Sunday, September 21, 2014

MR IPPOLITO - Chromebooks, Infinite Campus, and Re-takes

Dear parent/guardian,

By now you may have heard from your child that we have started using our classroom set of Chromebooks in Mr. Ippolito's class. The kids love them, they are a great tool for learning, and they are very reasonably-priced when compared to a computer or even a tablet.

As we get closer to the holiday season, a number of parents have asked me, "Where do you get a Chromebook?" or "What kind of Chromebook is that?"

The specific touch-screen Chromebook we are using in the classroom is the Acer Chromebook C720P-2625. It retails for $329.99. You can find the specs here:



Amazon has one that is very similar currently retailing for $248.00 (has 2GB RAM instead of 4GB) here:

Five-Week Progress Report grades are being posted by teachers throughout the weekend. Back when I started teaching, the Progress Reports and Report Cards (mailed out every five weeks) might have been the only times teachers reported academic progress to students and parents. Now that we are in the age of the Internet, you can check your child's progress anytime by using the Campus Portal.

Click the Campus Portal link on MrIppolito.com or on the Sierra Vista Junior High School website. If you haven't yet set up a parent account, you can do so here:

When looking at your child's grade in my class, you may wonder, "Hey, Mr. Ippolito, where's my kid's grade? Why is that box always empty?" It's because I use Standards-Based Grading. The up-to-date grade is there; you just have to do one more click to see it.

When you click on my class, Wld Hist/Geog, here's how to interpret what you see:



Students have virtually unlimited opportunities to get help on concepts they don't understand and to do re-takes in my class. This past week, students had an opportunity at lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and after school on Wednesday through Friday. Students can also arrange to re-take standards by appointment before school or at brunch.

If your child has a C or below in my class right now, they can still improve their grade by re-taking any of the standards that are below a 3. They have until just before the end of the First Quarter (mid-October) to do this. Hopefully they won't wait that long.

If your child has a B, and wants an A, he or she should be working on an Above and Beyond opportunity. We've gone over this extensively in class, but if you'd like to learn more you can click on the "Above and Beyond" tab at http://www.MrIppolito.com.

All the best,
Mr. Ippolito

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Ron Ippolito
Teacher, Sierra Vista Junior High School
Google for Education Qualified Teacher
Induction Support Provider & SDAIE Trainer, William S. Hart UHSD
twitter: @rippolito   voice/text: (661) 347-4990

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