Welcome & Classroom Information
Distance Learning for June 8th - June 17th
Please continue to read a book of your choice, (or several books of your choice) for twenty minutes each day.
Also, please start a journal, or diary, and write a record of what is happening in your world today. Who knows, in the future, historians might look at your written record to discover what events took place. As you record the daily events from your viewpoint, keep in mind writing lessons from this year. Use figurative language and sensory detail to record the historical times you are living in. Strive to use correct grammar, capitalization and punctuation, and spelling.
One day you might share your record of history with those that come after you, or your record might be an important artifact that becomes a historical record of the times!
Distance Learning for June 1st - June 5th
Dear students, parents, and guardians,
Please be aware that as our Distance Learning is coming to a close, it is important to turn in the completed assignments on time. The due date for the final assignments in Language Arts and History is June 5th. I want to thank you for hanging in there with this new learning process.
DEAR STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND GUARDIANS OF THE STUDENTS IN PERIOD 1, LANGUAGE ARTS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE FASTBRIDGE TEST. AS OF TODAY, 6/2/20, ALL OF THE STUDENTS IN PERIOD 1 LANGUAGE ARTS HAVE COMPLETED THE FASTBRIDGE TEST AND ARE ACCOUNTED FOR.
MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU IN MY FIRST PERIOD LANGUAGE ARTS CLASS! :)
Distance Learning for May 26th - June 5th
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Each trimester, students in grades 2-8 take the FastBridge universal benchmark that provides teachers with data to target instructional needs. The data gathered provides information on students’ longitudinal progress. We will be administering the FastBridge benchmark through distance learning. Your teacher will assign this as part of their individual distance learning plans. It is essential that students complete this benchmark independently, as this will help teachers note areas of strength and next steps. Attached is an overview of how students will access the FastBridge benchmark.
The above letter was sent in an email to all P.V.S.D. parents and guardians from the District. Please refer to it to find the overview of how your student will access the FastBridge benchmark. This needs to be completed by June 5th, 2020.
It has been suggested that you and your student schedule a time to take this benchmark assessment, so the Language Arts benchmark and the Math benchmark can be taken on different days, before June 5th.
Thank you for taking the time to read through the directions that were sent out from the P.V.S.D.
Welcome to Distance Learning beginning May 4th
Beginning on Monday, you will focus on History today.
Please follow the instructions for the lesson about "The Golden Age of Athens" in the Homework section of my webpage.
You will need to read Lesson 29 in your online History book, found by clicking on Clever, and clicking on TCI. You will be taking notes on paper to save for a project that will be assigned this week.
Please also watch the video "Plays of the Ancient Greeks". You will find the website on the Homework page.
Updated May 2nd, 2020
Please read - Distance Learning assignments for Language Arts and History should be entered in the correct classroom for Google Classroom. Please don't put the work in a separate document. Please put your work directly into the correct class for Google Classroom when it is assigned in Google Classroom.
Also, please check last week's list to see if you still need to sign up for your History class. These lists can be found in last week's HISTORY HOMEWORK.
Thank you so much,
Updated April 24th, 2020
Welcome back to our Distance Learning Classroom. I hope that all of you experienced some joy during your Spring Break and some time to enjoy the sunshine! Hopefully you were able to celebrate some family traditions, for family traditions are the glue of the generations and give us feelings of security in our ever-changing world.
ALL STUDENTS - AS OF 4/24/20
MANY students still need to sign into Google Classroom for their History Google Classroom. As mentioned before (ON APRIL 6TH) the code you need is in the Language Arts Google Classroom assignment area from the week before Spring Break. PLEASE CHECK THE CURRENT HOMEWORK FROM THE WEEK OF APRIL 20TH-24TH TO SEE IF YOUR NAME IS ON THE LIST OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT SIGNED INTO GOOGLE CLASSROOM HISTORY YET!
Please check out the Google Classroom Assignment for the new assignment and new lesson beginning today.
Periods 2 & 4
You need to be signed up for the History class in Google Classroom. :)
Laughter is timeless;
Imagination has no age;
Dreams are forever.
Updated April 10th, 2020
All students - PLEASE BE SURE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR HISTORY CLASS IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM. THE CODE IS IN THE LANGUAGE ARTS CLASS THAT YOU ATTEND. THANK YOU!
Several students have contacted me asking for an extension on the travel brochure or sequel. To lessen your stress, the extension will be until next Thursday, April 16th.
I want you to be able to enjoy this weekend free from added pressure, and to have the time to follow the directions for excellent results on your project.
For those of you that have turned your projects in, you have brought smiles to my face as I read your projects and see your understanding of the themes in the Ulysses book and the blending of your learning about Ancient Greek History. Bravo, students!
Updated April 6th, 2020
If anyone in periods 1 or 3 did not bring their Ulysses book home, please let me know and we'll find a solution. Also, as you are brainstorming, and writing a rough draft and editing, please work on this process on paper, or if you brought home your composition book you can work on your rough draft there. This is the way we've been working on our writing in class and I'd like you to continue in this way before you start the writing in a Google document.
Thank you! :)
Also - Just a reminder - your History text can be found on line by going to Clever and then clicking on TCI.
Language Arts students - your Language Arts textbook can be found online under my HRW
Updated March 29th, 2020
Hello again students,
I hope you have had a good week and you are all healthy and safe. I am going to start this week by posting my lessons under the Homework. Please remain patient with me while we work out the Distant Learning process. I hope you enjoy the projects that I have created for you to begin while we start this process. These lessons will combine both Language Arts and History.
Please check the updates on my webpage and the Homework page for now. Beginning next week, if you need the class code, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may need to use your parent/guardian access to email me.
I will have office hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through email, from 11:00 - 11:30, however, you are not limited to those office hours as I will answer your email as soon as possible. You can also share a question on a Google doc with me. Several of you have shared the enrichment that you have completed and I've been able to comment on your work, and some of you have written to me on a Google doc, and I've really enjoyed hearing from you. I still miss each one of you, and the ability to see you on a daily basis.
The work that is assigned for distant learning will be evaluated with comments on your Google document. I am looking forward to seeing the results of the projects that will be assigned beginning this week.
Edited March 23rd, 2020
I have missed each and every one of you so much! I hope you are all using some of your time to read a good book, enjoy your family time, and enjoy the fresh air while practicing social distancing. This is new territory for everyone, but we will travel through this experience together and once again return to a normal life. I have realized how much each of you are a part of my life and look forward to seeing your smiling faces again.
The District is working with the teachers and training us on the computers through written lessons on how to push out more lessons to you. We will be spending each day this week reviewing this online, and training and practicing online to provide more lessons for you in the weeks to follow. We don't want you to stress as we will be discovering this new learning process together.
The teachers have been busy calling one another as we are trying to make this new teaching program happen, and we are being trained to teach in a new way. We have had a MOUNTAIN of questions for one another!
Please continue to read The Adventures of Ulysses, so you are keeping up with your outside reading. I'm sure many of you have completed it by now, and it will be fun to discuss this book. Also, as you read any book, take some time to write down what happened in each chapter. Ask yourself what the author's lesson in each chapter is, and if the main character or characters change throughout the book.
P.S. Please join our Google Classrooms