Thank you for taking one day at a time. Prior to this week, the students had about 30 minutes a day. Since we switched to a block schedule, it will essentially be the same amount of work, assigned every Monday and Wednesday, and due Tuesday and Thursday at 5. In order to enhance our virtual learning, the Jr. High teachers have been and will continue to communicate with their students on specified days of the school week, at designated times. I will CONTINUE to have living google meets on Monday-Thursday from 12-12:15 (7th Grade) and 12:15-12:30 (8th Grade) The link for these meetings will be posted to my Google Classroom. I encourage students to sign in and ask questions. Students can also email me using their school Gmail accounts.
Here’s what we will be working on this week in Science
8th Grade: We completed our Synthetic Materials Projects! So we are going to wrap the unit up with a very thorough study guide. Then on either Wednesday or Thursday the students will complete their unit exam on a google form. Our next focus will be on Energy.
7th Grade: We completed our Evolution unit, and the students are taking their Evolution Test by Tuesday at 5. Beginning on Wednesday they will begin their (at home friendly) Anatomy and Dissection unit.
Important Note to Students and Parents:
This week, we will begin "Block Scheduling" with our virtual Jr. High curriculum.
Thank you for your patience and continued support as we continue to navigate the e-learning forum. As Mrs. Nash mentioned in her Friday, March 27th video message, the junior high teachers are working diligently to present meaningful lessons to help students progress academically. We feel strongly that our junior high students will be best suited following a block schedule. We believe that 2-3 hours of classwork each day is a realistic and manageable expectation for our junior high students.
*See Specials section below
Please know we are trying to provide our junior high students with a quality education by keeping them motivated, engaged, and accountable with our e-learning program. We understand that every household faces its own challenges. If there are ever any extenuating circumstances (illness, internet interruptions, etc.) that may prevent our students from completing their assignments in a timely manner, please notify the homeroom teacher through email. Parents and teachers working together, maintaining effective communication, will surely enhance the success of our students' education during this challenging time.
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS WITH E-LEARNING:
The junior high teachers’ blogs, located on our SJF website, will reflect an overview of the subject matter being covered for that particular week. Blogs should be checked weekly by parents and students for any other pertinent information or communications from our junior high teachers. Assignments will be posted to our teachers’ individual Google classrooms.
On e-learning days, students are required to complete the Google attendance form located on their Google Classroom Math class. Completing the attendance form is necessary as it is evidence of e-learning. In the event a student is not able to participate in e-learning on a particular day due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, parents/students are to notify the student’s homeroom teacher.
Teachers will post assignments to their Google classroom by 8:30 a.m. on their subject’s scheduled day. Assignments should be completed by the assigned due date and time. Grades may be lowered on those assignments received after the due date. PowerSchool will continue to be updated so that parents can monitor that assignments are being completed in a timely manner.
Teachers will be working throughout the hours of the school day (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.). Students may email questions using their school Gmail accounts. Emails received by the teachers after 3:00 p.m., may not be replied to until the following school day. Each teacher also has online office hours in order to be available for student (or parent) questions about assignments, e-learning, etc. Please check teachers’ blogs for online office hours times and sign-in information. Thank you for your patience as our teachers are providing assistance to many of our junior high students.
The junior high students have previously joined Google classrooms for Spanish and Library. Mr. Mulchrone and Mrs. Corley have created Google classrooms for gym and art. Students should join the gym and art classrooms using the codes below.
Gym: 7th/8th grade code: ghlprdt
Art: 7th Grade code: jzhiwsv 8th Grade code: qpwpwdp
Assignments for each special can be found on each teachers’ Google classroom. In addition, each of the specials teachers’ blogs will have a designated section for 7th & 8th grade students.
If you experience a problem with your ChromeBook, please notify your homeroom teacher. We will work with our technology team to address any problems.