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Information for Admitted eSummer Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to eSummer at Phillips Academy! As we near our start date of June 27, 2022, please continue to revisit this page as we will use this space to share updates, as well as information you may have received by e-mail. Below is all of the information you might need to prepare for your summer.

  • Beginning in early June, eSummer faculty will release the baseline assessments, designed to gather information about current skill levels to inform the creation of a Personalized Learning Plan.
  • By June 15th, all eSummer students will receive an email from our Office of Information Technology providing you with your Andover email address and login credentials. These will be accompanied by instructions for how to set up your Andover account, log into our intranet, and access your courses in our system.
  • On June 22nd, eSummer student orientation will officially launch. All students can expect to receive an email from their eSummer teacher(s) with instructions for how to access their course(s) and how to complete the Student Orientation module. There will be a set of required activities that must be completed within the first week of the program, including signing up for a 1:1 Learning Conference during the week of June 28th.
  • On June 27th, eSummer courses will officially launch. All students will have a synchronous class meeting at some point that day, at a time and Zoom link published on the course home page and in communications sent from each eSummer faculty member.
  • Between June 27th and July 29th, students should expect to devote roughly 15 hours per week to eSummer course work. The majority of this will be completed independently, though students should expect between 3-5 hours of synchronous learning activities (1-2 full-group class meetings, 1-2 small-group workshops, 1:1 Learning Conferences with teachers, drop-in office hours, etc.) - the specific schedules of synchronous learning activities will vary by course and teacher, and will be coordinated and publicized during the first week of the course.
  • By August 16, eSummer students can expect to receive their narrative comments and mastery ratings for the Learning Goals on which they chose to focus their work during the summer. Additionally, at that point the eSummer Exhibition of Learning will launch, allowing families and friends to peruse the work that students completed over the summer and to view their final portfolio submissions.


Have questions?

Participate in a Town Hall Webinar on Thursday, May 19th at 7:30pm EDT to hear more from our Director about what you can expect this summer. Access the link here.

You can also always contact our Andover Summer office at [email protected]

If you have questions about technology, access issues, or require support with any of the sites listed below, you can contact the Technology Help Desk at [email protected]

Over the course of the summer, students can expect weekly communication from the eSummer Coordinator and Director of Summer Session, along with opportunities to engage in virtual social events and leadership opportunities. Families should also expect to receive weekly communication from program leaders, though any questions or concerns about individual student performance should be directed to faculty members. Since all students will receive a weekly Learning Tracker document that summarizes the feedback they have received during their 1:1 Learning Conference with their teacher, and which articulates their personalized work plan for the week, families should feel empowered to review that document to stay up-to-date on students' progress toward their learning goals. The scale below is used to document students' mastery levels, and the final assessment of student performance will provide a rating and narrative comments in each selected learning goal or Habit of Learning.

Technical Requirements

In order to participate effectively in our online courses this summer, all students will need access to an internet-connected device (i.e. computer, tablet, phone) on which they can type, record video and audio, download content, and access information. They will need to be working with a relatively recent internet browser (the last 2 versions). Reliable internet service and the ability to access Academy webpages are also technical requirements for participation. Specific guidance for the requirements relating to Canvas, the Academy's learning management system, can be found here. Additionally, Microsoft Office 365 and the Adobe Creative Cloud will be made available to anyone with an andover.edu email address. Operating system requirements are Windows 8.1 or higher for Microsoft Office and Windows 10 for Adobe Creative Cloud, or any of the three most recent versions of macOS (currently 10.13 through 10.15). Browser requirements are the most recent version of the major browsers.

PAnet

PAnet, Phillips Academy’s intranet, will become active for eSummer students on June 22nd, 2022. This site will provide links to all of your pertinent information, such as your class schedule, grades and instructor comments, campus news, academic resources, and most importantly, your My Mail link (at the top of the page). Through the My Mail link, you will gain access to your school email/inbox, OneDrive storage, and Microsoft Office applications. You will use the same username and password to access all of these options, which will be shared with you in a separate communication.

Important: Although we have been communicating with you thus far via your personal email address, from June 27th forward we will only use your new Andover email address for eSummer communications. Please check your Andover email regularly, especially throughout the summer.

Canvas

Canvas, Phillips Academy’s Learning Management System, is the platform for all eSummer courses. It is accessible through PAnet, at the top of the page next to My Mail, and uses the same username and password. Upon entering Canvas, you will see a tile with the name of the course in which you are enrolled (those students taking more than one class will see more than one tile). By clicking on your course, you can enter and begin exploring the content and resources, particularly the Student Orientation section. Canvas courses will not be accessible to students until Wednesday, June 22nd.

Baseline Assessments

All courses will require each student to complete a baseline assessment to assist in the development of an appropriate Personalized Learning Plan, which will guide your work over the course of the five weeks. These baseline assessments must be completed by the end of the day on Monday, June 27. Baseline assessments are available through Canvas, in the Student Orientation module for your class, and are designed to take no more than 2 hours.

Preparing for eSummer

As you prepare for your eSummer experience, we recommend you take the following steps:

  • Ensure you can use your Andover credentials to log into PAnet, and that from there you can access your Andover email and Canvas course(s).
  • Bookmark PAnet, Canvas, your Andover email and OneDrive pages in your browser, for easy access throughout the summer.
  • Practice using Zoom, Flipgrid, and Padlet - these are 3 of the most common eSummer applications. Making sure you know how to download a document, make adjustments, save it, and then upload it to Canvas will also go far!
  • Set aside at least 2 hours on Monday, June 28th to complete your baseline assessment(s).
  • Be on the lookout for an email from your teacher in late June with instructions for your first synchronous course meeting on Monday, June 27th.
  • Download any necessary software or electronic texts required for your course(s) (specific information will be shared through the email from your instructor)
  • Reflect on your own goals for the summer - when August arrives, and you are looking back on the experience, what do you want to have achieved? What will make you consider the summer a success?

More eSummer Resources: