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4th Quarter Continuous Learning

Welcome CASE and Science Students,

                                                                   

Wow!  Life has certainly changed since we last saw each other before leaving for spring break!  I hope you and your family are well as we all are adjusting to the many changes that are taking place.  As you know, CASE and Science are going to be different 4th quarter as now lessons will be delivered on-line.  Please know that I am working to make learning as easy and stress-free as possible.  I hope that the information below will help ease any anxiety you may have about class. 

 

How to Reach Me: Please know that I am here to help and you do not have to figure all of this out on your own.  If you have questions or something I’ve posted does not work right, do not hesitate to reach out and let me know.  I’m sure there will be some hiccups or even bumps in the process but together we’ll figure it out.

 

  • Email: This is the easiest and fastest way to contact me.  frahmd@usd385.org
  • Zoom: This is a way to connect face-to-face in real time.  I have scheduled Zoom meetings each week on Wednesdays: CASE (11:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.) and Science (10-30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.).  Meetings are optional.  If you have questions or just want to see a friendly, familiar face, go to Google Classroom for your class, select the “Classwork” tab and click on the “Launch Meeting-Zoom” button to join.  Three or more people must join in order to have a meeting (district guidelines).  I can set up more meetings as needed.
  • Office Hours: During this time, I will be at my computer and be available to respond to your emails (except when I am in a Zoom meeting).  Office hours are posted below.
Mr. Frahm’s Office Hours for 4th Quarter Continuous Learning
Day Time Method to Contact Mr. Frahm Requirements
Monday 9:00 a.m.–12 p.m.

Email frahmd@usd385.org

Optional for students; use as needed
Tuesday 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Email frahmd@usd385.org Optional for students; use as needed
Wednesday

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

and 

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

*Science Zoom Meeting (10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.)

*CASE Zoom Meeting (11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.)

*Science Zoom Meeting (1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.)

Optional for students; use as needed

Optional for students; use as needed

Optional for students; use as needed

Thursday 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Email frahmd@usd385.org Optional for students; use as needed
Friday 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Email frahmd@usd385.org Optional for students; use as needed

*Invitations to join Zoom meetings are posted in Google Classroom.

Google Classroom: All lessons will be posted on Google Classroom.  Please login and check that you have joined the class.  If not, email me for your class code and I will send it to you.  Remember to “Turn in” an assignment once you’ve completed it.

 

On-line Textbook: The on-line textbook will be used for a few assignments.  In the past, some of you have had difficulty accessing the textbook.  The district tech team and I believe those issues are resolved. 

Accessing the On-line Student Textbook

1. Click on the link: https://portals.lab-aids.com/login.htm?tenant=labaids

2. Username: Enter your school email address.

3. Password: Enter your 5 digit school ID # (PowerSchool ID#).

4. Select desired textbook.

5. Email Mr. Frahm @ frahmd@usd385.org if you cannot access the on-line textbook.

Mr. Frahm’s Teacher Webpage: I will continue to list the agenda for each week on my webpage.  https://ams.usd385.org/145147_3 However, you will need to go to Google Classroom to access lessons.

 

Grades: I am looking for whether or not you are actively participating and giving adequate effort.

CASE – Grades will still be based on total points.

 

Now that we have had a chance to become familiar with Continuous Learning, I have updated PowerSchool with the work students have completed through the first three weeks of Continuous Learning.  When you open PowerSchool, you will see that assignments are marked as “Collected,”  “Missing,” or “Incomplete.”  Incomplete entries have comments that have been cut and pasted from the comments left for students in Google Classroom after they have turned in an assignment.  (As a good practice, I encourage each student to return to Google Classroom and read any comments left for them after an assignment has been returned). 

As you know, CASE grades are based on total points.  When you look in PowerSchool, you will notice one “assignment” or entry for which students will receive points: Oil Spill Unit Grade.  This “assignment” will reflect the cumulative work “collected” from students throughout the Oil Spill unit during 4th quarter.  

Three additional “assignments” or entries: Ice Cream/Applied Chemistry Unit, Nanotechnology, and Simple Machines  will be entered into PowerSchool for our upcoming units.  These three “assignments” will reflect the cumulative work “collected” from students throughout the Ice Cream/Applied Chemistry, Nanotechnology, and Simple Machines units during 4th quarter.  

The grades students earn in CASE during Continuous Learning are based on actively participating in activities/assignments and giving adequate effort. 

Students still have the opportunity to complete work if they have not done so.  As students complete work, PowerSchool will be updated reflecting work that has been submitted in Google Classroom.

Posted 4/22/2020

Science – Grade weighting will not change this quarter.  However, there will be NO tests.  (Yes, it’s more than ok to do a few fist pumps)! 

Grading Categories

-Homework

-Lab/Activities (lab videos, computer simulations, labs and activities designed for home).

               -Projects 

Now that we have had a chance to become familiar with Continuous Learning, I have updated PowerSchool with the work students have completed through the first three weeks of Continuous Learning.  When you open PowerSchool, you will see that assignments are marked as “Collected,”  “Missing,” or “Incomplete.”  Incomplete entries have comments that have been cut and pasted from the comments left for students in Google Classroom after they have turned in an assignment.  (As a good practice, I encourage each student to return to Google Classroom and read any comments left for them after an assignment has been returned). 

As you know, science has had weighted grades throughout the year.  Grades are categorized as Classroom/Homework, Labs/Activities, and Tests/Projects.  We will continue to have weighted grades during 4th quarter.  However, there will be no tests.  When you look in PowerSchool, you will notice three “assignments” or entries for which students will receive points: Force and Interaction HW, Force and Interaction Labs, and Force and Interactions/Waves Projects.  These three “assignments” will reflect the cumulative work “collected” from students throughout the Fields and Interactions unit during 4th quarter.  

Two additional “assignments” or entries: Waves HW and Waves Labs will be entered into PowerSchool for our upcoming unit.  These two “assignments” will reflect the cumulative work “collected” from students throughout the Waves unit during 4th quarter.  

The grades students earn in science during Continuous Learning are based on actively participating in activities/assignments and giving adequate effort. 

Students still have the opportunity to complete work if they have not done so.  As students complete work, PowerSchool will be updated reflecting work that has been submitted in Google Classroom.

Posted 4/22/2020