Digital Citizenship

One of the things that we talk about a lot at the beginning of the school year is digital citizenship. Digital citizenship refers to how our learners use their devices and develop their online reputations through posts and virtual interactions as opposed to in person. I see interactions taking place on different forms of social media and a lot of times, it is clear who has an understanding of how even virtual conversations can impact others.

To me, digital citizenship refers to the following:

  • How is the content I am creating benefiting the site I am sharing on?
  • Is the content I am consuming reputable and credible? (see Website Credibility for an activity to do with your students)
  • Would I believe the content I am reading if I heard it in person?
  • Would I say the content I am writing if the person were right next to me?
  • How am I building my digital footprint?

These questions can be separated into two categories: consumption and creation.

Consumption

This week, I was talking with a family member of one of our students. She was sharing with me that her child believed that everything that was shared on a certain YouTube channel was factual because it looked real and it seemed like something that might be plausible. Through a conversation that analyzed each event in the video and considering how everything would unfold off-line or in reality, they were able to come to the conclusion that the video was in fact made up or extremely exaggerated.

With this story in mind, it is great to remember that digital citizenship is more than just being appropriate online, it is also about knowing what information you are consuming. The attached lesson, Website Credibility, is a fun exercise to get students thinking before they cite random websites or go on believing in jackalopes. In general, are students able to recognize inaccurate or flawed information when they see it online?  How do we decipher fact and fiction when reading online information?

Through a lesson on website credibility, students will start to understand that not everything they read online is true just because they see it on a screen. Instead, they should analyze the source and think critically about how plausible everything being said really is.

Creation

Creation with technology is always a goal because it shows me that students can do more than simply understand what they are consuming; they can take their knowledge further and apply it to a product they make (blog, website, photograph, video, KeyNote, art project…).

Students are even creating when they are using our programs, like Imagine Math, to chat online with teachers. This means that they should be considerate of the words they are using and they should stay aware of how the person on the other side of the screen may feel when they see what is being created.

I would encourage students to use empathy as they are creating their online content whether it is a public YouTube video or a private chat with an online teacher, students should stay considerate of how their impact is going to affect the people seeing it. Holding these conversations and getting learners in the mindset of visualizing the person on the other side of the screen can help us make sure that our learners see the potential positive power of the content they create.


In general, the bulk of digital citizenship comes down to critical thinking and empathy – is the information being shared and viewed credible and is it going to make the internet or site a more positive place?

These ideas are great conversations to have with our students as they use their devices to connect with each other and to connect with online teachers. It is a great opportunity to help our learners develop positive online communication and social skills while they are still learning because, in doing so, we can help them feel empathy and understand how their words, even when sent from the other side of a screen still impact others.

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VAPA Weekly Announcements 5.19.19

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Coach Chris, Mrs. Haro and Mrs. Perezchica for having a growth mindset and putting on a PD for staff to ensure they have the strategies to take care of themselves during a very busy end of the school year!
  • Shout out to Ms. Ruppert and Coach Johnson for committing and following through with the completion of their BTSA certification!!
  • Shout out to all 3rd through 8th grade teaches and the IA’s and Noon Duties for committing and following through by getting through all CAASPP Math and ELA tests the past two weeks! It took the entire school working together to make sure all went smoothly!
  • Shout out to Kinder-2nd grade teachers for committing and following through with Local Measures Testing! I know many of you had to administer assessments one on one which can be very time consuming!

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📸Pictures: 1) Mr. Fraser’s tomato plants 2 & 3) BTSA Year 2 graduates 3) 1st graders in the Engineering Lab

Additional Information:

  • Volunteer Lunch RSVPs: When collecting RSVPs for the volunteer lunch, please make sure that parents include their first and last names. RSVPs can be sent to Ms. Jeannie in room 201.
  • Movie Night Fundraiser Opportunity: As part of our health and wellness award from CVESD, we have received a free Family Movie Night. We will be showing Mary Poppins Returns on Friday, May 31st starting at 6:00 PM. If you would like to fundraise by selling healthy snacks and drinks, please email heather.galyen@cvesd.org. Admission will be free and there will be games and activities provided by the Chula Vista Rec Center!
  • Testing Headphone: headphones were passed out for grades 3-8 to be used for testing purposes. Please see the image of the box attached for an example showing how we can keep the new headphones organized and in working condition!

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Week at a Glance

  • After-School Duty: Mindlabs
  • Q4: Grit & Optimism
  • Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 5.27.19 Memorial Day No School
  • 5.31.19 STEM EXPO
  • 6.3.19 VAPA SPECTACULAR

STEM Weekly Announcements 5.19.2019

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Coach Chris, Mrs. Haro and Mrs. Perezchica for having a growth mindset and putting on a PD for staff to ensure they have the strategies to take care of themselves during a very busy end of the school year!
  • Shout out to Ms. Ruppert and Coach Johnson for committing and following through with the completion of their BTSA certification!!
  • Shout out to all 3rd through 8th grade teaches and the IA’s and Noon Duties for committing and following through by getting through all CAASPP Math and ELA tests the past two weeks! It took the entire school working together to make sure all went smoothly!
  • Shout out to Kinder-2nd grade teachers for committing and following through with Local Measures Testing! I know many of you had to administer assessments one on one which can be very time consuming!

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📸Pictures: 1) Mr. Fraser’s tomato plants 2 & 3) BTSA Year 2 graduates 3) 1st graders in the Engineering Lab

Additional Information:

  • Volunteer Lunch RSVPs: When collecting RSVPs for the volunteer lunch, please make sure that parents include their first and last names. RSVPs can be sent to Ms. Jeannie in room 201.
  • Movie Night Fundraiser Opportunity: As part of our health and wellness award from CVESD, we have received a free Family Movie Night. We will be showing Mary Poppins Returns on Friday, May 31st starting at 6:00 PM. If you would like to fundraise by selling healthy snacks and drinks, please email heather.galyen@cvesd.org. Admission will be free and there will be games and activities provided by the Chula Vista Rec Center!
  • Testing Headphone: headphones were passed out for grades 3-8 to be used for testing purposes. Please see the image of the box attached for an example showing how we can keep the new headphones organized and in working condition!

Headphones.jpg

Week at a Glance

  • After-School Duty: Mindlabs
  • Q4: Grit & Optimism
  • Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 5.27.19 –Memorial Day No School
  • 5.31.19 STEM EXPO

STEM Weekly Announcements 5.5.2019

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Ms. Morris, Ms. Zinskey, Ms. Ruppert, Ms. Palacio, Mrs. Martinez, Ms. Hale, Ms. Rodriguez, Mr. Mislan, Mrs. Gallegos, Mrs. Diaz, Ms. Miller, Mrs. Hernandez, Mrs. Macleod, Ms. Tellez, Ms. Alexa, Dr. Motsinger, and Dr. Sleiman for #committingandfollowingthrough as running buddies to our elementary and middle school girls in our first Girls on the Run 5k!
  •  Shout out to Mr. Fraser, Mr. Hill, and Mrs. Carreno for #committingandfollowingthrough by hosting a beach and park clean up for middle school students to earn community service hours
  • Shout out to Ms. Arizmendi for #committingandfollowingthrough in attending the CABE scholarship event this weekend and helping to present our 6th grade student Jennifer Lopez with this recognition.
  • Shout out to our DI Teachers for organizing and hosting our 1st annual day of the child event and for organizing our 3rd – 6th Grade Dance! Thank you also to all the teachers who hosted a booth. It was a great way to celebrate our kiddos!

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📸Pictures: 1) Girls on the Run 5k 2) CABE Scholarship Event 3) Middle School students at the Bay Park Clean-Up

Additional Information:

  • Testing: all devices should be ready to go for testing this week! We have attached a PDF of the SBAC Troubleshooting guide for you to print out again if needed. Please remember to call the front office using your classroom phone if you need anything. Also, please remember to lock up your personal cell phone, any smart watches and any other devices that are not in secure testing mode.
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  • On the Blog: This week’s blog post goes over activities that can be helpful during testing, see the whole blog post on our Twitter page or check out this link: Testing is Finished for the Day…What Now?
  • Hanover Surveys: Please help us in taking the following survey to gather feedback about our school climate and culture. The links are active until June 5th, 2019: https://hanoverresearch. qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOW1m9H0qMkpNoV?Group=Staff

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: Mindlabs ** Q4: Grit & Optimism ** Teacher Appreciation Week **

Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 5.13.19 SBAC Testing – ELA
  • 5.13.19 – AVID Site Team 3:05pm
  • 5.14.19 – Lead Meeting
  • 5.15.19 – SSC Meeting and Feaster Board Meeting
  • 5.16.19 – AVID Student Interviews 1:45pm

STEM Weekly Announcements 4.28.19

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Mr. Benitez for committing and following through by choreographing the dance for the SBAC Pep Rally! The students loved the performance as I’m sure all the viewers on social media did as well!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Diaz and the Green Team for committing and following through with hosting a wonderful Earth Day event on Monday, April 22nd. If we all do our part we’ll help out our future generations!
  • Shout out to Coach G, Coach Johnson, Mrs. Rivaldi, Mrs. Treter, Mrs. Diaz, Mr. Roel, Ms. Ana, Coach Liz, Coach Leslie, Mr. Pandis & Mr. Benitez for committing and following through with putting on a spectacular booth at Dia de los Ninos at Memorial Park on Saturday! They ran 2 booths with exciting activities for students as well as organized student performances on stage!
  • Shout out to the Student Motivation Committee for committing and following through by hosting 3 nights of successful SBAC Awards Ceremonies last week! Thank you for your time and dedication to ensure that students were honored!

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📸Pictures: 1) Earth Day celebration 2) Shoe Fairy visits Girls on the Run groups to distribute shoes! 3)Middle School Students learn CPR

Additional Information:

  • Surveys: Please remember to take a few minutes to complete the leadership surveys for your leads, this is essential in growth and development moving into next school year!
  •  Jupiter Ed Grades: It has come to our attention that there are tutorial videos online showing students how to temporarily change their grades on JupiterEd and other online grading programs. If you suspect this is happening, please do not accept screenshots of grades and ask the students to refresh the screen when they are showing you their grades. Here is a video link showing what they are doing to temporarily change their grade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArzSSatG868. When the screen is refreshed by clicking on the link and hitting enter, the grade will go back to the original assigned grade.
  • Yearbook: Yearbooks are expected to arrive on May 15th! We ordered 50 additional yearbooks which will be sold in the Media Center after school for $25.00. Once they arrive, we will send out an email, post on social media and add this information to the morning announcements.
  • Class Dojo: Some parents have been contacting the Media Center about their Class Dojo app telling them they need to upgrade to a paid subscription. This is only for their program called Beyond School. Parents still have full access to see their child’s work and message the teacher for free.
  • School Hall Passes: Thank you to everyone who has been using their school hall pass! We hope you are finding them convenient and effective!
  • On the Blog: This week’s blog is focusing on testing strategies and includes some resources to share with your parents and students! You can read the full blog post here: Testing Strategies

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 4th Grade ** Q4: Grit & Optimism ** Pasta for Pennies **

Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 5.6.19 SBAC Testing Begins

VAPA Weekly Announcements 4.21.2019

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to the Parent Involvement Committee for Committing & Following Through by organizing and hosting a successful Spring Kermes!
  • Shout out to Ms. Heather Galyen, Ms. Claudia Palacio, Mr. Josh Thorburn, & Ms. Ana Mercado for having a Growth Mindset by organizing/chaperoning our recent trip to China. It was an amazing experience for both the 11 middle school students and the adults! We can’t wait to start planning our next trip!
  • Shout out to our Mrs. Macleod, Mrs. Hernandez, Marta, Melissa, Marcela, Cassandra, Ms. Jeannie, Dr. Sleiman and Mr. Velasco for providing the additional support while Ms. Dominguez and I were chaperoning students in China last week!
  • Shout out to Coach Liz for organizing our first Feaster Cup! Way to Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind!

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Additional Information:

  • Survey: Please follow the link to take a less than 15-minute survey on your perceptions of student behavior and attitudes, school programs and policies, and the overall school climate as they relate to student well-being and learning. The deadline to take the survey is 5.3.19. https://surveys.wested.org/cscs/MX379KT
  • Community Service in the Media Center: Do you have a middle school student who needs hours for community service or a student who just loves to help out after school? If so, please contact Heather Galyen via email or by calling x2947. Students volunteers will help check iPad covers, set up teachers with the Apple Classroom app and turn on your student iPad location services.
  • Classroom App: Many of our teachers are using the Apple Classroom app which allows you to see the student’s iPad screen right from your iPad, open a specific app and even lock the student’s screen – all from your teacher iPad. If you are interested in this tool, please contact Heather Galyen. If you are using this app and are having issues, please contact Heather Galyen
  • Sound the Alarm: Please help us spread the word by sharing the following information on your Class Dojo page and via JupiterEd – you can also include the attached PDFs in your message:
    • The city of Chula Vista will be installing FREE smoke alarms on Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Parents can request installation by visiting SoundTheAlarm.org/SanDiego
  • Pasta for Pennies: We are getting closer and closer to our $3,000 goal for Pasta for Pennies! At last count, we had raised $2,360.78! Kindergarten is in the lead with $415.47 raised so far! Remember, you can also donate online by going click this link! All of these donations go towards research for finding a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma.

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 4.30.19 Dia de los Ninos – Quad Area
  • 5.3.19 Bonnie’s Leadership Academy (Leads off Campus)

STEM Weekly Announcements 4.21

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to the Parent Involvement Committee for Committing & Following Through by organizing and hosting a successful Spring Kermes!
  • Shout out to Ms. Heather Galyen, Ms. Claudia Palacio, Mr. Josh Thorburn, & Ms. Ana Mercado for having a Growth Mindset by organizing/chaperoning our recent trip to China. It was an amazing experience for both the 11 middle school students and the adults! We can’t wait to start planning our next trip!
  • Shout out to our Mrs. Macleod, Mrs. Hernandez, Marta, Melissa, Marcela, Cassandra, Ms. Jeannie, Dr. Sleiman and Mr. Velasco for providing the additional support while Ms. Dominguez and I were chaperoning students in China last week!
  • Shout out to Coach Liz for organizing our first Feaster Cup! Way to Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind!

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Additional Information:

  • Survey: Please follow the link to take a less than 15-minute survey on your perceptions of student behavior and attitudes, school programs and policies, and the overall school climate as they relate to student well-being and learning. The deadline to take the survey is 5.3.19. https://surveys.wested.org/cscs/MX379KT
  • Community Service in the Media Center: Do you have a middle school student who needs hours for community service or a student who just loves to help out after school? If so, please contact Heather Galyen via email or by calling x2947. Students volunteers will help check iPad covers, set up teachers with the Apple Classroom app and turn on your student iPad location services.
  • Classroom App: Many of our teachers are using the Apple Classroom app which allows you to see the student’s iPad screen right from your iPad, open a specific app and even lock the student’s screen – all from your teacher iPad. If you are interested in this tool, please contact Heather Galyen. If you are using this app and are having issues, please contact Heather Galyen
  • Sound the Alarm: Please help us spread the word by sharing the following information on your Class Dojo page and via JupiterEd – you can also include the attached PDFs in your message:
    • The city of Chula Vista will be installing FREE smoke alarms on Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Parents can request installation by visiting SoundTheAlarm.org/SanDiego
  • Pasta for Pennies: We are getting closer and closer to our $3,000 goal for Pasta for Pennies! At last count, we had raised $2,360.78! Kindergarten is in the lead with $415.47 raised so far! Remember, you can also donate online by going click this link! All of these donations go towards research for finding a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma.

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 4.30.19 Dia de los Ninos – Quad Area
  • 5.3.19 Bonnie’s Leadership Academy (Leads off Campus)