Hello, Harmony / Wasatch Learning Academy Families,
Happy September! School is in full swing and we are excited to see your student’s submissions and watch them grow. If you are having any questions or issues please reach out to your mentor. We want to make sure your students don’t get behind.
In this Touchpoint:
- Important: Wasatch Homeroom / Attendance
- Spotlight: Spelling Stars
- Flex Submission Dates
- Portfolio Submissions for 1st Quarter
- Canvas Tips
- Get Social
A great place to stay up-to-date on important dates is the calendar found on the parent dashboard. Here you’ll find information such as Flex submission dates, testing dates, school dates, etc.
Click here for the official Wasatch County School District calendar for the 2023-24 school year.
Upcoming School Dates:
Oct. 12: End of 1st Quarter
Oct 16-20: Fall Break (No School)
Important: Wasatch Homeroom / Attendance
Be sure to have your child respond to the weekly discussion post in the Wasatch Homeroom in Canvas. The question is posted each Friday, and you have until the following Friday to answer the question. Doing so provides Wasatch Learning Academy with a weekly “attendance log” and helps them to have a connection with students. This is an important part of your child’s attendance with WLA.
If you have any questions about the weekly Homeroom question, please contact your mentor.
Spotlight: Spelling Stars
Did you know that Harmony provides Spelling Stars accounts to all students? Students use the games to learn to spell in an easy and motivating way. Games include some classics like Fill in the Blank, Mouse Maze, and Word Search, as well as some fun unique games like Crazy Fish and Bink Bonk.
You are encouraged to use this program with your children as best meets their needs. There are no expected number of activities, and students are not required to use this program.
A new Spelling Stars section has been added to Harmony’s Curriculum Orientation, and you can find it here.
Flex Submission Dates
Here are the Flex Direct and Flex Independent submission dates for the 1st semester. Be sure to submit your student’s worksheets on time as this tracks attendance and progress.
September 8 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
September 22 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
October 6 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
October 20 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
November 3 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
November 17 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
December 1 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
December 15 – (No Kindergarten Submission)
To find helpful information about Flex Direct or Flex Independent courses, log into the Family Resource Center and go to the Curriculum Orientation. From the sidebar menu in the Flex Direct and Flex Independent sections, you’ll find FAQs, which include submission instructions and a submission video.
Portfolio Submissions for 1st Quarter
For Harmony Portfolio courses, the 1st quarter portfolio submissions are due on Sept 15. All portfolios need to be submitted no later than September 15 to give the teachers time to review and grade them.
The guidelines for portfolios are as follows:
- 5-8 portfolio items per core subject (math, language arts, science).
- 1 portfolio item per elective for elementary students.
- 1-2 portfolio items per elective for middle school students.
- Items need to show student work, and examples could include worksheets, reports, tests/quizzes, science projects, etc. Remember that portfolio Items need to be the student’s actual work, not a learning log or description of what the student has been doing.
- Portfolio items need to be grade-level work.
- Portfolio items need to demonstrate student work over the course of 2 months.
Here are some useful tips in Canvas for Flex, Portfolio, and Homeroom courses.
When you go to your child’s Canvas account, select Calendar on the left side. The calendar view shows the previous and upcoming submissions for all of that student’s courses in Canvas.
- You can click on the item and a box will pop up with details. You can then click on each item to go right to the submission in the course.
Also, be sure to check back in Canvas to see comments from the graders and teachers. When you go to the student’s Canvas account, there will be alerts on the right for any comments from teachers. Or you select the course, then select Grades > Score. If there is a comment icon, you can click on that to see the comment.
- Based on the comment, you might want to resubmit the assignment.
Ordering is open for all types of orders. For all the ordering types except reimbursement, you can submit one order per semester per student.
1st semester ordering period is July 1- Oct 31
2nd semester ordering period is Dec 1 – Jan 31
Are you part of our growing community of Harmony parents? If not, please join us and get social. It’s a great place to share what is working with your family, ask questions of other parents, and receive updates on Harmony activities.
- Instagram https://www.instagram.com/harmonyed_/
We wish you a wonderful school year!
Emery Melendez, Program Manager
Denise Glines, Paraeducator
Ashley Coney, Mentor
Carly Purdy, Mentor
Libby Rice, Mentor
Mario Wilcock, Mentor
Melissa Newberg, Mentor
Noelle Quijano, Mentor
Sarah Dooley, Mentor