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We Are Still Remotely Connected

We hope you are having a safe and healthy Spring Break amid the evolving COVID-19 situation!

We are proud to embark on this online journey with you and discover the tools that allow us to maintain the social connection while enriching our digital knowledge.

We want to ensure we accommodate parents and students as they share their office space to work from home during this unforeseen circumstance.
Click to view a message from Michelle Symonds, Head of School.
 

Google Classroom Instructions

The teachers are very excited to greet Primary 3 through 8th Grade students back and introduce them to their temporary classrooms.

Google Classroom will serve as the hub for learning with announcements and assignments. Students in K-8th will also have discussions and the ability to turn in assignments. For the first three days, teachers will help students acclimate to the remote environment. Full-on instruction will begin Monday, March 30.

P3 will receive log-in credentials today. P4-4th grade received log-in credentials before Spring Break. Middle School has access to their accounts as they used the platform before the break. If you do not have access to your classroom contact the teacher, Brian Smith or Kelly Broaddus
Click on the thumbnail to view the instructions on how to access Google Classroom and navigate through the online tool.
 

Participation and Expectations

We ask that students check Google Classroom every day so they keep the same rhythm while we meet remotely.

We also expect students to participate in instruction and complete assignments as the curriculum moves forward. Grading will apply for Middle School based on participation and assignments. Lower School will conduct assessments for report cards. If your child is unable to participate in instruction due to illness or any other reason, contact the division head.   

 

Code of Conduct

Just as students follow the tenets of learning on campus, they are also requested to follow a Code of Conduct during remote learning. The standards also focus on safeguarding children as they access information online.  
We recommend that parents review these guidelines with their children to establish expectations as they embark on their online learning journey.
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Community Website

The school may be closed, but we are still learning together!

We have created a community webpage for parents, students and staff to connect while campus is closed. This webpage also includes division subpages with content such as links, videos, activities, photo galleries and other resources appropriate for the age level.
We encourage everyone to visit this page for tools to entertain your children beyond online learning, to hear the latest news, to connect with the rest of the HSES community and to share best practices as we navigate through this together.
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Virtual Meetings with Zoom

Every classroom, division and group will use Zoom for virtual, face-to-face meetings. Starting Monday, March 30, this online video conferencing platform will provide user-friendly chat opportunities for adults and children.
The online learning and video conferencing schedule for each grade (P3-8th) will be posted tomorrow on the division pages. Make sure to check the site to view when you are scheduled to join video conferences.
 

Early Childhood

Although the little ones will not receive online instruction, we will post fun activities and resources in the Early Childhood community page for parents to engage in hands-on learning with their children.

The page is currently under construction and will be ready Monday, March 30.

 

Suggestions for Remote Learning

  • Designate a space for schoolwork.
  • Set clear expectations in advance.
  • Allow for flexibility when needed. 
  • Follow a daily schedule to create a routine for learning.
  • Prepare for a variety of activities. Students need structured and unstructured time, time for indoors and outdoors, opportunities for exercise and movement, focused study and creative pursuits, as well as rest and downtime.
  • Seek connection. Tune in to Zoom as much as possible.
  • Stay positive! Children model what they observe. Demonstrate a positive attitude and growth mindset for your child to do the same.
  • Communicate with the teacher if your child is struggling with distance learning, academically or emotionally. Let us know if you encounter issues with technology or instruction.

Technical Support

Contact Kelly Broaddus or Brian Smith if you have trouble with access, log-in or encounter technical difficulties.
 

Church Blood Drive

The Church is hosting Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for an emergency blood drive Monday, March 30 from 1 to 7 p.m. Sign up for an appointment and use sponsor code 0345.
 

Contact Us

Because school is operating remotely, we recommend email as the most efficient form of communication. View who to contact for each department.

Early Childhood

Whitney Zisman

Primary School

Whitney Zisman

Lower School

Karen Palividas 

Middle School

Brian Smith

Athletics

Mitriel Vinzant

Head of School

Michelle Symonds

Administrative/Front Office

Teresa McKinsey 

Business Office

Ranelle Johnson 

Admissions

Jacque Fairbairn 

Marketing/Communications

Florencia Parada

Technology

Brian Smith
Kelly Broaddus 
General Inquiry
 

Important Forms

Click to view key information such as Parent-Student Handbook, forms, guides, menus and more.
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HSES Mission

Holy Spirit Episcopal School offers an exemplary education for infants through grade eight that develops the whole child while achieving academic excellence in a dynamic, Christian-based environment.
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