Heroes Helpful Hints

How to keep up-to-date with your 6th grader

1. How will I know what homework my child has or when a test is coming up?

Ask your child to show you their Google calendar each night.

Special codes:

LG: Learning goal - the general topic or what they are learning

CW: Classwork - items done in class

HW: Homework - items to be completed at home. These are normally due at the beginning of the next class period.

2. How can I help my child study or do homework?

Many times teachers will post completed notes, videos, and practice items on Brightspace/D2L. Brightspace/D2L is like the "textbook". Ask your child what the current unit is and find that module/folder. Modules/Folders are listed in Content on the left side.

Students should be reviewing their classwork EVERY night they have that class, even if specific homework has not been assigned. In Life Education classes, students are working to create a study skills booklet. This booklet is filled with ideas for how to study. Also included are ways to study for specific content areas.

3. What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is where students do a lot of their work. It is like their "folder with papers". Students' calendars will indicate if homework is in Google Classroom.

4. How can I stay up-to-date with my child's grades?

Please ask your child to show your their grades in PowerSchool. It is a great idea to check this weekly to stay current. Be sure to click on the overall letter grade for the course to see the specific tests that make up that grade.

If you are concerned about a test score, please talk to your child about retaking the test. This should be done very soon after the low score was earned. Each teacher has practice work for the student to complete before retaking the test to help them do better the second time.

Please remember it is the student's responsibility to complete the work and schedule the retake.

5. What is the sticky note on my child's desktop?

Students are encouraged to use the sticky notes to make note of homework assignments and upcoming tests. This helps students remember what homework is due. Students may erase items as they are completed.