• 5 System 44

    Instructor: Gazda, M.

    For instruction in this class, your child will be using the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt program, System 44.

    System 44™ is designed for daily use by a small class (10-12 students), with students rotating between the Software and Small-Group Differentiated instruction or modeled & independent reading. The program can be used effectively during a regular class period. Students alternate between small-group differentiation and modeled/independent reading.

    Whole-Group Instruction
    Small-Group Rotations                                                                            
    System 44 is a foundational reading and phonics program designed for our most challenged, struggling readers in Grades 5 - 8. Intentionally metacognitive, System 44 helps students understand that the English language is a finite system of 44 sounds and 26 letters that can be mastered. The program invites students to “crack the code” and join the community of readers, and provides educators with a comprehensive set of tools to meet this challenge:
    ·        Validated assessment for screening and placement
    ·        Research-based phonics instruction
    ·        Highly motivating and age-appropriate adaptive technology
    System 44 invites students to crack the code and master the 44 sounds and 26 letters that make up the English language.
    The student’s lesson consists of whole group instruction, small group instruction/modeled and independent reading and instructional software.
    ·         Whole group instruction revolves around phonics, vocabulary, word strategy, reading skills
    ·         Small group instruction/ modeled independent reading provides direct instruction and practice with the 44 Book, Decodable Digest and System 44 library. Reports and student work are used to regroup and differentiate.
    ·         Students use the System 44 software for at least twenty minutes per day. This is an individualized instruction.  The software has four components: The Code, Word Strategies, Sight Words and Success. You can view all of the components at 


    System 44 has a family portal for you to access


    If you have any further questions about your student's education, please contact me.

    Thank you for your interest in the program and your student's education.  It means everything.  I look forward to being your partner on this journey.

    Mary Gazda


  • Readiness Roadmap for Parents

    This is an excellent site to help you prepare your child for learning and growth.  It addresses questions you might have regarding educational and social-emotional growth. http://bealearninghero.org/readinessroadmap?utm_source=PARCC+Updates+4-30-16&utm_campaign=PARCCOnline.org&utm_medium=email Let me know what you think.

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  • Parent PARCC Checklist

    Access the article here  http://parcconline.org/images/Parent_PARCC_Checklist.pdf?utm_source=PARCC+Updates+4-2-16&utm_campaign=PARCCOnline.org&utm_medium=email     or read below. PARCC Parent Checklist: 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD  FIND OUT THE FACTS. To start, students will take the test sometime between March 7 and June 10 (check with your child’s school for exact dates) and it will be broken down into three to four units in each subject. Students will typically take one or two units on any given day. Depending on the grade level and subject, students will have up to 110 minutes to complete each unit, though many will finish in much less time. In 2014, students took a field test to determine how much time was needed to finish each section. Once that time was determined, additional time was added to ensure all students had ample time. For more information about the PARCC test, visit http://bealearninghero.org/classroom/parcc and talk to your child’s principal and teachers.  TAKE A LOOK AT THE PRACTICE TEST. This will help you better understand how the test is aligned to classroom work and see the types of reading, math and writing questions your child will be answering. You may want to walk through the test with your child to help familiarize him or her with the test format and features and answer any questions. To see a practice test, visit http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/. You can also see questions from last year’s PARCC test at https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parccreleased-items.  KNOW WHAT YOUR CHILD SHOULD BE LEARNING IN ENGLISH AND MATH. To find out the learning expectations of your child’s grade level in both subjects, take a look at the PTA Parents’ Guide to Success at http://www.pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2909&navItemNumber=4065 which gives descriptions of the skills and knowledge your child is expected to gain every year. You can also see samples of what your child’s writing should look like in every grade at http://raisethe

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  • System 44 available at home for iPads

    System 44 Mobile Access The System 44 app is available to all students with active program log-ins. Students may access the student software on an iPad by downloading and configuring the apps. Downloading and Configuring System 44 To download and access the app, devices must meet the following requirements: • iPad 2 or later • iOS 7 or later  When these requirements are met, the app may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store. System 44 Mobile Access Updated 08.26.15 • 2 © Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company PDF0909 (PDF) Configuring System 44 Prior to the first launch of the app, tap the Settings icon on the iPad Home Screen. Tap the System 44 link from the Settings menu. In the SAM URL field, enter the host ID. The host ID is the number that starts with h1 followed by eight digits in the SAM Server URL: • SAM Server URL: http://h100000000.education.scholastic.com/ScholasticCentral • Host ID: h100000000 SAM Server URL information is also available from the district SAM administrator. Press the Home button to return to the iPad Home Screen. Tap the app to open it and move to the program’s login screen. Mobile Device Functionality Most programs functions identically on a workstation or mobile device, with the exception that users tap buttons and links on the user interface, rather than use a mouse or pointer as they do on workstations. Guided Access Guided Access is an iOS function that allows users to modify their device settings. Teachers and administrators may use Guided Access to control which iPad functions and buttons are enabled or disabled for student use. This may be useful for teachers with young students who may accidentally tap the iPad Home button during interactions with the Screener or Software. For more information on accessing and using Guided Access, see the iPad User Guide available at…

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