Instructional Delivery Modes

Elementary K4 to Fifth Grades Instructional Process

Elementary school establishes the educational foundation for young learners. At this stage of their educational journey, students begin to think critically, problem-solve, and manage their learning time; all skills that will help foster future academic success.

Families with elementary-level students should expect to assist their child with a hands-on approach. The Rockets Online Campus Teacher will assist the family to provide strategy to coach the elementary students as they sit alongside their child during teacher-led lessons. After the lessons are complete, the role of the parent is to guide and continue to coach the child through their assignments and online lessons, enhancing concepts as needed.  The Rockets Online Campus Instructional Coach can also provide this support in the Launch Pad or virtually in your home.

Students are expected to receive 5 hours of instruction per day. Instruction is comprised of instructor-led classes and independent work time.  Students receive instruction from our Titusville Area School District (TASD) teachers.  These teachers will direct students to work with their in home supports to complete lessons provided.   Daily, TASD teachers are available and ready to provide in person or virtual supports.   In addition to those teachers, our ROC Instructional Teacher/Coach is always available to support your child if the need arises.

Middle School Sixth to Eighth Grade Instructional Process

Middle school continues to build on the educational foundation of students. At this stage of their educational journey, students continue to hone their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Middle school students engage and participate in classes under the supervision of their teachers, using discussion boards, podcasts, videos, webcams, wikis, and other forms of communication. At this stage the students become more independent and begin to actively manage their learning time.  The students are encouraged to begin taking ownership of their education. Teachers provide students with a syllabus outlining assignments and due dates to help them stay on track.

Parents should expect their middle school student to receive 5-5 ½ hours of instruction per day.  Instruction is comprised of instructor-led classes and independent work guided by the in home supports or the Rocket Online Campus Instructional Teacher/Coach. Hours will vary based on a student’s individual needs and program requirements, and additional hours may be needed for students who attend academic support or tutoring classes.  Our Rockets Online Campus Instructional Coach will be available to assist all students with facilitated supports.

High School Ninth through Twelfth Grade Instruction Process

Rockets Online Campus high school students prepare for their future journey to work and post-secondary education. Students learn techniques to manage their time, solve problems, take personal responsibility, properly use information and communication technology, and gain global awareness.

Each academic year, high school students are required to take a minimum of 5 credits. Students receive 5 ½ hours of direct instruction per day, for a total of 990 hours by the end of the school year. Direct instruction is comprised of instructor-led classes and independent work. On average, students dedicate 5 ½ hours each day to their education.

Throughout the school year, high school students are invited to participate in monthly presentations on different topics such as college applications, financial aid, and scholarships, as well as workforce, military, and vocational/technical opportunities.

Our Rockets Online Campus will also hold senior reviews with every student to discuss their post-secondary plans and help them work towards their goal. For example, the students who are college-bound will get assistance in complete college applications. For students interested in immediately entering the workforce, supports will be provided to help create resumes, find job fairs, and provide helpful interview tips. Military-bound students get support in connecting with their branch of choice or local recruitment offices, and students interested in vocational-technology programs get help finding a school that will meet their interests and needs.

Student and Family Supports

The Rockets Online Campus will offer both Academic Support and Family Support to all of our students and their families. Our Academic Support includes Academic Support teachers, School Counselors, Student Assistance Programs, New Student Orientations, English Language program, Special Education programming, and more.  Parents and students alike can access supports through our Rockets Online Campus Launch Pad.   Online virtual tutoring or face to face tutoring can occur as needed.   Parent support sessions, and student support groups during the day and/or night will be offered.

Rockets Online Campus Launch Pad Instructional Teacher/Coach

What is an Instructional Teacher/Coach?

Our Rockets Online Campus Instructional Teacher/Coach will have great flexibility in scheduling their day to completely support our students and their families.   The Instructional Teacher/Coach will monitor attendance and ensure all learners are completing assignments and taking the required state assessments.  Our Instructional Teacher/Coach wants to work with family members to ensure the child is successful.  Operating as a team with the family, the Instructional Teacher/Coach provides a funnel for communication and supports to all students.  In general, the responsibilities of the Instructional Teacher/Coach changes as a child advance through school.

The Instructional Teacher/Coach will:

o   Spend a considerable amount of time monitoring student coursework and helping with lessons.

o   Provide tutoring or other supports and activities that support the students.

o   Communicate regularly with the teachers, family, and the students.

o   Assist the traditional ROC Teacher and track the learner’s progress.

o   Help with lessons.

The Instructional Teacher/Coach can also assist with the following in home learning environment:

o   Assist with logging in appropriately.

o   Assist with the student engaging in learning.

o   Maintain contact with the student’s instructional team and student support services.

The involvement and support of the Instructional Teacher/Coach varies based on the age and the need of the student and relies heavily on open lines of communication between the Instructional Teacher/Coach, student, the family, and the teachers.

Parent Advisory Board

The Rockets Online Campus has created a Parent Advisory Board to engage and provide a venue to make change in our online programming.  The Parent Advisory Board will be a major contributor in making the entire Rockets Online Campus tailored to the needs of the students.   If you would like to assist in making decisions for the school and shaping our online campus efforts please reach out to Mike McGaughey at 814-827-0534 to participate.   All parents are encouraged to become active members of this advisory board.

Food Services

o   Pick up programming

o   In Program breakfasts and lunches

All students in the Rockets Online Campus are eligible for food services.   All students are eligible to come into the Launch Pad to access the food services or can get food to go.   We encourage all students to take advantage of the food services available and our Rockets Online Campus will work with each family individually to provide breakfast and lunches to all students.

 

Support Services

The School Support Services with the Rockets Online Campus works with all students to ensure their potential is fully realized in regards to academic, personal, social, and career development in order to achieve success in and out of the classroom. We offer support in a variety of ways including individual, group, and classroom guidance. Our support services prepare students for life after high school by advising and assisting in college, career, and post-secondary initiatives. The major focus to collaborate with community agencies, staff members, parents, teachers, and administrators to ensure that all students are empowered to create a quality life as they acquire knowledge, learn responsible behaviors, and prepare to become lifelong learners.

Additional Virtual Options include:

o   Study Skills/Test Preparation

o   Character Building

o   Skills and Strategies for Classroom Success

o   Anxiety

o   Career/College Awareness

o   Introduction to high school

o   9th grade time management

o   College application process

o   Financial Aid/FAFSA information

o   Scholarship search tools

o   Post-secondary options – college/vo-tech/military/workforce/etc.

o   One-on-one senior review meetings with graduating students to discuss their goals and help create their post-secondary plan.

o   Student groups

o   Parent groups

o   Live Q and A sessions

Student Assistance Program

The Rockets Online Campus, as any student attending the Titusville Area School District, provides Student Assistant Programming (SAP).   SAP is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues which pose a barrier to student success. The primary goal of SAP is to help students overcome these barriers so they may achieve, remain in school, and advance.

School Based Mental Health Services

The students participating in the Rockets Online Campus can access the full spectrum of School Based Mental Health supports and programming.   All levels of supports are available based upon student needs.   This program is coordinated through our Student Assistance Programming and can range from basic coaching through full center-based mental health therapies.  Our program has a cooperative agreement with the Regional Counseling Center where therapists can meet individually with students on site instead of driving out of our community.   Access to these services and programming are easily obtained and call Mike McGaughey, Assistant Superintendent at 814-827-0534 for additional information and details.

Nursing Services

The Rockets Online Campus has nursing services consisting of certified school nurses and/or nurse technicians.  Our school nursing staff provides direct health care to all students and staff; leadership for the provision of health services; screening and referral for health concerns; promotes a healthy school environment; promotes health; serves in a leadership role for health policies and programs and serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community and health care providers.  These services can be accessed through our Rockets Online Campus Launch Pad.

Gifted Programming

The Rockets Online Campus provides Gifted Programming for all grades.   The Gifted Programming provides qualified students with individualized educational programs for gifted students. The team works closely with the family and the students to maximize each student’s educational potential through the use of appropriate course and grade acceleration, delivery of optional online and in person enrichment activities and courses, and the provision of educational events and other supplemental programs virtually and in person.  All Gifted Programming is personalized to ensure that each student’s educational needs are being met.

Incentive Programs

The Rockets Online Campus provides various incentive programs to our students.   These programs change over time, but may include the following examples:

o   Reading Warriors Club- Students earn incentives for a commitment to reading and literature.

o   Math Wizards- Incentive program celebrating a student’s interest in math.

o   Attendance Incentives

o   Honor/ High Honor Roll

o   National Honor Society

o   Virtual Incentive Program (VIP)-Rewards for overall achievement and student successes

o   Many more to come….

Rockets Online Campus Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

Elementary Level Offerings for Students (K4 to Grade 5)

Virtual Only-Participation in these clubs or activities is done in the home.   All materials and supplies will be provided to the students.  The student can access the club whenever they choose, but some virtual meeting times may occur.  The program offerings will be based upon the interest of the students.

Example possible elementary level clubs and activities:

o   Around the World with Foreign Languages Club (K-5)

o   Bookworm Buddies Book Club (3-5)

o   Coding Workshop (K-5)

o   Hands on Science Workshop (K-5)

o   Art Creations Workshop (3-5)

Launch Pad – These clubs or activities are scheduled and held throughout the school year in the Rockets Online Campus Launch Pad location.   Transportation can be provided if needed to and from the activities. Again, the program offerings will be based upon student interest and will vary from time to time.

Examples of possible elementary Launch Pad clubs and activities are:

o   Art Club

o   Robotic Club

o   Creative Cooking and Baking Club

o   Book Club

o   Chess Club

o   K-2 Story Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Level– These programs are provided in the traditional building at Hydetown Elementary, Pleasantville Elementary, or Main Street Elementary Schools.  All students who attend the Rockets Online Campus have full access to all programs.

o   Lego Robotics Club

o   Music Lessons

o   Soccer Games

o   Craft Club

o   Academic Club

Middle Level Offerings for Students Grades 6 to 8:

Virtual Only-Participation in these clubs or activities is done in the home.   All materials and supplies will be provided to the students.  The student can access the club whenever they choose, but some virtual meeting times may occur.  The program offerings will be based upon the interest of the students.

Example possible middle level clubs and activities:

o   Adventures in Reading Club

o   Art Club

o   Computer Discoveries Workshop

o   Cooking Workshop

o   Spanish Club

o   Game Development Workshop

Launch Pad – These clubs or activities are scheduled and held throughout the school year in the Rockets Online Campus Launch Pad location.   Transportation can be provided if needed to and from the activities. Again, the program offerings will be based upon student interest and will vary from time to time.

Examples of possible middle level Launch Pad clubs and activities are:

o   Board Gaming Club

o   Book Club

o   Programming Basics

o   Cooking and Baking Club

o   Art Club

o   Travel Club

o   Chess Club

Building Level– These programs are provided in the traditional building at Titusville Middle School.  All students who attend the Rockets Online Campus have full access to all programs.

o   Student Council

o   Academic Challenges Club

o   Family and Consumer Science FCCLA Hero Club

o   Lego Robotics Club

o   Middle School Newspaper

o   Math Club

o   Future Business Leaders of America Club

o   Yearbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Building Level Activities

Interscholastic Sports Programs and Activities (grades 7-8)

o   Cross Country Boys and Girls

o   Football

o   Basketball Boys and Girls

o   Wrestling

o   Track and Field Boys and Girls

o   Volleyball Girls

o   Cheerleading

High School Level Offerings for Grades 9 to 12:

Virtual Only-Participation in these clubs or activities is done in the home.   All materials and supplies will be provided to the students.  The student can access the club whenever they choose, but some virtual meeting times may occur.  The program offerings will be based upon the interest of the students.

Example possible high school level clubs and activities:

o   Art Club

o   Book of the Month Club

o   Chess Club

o   Cooking Workshop

o   Create Your Own TED Talk Workshop

Launch Pad – These clubs or activities are scheduled and held throughout the school year in the Rockets Online Campus Launch Pad location.   Transportation can be provided if needed to and from the activities. Again, the program offerings will be based upon student interest and will vary from time to time.

Examples of possible High School level Launch Pad clubs and activities are:

  • Debate Club
  • Financial Literacy Workshop
  • History Club
  • Maker Club
  • Photography Club
  • Science Club
  • Spanish Club

o      Creative arts

o      Robotic Seminars

Building Level Activities– These programs are provided in the traditional building at Titusville High School.  All students who attend the Rockets Online Campus have full access to all programs.

  • Business Club
  • Football Club
  • Varsity Club
  • Jaz Band
  • Eco Club
  • Art Club
  • Drama Club
  • Girls Round ball Club
  • Family and Consumer Science FCCLA Hero Club
  • Boys Hoops Club
  • Key Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Pep Band
  • Drama Club
  • Newspaper
  • National Honor Society

 

Additional Building Level Activities:

Interscholastic Sports Programs and Activities for Grades 9 to 12.

o   Cross Country Boys and Girls

o   Football

o   Golf

o   Soccer Boys and Girls

o   Volleyball Girls

o   Basketball Boys and Girls

o   Swimming Boys and Girls

o   Wrestling

o   Baseball Boys

o   Softball Girls

o   Tennis

o   Track and Field Boys and Girls

o   Cheerleading

***Important Additional Information***

All students participating in the Rockets Online Campus have full access and participation in any district run activity.   This includes any club or activity offered to TASD students, athletics, Prom, Graduation Ceremonies, field trips, and dances.

As a student in the Rockets Online Campus they will have full access to all TASD scholarships and financial aid programming.   Yearly, TASD students receive hundreds of thousands of scholarship dollars.  Yearly, our school counselors hold financial aid awareness nights and full day activities to assist the High School students finding post-secondary options and financial scholarships that assist in attending these after high school opportunities.  We also offer financial aid presentations in the evening for the parents to cover specific questions and help students avoid typical stumbling blocks that families come across when applying for financial aid.

Whether it is helping students choose a career path or college, prepare for the workforce or military, or earn as much scholarship money as possible to make their post-graduation dream come true, our school counselors steer our students in the right direction, cheering them on as they travel down the path to future success.

Rockets Online Campus Curriculum:

The Rockets Online Campus provides a vast curriculum that is comprehensive and meets the student’s needs and interests.   All Rockets Online Campus students are provided with online core area classes.   These classes are supported with our partnership with the Virtual Learning Network (VLN), but the sole instructional responsibility remains with our Titusville Area School District teachers.   VLN Partners is an educational consulting company that works closely with our Rockets Online Campus to help us effectively provide virtual curriculum and the framework for our online learning program and opportunities.

With the partnership of VLN, the Rockets Online Campus provides a holistic model for a completely virtual student experience and still allow for blended learning opportunity.   All courses have Titusville Area School District (TASD) Pennsylvania state-certified teachers responsible for the content.   The course content is designed to provide a rich and solid foundation for our students.  The courses listed in this catalog have a consistent structure and are designed to provide students with engaging content, assignments, and assessments. Weekly lesson modules include reading assignments supported by short answer assessments, essay questions, quizzes and traditional homework assignments. Courses are also supplemented with a wealth of web-based resources including: videos, interactive animations, supplemental materials from textbook publishers and a wide range of other engaging educational media.  All courses are developed and mapped to meet Pennsylvania state standards and the Common Core Standards.

GRADING

While some grading is done automatically within the learning management system, most grading for Rocket Online Campus students is provided by highly-qualified, certified teachers.

ASSESSMENTS

Rigorous assessment and performance tracking is provided for all students through the courses in our learning management system. All courses contain a consistent, well-balanced framework of assignments and assessments designed to give teachers direct insight into students’ understanding of content. Students are required to show their work and provide explanation in their responses to further demonstrate mastery. All courses are structured with a weekly module format and include:

ASSIGNMENTS – Correspond with the assigned textbook reading for each module and provide students with an opportunity to apply the concepts from their lesson.

SHORT ANSWERS – Require students to provide thorough responses that validate understanding of key concepts.

ESSAYS – Ask students to apply higher-level thinking to answer a complex topic-relevant question while also developing strong writing skills.

QUIZZES AND TESTS – Enable students to demonstrate mastery of content through multiple-choice assessments.

PROJECTS – Included in the courses, where relevant, and require students to research, plan and organize, as well as to adhere to formats and demonstrate writing capabilities.