Weekly News from Dr. Luttrell 8-9-20

Good afternoon Tusculum View family,

Thank you for your attendance to our Drive Through Luau!  It was so wonderful to see all of your smiling faces and hear your laughter.  School isn’t the same without the pitter patter of little feet, children’s laughter, hugs from your little ones, evidence hanging on walls of their learning, and their sweet stories.

Our teachers and staff at Tusculum View have been working hard all summer to prepare for virtual learning.  To most, this is an entirely new experience.  For our elementary age students, they are pioneers in this uncharted world.  How exciting.  How scary. How overwhelming!  Tusculum View and Greeneville City Schools staff are here to help as you experience technical issues, have navigation questions, feel overwhelmed, or simply just don’t know what to do.  Tutorial videos are available to help navigate your student’s Canvas course. 

Check out the link below!

Canvas Tutorial Video

Parents and guardians, please check your emails daily for updates from teachers. Also, email your student’s teacher if you have any issues logging in, connecting to Zoom, accessing content.  If you haven’t picked up your student’s “at home” learning kits, please come by the school from 8 – 3, Monday through Friday.

Please practice logging in to Canvas and navigating the site with your student and those who will be helping your student during the school day so you all can become more familiar with locations and content. For instance, in 3rd grade student schedules are posted on the “Synchronous Learning Schedule” page on Canvas.

Zoom schedules are posted on the home page of your student’s Canvas course. Please login and check those today to plan for tomorrow.  Students should be logged into Canvas in the morning between 8:15-8:30 according to their schedule that teachers communicated with you.  Then click the Monday button to see the agenda for the day. This will give you time to possibly watch the daily message and prepare for your student’s first Zoom meeting. Students will click the Zoom link when it is time to join the meeting. Grades 3-5 will need to check your email to know which is their first class and log into that course first.

Helpful Canvas Hints

  • Restart your computer to make sure updates install (we are pushing out lots of updates, so please do this daily)
  • Login to your computer by 8:15
  • Go to Launchpad
  • Click on Canvas
  • Click Dashboard
  • Click Teacher’s Course
  • Click on Daily Message
  • Click Monday at the Bottom
  • Continue this for each day of the week
  • Don’t forget about Special Classes (separate course on Dashboard)
  • Assignments are available at 8 am each Monday and due the following Sunday at midnight.   
    • August 10th by 8 am – Assignments posted
    • August 16th by midnight – Assignments are due
  • Attendance is taken through participation in Canvas

All live sessions are recorded in case you missed the scheduled time.  You will be counted present if you watch the videos at a later time.

Greeneville City Schools Help Desk

During at home learning, our support specialists are offering remote support.  Hours for support are 8:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M. on weekdays.  Our support specialists will monitor the helpdesk queue during the weekend to provide support as needed.  If you don’t see the button for “Live Chat”, leave a message and someone will contact you to resolve your issue. Ignore the session code when trying to live chat.

To receive assistance, please click the link below.  One of our support specialists will begin a session as quickly as possible.

GCS Remote Help

Below is the Greeneville City Schools Online Learning and EDGE Online Academy Handbook.  You will find helpful information, guidelines, and expectations for our virtual environment.

https://www2.gcschools.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1148285&type=d&pREC_ID=1880691

Give yourself a pat on the back. You made it through Friday.  We will make it through this week. If you have questions, please reach out to us.  Don’t let yourself get frustrated and feel you can’t do this.  You can.  We can do it together. 

Keep yourself healthy!


Dr. Luttrell