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How to Get an A!

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  • 1st Meeting September 12th

  1. Please Download the REMIND free APP  and enter you class code provided on the first day of class.

  2. Get class syllabus signed and put in your 3 ring binder by September 10th. 

  3. Study for Geography Test on  9/13

Classroom Cell Phone Policy
I'ts simple...please keep cell phones away off desk, not between legs, behind books,  and generally out of view.  I'll ask and remind two times then school policy will be enacted. 

A 2014 study, from the University of Maine, discovered that the mere presence of a cell phone was sufficiently distracting, and produced diminished deficits in task-performance, especially for tasks with greater attention and cognitive demands.

The two studies found that a 20% reduction in productivity occurred with just having the cell phone is sight!!!!  So even if its not yours and its in view it hurts your learning and frankly others. WOW! Even I was shocked at this study. So......., because I want you and your peers to be the best learners,  you can be, we won't have them on our desk in class. 

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New Study on the importance of high school grades and how they equally predict student success in college (when compared to students who took SAT).  

Education Pays! See Chart

Yes, it is worth it to go to college... BUT......
you have to be economically smart about it. Where are the jobs going to be?  Is the major  
employable? Do I want to leave NJ? The Jersey Shore? Where can I get a job? Are internships available near my college? Can I get the degree (and a job) and live at home to save money? Do I understand college loans? Do I know what the average student debt is for 4 years of college?

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Real World Skills for Success

Class of 2020 NJ DOE High School 
      Updated 2016 HS Graduation Requirements

  • Please encourage your child to check their
    grades online several times a week to stay on top of missing work, or catch up with missed work when absent. 
  • Please encourage your child to come talk to me before you email. I am a very flexible and approachable teacher :) and I want to help them take charge of their academics. 

  • They need to study for Unit Tests. They tend to shake up grades dramatically, and it is important they learn to study for tests. 
  • I do not give out spoon fed review sheets so I will show them how to study. It is an academic skill and they will improve as the year goes on. 

After School Help/Teacher Contact
  • I'm after school every day,  just ask. Tips for Success
  • I encourage them to study with me after school before all large unit tests. They tend to shake up the grades,  to it is very important that they study for them.

  • They can practice online quizzes to help with basic facts and concepts for each unit we are in.
    I remind text them quiz links so ensure they are signed up for the REMIND APP texts. 
    • See 1st Unit of year example here
  • Please try to encourage students to email me questions. I will answer. We want them to communicate and take greater responsibility of their academics. They can use their Southern email. Their password is their student PC log-on for school. 

Parent Communication
  • Email me for the parent code for Remind Texts. I only text to class reminders for large assignments that would shift grades dramatically.  

  • I will send one - two MP emails with grade sheet attached updating you on classwork and coming assessments. You do not need to sign grade sheet, it's just for you to look at. 
Visit Southern Calendar for upcoming events, end of Marking Period and testing schedules

Curriculum Standards Taught
  NJ DOE has recently moved away from Common Core Standards and is now using the 2016/17 NJ Core Standards, however, we will still be using the NJ PARCC assessments this year. 
Getting Ready for PARCC Assessments