Jackson Update

Monthly update of the happenings within the AST classroom

Mission Statement

The mission of Helen Keller Elementary School is to establish and maintain an educational community that empowers all students to become principled, independent inquirers who are socially responsible global citizens.


Math is just as important as reading. It is incorporated into our everyday lives, even if we don't realize it. This month I will be incorporating ways for you to help your child increase their math skills with some very basic activities that you can do at home or while in the car.


This week the students who are working on math calculation will all be given an account for an online program called XTRAMath. This is a website that the students can use to work on their basic math fact skills. On Thursday I will send home a parent letter explaining how to use the program and the students individual code to log in.

Car Activities

While in the car see how many math facts your child can do while stopped at a red light. You can either come up with facts yourself using addition, subtraction, multiplication or division or use dice. There is a great dice app that is free that you can download on a phone and have your child roll the dice and then either add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers that are rolled. This is a great way to help your child become faster and more fluent with their basic facts.

February in the AST room

During our writing groups this month we have really been working on putting more details in our writing. One activity we did was writing a detailed sentence about what we loved learning. The students will continue to work on creating exciting sentences with amazing detail.
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Oakland Schools

Another great resource that we have locally is out at Oakland Schools. They not only are available for questions but also run classes to help you understand what is going on in your child's IEP world. Check out their site and see what Oakland Schools has to offer.



Acronyms are used in our everyday language. Acronyms such as LOL, 24/7 and ASAP are just a few of the common acronyms you might use daily. Since these acronyms are used daily we are familiar with their meaning. During your child's special education meeting acronyms are also being thrown around. To help guide you through the Special Education acronym world each week I will include three new acronyms to help you understand what we are talking about at your child's next IEP.

Great Reading and Math resource

Moby Max is a great website to help your child work on their reading, math and vocabulary skills. I have set up an account for each student that is tailored to each of their individual needs and their IEP goals. Please have your child visit the website.


School Code: Mi5305

Username: First name

Password: First name

Upcoming Events for February

February 1 - Start of 2nd semester

February 3 - Late Start

February 10 - Late Start / Count Day

February 15-16 - Winter Break

February 24 - Late Start