Track Student Progress
Check in on how your student is performing in class by reviewing their grades and my comments.
For more information on Palm Springs Unified School District visit the website using the link below.
I have compiled a list of resources that you may find helpful in supporting your student at home.
Check out these sources and workshops created to empower parents within our district: Family Center - Palm Springs Unified School District. Also, check out their calendar of events.
Basic Useful Stuff
Standards-Based Grading - this website has a great description of how standards-based grading works and the reasons why it is beneficial
What is student-centered teaching?
Rewordify.com simplifies difficult text. Enter hard sentences (or whole chapters) into the box at the top of the page. Then click Rewordify text and you'll instantly see an easier version! The reworded words are highlighted— click them to hear and learn the original harder word.
Paper Rater - use before you turn a paper in! Word and Google Docs miss a lot of grammar errors, and even spelling ones sometimes. Paper Rater.com is a free check that looks for lots of potential issues in a paper. It checks spelling, grammar, passive voice, transitional phrases, and more. (Remember that the "grade" given at the end is not necessarily the grade I will give you, because it's not looking for correctness of topic, if the text fits the assigned prompt etc but only looks for those English mechanics to be correct!)
Be SAT Wise offers effective and affordable SAT/ACT prep organized and taught by high school teachers. Follow the link for more information on upcoming study sessions offered at Palm Springs High School.
MLA Format Help
MLA formatting (what we use in this class) by Purdue OWL.
Citation Generator (help for creating citations)
Thesis Generator (for help creating your thesis, or main point)
About Common Core
What is Common Core? How will it help our children?
Learn more by clicking here.
Tips for parents
The parents guide to bullying
What parents can do
Additional tips and help
Tips and activities that parents can do at home to help support their child's learning and encourage thinking skills.
Additional Education Resources for Parents
Planning for College and Career
Links for helping with college and career. Thinking about the future.
PSHS Career Center
Excellent information about college prep from AVID
Low Income Student Scholarships
This information adapted from Ms. Elias's teacher website.