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  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • Information from Town Hall Sept. 12th
  • 9th gr workshop

    1. 1. "Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.“ - Albert Einstein “ Don't agonize. Organize.” -Florence Kennedy
    2. 2. Are you wondering… <ul><li>Why am I here? </li></ul><ul><li>What is this about? </li></ul><ul><li>How is this going to help me? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Raise your hand if you… <ul><li>Are beginning to wonder how your student is going to keep track of all of these different: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>binders, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>notebooks, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>handouts, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>due dates, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>teachers, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>assignments, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>supplies, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and requirements. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Good news (look around you) : You’re not alone!
    5. 5. What does it take to be a successful MHS student? QUESTION:
    6. 6. Organization Organization Organization ANSWER:
    7. 7. What do we ask of our students? <ul><li>There is a method to our madness! </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Structures are put in place based on experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Let’s take a look at what students are told… </li></ul>
    8. 8. STEP 1: ORGANIZE YOUR STUFF* (and keep it that way) <ul><li> * STUFF = </li></ul><ul><li>handouts </li></ul><ul><li>homework </li></ul><ul><li>classwork </li></ul><ul><li>notes </li></ul><ul><li>projects </li></ul><ul><li>papers </li></ul><ul><li>loose leaf </li></ul><ul><li>supplies </li></ul>
    9. 9. Required Organizational Systems: <ul><li>Science : one binder with dividers </li></ul><ul><li>Global Studies : one binder with dividers </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Language : one binder with dividers </li></ul><ul><li>(NOTE: these 3 must be separate binders) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Required Organizational Systems: <ul><li>One additional binder with a divider each for Health , Math , Writing , and English </li></ul><ul><li>Loose leaf paper in each binder </li></ul><ul><li>Spiral/composition notebooks as requested by teachers </li></ul><ul><li>One pocket folder for miscellaneous, un-filed papers that will live in your backpack and be cleaned out each night. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Keeping these systems organized: <ul><li>When you get a handout: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write your name and the date on it right away </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>punch holes immediately, and put it in the correct section of the correct binder </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you don’t have the correct binder, put the handout in your pocket folder until you can file it correctly. </li></ul><ul><li>Each night, empty out the papers in your pocket folder and either file them or put them in the correct binder section. </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Clearly label each binder with the subject, your name and Advisor’s name. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan ahead—how many binders will you need to bring home each night? </li></ul><ul><li>Do not remove papers from binders to take them home or to class—keep things in place </li></ul><ul><li>Never place a loose handout or paper in your backpack or locker—put it right in its binder or in the pocket folder </li></ul><ul><li>Use a backpack or bag that is big enough to hold 3 binders and a notebook or two. </li></ul><ul><li>Put a shelf in your locker and visit it in the morning and before 6 th period, to make sure you have the right supplies. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can’t carry everything home, stay at school to finish one assignment </li></ul>
    13. 13. STEP 2 : STAY ORGANIZED AT HOME <ul><li>Create a file box with hanging folders. Save all graded work, old notes, handouts, and projects for every class. </li></ul><ul><li>Put a wall calendar in a central location and record all due dates, breaks, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Designate a space for your backpack and school stuff, and keep them there. </li></ul><ul><li>Save ALL work on the computer. Create files for each class’ documents. </li></ul>
    14. 14. STEP 3 : USE YOUR PLANNER <ul><li>Write out your schedule (include room numbers and times) on inside cover first page </li></ul><ul><li>Record the name and phone numbers of at least three people in your section, plus at least one in your advisory </li></ul><ul><li>Record due dates for assignments as soon as they are given (if they change, use white out!) </li></ul><ul><li>Do not rely on the school website or a friend to find out the homework </li></ul><ul><li>Record all recurring events: weekly quizzes, after school activities/extra help, for at least the next three months </li></ul><ul><li>Use the monthly calendar to record long-term due dates, and the daily calendar for HW assignments, etc. </li></ul>
    15. 15. ADDITIONAL TIPS : <ul><li>Be realistic—staying organized is difficult!! </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help when you need it. </li></ul><ul><li>Do a weekly “backpack dump” and put away or file all loose papers/supplies. </li></ul><ul><li>File graded work immediately in your home file box. Do not throw anything away. </li></ul><ul><li>Buy binders, folders and/or notebooks that are the same color if they’re for the same class. </li></ul><ul><li>Designate one folder for completed homework, and always have it in your backpack. </li></ul><ul><li>Pack your backpack the night before, including anything due the next day. </li></ul><ul><li>If the system you chose isn’t working, try something else. </li></ul>
    16. 16. What does all of this mean for you as a parent/guardian? <ul><li>Trust the system & use it! </li></ul>
    17. 17. What does this mean for you as a parent/guardian? <ul><li>Start at the beginning… </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with your child about how s/he is staying organized </li></ul><ul><li>Build time into your daily routines to make sure organization becomes a habit </li></ul>
    18. 18. Think twice before you email! <ul><li>Often time we have questions about what’s going on in our child’s classes or concerns about his/her progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep trusting the system! </li></ul><ul><li>1) Did you ask your student first? </li></ul><ul><li>2) Get to know other parents—can they answer your questions? </li></ul>
    19. 19. Think twice before you email! <ul><li>Use the resources we have put in place just for you… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://millenniumhs.org! (HW, announcements, calendar…) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent email list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to be more involved? Join the Parents’ Association (PA) or School Leadership Team (SLT) </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Think twice before you email! <ul><li>Use the resources we have put in place just for you… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mid quarter reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Progress reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Without even asking, we communicate every 4 weeks with you about your child’s academic progress </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Think twice before you email! <ul><li>Still can’t find that answer you’re looking for? </li></ul><ul><li>Filter all communication through your child’s advisor! </li></ul>
    22. 22. These are not just 9 th grade tools! <ul><li>Developing strategies/systems for all courses at MHS </li></ul><ul><li>Learning how to organize as a prelude to completing the college application process </li></ul><ul><li>Being a successful adult! </li></ul>
    23. 23. These are not just 9 th grade tools! <ul><li>A challenge is okay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High expectations push our students to grow, to learn and to become independent </li></ul></ul>

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