WELCOME TO SIXTH GRADE AT AMD!

We are so excited to start this new year with you! This year will be like no other before and we'll be relying heavily on technology! Each student at AMD should have school-issued Chromebook.

  • Google Classroom will be our Go-to place for checking in anytime you are not at AMD. Student assignments and instructions for both English and Social Studies will generally be posted on the Google Classroom. The top of the page lists the usual Google Meet for class each day. In the stream, however, students will find invitations to Google Meets for smaller lessons, small group work and conferring with teacher, so it's important to check the stream frequently.

  • Students are expected to be engaging with their classes five days a week whether in person or in Google Meets.

  • This is the Family Tech page with resources and instructions on how to do everything from logging in at home to using Google Classroom and Gmail.

PARENT INFORMATION:

  • If parents would like to be invited to their child's Google Classroom for notifications, send an email to either dburden@ossiningufsd.org or cmercorella@ossiningufsd.org

  • Here's a great article on the organizational skills kids need in middle school: How to Help Middle School Students Develop Crucial Skills This Year

  • Let's READ! Need books? Complete this form and your books will be ready for you shortly. Book bundles can be delivered right to your classroom or home! Please note, if being delivered to your home, it may take longer. You can opt to pick them up at your school too!

  • Parent conferences can be scheduled through the guidance counselor, Maria Riviero at Mriviero@ossiningufsd.org

  • Families should see below for guidelines and expectations for students and families during synchronous Google Meets.

AMD LIBRARY

Click here to access the AMD library website to reserve a book using the book request form and have it delivered to your classroom.

Ossining UFSD Virtual Classroom Etiquette

This is a virtual classroom, therefore, appropriate classroom behavior is expected.

  • Log into your class or meeting from a distraction-free, quiet environment.

  • Please keep your audio on mute until you want to speak. This will help to limit background noise.

  • Consider using a headset with an external mic for best hearing and speaking capabilities, as well as keeping live sessions private to your class.

  • Close unneeded applications on your computer to optimize the video quality.

  • If you would like to speak or answer a question, use the chat room to let your teacher know you would like to speak. Then unmute yourself after you are called on by your teacher.

  • When you are speaking, let others know that you are finished by saying something like, “That’s all,” or “I’m done,” or “Thank you,” so that everyone knows you have finished your comments.

  • If you would like to use the chat feature, remember that it is public, and a record of the chat is kept and archived.

  • Keep paper and a pen or pencil handy to take notes.

  • Make sure your video is on (if you have camera capabilities) so your teacher and peers can see you.

  • Be mindful of your background lighting. If you are sitting with your back to a window, you may be silhouetted by the light coming through. Your overhead light might also need to be adjusted for the best image quality.

  • Please take care of your personal needs (appropriate dress, basic hygiene, eating, chewing gum, talking to others in your home, etc.) prior to entering a Google Meet.

  • No recording of screens or taking pictures without permission.

  • Please do not use profanity or inappropriate language.

  • Remember to sign out or “leave the meeting” when the session is finished.

Family Parameters for Safe & Secure Synchronous Instruction

  • Please refrain from taking photographs or video of students or educators engaged in live instruction or virtual learning. Any distribution or sharing (even among family) compromises the privacy of all involved.

  • Please try your best to encourage your child to use a space that is conducive to learning, free of distractions, and to the extent possible, free of background noise or activity.

  • Please respect the learning space and established learning communities and norms of each classroom. Please do not peek over shoulders (unless helping) and please do not ask questions on behalf of your son or daughter. (feel free to contact your child’s teacher as you would ordinarily do otherwise)