Hello Parents and Students!
I have missed your children dearly and cannot wait to start this new method of learning with them! My goal is to have open communication and flexibility in order to make distance learning work for everyone. Please be understanding, as this is new for everyone. In the following sections you will see a plan for the upcoming weeks. Please be mindful that this is subject to change as we see what is working and what is not.
The best way to communicate with me is still through Class Dojo. If you do not have access to class dojo, please email me for a new student code. If email is preferrable to you, this is another great way to contact me. My email is email@example.com.
Both email and Class Dojo will be up and running throughout each day.
Google Voice Phone Number: (352) 559-6198 calls and messages can be recieved through this number.
Google Classroom will be my primary method of assigning and collecting classwork. Students should be familiar with Google Classroom and majority should already have access to it through the online portal. Please remember that it can only be accessed by students first logging in to the Marion County Student Desktop Portal on the county website. If your child is not logged into my class for Language Arts and Social Studies, please use the following codes dependent on their group:
E. Jones Homeroom (Group A) - jfsvzs4
A. Jones Homeroom (Group B) - mschmcm
Zoom Meetings for Daily Check-Ins:
Zoom meetings will be held daily for both groups in order to check in daily, as well as to touch base and make sure everyone is on the same page. While they are scheduled for 30 minutes, they may take less time dependent on the day. A Zoom link will be posted on the google classroom site daily. This will give students access to the meeting each day. The schedule for my meetings are as follows:
E. Jones Homeroom (Group A): 9:30-10:00
A. Jones Homeroom (Group B): 10:00-10:30
Mrs. A. Jones and I would like to meet with both groups each day, so please try to be available from 9:30 to 10:30. If your child misses the meeting, please just send me a message so that I am aware they are working on assignments that day.
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.
Office Hours for Extra Support:
I will be available throughout each day, therefore office hours will be upon request of either student (through Google Classroom) or parent (through Dojo or email). I will have all three resources open, so as long as I am not already in another meeting I will be prompt about getting back to you and scheduling help. Help can come in several ways:
- A phone call
- A video conference
- A chat over Google Classroom
When help is requested, please let me know what the struggle is, as well as what your preferred method of contact will be. This way I will be sure to better help your child.
Social Studies Plan:
Each week, your child will be assigned a Social Studies Weeky reading with an activity to follow. The readings can be done online and have interactive questions and videos that correlate. As the reading is completed, with the videos and questions, they will then work on the assigned task that corresponds. Assigned work will be communicated through Google Classroom, as well as posted on this website.
English Language Arts Plan:
Students will be assigned work through Google Classroom from various websites. Each week we will focus on a specific skill, much like we do in class. We are in review mode for the year, therefore all standards have been covered in class and we are working to review and remediate anything that was missed. Please do not hesitate to contact me if extra support is needed.
iReady Online Instruction:
Students are still being asked to work on iReady online for 45 minutes in both Reading and Math each week. Please be sure that students are not getting on this program for over an hour in either subject. Getting 45 minutes each week with a 70% pass rate or higher is the goal.
Daily expectations and recommendations:
Students are asked to read AT LEAST 20 minutes each day. This can be done on MyON or with a book they have at home. I also am asking students to keep a narrative journal about their experiences during this time. They can write thoughts, feelings, what they have been doing while either social distancing or isolating, their wishes for the future, etc. The writing does not have to be shared, though students may share something they wrote during our morning meetings.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or anything is needed for your child to succeed.
Thanks for your support,
Mrs. E. Jones