Getting Up and Running With Greenwood Google Account for Parents

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Greenwood provides all parents with a Greenwood Google Account so that they may access their student’s progress report 24/7 in a private and secure online setting. Additionally, the Greenwood Google Account is a convenient way to communicate with your student’s teachers.

It is simple to use Greenwood Google but first time users may want some instruction for setting up and accessing accounts. If so please call 726-5000 and ask for Mrs. Thomas or email Mrs. Thomas mthomas@greenwoodjax.org to arrange for a personal tutorial- it can be done in person or over the phone, usually in 15 minutes or less.

If you want to give it a go

Sign into the Greenwood Domain at www.google.com
Click the sign-in button on the upper right hand side of the screen
Enter username and password
Click on the App Menu  (it looks like a square made up of 9 tiny black squares)
Select Mail- this will open your mailbox
Select Drive from the App Menu this will open the Drive App. In Drive look on the left side for the “Shared with Me” option. Click on that and look for a document titled with your student’s “name” and “Progress Report”. This is your student’s progress report.

All of your student’s teachers will update this progress report in real time so we recommend that parents check it at least every other day. In order to maintain a private and secure environment all users must be logged into Greenwood Google Accounts to access student progress report. If you have any questions about accessing Greenwood Google Accounts please email Mrs. Thomas mthomas@greenwoodjax.org.

The End is Near But Not Yet Here: How to Finish the School Year Strong

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Springtime is like no other time of year.  The warm weather and seemingly longer days beckon us outdoors  and the temptation to slack off on school work may be overwhelming with the end of the school year finally in sight.  If you detect a bit of this particular strain of spring fever in your student  keep in mind that, for them, finishing the school year strong is vital.

A strong finish will make them a better student overall as well as instill the important life lesson that achieving goals  brings a special kind of  satisfaction.

Here are a few suggestions that you can do to alleviate spring fever and help students stay encouraged and energized through the end of the school year.

  1. Continue to help them stay organized.
  2. Support healthy eating and sleeping habits to maintain their energy and stamina.  
  3. Encourage them to stay engaged with school work as well as school activities in a balanced way. 
  4.  Tell them how proud you are of them for all the hard work they did to get to this point. 
  5. Reinforce the importance of not quitting before the job is finished – as it may lead to regrets later.   

Keep your motivational intentions cheerful but consistent. Your goal is to help your student keep their school performance on par with the work they did during the rest of the year. Remember, a well deserved summer break is just around the corner.  Help your student stay focused and engaged and soon you both can  look back with a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction!

 

Dyslexie Font: Developed For Those With Dyslexia

downloadDyslexia Font is a print and electronic font designed to be easily read by those with dyslexia. The theory behind Dyslexie Font is that when text characters are distinctive it’s unlikely that they will be confusing to read. According to Dyslexiefont.com, “traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia.”

Dyslexia Font was developed by Christian Boer while he was a student in Amsterdam. It has won many honors including the 2010 Smart Future Minds award in Amsterdam. Boer, who suffers from dyslexia, was looking for a type that would make reading easier. He discovered that spacing characters further apart, creating a heavier base line for characters and making the openings of letters like c,u, and s more pronounced had a dramatic effect. Other aspects of Dyslexia Font include a slight right slant, different heights for smaller letters, and varying the length of sticks and tails in letters such as b, p and q. Additionally, Boer’s research found that text colored blue is easier for dyslexics to read and that the ratio of white space verses printed text has a profound effect as well.

Dyslexie Font is available as an App or an extension for Google Chrome. It’s invaluable for browsing the web, reading / writing email or creating Google Docs. Dyslexie Font is just as easy to turn off – just click the icon and text reverts back to the original.  For more information or to download a free version of the software visit  Dyslexie Font Website

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