Southwest Middle School will be hosting a school-wide Hour of Code event next Thursday, December 14th in honor of International Computer Science Week and Admiral Grace Hopper’s birthday (December 9th).
Our district’s Computer Science teachers community and I would like to invite you and our students to participate in this year’s Hour of Code Event during Computer Science Education week, December 4 – 9! Many schools in our district will be conducting individual classes to school-wide activities for the Hour of Code next week. Last year, we had several hundred students participate across the district, and we hope to increase those numbers this year!
I am hoping that you will support our district’s Computer Science program by helping us share out the Hour of Code information by placing information on our district and individual school Web sites about the Hour of Code and Computer Science Education week.
Every year we have done this, both students and staff have responded that they really enjoyed the experience! We hope that you will be willing to allow our students to participate in this year’s Hour of Code Event!
If you have any questions, please contact me. For more information about the Hour of Code, please check out the following!
We will be updating our filtering systems this week(8/13- 8/16). These systems protect all devices utilized by students, teachers, and staff when using the internet. In addition, our web filtering systems are used to block inappropriate materials and sites. As part of this transition, the iPads will be impacted. Since our current contract expires on August 16, we will need to push out, to all iPad devices, the necessary changes (e.g. certificates and agents) that will allow these devices to work with our new filtering system “from home”. In order for iPads to be used at home, students will need to login through the new application. This application, SUHSD Login, will automatically be loaded on all student iPad devices. (Teacher iPads are “not” affected.) When they click on this app, the following login screen will appear:
The login information will be –
(This generic password will be used temporarily, until we can acclimate the students to use their student id/birthdate/password login information.)
If you do not see an iBoss App icon appear on your home screen, click on an app named “ LANrev Apps” (picture to the right) and accept all pop ups that might show up.
If you don’t get the iboss app students will not be able to access internet at home!
This Monday, August 21st, at 10:23AM a max partial Eclipse will occur in San Diego. Use the resources below to learn more about this astronomical event as well as how to view the eclipse safely. At SOM, all 7th grade World Cultures students and 8th grade science students will be creating pinhole projectors to indirectly view the eclipse during the latter part of 5th period, nutrition break and the beginning of 1st period. We will also be live streaming the NASA feed of the total solar eclipse at our stage area.
The District has issued the statement below regarding viewing the eclipse directly using filtered lenses:
TO: All SUHSD Employees DATE: August 11, 2017 RE: Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017
A partial eclipse of the sun will be visible from San Diego County on August 21, 2017 (https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/san-diego) from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A total eclipse of the sun will be visible from other parts of the country; which NASA will livestream on its website. In the strictest sense, the eclipse is not dangerous, but looking at the sun without proper protection is always harmful. The primary safety issue during an eclipse is that curiosity regarding the phenomena makes it more likely people, especially children, will try to glimpse the eclipse without proper eye protection.
The risk is great. People who look at an eclipse without proper protection, even glimpses, are likely to suffer burns which damage the light sensitive cells that give them the ability to see. People with these burns don’t notice an immediate loss of vision. They generally experience a loss of vision the next day, which looks to them like a black hole in the center of their sight. In some cases, people regain some of their vision over a period of several months, but in many cases the loss is permanent.
SUHSD Curriculum & Instruction, Grants & Communications, and Student Support Services departments are strongly encouraging schools, classrooms and individuals to watch the eclipse via NASA’s live stream or it can also be viewed indirectly using pinhole viewers that project the image of the sun on a screen; again this should be done with the individual’s back towards the sun and never looking at the sun through the pinhole. This is to prevent harm to students who surreptitiously view the eclipse without preventative precautions. The District cannot allow any glasses to be donated or non-district glasses be purchased for classrooms because product liability cannot be assured.
Moreover, SUHSD is not supporting the use of manufactured eclipse glasses for our students. Please know that traditional sunglasses will not prevent the type of injury associated with the direct viewing of solar eclipses. Only specially manufactured eclipse glasses will prevent potential harm and there are already reports of counterfeit glasses being sold. Lastly, Manny Rubio, the Director of Grants and Communications, will send a message/guidance regarding the solar eclipse to all district parents. It is also important for principals and teachers to remind district parents and students of the potential dangers of not adhering to this guidance. Thanks, in advance, for ensuring that students are supervised during district-related eclipse viewing activities in a manner that will prevent injuries.
Click on the images below to learn more about the eclipse and viewing this phenomenon safely:
Ladies, the 25th Annual Adelante Mujer Conference is this Saturday, April 14th at Eastlake Middle School. Bring your mother or guardian and learn about career opportunities from professional women in law, business, media, engineering and other career areas. You will receive a light continental breakfast, lunch and workshops all completely free! Please see your counselor for a registration form!
Students! We need to have your voice heard! If you have not already, please take the survey HERE by this Thursday, April 12, 2018. This will allow the Restorative Practices conference committee to focus the learning on student voice and need.