June 11

GOODBYE & GOOD LUCK!

GOODBYE TO MY FAVORITE 6TH GRADERS:

Thank you for being my students this past year!! We had a short year, but it was a great year and I’m thankful for all of the moments we had together. I’m very grateful that I had the opportunity to be your teacher and to get to know you all. Each of you is amazing in your own way– embrace what makes you special and unique because that’s so much better than being basic 😉

Also, I hope as you get older that you will lead by example: be honest, be kind, and be good… be everything I see in you and make me proud 🙂 It’s up to you how the world sees you– so make sure you show the BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF!

I wish that you all find happiness, good health, love, prosperity and everything else that you could want in life! I WILL MISS YOU ALL!! I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I’ll see you again soon
!

GOOD LUCK!

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June 8

ALL ASSIGNMENTS DUE TODAY by MIDNIGHT!!

It’s finally time to wrap up the school year, which means that any missing work or work that you would like to redo, must be finished ASAP (that means as soon as possible)!!! Grades are due TONIGHT by MIDNIGHT for those students who still need to bring up their grade. REMEMBER: In order to pass a class, you must have an overall grade of 60% (D-) or higher. For those students who currently have a 59% or below, I suggest you do some work to bring up your grade before it’s too late– NO ONE WANTS TO END UP IN SUMMER SCHOOL!!!

I will update grades again tomorrow and then again on Thursday (just in case I missed anything). REMEMBER: It is extremely important for students to email me if they do any work so that I know to check it and update their grades. If you do not tell me, then I won’t know and your grade won’t change. So please don’t forget to email me when you’re done with all of your work!

PLEASE CHECK STUDENT CONNECT BETWEEN TODAY AND THURSDAY AND MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF YOUR GRADES HAVE BEEN ENTERED! I’m worried some of you may have forgotten to email me about doing missing work, so please check your grades and let me know if anything needs to be updated BEFORE THURSDAY!!!

As always, if you have any questions, please email me at: thomasm1@dearbornschools.org

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!! 🙂

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June 5

Important Survey for PARENTS & GUARDIANS

Hello parents and guardians,

We are asking for your input. Please take a few moments to take this important survey using the link below.

School Re-Open Committee Parent Survey:

 https://forms.gle/DNx3eN8hcRpXsfSs5

Arabic Version School Reopen Committee Dearborn Public Schools  Parent Survey:
استطلاع رأي أولياء أمور مدارس ديربورن الرسمية الخاص بلجنة إعادة فتح المدارس 1 حزيران \يونيو 2020بدأت الولاية و قطاعنا التعليمي المناقشة المعقدة والمفصلة حول إمكانية إعادة فتح المدارس للسنة الدراسية 2020-2021. يجري هذه المناقشات خبراء في التعليم والعمليات والصحة العامة والنقل والخدمات الغذائية والرياضة والعديد من المجالات الأخرى التي تعد جزءًا من عمل أيرقطاع مدرسي. يرجى العلم أن أي خطط وضعتها / تضعها مدارس ديربورن الرسمية ستحتاج إلى الالتزام بالتوجيهات والأوامر التنفيذية الصادرة عن الحاكمة.

لتبني هذه الخطط على مستوى القطاع نحن بحاجة إلى أرائكم القيمة. يرجى الرد على الاستطلاع بحلول 7 حزيران/ يونيو 2020.استطلاع أولياء الأمور الخاص بلجنة إعادة فتح المدارس 2020 

Mandy

THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF YOUR STUDENT’S LEARNING COMMUNITY THIS PAST SCHOOL YEAR! 🙂

Mandy

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May 30

GOOD NEWS! And other important info

I hope everyone is doing well! I have some important news regarding the work for my class: I WILL NOT BE ASSIGNING ANY NEW WORK NEXT WEEK OR AT ALL FOR THE REST OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR! Also, ALL ASSIGNMENTS will remain available on i-Learn until JUNE 8!! That means students have 7 days to do any MISSING work they might have or to REDO assignments with a low grade. After JUNE 8, all assignments will close and final grades will be submitted for the last report card. 

DOING OLD WORK?
STUDENTS: If you do any missing work or redo any assignment on i-Learn, you MUST EMAIL ME and let me know which assignments you did, please. I-Learn will not tell me if you did an old assignment and it will not automatically update your grades in student connect, so unless you tell me the name of any old assignments you do, then I will not know to change your grade. Please don’t forget to do this!

PARENT/STUDENT CONNECT:
I update grades every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Again, I-Learn does not automatically update grades in parent/student connect– I have to check the assignments and update grades myself. So to my STUDENTS: if you do any work in between those days, then please be patient and your grade will be changed the next time I update student connect. Thank you!

OPTIONAL VIDEO CHAT SESSION:
STUDENTS: I will be holding a video chat session this WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 from 4:00-5:00 pm. This is OPTIONAL– you do not have to participate unless you want to! This will be the last video chat session I will be holding because it is the last full week of school for this year. The purpose of this session will be for me to answer any questions you may have, for us to play a few games for fun, and to say hello/goodbye for the last time Cry It will be held in i-Learn; it will show up like an assignment for you to click on and join. I will send a reminder email with detailed instructions for how to join this session on Wednesday at 3:30 pm. I hope everyone is able to join, but if not I understand! Maybe I’ll see you there!! Wink

FAILING 2 OR MORE CORE CLASSES?
If a student fails 2 or more core classes this card-marking (math, ELA, science, global studies), then they may soon receive a letter from Woodworth regarding their attendance in summer school. STUDENTS: An overall grade of 59% or below equates to failing. You must have an overall grade of 60% or higher to pass a class. If you want to avoid doing school-work over the summer, then get your work done before JUNE 8 so you can pass your classes! 

REPORT CARDS: 
Report cards will be available ONLINE by checking PARENT/STUDENT CONNECT– report cards WILL NOT be mailed out this time. Please check PARENT/STUDENT CONNECT approximately 1-2 weeks after the school year ends to see your final report card grades.

LOCKER BELONGING PICK-UP:
School staff members have worked tirelessly this past week to pack up everyone’s lockers and label their belongings. 6TH GRADE PARENTS MAY COME ON MONDAY, JUNE 1 AND MUST FOLLOW THE SCHEDULE AND PROCEDURE IN THE LINK BELOW. If you would like to get what was in your student’s locker, then please click on this link to get information on when and how to do that:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/16Ad9EEzMBzUf9dVzfep_YhW0KjKy0nXRiRVUxcfi7Hc/edit?usp=sharing

I hope this information was helpful. If you have any questions please let me know! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and that you are all doing well! 

I miss you all so very much!!
🙂 Ms. Thomas

thomasm1@dearbornschools.org

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May 26

IMPORTANT information for this week!

I’ve been trying all morning to send a mass email but there is a glitch in the system. So here is what I was planning to email to all of you:

Hi everyone!

I hope you enjoyed the extra day off from school this past weekend! Sorry that I’m getting this email to you a little later than usual, but it took me longer to fix a few things in i-Learn than I had anticipated. I posted 2 NEW ASSIGNMENTS for you to do this week: a slideshow and a discussion forum with questions. Both assignments can be found under “UNIT 6- CULTURE” and are due on SUNDAY, May 31 at midnight. Please pay attention to the titles and dates for this week’s assignments:

  • 1st: Major World Religions Slideshow 5/26-5/31
  • 2nd: Religions of the World Discussion 5/26-5/31

Again, it is important for you to pay attention to the names and dates of this week’s assignments because this week is also a make-up week and redo week, so every assignment shows up right now. Yes, that’s right…

THIS WEEK IS ALSO A MAKE-UP WEEK & REDO WEEK!!

WHAT THIS MEANS: As you will see when you login to i-Learn this week, all of the work we’ve done this card marking (since we’ve been out of school) is available to you again. The only assignments NOT available for you to do again are the 2 things we did the very first week that we were out of school: the World Populations PowerPoint and the World Populations Video. The reason those aren’t available again is because they were never factored into your grade in the first place; many students didn’t have access to a computer or i-Learn when we first left school, so I never counted those assignments– consider that week to be a practice week 😉 But all of the other week’s assignments are available to you now! If you are MISSING any assignments, then you have until Sunday at midnight to do that assignment for FULL CREDIT. Also, if there are any assignments that you received a low grade on and you would like a higher grade, then you may REDO those assignments if you want before Sunday at midnight. THIS IS YOUR CHOICE!! There is no judgement if you choose to leave something as missing or with a low score… you have to answer to your parents, not me lol 😉

IF YOU MAKE-UP OR REDO ANY WORK: You MUST EMAIL ME and tell me which assignments you did! I-Learn will not automatically change your grade and it will not notify me if you do work– it is UP TO YOU TO TELL ME if you do something. I have to check your grades myself, so it’s very important for you to EMAIL ME when you’re all done, otherwise I won’t know. Please and thank you 🙂

**CHECK YOUR GRADES ON STUDENT CONNECT AND WRITE DOWN THE NAME OF THE ASSIGNMENTS YOU WANT TO WORK ON. THEN MATCH THE ASSIGNMENT NAME WITH THE NAME OF EACH UNIT IN I-LEARN, LOOK FOR YOUR ASSIGNMENT UNDER THAT UNIT AND CLICK ON THE TITLE TO BEGIN IT OR TO REDO IT. It is up to you to figure out what you are missing and to find those assignments in i-Learn!!

Remember, everything is due on Sunday, May 31 at midnight.

If you have any questions let me know!!! Good luck!

🙂 Ms. Thomas

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May 21

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 use this link to view the document for our schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16Ad9EEzMBzUf9dVzfep_YhW0KjKy0nXRiRVUxcfi7Hc/edit?usp=sharing

Please email me if you have any questions about this: thomasm1@dearbornschools.org

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May 18

New week, 2 NEW ASSIGNMENTS!

It’s now time to move on to one of the more interesting units this year: CULTURE. To learn about culture, we will begin this week with a slideshow to introduce culture and the basic elements that make up a culture. Then for your second assignment this week, you will watch a short video about The Lost Boys from Sudan and answers a few questions about the video and your own personal connection to the topic. BOTH ASSIGNMENTS ARE ON I-LEARN NOW AND WILL BE OPEN UNTIL FRIDAY, MAY 22nd at MIDNIGHT, AFTER WHICH TIME THEY WILL CLOSE AND YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DO THEM.

DON’T FORGET: you can REDO ANY and EVERY ASSIGNMENT in i-Learn as many times as you want until you get 100%. I update the grade book in student connect every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so check those days to see your most recent grades.

Finally, I will be holding a BIG BLUE BUTTON VIDEO CHAT SESSION on WEDNESDAY, 5/20 from 4:00-5:00 pm. This session is open to anyone who wants to join and you can stay for as little or for as long as you’d like. IT IS NOT MANDATORY– participation is your choice!! This is an opportunity to get help from me in ANY of your classes or a chance for us to say hello. To join this session, simply login to my i-Learn class and click on the BBB session on WED. @ 4:00… SEE YOU THEN!! 🙂

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May 13

CONGRATS to my 2B CLASS!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY CORE 2B CLASS!
Their class is the only class to have 100% student participation last week! That means every single student in 2B knows something about GOVERNMENT because every one of them did work for my class last week.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

(I made this myself lol)

WHICH CLASS IS GOING TO WIN FOR THIS WEEK??!! I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

May 11

2 NEW assignments for UNIT 5- ECONOMICS

Welcome to a new week! This week we will be learning about ECONOMICS. I used to think of economics as all of the stuff related to money, like buying and selling goods, but you’ll find out this week that it is so much more than that! Economics plays a large role in our daily lives and this week you’ll learn a little bit about how. 

There are 2 assignments to do this week in i-Learn under “UNIT 5- ECONOMICS”: a VIDEO and a SLIDESHOW. Both assignments are due by Friday, May 15th, at midnight. After midnight, the assignments will close and you will no longer have access to them (and your grade will remain a zero). I will not be extending the due date this week so please make sure to get it all done before it’s too late.

Also, i-Learn does not automatically update your grade in student connect, I have to do that. I update grades every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you do work in between those days, then your grade will be updated the next time I check i-Learn — no need to email me about it!

If you received a zero on last week’s encyclopedia post about government but you are certain that you did it, then please email me and let me know. There were several posts submitted without a name, so yours may be one of them!

Finally, I replied privately to everyone who posted answers to the discussion forum last week. So login to i-Learn, go to last week’s assignment and scroll down to your original post to read my reply 🙂

I hope everyone is staying safe and doing well! I MISS YOU ALL!!!

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