Back to School Night
Hello EHS Parents!
Over the years, Back to School Night has always been one of my favorite school events because we have the opportunity to meet and chat. This year, as we keep saying, is different. Quite the understatement, I know. So, since we can't meet in the tradition way, I thought I would provide a list of most asked questions, along with answers. Of course, if any of you would like detailed information, not only is everything on Canvas, but you can also email me.
Q1. Is there homework every night?
Yes, in addition to their assignments in Canvas, students are expected to read a minimum of 10 pages a night in their self-selected Independent Reading Book. (I have provided a list of sources for FREE BOOKS in "announcements", if you are interested). Reading is one of the most powerful ways for our students to develop their vocabulary and writing skills, so it is very important that they work at it every day.
Q2. Are students required to attend Zoom each day?
Students can work in Canvas and join us in Zoom class, or they can just watch the Zoom recording on their own. If a student is struggling, I think it is in their best interest to attend each zoom session. To provide support, I have after zoom Question and Answer time, and tutorials to provide help, or just to say hello!
Q3. Is the curriculum strong enough to prepare my student for college?
Yes! I plan learning opportunities for students using the CA State Standards for my English 11 classes, and my English 9 classes. Most assignments provide for drafts, practices, redo's, and edits. Students are offered multiple different ways to show what they are learning, and how they are progressing.
Q4. What are the primary areas of study in English?
The work focuses on providing assignments and tasks that are effective in helping students develop their skills. Specific areas of learning are in both formal and informal writing, grammar and punctuation, speaking and listening, and reading comprehension and analysis.
Q5. What about late work?
Students who continually have problems turning their work in on the due date, will find that the assignment will not let them enter again. The due dates are on each assignment. (Students who have an IEP will be provided supports as written on their documents). Turning in work on time is a skill the real world demands. As is possible, I try to help the students develop real work skills.
Q6. Where are my student's grades located?
Student grades are on both Infinite Campus, and Canvas.
Q7. If I have a question, how do I reach you?
Best way is to send me an email at [email protected]
Q8. Who do we contact if our student has technology problems?
Contact [email protected]
Q9. What problems are you seeing when students are on Zoom during class?
Most students are a joy to see each day on Zoom. They care about their learning, and work hard. However, there are a few students who are on zoom, but not engaged with the learning session. Instead, I see them listening to music, watching another device (T.V., phone, video game), eating food, or sleeping, Obviously, they are not focused on the lesson when they are doing these other activities. If you want to know how your student is doing during Zoom class, look at their Academic Discussion grade.
Finally, I want to give out a big "Thank You" for all you do. I appreciate how much extra time and effort we are all putting in to make sure our kids are safe, and developing socially, emotionally, and academically.
Lynn K. Okey, M.Ed. English Instructor