5/22 4th QTR ASSIGNMENTS FINAL DUE DATEPosted by Jason Kasper on 5/22/2020
Congratulations ALL students. No more assignments will be posted to Google Classroom. This means you have the next (11) days to get 8 gradable assignments complete for grading. What does complete mean? It means I will check to see if you (a) made an attempt at putting the correct answers on the PDF (b) that you completed the work in its entirety (c) If you followed instructions on the assignment (d) How difficult the assignment was that you chose to do to represent towards the eight - among other factors. Remember, if you do the bare minimum, expect the bare minimum grade in kind. There is no reason (8) assignments cannot be completed by June 1st- Even if you start today. Any questions please email me.
5/15 GRADING BEGINS NEXT WEEKPosted by Jason Kasper on 5/15/2020
ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: GRADES WILL BE UPLOADED BEGINNING NEXT WEEK. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE EIGHT (8) GRADE-ABLE ASSIGNMENTS IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY MAY 29th. PLEASE EMAIL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS.
4/28 IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PROGRESS REPORTS (ALL STUDENTS)Posted by Jason Kasper on 4/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
ALL US HISTORY & EARTH SCIENCE CLASSES: Your grades have been entered into Skyward. Currently, if you do not have (3) completed assignments you have a "zero" marked for one or more of the weeks - (3 grades so far, 3 weeks of grades). These "zeros" will remain as placeholders until you get the work to me. Unfortunately, as we are pressed against the deadline for getting work in before the Progress Reports for Q4. Therefore you have only a short window to get the work to me to be reflected on the Progress Reports, but I still will be taking this past due work well after the Progress Report goes out, so do not fret but also do not fall too far behind. Use your time wisely to ensure you are doing what the school is expecting of you.
FOR STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED WORKPACKETS: I need you to reach out to me as soon as possible to provide me with your progress. I have made efforts to reach you however most, if not all have not communicated back to me. In the event I do not get the work packet progress sent to me (in photo form) for at least 3 assignments, I will have to apply a place holder "zero" until I have enough work to account for the expected work.
- Mr. K
04/26 Progress Reports Due Out Soon - Get Assignments To Me ASAPPosted by Jason Kasper on 4/26/2020
ALL STUDENTS: My grading will be finalized for the progress reports by 8 pm tomorrow (Monday, April 27). It is your responsibility to go into Skyward Tuesday morning (April 28th) to look over your grades to account for any missing work. I am not addressing the grade, only missing work. If you have a zero for one, or more, of the weeks and you submitted it in GOOGLE CLASSROOM, it is YOUR responsibility to reach out to me BEFORE Wednesday 12 pm, so I can see it and adjust the Gradebook accordingly. Let me be clear, I have sent you instructions on how assignments are to be accounted for in Google Classroom. It is up to you to stay on top of your responsibilities and to stay committed to your classes. If you reach out to me about a zero for an assignment I will go into Google Classroom to see if the (3) required assignments are there. For the students who have been on top of their work, please continue to do the good job you've been doing. There are many of you and I am extremely proud of what you do. Time is extremely limited before the progress reports are required to be finalized so be sure to be on top of your classes and don't fall behind. Please also note, that even one zero can crater your grade before the progress reports, so be sure to do at least the minimum so you are not having to play catch-up. As always, I am here to help so reach out if you have any questions about this.
4/17 Progress Reports & Important InformtionPosted by Jason Kasper on 4/17/2020
The Progress Report 4 window has been extended from Thursday, April 23rd to Thursday, April 30th.
As a district, grades will begin posting in Skyward using an automated process beginning Thursday, April 30th and will close on May 4th at 11:59pm. Assignments that appear in the gradebooks ON or BEFORE Thursday, April 30th will be included within Progress Report 4.
Parents and students will be encouraged to check Skyward’s Student and Family Access for their student’s progress, as progress reports for Q4 will not be printed.
For students who do not have at least one assignment completed a week, they will see a zero each week. It is up to the students to complete assignments at their own pace but within a reasonable time frame to allow the teacher to apply a grade for the week.
Please adhere to the teacher’s rubric and follow instructions. This is calculated in your grade. Many of you are not reading the posts on the Teacher’s website and Google Classroom. Students need to follow the instructions that have been provided by the teacher to submit the work in Google Classroom (See GOOGLE CLASSROOM STREAM DATES APRIL 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th). The following of instructions includes how to properly submit your work in Google Classroom for a grade. It must be done with DOCHUB and submitted directly in Google Classroom. According to the teacher’s rubric, if you fail to follow the instructions of submitting work, the teacher reserves the right to deduct points for failure to follow instructions. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to Mr. Kasper.
Also students are required to go into Google Classroom to complete the work assigned. Students who do not have access to internet or a computer/Chromebook need to make arrangements to get a packet of work from the school.
Lastly, any issues or questions with work should be brought to Mr. Kasper’s attention as soon as possible. Work has been structured to not be overwhelming but also provide a high level of learning. If you have a question about something in terms of the content or how to do something, email Mr. Kasper.
Thank you for all you do for our students and stay safe.
4/8 Update from Mr. KasperPosted by Jason Kasper on 4/8/2020 4:00:00 PM
I hope you're doing well considering all we have going on in the world. I just want to update you on a few things as we are now a week in on the distance learning.
1. Many students are still adapting to the distance learning program and many are still getting set up on the student learning system. I am trying my best not to overload your schoolwork but also still cover everything we would have. Please keep this perspective. a. It is all at your own pace (provided you complete one assignment a week for grading) and b. I am giving you work as if it was our normal 5-day school work in a reduced and refined manner. So, please understand the ultimate goal is to keep you up to date with your education. I have been slowly rolling out work to allow you time to get used to the system.
2. Remember you are getting graded once a week for your school work, please get to it in a reasonable time frame - I will be putting the first grade in this week or early next.
3. IMPORTANT - Part of what school work you do for me is the aspect of following instructions. I have dropped two videos at least with one guide on how to get the work into Google classroom. Unfortunately, even after all of this, students are either trying to request to edit PDFs in Google Docs (which is not the way) or emailing me the work. Please follow the proper instructions I've previously provided. I weigh your ability to follow the instruction in with grading, so be sure not to discount yourself by failing to do so.
Here is a screenshot of how at the minimum if you take a picture of your work, how to get it into Google Classroom (though I prefer you edit it in DOCHUB instead):
----YOU ARE JUST CLICKING ADD AND SELECTING THE PHOTO OF THE WORK.
Lastly, stay safe and as updates from the school come across, I will keep you in the loop.
- Mr. K
Technology Support Number & Important DisclosurePosted by Jason Kasper on 4/3/2020
This number can be used by you or your family for any technology troubleshooting.
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
4/2 Important Updates from Mr. KasperPosted by Jason Kasper on 4/2/2020 9:00:00 AM
Good morning. A couple of things I wanted to mention:
First, as mentioned previously, I understand that each of you have different time commitments with things going on a home as a result of the Corona situation. So two important reminders: (A) This is at your own pace workload and secondly (B) these will not be live classes. To be able to get everyone together on the same page and same time, especially with your commitments and other responsibilities to classes it would be impossible to do so. So all the content will be pre-recorded so that you have all the tools you need to get the education you deserve the same way and the same quality as if we were all in the same room.
Be sure to keep up with your work, and per the standard set by the Board of Education, you will receive roughly 3 assignments a week, with at least one grade going into the grade book. That means two days during the school week, you will not get work assigned. Rather, the expectation is that you work on the assignments I place in there for you and keep a reasonable pace with them. I’ve been told that regardless of how we end the year, grades on these online assignments will apply to Skyward. Keep in mind, since we don’t know how this is going to work out with this virus, remote work may be the way we finish out the year. Please do your best to get things in order and let me know how I can help you succeed.
Even with 3 assignments assigned during the 5 day week, you are still required to go into Google Classroom and to my teacher site for updates daily. You don’t want to miss out on vital information.
I will continue to be available from 9am to 10am AND 3pm to 4pm during the weekdays. The easiest way to reach me is to send an email which I will respond to promptly in the order I receive them. Please allow me some time to respond. It should not take more than 24hrs.
As this is a work at your own pace structure, I have pushed out the due dates roughly a week for each assignment. I understand you have responsibilities at home and to other teachers so I want you to utilize time effectively. Make sure on the two days a week you don’t have work from me that you are working on classwork.
Make sure that you log into your student portal to verify you can access your textbook online. Please email me if you cannot.
The grading structure remains the same. You will receive the same type of assignments as you have been in class all year so far. For presentations, since none of the workload is a live presentation, you may or may not have voiceovers on the presentations.
Please reach out if you have a question about any of this. I know it is a lot of information, but I am here to help you get through this.
LASTLY - FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO GOOGLE CLASSROOM HERE IS AN IMPORTANT LINK TO HELP YOU LEARN A BIT ABOUT IT. CLICK HERE.
Please let me know how I can help you. I am here for you.
Have a great day!
3/31 (For US History and Earth Science Classes)Posted by Jason Kasper on 3/31/2020
As determined by the Department of Education in the state of Florida. Students will not report to school at least until May 1st. We will be distance learning up to that point.
Be sure to check Google Classroom daily and/or my website.
IN REGARDS TO STUDENTS WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS:
It has been determined that paper copies will be made available to you if you do not have internet access at home. Rather than collect the paperwork back, it will be the responsibility of the students to take a picture of the work and upload it to the assignment in Google Classroom. If you cannot do that prior to our expected return to school, it will be your responsibility to save them to your phone and upload them upon your return to school on May 1st. Please reach out to Mr. Kasper or the school directly if you will need paper copies.
3/30 Important Message from Mr. Kasper (US History & Earth/Space Science)Posted by Jason Kasper on 3/29/2020
Dear Parents and Students,
Please understand first and foremost, things at this time are in flux and could change. This blog will be where I post information regarding how we will be doing our school work for the foreseeable future or until April 15th (the target date set by the state for students to return)
Each school day, starting Wednesday, April 1st, I will drop the school content to our Google Classroom account. Please be registered by Wednesday in the correct class. (see the tab IMPORTANT Google Classroom for instructions)
ALL WORK WILL BE DROPPED INTO THE GOOGLE ACCOUNT.
It is up to the student to stay on top of their Google Classroom account to not fall behind. These items will be graded in the grade book.
As with my usual school work, I will still try to do a mixture of the following:
Presentations (with voiceover instruction if applicable/possible)
Guided notes & Cornell notes
Some video content with reciprocal note-taking
Further note the following: These will not be live, online classes. They will be pre-recorded and pre-selected by me. Therefore, you can pace the work as you see fit to do, but understand you should not fall behind in your responsibilities to my class.
To assist you, I will be available from 9 am to 10 am in the morning and 3 pm to 4 pm in the afternoon MONDAY TRU FRIDAY to talk should you have any questions. If it is something that can be done by email, please email me and I will get to it when time permits.
Finally, you should be able to access your textbooks for all of your classes through your student portal. If you have any issues doing so, please let me know.
Keep a lookout and check my teacher website regularly to stay on top of things.
Have a great day!