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  1. I have two High Schoolers in PS. About two weeks before the shutdown the schools system started planning in the eventuality that they may have to close. Surveys went out to parents to see if people had access to devices and internet. On the last day they were in school which was a Friday Chromebooks were handed out to all students from 3rd grade on up. K-2 received work packets and links to on line resources. The school system and the town worked to make sure students had access to free internet/hot spots. There are also daily breakfast/lunch pickup locations for the town. I really don't know how it is going with the younger kids., but by the following Tuesday the High Schoolers at least started e-learning. They have 8 25 minute periods and are still being given assignments, tests and quizzes. Attendance is also taken every day. The marking period just ended on the 31st and e-report cards will be issues (although via Power School most parents know their kids grades anyway). Some of the classes have to be more creative than others. But it actually seems to be working. My kids aren't happy, they miss a lot about school, but it is what it is.
  2. I've not seen anyone call what is happening homeschooling either. K-2 parents received packets for their students as well as links and resources to supplement at home. Perhaps that is the closest to actual homeschool? 3rd grade on up are all received Chromebooks and they have class schedules and work that will be assigned. They are calling it e-learning. I am more familiar with what they are doing in the high school and they have a schedule of eight 25 minute periods of instruction with corresponding assignments assigned. My son even received a keyboard to take home for his music theory class. Classes like gym or culinary that were a mix of written assignments and hands on will be using videos to replace some of the hands on which is a bummer. Labs as well I believe. It starts tomorrow so I am unsure how everything will work but I definitely know I wouldn't say I'm homeschooling them. The problem I'm seeing is like with everything, there are parents who have absolutely no idea what is going on and they are the most vocal. Ok this is just a vent, but we've received countless e-mails, texts phone calls and surveys about this whole process on a daily basis and have been for weeks. Every few a days a parent posts something on Facebook basically stating they have no idea what is happening or that they weren't informed. It is maddening because I know some of the people complaining. They are involved parents so how they don't have this information is beyond me. Every time the superintendent sends a message I get it via my home phone, my work phone, my cell phone, I also get a text and e-mails to my home and work. It is posted to the school Website, their Instagram page and their Facebook page. Then it is reposted by the Booster club, the PTO and half the parents in the school. Also I think there is confusion about the 180 day waiver here as well. School was supposed to end June 9th. We are currently scheduled to be closed two weeks well till March 30th) and will still have to make up the two weeks at the end of the year we just can't go past June 30th. The waiver means that once we hit June 30th we can stop having to make up days even if we haven't hit 180. So basically schools closed for two weeks are just on an extended spring break and students wouldn't need to make anything up or even need to do school at this time. Our district chose e-learning because those days count as days that do not have to be made up at the end of the year. Now of course other parts of the country are handling things completely differently but this is basically what is happening in most schools in my area. and if the closures are extended past the two weeks that could completely change the game.
  3. I absolutely hated it. My favorite part of the story is watching the girls "grow up," and seeing how who they are when they are young influences they women they become. The time jumps distort that entire aspect of the story for me.
  4. My kids are in public school. I don't think I've encountered a public school system here where students cannot be expelled. They usually end up at parochial schools or taking advantage of home tutors that the school system must provide if they do not find an alternative option.
  5. Well I live on the east coast and my kids never seems to have the same experiences that yours do. Everything is on-line so if assignments were missing you would see in Power School or whichever program your school system uses that those assignments are missing. I don't think kids talking about grades with each other is the way to uncover discrepancies. And someone stealing another students assignment so it can't be handed in. I can't even imagine that - Those students would be expelled. My kids are now both in high school and say that kids don't really discuss grades that often. Like anything some are more prone to doing so more than others. There are times, like after a particularly difficult test that everyone might compare notes. There is honor roll here and high honors, but it is something that shows up at the bottom of your report card. In Middle school there is a ceremony at the end of the year with certificates but nothing for high school. It really doesn't matter when comparing students across the board. You can have a student with a 4.0 GPA in all honors and AP classes and a student with a 4.0 GPA in remedial classes. They would have both made high honors but comparing the two is apples to oranges.
  6. This is actually untrue. Common core standards often state that a student needs to explain why behind the concepts they have mastered. This can be verbal, through images or manipulatives or by using words. The problem lies with the fact that some schools have interpreted this by having students write a paragraph explaining how they arrived at each of their answers when doing calculations. Although I've only read that on the Internet - I've never encountered that in real life.
  7. The K-2 Elementary here that has about 350 students has: 1 Psychologist 1 Social Worker 3 SPED Teachers 3 Speech 1 ELL 2 Reading Specialists 3 Tutors 1 Math Coach 3 PT/OT 13 Paras
  8. I liked this post but I actually was referring to you mentioning "script." I said script to my two teenagers the other day and they had no idea that I meant cursive. It is funny to me that modern children recognize the name I see as more formal. I do think think that cursive is important. My children learned cursive in 3rd grade in p.s. so at about 7/8 y.o. By 4th grade most assignments were required to be in cursive. If they hadn't been taught I would have taught them myself. I think most adults I see actually use a hybrid of print and cursive. I know my handwriting developed from what was the quickest and easiest when taking notes in school.
  9. I also think Special Olympics would be a great idea. Many schools here also have Unified Sports and Best Buddies programs that perhaps would also be a great fit. Unified sports here is a daily gym class plus afterschool games, meets and sometimes dances. Best Buddies is similar but is more social. Because it is a more narrow age range perhaps that would be a better fit. I know Special Olympics can include adults and kids but Unified would just be peers. Another option would be to see if there is a branch of the TOPS soccer program nearby that also has a mentor type program for special needs kids.
  10. I do about 90% of my weekly shopping at Aldi and I probably save about $100 a trip versus other area grocery stores. We have Stop and Shop, ShopRite, Price Chopper and local IGAs that I sometimes shop at as well. We also have Trader Joe's and Whole Foods but I wouldn't ever consider doing an actual weekly grocery shopping at those stores - They are far too expensive. I use them for specialty items. Aldi's version of Fig Newtons are the best - Much better to me than the name brand and they are only .89 a package as opposed to around $3.00 a package for the name brand in other stores. They also have seasonal things that I would never treat myself to at other stores because they would be too expensive to just throw in the cart. Things like Meyer Lemons, Snapdragon apples, etc. I especially love the German treats around Octoberfest and Christmas.
  11. That is completely unacceptable. If an elementary level teacher did that here there would be severe consequences. I have seen teachers use positive examples in classrooms but it is never the work of a current student. Usually it is a student from prior years and names are never apparent. They also do use peer review here in middle and high school but if a student wasn't taking it seriously and wrote "fail" or something similar on another students work they would get a zero on their own assignment. I've actually seen that happen. I am however referring to experiences with public and private prep schools. Other private schools like parochial schools are a whole different story in my area. I've heard some crazy stories as they do not require teaching certifications of any kind. Not that it is necessarily a problem but it can be more difficult to hold teachers accountable.
  12. Is she in public school? Many students in ps with ADHD are able to meet with counselors (or paras) to assist with EF issues. I know some that do this daily, going through their notebooks and folders to clean them out and work on organizing and planning. Others meet weekly and/or monthly. Sometimes they plan out and prioritize upcoming assignments, other times the counselors help them to clean out their lockers. Often a disaster of a locker can dampen the best intentions of staying on track. Are any of these services available to your dd?
  13. At our schools you cannot volunteer in the classroom other than as a chaperone or to help with a holiday party. There are paras and tutors (and sometimes student teachers) to help with any instruction. I did however volunteer for years at the library in the upper elementary school. I helped with shelving books/book check out, so the librarian had more time to focus on the lesson of the day.
  14. There may be other factors or laws at play. In my town you need a minimum of 2 acres to build a new home. A large 55+ community was built a few years ago and they were given special permission for higher density housing based on the 55+ mandate. If younger people or families moved it in would violate the zoning laws and I assume lead to fines.
  15. Colorforms - Do they still make those?
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