SFDS Goes Virtual


 On Tuesday, March 17, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy (SFDSCA) went live.

They began teaching remotely. SFDSCA is a one-to-one device school. Each student from grades Pre-K through eight has either a Google Chromebook or an iPad. The day started with Principal Dr. Chris Scharbach Ed.D, reciting the prayer, pledge, and morning announcements, as per usual. Then, each grade logs on to either Classroom Dojo or Google Calendar, where they are engaged in online learning, through either Google Zoom or Google Meets. Each student follows a daily schedule that closely mimics their usual routine. Starting next week, Art, Spanish, and Physical Education will also be added to the daily online curriculum. The link: SFDS@home on the school’s website outlines all the necessary information for virtual learning.

Next week, The Rockaway Times will showcase the exemplary work of Dr. Scharbach, Assistant Principal Megan Faughnan, and the three separate age groups of teachers (Pre-K-2nd, 3rd-4th, and 5th-8th). Each team of teachers has created their own online syllabus for their students. Live streaming of weekly masses from St. Francis de Sales Parish starts tonight, Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m., to celebrate the Feast Day of St. Joseph.

By Marina Cregan