Parent Digital Learning Resources
"If God is for us, who can be against us?"
-Romans 8:31
Digital learning requires that parents consider many factors. Specifically, parents have the responsibility to support their student's meaningful engagement in learning through digital learning. The tips and tools offered below identify specific actions that can be taken to support digital learning.

Click on the topics below to learn more.
Parent Responsibility for Meaningful Engagement through Digital Learning

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  • Attendance Still Required

    Parents play THE vital role in their childrens education and spiritual formation. The commitment of Father Ryan’s parents to the education of their students is exceptional, sacrificial and appreciated.

    However, it is important to note that Tennessee has a compulsory school attendance law. Essentially, this law compels parents to send their school age children to school each day they are healthy and well enough to participate in a full school day.  

    Father Ryan expects parents to understand this responsibility and support regular attendance, even when attendance needs to be taken virtually.  

    When lessons are scheduled to be delivered through digital learning, attendance is still required. Teachers track virtual attendance in a variety of ways, and technology tools facilitate the confirmation of a student's participation in digital learning. Teachers can identify who is in attendance by whether they:

    • Complete assignments
    • Maintain communication through the sending and receiving of emails and myFatherRyan messages
    • Participate in online discussions
    • Upload images, documents, videos documenting their learning as assigned and/or requested by the teacher
    • Attend a virtual class
    *The above list is not exhaustive.
      
    When learning occurs online, educators will take daily attendance and input it into myFatherRyan.
  • Establish a Learning Routine & Space

    Sustained periods of digital education are successful when students have a routine to follow and a space in which to work and learn.

    As you consider how to support your
     student’s online learning, be clear about the time of day any online video sessions will be held as well as the extent of the assignments your student will be asked to complete. We have asked our teachers to provide 45 minutes of instruction per class as well as assign outside reading and homework. If you are not sure about how much additional time the outside work will take, please ask your student’s teacher(s).  

    Once you have an idea about daily time commitments, plan a schedule for your student to follow. Stick to as predictable a daily routine as possible. Don't forget to include times for breaks and lunch. In addition to developing a daily learning schedule, it is important to identify an at-home learning space. Ideally, this space should have:

    • Your student’s computer device
    • Good lighting
    • Ready access to learning materials and tools
    A dedicated learning space for digital learning should ideally be in a shared area of your home such as the kitchen table, a large kitchen counter, or a desk in a living room or family room.

    When your student's learning space is separate from their bedroom and distanced from a television and other distractions, it sets the expectation and tone that the 
    space is for work and not play.

    Additionally, an online learning space in a shared area allows parents to readily support learning while also monitoring online activity.
     
  • Provide Learning Materials & Tools

    Nothing disrupts a person's ability to do planned tasks more than having to stop and find the materials and tools needed for the task. Digital learning experiences don't just require a device. Students should also have the following materials and tools available to them:

    • Student's Father Ryan laptop
    • Paper, pencils, and/or pens
    • Tools to help you with math, like a calculator
    • Textbooks, composition notebooks, and other necessary curriculum resources provided by your student's teacher
    • Phone or computer with camera for taking pictures of work and/or recording videos of learning demonstrations 
    *The above list is not exhaustive.  
  • Share Learning with Teachers

    Teachers will post all lessons and assignments for each day by 8:00amWork that is required to be submitted and is assigned a due date will be due by 11:59pm on the posted due date. 
     
    All Father Ryan students and parents have accounts through www.myfatherryan.org that allow access to the student’s class pagesStudents should check these accounts daily for messages from their teacher(s) about the daily learning expectations and assignment(s). Educators will also communicate with students about how to share their learning. Students may be asked to:

    • Complete an assessment through myFatherRyan
    • Complete an assessment or assignment through another online program supported by Father Ryan
    • Submit a document through myFatherRyan
    • Take a picture of their work and upload it into myFatherRyan or email it to their teacher
    • Record a video that shows how they are able to do something; email a message summarizing their learning or upload this to myFatherRyan
    • Engage in an online discussion, class, or chat session through myFatherRyan or another online program supported by Father Ryan
    There are many possibilities for how teachers might invite students to share their learning. Parents should be sure they know what their children's teacher(s) expect and support the student as needed. 
  • Build a Daily Schedule

    More and more adults can work remotely and most have daily schedules or routines they use to help them stay focused and on task. Our students are going to need parent support to think about how to establish a regular routine.

    To develop your student's daily schedule, ask them about a typical school day. Consider their ability to stay focused and how long they can reasonably devote their full attention to a task. Work with them to develop a daily schedule based off the classes they have on any given day. Your student's schedule will look different depending upon your family dynamics and your student's personal learning needs. 
     

    Digital learning is just as challenging and rigorous as a day of learning in the classroom. It just happens in a different place. As on Father Ryan’s campus, your student's schedule might be a bit different on each day of the week. There will be certain things such as stretch and nutrition breaks as well as lunchtime that should probably be kept consistent. What might change are the times your child accesses video sessions or online content. The more time your student spends learning virtually, the more you and your student will know what works best in terms of keeping focused, on task, and engaged in meaningful academic endeavors. 
  • Create a Support Network

    When students are asked to engage in digital learning due to circumstances that require our school campus to physically close, Father Ryan recognizes this can pose a hardship on many families. Although students may be restricted from coming to campus, there is no guarantee that parents are able to work virtually from home and therefore be able to supervise their student's learning. Parents are encouraged to think about ways they can support one another during this emerging and changing environment 
     
    This is an opportunity for Ryan Nation to come together to support and love each other in the parent community.
Parent
Resources

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  • Campus Ministry

    This time provides us with a unique opportunity to grow spiritually and requires of us faith, hope, and love.

    • We have the opportunity to pray for those who are most directly affected, especially the poor and vulnerable.
    • We can also pray for the souls of those who have died.
    • We can cast our cares upon the Lord, who loves us more than we know and who will never abandon us in our time of need.

    During this Lenten season, you may want to consider utilizing one or more of the resources below:

    First, you can access a brief daily video from our Chaplain, Fr. Simpson, on the Campus Ministry webpage to start each day with morning prayer as a community. Campus Ministry

    For daily readings, click here.

    To participate in Father Simpson's Mass virtually, click here.

    To pray the rosary online, click here.

    If you have a pastoral need, contact our Dean of Campus Ministry and Student Life Mrs. Elfers or our Chaplain Fr. Simpson.
    elferse@fatherryan.org
    frsimpson@fatherryan.org  

  • Clubs, Organizations and Athletics

    As directed by the Bishop, all school activities, athletic practices and competitions through April 24, 2020, are canceled.

    The life of our school includes many facets, including clubs, organizations, and athletics. While we may not be able to be together by proximity, be sure to continue to remain in contact with your club moderators and coaches as a way to continue to socialize virtually, remain connected, and be prepared for a return when this period of physical separation is over.

    Our coaches and trainers encourage our athletes to stay in shape during this time while practicing the charitable gift of social distancing. Coach Feldman and Coach Sharp share the belief that your physical formation is extremely important during this time. Be on the lookout for team workouts for our student-athletes from their respective coaches. 

    For more information about clubs and organizations, contact Michelle Mast, Student Activities Director, at mastm@fatherryan.org.

    For more information on athletics, contact Ann Mullins '03, Director of Athletics, at mullinsa@fatherryan.org.

    Go Irish!
  • College Counseling - Updated

    We remain excited and ready to support our graduating seniors  during this important time in their preparation for life beyond the halls and campus of Father Ryan.  With the recent physical closing of college and university campuses around the country our students may feel even more anxiety about next steps and communicating with their future school. 

    We also know our juniors are planning college visits and preparing for ACTs and SATs. Many of these tests have been rescheduled, and we encourage these students to visit the College Board website for updates. College Board

    If you have additional questions regarding your status or wish to discuss college admissions with your college counselor, please contact them directly.

    Office Hours:

    Christina Williams: office hours 9:00-11:00am. Available for scheduling a phone or video call from 12:00-2:00pm.

    Adrienne Spraggins: office hours 1:00-3:00pm.  Available for scheduling a phone call or video call from 9:00-11:00am.
     
    Meghan Nordman: office hours 9:00-11:00am. Available for scheduling a phone call or video call from 12:00-2:00pm.


    Christina Williams:  williamschristina@fatherryan.org
    Adrienne Spraggins:  spragginsa@fatherryan.org
    Meghan Nordman:   nordman@fatherryan.org

    The College Counseling Department page of our website will continue to be updated with resources and information for students and families. College Counseling Department
  • Finance Office

    All financial operations will continue during this period, including wages and benefits for employees as they work remotely. Tuition will not be refunded or credited while Father Ryan operates with digital learning. If you have any questions please contact Cathy Turnmyre at turnmyrec@fatherryan.org.
  • Personal Counseling - Updated

    During this time of digital learning, Father Ryan’s Personal Counseling Department will be available to support students’ emotional needs. If your student has an emergent counseling need, we encourage you to contact your student’s primary care physician or outside provider first. All other inquiries can be directed to Rhonda Jones, Director of Personal Counseling, at jonesr@fatherryan.org.  

    The Personal Counseling Department page of our website will continue to be updated with resources and information for students and families. Personal Counseling Department
  • Technology Support

    We all recognize that in the digital learning environment devices and connectivity may not always perform to meet our expectations and needs.  We anticipate these challenges, but want to make sure that students can focus on learning.

    If you are experiencing any difficulties with your Father Ryan laptop and/or Father Ryan's digital learning environment, please complete and submit the form below. Mrs. McGowan will review this and follow up with you directly to solve the problem or direct you to the best person to handle the issue. 

    FRHS Student Technology Help Ticket

Digital Learning FAQs

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  • What will the daily schedule for digital classes look like?

    Our digital learning schedule will mirror our familiar A and B day rotation.

    All classes will resume on Wednesday, March 25 as a B day.
  • How will classes "meet"?

    Teachers will post assignments every day for every class by 8:00am. 

    Students will log in to myFatherRyan to access digital content and materials.

    Students must complete and submit assignments by 11:59pm on the designated due date.
  • Will all classes meet virtually?

    All classes that earn credit will meet. The only class that will not meet is Study Hall.
  • When will teachers be available for questions about assignments?

    All teachers will have posted office hours when students can contact them for any questions, help or clarifications, as needed.  You can find these office hours posted on the Bulletin Board of each class page.
  • How will accommodations be delivered for students in our Cooperative and Academic Support Programs?

    Our Cooperative and Academic Support Programs remains an integral part of Father Ryan's learning community.  For specific questions about your student, please contact Ann Arnold, Coordinator of Cooperative and Academic Support Programs, at arnolda@fatherryan.org.
  • Will AP courses be affected by digital learning?

    The College Board is the governing body for AP courses. Please click here to see the latest information from The College Board.
  • Whom do I contact if I have concerns about a class?

    As indicated in the Parent Student Handbook, questions about your student's academic progress should always be first directed to the teacher of the specific class. If you need further assistance, please contact the department chair. Finally, you may contact Academic Dean Jennifer Anton with any outstanding issues.
  • NEW - What will we do about service hours?

    In light of the necessity of social distancing in order to slow the spread of this virus, all service-learning requirements have been postponed indefinitely. Please do not attempt to serve in the community during digital learning or worry about completing this requirement at this time – this decision may be revised at a later date. A commitment to social distancing is currently the best way to serve those who are poor and vulnerable. Instead, we invite you to consider being intentional about serving your own family at home, an ultimate goal of the Father Ryan High School Service Curriculum.

    “If you want to change the world go home and love your family” – St. Teresa of Calcutta
  • NEW - What if I don't have Internet access at my home?

    Please make sure you have communicated this issue to your teachers.  There are some Internet providers who offer discounts for qualified households. Xfinity from Comcast has a special offer that provides two free months of Internet service, if you qualify.  To learn more and to apply, click here. Frontier Communications also has a discounted Internet service for qualified Tennesseans. Learn more here.