By Bryan Maxwell, Franklin Social Studies Department Chair
As students and educators, we all know there are many websites that can help us with finding the information necessary to be successful in classes and in teaching. One of the most difficult aspects that I have run into as a teacher are the challenges students have with writing and the proper format to use when completing assignments. Many assignments will ask that students use MLA formatting with proper in-text citations. Many students often do not know where to go to get the proper information. One of the best websites that I have come across to assist students with writing assignments is Purdue OWL.
The Purdue (O)nline (W)riting (L)ab has an extensive amount of resources and information to assist students through the writing process — anything from general writing to research and citations. There are many writing exercises that Purdue OWL offers to assist students with basic writing concepts, such as sentence clarity, spelling, and parts of speech, to name a few. Therefore, if students are struggling in a particular area of writing, all they need to do is to click on that particular link, and they can practice so that they can gain the knowledge to be successful in their writing.
The Research and Citation link of Purdue OWL gives students important information about how to use the MLA format, or Modern Language Association style, as well as how to use in-text citations. Even when students move on from high school to college, there are resources that will assist them with the use of the APA style (American Psychological Association) of writing as well. Since many students have difficulties with plagiarism and sometimes not knowing when they are plagiarizing, Purdue OWL advises students on the best ways to use quotes as well as how to cite them properly. As an educator, I have found Purdue OWL to be very beneficial, and I would highly recommend using the website to assist with writing assignments.
By: Michelle Schilling, Franklin Electives teacher
Franklin’s Career Electives are a great way to study a subject that might interest you as a future career. Taking one of these career-oriented electives will give you the basic information needed to succeed in the field, or in secondary education.
Introduction to Health Science
Interested in working in the healthcare field? Take our Nursing Assistant course and discover your future! Learn about the legal and ethical aspects of nursing, physiological and psychosocial aspects, and safety and emergencies. Prepare to work in a hospital, long-term care facility, or home setting. This course also prepares you for state certification and employment as a Nursing Assistant.
This course allows students to build a solid foundation in the fundamentals of game design and development. Students create an impressive portfolio of interactive, engaging games such as a classic two-player ping-pong game, a block-breaking action game, and a maze game with moving obstacles. Students learn the MMF2 language of events, conditions, and actions; game objects that track scores, lives, time, and more; and automated, random, and user-controlled movement.
Introduction to Business
Ever wanted to own your own business, or understand more about how businesses function? This two-semester course includes an introduction to economic basics, costs and profit, different business types, techniques for managing money, taxes and credit, the basics of financing a business, how a business relates to society, how to identify a business opportunity, and techniques for planning, executing, and marketing a business to respond to that opportunity.
Other courses include 3D Animation, Computer Science, Digital Arts, Audio Engineering, Nursing Assistant, and Pharmacy Technician.
By: Doina Beljic, Franklin Mathematics Instructor
I enjoy working with international students here at FVHSI. The biggest challenge for our students is juggling both their regular and online classes at the same time in order to graduate. This is why I developed a set of guidelines to ensure international students’ success in our programs. I am looking forward to completing this list over several articles in the newsletter, and letting the students know that they have a strong support system when working in our programs.
Here are a couple of tips that I’ve developed to help international students succeed:
- Students preparing to study abroad should be aware that they need to work on their academic English language, which has specific terms for specific subjects. For example, while math is a universal language, the math vocabulary is different in every language. A different vocabulary can be a serious obstacle to obtaining good grades in this subject. I use a variety of websites that have descriptions of the math terms that are in our courses to help the students better understand what is needed of them. An example of a good resource would be: http://www.mathwords.com/a_to_z.htm.
- Franklin offers two important courses that represent the cornerstone of education for international students: Literacy and Comprehension and Strategies for Academic Success. I always recommend my students start with these two courses and then continue with English. These courses help international students to better understand the academic materials, provide them with a solid base of understanding of what is needed from them, and offer valuable strategies that will ensure their academic success in later classes. After the successful completion of these two courses, the students will be able to apply critical thinking skills, use sophisticated reading techniques, take valuable notes, get better results during tests, plan and organize their work, and, finally, be equipped for a smooth learning experience.
I will continue this blog over the next few months. If you are reading this and you are an international student, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what your struggles are here in the U.S. academic system. I would be more than happy to assess the issues and help find new ways to make studying in the United States an exciting and valuable experience.
By: Janeen Scaringelli, FVHS Registrar
Getting ready for college is a stressful time in a teen’s life. ACT and SAT prep can be especially intense. Fortunately, there are ways that parents can ease test anxiety and give their teens the support they need for exam success.
Stay Calm and Keep Things in Perspective
Your child will be anxious about his or her test scores. So will you. You care about their future as much as they do, and you may know more than they do about their upcoming challenges. But test anxiety is contagious. Keep your worries in check. If you can face test prep setbacks calmly, your teen will have the confidence to keep trying.
No Gossip or Bragging
When your child is making great progress in their test prep, it’s easy to run out and tell everyone. But you know what’s hard? Preparing for the ACT or SAT in front of an audience. Mastering test skills is stressful enough with just you watching your teen. Keep your child’s test prep between you and them. That way, your teen will focus on their own performance, not on what other people think of their performance.
Start Early and Plan in Advance
Talk to your child about the importance of ACT and SAT scores early on, in their first or second year of high school. Encourage them to get started with one of our test prep courses.
FVHS offers successful prep courses to help your child be more successful for their test.
- Practice online anytime for any standardized test
- Practice questions styled after actual test samples
- Video lectures, presentation notes & learning tips
- Integrated, LIVE tutoring support
Dates to Know:
Where Do We Register?
- Remember, not only does your child need a good ACT/SAT score for university entrance, they need it to graduate from FVHS if they have not passed a state exit exam.
Graduation Minimum Scores:
- Critical Reading: 430
- Math: 340
- 3.0 in core classes (B)
- ACT: 22
- SAT: 1120
The above scores are based on most state universities, but can vary. Please check admission requirements to any university your child is interested in attending.
Important Information for High School Parents
The earlier you reach out to your children in their high school years, the less stressed they will be to fulfill their dreams after graduation.
Talk to your child about how to pay for college. Research scholarships early and apply for FAFSA at: https://fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm
Transitioning to an online classroom can be an adjustment for students. Interactions with instructors and other students will be entirely online. The following tips are very important to make this transition as easy as possible, so students can begin learning and succeeding.
Create a Designated Workspace
- Remove distractions
- Put phone in another room
- Block some sites if needed
- Log off other accounts
Use Personal Discipline
- Finish schoolwork before chatting with others
- Establish a schedule and stick to it
Learn to Prioritize and Plan
- Make a to-do list
- Cross off items when they’re finished
- Reward yourself with a short break when reaching the end of a lesson
Franklin Preparation Tips
- Read the Student Handbook, found in your FVHS account.
- Make sure you know who to contact for guidance/technical support.
By: Mrs. Beljic, Franklin Mathematics Instructor
Quote of the Day
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
– Og Mandino
What is the hidden math term?
Teacher’s tips to be successful while taking online classes:
- Practice good time management. Don’t think that online classes are faster because they are not. Try to have good attendance and don’t allow big breaks that will put you behind.
- Great interaction with your instructors and peers is a very important strategy in online learning.
- Read carefully the courses requirements. When you start working on Performance Tasks in math classes, please read the instructions very carefully. These assignments have a lot of writing tasks that substitute for regular math calculations.
- It is very important to take E-notes. By doing this, you will be better prepared when you have quizzes and tests because you will have your own review material. E-notes are available to use during tests and quizzes!
- If you have multiple classes on your schedule, start with the one that you like the most.
- Make sure that your study place is quiet and far from distractions.
- Keep yourself motivated.
- Create your own schedule. Plan carefully the time that you will spend for each class. Remember our rule of thumb: one hour per day per class will keep you on track.
Have a good day!
By: Melissa Daniel, FLC English Department
What is plagiarism?
- Presenting someone else’s words or ideas as if they were your own.
- Copying someone’s words and presenting them as your own.
- Taking someone’s words and changing a few of them here and there.
- Using someone’s work as your own.
- Restating a text or passage in another form without giving credit to the author.
- Copying information from a book, the Internet, or another source without giving credit to the author.
How do I avoid plagiarism?
- The first step to avoiding plagiarism is to cite the source(s) of your information.
- The second step to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure that your writing is very different from the original source.
- The third step to avoiding plagiarism is to put quotation marks around any phrases that are copied directly from the original source.
Avoiding plagiarism is about giving credit where credit is due!
You should always use citations to acknowledge sources of information that are not your own thoughts. A citation should include the following:
- Name of the person who created the work
- Title of the work
- Date of publication
- Name and location of the publisher
- Volume number, page number, edition, etc. are needed for direct quotes.
Go to citationmachine.net for help with citation formatting.
Remember to read pages 12-15 of your FVS/FLC Student Handbook to understand our plagiarism policy and the consequences of violating it.