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Headwaters at Home: Distance Learning Resources

Welcome to Headwaters at Home: Distance Learning Resources

Welcome to Headwaters at Home Distance Learning Resource page. This page is meant to help you find the materials and resources you will need to participate in distance learning while Headwaters School campuses are closed in response to COVID-19. 

The information on this page is general and will help you locate your classroom's resources while providing some answers to questions you may have as we start distance learning. Please see the headers below for each program.

Headwaters School will keep our campuses closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year in accordance with State Executive Orders. We will continue Headwaters at Home distance learning. 

Springs Distance Learning

Our aim is to create a Montessori-based framework that serves our students while supporting parents as we all adapt to a different daily routine. It is important to us that the children’s activity during this time be enjoyable, thoughtful, challenging, and rewarding.


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  • How do I find my child's information?

    While campuses are closed, you can expect the following from your classroom guides:
    • Schedules and plans will be sent as a Nest News item on a daily basis . Starting tomorrow morning, check your inboxes for a notification from the Nest with a link to your child's schedule. 
    • Lessons and activities that don't require Montessori materials at home. There is no need to purchase Montessori materials.
    • Days will consist of academic, non-academic, movement lessons, storytime, and other activities. 
    • You can also access these details by visiting the Bulletin Board for your child's class.

    The structure of the schedule will be basically the same each day, as I know how important routine is for children. The things that will change are the various lessons and activities in the work period. Guides are coordinating classroom synchronous time slots (like Afternoon Circle Meetup via Zoom and Movement). Lead Guides are preparing parent informational materials, as well. Guides will share classroom schedules with you via email.
  • Past Springs Communications

  • YCC & Primary Sample Handbook & Schedule

  • Curated Educational Resources

    Based on parent feedback, Creek Guide and parent Erica Hudgeons has been assembling and curating a list of educational, easily accessible, and entertaining resources to help families while parents are trying to work from home.
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  • Springs Campus is Closed

    Campus will be closed during the period of distance learning. If you need to retrieve something from campus, you will need to set up a time with Bridget or Susie to do so. Either may be able to meet you and let you into a building to retrieve your items.

Creek Distance Learning

Our elementary guides have created synchronous and asynchronous learning learning with a schedule that includes time spent guides guides for lessons, friend groups, and smaller learning groups. Guides are also providing a suggested schedule of the day, work plans, work choices, and a designated time for children to meet via Zoom with their guides and classmates. 

Our Specials Guides are also creating activities and lessons each week on their Bulletin Boards for added enrichment.


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  • How do I find my child's information?

    While campuses are closed you can expect the following: 
    • Your classroom guides emailed parents detailing a suggested daily schedule, curated work options, resources, and meeting times. We intend to provide structure, opportunities to connect, and to keep things simple. Work options will engage children beyond screens.
    • Classroom guides will email you each morning to check in and will provide you opportunities to consult with them. 
    • Soon we will add this information to your classroom Bulletin Board in the Nest, which will be a great hub for information with Weekly Outlines, Recorded Zoom Conferences, and Screencast links.
    • Specials guides and Creativity Club guides are working on activities and recorded lessons which will be made available next week. In the meantime, you can access guides reading stories here.
  • Past Creek Communications

  • Creek Campus is Closed

    Campus will be closed during the period of distance learning. If you need to retrieve something from campus, you will need to set up a time with Jote to do so. Jote may be able to meet you and let you into a building to retrieve your items.
  • Curated Educational Resources

    Based on parent feedback, Creek Guide and parent Erica Hudgeons has been assembling and curating a list of educational, easily accessible, and entertaining resources to help families while parents are trying to work from home. 
    Read More

River Distance Learning

For students on the River Campus, distance learning will entail a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. In brief, we will be holding regular class meetings online while also giving students space to learn and work on their own. The intention of our approach to distance learning is to maintain a semblance of regularity, class cohesion, and valuable interaction that creates dynamic education--all of which we value and have maybe taken for granted until recently--while honoring the current need for social distancing


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  • Past River Communications

  • Where do I find my child's Information?

    Students will see Google Calendar invites to first day classes early next week--they should 'accept' those invitations and notice the included links to classes. They should also navigate to their Google Calendar, where they will see each course meeting populate (complete with a Zoom link in the description). Parents may need to assist students with this initial set up. 

    Beginning on Thursday, March 26 , and running through Friday, April 3, students will follow a more traditional A-Day and B-Day schedule. That schedule can be found here. This schedule provides two synchronized meetings per class, per week. It also provides a Flex Day format on Wednesdays when guides will be available online for one-to-one tutoring, workshopping, or questions. You will also note established times for online office hours. Students should email guides directly to set up meetings for office hours or on Flex Day.  

    Over the course of our foray into distance learning, we will use the Nest for continued communication of assignments, schedule, kudos, academic concerns, etc. For synchronous classes we will be using Zoom, a well known video conferencing platform that is working with schools as we navigate this situation. Students do not need a Zoom account to attend class sessions, all they need to do is click the link in their Google Calendar Event. 
     
  • River Distance Learning FAQ

    This short note is an introduction as we begin this journey together and we are sure there are still questions in the air. Please take time to read through this River Distance Learning FAQ with your student, and if you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
  • Schedules for Middle and High School

    On Wednesday, March 25, River Campus will begin distance learning with a one-day schedule intended to allow guides and students to touch base and interact online. A sort of 'welcome back' day, it will give each of us the opportunity to test out our gear, make sure we understand how to connect, and identify any hiccups in the plan. The schedule for the first day back and additional information for students can be found here. Students will see Google Calendar invites to first day classes early next week--they should ‘accept’ those invitations and notice the included links to classes. They should also navigate to their Google Calendar, where they will see each course meeting populate (complete with a Zoom link in the description). Parents may need to assist students with this initial set up. 

    Beginning on Thursday, March 26, and running through Friday, April 3, students will follow a more traditional A-Day and B-Day schedule. That schedule can be found here. This schedule provides two synchronized meetings per class, per week. It also provides a Flex Day format on Wednesdays when guides will be available online for one-to-one tutoring, workshopping, or questions. You will also note established times for online office hours. Students should email guides directly to set up meetings for office hours or on Flex Day.
    Read More
  • Do No Harm Grading Approach

    Click to read this policy below
    Read More
  • River Campus is Closed

    Campus will be closed during the period of distance learning. If you need to retrieve something from campus, you will need to set up a time with Dan to do so. Dan will be able to meet you and let you into a building to retrieve your items.

Resource FAQs

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  • Digital Etiquette

    Her is a short video on video conferencing etiquette. Created by a colleague at Awty International School in Houston, it is an excellent entry point (or reminder) of how to comport ourselves while participating in an online class. Parents are encouraged to view it with their students, too.
  • FAQs for Families in Response to COVID-19

    We have created a FAQ document to answer your questions about the impact of COVID-19 on financial, programmatic, and general questions. Click here to view this living document.
  • How Do I Access a Bulletin Board?

    To access Bulletin Boards for your child(ren), please follow these steps:
    1. Login to the Nest
    2. On the top left, you will see either the name of your child OR the word Children. Click here to access your child’s Progress tab.
    3. Scroll down and under Courses, Activities, or Community, you will see a list of your child’s groups by category The name of the group is hyperlinked and can be clicked. Click the name to get to the Bulletin Board.
  • How Do I Access the Nest?

    Any user can access the nest by going to Headwaters.org and clicking “Nest Login” at the top right or by clicking this link. If you forget your username or password, just click “Need help logging in?” to be guided to a page to recover your username and/or password with just your email.

    Middle and High School students may use the Google Apps for single sign on (SSO).

    If you have further login problems, please reach out to
    it@headwaters.org
  • What are Nest Notification Settings?

    Last summer, we went ahead and opted parents into all pertinent Nest Notification Settings so that we could use the Nest in a useful and effective way with more frequent use of Announcements and News notifications for the various groups you and your child are a part of. For most parents, this is welcome information that is not overwhelming or taxing on your inbox. If you ever need to adjust your notification settings, just follow these steps:
    • On the left, under Account Settings, click Notifications.
    • Here, you can choose the email and the phone number your could receive notifications.
    • Then, in the next section, you will see various types of communications and checkboxes for types of notifications via e-mail or text. If you can’t check a box, it’s because you need to adjust the Setup Options, just click and check the boxes for the groups you wish to receive that specific type of communication.
    • It auto-saves, so you are all set!
    To learn more on how to Set Notification Settings and what settings we suggest, just click here.
  • Why Screencast-O-Matic?

    ASYNCHRONOUS LESSON CREATION

    Guides will use this to narrate/do a voice-over of a lesson, read a book, explain an assignment, and more! This allows guides to give a lesson any time via a link.

    No option for any guests to join. 
  • Why Zoom?

    ASYNCHRONOUS and SYNCHRONOUS MEETING

    We will be using Zoom for classroom meetings. Zoom is a great platform that doesn’t require users to have an account--all you need to do is click a link that your guides will provide.

    In addition, we will also be recording the Zoom sessions for availability after the meeting ends. 
    Those recordings may be available as guides get more familiar with the system.

    Those who do not wish for their children to be video-recorded may opt to attend the meeting with audio only.

Headwaters Helpful Links

Mental Health and Wellness Links

Springs Campus

18 months to Pre-K
6305 Menchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: 512-443-8843

Creek Campus

Elementary School
9607 Brodie Ln.
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: 512-804-2708
Fax: 512-628-4810

River Campus

Middle & High School
807 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-480-8142
Fax: 512-480-0278