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I have enjoyed getting to know your children this week. We are looking forward to an exciting year, focusing on growth and confidence-building to better prepare your child for high school!
Our main objective this week was to learn procedures, particularly with the change to indicator-based tests. The parent presentation on the changes can be found at the Liberty website, http://lms.madisoncity.k12.al.us/.
There are two main portals of information for class; Google Classroom and Khan Academy.
Google Classroom (https://classroom.google.com/) is used district-wide for all subjects. Many teachers use it to post information for their classes. There is not currently a parent login, but you may use your child’s login to see it. We have requested parent access, and improvements from Google are being made continuously! Some students new to the district were having difficulty logging in early in the week, but by the end of the day on Friday it seemed to be working.
There are two courses, one for Math 8 (join code: ckril6) and Algebra 1 (join code: y8616). These are shared between ALL math students at Liberty. I spoke to the students about etiquette for a public online forum. Private questions should be emailed to the teachers. This would include anything about a grade or missing assignments. General questions that would be asked in class could be posted to the “Stream.” This would include questions such as “What is the homework tonight?” or “Can anyone help me with number 2?” I also reminded them that they should never say anything online that they wouldn’t say to a person’s face, posts and comments should be on topic and appropriate, and any behavior issues online will be handled just as they would in class.
Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org) is a resource to practice math skills. Students will create and keep up with their own login information, but if they are creating a new account they may use their school login (see above). It is vital that they do not create a new login if they forget their password, because all of their previous progress will be lost! You can set up and link a parent account on KA (https://www.khanacademy.org/parent) and receive (or turn off) weekly emails to track your child’s progress. You may also turn on and off restrictions on their account. We had some hiccups this week with students who used their school email to create an account. Because it’s a school account, restrictions are automatically turned on and they could not add me as a coach! If that happened to your child, I posted the instructions on how to turn on “add new coach” under the to both my website and Google Classroom. Several students were able to join after making that fix. I apologize for the extra step, but do appreciate that there are safety measures in place.
Khan login codes are separated by block.
Block A: Q3WC8M
Block C: 86HK6R
Block D: VK933K
Block E: UP4SUG
Students will be assigned a skill to master for each indicator. They will have at least one week to master the skill. The skill will be assigned as a “coach recommendation” at the beginning of the week. It will be checked for completion the following Monday.
A daily grade will be given as follows:
Mastered (100%), Level 1 or 2 (90%), Practiced (80%). If they are on Needs Practice or Struggling, a grade will be given based on how much progress they made.
The ONLY time a zero will be given is if they never attempt the skill. I always say “Zero means zero effort.” Teachers will be monitoring students who are struggling to pull for extra instruction.
The eighth grade teachers have an open-door tutoring policy for all students. Morning tutoring is from 7:30 - 8:00 and afternoons are 3:15 - 3:45. Please drop off or pick up at the front (carline) doors.
I know this is a lot of information, but I thank you for your support. Don’t hesitate to email me with questions!