MASD ONLINE LEARNING
Coordinator of Student Services/PreK Counts/Online Learning
Ms. Pamela Gordon
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Full-Time Teaching Staff
Kindergarten – 5th Grade
Teacher – Mrs. Zannikos
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6th – 12th Grade Homeroom
Teacher – Mrs. Hegedus
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History of MASD Online Learning-
McKeesport Area School District’s online program began in 2005. All students in Kindergarten through 12th grade have had the option to attend school in person or virtually since that time. Until 2018, Edmentum asynchronous programs were the only products that were selected for online students because the programs aligned with the PA standards that are taught in our schools.
Edmentum is actually a part of the rich history of PLATO, an original pioneer in online learning, which was invented in 1960 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. PLATO, now known as Edmentum Courseware was an answer to a pressing need for greater access to high-quality education.
Edmentum is the leading provider of K-12 digital curriculum, assessments, and services to 43,000 schools in all 50 states and over 100 countries worldwide. We partner with educators to create instructional technology that is proven, easy-to-use, individualized, and aligned to state standards.
Current Information about MASD Online Learning-
Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade participate in the elementary online program. The elementary program is synchronous and asynchronous. The elementary online program is a combination of live instruction along with a variety of different online learning programs. There are two teachers assigned to the elementary program. Students in the elementary portion of the online program are required to participate in the daily online live lessons as well as complete the work that has been assigned to them in Google classroom.
Students in grades 6 through 12 utilize Edmentum Courseware to complete course work. Edmentum Courseware is an asynchronous online program. The school day for grade 6 -12 online learner is 12 midnight until 11:59pm. Students in grades 6-12 are expected to log in daily and successfully complete assignments. There are minimum time requirements assigned to different grade levels. It should be noted that students that work consistently for 3 hours daily are more successful in the online program. The students can message their online teachers at anytime to communicate questions or to receive feedback.
MASD Online Learning is connected to every school. Students are still permitted to participate in extracurricular activities held at the school. Parents can contact the building school counselor at any time to request academic information or to set up a face-to-face meeting.
The building counselors are listed below:
McKeesport Area School District Counselors
Francis McClure Elementary
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Twin Rivers Elementary
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade -
3rd – 5th Grade
Founders Hall Middle School
6th Grade L -Z & 8th Grade
6th Grade A-K & 7th Grade
McKeesport High School
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