The 2006-2007 school year is off to a great start! We have nearly 900 students in iQ Academies at Wisconsin this year and we have implemented many new programs this fall with even more to come. New programs and tools this year include a revised, multimedia orientation course, an online pace chart tool, an online resource center for students during the first three weeks of school, Junior and Senior meetings with our school counselor, and iQ e-mail accounts for parents.
As the school year progresses, it is important that students actively participate in each class every week. In general, students should plan on at least one hour of study per day or five hours per week for each of their classes. (More challenging courses will require more time.) Good learning takes place over time so we expect students to participate in each of their classes at least twice every week. Encourage your child to participate in Elluminate sessions and/or to view the archived sessions.
You can help insure your student’s success by reviewing pace charts with your student, checking their progress using the observer user name and password to determine whether s/he is on pace, and by checking your iQ e-mail at least once every week. We will be sending regular progress reports throughout the semester. Progress reports alert parents to areas where students are falling behind or are having academic difficulties. I encourage you to contact your child’s teachers any time you have a question or concern.
In the near future, we will be launching an online Parent Resource Center featuring an iQA directory of students and families as well as links to iQ resources and information (including our e-newsletter). The Parent Resource Center will be another tool to help us all work towards student success.
Best wishes for a great year of learning!