PVUSD Supplemental and Educational Resources

Welcome

This site provides supplemental and instructional resources, for students, parents, and teachers. Online instruction will primarily use the following resources of GSuite (Google tools), Google Classroom, WebEx, and Infinite Campus. Teachers may also be contacting you regarding supplemental tools they will be using to support learning.

What you need to know.

  • Due to the statewide closure of all schools, learning must be moved to online and distance learning models. This site provides the starting point for students, parents, and teachers to work together to continue learning.

  • Stay safe by:

    • Practicing good hygiene, including washing hands frequently, coughing and sneezing into your elbow

    • Practicing social distancing by staying at least 6 feet from others

    • Practicing good online hygiene by guarding your password

  • We can't be physically with you, but by using technology and providing delivery of physical resources where needed, ALL students can continue to learn. ALL teachers can continue to teach. ALL schools can continue to function.

What PVSchools is doing about it.

  • PV is providing both online and paper supplemental resources (at select drop locations) beginning the week of March 30.

  • PV will be providing online instruction for most students, and paper resources for some students as needed.

What you need to do about it.

  • Students can securely get to their online communication (Gmail, Google Classroom) and curricular resources at auth.pvschools.net.

  • Teachers and students can then connect online.

  • Some Special Education students and very young children may need help if online resources require authentication. Please see the Parents section below for details regardig usernames and passwords.

Cyber Security and Digital Citizenship

The Internet is wonderful, but use good digital citizenship when accessing it. Be guarded with your password; make sure that link is trusted by hovering over it to make sure you recognize the site; and avoid clicking on links you're unsure of on the web, in social media, from a phone text, or in an email. Stop. Pause. Think.

With the use of district electronic devices at home we would like to remind everyone to practice good on-line/digital citizenship. Have fun, but be safe while learning.

PV's Digital Citizenship initiative is a good place to learn more.

Adopted Curriculum

The resources below serve as the core of the adopted K-12 curriculum. They can only be accessed using a students PVLEARNERS account.

The students MUST log in through the Authentication Portal with their PVLEARNERS account to access District Curriculum.

Authentication portal link=https://sites.google.com/a/pvlearners.net/authentication-portal/?pli=1

English/Language Arts & Science

English/Language Arts

Science

  • Clever: FossWeb (K-8), Lab Aids (7-8), NGL (9-12)

  • Mystery Science (K-5) can log in via Clever after initial set up

  • McGraw Hill:Inspire(7-8), Bio & Physics (9-12)

  • HMH: (Chemistry 9-12)

  • Ed: (Earth Science 9-12)

Math, Social Studies & World Language

Math

Social Studies

  • McGraw Hill: History, Economics, Government (7-12)

  • Clever: EverFi (K-12), iCivics (4-12)

World Language

  • Clever: Vista (K-12 Spanish, 11-12 French)

  • HMH: French (7-12)

Supplemental Resources

Along with core resources and adopted curriculum, students and teachers may also be using the below resources.

Additionally, teachers will be in contact with students who are gifted, have individual education plans (IEPs), or are second language learners with specific resources.

Resources for student PV accounts

EdTech Apps and Portals

PV's Data Governance and Cyber Security Task Force reviews apps using several resources including, a ranking system developed by Common Sense Media. Rankings are provided below. Pass /Warning are acceptable as concluded by the task force.
  • Google Classroom (Pass/88%)

  • FlipGrid (Warning/76%)

  • SeeSaw (Pass/82%)

  • Remind (Pass/94%)

  • Edpuzzle (Pass/88%)

  • Summit Learning (Pass/90%)

  • BrainPop (Pass/78%)

  • NearPod (Warning/79%)

  • IXL (Warning/69%)

  • Moodle (Warning/35%)

  • Kahoot (Warning/60%)

  • Quizlet (Warning/69%)

  • StarFall (Warning/44%)

  • Adobe Spark (Pass/85%)

  • Newsela (Warning/74%)

  • apps under review

  • Common Sense Media Privacy Program

Learning and Activity Packets (K-8) - Shared Drive (pdf)



Grading Guidelines

Grading Guidelines


The following information outlines PVUSD’S plan for grading during COVID19 school closures. If you have questions about grading, please contact your child’s or student’s teacher.


All K-6 Teachers:

  • While teachers may assign multiple learning activities within a week, teachers will provide feedback in the form of qualitative comments and a score, grade, or proficiency level within Infinite Campus for at least one online activity per week in the content areas of English Language Arts (ELA), math, and science or social studies.

  • In their communication with families, teachers will indicate which learning activities will receive feedback.

  • Students not submitting the learning activity will receive no grade (not a zero).

  • Print resources that families may be using are not expected to receive feedback or grades.

  • No final 4th quarter final grade will be calculated or posted.

  • Scores and grades within IC during the 4th quarter will be for parents’ information only. These scores and grades can also inform teachers in instructional and curricular decisions.


All 7-8 Teachers:

  • While teachers may assign multiple learning activities within a week, teachers will provide feedback in the form of qualitative comments and a score, grade, or proficiency level within Infinite Campus for at least one online activity per week for the course they teach.

  • Learning activities will be standards-aligned and should appropriately reflect student proficiency of essential concepts and skills of the course.

  • No group activities will be assigned to adhere to social distancing.

  • In their communication with families, teachers will indicate which learning activities will receive feedback.

  • Students not submitting the learning activity will receive no grade (not a zero).

  • 4th quarter final grades will remain the same as the 3rd quarter grades and posted within the 4th quarter grading window. However, teachers have the discretion to increase a student’s 4th quarter grade if online work from the 4th quarter reflects improvement. 4th quarter grades will not be decreased below the 3rd quarter grade.

  • Print resources that families may be using are not expected to receive feedback or grades.


All 9-12 Non Dual Enrollment or Advanced Placement (AP) Teachers:

  • While teachers may assign multiple learning activities within a week, teachers will provide feedback in the form of qualitative comments and a score, grade, or proficiency level within Infinite Campus for at least one online activity per week for the course they teach.

  • Learning activities will be standards-aligned and should appropriately reflect student proficiency of essential concepts and skills of the course.

  • No group activities will be assigned to adhere to social distancing.

  • In their communication with families, teachers will indicate which learning activities will receive feedback.

  • Students not submitting the learning activity will receive no grade (not a zero).

  • 4th quarter and semester final grades will remain the same as the 3rd quarter grades and posted at the semester grading window. However, teachers have the discretion to increase a student’s 4th quarter and semester grade if online work from the 4th quarter reflects improvement. 4th quarter and semester grades will not be decreased below the 3rd quarter grade.

  • Final exam activities are teacher-optional and will be calculated into the student’s semester grade when it increases, not decreases, a student’s grade.


9-12 Dual Enrollment Classes for College Credit:

  • Our dual enrollment college partners are expecting students to continue completing work for the course, earning a grade, and receiving high school and college credit.

  • Teachers will continue assigning learning activities and assignments per the requirements of the course syllabus approved by the College, grading and providing feedback on those assignments, entering grades within Infinite Campus and reporting a 4th quarter and final semester grade.

  • No group activities will be assigned to adhere to social distancing.

  • 4th quarter and final semester grades will reflect learning from 4th quarter, as evidenced by the assignments submitted.

  • Final exam activities are teacher-optional, unless otherwise required by the dual enrollment college.


9-12 Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Classes:

  • Teachers are to continue assigning learning activities and assignments per the requirements of the course syllabus approved by the College Board or IB, grading and providing feedback on those assignments, entering grades within Infinite Campus and reporting a 4th quarter and final semester grade.

  • No group activities will be assigned to adhere to social distancing.

  • 4th quarter and final semester grades will reflect learning from 4th quarter, as evidenced by the assignments submitted.

  • Final exam activities are teacher-optional.


PvOnline Classes:

  • Teachers will continue assigning learning activities and assignments per the course syllabus provided to students, grading and providing feedback on those assignments. They will also enter an April progress grade and report a final semester grade within Infinite Campus. Final exams will not be given.

  • Final semester grades will reflect learning from 4th quarter, as evidenced by the assignments submitted.

Students

Log in to your Gmail or Google Classroom for directions from your teacher.

Practice social distancing, wash hands frequently, cough/sneeze into your arm, and guard your password.

If you need help, contact your teacher through Google Classroom or your GMail account or ask your parent for help contacting your teacher.

If you want to check on your grades and other information, log in to the Infinite Campus Portal.

FROST (Free Resources for Online Student Tutoring) provides free online tutoring help from student tutors and our WIT (Women & Information Technology) students to support any PV student with learning, all inside of the tutoring Classroom.

Parents

K-6 students: Teachers and parents have access to student grades, usernames, and passwords. Login into the Infinite Campus parent portal at portal.pvschools.net and select more from the menu to see your students’ passwords.

7-12 students: Students should know their username and password. Students can retrieve, manage, or reset their password by answering their security questions at passwordreset.pvschools.net. Parents have access to grades and other information on the Infinite Campus parent portal.

Special Education students: Students either know their password, or the teacher has the password on file. Please contact your child's teacher.

FROST (Free Resources for Online Student Tutoring) provides free online tutoring help from student tutors and our WIT (Women & Information Technology) students to support any PV student with learning, all inside of the tutoring Classroom.

Guide to Google Classroom: Parents

PV's Digital Citizen Web Site


Parent considerations During Distance Learning

Provide support for your children by:

  • establishing routines and expectations

  • defining a space for your child to work in

  • monitoring communications from teachers

  • beginning and ending each day with a check-in

  • taking an active role in helping your children process their learning

  • encouraging physical activity and/or exercise

  • checking in with your child regularly to help them manage stress

  • monitoring how much time your child is spending online

  • keeping your children social, but set rules around their social media interactions.

Parent Guides for Daily Instruction

  • Check teacher communication (Teacher website, email,etc.)

  • Follow teacher guidelines

  • Expect daily lessons for reading, math, science or social studies

  • Total time on lessons can be anywhere between 1.5 - 2+ hours per day

Teachers

Beginning March 30th, teachers should post directions for lessons for their students in their Google Classrooms.

Teachers should monitor and facilitate online learning using Google Classroom, GSuite, Cisco WebEx, Google Meet/Hangouts and other tools as warranted.


Webconferencing:

WebEx, Google Meeting, and Google Hangouts are three District-approved and supported platforms for synchronous, audio/video conferencing communication with PreK-12 students, staff, and families. Please continue using these platforms, as appropriate.

Zoom may be used for staff-to-staff communication; however, it should no longer be used to conference with students or families. Recently, Zoom has experienced various security issues that have concerned many school districts. While Zoom is easy to use, the platform does not ensure the safe communications we seek with our students and families.

Core Tools:

Professional Development:

Virtual Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers (requires PVSchools account)

Training

On Demand Resources

Classroom

GSuite

WebEx

FAQs

I don't have a computer, what should I do?

Families that need devices can check them out on Thursday, March 26th or Friday, March 27th at high schools throughout the district. Parents/guardians can simply drive through any of our five high schools during the below times to pick up a loaned device. We want to ensure we have enough devices for all families in need, so this is intended for families that currently DO NOT have any devices at home.

  • Devices can be picked up at the following locations/times:

    • Thursday, March 26th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. :

      • Pinnacle High School (3535 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050)

      • North Canyon High School (1700 E. Union Hills Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85024)

    • Friday, March 27th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. :

      • Shadow Mountain High School (2902 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85028)

      • Horizon High School (5601 E. Greenway Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254)

      • Paradise Valley High School (3950 E Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032)

  • Additional pick-up days may be planned as needed. Once again, this check-out day is for families that do not have any devices in the household.

  • Students or parent/guardians will be requested to present the following, before receiving technology items.:

    • Parent's Government-issued ID

    • Student's PVUSD school-issued ID (if applicable)

I don't have Internet access at home, what should I do?

  • For qualifying students at Title schools and/or with Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility, Cox has a program called Connect2Compete which provides the first two months of service free, and for $9.95/month thereafter. There is no installation fee, no modem fee, and no cancellation fee. Call Cox directly at (855-825-1466). If Cox needs verification of your eligibility, they will ask you to contact PVSchools at (602-449-2392), so that we can verify eligibility and then notify Cox. Please note that the PVSchools Title I Department has already started the application process to the state and federal government for extended support. While we can't commit at this time, we are hopeful grant funds can continue this connectivity.

  • For all other families and teachers, Cox also has an Internet Starter Kit at $19.55/month to try and help during this time. Contact Cox at (855-825-1466) for installation and questions.

Are there any paper materials I can pick up?

  • Drop points for paper lessons are being assessed. We will provide additional information regarding paper materials.

I'm not sure how to get started with continuing learning for my child. Who should I contact first?

  • Your child's teacher is the best first contact. Email is the current, preferred method. If you are not sure of your child’s teacher’s email address, please visit the webpage for your child’s school at pvschools.net/findschools and click on “Our Staff”.

Where can students and parents find information on grades, notices, etc.?

What about AP Testing?

  • AP testing is not cancelled. Click here for more information.

What about dual enrollment classes?

  • Students in dual enrollment classes through Rio Salado will continue to earn credits for those courses, providing they complete the class work assigned by the teacher. Teachers will be in contact with students on how to access content and assignments.

Support

Parents/Students

Teachers

  • Live WebEx Support (4 Designate Rooms) - Starting March 30th, between the hours of 8:00-11:00 AM and 12:00-3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, URLs and passcodes have been provided to Principals and Site PVEA representatives. Participants will be queued and muted on entry to the support WebEx. Feel free to listen in until your queue number is started and you are unmuted for your support. Thank you for being patient, kind, and mindful of those that may be waiting in line.



  • Ticket at support.pvschools.net

  • Hot Line - 602-449-2360 (teachers only)

  • Drive Thru - if your particular support warrants, you may be provided directions for an optional Drive Thru session

Status provides a quick view on the health of all PV information and technology systems.

Virtual Professional Development Opportunities for ESP Staff (requires PVSchools account)