The End of the School Year is approaching fast. I have some end of the year notices, events, and procedures that you may be interested in.
I will continue to post any additional information concerning the End of the School Year as the information becomes available.
We have been making several changes to the website, so I wanted to share some of the things you can find on here. We have LOTS of resources that can help you and your child.
One of the newest resources that I liated is on the blue bar at the top of our site. It's a link for Spelling City for our Reading Wonders spelling words. When you click on that link. Go to your child's grade level and click on the link that says "2014 Reading Wonders/On Level Spelling." It will give you a list of the Lessons that we have throughout the year. http://www.spellingcity.com/reading-wonders.html
We have tons of other resources listed under the link at the top of the page that says "academics." There should be something here for children of all ages. https://www.stmaryk12.net/domain/242
Finally, if you look under the "Faculty" tab, each grade level has a page. Within the grade level pages, each teacher has linked some of their favorite websites. In many cases, the teachers have put links to the same webpages and resources that they are using in the classroom. Faculty Link
There are many more resources on our website for both parents and teachers. When you get a chance I hope you take the time to explore the links. Any questions you have about our website can be directed to our webmaster.
School Report Cards have been released, and M. E. Norman Elementary has earned the grade of "A", with a school performance score of 101.5. Congratulations to the administrators, the faculty, and mostly the hard-working students and parents of TEAM Norman! Your hard work, effort, and persistence is appreciated! If you would like to view our school report card, it can be viewed here: SPS Score
For Students: "Summertime is always the best of what might be." -Charles Bowden
For Staff: "There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart." -Celia Thaxter
The Pew Research Center has created a quiz to measure what people know about basic online issues. Before you read any further, I invite you to take the quiz yourself: http://www.pewinternet.org/quiz/cybersecurity-knowledge/ (By the way, we've talked about all of these issues as part of this CyberSafe blog.)
This quiz points out how complicated cybersecurity is. Only 20% of the initial 1055 respondents answered more than 8 of the 13 questions correctly, and only 1% received a perfect score.
According to the survey's initial results, most people could recognize that a strong password includes upper and lower case letters, numerals, and does not contain a word in the dictionary. Likewise, most people know that public WiFi--even when it is password protected--is not safe for sensitive activities like banking.
So, where are the gaps in our knowledge?
Equally concerning, a significant number of respondents answered "not sure" to many questions. More than 50% of respondents were "not sure" about the private browsing questions and the "https://" question, and 70% or more were not sure what a botnet or a VPN connection could do.
Is there a difference in responses based on age or education? Yes, those who had higher levels of education did slightly better on the quiz. However, on several questions, users aged 65 and older were just as knowledgeable as those ages 18-29. In fact, 18-to 29-year olds answered 6 out of 13 questions correctly, while those 65 or older answered 5 out of 13 correct answers.