Principal Weekly News for Semester Courses

  • Semester 1, week ending Nov. 15, 2019

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 11/15/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Good Evening

    This is the end of week 11 of Semester 1.  This has been a quick week with the snow day on Tuesday.  I hope your son/daughter was able to do some work during this time.  This is one of the best aspects of online courses.  Students should have completed over 60% of the course work at this time. 

    Students still need to remember to check in on Wednesdays for the remainder of the term.  Check-ins need to be made every WEDNESDAY between 12:05 am and 11:55 pm.  Thank you

    Upcoming Dates:

    Middle School students only-  Nov. 19 – The make-up math club meeting will be on Tuesday, November 19 at 6 pm in the Skyline Media Center. We will be exploring some "A-maze-ing Fractions". In this activity, you will be navigating different mazes using math operations involving fractions.   Here is the club sign up link as well: https://forms.gle/UoZp96hnyV7Yh7va8   You don’t have to sign up again if you still intend to come.

    Nov. 26 – No Proctoring at Skyline from 4:30-7 pm, Thanksgiving break begins after the school day ends.  The next proctoring session is Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2020, at Skyline.

     

    Parent Note for the week:

    Since there is only one evening Drop-In Center this month, I expect that we will be very busy.  Please come knowing that you might have to wait in line to register to take a test.  Also, it is best to allow extra time especially if you plan to arrive at 5:00 pm for the District Common Assessment or 5:45 pm for any other test.  Students need to have one hour and 45 minutes to take the District Common Assessment and 60 minutes to take any other test.   The center closes at 7 pm and we need students to begin at the proposed time. 

    If your child has an IEP or 504 and requires extended time, let me know through email by the Monday before the test will be taken at any proctoring center so that early proctoring can be arranged.

     

    Have a great week,

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  • Semester 1, week ending Nov. 8, 2019

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 11/8/2019 5:00:00 PM

    This is the end of week 10 of Semester 1.  Students still need to remember to check in on Wednesdays for the remainder of the term.  There are 7 weeks left in the semester before finals week which is January 20-23, 2020.  Students should be approximately 55% finished with their course(s).

    Upcoming Dates:

    Middle School Math Students Only - Nov. 12 – The next math club meeting will be on Tuesday, November 12 at 6 pm in the Skyline Media Center. We will be exploring some "A-maze-ing Fractions". In this activity, you will be navigating different mazes using math operations involving fractions.

    Here is the club sign up link as well: https://forms.gle/UoZp96hnyV7Yh7va8

     

    Nov. 26 – No Proctoring at Skyline from 4:30-7 pm, Thanksgiving break begins after the school day ends.  The next proctoring session is Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2020, at Skyline.

     

    Parent Note for the week:

    How often do you look at PowerSchool?  Hopefully, you aren’t looking daily as this will frustrate you, most teachers only put grade updates on a weekly basis.  However, if you look at PowerSchool and see a low grade how do you know it is accurate?  The grades are a snapshot in time, the date that the grade posts is most likely accurate.  Especially if it shows that your child is failing.  Although there is an occasion where the teacher could fall behind in grading; however please note that it is not a normal occurrence.  Don’t accept the answer from your child that the work is turned in and the teacher just hasn’t graded it.  Write to the teacher (shown in PowerSchool) to get clarification.  Or even better, have your child write an email to his/her teacher listing the assignments not graded asking when they will be corrected.  Always ask your child to copy you on the email.  Teachers do have up to 72 hours during the school week to grade most assignments and you can expect a little longer if it is a large project.  

     

    If you find your child is behind how can you help your child be successful?   Students who are behind will need to work at school and at home at this point.  Set up space and time that they can work where you can supervise. You don’t need to be looking over their shoulders every minute but here are a couple of tricks to ensure that they are on task.  They should not have multiple windows or tabs open while working.  If you see multiple tabs open to ask them to show you what they are so you can see if it is related to the class.  Second, if you see screens pop up when you look over, they are likely working on two windows one for schoolwork and usually, the second window is social or gaming.  Lastly, check the computer history when they complete their session.  This will tell you all the sites they visited and what time.  We tell students when they proctor or work with us that if we review the history and it has been cleared we will automatically assume that they were not working and are trying to hide it. 

     

     

    Have a great week,

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  • Semester 1, week ending Nov. 1, 2019

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 11/1/2019

    This is the end of week nine of Semester 1.  The count is over for us but that does not mean that students are finished with the weekly Moodle Check-in.  This is an attendance element of online courses and needs to be done weekly throughout the term.  Students who miss the weekly check-in five times will have their overall grade lowered by a third on the fifth miss.  This week the Moodle Check-in will remain open through tonight, Friday, Nov. 1.  Beginning next week, the Moodle Check-in will only be open on Wednesdays from 12:05 am to 11:55 pm.  Students will need to remember to check in on Wednesdays for the remainder of the term.

     

    Thank you to all the parents who attended the parent-teacher conferences this week.  We had a great turn out.  

    Upcoming Dates:

    Most of our students should have taken their mid-point tests by now to be on pace.  However, it is not mandatory for students to take their tests by 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 extra in-building proctoring dates we have scheduled.

    Only students that attend the school are allowed to attend an inbuilding proctoring session.  Middle schools will have a proctor during their regular day in the media center.  Pioneer, Community, and Huron extra inbuilding proctoring sessions:

    Community- during regular school hours on Thursdays

    Huron – Nov. 18 from 7:45 am – 2:36 pm in the middle of the Media Center

    Pioneer - November 4, and 7 from 7:45 am – 3:45 pm in Media Center Computer Lab in back

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

    Nov. 12 – Middle School Math students only:  The next math club meeting will be on Tuesday, November 12 at 6 pm in the Skyline Media Center. We will be exploring some "A-maze-ing Fractions". In this activity, you will be navigating different mazes using math operations involving fractions.

    Here is the club sign up link as well: https://forms.gle/UoZp96hnyV7Yh7va8

     

    Nov. 26 – No Proctoring at Skyline from 4:30-7 pm, Thanksgiving break begins after the school day ends

     

    Parent Note for the week:

    Students need to know their student number as well as the username and passwords for their online course when they come to have a test proctored.

     

    This week we have a quiz on A2Virtual+ policies for students to complete when they do the Moodle Check-in.  Early results are in and students seem to think that they can drop an online class at any time.  This is false.  Students may only drop an online course during the drop window which for term 1 was Sept. 13.  We do have a withdrawal policy but it is not intended for students who have procrastinated in the course. Withdrawals have to be for medical reasons and a request cannot be made in the last three weeks of a course.  To read more about our drop policy or withdrawal policy please click on the links. 

     

    Bond Proposal Information:

     

    The 2019 Bond Proposal includes upgrades designed to enhance safety and security for students, staff, and the community. Learn more about these proposed changes here. More information including a video of any presentation and a schedule of additional meetings is available at a2schools.org/2019 bond.

     

      

     

     

     

    Have a great week,

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