Principal Weekly News for Semester Courses

  • Semester 1, week ending Oct. 11

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 10/11/2019

    Good Evening,

    This is the end of week six of Semester 1.  Thank you to all who completed the Moodle Check-in on time.  Those who didn’t still can; please do so now. 

    Upcoming Dates:

    October 16- Staff Coffee and Chat at Balas (2555 S. State St.). 8:30 am – 10:00 am

    Oct. 28-Nov.1- is the date range where we want students to aim for mid-point testing. (Last week the trimester dates were accidentally included.) An in-building schedule of proctoring will be provided as we draw closer.  This is the mid-way point in the course and to keep pace students should be on target to take the mid-point test on this date.  We plan to have proctors in each building so that students can take their test during the dedicated online hour at school and not have to come to one of our proctoring centers.  However, it is not mandatory for students to take their test on this date and we especially don’t want students to come unprepared.  Students who don’t test on one of these days will need to take their test at an off-site proctoring center if they miss the in-building proctoring dates.

    October 29 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 4 – 7 PM Skyline Cafeteria (sign-up link will come in Oct.  18 message). This is a Tuesday and Proctoring will be held, as normal, in the Skyline Media Center.

    Nov. 5 – No Proctoring, Schools are closed for elections.  Please remember to vote.

    Parent Note for the week:

    Students are getting comfortable with using the computer during a dedicated online period each day.  It is time to review a few Digital safety and netiquette guidelines.  This week I want to review what a good digital citizen does-

     

    A Good Digital Citizen:

    • uses technology resources for learning
      • This means that the student doesn’t use the computer to socialize or for entertainment
    • uses good netiquette
      • Respects others and uses good manners
    • respects privacy, their own and others
      • Does not share what other students are doing
    • respects copyright and other laws
      • Does not copy and use someone else’s work or ideas
    • protects themselves from technological dangers such as identity theft and other predators
      • This is very important.  Students need to not only make sure that they take precautions such as closing down the email and other online accounts but also that they are a good school neighbor and close down the accounts of a peer that may have forgotten.
    • is a life-long learner
      • Develop skills that will enhance self-learning and teaching in all content by using the internet safely and productively
    • keeps passwords private
      • Do not share your password and do not share the passwords of others if you are privy to them.  Do not try to find out the passwords of other students.

    Please take a few moments to discuss these simple guidelines with your child tonight.  Thank you.

    Have a great week,

    Cindy Leaman

     

    Quick Reference:

    Link to 2019-20 Parent Online Guide

    Link to IEP/504/ATM Guidelines

    Drop-In/Proctoring:

    Tuesday:  4:30-7:00 PM Skyline HS Media Center

    Thursday: arrive between 7:15-8:15 AM Balas (2555 S. State St.)

     

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  • Semester 1, week ending Oct. 4, 2019

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 10/4/2019

    Good Evening,

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019, began count month for us.  Thank you to all who completed the Moodle Check-in on time.  Those who didn’t still can; please do so now.  There is a list of student ID numbers at the bottom of this email of the students who still need to do a check-in as of this morning at 8:000 am.  Thank you for reviewing the student numbers.

    This is the end of week five of Semester 1. 

    Upcoming Dates:

    October 16- Staff Coffee and Chat at Balas (2555 S. State St.). 8:30 am – 10:00 am

    Oct. 18:21- is the date range where we want students to aim for mid-point testing.  An in-building schedule of proctoring will be provided as we draw closer.  This is the mid-way point in the course and to keep pace students should be on target to take the mid-point test on this date.  We plan to have proctors in each building so that students can take their tests during the dedicated online hour at school and not have to come to one of our proctoring centers.  However, it is not mandatory for students to take their tests on this date and we especially don’t want students to come unprepared.  Students who don’t test on one of these days will need to take their test at an off-site proctoring center if they miss the in-building proctoring dates.

    October 29 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 4 – 7 PM Pioneer Cafeteria (sign-up link will come in Oct.  18 message)

    Nov. 5 – No Proctoring, Schools are closed for elections.  Please remember to vote.

    Parent Note for the week:

    Working in an online class helps students build significant life skills.  One such skill is the ability to advocate for oneself and also to write professional emails.  Students will need to ask questions or request the help of the instructor at one point or another during the course.  Some email writing suggestions include writing in full sentences and being specific:

    • This is what I am thinking…
    • Here is where I am confused…
    • Once I go to ______, I am not sure what I should do next
    • I see that you have office hours on _____. I would like to arrange a time to meet between ______ and _____.
    • When is the next time you will be at my school?

    Have a great week,

    Cindy Leaman

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  • Semester 1, week ending Sept. 27, 2019

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 9/27/2019

    Good Evening,

    This is the end of week four of Semester 1.

    Beginning this Wednesday, October 2, 2019 we will be in count month.  Every student is required to check-in on the Moodle site each Wednesday between 12:05 am and 11:55 pm.  I will be sending a School Messenger reminder on the next four Wednesdays.  Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.

    Upcoming Dates:

    October 16- Staff Coffee and Chat at Balas (2555 S. State St.). 8:30 am – 10:00 am

    October 29 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 4 – 7 PM Pioneer Cafeteria (sign-up link will come in Oct.  11 message)

    Oct. 30-Nov. 1- is the date range where we want students to aim for mid-point testing.  An in-building schedule of proctoring will be provided as we draw closer.  This is the mid-way point in the course and to keep pace students should be on target to take the mid-point test on this date.  We plan to have proctors in each building so that students can take their test during the dedicated online hour at school and not have to come to one of our proctoring centers.  However, it is not mandatory for students to take their test on this date and we especially don’t want students to come unprepared.  Students who don’t test on one of these days will need to take their test at an off-site proctoring center if they miss the in-building proctoring dates.

    Parent Note for the week:

    Plagiarism is considered a serious offense.  Students are trusted to complete their work honestly and self-sufficiently. This is both when working independently and also when in the proctoring center.  We randomly check assignments with a plagiarism review.  If a student is found to have plagiarized then all assignments will be checked that were previously received. 

    Students should be aware that all activities and assessments are subject to a plagiarism review.

    Using a translator in a World Language course is considered plagiarism. A language dictionary may help with one word but beyond that, but it is considered plagiarism.  Using a translator on any exam is forbidden.

    Students now sign the following statement when proctoring that alerts to our policy on academic dishonesty

    At the end of the proctoring session, computer history will be reviewed. Any history that was erased will be treated the same as a history which shows students veered off the testing site.  Both cases will result in the student receiving a zero for the assessment and a meeting will be held with my parents.

    For more information on plagiarism visit our policy page.

     

    AAPS Math Note for the week:

    Students need to complete the checklist before they come to take Test 1 and Test 2.  There is a checklist assigned to each respective test.  The checklists can be found in the Table of Contents on the right side of the Moodle home page; look for the title “checklists”.  If you click the title you will be directed to the checklists for both printing out and for uploading when complete.

    Here is a link to a short video that explains how the student can review in ALEKS.  Just remember that the review needs to be completed before the student comes in to have a test proctored (one review checklist is needed for each test) to receive full credit.  If a student completes the review after s/he takes the proctored test s/he will only receive half the credit.  If you want to know how much credit is given for each course requirement, again go to the table of contents and click on the title “Syllabus, Grading, Expectations”

     

    Have a great week,

    Cindy Leaman

     

    Quick Reference:

    Link to 2019-20 Parent Online Guide

    Link to IEP/504/ATM Guidelines

    Drop-In/Proctoring:

    Tuesday:  4:30-7:00 PM Skyline HS Media Center

    Thursday: arrive between 7:15-8:15 AM Balas (2555 S. State St.)

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