance Learning FAQ
How do students log in to their account?
- Students should use their password to access their Veracross student account.
- Students who have difficulty logging into their accounts should email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with the log-in process.
How will classes operate and how do I turn in my assignments?
- Classes will operate in line with our A-day / B-day schedule. Assignments will be posted and teachers will respond to student questions during scheduled class times, such as 7:45-9:20 AM for a B1 class. Teachers also will be available to help and answer questions most afternoons. The A/B designation for all class days is shown on the class website calendar on Veracross.
- Teachers will host online meetings in real time during scheduled class periods. When they do, students will be sent a link to join these meetings. Students will be able to work on most assignments at any time, anywhere, individually, with work due the next class period.
How will attendance be taken?
- Student attendance will be based on timely responses and submission of work.
- Students will be required to make some response to their teacher on each class day.
What is the best way to communicate with my teacher?
- You may reach your teacher via email to ask questions or to request a voice to voice conversation.
- Teachers may arrange video conferencing via Zoom in order to have a dialogue with your students. Downloading the Zoom application ahead of time will help students join the first meeting promptly. Students are not required to have a Zoom account and can join classes using the links sent from the teacher.
How do I submit homework assignments?
- Teachers may direct students to turn in assignments in a few different ways. These include sending an email attachment, using Turnitin.com, or uploading files to Veracross.
- All teacher email addresses are email@example.com
- Specific instructions for submitting work in Veracross are shown in this file: http://brentwoodacademy.com/content/uploads/Veracross-Drop-box.pdf
Will Academic Support (E3) and Middle School Academic Two-a-Days be available online?
E3: Evening Education Empowerment and Academic Two-a-Days will now take on a new role in the digital world: Every day Education Empowerment. Students/parents can submit a request to the Student Academic Support (SAS) office by filling out the Academic Intake Form on the Academic Support webpage. The request will be routed to their classroom teacher(s) who will address the issues, and if added help is needed the teacher will submit the recommendations to the SAS office and the office will direct the recommendations to the proper staff for a scheduled tutorial time.Academic Support
What is proper Zoom etiquette for students?
Proper Zoom Etiquette for Students:
- Be on time to each Zoom session you attend.
- Develop a designated place to work (excluding bed) that is free from distractions.
- Avoid distracting activities such as eating, using your cell phone or doing anything that might distract others.
- Be appropriately dressed to interact with others in a professional environment.
- Do NOT record or post any part of a Zoom class on social media. Respect the privacy of your instructor and your classmates.
Where do I find emotional and social resources for my child?
BA's student support team is working with our communication department to launch a blog for parent and student resources. The blog will become live later this week. Please check back soon to find the link. If you have any specific needs or questions, please contact Alyssa Hall or Cookie Newton at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Are there suggestions to keep students active during Distance Learning?
Coach Mark Sutton has written a 3-day workout program for middle school students that can be done at home without the need for weights. We have included a video for each day to demonstrate these exercises. Click HERE to access the folder with workouts. Please contact Coach Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Coach White at email@example.com with any questions.
Coach Mark Sutton has written two workout programs for upper school students that can be done remotely. One is a program that will not require weights or equipment. The other is for those who might have equipment or weights at their disposal. This is for all our students regardless of whether or not they are a varsity athlete. Coach Sutton has provided three demonstration videos for the "weightless" program. These workout documents and video are included in a Google Documents folder that can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Spring sport coaches may have already provided remote workout plans to their teams. In such case, you can substitute that plan for these provided here. Please feel free to contact Coach Sutton or Coach White if you have questions.
Will parent Bible studies continue?
Bible study leaders will be in touch with their groups. If you have never participated, it’s not too late. Please contact your group leader. You may find your grade level leader on the BA Moms’ Bible Studies page of the website.
Whom do I contact for different needs?
Technology: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Life: Rian Berger email@example.com
Business Office: Jason Oggs
- Upper School: Cody White firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middle School: Buddy Alexander email@example.com
- Upper School: Andy Bradshaw firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middle School: Nancy Brasher email@example.com
Jenny Cretin firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Department Chairs:
Math Chair – Bonnie Hall email@example.com
Fine Arts – Jenny Oldham firstname.lastname@example.org
English – Cameron Phillips email@example.com
History – Mike Vazquez firstname.lastname@example.org
Science – Jeff Bryant email@example.com
World Languages – Molly Martin firstname.lastname@example.org
Religion – Rian Berger email@example.com
6th Chair – Jennifer Ann Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Chair – Tim Reid email@example.com
8th Chair - Warren Bezuidenhout firstname.lastname@example.org
9th Chair – Cookie Newton email@example.com
10th Chair – Shannon Frost firstname.lastname@example.org
11th Chair – Paul Battaglia email@example.com
12th Chair – Brad Perry firstname.lastname@example.org
During the next few weeks, we will be providing chapel messages online for parents, students and faculty to watch, enjoy and meditate on. Videos will be available weekly.
One Minute Devos
The uncertainty of our current times has left many of us worried, confused and frustrated. We know that Jesus is still Lord and is sovereign in our present situation. Click the link and watch these encouraging One Minute... 'Cause He's In It Devotionals
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