be with us all as we power through these last four weeks of distance learning for the 2019-2020 school year.
I hope those of you that are able will join us for the Poetry Slam tomorrow afternoon on Teams through the app with the below link.
Poetry Slam Access Here
Save the Date: May 28, 2020 for the promotion ceremony. All 8th graders are working on a Google slide that will be used during the ceremony. The slide is due Friday. If your child needs help polishing their slide up, Mrs. Williames has access and is happy to help them if they let me know they need/want the help. Slides are due this Friday 5/8/2020 through Google classroom.
A message from The Lanier PTO and the Great 8 Committee:
Dear 8th Grade Families,
We hope this email finds you and your families are well and staying safe at this time. As you have heard, the Governor has officially canceled school (face-to-face model) for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.
As Mr. Wheat & Mr. Williams mentioned during Announcements this morning, while the Great 8 in-person activities have been canceled, we are excited that we will still be able to hold a virtual promotion ceremony for our kids!
To commemorate their time at Lanier, the PTO will be providing each member of the 8th Grade Class an LMS Class of 2020 a beach towel. Summer seems to have arrived earlier than any of us ever expected this year, and this seems to be a fitting way you can remember each and every one of your friends at this time.
Many parents have asked what will happen to the Great 8 dues. Please keep reading to find out!
Traditionally, the graduating 8th Grade class leaves a gift to the school. Each year the gift is paid for by a portion of the Great 8 dues. This year, Mr. Wheat has identified new shade sails for the outdoor eating areas as an important need. Our students utilize this space every day during lunch, and we would love for the class of 2020 to leave their mark by giving this gift for students to enjoy for years to come!
Basically, with regard to dues, you have a couple of options:
(1) If you would like to donate your dues toward the class gift, you don’t have to do anything. That is, you can complete the survey and indicate this accordingly OR if we do not hear from you via the survey by Friday, May 15, 2020 – we will automatically redirect your dues to the 2020 8th Grade Class Gift. Thank you!
(2) If you would prefer a refund of your dues, please complete the survey by Friday, May 15, 2020.
Please click on the following link to complete the Great 8 Dues Survey: https://forms.gle/4oLAfQNQDRBUNngn6
Please note that families who paid via credit card after January 30, 2020 will receive a refund on your card. Families who paid via credit card prior to January 30, 2020, via check or cash, will receive a refund in the form of a check.
If your check has not been cashed, the PTO will contact you directly about your options.
Thank you so much for your support and patience,
The Lanier PTO and the Great 8 Committee
As a mom of a little 6th grade Pup, one of the strategies I used this week to help him prepare was writing down all of his assignments in one place. If your child has their planner, then they could use that, but if not any paper would do. On Monday, I had him go through TEAMS and Google Classroom (G.C.) and find the two required assignments per course. I also asked that he open any attachments to really get a clear idea of how long the assignment might take. I hope my son having all of the assignments listed in one place will help keep us from having a bit of a made dash to get everything done at the end of the week, and that this strategy might help you (your child) as well if this executive functioning has been a struggle so far.
To aid in all things organizational, at long last, Mr. Garrett's Google account has been fixed and he has teacher access to G.C. Starting next week all 4 core 8L teachers will make their weekly assignments via G.C. to be consistent.
Students will have until Friday to finish their assignments if they need time. However, Friday is an official holiday. So if there are any assignments that are more likely to need teacher assistance we can't encourage you enough to get those finished early in the week before the teachers are on holiday. From a parent stand point, a quick check in with your child on Thursday morning might help them to prioritize their day.
Things seem to be changing so rapidly, I keep having to go back and redo work because it does not match with the most recent decision. I know last week, I told you that the work was the end of the 5th cycle. However, yesterday afternoon we were told that we should keep taking late/missing/redo grades from the 5th cycle (from prior to March 13) until Thursday 4/9/2020. So that is why I am quickly whipping up all of this information to get it to you as quickly as possible. If your child has a failing grade, there is still time, although not very much, to make an attempt to raise the grade. Have your child reach out to their teacher(s) to see what can be done in the next 48 hours or so.
We hope that everything went as well as can be expected at home. We really hope it went perfectly, but it's hard to reach perfection. We hope your bumps were small and your silver linings were wide.
Math and Algebra
Here is a resource we hope will help when completing your math work. Distance Learning
Would algebra classes appreciate access to the financial literacy materials the math 8 students are using? Do you have the spare time to learn about saving for college and managing debt? I would be happy to add the materials if you think they would be useful. Just let me know!
Mr. Duesterbeck would like to know if any parents have issues with explaining history or writing with their students. Reach out if there were any problems. ALL assignments due on Friday by 4pm.
Stay updated with GC and Teams and use my emails to communicate if you need help.
This is the last week of the 5th grading cycle!
I want to say a few things before we head into the 3 day weekend. Your cluster teachers want you to know that if you are feeling any level of anxiety about distance learning, we hope you will be able to set those nervous feelings aside. We know that there is going to be a steep learning curve next week as we head into our new learning environment, and we want to be able to support you. Keep in communication with us, let us know if things aren't working out for your, for whatever reason, we are going to be very flexible. For those of you that are excited, YAY! Know that we are too. No more bathroom passes for two weeks and an hour long lunch break. This is HEAVEN!!!
I am going to post assignments each Monday for the week, that does not mean that I am expecting you to be able to do all of the work by yourself. In fact, all of your teachers have been told to post all of their assignments on Monday, and none of us expect that you will be able to do all of the work independently. We are giving you access to the material so that you are able to best plan the use of your time. Your teachers will be available during the scheduled class times, on TEAMS, to teach you necessary components of the work so that you are able to complete all assignments by the end of the school day on Friday. Now if you want to work ahead, go for it! Do what you can do, but please refraining from asking questions about the assignments until after the live TEAMS meeting intended to teach you the material and go over the details of our expectations.
Expect that Tuesday and Wednesday will be much like the first day of school in a building. People might be lost, or late, and we get that. Expect teachers to be going over rules and expectations, filling you in on all of the great things we've been planning this week. What will be different, most (if not all) teachers will probably record the meeting so if you are late, or you zone out, you will be able to watch the parts you missed.
I know you might be wondering, what happened to our Google classroom for Mr. Garrett. Well, there is a technical error that was out of our control. HISD is having to ask Google to fix it! He is waiting, and hoping he doesn't have to wait too much longer.
Enjoy your weekend, download TEAMS, and don't forget today is the LAST day to update your Imagine Math project grade by completing lessons!
I hope I don't get to used to the slow start to the morning. It might be hard to adjust to packing lunches and rushing out the door to beat the traffic on my way to Lanier. My other big thought of the day, "Wow, this website is getting a lot of traffic!"
Please take the time before Tuesday when "classes" start to download to the Microsoft TEAMS app to your phone as well as any other devices that you will be using during our digital learning 2020 phase. From your computer, http://office365.houstonisd.org/ and select the TEAMS App. You will use your usual HISD log-in information.
The HISD IT team is ready to help! There is support located on the HISD H.O.M.E page.
General IT support
Webinars - I notice none are scheduled for today, but I figure that doesn't mean new ones won't be announced!
Schedule a meeting - You can actually schedule IT support!
When using TEAMS it is going to be very important that students follow the norms set up by their teachers in order for the live meetings to be a success for all learners. We will be sharing expectations with the students and parents we ask that you please reiterate the importance of being a good virtual citizen.
Below, please find attached the schedule that we will use during our period of Distance Learning.
My day consisted of several virtual meetings with different groups of coworkers and individuals mixed with lots of being a Mommy and some periodic yoga stretches because I am not used to sitting all day. Maybe some of things sound familiar to your day as well.
We have the codes to enter the US History Google classrooms. Mr. Duesterbeck was excited to report that many students have apparently already found their way into the classes.
We should also have an expected schedule for class attendance coming soon. Stay tuned!
Your 8L teachers continue to work hard preparing for next Tuesday March 31 when school work, and grades, continue.
Have you taken the H.O.M.E. survey? If not please do so, it will help us in our preparation.
Yesterday, I shared that MyON would be available. I will send the required log-in information via email so that you are able to get that going.
Our students are used to using Google classroom in math and science, so to keep things easiest on them, we will be rolling out Google classrooms for history and ELA as well. I will bring you those class codes soon!
Good afternoon! It's strange for me to already be on my couch working before 4 PM on a Monday. There is certainly going to be an adjustment period as I learn how to balance being a stay at home mom with being a work from home teacher. I hope this week will give us all time to find balance using the HISD H.O.M.E features while us teachers work to prepare for next week, when on March 31st the digital learning goes into full effect.
I would like to encourage you to take the HISD H.O.M.E. survey so we can determine who does and does not have access to technology. This information will be vitally important starting next week when we will start to take our normal 2 grades per week minimum in each course.
For this week, to prevent total brain rot, I encourage you to utilize some of the online resources that HISD provides to our kids. Due to the pandemic, HISD has opened up access to Imagine Literacy for all learners and it looks like MyON is on track to be available as well.
It is hard to believe that we are already a week into the 5th 6 weeks. Report cards go home today!
Next week is a busy week. All students will take a literacy benchmark and those students in math 8 and geometry will take a math benchmark. The test will take two classes between Feb 26 and March 3. Please do everything possible to make sure your child(ren) is/are here to take the test and the results will be used to make important instructional decisions. In my math 8 classes, students will receive a classwork grade for showing their work in their test booklet. Please encourage your child(ren) to show their work so that I can know what they were thinking when they arrived at their answers. The benchmark will contain questions on topics we have covered all year long. A great place to start preparing is the GoMath textbook. There is even a benchmark for 8th grade at the front of the book on page TX17 through TX 21.
We will also take a field trip to HSPVA to see the Color Purple on 2/25/2020. It is very important that your 8L child(ren) be in the gym at 8:30 next Tuesday morning so that we are able to take attendance, board the buses and arrive at PVA by 9. A big thank you to the parents that were able to volunteer to help us at the last minute to make this opportunity available to the cluster. An even bigger thank you to Mr. Wheat for finding the funds to make this additional field trip possible.
Looking into the future, we will need parent volunteers on March 27 and May 13. On March 27, we will be on campus, but in alternate learning environments (not our classrooms) and with a few extra adults we will be able to really make the most of the day. On May 13, we will be going on our planned field trip to the Holocaust museum and to Hermann park to participate in community service. Please look for sign-up genius emails some time next week!
Last call for cluster fees, I think I mean it this time! The cluster fee is a $20 fee to cover expenses for our 8L field trip on May 13. If you are paying the fee this late, I ask that you please send your receipt to me at email@example.com as proof of payment. This fee is different from the $88 Great8 fee that covers the end of year expenses to celebrate promotion out of middle school.
There will not be 8L math 8 or Algebra tutorials on Tuesday 2/25 or Wed 2/26.
If your child(ren) failed the Algebra quiz on Exponent Rules and Polynomial Multiplication there will be a retake at the start of class next Thursday and Friday. Quizzes will be returned 2/21 and 2/24. It seems obvious, but without some intervention grades are unlikely to go up. The highest grade that can be earned is a 70% if the quiz is 100% accurate.
8L Field Trip
Wednesday May 13, 2020 the students of 8L will take a field trip to the Holocaust museum and Hermann park where we will engage in fun as well as community service along side the Hermann Park Conservancy. If your child is in 8L (aka has Bano-Garrett-Duesterbeck), they will need to pay their cluster fee to be able to join us on this trip. If your family is unable to pay the fee, please email Mrs. Williames as we do have scholarships available. May 13 is a STAAR test day, students that do not attend the field trip will be doing packets in a lock down room all day - It's not a fun alternative! In the coming weeks, students that have paid their fee will receive paperwork which is necessary to join us on our trip.
We will need chaperones for our trip. If you are able to join us, please email Mrs. Williames.
Kleenex - We are running low on tissues in some of our cluster rooms. Please have your child bring donations to Mrs. Williames to be distributed equally.
This semester Ms. Harper and I are working together to give our students' options when it comes to tutorials outside of the school day. The options are below. Please make sure you attend on the correct day and time for your course. For morning tutorials, you have to be on time to meet the teacher and be escorted, for safety concerns students will not be sent on if they arrive late.
Tuesday – Williames – room 336 – 4 to 5 pm – Please don’t be late.
Wednesday – Harper – foyer – 7:45 am sharp!
Tuesday – Harper – foyer – 7:45 am sharp!
Wednesday – Williames – foyer – 7:45 am sharp!
Science (Bano) Mrs. Bano is offering tutorials on Tuesday morning during 7:45-8:15 am. She will send an email request if your child needs additional support in a particular TEKS. Please send me a confirmation if they can make it.
If your child wants to attend it anyways, please send them to me in advance. I need the confirmation so I can be ready to address their specific needs.
These tutorials are organized to provide additional support to the improve student performance and I encourage students to attend these, specially if it's requested.
Science with Bano
Understanding how Earth's rotation and revolution affects the Earth's Day/Night formation and tilt causes the Reasons for Seasons. A quiz has been taken as well. Follow the instructions for correction on Google Classroom.
Phases of Moon (lunar Cycle).
There will be quiz on Phases of Moon soon. Please continue doing written and practice assignments on Google Classroom to prepare for the quiz.
Turn in any missing work asap.
Math 8 and Algebra will take their next test "Common Assessment #4" on Monday Feb 3 (red) or Feb 4th (purple).
All math students will have an Imagine Math project like the previous two grading cycles. Please make sure your child is doing their weekly lessons. Math 8 requires 1 passed lesson while Algebra requires 2. In both courses, students earn an extra 10% if they pass an additional lesson each week.