Want to join the Book Club?

23 08 2015

We will be holding our first official Student Book Club meeting on Tuesday, September 29th during lunch in room 342. We have a lot of exciting ideas for the club this year, including new book recommendations, ideas for fun field trips, and fundraising strategies. All students are welcome to attend, even if you’re a new member.  If you’d like to learn more about our club, you can visit our page.

Students, your textbook is now online!

22 08 2015

In order to access the online version of your textbook, you will need the registration code for your grade:

Grade 12:       4696215 –  50

Here are the full instructions on how to access your textbook online:

  • Go to http://www.classzone.com
  • Click Language Arts, Middle School or High School, Florida, and GO.
  •   Choose your book cover for given grade level.
  •  All of the resources above the red line are open and do not require a Username or Password. All students may access. To sign up for an account, click Online Book.
  •    Choose New Visitors, then Create Student Account.
  •   Type in the Activation Code from the top of this page for your given grade level text. Use the eEdition code.
  •  Students are to type in their birthday. The birth date is never used again – it just verifies the ages of the students registering for an online account.
  • Fill in all the information, check the agreement box, and click Create Account.
  •  Registration is complete. Scroll down on how to add additional Activation Codes for other grade level books or Essay Smart. Write down your username and password!
  •  Click Enter another activation code.
  •  Go to the top of this form and enter the code for Essay Smart for your grade level. (For grades 9-12, that code is: 4696215-20.)
  •  Click on Go to Classzone to begin using your online book. Essay Smart is located in the center of the page. The pages of the student text are under Online Book link in lower left hand corner.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please let me know so I can help you.

Online Practice Tests for AP Subjects

22 08 2015

Here are the full instructions for accessing your practice tests online:

  • Log on to your Student Portal
  • Click on the Apps/Services/Sites Link at the top of your portal
  • Click on the Virtual Library Link (2nd link in the 3rd column)
  • Click on the Secondary Resources link (3rd link from the top)
  • Click on GALE Cengage Learning (Senior) link (4th link from the top)
  • Click on the “Testing & Education Reference Center” button under the Electronic Resources Page
  • A page entitled INFOTRAC will appear
  • Click Proceed
  • A page entitled Testing & Education Reference Center will appear
  • Under the High School Tools tab click on Advanced Placement Exams (AP)
  • A list of online practice tests will appear
  • Click on the course subject link of your choice

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Reading Plus **UPDATED, Please read!**

21 08 2015

I will be assigning weekly grades for completing Reading Plus — my students will need to complete assignments in all three sections of Reading Plus (iBalance, See Reader, and Read Around) once a week in order to earn a participation grade for this assignment. You must complete 1 iBalance, 2 See Reader stories at 80% or higher, and 1 Read Around. But don’t think of this as just as a boost to your grade — think of it as a boost to your reading comprehension skills, which will ultimately go a long way to helping you do your best, whether you are a junior or a senior.

The new way to log in to Reading Plus is through your Student Portal — DO NOT LOG IN TO READING PLUS THROUGH THE WEBSITE. You will no longer be able to access it that way.

I will be checking periodically to see your progress and award you credit. You can check how many assingments you’ve completed by clicking on “My Progress.” Assignments may be completed on separate days or even on the same day, however you must complete assignments in all three sections every week. This is not something you can do one week and then skip the next — Reading Plus is a WEEKLY assignment. Don’t forget to read at a pace that is comfortable to you, but don’t race — remember the system will suspend you if it feels you are going too fast.

Make sure to complete your assignments every week, or you will not receive credit. Should you have any questions or concerns, please let me know in the comments below.

Update: If you find that you are unable to log in to Reading Plus and are receiving error messages such as “Your account is expired — please go see your teacher,” please try one of the following to see if it solves your problem:

  • Log in to Reading Plus through your Student Portal on http://www.dadeschools.net
  • Try using different browsers if one doesn’t work, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, etc.
  • If your account is still locked or Reading Plus will still not function for you, please report ASAP to the Reading Lab in room 207 where the reading coaches will be happy to assist you.


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