- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Response to all email inquiries will be within 24 hours.
- All homework and projects are listed under grade level page or in grade level Google classroom. However, there are weekly assignments that are due each week. These are:
- Membean sessions at home twice a week. Sessions should be 15 minutes long, and completed on different days. (You may not do 2 sessions on one day and have it count for 2 separate sessions.) 60% or higher accuracy is required for each session in order for it to count as a completed session. Membean quizzes will be every 2 weeks.
We have a lot of assignments that are connected to technology and internet use. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the "do's and don'ts" of technology usage:
1. Parents: Monitor your child's internet activities and educate them on safe usage of the Internet. A good resource to start with is www.OnGuardOnline.gov. This site provides practical tips on how to stay safe while surfing the Internet.
2. Students: Never under any circumstances, give out personal information, your name, address or phone number in any type of chat room, website, or on any social networking site.
3. Students: Never meet in person anyone you have met online; Tell your parents if anything you see online makes you feel uncomfortable.
4. Students: Understand that people online may not be who they say they are--you have no way of knowing if somebody who claims to be an 11-year-old is really one.
5. Students: Keep all screen name, social networking profile or accounts private, and do not include personal information such as home towns, addresses, school, etc.
6. Students: Once you post information online, you cannot take it back. It will never be totally "gone" although you may delete it.
7. Students: If you want to post photos of yourself on a social network, limit access to "friends only" and make sure that the photos will not cause embarrassment to yourself or others.
- spreading rumors by e-mail, text message or social networking
- using cell phone cameras to take pictures or videos of a person without his or her permission
- online harassment
- impersonating a classmate online, including setting up a social network profile
- setting up a social networking "fan page" or group to make fun of a classmate
- simply knowing about online bullying and not reporting it is punishable, in some cases, depending on your school board's policies.
If you are a victim of "cyberbullying" or any type of bullying, notify your parents immediately, and the appropriate support staff.
A parent website to check out for a better understanding of your child. A great toolbox of suggestions and answers to help you get through the 'tween years: www.understood.org
A Note to Parents
Reading is a central focus in my classroom, and as we begin the new school year, let me share some thoughts with you about reading and books in the classroom.
Reading is a skill, and the way to get better at reading is to read. To help your child master the skill of reading, I have developed my own classroom library. This library is available to any student who wants to choose a book to be read recreationally. Research shows that availability of books is a major motivating factor in getting adolescents to read. Students who are surrounded by books at school and at home read more. Students who read more, read better. (Gallager 2006)
As an educator, I have tried to put in the classroom library a wide variety of reading material and levels of reading; I have attempted to put in my classroom library school appropriate material that consists of both classic pieces of literature, and "popular" novels for todays youth. With that being said, what one person considers school appropriate material may be inappropriate to another. Therefore, as a parent, I urge you to be aware of what your student is reading, and gauge its "appropriateness" according to your own individual standards of acceptability.