Cool News For February 10th-14th

Jennifer Grant

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Jennifer Grant

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BlackBoard Update: Action Required Before Your First Class Connect Session the Week of February 10th

Due to the new BlackBoard version 12.6 release, families will have to log into Blackboard to load and run the new software prior to attending a Class Connect or conference.

The download is 8 MB and will take extra time to launch the first session after the update. ***This means that students and Learning Coaches may be really late or miss their first session due to the length of time the download will take.

The following action is required:

  • Go to the Class Connect configuration room at least 1 hour prior to the Class Connect you plan to attend.
    • Access the Configuration Room any time after 6 a.m. (MT) Sunday, February 9th but BEFORE your 1st scheduled session of the week. The room is available 24/7.
  • As long as you access the above link at least one hour prior to your Class Connect session, it will give you the needed amount of time for the download to finish. This will be essential, since the Class Connect sessions will not allow you to log in "early."

If you cannot get the link to work, please copy and paste the link into your web browser.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out and ask.

To See or Not to See....His Shadow That Is-Groundhog Day was February 2nd

On Feb. 2nd, the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged and saw his shadow which means 6 more weeks of winter!

Mid-Term Reminder

I want to be sure you are aware of the upcoming Semester/Report Card dates and the progress and attendance goals for your student.

Progress Reports will be generated on the following dates:

Term 6lsa ~April 10, 2014

Term 6lsb ~April 25, 2014

Term 6lsc ~May 6, 2014

Term 6lsd ~May 13, 2014

*Students are expected to reach 50% in each of their courses by this time.

*Full-time students should reach the following attendance goals:

K-2 ~ 360 hours

3-5 ~ 450 hours

Coach to Coach Tips from the January Session:

How does a Learning Coach handle the days when students could not finish everything on their plan the day before?

Below is a great tip from Aruna M.:

Revise the student's schedule with those topics that may not have been completed the previous day. Take those lessons and build them into the earlier part of the day to ensure completion. *** This is also a great time to check out the class connect sessions that we are interested in attending.

For more great tips, suggestions, and schedule examples, check out the session recording! The link is below:

Be sure to check out the February session as well!

Journal Topic:

If you could be an athlete going to the Winter Olympics, what sport would you compete in and why?

Riddle of the Week:

Which month has 28 days?

Answer to Last Week’s Riddle:

What did the calculator say to the other calculator?

"You can count on me!"

Send your guesses to me or wait until next week for the answer :)

Important Dates:

No School

February 7th - Teacher Work Day

February 17th - President's Day

Mid Term Reminder:

Term 4 Midterm is February 18th. Make sure that you are within the 40%-50% progress mark in all courses. If you are struggling, please contact me! Remember, I'm here to help :)

Progress Goals

Please use this guide to keep progress on track. These are suggested %’s to reach 100% by the end of the year.

CC Recordings

Math+ Blue

Language Skills Blue

Math+ Green

Language Skills Green

Language Skills Orange (PG 1) Math Orange (PG 2)

Math+ Purple

Language Skills 3

Math+ Red

Language Skills 4

Math+ Yellow

Language Skills 5

American History A

Science K2

Science 3-5