• Marion County Public Schools may record online classroom sessions utilizing third-party platforms (Zoom, Google Classroom, etc.).  These recordings will only be used for educational purposes and may be shared on other learning platforms.  If you do not want your child’s image or identifying information recorded, utilize your device/platform controls to stop the camera feed from your device.

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  • 4/9-10-20: Good morning class! I can't tell you how much I miss seeing you every day. Each day, more of you return to class, which is great, but there are students I haven't heard from yet. If you know someone who hasn't checked in, please encourage them to do so. What we are doing is real, and it counts.

    To find out the details of what we are doing today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday), check the Classwork Tab for assignments for today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday) in Google Classroom.

    Reminder: You need to check your school email every day, probably more than once a day.

    Also, it is better for me if you can do your assignments signed in to your school account, NOT your private accounts. Right now, I have three scores from an assignment that I can't award because they go to Francesca, klk_62mmg, and Maeve. I don't know who these people are, or even whether they are my students.

    Finally, please make up missed assignments as soon as possible. You know what happens when you put things off.

    Any questions or problems, or even if you just want to talk, email me. Remember to give me the details of the problem and which assignment, so I'll know how to help.

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  • 4/8/20: The Quizizz quiz on the Industrial Revolution is due today. If you haven't done it yet, make sure that you finish it today. Remember that you only get one chance, so study and practice first, then take the quiz. The code for the quiz is posted on Google Classroom.
    Some people still haven't finished either the EdPuzzle or the Google Form or both. I extended the deadline for both to Friday, April 10. Try to finish those up as well.
    If you have any problems, email me.

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  •      Okay, let's see if this works. I have posted GOOGLE CLASSROOM the CODE to take the QUIZIZZ QUIZ on the Industrial Revolution.

         It it set so that you can only play it ONCE. The quiz is available until Wednesday evening at 10 p.m., so don't play until you are ready, but don't wait until the last minute, either.

         NOT connected to this quiz, I had Quizizz send you an invitation to join Quizizz through Google Classroom. That will make it easier for me to share Quizizz and collect scores. A few of you already accepted the invitation. The rest of you need to to that.

         Also, some people have not completed either the EdPuzzle or the Google Form assignment (or both). I extended the deadline to April 10, so you should be able to make that up now.

         Finally, about 50 of my students have not checked in yet. Please contact any friends you are connected to on social media and make sure they know we have reopened virtually. If you know students who do not have Internet, let them know that Spectrum has offered free Internet for 60 days to qualifying families with children in school. They can call 1-844-579-3743 for more information.

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  • Hey all,

    I just sent you an invitation to link Google Classroom and Quizizz. Please accept the invitation.


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  • 4/6/20: Great work! Many of you completed our two assignments on the Industrial Revolution. Some people, however, have not checked in yet. So, I have extended the deadline for the EdPuzzle and Google Forms activities. If you have not completed one or both of these assignments, please do so right away. That will make sure you do not fall behind and help me to identify students who are having trouble getting online.

    We will have a QUIZ on the Industrial Revolution on Tuesday (April 7). Today, you should prepare for that quiz by reviewing the powerpoint, reading Sections 1, 3 and 4 in Chapter 25 of the digital text on Google Classroom (starts on page 714 of the text), and practicing on the Quizizz quiz at the following link: You can play this quiz as often as you like. On the quiz tomorrow you will have ONE attempt, so prepare well.

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  • 4/3/20:  Congratulations. Many of you completed the EdPuzzle assignment successfully. If you haven't done it yet, try to get it done today.

    Our second assignment has two purposes. The first is to give you some more in-depth information about the Industrial Revolution. The second is to make sure that we can navigate powerpoints and Google Forms.
    So, here's what I want you to do. Go to Google Classroom and find today's assignment. Watch the attached powerpoint on the Industrial Revolution. At the same time, open the attached Google Form. Answer the questions on the Google Form as you go through the powerpoint. Remember, there is no time limit, but you only get one chance at each question. Choose carefully.
    When you're done, submit the Google Form.
    This assignment is due by MONDAY, APRIL 6.
    If you have any problems, email me.

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  • 4/2/20 It's time to sign up, sign in and complete your first assignment. If you haven't already done so, make sure you have access to our World History class on Google Classroom. Join our class on EdPuzzle and complete the assignment on The Industrial Revolution. If you need a code, email me.

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  • 4/1/20     All my students: Please remember to check yoou school email.  I sent some of you invitations to join the correct Google Classroom class. Also be sure to join out EdPuzzle class by answering the email invitation I sent you the other day.

    Our first assignment is an EdPuzzle on the Industrial Revolution that is die Friday, April 3.

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  • Office Hours: I will be available online Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to answer any questions you may have and address any problems or concerns that may arise. Please contact me during those times for a quick response.

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  • Hi students,
    First, welcome back (virtually). I hope you're rested and that you and your family are staying healthy.
    Please make sure that you have access to my web page on the LWHS web site, our Google Classroom class, Google Drive, our EdPuzzle class, and Quizizz. I'm going to try to keep assignments interesting and interactive, so you will need access to all those sites.
    You should check my web page and our Goggle Classroom class every day (more than once). I will try to put notices of new assignments on my web page, but the assignments themselves will be on Google Classroom.
    Follow all directions carefully; I'm not there lurking over your shoulder to keep you on the right track. Many assignments will allow only one attempt or will have a time limit, or both.
    Meet all deadlines. Perhaps the greatest danger in working online is procrastination.
    Contact me whenever you have a problem. I will be online often and will answer questions as quickly as possible.
    Our first assignment will be on Wednesday, April 1 (no fooling). Good luck (and keep your fingers crossed that this all works as well as we'd all like it to.


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  • To all Mr. Downs' classes:

    In addition to joining Google Classroom, I will be sending invitations to your emails to join EdPuzzle. Please accept these invitations and join. I expect to use Google Classroom, EdPuzzle and Quizizz frequently while we are online.

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  • Dear students,

    If you haven't done so already (or you have switched sections or classes) Please go to Google Classroom and join my World History class. Many of our assignments will be posted there, so it is critical that you access the corrct Google Classroom every day.

    Some of you never joined Google Classroom. Some of you have switched classes, so you were a member of the wrong section. Anyone who never joined or has changed sections should have gotten an invitation from me to join the right classs. That invitation explains what you have to do.

    Do this NOW so we will be ready to start next week when online classes begin.

    Be healthy. Stay Safe.


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