Many thanks to out to our middle school students Anna Western, Hugo Zabielowicz, Robert Farney, David Fayle, Landen Moshier, and Nicholas Hetzner who attended the Lowville Academy Board of Education on February 13 to showcase how technology enhances their education. The students took board members on a tour of the many Google apps, extensions, and add-ons that allow them to learn in ways they never imagined before. Their time and efforts earned rave reviews from the board members and administration.
The beginning of the 2016-2017 school year marked a pivotal moment for our middle school, the 1:1 Chromebooks implementation. Students in sixth and seventh grade each received a Chromebook to use during and after school hours. Eighth grade students have access to Chromebooks for classroom use, and are expected to receive their own computers in the second stage of the roll-out in the fall.
Our digital natives appreciate that many teachers have adopted a hybrid classroom, moving some assignments online to Google Classroom, thereby, providing the ability for students to work on and submit assignments from home.
State tests are scheduled for the week of March 28-31. I am offering after school review classes to help you prepare. You can sign up for either Tuesday or Thursday state test review classes that run from February 14 to March 23. Classes start at 3:20, so you have a little time to visit the snack bar, take a short walk, or get homework help from a teacher. Classes end at 4:20, at which time you can walk home, go home with a parent, or go to the library and wait for the 5:30 late bus. Students in the Connections program should report to the learning center.
EngageNY.org has released sample questions from past tests if you want to review on your own.