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Welcome,
 
I apologize for a rather simple web site, but it's purpose is to simply provide parents and students with information I believe you want to know.  Any information you wish to obtain that I do not provide should be requested by contacting me through email or phone.
       email address:  martinjohnson@cusd.com
       phone number: 327 - 1000 (ext. 71420)
       web site: http://
       calendar - daily assignments: https://zangleweb01.clovisusd.k12.ca.us/parentconnect/
                                                   and Class News listed below Clovis High's School News.
 
If you scroll down, you will find the following questions addressed
     1. What is my child learning and being assigned to do inyour class?
     2. Should my child have a textbook at home?
     3. Should my child have homework?
     4. How do I check my child's current grade?
     5. What must my child do to be successful in the class?
     6. My child is not doing well in school, what can I do?
     7. Who is Mr. Johnson?
     8. What is Mr. Johnson's philosophy regarding teaching and education?
 
What is my child learning and being assigned to do in your class?
     a. Go to Zangle - Parent Connect and look at "Class News"
     b. CW: This is what we are doing in class.
     c. HW: This is what the students are expected to do at home.
     d. The week's events are described in a narrative format with
         emphasis on home work and upcoming assignments, tests
         and due dates.
 
Should my child have a textbook at home?
     a. NO,  I have a class set of textbooks.
     b. If a child needs to use a book at home, they are to check on out from the textbook
         room before and after school.  The book is returned when the student completes the
         assignment.
     c. Any student wishing to check out a textbook for the semester may do so.
 
Should my child have homework?
     a. YES, but not nightly and not for hours on end.
     b. Students will usually have HW 2-3 times a week.
     c. Students are allowed multiple evenings to work on large assignments that
         require time at home.
     d. Not all of my HW requires a textbook, notes and handouts can often be used.
     e. Students usually need to study the information presented in class.
         This is the HW that is often the most over looked.
         Students can:  1. Write out flash cards.
                              2. Rewrite notes.
                              3. Reread the textbook.
                              4. Can reread notes and hand outs.
                              5. Students can draw visuals of the concepts and terms being studied.
                              6. Students can take the information from my class and try and connect
                                  it to something similar they already know.
                              7. Students need to revisit (study) new information and terms 6-7 times
                                  before it actually stays in the memory for any length of time.
     
     
      How do I check my child's current grade?
                        1. web site: https://zangleweb01.clovisusd.k12.ca.us/parentconnect/
                            You will need to obtain a password from our main office.
                            See our registrar
                        2. Have your child pick up a "Progress Report" from the counseling office any day
                            of the week. The students take the Progress Report to their teachers on
                            FRIDAY ONLY. At the end of the day, your child should have their grade from
                            each class and any comments the teacher wrote.  In my case, I will staple a
                            current grade print out to the Progress Report.
                        3. Contact me by phone.
                        4. Contact me by email.
 
     What must my child do to be successful in the class?
              1. Take ownership of their own success.
              2. Make academics a daily priority, but balance school work with the rest of their life.
              3. Be in class!  More than 2-3 absences a semester is a large amount, especially if the
                 absences fall on a 2 hour block class. (Wednesday - Thursday)
              4. Fill out their planner daily and check it nightly.
              5. Keep binders, backpacks, and all school materials organized. Students must have a
                 specific location for all their assignments and class materials. Materials from each
                 class must be kept together in a binder for just that subject or a section of a binder.
              6. Turn in all large assignments.
              7. Earn at least a "C" or at the lowest a "D" on all tests and quizzes. This means
                  students must study at home.
              8. Look over new material-information a little bit every day, rather than wait until the
                  night before the test and cram for 2 hours.  Data shows that the average student
                  studies for 15 minutes or less for a unit test over 2-4 weeks of material.
                  15 minutes is not long enough!
              9. Be on time, in dress code and participate in the class.
              10. Have a purpose for being in school - connect school to the rest of their life.
              11. Complete the 3-5 minute Country Speech. This occurs the last 3 weeks of the
                   semester.
              12. Pass the Final with at least a 60% score.
              13. Complete the "newspaper project" 
 
  My child is not doing well in school, what do I do?
      1. First you must decide if this is a new issue or a continuing one.
           A. If the issue is new, your child may just need help adjusting to the fast pace of high
               school. A little daily monitoring of your child's planner and work completion will greatly
               help out. The use of Friday Progress reports to check on grades will also help. There is
               also a reality of 1-2 hours of homework nightly depending on the difficulty of your
               child's classes (ie) college prep and their reading and writing levels.  
 
              B. If the issue is a continuing one from middle school, you must now break multiple
                  years of poor academic habits. A continuing issue is if your child was earning multiple
                  C's, D's or F's in middle school. Below are a few suggestions:
                         1. Remember the behavior will not change over night.
                         2. The behavior will only change if it becomes a daily focus of all involved.
                         3. Develop rewards for appropriate academic results and consequences if your
                            child falls short.
                         4. Be very clear with your child, let them know exactly what you expect.
                         5. Check your child's planner daily. It should be filled out for all academic
                             subjects with CW (class work) and HW (home work). Check my web site to
                             see what my CW and HW are. Be sure the planner is detailed and neat. You
                             should be able to read your child's planner and know what they have for HW
                             as well as when upcoming tests are.
                               6. Check your child's backpack and binders for neatness and organization.
                         7. Have daily discussions about school with your child. Ask questions that
                             require your child to respond in complete sentences that describe or explain
                             something to you. Do not ask questions that allow a yes, no, maybe or good
                             as an answer.
                         8. Know your child's courses and the teachers of those courses by name. This
                            will make school discussions easier to carry out.
                         9. Realize that students taking college prep courses will often have 1-2 hours of
                            homework nightly and homework on weekends at times. If your child is not in
                            college prep courses they too should have an hour of home work on a regular
                            basis. The amount of HW will also depend on how well your child reads and
                            writes.
                       10. Do not be afraid to sit down with your child and assist them in getting
                            started with their HW, help them prioritize what to do first.
                       11. If your child says they have no HW, check their planner, backpack, etc.
                            If they really do not have HW, they may do one or all of the following for an
                            hour.        * Teach you something they learned that day.
                                           * They can rewrite notes from a course.
                                           * They can reread a textbook section, notes or handouts.
                                           * They can write out flash cards to study. (vocabulary cards)
                       12. Remember that HW is more than just completing an assignment that is blank.
                       13. Monitor your child's academic progress with the Friday Progress Report
                            process described up above.
                       14. Contact your child's teachers, phone or email.
                       15. Meet with your child's counselor.
                       16. Help your child develop a regular time and place to complete homework.
                            Create a routine. Also insure that your child has a quiet area to work.
                       17. Quiet area means no: TV, phone, loud conversations or music with lyrics.
                            music without lyrics is helpful.
                       18. Help your child connect school to the rest of their life. Help them develop a
                            purpose for coming to school.
                       19. Try to get your child involved in something other than the computer or
                            phone. Try a school team or club
                       20. Know who your child hangs out with and know what type of students those
                            individuals are.
                       21. Try to find something to compliment your child about daily. It does not need
                            to be a big thing. We all like to hear, "I'm proud of you."
                       22. Do not give up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Who is Mr. Johnson?
     My full name is Martin Lee Johnson and I am currently 51 years old. I was born and raised
     in Fresno California. My mother was an immigrant from Germany and my family as a whole
     was a lower middle class family. I include the information about my family because my past
     has helped create my teaching philosophy and philosophy in life. I have been married for
     over 25 years and have two daughters. Both daughters attended schools in CUSD and I
     understand the parent's perspective of having very active kids in CUSD. For enjoyment, I
     like to travel with my family. We have a travel trailer which we often take to the coast. I
     also enjoy playing golf, fishing, working in my yard and simply spending time with my wife
     and daughters. Family is VERY important to me.
 
     My teaching experiences have carried a span of over 28years. I started teaching at age
     23, in 1985. I have taught, basic math, AVID, US History, World History, and Geography.
     I have sponsored History Day students and all levels of class clubs here at CHS. I also
     spent my first years coaching swimming for one and golf for over 10 years. I finally ended
     my time in coaching to spend more time with my family, not because I nolonger enjoyed
     working with young people. I currently work with new teachers in our district under a
     program referred to as BTSA.  I have enjoyed teaching since day 1 and have no plans to
     leave the class room at this time.
 
What is Mr. Johnson's philosophy regarding education and teaching?
     My philosophy in education and teaching has been formed by over 20 years of experience
     teaching kids of all backgrounds, raising 2 daughters of my own and working with both of
     them in the completion of their school work and the experience of a mother who came to
     this country understanding very little English. I strongly believe that all kids can learn with
     the appropriate instruction, motivation and support.  As a teacher I am responsible for all
     instruction, motivation and support. I believe that parents are responsible for helping
     motivate  and support their child. Things parents can do are outlined up above in another
     section on how to help your child if they are struggling in school.
 
     To support my students I realize that students never stop learning the processes necessary
     to complete the tasks that teachers give them. As a result of this, I teach the following
     things along with the curriculum content standards in my subject: Use of the planner and
     time management, note taking, strategies to use while studying for tests, the writing
     process, how to read a high school textbook, and how the brain actually learns. I also
     believe that all of our kids need teachers that coach their students on how to do the
     assignments rather than just tell the students to complete an assignment.
 
     The final issue in teaching my class is helping the students connect my content and all the
     things I ask them to do in class to the real world. I believe the character and work ethic
     we instill in kids is often just as important as the content. I open the semester with a lesson
     on, "Would you be hired or fired?" I show my students the 50 top reasons why people lose a
     job or do not even get hired. The majority of the reasons stated involve the person's
     character and work ethic. I also remind my students that I know successful people that
     never attended college and I know people that are not so successful and they went to
     college. The issue in both cases is not the person's textbook education, but their character
     and work ethic.
   
 
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