Welcome to Ms. Skipper's Home Page!
Hello, my name is Sherry Skipper Spurgeon and I teach honors mathematics in room 6. I will be posting updated information here for you as well as through my YouTube channel (Skipper Kids). If you are new to my class, then be sure to subscribe! I provide weekly updates via 'Studio' and 'Backyard' Chats. I will be utilizing the ParentSquare app to also send out news and information but will be using it sparingly. I also have my own math content websites available for students and families to utilize.
AGENDAS ARE HERE! The hard-copy agendas are now available for pick up in the front office from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
NEW GRADING IN EFFECT: Beginning with the second grading period, I have made a change to my grading practices. Participation will now comprise 90% of the overall grade and 10% will be based on assessments/projects.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK CONTEST: Mr. Gonzales will have a new quote of the week contest beginning on Monday! Check your virtual organizer/agenda for the quote (found on the far right side of the organizer), write a response to Mr. Gonzales, and be in the running for a special lunch provided by our admin team on Friday! Congratulations to Oscar Hernandez and Vincent Do, both my math students, for winning this week!
CJSF IS BEGINNING: The MacArthur CJSF club is now taking applications! Check out the CJSF website for more information.
UPDATE ON DISTANCE LEARNING: The latest update on distance learning can be found on the district's website.
MAP: Yes, we will be taking the math MAP next week on Thursday and Friday, October 1st and 2nd. ELA classes will be taking it Monday and Tuesday.
TIRED EYES? HEADACHES? You may be having a reaction to the 'blue light' being emitted from the chromebook/computer screen. You can modify the settings on your device. Look for 'blue light reduction' or 'night shift/vision.' Blue light screening glasses may also be helpful. Note that changing the screen will make things appear which an orange or red hue. You can also modify the rate of change as well as the time the screen settings take effect.
BELL SCHEDULE: We now have a new bell schedule which allows for a little extra passing period time (and. a shorter office hours time).
ZOOM MEETING LINK: Students can find the new link for my class on Aeries or on my Canvas page. If you are having a difficult time logging into Zoom from your chromebook, here's a simple tutorial for you, courtesy of our principal, Mr. Gonzales.
CLUBS: More information on clubs can be found on Monday's Tiger Connection Canvas page (look under the 'Morning Announcements').
COVID-19 TESTING: Did you know that Santa Ana residents can get free COVID-19 testing? Check out the district's website for information. Be sure to scroll down the page as a lot of information can be found on the free testing sites.
COLLEGE SPIRIT DAYS: Each Wednesday is college/university day. Show your spirit by wearing your college/university shirt!
FOOD DISTRIBUTION: The district has a new listing for food distribution, including additional times! See the image at the bottom of the page for more information. In addition, there are a number of places you can go to get free food. Please take advantage of these opportunities. If you need additional assistance, our kind, wonderful FACE worker, Mr. Johan Arana (714) 497-0553, is incredibly helpful! Please reach out to him (he also speaks Spanish) for any assistance.
CHROMEBOOK/HOTSPOT/GOOGLE WAFFLE PROBLEMS : If you are having problems with your chromebook, please bring it and its AC adapter (charger) to the front office for replacement. If you need a hotspot, call the office and reserve one. If your child is having a problem with missing apps in the 'Google Waffle' (the nine little dots in the corner of the browser window), please use this link and bookmark it. The district has started a mobile hotspot bus service and is currently testing it out around the city.
AERIES: The Aeries app on cell phones is NOT working correctly. The company is currently working on it and it is a problem for ALL school districts, not just SAUSD. Parent who do not already have an Aeries account, please contact me for the verification code. You can view Aeries data via chromebooks and computers.
I will be checking my texts and emails regularly. Office hours are usually from 1:05–2:25 p.m., but I am usually available later as well. If you text or email, I promise I will reply as quickly as possible, usually up until 8:00 p.m. My cell phone number was provided in a Parent Square message to both parents and students at the start of the school year.
Thank you all for being so wonderful, patient, and understanding. Stay safe out there and if you go out, please be sure to wear a face covering/mask and remember to wash your hands when you get home.