Summer School 2014
Algebra 1 Semester A and B
Alg Ess A and B
I teach Algebra 2/Finite
during the regular school year.
» MY Lab hours: Mon and Wed 10:00-3:30
» Come get help Mon or Wed at EHS from me.
» MY Virtual hours: Mon and Wed 4:00-6:00
» MY Virtual hours: Tues and Thurs 8:00-3:30
» ** I am happy to answer questions beyond my lab
and virtual hours, as well as on Fridays and
weekends It just may take time for me to get
back to you, as I have a second job and I am on the
road a lot!
» EHS lab is open Mon-Thurs 8-4:30. You may go to
the lab any day to just work….No Labs on Fridays
» Cell phone: 951-609-4537
» Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
» A text or email is preferred. When texting please state
your name and which class you are in, within the text.
» When emailing, please put name and class in the
subject line, as well as a contact phone within the body
of the email.
» Do not use the message center within Plato to contact
me. I will not respond to messages.
I am here to help you. Contact
» check your messages located within Plato twice a day,
as I will be using the message center within Plato often
to send important info.
» Reminder: do not reply to the messages in Plato or
send me messages through Plato. This is my way to get
you info only. My contact info is in a previous slide of
this Powerpoint or can be found on the course syllabus.
» This is an independent online course! That means the
student is solely responsible for keeping track with the
given timeline and expectations of the class and
» Read messages from me carefully and follow directions.
Sometimes it is a good idea to re-read old messages to
help clarify what to do and not to do….
» You may need to download plug-ins to run some of the Plato
» You should have performed a computer software/plug-in test
on your computer to see if you are up to date.
» Copy and past the URL above to test your computer’s
» Try using a different browser.
» For technical issues. Plato support Phone # 1-800-869-2200
» You need to log in to the computer daily.
» I can see if you are working in the program or just leaving your computer
» Expect to be working every day for 5 hours or more. You can even work
on Friday, Sat, and Sun. The more you do the faster you get done.
» Must be done by June 30th last day to take Final if you are taking a
second Plato class. Otherwise you have more time.
» Must be done by July 22nd last day to take
Final. End of Summer school.
» Students may be dropped for not working daily. Contact me if special
circumstances arise. Students who are dropped will receive a
withdrawl/F on their transcript.
» Students who do not finish will get a withdrawl/F
» Students will not be allowed to continue during the regular school year.
So you must finish all Units and take the final by the deadline.
» Parent contact is difficult, so it is ultimately the students’ responsibility
to work daily and keep up with the timeline given to them.
» You may finish the course early. It is a self-paced class. So finish early
and enjoy the rest of your summer.
» You must answer
7 out of the 10
I allow you four
attempts without me
needing to unlock.
If you get a 7/10 or
70% email or text me
to make the bubble
8/10 or higher the
computer makes it
To unlock a Mastery
you must go back
through the tutorial
answering all the
questions before Plato
will unlock the mastery
for you. After 4
attempts it will lock it
until you contact me.
* Always contact me if
you have any concerns
» Don’t do off-line activities.
»However, you still need to click
on the off-line link etc…to make
the bubble green.
» No calculator.
» No notes
» Must get a 65%
or higher. If not,
then you must
go back through
the unit and
retake the Post
test. So study
prior to taking
the Unit Post
» Once you finished
a Post test email
or text me to open
the next unit.
» A Post Test
“should” be taken
once a week-See
timeline that you
received from me.
» Study prior to
taking a Post Test.
Must take all Post tests and Finals at the EHS lab
for all classes. Bring ID and sign in prior to taking a Unit
Post Test. Bring paper and pencil too.
˃End of Course
See course syllabus
Take notes and really pay
attention during each
Your grade will be affected
if you score better than 7
out of 10. Remember, 7/10
is a C-. So if you are trying
to get an A or B in the class,
pay attention when taking
ALL Mastery, Unit Post or
Must score a 65% on Post
tests to move on to next
unit. See me if you are
Final is worth 25% so take
notes as you move through
» Always take the Pre-Test for each unit.
» If you don’t exempt out of a Module you must
do…….from home or at school in the order shown.
The Mastery Test
Off-line (just click it etc…then get out of it to turn bubble green)
» If you DO get exempted (E) next to a module
The Tutorial SKIP
The Application- SKIP
The Mastery Test (Let me know if you want me to unlock it to try
again. If you are having difficulty then maybe you SHOULD watch
the tutorial) Must get a 70% or higher.
» Deadline Reminders
» You must finish the entire course by the end of
course deadline (July 22nd) or you WILL receive
a withdrawl/F that will show on your transcript.
» If you are planning on taking TWO summer
school courses than you must be done by June
30th. Registration for the second course is July
1st . See your counselor or AP to register.
» You may not roll-over course work to the
regular school year. No exceptions!!! Even if you
are almost done. You will have to start the
course all over. So get it done by the deadline.
» Start today with the first pre-test…….
» Ask me for help …..text or email.
» Have a quiet place to study without distractions at home or
come to the EHS lab to have a quiet environment to work .
» Start long sessions every morning, take short breaks, then do
some more at night…..
» Set goals……I will be done with unit # by …..Follow the
timeline I created for you.
» Allow yourself some fun time!!!!
» Ask for help. Don’t feel like you are texting me too much. I
am being paid to help you…
» Come in the lab during my lab hours for face-to-face help.
I’m at EHS Mon/Wed 10-3:30.
» Mr. Kirkbride is available for face-to-face help at EHS labs on
» Read your messages in Plato carefully and follow directions-
» Nike- just do it!
» Get your head in the game!
» Don’t procrastinate- It is what will keep you from
finishing the course.
» Just jump in- 5 to 6 hours a day is expected!!!!!
» Never give up!
» It’s only 6.5 weeks!
» Be positive!
» Seek help when you need it. Don’t wait.
» Keep up with the timeline that I gave you. Are
you behind? How are you going to catch up?