"The World Is Our Campus"
Stuart Hall's Remote Learning Program
Continued Academic Excellence
The STU Remote Learning Plan ensures continuity of learning and intellectual engagement for our students, whether at home in the Shenandoah Valley, in Arizona, or in quarantine in Kenya or Vietnam. We are committed to maintaining high-quality, personal instruction and learning through the use of digital and online resources. Instruction includes both synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. Synchronous learning refers to a learning event in which a group of students is engaged in learning at the same time, such as Zoom lectures and collaborative “breakout rooms.” During asynchronous learning, students are engaging in activities on their own time, such as completing a written assignment or watching a video or screencast. Teachers are available for “office hours” every afternoon, and some students take the opportunity to have a study hall with the teacher and classmates during that time.
Shout out to Stuart Hall School! In under 2 weeks, they've moved our entire international middle & upper school online. My teens are having class RIGHT NOW with their teachers & all their friends who are now safely home all around the world. It is AMAZING to behold what educators are capable of when given enough room and resources to nurture invention and inspiration...It really is a powerful thing to witness. - Upper School Parent
I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work and exemplary leadership during this strange time. Stuart Hall has been such an amazing school for our family and I appreciate it even more, now. The transition has been easy and the 3rd and 5th grade teachers have both done an excellent job at communicating and keeping the kids up-to-date. - Lower School Parent
Middle and Upper School Students interact with teachers and classmates for 3-4 hours every day, completing mandatory off-line assignments and optional online learning engagements depending on their access to internet services and time zone adjustments. Above, Gracie '22 gets up before dawn in Texas to log into her morning Zoom class. Caxton '21 in Kenya, on the other hand, sleeps late because his “morning” class starts at 3:30 in the afternoon.
Above are pictures of our Lower School students learning from home. Despite the distance, students interact with their teachers and classmates every morning, often staying on Zoom meetings after formal class is over to socialize with friends and work on assignments together while the teacher is still online to help. You can even find a preschooler performing a science experiment in the kitchen!
Continued Social and Community Support
Stuart Hall is known for its caring and inclusive community. We are striving to maintain as much of this as we can during the pandemic by engaging in ways we often did on campus as well as in new ways we can do only online. For instance, the Community Bulletin, listing birthdays, daily schedules and special announcements, fill the traditional role of Morning Meeting, and the SGA has announced a series of specially themed days, including a Crazy Zoom Background, Star Wars, Tie/Bow Tie, and Character Dress Day.
Advisors check in with their students twice a week and host group activities to keep students in touch and engaged with each other. Wednesdays are reserved for less academic, more social activities, including virtual field trips, honor societies and clubs.
National Poetry Month is being celebrated by faculty and staff sharing their favorite poems with students. Theater Director Jeremy West read Robert Frost’s The Road Less Taken. Music Teacher Crystal Blackeney delivered a reading of Masks by Shel Silverstein.
Chaplain Connor’s weekly messages and Zoom meditations keep our community centered and mindful during these stressful times, and on-line P.E. work-outs encourage our kids to remain physically active.