If you do your best, what else can anyone demand of you?
Learning to put forth our best effort in all areas is one of the hardest lessons to learn, but it is also one of the most rewarding throughout the course of our lifetimes. Doing our best is not a guarantee of victory or material success, indeed, only one person can win a race. Yet, giving the best of which we are capable should never leave us with regrets about our efforts.
In my classes, all of my students are expected to put forth their best effort each day. Circumstances may not always be our allies, but a character devoted to offering the best will overcome nearly any obstacle in time.
I require your child to have Internet access to provide your child some of the innovative technologies that will offer them greater success in their high school years as well as preparing them for the rigors of the college and workplace experience. These assignments will require your child to access the Internet a few times throughout the week: this can happen outside the home if regular or reliable Internet access is unavailable. The county library offers free computer access for students with the use of their library card and many businesses now offer free WiFi to their customers. All of the online work will involve using Schoology.com for my ELA9 students and both Schoology.com and mypltw.org for my POE students. Freshman students are expected to bring their internet-enabled device to class once they have received them. Until that time, technology will be provided in class for the students to use. Students who have their own internet-enabled device are encouraged to bring them. However, students must use their devices responsibly at all times while in class.
A downloadable copy of the Schoology login directions are posted below.
To help both parents and students keep up with class updates or other important information, I do recommend subscribing to this webpage and strongly suggest to use the class Remind101 texting service. Registration directions for Remind101 are posted below. There are two separate courses: one for ELA9 and one for POE. Please be sure to register for the correct one.
Parents, I invite you to email me any concerns or questions you may have about these added features of my classes. Additionally, I am using a feature this year that allows you to access and view your child's Schoology activities. Instructions will be sent home during the first week of class.
I am usually available to answer questions through email: email@example.com.
I try to respond to all emails within two or three hours.
You can download my syllabus for English Language Arts 9 or for Principles of Engineering here: