Ms. Heather MacDonald

Phone: 941-255-7460 x296

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

AA Elementary Education BA Elementary Education Certifications: Elementary Education Middle School Math 6-8 Middle School Science 6-8 Business Education 6-12 ESOL Endorsement MS Word 2013/2016 MS PowerPoint 2013 MS Excel 2016 MS Outlook 2016 IC3 Spark

Ms. Heather MacDonald

Welcome to Ms. MacDonald's Home page!

 

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.

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    5/27 - I Knew You Could  Please click on the link and take a moment to watch my farewell video to my students.

     

    5/25 - Here it is! The last few days of school! I knew that you would all be successful with online learning! Here are few odds and ends to finish up the school year.

    1.IF YOU COMPLETE ANY LATE WORK, YOU MUST SEND ME AN EMAIL TO GET CREDIT.
    2.ALL LATE WORK MUST BE TURNED IN BY 5/27! NO EXCEPTIONS!
    3. NO Typing Club this week!
    4. Fill is the final week of grades on your FOCUS Spreadsheet, and turn it in
    5. Gmetrix - Excel Selected Response Test 2 Testing Mode

    I hope to see you all on Wed for the 8th grade celebration! Great Job Terriers!

     

    5/22 - With next week being your last week of school, I figured I would post your assignments early.

    1. ALL LATE WORK MUST BE TURNED IN BY 5/27! NO EXCEPTIONS!
    2. NO Typing Club this week!
    3. Fill is the final week of grades on your FOCUS Spreadsheet, and turn it in
    4. Gmetrix - Excel Selected Response Test 2 Testing Mode

    I may also have a video for you next week, but it is not for a grade.

     

    5/18 - Good morning and welcome to week 8 of online learning!  We are almost done!  Here are your assignments for this week.  Please note that they are due by Friday 5/22 at 11:59 pm.

    1. Typing Club - 10 minutes a day (50 minutes total for the week)
    2. FOCUS Spreadsheet - week of May 18.  DO NOT TURN IN UNTIL NEXT WEEK
    3. GMetrix - Selected Response Test 2 Training in training mode
      1. For those of you who have not read my previous posts or watched the video, you should NOT be downloading anything!  The assignments are web based. I have posted the video a number of times, and also posted step by step instructions.  Please go back and watch/read.

     

    5/17 - I have updated grades in FOCUS.  Due to the troubles with Code Monkey last week, I have extended the due date on that assignment to 5/20 (Wed).

    *****Also, if you have completed a late assignment, please make sure that you send me an email so that I can update your grade.  If you do not send me an email letting me know that you have completed it, I have no way of knowing.

     

    5/13 - Good evening everyone. I am not sure what was going on with Code Monkey the last few days. I assigned it to all of my classes. I have been working with them and we still could not figure it out. I unassigned it and then reassigned it to all of my classes. It should be working now for everyone. Please let me know if it is not.

     

    5/11 - Good morning everyone and welcome to week 7 of our distance learning!  There is a light at the end of the tunnel!  You are almost done with this school year!  Please make sure that you CAREFULLY read my post so that you will know what is expected for this week.  I will give you all of your assignments today, but they are not due until Friday (5/15) at 11:59 pm.

    You are able to complete assignments late (except Typing Club), but will lose credit, just as you did when we were on campus.  ***IF YOU SUBMIST A LATE ASSIGNMENT, YOU MUST SEND ME AN EMAIL SO TAHT I CAN ENTER THE GRADE IN FOCUS.

    Assignments for this week:

    1. I have posted a PowerPoint for you to view.  It is the last part of the Mental Health and Wellness Unit that we have been working on this school year.
      1. Please view the PowerPoint before Friday
      2. Once you have viewed the PowerPoint, please click "turn in" in Google Classroom, this way I will know who has and who has not watched it.
    2. Please complete your FOCUS spreadsheet for the week of May 11. There is s video posted in last week's assignments of how to access your spreadsheet for those of you that need it or missed it.
      1. Make sure that you have entered your Electives at the top of the column
      2. Make sure that you have colored in each cell the correct color for this week.
      3. Make sure that you have put in your grade (in percentage) for each class this week.
      4. Make sure that you have formatted the cells as directed in the video (using wrap text and centering)
      5. If you can't find your spreadsheet, check in Google Sheets
    3. Complete 10 minutes a day in Typing Club (50 minutes total for the week)
      1. You can track your progress by clicking on Stats on your dashboard (your home page of Typing Club). You can track daily and weekly progress. Please be sure to look at the "typing" time. If you are unsure, type a few minutes extra each day.  It only records the time that you are actually typing and not the amount of time that you are on the website.
      2. You can work in any area within Typing Club.
    4. Complete in Code Monkey - Beaver Achiever If/Else Conditions
      1. There are 20 challenges
      2. You should be able to receive 3 stars on each
      3. I have posted a video in Google Classroom to assist you, if you get stuck.

    You can work at any pace on these assignments. Please make sure they are all done by 11:59 pm on Friday.  I will be putting grades in during the week and over the weekend so that you can track your progress. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.

     

     

    5/4 - Good morning everyone and welcome to week 6 (can you believe it?!) of our distance learning!  Please make sure that you CAREFULLY read my post so that you will know what is expected for this week.  I will give you all of your assignments today, but they are not due until Friday (5/8) at 11:59 pm.

    You are able to complete assignments late (except Typing Club), but will lose credit, just as you did when we were on campus.  ***IF YOU SUBMIST A LATE ASSIGNMENT, YOU MUST SEND ME AN EMAIL SO TAHT I CAN ENTER THE GRADE IN FOCUS.

    Assignments for this week:

    1. Please complete your FOCUS spreadsheet for the week of May 4. I will post the video in my Goggle Classroom showing how to do this for those of you that missed it. 
      1. Make sure that you have entered your Electives at the top of the column
      2. Make sure that you have colored in each cell the correct color for this week.
      3. Make sure that you have put in your grade (in percentage) for each class this week.
      4. Make sure that you have formatted the cells as directed in the video (using wrap text and centering)
      5. If you can't find your spreadsheet, check in Google Sheets
    2. Complete 10 minutes a day in Typing Club (50 minutes total for the week)
      1. You can track your progress by clicking on Stats on your dashboard (your home page of Typing Club). You can track daily and weekly progress. Please be sure to look at the "typing" time. If you are unsure, type a few minutes extra each day.  It only records the time that you are actually typing and not the amount of time that you are on the website.
      2. You can work in any area within Typing Club.
    3. Complete in GMetrix the Selected Response Test 2 Training in training mode
      1. You must score 90% or higher to receive credit.
        1. There is no excuse for less than this due to the program GIVES you the answer if you get it wrong. You can click the back button and correct you answer before moving forward.
      2. Make sure that you watch the video if you are unsure how to access GMetrix or what test to take. You can ONLY do the Selected Response Test on a Chromebook.
        1. Open a new tab in Goggle Chrome
        2. Type gmetrix.net in the URL box
        3. Login using your 8 digit number first and last initial for your username; 8 digit first and last initial and the number 1 for your password (same login as in class)
        4. Click on Start a New Test
        5. Click on Office 2019 and then Excel
        6. Choose Selected Response Test 2 and choose training mode

    You can work at any pace on these assignments. Please make sure they are all done by 11:59 pm on Friday.  I will be putting grades in during the week and over the weekend so that you can track your progress. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.

     

     

    4/27 - Good afternoon! Sorry about not getting your assignments for this week up this morning, I had some technical difficulties!  Here are your assignments for this week. Please make sure that you CAFEULLY read my post so that you will know what it expected for this week.  I will give you all of your assignments today, but they are not due until Friday (5/1) at 11:59 pm.

    You are able to complete assignments late (except Typing Club), but will lose credit, just as you did when we were on campus.  *****IF YOU TURN IN A LATE ASSIGNMENT, YOU MUST SEND ME AND EMAIL TO GET CREDIT.

     

    Assignments for this week:

    1. Please complete your FOCUS spreadsheet for the week of April 27. 
         a. Make sure that you have entered your Electives at the top of the column
         b. Make sure that you have colored in each cell the correct color for this week.
         c. Make sure that you have put in your grade (in percentage) for each class this week.
         d. Make sure that you have formatted the cells as directed in the video (using wrap text and centering)
         e. YOU WILL SUBMIT THIS THROUGH GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY FRIDAY (5/1)

    2. Complete 10 minutes a day in Typing Club (50 minutes total for the week)

         a. You can track your progress by clicking on Stats on your dashboard (your home page of Typing Club). You can track           daily and weekly progress. Please be sure to look at the "typing" time. If you are unsure, type a few minutes extra each         day.  It only records the time that you are actually typing and not the amount of time that you are on the website.
         b. You can work in any area within Typing Club.

    3. Complete Beaver Achiever Conditional Loops
         a. There are 15 challenges
         b. You should be able to complete all of them with 3 stars.
         c. Watch the video in Google Classroom for help.

     

     

    4/20 - Good morning everyone and welcome to week 4 of our distance learning!  Please make sure that you CAREFULLY read my post so that you will know what is expected for this week.  I will give you all of your assignments today, but they are not due until Friday (4/24) at 11:59 pm.

    You are able to complete assignments late (except Typing Club), but will lose credit, just as you did when we were on campus.

    Assignments for this week:

    1. Please complete your FOCUS spreadsheet for the week of April 20. 
         a. Make sure that you have entered your Electives at the top of the column
         b. Make sure that you have colored in each cell the correct color for this week.
         c. Make sure that you have put in your grade (in percentage) for each class this week.
         d. Make sure that you have formatted the cells as directed in the video (using wrap text and centering)
    2. Complete 10 minutes a day in Typing Club (50 minutes total for the week)
         a. You can track your progress by clicking on Stats on your dashboard (your home page of Typing Club). You can track           daily and weekly progress. Please be sure to look at the "typing" time. If you are unsure, type a few minutes extra each         day.  It only records the time that you are actually typing and not the amount of time that you are on the website.
         b. You can work in any area within Typing Club.
    3. Complete in GMetrix the Excel Selected Response Test 1 Training in TESTING mode
         a. Please note that ALL students are required to complete this assignment regardless of if you are certified in Excel or not.

    You can work at any pace on these assignments. Please make sure they are all done by 11:59 pm on Friday.  I will be putting grades in during the week and over the weekend so that you can track your progress. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.

     

     

    4/16 Selected Response Test 1 training should be in Excel. Please make sure you are in the right product.

     

    4/13 - Good morning everyone and welcome to week 3 of our distance learning!  Please make sure that you CAREFULLY read my post so that you will know what is expected for this week.  I will give you all of your assignments today, but they are not due until Friday (4/17) at 11:59 pm.

    You are able to complete assignments late (except Typing Club), but will lose credit, just as you did when we were on campus.

    Assignments for this week:

    1. Please complete your FOCUS spreadsheet for the week of April 13. I will post the video in my Goggle Classroom showing how to do this for those of you that missed it.  
         a. Make sure that you have entered your Electives at the top of the column
         b. Make sure that you have colored in each cell the correct color for this week.
         c. Make sure that you have put in your grade (in percentage) for each class this week.
         d. Make sure that you have formatted the cells as directed in the video (using wrap text and centering)
    2. Complete 10 minutes a day in Typing Club (50 minutes total for the week)
         a. You can track your progress by clicking on Stats on your dashboard (your home page of Typing Club). You can track           daily and weekly progress. Please be sure to look at the "typing" time. If you are unsure, type a few minutes extra each         day.  It only records the time that you are actually typing and not the amount of time that you are on the website.
         b. You can work in any area within Typing Club.
    3. Complete in GMetrix the Selected Response Test 1 Training in training mode (this will be the 2nd time you have done this). I will post the video in my Google Classroom showing how to do this for those of you that missed it. ****Please make sure you are understanding the correct answers because next week we will be doing this in testing mode.
         a. You must score 90% or higher to receive credit.
              i. There is no excuse for less than this due to the program GIVES you the answer if you get it wrong. You can click the            back button and correct you answer before moving forward.
         b. Make sure that you watch the video if you are unsure how to access GMetrix or what test to take. You can ONLY do the       Selected Response Test on a Chromebook.
              i. Open a new tab in Goggle Chrome
              ii. Type gmetrix.net in the URL box
              iii. Login using your 8 digit number first and last initial for your username; 8 digit first and last initial and the number              1 for your password (same login as in class)
              iv. Click on Start a New Test
              v. Click on Office 2019 and then Excel
              vi. Choose Selected Response Test 1 and choose training mode
    4. Complete Beaver Achiever - Sequencing and Simple Loops (20 Challenges). This is block coding. I will post a video in my Google Classroom showing you how to work with block coding.  These challenges are designed for grades 1-2, so you should not have too much trouble with it.

    You can work at any pace on these assignments. Please make sure they are all done by 11:59 pm on Friday.  I will be putting grades in during the week and over the weekend so that you can track your progress. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.

     

    4/6 - This week students will complete 50 minutes of typing at Typing Club.  They will also complete this weeks grades for their FOCUS Spreadsheet (not due until May 1). They will also complete Code Monkey - Dodo Does Math - Multiplication.  I have posted videos for all assignments in my Google Classroom.

     

    4/3 - Parents and students - I have placed a survey on my Google Classroom regarding what type of device you are using.  I have had many studnets claim they can not get into GMetrix from a ChromeBook for the assignment.  I have tested this (along with the other 8th grade compter teacher) and know that students can acccess the assignment. Students are not reading everything posted, or not following directions correctly to access assignments.  I have extended the due date of the GMetrix assignment to Monday (4/6) at midnight, but will not extend it any further.  

     

    4/3 - I have received some emails that students are having trouble with GMetrix. Please note that you must open a new tab in Chrome (on a Windows based device - including ChromeBook). Type gmetrix.net into the URL box. Log in manually using your 8 digit number first/last initial (same as always) for username, and 8 digit number first/last initial and the number 1 (as always) for password. Once you are logged in, you can ONLY do the "Selected Response Test" You can not to the Skill Review or Core Practice Exam. I am only assigning the Selected Response Test as that is 100% web based and does not require any download.

    ***The due date for the GMetrix assignment has been extended to Monday 4/6 at midnight.

     

    4/2 - Reminder that you must have AT LEAST 50 minutes of typing done for this week by 5 pm tomorrow.  You also need to have the GMetrix assignment done by 5 pm tomorrow.

    Some of you have had troubles logging into GMetrix from the ChromeBooks.  Please try opening a new tab and typing gmetrix.net into the URL (or follow the link I recently posted in Google Classroom).  I apologize for the confusion, but due to us not ever using the Chromebooks, there are things that I am learning as we go too. It is my understanding that when you tried going through Classlink, it was using wrong usernames and passwords to try and log into Gmetrix.  Hopefully this will be the fix. :) 

    I will be posting a copy of our Focus Spreadsheet in Google Classroom with instructions on how to complete it and turn it in.  It will be due monthly just as before - so you will only have to do April (possibly May) this way.

    I hope that you all are well and finding things to do to keep you busy. I will also open Code Monkey - Coding Adventures II for those that would like to keep moving on the CoffeeScript coding.  ****Please note this is NOT required, and you will need to do some self teaching to achieve 3 stars.

     

     

    3/31 - Good morning everyone! I have assigned a GMetrix training that is due on Friday. Please make sure that you watch the video to know how to access the Training and what Training you are to complete.

    Make sure that you spend 10 minutes typing today!

     

    3/30 - Good morning students and parents! Please note that I have been working with Remind to get my classes to populate, but with all teachers using Remind, I don't want to add to the many text messages you are receiving from multiple teachers.  I will post assignments and expectations both here on my website, as well as in Google Classroom for each period.

    We will continue to use GMetrix (modified web based - so no need for any download), and our Focus Spreadsheet (I will post a video on how you can access your P drive - for those that do not know how to access this drive).  We will have some fun and easy Code Monkey assignments using Block coding. I will also have a couple of Excel assignments that will be turned in via Google Classroom.

    If you have any problems or questions, my office hours will be:
    Monday -> 7 am - 11 am
    Tuesday -> 8 am - 12 noon
    Wednesday -> 4pm - 8 pm
    Thursday -> 4 pm - 8 pm
    Friday -> 11 am - 3 pm

    This means that I will be available via email for parents or students.  Please make sure that if you send an email from FOCUS, that you have a valid email address for me to respond to. I will respond as soon as I have an answer for you during my office hours.  If you send an email BEFORE or AFTER my office hours, I will respond with one day.

    For those of you that would like to continue in GMetrix on your certification, I will post a video on how to download Office 2019 and GMetrix to a Windows based PC or laptop. If you have a MacBook or Chromebook, you will not be able to download the Office 2019 programs.

     

     

    3/29 - Please see Google Classroom for instructions to download Office 2019 and GMetrix.  ***Not required for assignments, but available for those that would like a free install of Office 2019 and/or would like to continue practicing for certification.

     

    3/25 - Good day students and parents! I have set up Google Classroom for all of my classes and sent an invite to your email. If you do not have email access, here are the class codes for each period.

    Goggle Classroom Codes

    Period 2 - ufpcfbu

    Period 3 - j4azmgw

    Period 4 - xazhwoh

    Period 5 - gyf34pr

    Period 6 - 4ypcjqo

    Period 7 - irf5bmn 

    Please take a moment and sign into Google Classroom for your daily/weekly assignments.

    You are welcome to continue to work in Typing Club (pcm.typingclub.com) as this will be part of your daily assignment.