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Monday, April 6 – Welcome Back! Week of 4/6-10

Good Morning Bengals!

Welcome back from Spring Break!  I hope you guys were able to take a breather from the chaos of switching to remote learning, get outside, read a little, play some games, etc.  Not only did I do those things…but I also discovered TikTok.  Oh mercy.  That is a total time-suck!  But hilarious.

You will notice a new format moving forward.  Some of this is based off of your feedback from the survey and some of it is from district-wide directives.  I’m hoping this format streamlines everything for you.

Here is the basic routine:

Monday – You and your guardians will receive an email with a PDF attached.  This will contain the weekly work form.  These 2 pages will contain all of the work you need to complete for the week (Thursday by 3:30).  You can do this all on Monday, all on Thursday, or spread out throughout the week (probably the last choice is the least stressful choice).

You will need to complete the “attendance” form for today.
*School-from-Home Tip: Write down or print off the requirements of the week in a notebook or planner for all of your classes.  Then assign each bit of work a day and a time chunk.  This way you aren’t overwhelming yourself each morning or on the last day.

Tuesday – This is a work day.  Nothing new will be posted on the website; however, you will need to complete the “attendance” form for today.

Wednesday  – I will host an optional check-in where you can come online live with me to ask me questions, clarifications, or just see your classmates.  They will last 1/2 hour.

This will also be the day I post an instructional video for grammar and (if applicable) literature content (like a close read or a mini-lesson in a skill).

Thursday – Work day to finish up.  Check-in work due by the end of the day (3:30).  The weekly PDF will tell you what work is due Thursdays and what work is an assessment and therefore due Friday.

You will need to complete the “attendance” form for today.

Friday – Assessments.  This is for online quizzes and work from the week that falls under this category.  This is the majority of what you will see being entered into your gradebook for Quarter 4.

I’m hoping by keeping this routine, weekends will be homework free.

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 4/6

JUNIORS – CLICK HERE: English III – Week of 4/6

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

 

Thursday, March 26 – Day 11

Good Morning Bengals –

Thank you for checking back on the website today.  I hope you are all figuring out that checking this website daily is your best bet to knowing what is going on in the world of Schulte English!  We only have two more days until Spring Break then we can have a breather.

Please remember over spring break to continue social distancing.  The better you are at that, the sooner we can be back in school.  🙂

Also – if you are needing a Chromebook, let me know and I’ll put your name on Mr. Thennis’s list.  We are fielding those requests through school principals.

Click below to find the videos and slides for today!

As always, be healthy and safe!

SOPHOMORES – CLICK HERE: English II – Thursday

JUNIORS – CLICK HERE: English III – Thursday

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

Monday, March 23 – Day 8

Good Morning!

I’m excited for our Zoom meetings later today!  Remember – English III will be at 10:00 and English II will be at 11:30.  These are not mandatory but a chance to check in with me, ask questions, try out the Zoom features, etc.

Also, throughout the process of last week, I learned that I need to establish “office hours”.  These will give you guys concrete times you can count of me replying quickly as well as concrete times my own children need to let me work (see below for times).  It’s all about balance.

In that vein of balance, I’ve been doing a lot of reading from different educators and parents across the country.  I want to reiterate that I do not have the expectation that you will learn brand new material this week.  I view this week and last week as “packing the wound.” This was all very sudden and we are all still swirling a bit.  So the work we are doing is to basically make sure you don’t slide backwards over these three weeks.  After spring break, we will reevaluate where we are at and what we, as a district, are doing to move forward.  I do not know when this will be over.  If we need to continue online learning after spring break, then we will create a more formal schedule and routine.

For now, click the link below for your slides and video.  Also see below the links for my office hours.  They will also be posted on your class page.

SOPHOMORES – CLICK HERE: English II – Monday

JUNIORS – CLICK HERE: English III – Monday

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

Weekend 1

Hello All:

I wanted to give you some information for this first weekend, but know that it’s also important (especially now in the new environment of online learning) to unplug!

To check in with you all, I’ve scheduled meetings via Zoom for Monday.  If you can’t attend at the time, then they will be recorded and available for you to watch later.  For now, we will do a general English II meeting and a general English III meeting.  This will be a check-in, time to answer questions, etc.  It is not required.

As this continues, we might hold discussions as class periods.  Look below for the links and information.  The link will be sent out via Remind 10 minutes before the scheduled meeting time.  You should be able to join the meeting without a Zoom account.

ENGLISH II

Topic: English II
Time: Mar 23, 2020 11:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/544650325

Meeting ID: 544 650 325

ENGLISH III

Topic: English III
Time: Mar 23, 2020 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/585818989

Meeting ID: 585 818 989

Friday, March 20 – Day 5

Good Morning!

Our first week of School ShutDown 2020 is coming to an end.  Anyone else feel like it’s been 3 weeks instead of just 1??  Going into the weekend, I want you all to get out and enjoy some fresh air.  I know I need to.  You guys are doing a great job.

Remember – if you are having any kind of issue with technology or the platforms or with assignments or just in general, contact us!  We want to stay connected to you all.  In that light, if anyone has not accessed my Schoology account by noon today, I’ll be bringing in reinforcements to contact you so we can help resolve any issues that may have crept up.  Now onto the learning!

SOPHOMORES – CLICK HERE: English II – Friday

JUNIORS – CLICK HERE: English III – Friday

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.