Minidoka Jr. High Parent Newsletter

January 5, 2023

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Welcome to New Students and Families!

We are delighted to welcome 4 new students this semester (so far).

We had 4 students transition to Mt. Harrison High

1 student transitioned to East Minico

1 student transitioned to West Minico

2 students advanced from 7th to 8th grade at semester


This upcoming semester we look forward to seeing what our awesome students are able to achieve!

Welcome Vivian Esposito! Vivian recently joined our team as an aide!

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Benefits of Alternative Education Programs


Alternative Schools as an Option

Alternative schools provide educational options for students who are not successful in typical schools. Over the years, they have been viewed as schools where "bad kids" go, but that's NOT the case. Many students in alternative schools do not have behavioral problems. However, they may have attendance problems, or failing grades and need an alternative school to get back on track. COVID certainly contributed to that situation where students lost learning time, and some even completely stopped attending school at all.

Dates to Remember

January 12-12:30-1:30 PPAT (Parent Patron Advisory Team) Meeting at our building (Conference Room #2). This meeting is an opportunity for you to participate and have a voice in school and district concerns and events. Lunch will be served. This is a monthly meeting where all parents are encouraged to attend.

January 16-7:00 pm MJH students presenting at the monthly school board meeting: Topic-"Personal benefits of alternative education". Please attend and support our students who are willing to speak out!

IMPORTANT

14 of our students are willing to participate in our MJH school board presentation on January 16th at 7:00 pm in the gym at our building (310 10th Street, Rupert). All students were invited to participate, so if you would like to have your child present, please let us know. Each student will briefly share something positive that has affected their success in obtaining an education.

Mrs. Bruns-English Language Arts

Students are off to a GREAT start in English class this semester. Only six students are off track, but everyone else has completed all assignments. Mrs. Bruns would like to CELEBRATE some new students who have hit the ground running. Gunner Blackner, Jace Retzloff, and Elijah Victoria have already completed ALL assignments for English class! WOW! Welcome to these responsible students who are showing they are ready to learn.

Mr. Bell-Social Studies

Students finished the last semester strong, with many being completely on track in history! Movie day was great, and the holiday party was even greater! We hit the ground running in both 7th and 8th grade this semester, with the 8th graders learning about the many different perspectives on the state of the nation post-Civil War and during Reconstruction, and the 7th graders learning about the medieval African empires and cultural diffusion.

Ms. Riki-Behavior Tech

I have the privilege of teaching your children the "Zones of Regulation" which is a curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control. Right now we are learning the importance of recognizing facial expressions and the emotion behind them. Sometimes a person's expression will tell you "I'm sad", " I am really scared" or " I am so mad" . I want them to be able to recognize this so that they are aware of their own facial expressions and how it affects the people around them. If you are able to help them with this at home I would appreciate it. If you have any questions please feel free to contact rikia@minidokaschools.org.

TEENS NEED SLEEP FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS!

In teenagers, good quality sleep is especially important for physical health, emotional and mental development, and school performance. During the teenage years, sleep benefits brain development and function, which enhances attention span and improves memory and cognitive abilities. Adequate sleep also supports the physiological growth spurt during the teen years.

Sleep deprivation, on the other hand, leads to drowsiness, lack of attention, and affects academic performance. Inadequate sleep in teenagers has been linked to increased risk of depression and behavioral problems as well as increased risk of developing diabetes and hypertension. It is also shown to have a negative impact on athletic performance.

The National Sleep Foundation and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommend that teenagers sleep between 8 and 10 hours each night to maintain good health. However, most teenagers get far less than the recommended hours of sleep every night.

Tips for parents to help teenagers sleep better

  • Talking to teenagers about their sleep pattern and daily routine will help them understand whether they are facing any sleep problems. It would be helpful to make them realize the importance of sleep and how much sleep is needed each night for them to stay active and alert during the day.
  • Work out priorities and develop a schedule that includes adequate sleep hours.
  • To avoid drowsiness during the day, encourage teenagers to take a ‘power’ nap of 30-45 mins after school.
  • Allow teenagers to sleep for an hour longer (and not more to avoid social jetlag) during the weekends to compensate for the sleep debt accumulated during the weekdays.
  • Set time limits for screen use and devices; texting, playing games or watching videos close to bedtime keeps teenagers awake, delays onset of sleep, and can make them anxious.
  • Encourage teens to engage in restful activities like light reading (fiction or comics) or doing some relaxing meditation before going to bed.

Tips for Teenagers to Sleep Better

  • The blue-light emitted from electronic devices suppresses the body’s ability to produce melatonin – the sleep-inducing hormone – making it tougher to fall asleep. Avoid the use of electronic devices, such as smart phones or television, at least an hour before bed. Putting devices on silent will help avoid distraction from notifications.
  • Set up a regular wake-up time and bedtime. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule by incorporating the required hours of sleep every day of the week including weekends would benefit health. Teenagers who push bedtime significantly during the weekends find it difficult to return to the regular school sleep schedule. This might lead to problems like irritability or drowsiness at the start of the week.
  • Follow a bedtime routine like taking a warm shower or having a hot milky drink or engaging in calming activities like meditation or gentle yoga.
  • Avoid stimulants like coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks, especially in the evening.
  • Maintain a cool and dark bedroom and use a good supportive mattress and pillows.
  • Staying active during the day and engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity will also help improve sleep at night.

Parent Login to Summit Platform Instructions

How do I log into the Summit Learning Platform?



To log into the Summit Learning Platform as a parent/guardian:

  1. Go to https://www.summitlearning.org
  2. Click Parents Login in the upper right
  3. Sign in with your username or email address, as well as your password

If you’ve forgotten your password:

  1. Click Forgot Password? on the login screen, under Password
  2. Enter your username or email address, then click Reset Password. You’ll receive an email with further instructions to reset your password

If you don’t receive the email, or if you’ve forgotten your username or email address, your child’s teacher should be able to provide you with that information.

If you don't have a parent account, please reach out to your student's teacher or principal and provide them with your name and email address for them to create an account for you. They will provide you with a username and password, which you can later update.

If you have additional questions or need more help, just contact our help desk.

Instructions to See Your Child's Work on Summit

Where can I see my child’s work?

As a parent/guardian, you may want to see what your child is working on at school. From the menu on the left, you can explore this through 3 different avenues:

Week

In the Week section, your child can plan and set goals for focus areas and checkpoints they are working on. Clicking on a goal will take you to the corresponding focus area or Project it is associated with.

Year

The Year section shows your child’s progress across all subjects. Scroll down to see each of your child’s courses, as well as the Projects and focus areas for each course.

The vertical blue line is the pacing line, and it indicates where your child should be today in order to be on track, or on-pace, to complete a given course by the end of the school year. Projects and focus areas to the left of the line are either completed or behind schedule, while all Projects and focus areas to the right of the line are upcoming in the school year. Students are free to work on focus areas ahead of time or return to previous focus areas for review at any time. You can toggle to past or future school years by clicking on the left or right arrows at the top right of the page.

Note: Projects that have been assigned are sized proportionally, depending on the start and end dates of the Projects. For example, a longer Project will take up more space than a shorter Project. Projects that are unassigned, as well as all focus areas, are spaced equally and are presented at the same width.

How do I see my child's specific assignments?

You can view your child's specific assignments by clicking into a project. Once you are viewing a project, you can click into the individual assignments to see your student's progress as well as the teachers' written feedback.

  1. Go to your child's Year Page
  2. Click into a project
  3. Click into a checkpoint or final product

4. See your child's progress and the teacher's comments

Progress

In the Progress section, you can view everything your child recently worked on, a summary of his/her goals for each week, and a space to view notes from teachers and mentors.

You can also view your child’s grades in each of their classes based on their current pace. Keep in mind that these grades are not final until the school year ends and may change whenever students complete Projects or pass Content Assessments. By clicking into each course, you will receive a detailed grade summary.

Purchasing Uniforms or School Gear: Uniforms can be purchased at the office at MJH or online through the link below.