Tonia Lauxman (Ms. T)

My name is Tonia Lauxman, otherwise known as Ms.T, and I will be teaching English 9, Creative Writing, and Latino Literature this year.  I've been working in our district since 2011, and continue to look forward to each new group of students that arrive. Prior to teaching, I earned my BA in English from the University of Kansas, and completed the education program at Washburn University. T-High has the best staff and students, the most school spirit, and the most beautiful building in the district.  I’m very excited to be a part of the great tradition that is Topeka High School!    All of our students received updated Chromebooks this year, and I look forward to finding new applications to engage my students in their lessons!  In my classroom, we will be using our Chromebooks for many of the tasks that were once paper and pencil only; doing our part to protect the environment, and to prepare students for success in a global society!

Parent Tools for Tracking Student Progress
You and your student have daily access to Power School (you can choose to receive updates via e-mail or phone), where you can keep track of assignments and grades. Parents also have access Google Classroom updates this year (provide an e-mail to your student's teacher), the web space where we will complete most of our assignments. I encourage parents to observe at home how students are working using this amazing new tool! To see the assignment calendar for your student's class, simply click on the tab, located above my photo. When essays are submitted through Google Classroom, I am able to view, comment, make editing suggestions, and send all of that wonderful feedback back to your student. Providing every student with a laptop is a revelation in teaching. As parents, I hope you ask your student to show you the wonderful essays they produce!

Important Suggestions for Helping Your Student Keep Track of Their Own Progress
In the last two years we have stopped issuing paper planners to students, in keeping with our efforts to go paperless and protect our environment.  While that was an excellent decision, as a teacher of freshman I have noticed that my students are arriving without any organizational tools to keep track of assignments/activities/etc.  To support your student's success in high school and beyond, please help them choose a planning style.  Traditional paper planners work for some, some like to use their phone applications, but ALL students have a built in Google Calendar on their Chromebook that is easy to use.  I highly recommend taking some time to make sure your student has a type of planner, and perhaps requiring a weekly check at home to be sure they are recording assignments and responsibilities every day.  Your student will also benefit tremendously if they carry a simple means of keeping paper handouts (like a binder with eight pocket folders).  As a parent, please support your student by teaching them to be an organized self advocate!

Feel free to contact me through e-mail!