CIES Wednesday Envelope

for Elementary Staff--November 19, 2014

In This Issue:


  • Parent Report Card Letter
  • Benchmark Literacy and Common Core Standard Alignment
  • OPTIONAL Schoology Training On November 26th (Mark Reporting Day)

  • Using Schoology for Parent Communication

  • Logging in to Benchmark Universe

  • Hour of Code in Your Classroom

  • Ideas for a one iPad Classroom

  • Alternate way to print Phonics Blackline Masters

Parent Report Card Letter

This report card explanation for parents is sent home with the report card each year with Tri 1 report cards. Your secretary will have this letter for you printed in English. Translated versions will be available to be printed at the site.

Curious about how Benchmark Literacy aligns to Common Core Standards?

Click here to view the alignment on the Lit Site


In this document you will find:


  • you will need to download the document to view
  • one tab per unit
  • which weeks and days you will find the standard fits in Whole Group Instruction
  • which small group book titles match the standard including Teacher Guide page numbers and reading level of the book

OPTIONAL Schoology Training On November 26th (Mark Reporting Day)

Both of these sessions will be held on November 26th Mark Reporting Day.

These sessions are totally optional!


6th Grade Teachers are invited to meet with Chris Meyers from the Lakeville School District from 8:00-10:00 AM on November 26th to learn about Schoology. Chris will teach participants how to use Schoology to communicate with parents, add assignments and assessments, and monitor student progress.


K-5 teachers are invited to meet with Chris Meyers from the Lakeville School District from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM on November 26th at Maple Grove Senior High to learn about Schoology and how to begin using it with your students and parents.


Please register in KeepCertified.

Using Schoology to Communicate with Parents.

You may wish to use Schoology to communicate with parents. In order to make this happen, parents will need to create parent accounts at schoology.com with a parent access code provided by a teacher.


There are two steps to this process:

1. Teacher - Distribute parent access codes

Click the link below for documentation on how to distribute parent access codes.

http://d279.us/parentcodes

2. Parent - Create a Parent Schoology Account

Click the link below for documentation on how parents create Schoology accounts. You may want to distribute this document to parents along with their parent access codes.

http://d279.us/createaccount

Are You Having Trouble Logging Onto Benchmark Universe?

Remember Benchmark Universe's New URL! https://osseo.benchmarkuniverse.com/ It may help to clear your browsing history so that it does not bring up the old URL.

Hour of Code in Your Classroom

Using Hour Of Code In Your Classroom


What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is an hour-long introduction to computer programming designed to demystify coding and show students that everyone can learn the basics. At Khan Academy, we’ve crafted several custom-made tutorials for your students that require no prior experience.

Hour of Drawing With Code: Students will learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world's most popular programming languages via two great options:

  • Drag-and-drop: block-based coding for younger students with less typing skills and students on tablet devices (ages 8+).
  • Typing: keyboard-based coding for older students (ages 10+).


Hour of Webpages: Students will learn to make their own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).

Hour of Databases: Students will learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create tables, insert data into them, and do basic querying (ages 12+).

Blended Learning: Working With One iPad

Finding ways to put a single iPad to use in such a way that everyone in class benefits. Click to read article: Working With One iPad
Blended Learning: Working With One iPad

Trouble Printing Blackline Masters?

Unfortunately, some blacklines are not printing correctly at osseo.benchmarkuniverse.com. Benchmark is aware of the problem and is working on it. In the meantime, if you are having trouble, you may also find the blackline masters at this address:


http://phonicsskillsbagsresources.benchmarkeducation.com/

Username: osseo

Password: password

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