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  • Welcome! Bienvenidos al

    Salón de la Sra. Jones!

     

    For the most up-to-date information about our class, scroll to the blog below; it will be kept up to date on a weekly basis.

    También tengo un Edblog en español; vean los links a la izquierda.

    On this page, you will find a description of what we're doing in our, new ONLINE classroom.

    From now until the end of the school year, please check into Schoology first. There, you will find the agenda for the day, as well as links to the assignments. If Schoology is down (as might be the case the first few weeks, while we all learn how to use the new Learning Management System, or LMS), then check the stream on Google Classroom for directions.

    We are currently on Spring Break; Online instruction will resume Tuesday, 13 April. 

    Con mucho cariño,

    Sra. Jones

     

    "El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz" - Benito Juarez, pasado presidente de México

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    Jemina E. Jones, EdS

    W. E. Mitchell Middle School

    Language Acquisition Specialist

    jejones@fcusd.org

     

    Office Hours for Week of 13- 17 April, 2020

    M-F 10:00-10:45AM and 12:15-1:00PM

    Via LIVE Conference on Schoology

     

     

     

  • Spring break is on

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 4/5/2020

    We are officially on spring break through Monday, 12 April. We get the day after Easter Sunday off, and we resume online instruction, via Schoology, on Tuesday, 13 April. 

    What should students be "working" on? 

    Officially nothing. But, if your son or daughter is still not caught up with Units 1-5, this is a good opportunity to do so :)

    We can't "grade" assignments, yet, but I imagine we will be able to do so, soon, somehow, to determine an "equitable" letter grade for Semester 2.

    As I've mentioned to several of you already, this is a new era in schooling... We get to redefine "grading", for example; and this is really an exciting time to be an educator.

    I'm advocating for a an adjusted 3rd Quarter grade; whereby students can, during the 4th Quarter "instruction period", earn a higher grade, only, but not more than a letter grade... BECAUSE home support is not the same for everyone...

    Which is why I'm encouraging ALL students to get caught up with Units 1-5, first.

    Here's something fun: Find a way to make flashcards ONLINE! (Try something like Quizzet)

    Same thing goes for Vocab Logs... We're going to "learn" how to make a "portfolio" online (For now, it will be as simple as turning in a 10-12 slide presentation :)

     

     

    What does Direct Instruction look like, now?

    I will be providing structured instruction time, starting next week 13 Tuesday. By the end of this week, I will be posting an official schedule for LIVE Conference hours; for which students simply need to show up.

    On a daily basis, student should log into Schoology, first; Even if their teachers don't have material posted there, yet. 

    After signing in, if teachers don't have material posted on Schoology, strudents can go to Google Classroom. Please defer to individual teachers.

    Google Classroom will continue to be the main learning platform for many teachers, but please, first log into Schoology.

    I will keep using Goolge Classrom for two weeks after Spring Break. Starting Moday, 27 April, I'm hoping to only be using Schoology. 

    My goal is to post daily; Students will have access to a short insructional video and a "Question" in the morning and meet with other students for a LIVE Conference at 10AM and/or 12:15PM. Here, students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the day's lesson. I'm also thinking of creating a "Fun Room" where students can socialize... If you have any suggestions for how to make this new mode of learning a more engaging process, drop me a line, please.

    If any or all of this is simply TOO much right now, it's okay. Students are NOT going to be penalized.

    It hasn't been officially decided, but in terms of "grading," most everyone is leaning towards a "grades can't go lower than the grade already earned for 3rd Quarter" policy.

    Parents, please hang in there. Know that I'm here to support you, as well, and will do my best to provide your son/daughter with a valuable learning experience, for the remainder of the school year, despite the fact that absolutely nothing is "normal" right now.

     

    UPDATES

    Please continue to check the school website for the latest updates.

    I will make updates on this page regularly, through the end of the school year.

     

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  • "Distance Learning"

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/29/2020

    Good evening, Parents, Guardians, Friends, and Family!

    Tomorrow, 30 March, 2020, ALL Mitchell Middle School students will be resuming instruction, albeit, online, at home.

    If you still haven't picked up a Chromebook, stop by the school, this week, to check one out. Check the school website for open hours, as they might change. For the most part, there will be someone available between the hours of 8:30AM-2:30PM. 

    Also, there will be tech assistance, throughout. So, please check the school website for specific times.

    In our Spanish classroom we'll be working on transitioning from Google Classroom to Schoology; hopefully we'll be able to ALL get into Schoology in the next couple of weeks.

    We'll still be using Google Classroom, to be sure, but now, we all have to get into the routine of logging in through Schoology, first. 

    Expect the next couple of weeks to be an "adjustment period" as we learn the new routine...

    Specifically, I will be posting a weekly Google Slide presentation, with an overview of activities/assignments students can work on. 

    On a daily basis, I will post a short video with captioned instructions.

    I will also be "available" for questions/answers from 10AM-12NOON, on a daily basis, M-F.

    I do have this vision where I am Live streaming the lessons on a teacher channel I've registered for; More on this, soon.

    We will more than likely NOT be using Zoom, at this time, per District recommendation. But, I will be providing students opportunities to "socialize" via secure/closed group "Chat" or "Discussion" rooms. Also, more on this, soon.

    In the meantime, please, make sure your son/duaghter is all caught up with the material we've covered in class, so far; students should be done, or almost done, with Units 1-5.

    Teachers, Admin, District leaders, union reps, and County/State Educators are ALL engaged in the discussion about grading. Please know, that your child's well being is our utmost priority. 

    What role will you as a parent be playing? You will be the home "facilitator". If you haven't already received Schoology login information from your child's 2nd period teacher, you will.

    Please, please, please, be patient with us as we navigate this new learning platform, together.

    We will be in "Distance Learning" mode, through 1 May, 2020. 

    I have created a parent support page on Facebook you can follow. I've added tons of resources YOU can use at home with your children. All the links are vetted by reputable Educators across the country, and most of the resources are free.

    Please, drop me a line, let me know how teachers can help you.

    Regards,

    Sra. Jones

    Green chalkboard in homemade classroom

    This is where I'll be working from; my very own guestroom turned classroom... :)

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  • Will school be reopening soon?

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/24/2020

    As of an hour ago, this is the specific statement received from the district, regarding school closures:

    "The District will continue to take its direction from public health officials advising area school districts on appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of our community. While the District has not changed its scheduled reopen date of April 14, we are preparing for the possibility to be closed for the rest of the year. We will communicate updates to families as details are available."

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  • Do you need a Chromebook?

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/22/2020

    Good evening, friends and family!

    I hope this Shelter in Place has given you the opportunity to, at the very least, slow down a bit, to take a deep breath, and enjoy the company of your loved ones.

    Here at school, Admin has been working really hard to figure out how to best move forward. So, I will share with you what I know, and please, also check the school website for more updates.

    This week, Monday, March 23-Wednesday, March 25

    If you need a Chromebook for home use, you can come to school between the hours of 8-10AM and 1-3PM, to check one out. Please fill out this form

    Instruction will resume via Distance Learning (online learning from home) next week Monday, March 30

    I will share more information with you, as the week progresses and we receive instructions from the school district. 

    In the meantime, visit Google Classroom and take a look at the "Week 12" post; it has a list of suggested activities for the week.

    Thank you for everything you so!

     

    Cheers,

    Sra. Jones

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  • Comprehensive list of authors' read alouds (free)

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/18/2020 4:00:00 PM

    I am so impressed by the level of collegiality being expressed on social media these days; Educators are sharing thousands of resources to help both parents and educators as we transition to the new "normal."

    Here's a link I think you might find useful.

    We Are Teachers

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  • Distance Learning or not?

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/18/2020

    While discussions of equity in education take place at the highest levels of institutions of public education, I share with you free education resources, accesible from your home.

    If you do not currently have access to the internet, please call your service provider and ask them about their free online education program. If your service provider does not currently have a program for free internet, try Comcast.

    I'm sharing TWO (2) educational resources today:

    1. The entire collection of Animorphs online, free at https://animorphsforum.com/ebooks/1/

     

    2. Recommendations for the stay at home family (en español)

    https://www.commonsensemedia.org/espanol/blog/consejos-para-usar-la-tecnologia-en-familia-durante-la-crisis-del-coronavirus?utm_source=Latino+Coronavirus+standalone+03172020+-&utm_medium=email

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  • 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch From Home

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/17/2020

    Today's pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! :D The list includes Into the Woods, Peter Pan, and Billy Elliot!

    https://www.playbill.com/article/15-broadway-plays-and-musicals-you-can-watch-on-stage-from-home?fbclid=IwAR0fPw8zGkM80_fRx4TrRPspFdxrVJeV2duIuMiMyEYwjfelGR1ecm9evKM

     

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  • Preventive measures update

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/17/2020

    Please note that as of Monday, 16 March, 2020, 04:45PM, the school district has stated the following:

    "While our schools are closed, and until we receive further guidance from the State of California, faculty are not to conduct instruction of any kind (virtual, distance learning, assignments, homework packets, projects, etc.). Because we cannot yet ensure equitable educational access for all student learning (IEPs, etc.) all instruction is on hold until further notice."

    Please check the school website for the complete COVID-19 update.

     

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  • Scholastic Resource (Free)

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/16/2020

    "Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing."

    https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

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  • Week 11: 16- 20 March, 2020

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/16/2020

    Good morning, Parents, Guardians, and Students,

    Our school administration has been working around the clock with FCUSD and SCOE personnel to ensure that you have the most up to date information about the current preventive measures taken. Please visit the school website for the latest information.

    In the meantime, I've updated our Google Classroom with the following presentation, for your perusal. Feel free to encourage your son/daughter to spend 25-40 min. a day reviewing their Unit 5 vocabulary, as well as practicing descriptive sentences in Spanish :) 

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_TFWfl1YJBvNq0k41i8kCK3ucEFyNSXybSM2CYbdAlU/edit?usp=sharing

    Later this week, I will be adding a post with other educational resources you can use throughout.

    I will update this page regularly. 

    The best way to reach me is via email at jejones@fcusd.org

    Regards,

    Sra. Jones

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