For nearly two decades, Ana Homayoun has worked with teenagers on executive functioning skills – organizing, planning, prioritizing – and her work focuses on ways to help students manage distractions and promote overall wellness.
In this talk, Ana will share strategies on how to promote social and emotional wellness, and offer suggestions on how parents can bridge the divide with children who are experiencing a number of confounding disappointments and losses. She’ll also talk about how to reset summer and offer suggestions for helping students navigate the upcoming school year.
Ana will speak for 30-35 minutes, then open up the forum for a live question-and-answer session. We hope you can join us!
Traditionally, the first week of May is Staff Appreciation Week and is hosted by PTAs and PTOs across our nation. In the past at Greene, PTA/parent volunteers have hosted a luncheon for the entire staff, students and parents have directly presented words of thanks, and the campus would be filled with gratitude and appreciation. This year, as with all activities as we Shelter-In-Place, we are changing the week up a bit.
In conjunction with various Greene student groups, we will be creating a video of thanks and appreciation. There are over 120 staff members at Greene. The teachers and front office staff are the most visible to parents – please think about the counselors, aides, food service folks, custodians, and specialists. We would love feedback on everybody, please. Both students and parents are welcome to share. Click here to express your thanks. Please fill out as many forms for as many staff members as you would like. Feedback is due by May 12th.
Want to do more? Please feel free to share your appreciation for the Greene teachers and staff who are working hard to meet this challenging time any way you see fit. Students and parents may email messages of appreciation directly, create artwork, poems and video messages to share, or send an e-gift card. Email addresses for all staff members can be found on the Greene school website.
We hope you and your family are gradually feeling a better sense of balance. As we approach the end of the second week of Phase III, our teachers have shared their impressions on how students are doing. ALL of our teachers have been tracking student engagement through the ROLEs and many have reached out to check in on their student’s well-being while encouraging academic participation.
Our efforts during this phase have been centered on identifying students who are “tuning in” as well as those who might not yet be connected. We know that our students need different types and amounts of support, and our teachers are monitoring presence as well as student progress. To this end, our staff is utilizing strategies to provide timely feedback. In addition, teachers welcome student feedback with regard to their overall experience and perception of class expectations, including feedback on the types of assignments, variety of assignments and the time it takes to complete assignments.
As students navigate assignments and manage their time, our elective and physical education teachers have incorporated kinesthetic learning opportunities to promote movement and brain-breaks across our courses.
We continue to rely on Schoology as our primary learning system. You can adjust your settings to see which assignments your student(s) have completed and those they still have to complete, and you can adjust your settings to receive a weekly report that summarizes your student’s completion. For more information about Schoology, visit: https://www.pausd.org/teaching-learning/schoology.
New Phase III Updates:
Teachers are monitoring student participation and engagement, and reaching out if/when students are not completing the Required Online Learning Experiences (ROLEs).
Office Hours are posted for every secondary school site. Teachers have also posted their Office Hours in each of their Schoology courses.
For current information and daily updates on PAUSD’s school closure, please visit our district’s dedicated webpage. Should you have questions or concerns specific to your student, please reach out to their teachers, counselor, or our school’s administrative team.
For safety reasons, many teacher-led Zoom meetings may require you to log in from a PAUSD Portal. Below are three videos for how to do that, one for Mac, one for windows, and one for a Chromebook. Choose the tutorial video that matches up with the type of device your student is using for their zoom meeting.