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Monday, April 27 – Week of 4/27-5/1

Good Morning Bengals!

We are into our fourth week with at least (probably more) one more week.  The end of this week would have been our Vigilante Parade.  It is difficult to temporarily lose these traditions that have been around for years and years.  One fun thing to do might be to look up old pictures of the Vigilante Parades.  You will probably find many repeated floats throughout the years!

This is a short post with just a couple reminders:

  1. Check in with all classes on Monday and layout your assignments for the week.  Try to schedule your work so you aren’t spending all day, every day working.
  2. Keep your daily schedule with sufficient times for work time and sufficient times for “distraction” or free time.

Finally – an important note – if you turn in work after 4:00 on Friday for any of the assignments, please send me a courtesy email or text via Remind so I can ensure I update your grade as quickly as possible.  If you complete the work but don’t notify me, there is no guarantee of when I will get back to check old assignments since we are working in various platforms.

You can also find the weekly assignment PDF on your pages below along with the intro video walking you through it all.

Stay healthy and safe!

SOPHOMORES – CLICK HERE: English II – Week of 4/27

JUNIORS – CLICK HERE: English III – Week of 4/27

OFFICE HOURS – This is when I’ll be online to answer questions. Outside these hours, responses can take up to 24 hours.
10-11 AM
[Wednesday: Eng 3 Zoom 10-10:30 / Eng 2 Zoom 10:30-11 *optional]

1-2:30 PM

Monday, April 13 – Week of 4/13-17

Good Morning Bengals!

Hopefully the 2nd week of the weekly format will be more familiar and thus easier to navigate.  Again, I encourage all of you to go through each class on Monday (or – in this week’s case – Tuesday) morning to see what assignments are given for the week.  Write them down in a week-long planner to schedule your work time.  Also write down when you have Team or Zoom meetings for classes.  It might look overwhelming when you look at the whole week, but when you break the work into days, it becomes much more manageable.

Additionally, I strongly encourage you to start getting yourself into a “new” routine so if we do go back to school, you aren’t completely thrown through a loop.  Here is the basic routine we’ve followed at our house and it’s worked fairly well:

8:00 – Breakfast (you could push this to 8:30/9:00 but my kids are up naturally anyway!)
8:30 – Meditation Time – We gather and do a little “silent” time – yes, I challenge the kids to sit silently for at least a minute (it’s harder than you think!).  It’s actually been really good for me, too.
8:45 – Daily Check-In – Go through and check emails, check the work for the day, etc.
9:00-11:30 – Morning Work Time – This is your main chunk of class time.  Give yourself two 5-minute breaks (yes, time them!) so you don’t get sucked into distractions.
**Don’t forget on Wednesdays, you can check-in on my Zoom with questions!
11:30 – 1:00 – Free time/Lunch time – Check social media, eat lunch, watch YouTube, go for a walk, etc.
1:00-1:45 – Quiet time – Could be a nap 🙂 or silent reading or listening to a podcast or coloring a picture and listening to music or whatever!
1:45-3:30 – Afternoon Work Time – Give yourself two 5-minute breaks (yes, time them!) so – again – you don’t get sucked into distractions.
3:30 – DONE! Hopefully you get done earlier but somedays you might be later. Finish your day by checking your school email, checking off  the work you completed, making sure you filled out attendance forms, etc.

By setting up a reasonable schedule for yourself with built in “free time” you are less likely to get distracted during work time.  By developing these habits and skills, you are setting yourself up for success in the future (aka – college or adult life when you don’t have teachers or parents or coaches telling you what to do and when!).

You can also find the weekly PDF on your pages below along with the intro video walking you through it all.

Stay healthy and safe!

SOPHOMORES – CLICK HERE: English II – Week of 4/13

JUNIORS – CLICK HERE: English III – Week of 4/13

OFFICE HOURS – This is when I’ll be online to answer questions. Outside these hours, responses can take up to 24 hours.
10-11 AM
[Wednesday: Eng 3 Zoom 10-10:30 / Eng 2 Zoom 10:30-11 *optional]

1-2:30 PM

Friday, March 27 – Day 12

Good Morning Bengals!

SPIRIT DAY! In honor of Spring Break starting tomorrow, today is Beach Day!  Check out the video to see my pretty amazing video.  I’m sure Big Cat and Mr. Thennis will be sporting some awesome outfits as well.

I have a couple items for you to work on over spring break (not really homework) but don’t forget today is the NoRedInk quiz!

First item – read through this post (on my blog but from Bill Gates).  https://bengalblogmschulte.blogspot.com/   Consider what other time in our history this has been true.

Second item – take this quick survey.  Now that we’ve had about a week of online learning, we’ve all grown immensely in our knowledge.  To help me prepare to move forward, I need your input.

Click below to find the videos and slides for today!

As always, be healthy and safe!

SOPHOMORES – CLICK HERE: English II – Friday

JUNIORS – CLICK HERE: English III – Friday

OFFICE HOURS – This is when I’ll be online to answer questions.
10-11 AM

1-2:30 PM

RESOURCES

  1. Daily Journal and Reading Assignment Page
  2. English II Overview
  3. English III Overview

 

Wednesday, March 25 – Day 10

Good Morning Bengals!

Half-way through the first full week of online learning.  It appears we will be extending this a bit past spring break, so I want you guys to make sure you are familiar with the platforms and how information is being delivered.  Here are the expectations:

  1. You will check my website daily for the day’s work.
  2. You will complete the work to the best of your ability on time.
  3. You will communicate with me regarding questions – any questions.
  4. You will understand that this is what it is and we can’t change it so we might as well embrace it.

My favorite units always occur after spring break – To Kill a Mockingbird for sophomores and The Great Gatsby for juniors.  I’m in denial that these might not happen in person, but I will do my very best to replicate the experience online.  However, it will only make an impact if you buy in as well.

But we will cross that bridge when it comes.

Click below to find the videos and slides for today!

As always, be healthy and safe!

SOPHOMORES – CLICK HERE: English II – Wednesday

JUNIORS – CLICK HERE: English III – Wednesday

OFFICE HOURS – This is when I’ll be online to answer questions.
10-11 AM

1-2:30 PM

RESOURCES

  1. Daily Journal and Reading Assignment Page
  2. English II Overview
  3. English III Overview

Tuesday, March 24 – Day 9

Good Morning All:

We are continuing to move forward today.  Thank you to everyone who joined in the Zoom chat yesterday.  If you missed it, then you can check out on the audio versions on the “Zoom Meetings” page linked above.

For sophomores today, there isn’t much new.  Make sure you post in Schoology on the discussion board and reply to a classmate.  NoRedInk Quiz and Article-of-the-Week due Friday.

For juniors, you are also staying the course, but I did add an instructional video (kind of long – sorry!) for how to work through getting your information entered into the ACT database before you have to test.  You can do this anytime prior but only for four days after testing, so it’s better to do it now.  If you take a screenshot of your final screen and email it to me, I’ll enter you for a prize!

Click below to find the videos and slides for today!

As always, be healthy and safe!

SOPHOMORES – CLICK HERE: English II – Tuesday

JUNIORS – CLICK HERE: English III – Tuesday

OFFICE HOURS – This is when I’ll be online to answer questions.
10-11 AM

1-2:30 PM

RESOURCES

  1. Daily Journal and Reading Assignment Page
  2. English II Overview
  3. English III Overview

Thursday, March 19 – Day 4

Good Morning!

Exciting day!  We are kicking off “official” lessons!  Most of the information from here on out will be posted on the links for the individual classes (English III and English II).  We will use Schoology for quizzes and discussion boards, and I will have copies of the assignments you might need in there as well but the slides should guide you through most of what you need.  The links below will take you to the English II page and the English III page respectively.  You will find a link to the slides, a link to the slides with an embedded video of me, as well as links to other resources you might need.  Those resources are also found below and in Schoology.  Ready to roll?? Let’s go!

SOPHOMORES – CLICK HERE: English II – Thursday

JUNIORS – CLICK HERE: English III – Thursday

RESOURCES

  1. Daily Journal and Reading Assignment Page
  2. English II Overview
  3. English III Overview
  4. English III – Link to Jason Reynolds Speech

Wednesday, March 18 – Day 3

Good Morning!

Oh yah – I tried a video recording!  Enjoy this WELCOME VIDEO!

Today is day 3 of the closure and your last day of “freedom.”  Starting tomorrow, teachers will be posting lessons and starting to interact with you online.  There are several platforms for this; we will be using Schoology.   All will be entered through Clever.com though.  Below, you will see a link to an overview of what to expect over the next week and a half.  Below that, you will see the instructions for Schoology Login.  YOU ALL NEED TO GET SIGNED UP THEN COMPLETE THE QUIZ (A FUN ONE) BEFORE THURSDAY AT MIDNIGHT.

ENGLISH II Online Module – Overview of what to expect for English II classes.

English III Online Module – Overview of what to expect for English III classes.

Schoology Login
Click on the link located on my page on Clever to get to Schoology.com.
1. Click on “Sign Up” then “Student” if you do not have a Schoology account.  If you use it for another teacher, you can click “Log In”.
2. Enter the correct access code that follows.  If you enter the wrong period, you will be confused!

Period 1, English III – WCZ7-4QPP-RHQHF

Period 3, English III – ND7V-MV3Q-HX9NG

Period 4, English II – KGCF-XK4D-BGK49

Period 5, English II – 3W27-85HT-5NG42

Period 7, English III – R4FD-9XWJ-NWPBG

3. Take some time to explore this platform then take the quiz.  You will be graded on this.  If this is not done by Thursday at midnight, your name will go to your admin and they will be contacting you.

Homework
– Work on NoRedInk practice – quiz is 3/27.
– Finish Article-of-the-Week (The New Whopper) – due Friday, 3/20
– Find an independent reading book 🙂
– Set up Schoology Account and take quiz (due Thursday at midnight)

REMINDERS
– 
Tech check-out at HHS from 8-12 today.  If you need a computer because you don’t have one or you share with a sibling, go in and get a Chromebook and charger.
– Lunches and Breakfasts are available at various school sites across the district.  Please check the Helena District website for locations and times.

Access to Digital Books

  1. Through Helena High’s Library: Sign in using your library login (ID# then first and last initials): https://mslsdcmt.libraryreserve.com/10/45/en/SignIn.htm?url=Default.htm
  2. Lewis and Clark’s Public Library Digital Collection: https://www.lclibrary.org/236/Download-Books-Music-Movie
  3. Audible Accounts: Remember, you have access to free Audible accounts through the school.  Contact Ms. Heaton for information on how to get signed up: cheaton@helenaschools.org
  4. Amazon: If you have a Prime account, you have access to free downloads.  If you don’t, there are still inexpensive opportunities: Amazon.com

Wi-Fi Issues?

If you don’t have access to a wifi network at your home, please contact:

Charter/Spectrum

Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon

These companies are also offering customers increased data access at this time. They may also offer low-cost wireless hotspot options for parents who are outside of Spectrum’s service area.