Tonia Lauxman (Ms. T)

    
My name is Tonia Lauxman, 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!  

Awesome Ways to Help Your Student Stay on Track
1) Ensure that your student uses a PLANNER regularly--VERY IMPORTANT--PLEASE SEE INFO BELOW
2) Ask your student to show you their assignments on Google Classroom.
3) Expect your student to check their own grades regularly on Power School.
4) Remind your student to bring a CHARGED CHROMEBOOK to school daily.


THE IMPACT OF PLANNERS AND BINDERS IN A PAPERLESS WORLD
In the last few 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!


Parent Access to Student Assignments and Grades
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 to Google Classroom (provide an e-mail to your student's Trojan Time teacher), the web space where we will complete most of our assignments. I encourage parents to observe student work at home on Google Classroom! To see my lesson plans for your student's class, simply click on the tab, located above my photo.

Feel free to contact me through e-mail!

tlauxman@tps501.org