How Can I Help my Student Achieve Success

How Can I Help My Student
Achieve Success?
Prefrontal Cortex or the “Thinking
Brain” is not fully developed
Less likely to stay organized
Less likely to show:
Responsibility in planning
Evaluating the consequences of their actions
Junior High School Mind
The brain is not fully developed until age 25
Much of this is physiological
Sometimes not caring about consequences, (“living
in the moment”)
The region of the brain that leads
to motivation is still developing in
Help students stay organized -- Notebooks should
be reorganized every six weeks
Use a different notebook for each class/ Color code
To do/done Homework folder
Pencil bag with supplies
Organize locker
BOSS video:
Staying on Top of it with
Home Access Center – Grades, Attendance
Teacher Websites --
Online Textbooks/Students /Secondary Portal
Email teachers
Home Access Center
Parents are issued a HAC letter
If you have children at multiple campuses, one login
will show all of your children’s information at one
Use the “Frequently Asked Questions” section to
help you.
Home Access Center (Students)
Username= Student ID Ex: K1211111
Password= KT first initial of first and last name + 4
digits (random)
Example: Student’s name is Mary Barker Mary’s
password is ktmb1234.
Retest Policy
Failing Test Grades – Students should Retest for 69
and below
Make immediate arrangements with teacher
Attend tutorials for extra help
Some conditions may apply
Student Portal
Go to >campuses>Junior High >Beck
Teacher websites/ Beck info
Counselor’s Corner
Student Portal
Online Textbook Link-- Hover over to find sign in info
Canvas Link
Teachers use either Canvas or Edmodo to post Info
about their classes, calendar, and
Edmodo access is available from the student site or
from the teacher. You can join all the classes and have
one view.
Parent tutorial for Edmodo
Student tutorial
Canvas can be accessed from
>Students > Secondary Portal
Students log in with their Katy ISD ID and Passwords.
Canvas, like Edmodo, is a teacher website where
students can view class assignments/info,
calendars, and have interactive discussions with
No parental access codes
Only students have access – Work with your student
End of Year Average
6th & 7th Grade
1st six weeks average
+ 2nd six weeks average
+ 3rd six weeks average
Divided by 3 = Semester Avg
EOY average = Sem 1 Avg + Sem 2 Avg > 70 to pass
How Grades are Averaged by
8th Grade
I st 6 weeks x 2
+ 2nd 6 weeks x 2
+ 3rd 6 weeks x 2
+ Semester Exam
Divided by 7 = Semester Average
Junior High School classes = EOY > 70 to pass
High School classes = Semesters are independent
Grade Category Breakdown
Between 6th and 8th grade, Major grades (Tests and
Major Projects) range from 45% to 55%.
Minor grades (quizzes) range from 40% to 30%
And “Other” grades (homework/classwork) counts
70% Rule as Passing
Homework is top 15%
69 and below is failing
Homework is not bottom 15%
Attendance Change
House Bill 5 requires students to be in attendance
90% of the time in order to receive class credit or a
final grade.
Careful about unexcused absences or vacations
Don’t leave at semester exam time
How much Homework
Minimum Homework and Study time:
One to Two Hours Daily
Math Homework alone 30+ min
Reading 30 min. daily
Time increase with each grade and if taking
Pre ap Classes
Use Advisory Period to study or for tutoring
Studying at Home
Make it a Habit
Where? Same place everyday-- Kitchen table;
Dining room table; Study; Bedroom desk
How? Quiet, well lit, without distractions--
No phone, T.V., Music
When? Every day at 3:30 p.m. after snack
Regular Routine? It should become routine.
Katy OnTheGo – Mobile App
Thank you
This concludes Part 1
Computer Lab Part 2
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