I am pleased to tell you that we will be using a website called IXL in our classroom this year. IXL is a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited math practice across thousands of skills—all of which are aligned to the Common Core. One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home, so you have a chance to see your child’s progress!
To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these easy steps:
2. Enter your child’s username and password and click “Sign in.” (Login information was sent home on Tuesday, September 11th. If you don’t have your child’s login information, feel free to email me and I’ll send it over to you!)
3. Click on any skill to start learning!
IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. The program is adaptive and will adjust based on your child’s demonstrated understanding of the material. All of your child’s results will be saved, so you can monitor his or her progress anytime by clicking on Analytics. For on-the-go practice, you can download IXL’s free tablet apps for iPad, Android, or Kindle and sign in with your child’s username and password.
I hope you’ll encourage your son or daughter to use IXL regularly. Here’s to a year of working together to make learning fun for your child!
We are using a tool in our classroom called Google Classroom. Google Classroom allows the teacher to post questions, announcements and assignments on a class “feed”. The feed looks a lot like a stripped version of a typical social media platform, except the content on the page is restricted to only those items posted by the classroom teacher. The site is closed to the public, and only registered students and the facilitating teacher have access to it.
To save you time and streamline the school registration process, Bethel School District is about to launch an online student registration system for the coming school year. This is a secure system that allows you to verify all student demographic, emergency and medical information for your child. The online system replaces nearly all the hard copy student registration and permission forms that parents/guardians used to complete at Clear Lake in mid-August.
You will soon receive an email or letter from our school with instructions on how to access the online student registration system. The instructions will include a secure “snapcode” to create your child’s account. To make the process easier for families with multiple children, you will have the option to copy all generic family information to all other students in your family. We would appreciate you completing these online forms as soon as possible after receiving the email or letter. Your child’s registration will not be complete until the forms have been submitted. If you do not have access to the internet, you can use a computer at our school to complete the process.
Also, please make plans to come to Clear Lake on either Tuesday, August 14th from 7:00am-4:00pm or Wednesday, August 15th from 10:00am-7:00pm to finalize registration. If you have any further questions, please contact the school office at 541-689-0511.
Technology never ceases to amaze me. I love how it can simplify the everyday tasks–especially with kids at home! I’m a parent, too, so I can appreciate how hectic things can get, making it harder to remember everything. I’d like to help by encouraging you to sign up for text announcements and reminders from our class. The reminders I will send include homework assignments, upcoming projects and events, school functions, Popcorn Friday reminders and more!
It is my hope that parents will participate in this FREE program as a way to improve home and school communication and help us to have a successful year. To sign up, all you have to do is text clmrscox to 81010. That’s it! Simple!
Rest assured that your personal cell phone number will never be shared. You’ll never receive advertisement texts, and you may choose to opt out at any time by messaging ‘STOP’ to the above number. If you do not have a cell phone or do not receive text messages, you may still subscribe via email by clicking on the link to the Remind website and entering your email address. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about hitting the sales and stocking up on those back to school necessities. I’m a penny-pincher, so I like to pick up school essentials when I can catch them on great sales at local retailers and online. Since this takes awhile, I like to start now, which means taking a peek at the list for this year so we know what we’re looking for. The list is on our website and is also available as a downloadable PDF you can print off and tuck in your purse or keep in the car to check it off as you go.
Summer is finally here and now that the kids have been home a week or so, you might be hearing, “I’m bored!”. You might also be thinking you want to find ways to help your student continue learning over the break and prevent what educators often refer to as “summer slide”–the steps backwards students often take at the start of a new school year when they haven’t utilized the skills and content they’ve learned the previous school year while on summer break. But, fear not, there are many simple things you can do at little to no cost to keep your kiddo active and help ensure they’re ready for school this fall while enjoying the time you have at home with them. Continue reading Parents: Prevent Summer Slide this Summer
BEF Grant Day always promises to be an exciting day and this year didn’t disappoint! Since 2009, the Bethel Education Foundation (BEF) awards grants to teachers and staff in the district to enhance the educational experience for Bethel students. Teachers and staff apply for grants each fall and the winners are announced during the school day with a parade, flashing cameras and a serenade from the Shasta Middle School band. It’s quite the fanfare! Our unsuspecting 4th graders were busily working away in math class when the grant parade arrived–some students wondering if it was an oncoming party for someone’s birthday!
Our successful grant will, along with a $108 supplement from the Clear Lake PTO, will fund six Chromebooks for our classroom, bringing our total count to 30 Chromebooks. These are an invaluable tool as we learn to type, conduct research online, practice testing skills in preparation for state testing, learn how to do computer programming and coding, and take virtual field trips to places we otherwise couldn’t access. Our most heartfelt thanks to Bethel Education Foundation, their sponsors and the Clear Lake PTO! We are beyond thrilled!
Each year, the Bethel Education Foundation (BEF) gives thousands of dollars to teachers and staff for projects and supplies in the form of grants with the mission of enhancing and investing in educational excellence in the Bethel School District. This year was no different. BEF gave out 40 grants (out of 86 submissions) across the district, totaling $35,493! Room 13 was fortunate to be among the selected recipients with not one, but two winning grant submissions! Continue reading Mrs. Cox Wins BEF Grants!
Our most sincere thank you to Clear Lake PTO and the Bethel Education Foundation for their generous donations of Chromebooks to our classroom! Please take a few minutes to see our video on how we are using these wonderful tools in our class.
Teachers in Bethel School District are very fortunate to have the support of the Bethel Education Foundation (BEF). BEF seeks to promote the academic achievement of all students in Bethel and as part of their mission, awards mini-grants to teachers for a variety of projects and purposes. This year, our class is a beneficiary of their work. Continue reading Literacy Shines with Chrome!