First Day Info
Welcome FMS Families,
I know there has been some tech issues and confusion regarding student’s schedules, Google classroom, and Microsoft Teams. Because of this, I wanted to personally reach out to you with some helpful information. If you are receiving this message, it means your student has me Mrs. Sievers for Science. Please refer to PowerSchools for your student’s schedule as it contains the most accurate information.
I put together the below Q&A to try to help answer some questions you may have.
Why is my student’s PowerSchools schedule different than their Google Classrooms?
If your student recently received a schedule change, it takes Google Classroom 24 hours to sync up with PowerSchools and add them to their new Google Classroom. If your student is in this situation, they can add my Google Class by using this class code that was sent to parents through Powerschool.
How does my student join the Microsoft Teams for Science?
The link for students to join Microsoft Teams meetings is posted in our Google Classroom and will be the same link we use every time when joining a Microsoft Teams session. Unfortunately, Microsoft (MS) Teams is having some tech issues and as a result some students have been added to my MS Teams instead of entire classes. This means, I need to individually add each “missing” student to my MS Teams for each of my classes… this will take some time, but is the next thing on my “Teacher To Do” list. Some students have emailed me requesting access to join MS Teams… I will be working on accept those request as I work on getting our students set up in MS Teams. I ask that you please be patient with this process as I myself am still learning how to use MS Teams and am doing my best to get things figured out.
What should we expect for Science in the first two weeks of school?
My goal is to get all my students logged in/access to their science class as well as start making connections and establishing norms which will help students feel more comfortable sharing their ideas in this safe place with others in class.
What if my student is having difficulty accessing the class tomorrow (first day of school) due to tech issues?
Please let your student know that it is ok if they were unable to join us for the first day due to tech issues. I will be posting my “Get to know Mrs. Sievers” presentation for our first day of school in Google Classroom in case they were unable to join our MS Teams meeting, so they will not be missing out on any new information. Here is the District’s tech support website for families: https://www.fcusd.org/tech
How will school/home communication work for Mrs. Sievers’ class?
My primary source of communication to provide families with information will be my FMS teacher website. More detailed information regarding assignment descriptions, announcements for students, etc will be posted on my Google Classroom. If you are unable to locate the information you are looking for, please feel free to email me at MSievers@fcusd.org and I will be more than happy to assist you as best I can. Please do not reply back to me through PowerSchools. In the past we ran into some issues with parent’s emails not going through, so please email me directly instead.
I hope you found this information helpful. It is always my goal to help support students (and their families) as best I can. Your student’s success is very important to me.