JCHS Parent Resource Room

2020-2021

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Welcome to the JCHS Parent Resource Room!

Scroll down to view many online resources concerning academics, communication, college and career, mental health, and community organizations. We hope you will find this to be a useful tool as you and your child navigate your way through high school. Please let us know if we can help you in any way!


Your JC Family Engagement Coordinators-

Shelley Dunlap (sdunlap@jones.k12.ga.us - 478-986-3032 Ext. 1284)

Melody Nebel (mnebel@jones.k12.ga.us - 478-986-3032 Ext. 1285)

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Infinite Campus for Parents

Parents, say hello to your sidekick! Parent engagement has a direct correlation to student success. Students with engaged parents are more likely to have higher self-esteem, lower absenteeism and earn high grades or test scores. So what are you waiting for? Log into Campus Parent and get engaged today!


PARENT FAVORITES:

  • Accessing student grades: Give that praise and encouragement for that A or B they studied hard for!
  • Review attendance and absences: Get real-time notifications if your student is absent.
  • Seeing assignments due or upcoming exams: YES, you can finally know what your student is studying!
  • Notifications for School/District Announcements: Never miss a big event again!
  • Lunchroom information: Is student making healthy choices? Fueling the body, fuels the mind.


CONNECT TODAY:
Campus Parent can be accessed on the web (login information is received from your district) or using the Campus Parent mobile app. Click HERE to see the video for all that it has to offer!

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Student and Parent Guide to Microsoft Teams
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Remind Helps You Stay Connected!

You are your child’s first teacher. Student success depends on the support of networks that include parents, teachers, and other key stakeholders in their school communities. To strengthen these partnerships, teachers are using Remind to bring learning home. Remind is a free, safe messaging app that keeps families up to date with what’s happening in the classroom. Teachers can send messages to an entire class, smaller groups, or individuals. These quick, simple messages can help you and your student stay informed about:

• Homework assignments

• Field trip updates

• Schedule changes

• Personalized support or feedback

• And more!


Signing up is easy! To join a Remind class, you’ll need a class code from a teacher, coach, administrator, or organization leader. Each code is unique, but it always looks like this: @classcode. Once you have a class code, there are three ways to join the class:

1. Sign up for text notifications by texting @classcode to 81010.

2. Go to www.remind.com/join/classcode and follow the directions.

3. Download the Remind app from the App Store or Google Play, sign up for an account with your email address, and enter the class code when prompted.

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CommonLit

CommonLit is a free digital tool that helps students in grades 9-12 make measurable gains in reading and writing. Teachers at JCHS have created free accounts, so students can have access to CommonLit's free library of high-interest, standards-aligned lessons.
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IXL Math

IXL Math is a website where students can practice math problems at nearly every grade level. Questions are administered one at a time, in a fun and interactive environment. Users are notified if they are right or wrong immediately after submitting an answer.


IXL Math is currently being updated to feature higher level content like Algebra and Trigonometry. There is a myriad of content, ordered like a textbook, making it easy for users to scaffold their learning. The featured questions are generated to mesh with common core standards across all fifty states.

IXL Parent Tutorial
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Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a free online resource that allows students to learn anytime, anywhere, with material that is uniquely appropriate for them. Students can explore new topics and strengthen their skills by doing practice problems and tutorials. As students learn, their activity feeds into reports that show important information such as strengths and weaknesses in a particular concept. By using Khan Academy, you'll be able to provide a more personalized learning experience for your child.

Parent Quick-Start Tips: For Kids Ages 13+

Khan Academy's Parent's Guide to Official SAT Practice

With Official SAT Practice, students get a 100% free, personalized practice program for the SAT through an exclusive partnership between Khan Academy and the College Board, the makers of the SAT. By making world-class SAT preparation available to anyone, anywhere, we hope to level the playing field so that every student has equal opportunity for college readiness!


Practice that works:

Students who prepare using Official SAT Practice see substantial improvement in their SAT scores. Our research suggests three best practices associated with substantial improvements in SAT scores: leveling up your skills, taking a full-length practice test, and following personalized practice recommendations. Students who used Official SAT Practice for six or more hours and followed at least one best practice scored 39 points more from PSAT/NMSQT® to the first SAT than students who did not use Official SAT Practice.


Personalized to your child:

With Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, your child will:


  • get a personalized plan tailored to their strengths and weaknesses based on their previous PSAT/NMSQT® or SAT results or our diagnostics;
  • hone their skills with thousands of practice questions, hints, and video lessons;
  • take up to eight official full-length practice tests online or on paper;
  • receive instant feedback and adaptive recommendations for what to practice;
  • set a personalized practice schedule to get reminders for when to practice; and
  • review expert tips and strategies for the test.


Check out our overview of Official SAT Practice video to get a sense of the student experience.

Lexia

Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® is designed to help struggling and nearly-proficient readers in grades 9–12 become proficient readers and confident learners. PowerUp helps educators simultaneously address gaps in fundamental literacy skills while helping students build the higher-order skills they need to comprehend, analyze, evaluate, and compare increasingly complex literary and informational texts. Blending online student-driven explicit instruction with offline teacher-delivered lessons and activities, PowerUp empowers secondary teachers—regardless of their background or expertise in reading—to deliver the exact instruction each student needs to become a proficient reader.
  • Address the instructional needs of a wide range of reader profiles
  • Engage, challenge, and motivate adolescent students to take ownership of their learning
  • Help students develop the skills they need to succeed in content-area classes

Lexia is used as a part of our Response to Intervention (RTI) program at JCHS.

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Odysseyware

Odysseyware is an online curriculum for students in grades 9-12 used at JCHS. Odysseyware is student-paced, mastery-based, teacher-interactive online learning. Let’s break this down and see exactly what that means.


Students work at their own pace when using Odysseyware. The system generates assignment due dates, but students can work ahead as they are ready to do so. If they need more time for an activity, they can take the time they need. Due dates are guidelines to ensure timely completion and do not hinder student pace.


“Mastery-based” means the student must show they understand one concept before moving to the next. This approach prevents learning gaps and ensures thorough learning. In practical terms, a student has to achieve a 70% on one task before they can move on to the next.


Odysseyware provides many opportunities for teachers to see student work. There are teacher-graded questions in every lesson. Also, if a student needs help or has a question, they can message the teacher from the page on which they are working. When the teacher receives the message, they can see exactly on what the student is working and where they are struggling or need help. This efficient process keeps the student moving forward and keeps learning authentic.


Check out the Parent's User Guide HERE.

Parent Intro Video
parent portal
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Your child may or may not be using Read 180. If your student is using READ 180, it's a blended learning solution that pairs powerful adaptive technology with teacher-led instruction. READ 180 is designed to provide personalized, purposeful instruction to accelerate reading success. It provides individualized digital experiences that engage students and ensure the mastery of critical reading skills.
How to Motivate Your Child to Read

Your emotional support means everything to your student. Even when your student acts out or tests your limits, he or she is looking to you for guidance, love, and acceptance. Click here to read about how to motivate your child to read.

Reading and Technology

Technology can be a powerful tool in your child’s education. The Internet, audiobooks, and eBooks can allow your child to have fun while practicing reading, writing, and listening skills.

Reading Success at School

Even though your own life is busy, keeping track of your student’s school life is critical to his or her success. Stay informed of what your student’s school has to offer, and take advantage of it.

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Revision Assistant

Revision Assistant is an online revision tool for students. It allows for students to submit responses to teacher-assigned writing prompts, receive instant feedback, and share their work and revisions with teachers.


*All main campus students have access.

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Snap & Read

Snap&Read is the Next-Generation reading tool for Google Chrome, iPad and more, that can cover the most diverse reading needs. It reads both accessible and inaccessible text aloud, it levels vocabulary, and it translates, delivering usage data to teachers who then can more easily assess students’ reading needs individually. Snap&Read makes Google even better by extending the capabilities of the Chrome browser to cover the most diverse student reading needs.


Read Aloud

Listen to text as it’s read aloud across websites, PDFs, and Google Drive. It also reads in other languages.

Dynamic Text Leveling

Dynamically adjust the readability of text without changing the meaning.

Translation

Translate text into 100+ languages on any webpage.

Study Tools

Pull text into an outline, then organize it and add notes.

Remove Distractions

Snap&Read improves text readability with the Remove Distractions feature. A single click gets rid of distracting content and adjusts fonts, spacing and number of characters per line creating the best online reading experience possible. The Remove Distractions tool also reformats any webpage to read—distraction-free—alongside an open outline.

Color Overlay/Reading Line Guides

Snap&Read Color Overlay and Reading Line Guides brings focus to text paragraph-by-paragraph and even line-by-line—by masking the reading area.

Picture Supported Dictionary

Clear definitions plus MULTIPLE icon representations enhance meaning. Use tools to better understand definitions—read aloud, Dynamically Text Leveling, and Translation.

Bibliographer

Automatically cite sources on any webpages

Screenshot Reader

Instantly get access to text embedded in images, inaccessible PDFs, and Flash through Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Readability Analyzer

See the grade level equivalent of the text on any webpage.

Annotation

Highlight and add text to PDFs then save to Google Drive, One Drive, or download.

Data Collection

Quickly see how much students are reading and the readability levels of the what they read.


*All main campus students have access.

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USA Test Prep

1. WHAT IS USA TEST PREP?

We are an online learning platform aligned to each state’s specific standards. That means the content a student is seeing in Alabama may differ from that seen in Texas, based on what each state tests on, by grade. Teachers can assign quizzes, videos, practice questions, tests, games, and other items, and track each student’s individual progress.

2. HOW DO I GET MY CHILD LOGGED IN?

Go to https://www.usatestprep.com/member-login and log in to the site using the school’s Account ID and your child’s username and password. If your child doesn’t have their name and password, they can contact their teacher for new access info.

If your child’s school has a Clever or Classlink account, or if your child has a Google account, you can visit the member page and log in through one of those accounts directly.

3. IS THERE A QUICK OVERVIEW FOR EVERYTHING THAT’S HERE?

Why, it just so happens there is! You can help your child get started (or get up-to-speed yourself!) with this Student Quick-Start Guide (printable PDF) or this student tutorial video. The video covers how to:

  • customize an avatar
  • join a class
  • find assignments
  • find graded worked/test results
  • earn tokens to play games in the arcade

The video also shows your child how to increase their knowledge in weak areas by completing practice activities.

In addition, you’ll learn how to track and see progress on what your child has completed based on our dot rank system and how it correlates with the work your child’s teacher has had them complete.

4. WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN MY CHILD DO ON THEIR OWN?

Your child can complete various activities (practice questions, vocabulary sets, tests, performance tasks, and instructional videos) and you can monitor their progress by navigating to PRACTICE at the top of the page and choosing a subject area. USATestprep’s color-coded Dot Rank system will indicate strengths and areas for improvement by standard.

5. CAN I SEE HOW MY CHILD IS PERFORMING IN USA TEST PREP?

Parents/Guardians can opt-in to receive weekly progress reports from USATestprep based on their child’s activities in the platform. To sign up for this feature, please follow these steps:

  1. Have your child log in to USATestprep.
  2. In the top right corner, hover over your child’s name and select "My Account."
  3. Within the “Progress Report” section, enter your name and email address. NOTE: The "Send a copy to me" option is if you would like your child to receive the same report.
  4. Confirm your email address.

Progress report emails are sent late Saturday evenings and will come from donotreply@usatestprep.com. You can visit Graded Work to review anything they had previously worked on, as well as figure out what standards they might need to do some additional practice.

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YouScience Aptitude Test

WHAT YOU LIKE

Do you have a favorite hobby? Game? Would you rather be hanging outside – or staying indoors? All of that – your preferences, your interests, your favorites – impact the careers that you will most enjoy. And while interests change as we grow and experience new things, what you like today is important in planning your next steps!


WHAT YOU DO WELL

What is an “aptitude” anyway? It’s a shorter way of saying “the natural ability”. You have some amazing talent. Everyone does. Some of us are talented test takers or project makers, story writers or puzzle solvers. Whatever you excel at, YouScience can help uncover the kind of problems your brain is wired to solve and connect that potential with the programs and careers that need YOU.


IT ALL COMES TOGETHER

Your best-fit future can be found where your talent and passion meet. YouScience Discovery is designed to reveal both natural abilities & personal interests – the perfect combo. Your profile includes in-depth detail about what makes you awesome, matches to more than 500 careers, and detailed career info, like a day in the life, salary, and how to get there.


Use the following DIRECTIONS to access your YouScience Aptitude Test that your student took at school and review it with your family!

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If you feel your child is in need of tutoring, please contact his/her teacher for information on tutoring opportunities.
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1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373)

1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373) is a free statewide helpline that will give you information you can use wherever you live in Georgia. Callers can talk to a trained individual who cares and wants to help.

Care Source

Find mental health support through local therapists, support groups, and other helpful resources.

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Parent Institute Newsletters

Click here to access the monthly Parent Institute Newsletters catered to parents of high schoolers.

Jones County Family Engagement Parent Resource Room

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CHECK OUT THE FAMILY ENGAGEMENT FACEBOOK PAGE !

Like the Facebook page to stay current on events and family engagement opportunities for your family!

Jones County Virtual Academy

Click here for JCVA Information!

Jones County Schools Family Engagement

Shelley Dunlap sdunlap@jones.k12.ga.us or 478-986-3032

ext. 1284

Melody Nebel mnebel@jones.k12.ga.us or 478-986-3032

ext. 1285