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Mr. Cooke's History Class
Email address: RCooke@everettsd.org
To find the Canvas login icon: https://www.everettsd.org/domain/3129Welcome to online learning 2.0! We are on uncharted ground, we are flexing-and-rolling, and we will make it through this and we will be stronger on the other side. Let me start by saying that I'm here for you. This is a stressful time, and I'd like to make learning as fun and stress-free as I can. If at any time it seems overwhelming, just stop and take a break. My email box is linked to my phone, so I can usually answer questions quickly.
As my son enters his senior year in high school and my daughter begins her first year of middle school, I wonder about the friends they will meet, whether their teachers and the technology they use will be good fits for them, and if the education they receive will be challenging but not frustrating. I am quite certain that you share many of my concerns as your child is taking the big step into middle school. In my many years of teaching, I’ve come to realize that the step up into middle school is not an imposing wall to scale, but instead, just one step in the staircase of education. Each step from kindergarten to 12th grade and beyond is not insurmountable as long as parent, child, and teacher have partnered through each grade level together. I will need your help this year to guide your child through the next nine months. My phone line is open, and my inbox is accepting messages. Please keep in close touch with me.
I am committed to helping your child learn and grow as much as he or she possibly can. Each student is different, so I rely a great deal on you to keep the lines of communication open. I love my job. I care about kids. I am ready to do what it takes to make this a great school year. And this year more than any other, I won’t be able to get an accurate read on how your child is feeling. I won’t know what is happening in your home. I won’t be able to have those quick conversations that tell me how to adjust my teaching. I need you. I know that the temptation is to think that teachers are too busy and you don’t want to bother them, but in the long run it makes my job much easier if I know what is going on in kids’ lives.
I’d like to share with you some basic information about our class as well as general standards and expectations.
In our history class we will be investigating essential questions like: “What are the consequences of technology?” “What is the purpose of government?” “What is power, and who should have it?” “How are religion and culture connected?” “How does geography affect people’s lives?” and “How does all this ancient history apply to us today?” Within this framework, students will work with concepts related to history, civics, geography and economics. Additionally, students will deepen their research skills using both print and digital resources and will have the opportunity to present their learning in a variety of ways.
Supplies needed each day:
Some sort of planner to keep track of assignments and due dates
Spiral notebook (can be digital, but notes need to be kept together in one place and be accessible)
A smile (this encourages the teacher)
I would love to offer rewards to students for doing exceptional things. I can mail small items to students, but I am looking for prize donations. Perhaps the company you work for could donate gift cards or prizes. In the past, companies like Boeing or Microsoft have donated fun pens or small toys. Let me know if you have any ideas. I am more than willing to pick up any donations. I thank you in advance for your generosity.
Materials and Resources:
Each history student will have access to the online textbook. I know that some students learn better from a real hard-cover textbook. If your child would like one, I can issue a hardback copy of the textbook to individual students. Just let me know that you’d like a copy to borrow for use at home.
Assignment completion is an area in which many middle schoolers struggle, and we work hard to help students master this important life skill. My hope is to keep homework very manageable for students. I understand that students get plenty of homework in other classes. I don’t want to overwhelm anyone, so be sure to let me know if your child is having trouble completing the work in class. We can work out a plan. It is the student’s responsibility to check for missed assignments and to ask for help when needed. All work must be completed neatly and legibly. It can be submitted in a variety of ways (through Canvas or via email are the two best ways). When submitting a photo of an assignment, please be sure the picture is clear and easy to read.
I will send periodic notes home, so it is important that I have your email address. When I send class updates, I send them via the school district’s email database. Please be sure you update your contact information with the school district (Click here to update contact info) . Some email servers will treat my messages to you as SPAM, so please check that SPAM folder every once in a while to be sure you’re receiving my messages.
Our goal is for the students’ grades for each semester to be reflective of the students’ knowledge of the grade level learning standards. Assessment rubrics are used to identify the standards, and we will continually discuss throughout the year what student work needs to include to meet standards. Grades are assigned at the end of each semester. Your child’s progress can always be accessed online at: http://www.everettsd.org/Page/4701 . Instructions are near the bottom of the webpage if you need a username and password.
Classroom Behavior Standards:
Behavioral expectations in our online classroom, based on consideration of and respect for others and self, are established to help provide an atmosphere that allows all students to work productively and learn efficiently.
They also reflect Heatherwood’s Code of Conduct: The Three “Be’s”
· Be respectful
· Be responsible
· Be part of the solution
In addition to Heatherwood’s Code of Conduct, students should:
•Come to class prepared.
•Be on time (when we’re together online)
•Respect everyone (even when you might disagree).
•Listen attentively and follow directions.
Your child’s education is a shared responsibility between students, teacher and parents. By coordinating our efforts and working together we can ease your child’s transition from elementary school to middle school and increase growth and success.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. The best way to reach me is by email at RCooke@everettsd.org. You may also contact me by phone at 425-385-6474. If I don’t answer because I’m teaching, leave a voicemail message at any time. I am looking forward to an exciting and productive school year!
Mr. Bob Cooke
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