August Challenge- Best Back to School Tips

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Angelam7
Veteran

August Challenge- Best Back to School Tips

Hello PowerSchool Community Members!  


Back to school time is here again and we would like to know your best back to school tips that can help other districts or parents get ready for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.  The tips can be anything from how to plan for the week, help students adjust, or ideas for parents on how to be more engaged throughout the year.  

 

The first 20 members who take the time to share their ideas will receive some awesome PowerSchool Swag.  We are eager to hear what the tips you guys have to offer so do not be shy.  Let's help each other to have a successful year.

 

Here is to the 2019-2020 school year PowerSchoolers! 



Angelam7
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MrBanks73
Padawan

Re: August Challenge- Best Back to School Tips

I got this idea from another teacher and thought I would share.  We just had our open house and I always have a QR code up with my contact information or links to important websites or information up in my classroom when they come to visit.  That way they can add my information to their smartphones right away with ease.  Many parents appreciate it.

 

Have a great year!

 

MrBanks73

Community Moderator jamiem7
Community Moderator

Re: August Challenge- Best Back to School Tips

Thank you for sharing this tip! @MrBanks73   This seems like a great feature to utilize for both staff and parents!



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Sunshiny
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Re: August Challenge- Best Back to School Tips

As a secretary I like to have a weekly journal/pad and write all the items needing to be done the week before I start, the week before school, and first week of school. I have this saved as well for following years as a quick reminder of reports I like to have printed, supplies needing to be ordered etc. and then I am not scrambling!
PowerSchool Champion
PowerSchool Champion

Re: August Challenge- Best Back to School Tips

Before I became a member of the team that supports 70+ PS Districts I was an ELA and Film Study teacher. One of the things I was always sure to do was hav a "self-service" website, where students could go to download assignments or handouts they missed due to abscence. I also used to post help links to general MLA formatting and things like that.

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sonyacoenen
Hobbyist

Re: August Challenge- Best Back to School Tips

I know it’s September but thought I would share my thought in case it is helpful to anyone else.
I have found that letting my daughter take more ownership in choices regarding school (to an extent of course) eases her anxiety. Choosing fun school supplies, how she wants to label/organize them, choosing extra supplies for the home room teacher, etc. These may seem like small things but letting her take ownership in the back to school process in any way that I can has certainly helped her “first year of middle school” anxiety.
Hope this helps 😃
Community Support Expert SowmyaN
Community Support Expert

Re: August Challenge- Best Back to School Tips

Hey @sonyacoenen, Thank you for sharing the tip with the PowerSchool Community members.

 

 



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MDeFore
Practitioner

Re: August Challenge- Best Back to School Tips

Our biggest issue has been with parents creating their new accounts, which then sync with our new PS learning instance, but the password doesn't. I was able to generate a report with all instructions miraculously onto one piece of a paper if printed. (Funny, they still go to those access id/password and try to login with those). This goes out over the summer in a mailing packet with a bunch of other back to school info. I also make myself available at open house to help any parent create this accounts. One thing we did was included a Digital Pass for all of our home games, it is located on our LMS. This really got parents to create those accounts in order to get into those games for free. 

PowerSchool Team
PowerSchool Team

Re: August Challenge- Best Back to School Tips

Every year, I would take my county pacing guide, testing schedule (was not the same), pad of paper, pen and a cooler of my favorite beverage and sit on the beach in July. I taught on a traditional 4x4 block and would number my paper 1-90.  I'd mark in my days of state testing. count backwards to give time to review. I would then try to match up the pacing guide and available days to each unit that way I would know what and when  I was teaching each unit. 

 

As the school year got underway, I would make adjustments and rewrite the paper to adjust for remediaiton and interuptions. The benefit was I knew for each subject what I was expected to teach, a general idea of when I would be there and take pressure off of getting how I'm going to manage. 

Community Support Expert ElstonS
Community Support Expert

Re: August Challenge- Best Back to School Tips

Hi @Brianrubin

 

Thank you for participating in our PowerSchool Community!

 

We appreciate you sharing your Best Back to School tips with us. I am sure a lot of community members will benefit from your expertise. 

 

 



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