Minidoka Jr. High Parent Newsletter

September 2022

Message from Mrs. Blood

We are off to an excellent beginning of our first year as Minidoka Jr. High! We have welcomed 21 new students to our school this year. It is a pleasure to get to know each of these students. Elective classes are held every Tuesday, so students are taking health, PE, personal finance and career/technical education as well as the math, language arts, science and social studies core classes. Students are participating in regular mentor meetings with their mentor teachers. These meetings are important to develop relationships, set and review goals, and provide support to each student at MJH.

A reminder to look at the Summit Platform to see exactly how your child is doing in school before you look at PowerSchool grades. We will include links to help you understand how to use the platform as parents; mentor teachers are always happy to help parents/guardians access their child's performance.

Be sure to follow the instructions below to see your child's work ANY time you wish, and in all the detail desired! If you complete the short Parent Summit Survey, you will be entered into a prize drawing to be given away next week!

If you complete the second survey included in this email for parents, you will be entered into a second drawing to be given away next week also.

Dates to Remember

October 6 -PPAT Meeting for any and all parents interested in participating in school planning and decisions. The meeting will be held from 12:30-1:30 here at the school in Conference Room 2. This is a monthly meeting, and lunch is always served. (September Meeting Notes are included in this newsletter)


October 13: 4:30-8:30 Parent Teacher Conferences

October 14: 8:00-12:00 Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences-Students Attend with Parent/Guardian

Parent teacher conferences are rapidly approaching-October 13-14. It is crucial for you to visit with your child's mentor teacher. Students that tend to be absent, sleeping, or disengaged can still get those assignments caught up before it is so late in the year that they are assigned summer school for credits or have to repeat time in the same grade. You can help so much by early intervention. If you are unable to meet on the 13-14, please let the mentor teacher know of another time that can be worked out so every student has home support for school success!

The teacher will ask you to sign up for a time during those 2 days.

Thank you for sharing your child with us!

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.