Reaching your Academic Potential!
Welcome Ms. Bonds' Class
In my spare time I like to spend time with my children, Lily (7) and Logan (4) and my husband Noah. I like riding my bike on the greenbelt, swimming, and exploring new places.
I can't wait to see you August 26th for our first meeting on Microsoft Teams! Check Teams for our meeting time.
What is Reaching our Academic Potential?
Course Outline- We will do 2 units a week!
Unit 1: Reaching Your Academic Potential
Unit 2: Your Mind and Your Mindset
Unit 3: Learning as Process and Preference
Unit 4: Effective Work Habits
Unit 5: Memory and Studying for Tests
Unit 6: Taking Tests
Unit 7: Making Decisions and Setting Goals
Unit 8: The Career Ahead
Unit 9: Focus on Reading
Unit 10: Focus on Writing
Unit 11: Focus on Math
Unit 12: Communication
Unit 13: Research
Unit 14: Creativity and Collaboration
Unit 15: Academic Potential and You
General: I will post important announcements here like reminders of tests or work due, if I am absent or other announcements. Make sure to check this daily.
Class meetings: This is where you will find the links to our meetings! Just click on the link to join our meeting. Make sure to read the weekly checklist for days we will meet.
Must do weekly checklist: This is where you will find what to do for the week. I will post the checklist on Mondays and all work is due on Fridays at midnight. The same checklist is also in Peak.
Office hours: There is a link to my office hours in this channel. If you want to meet with me after school, just email me or message me here and I will start a meeting with you. Office hours are from 2:45-3:15
Archived Videos: This is where you go to watch a class that you missed. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes will be recorded and you can find them here. It is important that you watch these if you are absent so you can get the practice you need to do well.
Attendance: If a student misses any live Teams meetings for the week, they must watch the live recorded and archived videos and fill out the attendance form for the week here. There will be a few questions about things we talked about in class. It is due BY THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY on FRIDAY. Students who attend class Monday, Wednesday and Friday do NOT have to fill out the forms. Remember, students must attend class OR watch the recorded videos and fill out the form AND complete the week's work.
Peak/Fuel Ed is where you can find all of your assignments. You should make sure to read the checklist in Teams for what you need to do for the week in Peak/Fuel Ed. The same checklist is also posted in Peak as well. Below is the information on how to log into Peak
We utilize curriculum from Fuel Education for students in grades 6-12. Students access their online course materials and assignments through Fuel Education's Peak login page.
The website students log in to is https://peak.getfueled.com.
We use a standard protocol for student usernames and passwords. Your student's username is his/her West Ada Student ID, not the EDUID. The password is the student's lower case first initial + UPPER case last initial + West Ada Student ID.
Example: My name is Charlie Brown and my West Ada ID number is 2001234567.
My username: 2001234567
My password: cB2001234567
Power School is where you will find your grades. The grade in Peak/Fuel Ed is most likely different and NOT CORRECT. Please check Power School for your grades. This is where I will take attendance as well.
Class Time is from:
7:45-9:15 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8:00-9:26 on Wednesdays
We will have live Teams Meetings Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We will meet all together starting at 7:45 for about 45 minutes or so depending on need. Fridays will be a quick meeting where students can get extra help and not be recorded. After the live session, students are expected to be working on the curriculum in Peak/Fuel Ed and get as much done as they can in the time allotted for the period.
On Wednesdays and Fridays, I will either open a Teams meeting during the period for anyone to get extra help, or I might do conferences with certain students who need extra help. During our allotted period time, students should be working on their assignments in Peak/Fuel Ed that are on their checklist for the week.
- Be on time and ready to go. If you are late, I might not see you pop in. Sometimes we will be in break-out rooms and this is difficult to do if you are not ready on time.
- Please try to limit distractions around you. It is important everyone is ready to learn and participate when class starts so we can accomplish all our tasks.
- Do not spam the meeting with a ton of gifs or other messages. Only post if it is appropriate and on topic.
- Use the reaction buttons to let your classmates know when you agree or disagree and give them a thumbs-up or a round of applause to encourage them.
- Pay attention and be ready to answer questions and participate!
- Please keep your mic muted unless you have ‘raised your hand’ or I have asked you to speak (just like you would in class). With a lot of students in one live session, it can become difficult to maintain an organized meeting otherwise.
- Turn off notifications from email and social media so you aren't distracted.
- When speaking, please stay on topic and be school appropriate.
- Be respectful! Just because we are behind a screen it does not mean that people are not vulnerable.
Grades are based on total points.
Grades in Power School are your REAL grades. You should check Power School often for you current grades. Assignments not done on the assigned date will be put in as a zero until it is completed.
In order to do well on the quizzes and tests, you should complete all of the readings and take notes on what you read. Do not expect to do well on quizzes or assignments without reading and taking notes.
You will typically have a quiz and two or three assignments once a week. We will do 2 units a week.
Discussions- You will typically do one to two discussions per week. Discussions are worth 20 points. In order to get full points for your discussion, you must answer the prompt in detail AND respond to 3 other students posts. A response is short, typically one to two sentences either asking a question about what they have written or writing a positive comment about what they wrote.
Graded Assignments- Graded assignments range anywhere from 10-22 points. Students should read the assignments carefully as well as read the rubric so they can understand what to do. In my live classes, I will explain the assignment so that is why it is very important students either come to class or watch my recordings.
Final Project- Students will complete a final project at the end of the quarter worth 50 points. For the final project, students will take what they have learned over the course of the quarter and create a Power Point presentation. Students should use their notes they have taken over the quarter to help them do this project.