September 20, 2020
Mark Your Calendars!
Sept. 15 - Parent Ed. Night w/Common Sense Edu. at 5:00pm
Sept. 16 - HSC Meeting at 7:00pm
October 1-9 - Parent/Teacher Goal Setting Conferences
October 8 Author Assembly (Grades K-2) 1:00pm
October 16, 19 - No School
New HSC Website
Thank you Exec. Board for creating such a user-friendly, helpful resource!
Author Assembly for Grades K-2 Oct. 8
Would you like to order a book for your child to have the day of the assembly? Laura Gehl's book ordering website is ready: https://www.hicklebees.com/lauragehl. Any orders that are in by October 5 will be given out by me for the event date (pick-up will be at Lietz). Hicklebees will continue collecting orders through the 15th and you can pick up your books from the site at a later time.
Distance Learning Support Centers
October Goal-Setting Conferences
Conferences will take place after the first instructional block for all grade levels (10:20). During these days, there will not be zooms during the second instructional block, nor will there be an afternoon check-in. Independent work will be assigned.
Two types of parent controls:
The first filter to check out is the Parent Portal service from Securly. The district web filter enabled by default on all take home Chromebooks. You can sign up for a free trial of the service by visiting http://www.securly.com/ and clicking on the Sign-Up button in the top right. Please note, in our evaluation of the service, it appears that if you enable the home filter controls, they override some of the district's default content filtering settings on the Chromebooks when used outside of school. To match the district's content filter settings, you should set all the categories to blocked. Once enabled, you will have the ability to view your child's web history and block individual websites.
A "Smart" WiFi router with built-in parental controls is the second option. The "Smart" Wifi router enables you to protect your entire home without having to worry about a software license for every device. Because the WiFi router is the access point to the Internet for your entire household, there is no way around it and all of your devices, regardless of type, are protected. "Smart" WiFi routers are relatively inexpensive, and often offer apps for your smartphone that enable you to set filtering and time restrictions from anywhere.
There are a number of "Smart' WiFi routers out there with varying capabilities and Securly is working on their own router based solution as well, however, as of Fall 2015, Netgear seems to be the easiest to setup and use. You can read more about Netgear's parental controls at http://www.netgear.com/discover/apps/lpc . An inexpensive model is the R6050 http://www.netgear.com/home/products/networking/wifi-routers/R6050.aspx . The R6220 is a higher end model with more features http://www.netgear.com/home/products/networking/wifi-routers/R6220.aspx . Either should be easy to find online.
We also highly support you as the parent to take the Chromebook away until it is needed for school work. We are very supportive of the idea that parents' rules are higher priority at home — so you are the boss. If students take advantage of the Chromebook at home, you can take it away and give it back.
Article of the Week
Is Learning on Zoom the Same as in Person? Not to the Brain
Mrs. Lopez Office Hours - Thursday Only this Week
Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00-1:00:
Meeting ID: 837 0370 2089
Find out what your child will be learning at each grade level.