Mystery Doug had lots of interesting questions about space travel answered on his last live program, and it was just in time for the SpaceX launch scheduled for May 27 (which ultimately had to be rescheduled to May 30, 2020 due to weather conditions). Keep your eye on our homepage, though, because you can watch this historical event unfold right here via NASA’s Live Stream! NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on spacecraft Dragon to the International Space Station–the same place the astronaut in Mystery Doug’s event was answering questions from! What makes this trip so special, you ask? This mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from U.S. soil. The launch will happen from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Bethel School District uses a math program called Ready Math. Part of this program is an online component called i-Ready that lets students learn and practice math concepts through an interactive and game-like setting. Lessons are matched to each student’s skill level based on their benchmark assessment given in the fall, winter and spring. Clear Lake students have taken both the fall and winter tests and their available lessons are based on those assessments and the practice they’ve done on lessons in class. As students successfully complete lessons, the next lesson in the sequence is unlocked. Students work at their own pace and level, which means they can continue to unlock lessons even beyond their registered grade level. So, 2nd grade students who master all of the 2nd grade skills will unlock 3rd grade lessons, allowing them to move forward!
Students access i-Ready through Clever. Students will need their student ID number to login. If your student doesn’t know their number, please email me. On the login screen, students enter bsd###### (#=6-digit Student ID number) for their username and just their student ID number (no bsd) for their password. Once logged in, they will choose “Math” (we don’t use i-Ready products for our reading curriculum) and their lesson will populate on the screen for them. Our goal is generally 45 minutes weekly on i-Ready for a reference point.
For more information on i-Ready, I invite you to visit the Family Resource page on i-Ready’s website. There, you can learn more about the lessons students are engaged in, how you can track your child’s progress at home and ways to help your student improve. Finally, here is a downloadable PDF of practice pages aligned to the 2nd grade standards if you’d like an additional printable resource for your child.
Regina Ligon from our Technology Department, is inviting parents to a training on how to support their student(s) using Zoom. There are two training opportunities April 21: 7:30am and 4:00pm. You only need to attend one of these optional sessions. Links to attend the virtual meeting were emailed to parents. If you did not receive the email or can’t find it, please email me, and I will resend.
For other Zoom related questions or questions about these trainings, please email Regina Ligon. She’s amazing and will be happy to assist you! You can also call the Technology Help Desk at 541.607.1450.
The past week has been full of trainings, meetings and planning as we prepared to rollout distance learning to students across the district. Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked through how to provide instruction to your student(s) during this unprecedented event. Below you will find lots of information about how to access resources and keep your child engaged in this new teaching and learning model.
Work Packets Several families have asked questions regarding paper/pencil work packets. All packets that were requested have been mailed. I have heard from some families that they are just arriving today! These packets are supplemental, and there is no need to return them. You may choose to do as much or as little of these packets as your family chooses. They will not be graded. At this time, the district has no plans to continue mailing paper packets home. Instead, instructional materials are being made available on the district website here.
Technology/Devices With this new model of providing materials only via the web, this brought forth a new issue: devices for students. Some of you have heard from the Technology Department and have picked up a device for your student to use. If you are still in need of a device, there is a device pick up happening TODAY, Monday, April 13 from 12:30 to 6pm at the high school. If you cannot make this pick up or have other technology-related questions, please call the Technology Help Line at 541.607.1450. They will be able to help you with questions related to internet access and obtaining a district-provided device.
Class Meet Ups I’m VERY excited to announce that we are going to be able to start meeting online via Zoom as a class starting this week! I will be holding two sessions, one on Wednesday at 9am and one on Thursday at 1pm. Students should plan to attend both sessions. This will be a time for us to meet up, say hello, answer questions and finally just be together! The sessions are accessed through our private class link. This link was sent to parents in an email and is posted in our Google Classroom. If you cannot find it, please email Mrs. Cox.
Google Classroom Google Classroom is an online “virtual classroom” where I can post activities, lessons and links. There are a couple of activities already posted there the kids can login and check out. NONE OF THESE ARE REQUIRED! They can also login there to get the link to our Class Meet Up without having to look around for our link. If your student needs their login, you can contact me, and I will look it up.
All student logins follow the same format: Username: firstname.lastname@example.org
Password: cls###### (The ###### is your child’s student registration number)
I look forward to seeing my 2nd graders’ smiling faces this week. Stay healthy!
The new Bethel Parent and Student Technology Help Desk is now live on the district website. The Help Desk is designed to be a service available to parents and students who are struggling with the use of technology as we begin to implement Distance Learning. These resources are available on the Supplemental Services webpage and is available in both English and Spanish. You can get assistance by calling the Help Desk at 541.607.1450 or by submitting a Help Desk Ticket at https://studenthelp.bethel.k12.or.us.
Teachers are still learning more about how our roll out of distance learning is going to look, but have been hard at working preparing materials for students to work on in the meantime. The packets I called you about last week (week of March 30) are being prepared for mailing today, so you should see them in your mailboxes soon! These same resources are also going to be made available online. You can access them here: https://sites.google.com/bethel.k12.or.us/sr2020
I’ll be reaching out again once we know our next steps, so stay tuned. I miss all my kiddos and am itching to get things going for them!
Next week, Doug is inviting students into his home for a LIVE, 20-minute science show. He’ll answer real kids’ questions about the current situation we’re all dealing with, as well as share a few fun surprises.
Self-guided Bike Tour of the West Eugene Wetlands:
In celebration of Spring time and in the spirit of health and modified community involvement, Laura Maloney, Program Coordinator for the Willamette Resources and Educational Network, mapped out a bicycle adventure through the West Eugene Wetlands and captured some signs of Spring for you and your families to enjoy. CLICK HERE to access the 12-mile, self-guided, interpretive bicycle tour.
Sensory Scavenger Hunt:
Spend an afternoon outdoors exploring the sites, sounds, and smells of nature in this Sensory Scavenger Hunt friendly for younger children and families.
Dragonfly Learning Activities:
Dragonflies are engineering marvels! Learn about the dragonfly life-cycle, dragonfly flight, and design your own dragonfly in these learning activities suitable for upper Elementary and Middle School students. Bonus dragonfly mask craft! You can access the learning materials, craft templates and activity instructions HERE.
Did you know that Eugene Public Library offers a wide range of books and materials online? And, it’s free! Anyone with a library card at Eugene Public Library can access these resources at anytime, and now may be the perfect time to take an ebook or an audiobook for a test drive!
No library card? No problem! Eugene Public Library is allowing patrons to sign up for their library card remotely right now. All you need to do is call 541-682-5450, and they will help get you all set up.