Category Archive for 'Annoucements'

Welcome to TechEx!

Monday, August 31st, 2020
wooden welcome signage

Welcome to the new school year! Have a look around! Meet Mr. Howd, your TechEx teacher. Check out what we will be learning this year. Or just explore the links to the right!

For writing, do this, not this!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Parents often ask how to help with writing. It’s not as black and white as spelling or math. Here are some guidelines.

Bottom line: ask a bunch of questions (not telling your student what to do), and to let the student type everything. Read below for the specifics.

Step Do this! Don’t do this!
Prewriting Ask your student to think about special memories, events, or ideas to include. Ask them to make a list or web. Try not to assign topics or say, “Just write about….” Instead, ask questions to prompt thinking.
Drafting This is the time to write ideas. Continue to ask questions: What happens next? What do you have left to write about? What else could you write? How does it end? Read their writing and ask curious questions. Point out places that are hard to understand, seem to move too fast, or need more details. Don’t type for your student. Let them type their own story. Don’t suggest entire sentences; let your student think of what to write. Point out parts that you had a hard time picturing, and ask questions: What did this look like? What did this character say? What else did you learn about this topic? Don’t focus on spelling or editing at this point.
Revising This is the time to look at the story again and find ways to make it stronger and better. Ask more questions. Point out places where details are missing. Ask questions about the beginning, middle and the end. Help them notice if they are overusing words or if their sentences are short and choppy. Ask your student to think of parts to remove or add. Don’t “fix” the story for your student by adding details or sentences. Just continue to ask questions wherever the writing is too short, hard to understand, off topic, or difficult to read. Ask questions so that your student will see for themselves the areas to improve. Still don’t focus on spelling or editing. This time is for revising ideas, and only the student should be adding new ideas or removing.
Editing Help your student correct spelling, capitalization and other editing mistakes. Print out the writing and mark mistakes. Or mark the mistakes using the electronic tool we are using. Don’t fix mistakes for your student. Instead, just mark the mistakes. Each student should correct their own mistakes and not have someone else typing their paper. Even better if you just make some marks in the beginning, and then have the student continue to find other errors on their own. The goal is for each student to be able to self-edit.
Publishing Help your student think of any ways to make the writing presentable for the reader. Please don’t type, retype, or change the story. Point out areas that the student could correct, if needed.

See more on the writing page of the site.

For tech-savvy parents:

  • Have your student share their writing with you at your Google account (don’t have one? Create one! It’s free. Let me know and I’ll show you how).
  • You can add comments like I do and check your student’s progress.

Originally posted 2014-09-27 10:57:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Zero Increase Bond

Friday, April 24th, 2020

Here is more about the zero increase bond on the May 5 ballot:

GBCS Zero-Increase Bond Vote May 5th, 2020

We are poised to begin a very exciting journey at Grand Blanc Community Schools. On May 5, 2020, we will ask voters for the third and final piece of ‘The Fut…

Don’t forget to return your absentee ballots!

Back-to-school tips for students of all ages — 6 keys to a happy, productive year

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Here are some tips from MLive for students and families starting the new school year:

1. Make it a fresh start.

2. Set specific goals.

3. Eat right, sleep well.

4. Focus on the basics.

5. Exploit your talents.

6. It’s all about you.

Read the rest of the article here. I hope everyone has a wonderful new year!

Originally posted 2013-09-02 09:51:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Hawaiian Beach Bash 2019

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Today was our Hawaiian Beach Bash! Students had Hawaiian pizza, Capri Suns and fruit kabobs! Later, they tossed foam noodles, ate pineapple slices, danced to the Beach Boys, and tried to win the hula hoop contest! Thanks to all the families that helped with food, donations, decorations, games, setup and cleanup! Our party was totally tubular because of everyone’s help!

Hawaiian Beach Bash 2019

90 new photos · Album by Christian Howd