HOW CAN I ASSIST YOU?

Hello Students, I hope that you are all doing well! We have finally come to the end of the first marking period already, WOW, that went fast! I know that Remote Learning can be challenging at times for some students and that some of you may need extra help. I want to let you know that I am here for you if you need me, either academically, socially, emotionally or on a more personal level. Now that 1st marking period has ended, this is a very good time to reflect on how 1st marking period went for you. How did you do?? Ask yourself, “what can I do to step it up and improve myself, and my academic success for 2nd marking period”? “Do I need to change or improve my study habits”? Remember that it is your responsibility to take charge of your learning and to work to the best of your ability. When you apply your best effort and good study habits, you can successfully improve your grades!

Please reach out to me if you need any help or assistance getting organized, staying on track, or anything at all. I am here to help you be successful during this challenging time of remote learning. I encourage you to contact me if you need anything at all! I will do my best to to serve you! I can be reached at gronauc@dearbornschools.org

On Monday, Nov. 2nd we will begin the 2nd marking period. This can be a fresh start for you if you didn’t do as well as you had planned during 1st marking period. The following are some things that you can do for yourself to help you be more successful during 2nd marking period.

Set Academic Goals. Setting goals can establish a clear pathway to academic success! Goal setting will help you focus on what you need to get done to be successful. It is a plan of action of what you want to achieve and how you will go about it. It is best to set small goals that are reachable realistic. Goals will help prevent you from becoming overwhelmed, frustrated, or discouraged with your school work. Achieving your goals can make you feel good and more confident with your school work, as well as your personal life. Contact me if you would like help setting some goals for yourself.

Be sure to complete ALL daily assignments, and on time. Your grade is generally calculated by adding up all of the points you earn by completing your assignments. The more points you receive, the better your grade will be. By completing all of your daily homework, it will eliminate any missing assignments which can affect your grade. If you fail to do some of your class work, those zeroes can DRASTICALLY bring down your grade. If you do have any missing assignments, be sure to make them up and turn them in as soon as possible.

Let your teachers know that you’re making an effort to do better and ask for their help when needed. Follow your teacher’s suggestions and accept their offer for help. Attend all in person and virtual Learning Labs that you are invited to. If you feel that you need additional help and need to attend additional Labs, just ask your teacher and they will make arrangements. Remember, your teachers EXPECT you to ask questions and ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and/or ask for help when you feel that you need to.

Go for Extra Credit! Take advantage of extra credit assignments that your teachers offer. Extra credit assignments are a good way to not only improve your grade, but it also shows your teacher that you are making an extra effort and care about your grade and academic progress.

Exhibit “Active Participation” in class. Participate in class by taking notes, having your camera on during Synchronous Learning/Zoom, making eye contact with your teacher, raising your hand to answer questions and offer input. This will show your teacher that you are making a conscious effort to do well in their class. Participation is important!

Study in a quiet environment. Find a quiet environment to set up your “Study Station” and attend your remote classes. Choose a place where you can study without interruptions or distractions so that you can concentrate better ie: eliminate TV, radio, cell phone, other individuals or things that can be distracting. It is also important to keep all of your school supplies together and organized at your study station.

Establish a good routine and good study habits. Good study habits and routine are essential for your academic success! In addition to having a quiet place to study, you should establish a routine of making sure that your study station is ALWAYS the same spot where you study. Keep all of your school supplies( ie: paper, pencils/pens, highlighters, notebooks, folders, computer or chromebook ect.) neatly organized at your study station. Set a routine schedule of when you will study and don’t forget to also plan small 10 minute breaks for yourself .

Stay organized! In the absence of organization, papers, notes and other materials can easily get lost or misplaced. When in class, take good notes and keep them organized so that you can find them and review them when needed. Use folders, binders and notebooks at your study station to help you organize your class notes, review sheets, assignments etc. It is also helpful to use a planner or calendar app to stay organized. Write down all of your assignments, tests, quizzes, projects and due dates. Make sure to check your planner EVERY DAY so that you know what you have to do. It is a good idea to spend some time each night organizing what you will need for the next day. Keep yourself on track by practicing good organizational and time management skills…..You will feel better and more confident about your school work if you do!

Good Attendance! It’s hard to get good grades if you miss class a lot. Do your very best to attend class every single day, and try not to be late. Teachers usually make important announcements at the very beginning of class, so you could miss important information if you are even a few minutes late….BE ON TIME!

Try some of these ideas starting off 2nd semester. If you would like help in any of these areas, please contact me and we can set up a Zoom meeting. Thank You, Ms. Gronau gronauc@dearbornschools.org

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Student Personal Item Distribution Schedule

We hope this post finds all of you in good health! We wanted to share with you our plans on distributing your child’s personal items from their lockers. Our staff will collect, label, and bag your child’s personal belongings left in their school locker. We have set schedules in place for distribution. Distribution of student personal items will be off of Hubbard St. at door number # 7. This will be one way traffic only on Hubbard facing Greenfield just like we did for chromebooks. Please see the link to the document for our schedule. Schedule : https://docs.google.com/document/d/16Ad9EEzMBzUf9dVzfep_YhW0KjKy0nXRiRVUxcfi7Hc/edit?usp=sharing

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FINAL NOTICE: Friday May 22nd is the last day to make your Course Selections.

Friday May 22nd is the last day for current 6th and 7th grade students to make their Course Selections for next school year, 2020-2021. Please get it done if you have not done so already. Thank You!

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 2nd Notice for Online Course Selections for current 6th and 7th grade students.

Students that may have missed the first “Online Course Selections” open window dates from April 28th – May 5th, you have a second opportunity to do so NOW. The time window has re-opened from May 14th through May 22nd. This will be your LAST OPPORTUNITY to choose your Elective Classes for next year, so BE SURE to complete this task if you have not already done so.

To complete this task, go to your school email account and find the recent email that I have sent to you regarding “2nd Notice for Course Selections”.  Login into your Student Connect and you will find a “Course Selection” link to choose your electives classes for next year. At the bottom of my email, you will find both written instructions, and a link to a video that will help you successfully complete this task.  It is VERY IMPORTANT that you complete the online course selections, so that you will have a schedule for next year that includes elective classes of YOUR CHOICE.

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Course Selections for current 6th & 7th grade students is NOW OPEN from April 28th thru May 5th

The time window for Course Selections for current 6th and 7th grade students is NOW OPEN. Students will be able to select Elective Classes that they would like to have for next year. Course selection is a time sensitive task, so there is a time window from Tuesday April 28th thru Tuesday May 5th for students to complete this task. Students can find the Course Selection Link in their Student Connect. Every student has received an email which includes written directions and an instructional video to assist students with the course selection process. Please refer to both your student connect and student email for additional information. Please contact me at gronauc@dearbornschools.org if you have any questions.

Continue to stay safe, well and strong!

Thank You, Ms. Gronau

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UPDATE: Early College Reading Test

Hello Applicants of Henry Ford Early College. I hope that you and your families are staying safe and well. Due to Co-Vid19 and the district’s current closure, the Henry Ford Early College will not be able to administer the previously scheduled Reading Test. However, as a replacement for the reading test, the Early College has decided to use a Lexile score instead. The NWEA provides a Lexile score on which the Early College will be basing the qualification for the lottery. To qualify, a student needs a Lexile score of 950 or higher. The corresponding RIT score should be 214 or higher. If you have a 214 or higher on the RIT, then you will qualify for the upcoming lottery. The Early College is currently scheduled to hold a Virtual Lottery during the first week of May. Please continue to refer to your student email for any future communications and updates from the Early College. If you have any questions, please email Danette Thornefelt at thornfd@dearbornschools.org. or myself at gronauc@dearbornschools.org. Thank you ALL for applying to the Henry Ford Early College, and Good Luck to those entering the lottery. Please continue to stay safe, well and strong!

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A Friendly Reminder to ALL Woodworth Students

Dear Students, while we are together experiencing very unique circumstances regarding COVID-19, this is just a friendly reminder that although we may not be currently attending school in the typical manner, your education should still remain a HIGH PRIORITY during our shift to online Virtual Learning. This means that, as always, you are still responsible for your academic progress and success. You need to hold yourself accountable for your educational responsibilities toward that success. With that being said, please be sure to make it a part of your daily routine to check and complete all online daily assignments that your teachers are providing for you. Do not hesitate to communicate with your teachers if you have questions or need additional support. Again, it is your responsibility, AND your academic success depends on it! If I can be of any help to you during this time, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at gronauc@dearbornschools.org. In the meantime, it is our hope that we will return to normalcy when we return to school on April 13th. Until then, work hard academically, practice ALL CDC recommendations, be safe and stay healthy! Always practice HORNET PRIDE! Ms. Gronau

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UPDATE: Henry Ford Early College Reading Test Postponed

Hello Students and Parents, I hope you are doing well!  This message is for all 8th grade students that have applied to one of the Henry Ford Early College programs. The required reading test that was originally scheduled for Saturday March 28th at the Early College has been postponed, due to COVID-19 precautions. There is no new date scheduled at this time. As we move forward, they will come up with a new date yet to be determined. Please continue to refer to your student email, the Early College’s website and my counseling blog for any further updates regarding the rescheduled reading test. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at gronauc@dearbornschools.org. In the meantime, students please be sure to keep up with all of your online daily assignments, and stay safe and healthy.  Thank You, Ms. Gronau

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High School Course Selections

Ms. Gronau will be coming to 8th grade Social Studies classes to begin the scheduling process for 9th grade. See you soon!

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Henry Ford Early College Applicants Required SRI Reading Test

The application deadline for Henry Ford Early College has now expired. Please check your school email on a regular basis for any communications to you from the Early College.  Please check your email for an invitation to take the SRI reading test on Saturday March 28th at Henry Ford Early College Building A, Lower Level (in front of the bookstore).  The required testing will be on a first come first serve basis. Please see Ms. Gronau if you have any questions.  Thank You!

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