Jon's Update 4-13-2020

posted Apr 13, 2020, 12:52 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Greetings Middle School Family,

Last week went really well, all things considered. It sure is delightful to see the students' shiny faces, even if only on a screen. Almost everyone made it to class last week, which was great! 

This week, it's going to be really important you show up, because we're going to break into partners and do a FUN! assignment during your class time.

Please remember to take it easy and do your best to establish a daily routine. Since middle school online classes are from 1-3pm, I recommend you create your school day around that block of time, and just get it done! (And be sure to get outside and enjoy the socially distanced sunshine!)

As usual, please refer to Jupiter Ed to see your assignments and instructions, and grades. I am moving back to our usual plus, check, minus grading system this week. Otherwise known as: 'Great,' 'Good Enough,' 'More Effort, Please.' Showing up is great, but we really do want you to put a little effort into these blog posts. Have fun with them. Share pictures! Share videos! Write for an audience. Make them fun to read.

I'll be grading on a Pass/No Pass basis. To earn a Pass, you need to earn a 70%. You can easily do it!

Your Daily Com/Human Routine:
1. Read for 30 minutes (a book of your choosing) Reading Log due on Friday.
2. Work on your Personal Growth Project for at least 30 minutes.
3. Complete a Blog entry documenting your progress on your P.G.P. (3 total each week plus 1 Weekly Weird Blog Challenge in class.)
4. Turn in a link to your Blog Entry in Jupiter Ed.
5. Read other students' Blogs and make comments.

Office Hours:
Jon and Maizzy will be available from 1-2pm Monday through Thursday on Zoom. If you need, or want to talk with Jon and Maizzy, please use this Zoom Link during the office hour. 

You can also contact us via e-mail, if you have questions, or if you want to schedule another time to meet. We are frequently checking email between 8:30am and 3:15pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am-1:15pm on Friday.

Class Attendance:
You must attend your scheduled Blogger class once a week. Click on the correct link for your Blogger Group below, on the day and time indicated, to join the Zoom Meeting. Please only attend YOUR Blogger Group Meeting.

PE Assignment for the week (From Dan):

Before the video starts I would like the students to run and touch each door in the house!
Please have students familiarize themselves with the video the first time through and instead of them holding the lightsaber, the students can absolutely use a broom, foam noodle, anything to give a little weight or even visual to go along with the video. This video is perfect for exercises and rest time in between, and as always it should be fun!!! Each exercise is 20 seconds long, I would like them to add a little time if the exercises aren't challenging. I would like for the students to go through the video 3x. 

Art Assignment from Pete and Melanie:
Melanie sent a link to a Google Doc with instructions for the Art Assignment this week. Here it is:

Hope you are all taking care of each other. Please reach out if there's anything we can do to help!

All the best,
Jon and Maizzy