Jupiter is not just a PLANET..

Its where you can keep track of your grades!!

The first time I had a job, at 14, I tried to do my best at everything. I thought I was doing fine until I was told I wasn’t needed anymore!

‘OMG!! WHAT??!! But I thought I was doing good!!’ Was what I kept telling myself until I spoke to an old workmate. He told me that the reason why I was fired was because even though I THOUGHT I was doing good, I actually wasn’t and my boss was too busy to let me know and eventually just had to ‘let me go’. I was so upset! WHY COULDN’T THE BOSS JUST TELL ME!!

I couldn’t leave it alone and went back to see my boss to speak to her. Dr. Shuman sat me down and explained to me, “Ms. Chavez the truth is that this place is really busy and aside from you there are many other employees. I cant stop my busy schedule to reexplain your duties. We trained you and expected you to do your job. Even if you THINK you are doing it right, why didn’t you check in once in a while with your supervisor to CONFIRM that you were doing it the right way? You never did and we as a team fell behind with our patients.”

The reality was that it was MY RESPONSIBILITY to find out and make sure that I was doing my job the right way. And because I never took the time to ‘check-in’ with my superiors, I ended up without a job! ARGH!!! NEVER AGAIN!! From that moment on I swore that I would always take the time to talk to my boss or bosses and make sure that I was an ‘A’ employee

SO

Where do think I’m taking you with this?…… If you’re thinking your grades, you’re so right!!

Darn you guys are smart!… I believed that when I became a teacher I would have the time to let all of my students know how they were doing, and boy was I wrong!!

The truth is that all of us teachers have about 28-30 students per class and we teach 5 periods a day! Do the math, how many kids is that? 140-150 DIFFERENT STUDENTS A DAY!! Then you wonder why some teachers DON’T REMEMBER YOUR NAME?!

So my strategy was, when I have a classroom I am going to POST students grades on a bulletin board where they can see it every day. And for the first three years of my teaching, I did.

‘But Ms. Chavez, what if I have a bad grade? I don’t want everyone seeing it!’

THEN AVOID THE BAD GRADE!!

I wouldn’t Post EXAM or QUIZ Grades just regular classwork, and it served as a reminder of what you handed in and what you were missing. It also served as a motivator. Many students found themselves competing with each other to GET THAT A!! I actually liked that students were always informed and could never use the ‘I DIDN’T KNOW’ as an excuse. It took extra time to always update the board but I did and now THAT IS ALL OVER!

Today there is JUPITER GRADES

Jupitergrades.com is the most awesome online grading system ever! There are others of course but I find this one to be the right fit. We as teachers have the option to enter EVERYTHING that concerns students education online, making it easier for you to track your grades. As well as your parents!

‘But Ms. Chavez, what if I have a bad grade? I don’t want THEM seeing it!’

THEN AVOID THE BAD GRADE!!

Just as I learned that I must ‘check-in’ once in a while in order to MAINTAIN my job, I urge all of my students to ‘check-in’ on their grades, via Jupiter Grades in order to MAINTAIN an ‘A’

In order to access Jupiter Grades, you will need your OSIS number, which is your 9 digit ID number that follows you all through your 12 years of Public School. If you do not have it, it will be printed on the Picture I.D. Card you will receive and you will also need a Password. A random one will be given to you at first, which then you must change.

Do: MAINTAIN GOOD GRADES

Do: ‘CHECK-IN’ ONLINE 

DONT: ASSUME YOU’RE DOING OK – CONFIRM

The First Day of School – Part II

So I’ve been getting some emails….. and many of the questions I’ve been receiving can be answered by reading the blog – The First Day of School….

so what do you think I should do? when you keep asking your parent the same question over and over, what do they do?  I wont ignore you, although that’s what I SHOULD DO, I won’t. It is rude and good manners are as necessary as Oxygen! Therefore I will redirect you to Blog I

Blog II – Part II

It has come to my attention that many of you may NOT know what a school day is like in high school. Many of you may but for the ones that don’t, this is for you.

Maybe you went to a middle school where you stayed in the same classroom all day and didn’t move from class to class as much. Or maybe you went to a catholic school or private school that didn’t have a bell schedule… There are so many maybes

My maybe? I went to a catholic middle school that also had a high school in it AND it was in my grandmothers country!

  • All classes were in Spanish  (my sister was the ONLY person I spoke English with) 
  • The school was run by nuns
  • We had to wear uniforms
  • We assembled in rows in the yard by class every morning and sang the national anthem
  • As we entered the building by class, the director of the school would check each student to make sure the uniform was clean and our personal hygiene was up to code : neat hairdo – clean face and nails – clean shoes
  • We stayed in the SAME ROOM ALL DAY! We only went outside for lunch

YES! THIS WAS MY MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE! and to tell you the truth, as kids we weren’t distracted as much when it came to our studies. We were pretty much focused on what it was the teachers expected from us.

Then all of that changed in High School because I moved back to New York City and everything was so different.

Depending on the school you go to, the time within the school day can be divided differently. The school day is divided into periods.

At Fashion these class periods are generally 45 minutes each depending on the Bell Schedule of the day, it can vary. This Monday will be a Regular Bell Schedule and REMEMBER – AFTER OP ALL FRESHMEN ARE INVITED DOWN TO THE 3RD FLOOR GYM FOR A PEP RALLY!!!

After the Pep Rally you will be advised what period you will be in and you will head to the class ACCORDING TO YOUR PERSONAL PROGRAM CARD! DO NOT LOSE YOUR PROGRAM CARD, It also serves as your Entrance Pass to the 4th Floor Cafeteria, when you have lunch. 

Remember the FIRST NUMBER IN THE ROOM INDICATES WHAT FLOOR THE ROOM IS ON

Example – Room 221 is on the 2nd floor – Room 919 is on the 9th floor

Your Schedule could start 1st period (8:10 a.m.) or 2nd period (8:59 a.m.) and it could end 8th period, which ends at 2:47 p.m. or 9th period, which ends at 3:37 p.m. Your Schedules will vary from semester to semester throughout your four years and depending on whether or not you fail classes and will have to make the class up the next semester. SO PASS THEM THE FIRST TIME AROUND!

You will not have to attend OP every day. Official Period Class is scheduled when IMPORTANT INFORMATION HAS TO BE GIVEN OUT TO THE STUDENTS like Report Cards and Testing Information, etc (You will be informed ahead of time when OP is scheduled)

Every First Monday of the Month has a DIFFERENT BELL SCHEDULE – Look at the Bell schedule link above. The day is shorter and you leave a lot earlier in the afternoon. This serves as meeting time for teachers after school. You leave, we stay!

Even if it is called a ‘Bell’ schedule, it isn’t an actual bell that announces the end or beginning of a period. At Fashion the bell has been replaced by music. Music is played over the loud speakers to let you know the period has ended and you can proceed to your next class. COOL HUH??!!

As new students you will be given ID’s and email addresses as well. You will also receive usernames that will allow you to log on to the many laptops and PC’s available within the school. (Information will be given about the ID’s in your OP)

Also, if you are scheduled for GYM this semester, you are REQUIRED to purchase a GYM UNIFORM – School Tee and School Sweatpants or School Gymshorts – These items can be purchased at the school store located on the 1st floor. You are not required to have them the first day of class, therefore ask your gym teacher for the prices of each item or simply pass by the school store on your lunch period and become acquainted as well as inquire about the prices!! GET TO KNOW YOUR SCHOOL!!!

One last thing…. PUNCTUALITY!!!! PUNCTUALITY!!!! PUNCTUALITY!!!! It is so important!

Question – If you have to be somewhere at 8 a.m., what time do you wake up and leave your home, if it takes you 35 minutes to get there?

A. 7:00 a.m. – B. 7:25 a.m. – C. 6:30 a.m.

Hmmmm….. 7:25 a.m. ? Mathematically You are right but realistically you’re SO WRONG!!!!

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?  –  How far away from the train or bus are you? –  Are the trains or buses running regularly?  –  Do you stop and get something to eat or drink on the way?  –   Do you have to take your little sister or brother to THEIR school?  –   Is it raining, causing you to rethink what you’re gonna wear?  –  Do you need to go to your locker BEFORE class when you enter the building?

FACTOR IN SOME OR ALL OF THESE THINGS AND IT LOOK LIKE YOU’LL HAVE TO WAKE UP AT 4:30 a.m.!!!!!

Remember as you begin to grow and mature, your responsibilities will also increase and being on time will be expected of you in order to be successful at anything positive you put your energy into. It is one habit that will take you far AND will be appreciated and rewarded by your teachers and then future employers.

BE ON TIME – WASTED TIME is the ONLY THING YOU CAN NEVER GET BACK IN LIFE!! 

Do: FOLLOW YOUR PROGRAM CARD

DONT: LOSE YOUR PROGRAM CARD

DONT: BE LATE

Important Information for Parents and Students

Tick Tock – Tick Tock – Tick Tock – Tick Tock

MONDAY is YOUR FIRST DAY!!!! We teachers had to be in today. We have to prepare for your arrival and after a bit, I became excited about that!!

If you HAVENT RECEIVED YOUR OFFICIAL PERIOD CLASS YET, DONT WORRY!!!

YOUR OFFICIAL CLASS  ROOM – This list is posted in the School lobby as you enter. IT IS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (Last Name) AND YOUR NAME IS ON IT

The link above shows WHAT ROOM your Official Class takes place in

WHO is your Official Class Teacher

and

WHO is your Counselor

**The first number of the room indicates what FLOOR its located – ex: 245 is on 2nd floor – 602 is on 6th floor*

!!!!!AFTER YOUR OFFICIAL CLASS PERIOD, THE FRESHMEN CLASS and ONLY the FRESHMEN CLASS WILL GO TO A PEP RALLY on the 3rd FLOOR GYMNASIUM HELD BY FASHIONS STUDENT GOVERNMENT TO WELCOME YOU TO YOUR NEW SCHOOL!!!!!

NOW for PARENTS – AS PROMISED!!! Our SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER is ON ITS WAY!!

Pretty soon we will be offering health services to all of our students regardless of INSURANCE!

This is a revolutionary concept that is only offered in 1 other school and Fashion High is the second school it is coming to!!

Imagine! Not having to take a day off of work to accompany your child to see a healthcare professional!

HEALTHY CHILDREN

HEALTHY TEENS

HEALTHY SCHOOLS