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8th Grade Voyagers Team Page

Dear Students and Parents,

We all hope you had a great summer! We are all excited to be back at school with all of you! This year will "different", yet we are ready to make this year as fun and as normal as possible.

Overview of Team Page:

On our team’s website below will provide contact information for Voyager teachers, your son/daughter's math teacher, and Encore (Fine and Applied Arts) teachers. You will be able to go directly to your son/daughter's teacher's site from the links provided. We will also provide a general weekly overview planner for your child's core classes. We will also provide online resources and tips for parents and students. The site will also include any important dates and info your child needs to know through out the school year.

 Teacher Contacts and Links:

Teacher/Subject Email Contacts Link to Teacher Site
Greg Burrows-American Studies gburrows@mbgsd.org or gburrows@masdstudent.org https://middleschool.mbgsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=777356&type=u&pREC_ID=1241079
Abby Thornton-Science athornton@mbgsd.org or athornton@masdstudent.org https://middleschool.mbgsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=777368&type=u&pREC_ID=1237559
Mariah Miller-English marmiller@mbgsd.org or marmiller@masdstudent.org

https://sites.google.com/masdstudent.org/voyagerenglish/home?authuser=0

Emily Shrader-Math eshrader@mbgsd.org or eshrader@masdstudent.org https://middleschool.mbgsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1224989&type=u&pREC_ID=1726394
Mike Kromka-Math mkromka@mbgsd.org or mkromka@masdstudent.org

https://middleschool.mbgsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=777387&type=u&pREC_ID=1490353

Tabby Kowker-Math tkowker@mbgsd.org or tkowker@masdstudent.org https://middleschool.mbgsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=777386&type=u&pREC_ID=1226750
Jina Zeger-Reading jzeger@mbgsd.org or jzeger@masdstudent.org

https://middleschool.mbgsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=777449&type=u&pREC_ID=1232657

Susan Morret-Reading sumorret@mbgsd.org or sumorret@masdstudent.org https://sites.google.com/masdstudent.org/mrsmorret/home
Kelly Hoffman-Reading khoffman@mbgsd.org or khoffman@masdstudent.org https://sites.google.com/a/masdstudent.org/6th-grade-reading/home
Encore (Fine and Applied Arts) Please visit their site to find your child's Encore (Fine and Applied Arts) Teacher's webpage.

https://sites.google.com/masdstudent.org/mmsencore/mms-encore

Weekly Overview Planner:

Please click on this link to view the weekly planner.

Voyagers Team Weekly Planner Overview Week 3 9/21-9/25

Suggested Remote Learning Day Schedule (Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday):

The Voyagers Team is providing students with a suggested schedule for how to manage their remote days at home on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  We strongly encourage students to use this model, or create one that works for them.  Wednesdays are for Encore/FAA remote learning.  The core classes will not be assigning work on Wednesdays.

 

Suggested Student Schedule for Remote Days

English

9:00-10:00am

American Studies

10:05-11:05am

Science

11:10-12:10pm

Lunch Break

12:15-1:00pm

Math

1:05-2:05pm

Voyager Team Updates:

Voyager students!  You did a great job during the first week of school with the new "normal" and following safety protocols.  One area we need to improve upon is maintaining social distancing in the hallway.  Remember to follow the arrows and walk in a single file line!  We can do this! 

Please click on the team letter to give you a general overview of our team and our team's rules and procedures.

Voyager Team Letter

Online Resources:

Google Classroom for Parents: Watch this video for a tutorial on Google Classroom for Parents:  https://youtu.be/IgS-hoSIjnw

Google Classroom for Students:  Watch this video for a tutorial on Google Classroom for Students:  https://youtu.be/xfgqtCi7hdo

Email Etiquette:  Please review the etiquette video of how to properly email your teachers.  https://screencast-o-matic.com/embed?sc=cYQQIAH7gT&v=5&ff=1

Zoom/Google Meet Norms/Procedures:  Please review the expectations for Zoom and Google Meet.  Zoom + Google Meet Expectations

Cats Code:  This is an overview of the middle school's new behavior/social expectations: Cats Code

Resources for Language Translations:

Talking Points-http://talkingpts.org/

  • Texting website/app that translates information to assist in communicating and building relationships with families
  • Translates into over 20 languages including Spanish, Somali, Arabic, Urdu, Korean
  • Can be used as web-based or a mobile app
  • Can send group or individual messages (group messages do not allow “reply all”
  • Translated welcome letter (similar to SeeSaw) asks for information and gives a brief overview. Teacher then sends the download link, via text message.
 
Language Line-
 

Language Line is a phone based service used to communicate with parents in their native language.  The service provides hundreds of language options. 

Language Line can be used from any phone (home, school, cell, etc…)

How it works - Language Line is a three way call involving you, an interpreter, and the parent.

It is very easy to use and the parents are so happy to hear from you!

What to do:

*Before you call Language Line, know the student’s phone number, the parent’s name, and the language they speak.

  1. Dial 1-800-367-9559
  2. Enter Client ID: 507060
  3. Press 1 for Spanish. Press 2 for all other languages – speak the name of the language
  4. Enter the Access Code: #### (the last 4 digits of the school you are calling from—4560 for MMS)
  5. Brief the interpreter – Tell them who you are, who you are calling, and summarize what you wish to accomplish.
  6. Tell the interpreter you need them to dial the number and place the call to the parent OR let them know the client is with you.
  7. When communicating with the interpreter, don’t give them too much information all at once. You want the interpreter to have time to translate the info to the parent.  The parent will then respond to the interpreter in their native language and the interpreter will then translate what the parent said to you in English.
  8. When finished, tell the interpreter you would like to end the call.

Optional Text-to-Speech Extensions

Here are two videos that explain how to add OPTIONAL text-to-speech extensions to your computer.

These extensions allow text to be read aloud to your child if needed/preferred.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QIkNtqQ9KA&feature=youtu.be – How to install video

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-BdWZuLP7njSBwfQWeQZIqJf4QMPaQH4 – how to add the extensions. Natural Reader is the best of the options.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GUGgNn0y0CoV0N1fyccqMixvBJUD7y54 – how to use the different extensions.