August 13, 2015
Due to district-wide budget cuts, teachers can no longer make copies of tests, assignments, and handouts for every student. For that reason, many of your student’s teachers will have a paperless or nearly paperless classroom this year. This means that most handouts and assignments will only be available online.
In an effort to make sure all students have the resources necessary to be academically successful, I want you to know that every AHA student has access to Wi-Fi, computers, and printers on campus. They may use the library computers before school, during lunch, or after school, and many teachers invite students to visit their classrooms during lunch for additional help and resources. Albuquerque’s public libraries also provide free Wi-Fi and Internet-equipped computers as well as printing services for $0.15 per page. Before paying for copies, please note that I am happy to accept most typed assignments by email, especially if your student is unable to print before coming to class.
In a few weeks, I will ask your student to make a new Google account to use throughout his/her high school career. This will give your student automatic access to Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, which is basically free online access to the Microsoft Office Suite. This account will also provide access to Google Drive, which is simply a place to save digital schoolwork online so it can be accessed from any device at any time. All accounts will use the first.last19 template. Some students may already have a Google account. However, I still expect them to create a new account using the provided template to eliminate confusion. This also ensures that they have an appropriate and professional email address to use when communicating with teachers, searching for jobs, and eventually applying to colleges.
I may also ask your student to view some instructional videos as homework throughout the year. These videos shouldn’t be longer than twenty minutes in length, and they will be available on YouTube, on Google Drive, and on my class website at http://mshayes.org. Students who prefer not to watch the videos at home are welcome to come to my class during lunch where I will project the videos onto my board.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support as we transition to a 21st century learning model.