Johnsburg Central School
Johnsburg Central School Principal Nadeen Kearney is inviting parents of local students to attend a special event to learn about the computer programs their children are using.
Parent Technology Night is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in the elementary and high school computer labs.
“I think it’s really important with all the technology out there,” Kearney said. “It really helps in communication with the teachers.”
Parents will experience hands-on web-based programs such as the district’s Parent Portal Schooltool, elementary enVision math, seventh- and eighth-grade Digit math and the high school’s Blackboard Learn Program. They are expected to walk away with valuable tools and resources to help their children succeed in these programs.
“This is a chance for parents to learn how to log onto and maneuver into your child’s academic programs,” states the Parent Technology Night brochure. “You will learn how to help your child look up their homework, grades, schedules and how to access resources to help your child succeed. Our teachers will be showing and guiding you on a computer in our labs.”
Kearney realizes there are households without computers; however, this workshop will also help those parents who don’t own the technology at home.
“If they don’t, we have worksheets,” Kearney said. “We’re kind of in the transition stage right now.”
Yet some families use the computers at school and at the Town of Johnsburg Library.
“If they really want to access it, they can find places,” Kearney said.
Parents can attend the Parent Technology Night with or without their children, although it may be helpful to go through the process with them, Kearney said, adding that the students may be more than willing to educate their parents about the technology.
The following is information about Parent Technology Night from the brochure.
Elementary school lab
In the elementary school computer lab, Mrs. Morris and Mr. Brown will be presenting the “Elementary enVision Math Program” from 6 to 6:45p.m.
enVision math basics:
•Child support: You will feel comfortable to support your child to make sense of mathematics and learn that they can be mathematical thinkers.
•Standards/expectations: With the implementation of the Common Core standards, expectations have changed and learning and understanding math is different from what it has been. Most adults have learned math my memorization of a specific set of principles or rules to solving problems. However, these methods do little to assist students in developing a deeper understanding of the mathematical content or the flexibility to apply these math skills in the real world.
•Navigation and visualizing: Using the elementary computer lab for assistance, parents will be able to become familiar with the site and its opportunities/options.
•How and why: Familiarity of the enVision math program your child is using and how to access the useful and meaningful parental resources to support your child’s success in mathematics.
•Knowledge is power: Having the basic knowledge and understanding of what is taking place in your child’s school environment (mathematics program) will allow you to aid, support and guide when appropriate.
High school lab
In the high school computer lab, Ms. Kearney and Mr. Bohmer will be presenting the “Parent Portal Schooltool” and Ms. Totzke and Mr. Wilson will be presenting the “Middle/High School Blackboard Learn Program” from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.
•View your child’s permanent record information
•View classes, grades, schedules and keep an eye on their attendance.
Blackboard Learn basics:
•See your child’s classes
•Look up detailed assignments for your child who might have been absent for a day
•Download textbooks/link to websites for class discussions
•Look on discussion boards to talk with your child about literature and novel studies
•Copy worksheets from home
•Print out vocabulary words to help your child study
•Student/parent/teacher communication regarding marking periods, assessments, projects, and field trips
For more information, visit the JCS website, click in the District Calendar and open Nov. 29, the Parent Technology Night Brochure. Or call the principal’s office at 251-3504.at 251-3504.