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Here is a list of additional resources for our families. These items will also be added to our main resource page at https://www.fmcsd.org/online-resources-for-reinforcement-enrichment/
Lightbox offers over 1000 PreK-12 titles in science, social studies, language art, math and more. AV2 World Languages features high interest titles in 10 different languages with full audio support.
Junior Library Guild Free Resources
****THESE RESOURCES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR K-5
Hypertherm Topics include computer numerical controls (CNC), torch height controls (THC), and more cutting related subjects.
stories.audible.com – free stories on audible for students k-12 all languages
Dig Into Mining – Give students a deeper understanding of how STEM and analytical skills are used to solve real-world problems in today’s mining industry by using these unique and engaging digital explorations
GFC Global Tutorials to use to broaden and sharpen computer skills. Tutorials for various computer skills.
Iowa Courts Great overview of the Iowa court system
MyFICO This website explains what the FICO credit score number means. Many people are very concerned with the layoffs how their credit score number will be affected when they can’t make payments in a timely manner.
Intro to Business This video discusses Productivity. Students had just read about productivity the last time we were together and learned about common ways to measure productivity. This video explains productivity more to help us understand how it is critical to our Market economy.
Hello, FMCSD Families:
We have now finished the second week of the temporary COVID-19 shut down. FMCSD staff and I hope that all families are staying healthy. We all continue to think of you and our students.
School Schedules: As of now, school is still scheduled to resume on April 14, 2020. Monday, April 13 was already a regularly scheduled Professional Development day for teachers. I will provide you any updates or changes as they become available.
Learning Resources: Online resource options for students in grades K-12 are on the district website. You will find a link on the front page or can go directly to https://www.fmcsd.org/online-resources-for-reinforcement-enrichment/. These links were recommended by classroom teachers and are to provide activities for enrichment and reinforcement for students. Just as a reminder, these resources are not intended for new instruction and are completely optional. More resources will be added periodically.
Buildings: School buildings continued to be closed. Teachers and administrators have been working from home and Central Office implemented additional social distancing measures this week. The building is now closed to the public. If you have a need to contact someone at the district office, please call (319) 372-7252. When you press Option 4 following the greeting, you will be able to leave a message. Voice mail messages will be retrieved periodically and forwarded to the appropriate person.
Meals: A huge thank you to our food service staff who have been working hard preparing meals for kids each day. A huge thank you to the many volunteer teachers, associates, secretaries, administrators and everyone that have handed out meals. We have provided 3,708 meals these first two weeks of shut down. We have 10 different pick up sites: Lincoln, Richardson, FMMS, FMHS, Central Office, West Point Square, Star Park in Denmark, Ivanhoe Apartments, Old Settlers Park and Victory Park from 11-11:30 M-F. These are FREE for any child ages 1-18. Each day, a lunch and a breakfast for the following morning is provided. You do NOT need to sign up. It is NOT based on income. Please spread the word so we can help any and all families!
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions at email@example.com
Thinking of you,
Dr. Erin Slater, Superintendent of Schools
To get your student up and running on their chromebook; do the following:
- Connect the chromebook to your wireless internet.
- Click on the wireless network icon in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
- Select your home network
- enter the password and click connect.
- Sign in using their school provided google credentials.
- Click on add person in the lower left hand corner
- follow the instructions below:
We sent an email on Friday 3/20 regarding login credentials. Please review that email to find out what the format of student's username is.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help beyond with the login.
Some Devices Might Show Wear
These loaner devices are from the 8th grade class and are nearing the end of their lifecycle. As such, they are not in pristine condition and may show some wear and tear. Some might be missing a non-essential key and/or might require staying on the charger to operate.
To connect tablets to your home Wi-Fi do the following:
1. Tap the All Apps button on the home screen. It should be bottom center of the screen. A circle with dots in it.
2. Open the settings app.
3. Select Wi-Fi from the settings menu.
4. If prompted for an administrator code use: 4707040
5. Select your Wi-Fi network and enter the password. Then press connect.
These tablets are previously from grade 1 and 2 classrooms and are locked down to prevent new apps from being installed. The apps on them are whatever the previous classroom teachers last had installed and may not all work. Rather than focusing on the apps on the device teachers have compiled a list of online resources that can be used through the web browser.
Here are some online resources your child can explore with their tablet/chromebook:
Please understand that there are many more wonderful companies offering free resources or waving / reducing fees. This list is by no means comprehensive.
Phone and Internet:
- T-Mobile is offering all current customers unlimited data and waiving late fees for next 30-60 days
- Mint Mobile: New and existing customers can get Unlimited 4G LTE Data for free. Click here for more details
- AT&T: AT&T is suspending broadband data caps for home internet customers. You can read more here. They’re also waiving late fees for next 30-60 days. They’ll also provide free access to its public WiFi hot spots.
- Sprint is offering unlimited data for all users and waiving late fees for next 30-60 days
- Verizon: Verizon will waive late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by global crisis. More here
- Enterprise will waive underage fees for college students age 18-24. here are more details
- Planet Fitness is offering Free in-home workouts for everyone. Workouts will be led by trainers and surprise celebrity guests. If you miss the live class, you can come back and watch it later.
- Peleton is offering an extended 90-day free trial to its at-home workouts application during the quarantine. The in-app workouts don’t require you own any Peloton equipment, and include yoga, HIIT, stretching, and other categories. Download the Peleton app for free in the App Store or Play Store.
- Apple Card holders will be allowed to skip their March payment without incurring interest by signing up for a Customer Assistance Program, Apple is informing its customers. To join the Customer Assistance Program, Apple Card customers can call an Apple support rep directly through the Apple Wallet app and ask to be added. Click here for more details
- American Express will waive 2 months of payments without charging penalties or interest. However, if you use this benefit, you won’t be able to use that credit card or points until you opt out. Click here for more info or to sign up for their hardship program
- Chase, and other banks will offer 60 days of no late fees or interest for those impacted by the quarantine, call your bank to find out if you are eligible and what terms will apply.
- Some leasing companies are offering to push off payments for 1 to 3 months. In return, they’ll extend your lease by that amount of time and have you pay regular payments then, essentially giving you an extra 1 to 3 months for free. Your max miles for the lease though will remain the same. Contact your auto see what they’re offering.
- Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners get free On-Star and free in vehicle internet
- Many states (New York included) and mortgage companies are offering 1 to 6 months of no mortgage payment requirements. Contact your mortgage provider to see what they’re offering and if you qualify.
Food / Misc:
- Starbucks will give a free tall hot or iced brewed coffee to anyone that identifies themselves as a front line responder from today through May 3rd
- Crocs will be giving out 10,000 pairs of their shoes for FREE starting 3/26 12pm EST to healthcare workers. here is more info
- CVS and Walgreens: Both CVS and Walgreens will waive charges for home delivery of prescription medicines
News Publications that are removing their paywalls:
- The New York Times
- Wall Street Journal
- The Washington Post
- The Los Angeles Times
- The Guardian
- AP News
- The Athletic
Master List of Educational and Fun Resources
- Scholastic has setup a “learn from home” website which will offer free daily courses for kids stuck at home because of school cancellations. You can click here for more info or to sign up.
- Free Early Learning Academy for Kids from Pre-K to 2nd Grade. Use Promo Code: SCHOOL7771 or AOFLUNICEF
- Free Access to Reading IQ for Kids in Preschool through 6th Grade. Use Promo Code: SCHOOL7771 or AOFLUNICEF
- Free Access to Academic Adventures for Kids in 3rd grade thru 8th grade. Use Promo Code: SCHOOL7771 or AOFLUNICEF
- Prodigy Math has free video game style math learning and questions. Click here
- Free access for 30 days that will be extended as long as schools are still closed
- Hundreds of printable educational worksheets for free. Click here
- The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/
- Tour Yellowstone National Park! https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
- Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover. https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/
- This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. https://www.farmfood360.ca/
- Indoor Activities for busy toddlers https://busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/
- Play games and learn all about animals https://switchzoo.com/
- Play with fave show characters and learn too https://pbskids.org/
- Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip. https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
- This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life. https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china
- Math and Reading games https://www.funbrain.com/
- Phonics skills https://www.starfall.com/h/
- Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss https://www.seussville.com/
- 300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/
- Geography and animals https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
- Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry http://www.mathscore.com/
- Fave kids books read by famous people https://www.storylineonline.net/
- Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc, https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/
- High school chemistry topics https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/articles-by-topic.html
- Math and reading games https://www.abcya.com/
- Math and language games https://www.arcademics.com/
- Hands on Elem science videos https://www.backpacksciences.com/science-simplified
- Voice based learning… learn through Alexa https://bamboolearning.com/resources
- Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities https://www.highlightskids.com/
- ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn. https://clickschooling.com/
- Math as a fun part of your daily family routine http://bedtimemath.org/
- Games to get “into the book” https://reading.ecb.org/
- Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive
- Biology https://www.biologysimulations.com/
- Elem Math through 6th grade https://boddlelearning.com/
- Educational games K-12 https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome
- Digital archive of history https://www.bunkhistory.org/
- Test Prep for SAT, ACT, etc. https://www.bwseducationconsulting.com/handouts.php
- Geometry https://www.canfigureit.com/
- Resources for Spanish practice https://www.difusion.com/campus/
- Music is for everyone https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments
- Science, Math, Social Studies https://www.ck12.org/student/
- Grammar practice for middle grades https://www.classroomcereal.com/
- Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home.http://www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog/
- Chemistry https://www.playmadagames.com/
- Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions. https://www.commonlit.org/
- Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin. https://conjuguemos.com/
- 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world. https://www.countryreports.org/
- K-5th Science lessons https://mysteryscience.com/
- Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies https://www.coursera.org/
- Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish) https://www.curriculumassociates.com/supporting-students-away-from-school
- Digital learning content for preschool through high school https://www.curriki.org/
- A wide range of math content from middle school through AP Calculus. https://deltamath.com/overview
- Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
- 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet. bit.ly/freemakerstations
- Classes for older teens or adults https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/lp/t1/freemo
- Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses. http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/
- Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects. https://dogonalogbooks.com/printables/
- K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them. https://www.dreambox.com/at-home
- Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game. https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/
- Higher level math series… online video series with detailed solutions to more than a thousand publicly-released College Board SAT Math, Subject Test Math Level 1, and Subject Test Math Level 2 problems.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQoCpvYRYRkRRvsObOPHaA?reload=9
- Foreign languages https://www.duolingo.com/
- Interactive video earth science based curriculum supplement. https://www.everyday-earth.com/
- A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering — free 24/7 access
- Username: read
- Password: read
- Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides! https://app.fiveable.me/
- Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8. https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/
- Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. https://www.gonoodle.com/
- 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas https://hippocampus.org/
- Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas https://www.carmensandiego.com/resources/
- Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors https://www.hmhco.com/math-at-work
- Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects https://www.izzit.org/index.php
- Online education program for toddler through high school… https://www.khanacademy.org/
- Free Printables for PreK-2nd Grade https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Literacy-With-The-Littles/Price-Range/Free
- Free printables library with activities for children 0-6 https://www.littlesparkcompany.com/printables-library
- Free at-home kids yoga lesson plan s https://littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/
- Magic Spell is a carefully crafted spelling adventure. https://brainbox.games/
- Resources for AP students https://marcolearning.com/
- Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college. https://www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php
- Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources https://www.mathplayground.com/
- Poetry and music https://www.thewell.world/mindful-music/mindful-poetry-moments
- 3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects https://www.instructables.com/member/EdgertonCenter/instructables/
- Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators. https://www.musictheory.net/
- Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance https://www.ngpf.org/
- Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world. https://www.nitrotype.com/
- Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science. https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library
- Online curriculum that builds better writers. https://www.noredink.com/
- 80+ do at home science activities https://elementalscience.com/blogs/news/80-free-science-activities
- Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own https://www.superchargedschool.com/
- Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8 https://www.scootpad.com/
- Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice. https://noveleffect.com/
- Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up https://www.kiwico.com/kids-at-home
- Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial http://www.paragraphpunch.com/
- PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
- Curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. https://pebblego.com/free-pebblego-capstone-interactive-access-school-closures
- Science and math labs and simulations https://phet.colorado.edu/
- An online physics problem and video bank designed for conceptual, standard, honors or AP1 physics. https://www.positivephysics.org/home
- Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free https://prodigiesmusic.com/
- Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12 https://www.projectexplorer.org/
- QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home https://www.quavermusic.com/info/at-home-resources/
- For students to practice and master whatever they are learning. https://quizlet.com/
- ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12. https://www.readworks.org/
- Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students https://marketplace.mythinkscape.com/store/redtkids
- Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology https://sepuplhs.org/
- The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts. https://www.shurley.com/
- Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises. https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/
- Music practice transformed https://www.smartmusic.com/
- Spellingcity is free right now with code VSCFree90 https://www.spellingcity.com/
- Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout. https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts
- A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials. https://learn.concord.org/
- Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography—all in one easy-to-use, beautiful course. https://www.goodandbeautiful.com/
- At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play. https://www.theottoolbox.com/
- Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access https://sciencespot.net/Pages/classhome.html
- Keyboarding practice https://www.typingclub.com/ or https://www.typing.com/
- Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems. https://www.tytoonline.com/
- Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions. http://wonderopolis.org/
- Math practice https://xtramath.org/#/home/index
- K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students https://www.zearn.org/
- A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn.
- Preschool through 8th grade https://abetterwaytohomeschool.com/learning-at-home-everything-you-need-in-one-place.html
- Spelling 1-4 grade https://www.spellingtraining.com/
- 2,500+ online courses from top institutions https://www.edx.org/
- 22 languages to learn https://www.memrise.com/
- Miscellaneous games for all subjects k-8 https://www.funbrain.com/
- Phonics and learning to read https://readingeggs.com/
- PreK – 5 games for all subjects https://www.turtlediary.com/
- Online digital coloring pages https://www.thecolor.com/
- Phonics worksheets for kids https://www.funfonix.com/
- Free stories online ages 3-12 https://www.freechildrenstories.com/
- National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html
- Learn all about earthquakes https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/
- Learn all about the periodic table https://www.chemicool.com/
- Farmer’s almanac for kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc. https://www.almanac.com/kids
- Guide to gardening for kids https://web.extension.illinois.edu/firstgarden/
- Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others https://www.mangahigh.com/en-us/
- Space science for kiddos https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
- Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders https://www.mathplayground.com/
- Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time. https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
- NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html
- News and more for kids https://www.youngzine.org/
- Randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters https://thestorystarter.com/
- Immerse yourself in cryptography https://www.cryptoclub.org/
- Math games galore https://gridclub.com/
- Experiments that you can do at home https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/
- An interactive way to learn history https://www.mission-us.org/
- Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way. https://thehappyscientist.com/
- Interactive games based on the book series https://www.magictreehouse.com/
- Work on the 8 parts of speech https://www.grammaropolis.com/
- Learn all about cells https://www.cellsalive.com/
- All sorts of learning here if you dig in https://www.google.com/earth/
- Scratch draws students of all types into coding and lays a foundation for future learning. https://scratch.mit.edu/
- A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/
- Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are. https://www.geoguessr.com/
- Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history. http://www.whatwasthere.com//
- Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun. https://www.numberphile.com/
- A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways. https://human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=/dashboard
- Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art. https://artsology.com/
- Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos. https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/
- Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids. http://www.preschoolexpress.com/
- A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students https://www.songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm
- Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents. https://supersimple.com/
- Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills. https://www.overcomingobstacles.org/
- Coding for ages 4-10 https://www.kodable.com/
- No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen https://www.si.edu/kids
- Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body. https://www.coolkidfacts.com/
- This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin. https://bensguide.gpo.gov/
- This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/
- Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more. https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/
- Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby. https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids
- From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather. http://www.weatherwizkids.com/
- Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design. http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/
- This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/
- Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable. https://www.brainscape.com/
- The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory. https://trainer.thetamusic.com/en
- Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management. https://www.teachbanzai.com/
- Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body.https://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html
- Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high-performing students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities https://artofproblemsolving.com/alcumus
- Find and fix learning gaps https://www.mobymax.com/
- Algebra games for kids https://www.dragonboxapp.com/
- Fractions practice http://www.mathchimp.com/freddysfractions.php
- Education for kids all topics https://www.ducksters.com
- Math and logic problems for ages 5 and up to adult https://www.aplusclick.org/
- Science podcasts to listen to with your kids https://medium.com/kidslisten/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-listen-to-with-kids-6fe46ac506b8#.rb23iuaw6
- Alaskan Wildlife cams http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewing.webcams
- Coding with Star Wars https://code.org/starwars
- Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun https://www.crazygames.com/
- Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children https://www.funology.com/
- Amphibian unit studies https://premeditatedleftovers.com/naturally-frugal-mom/amphibians-unit-study-resources/
- Engineering challenges with things you have at home https://thehomeschoolscientist.com/paper-structures-engineering-challenge/
- Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000+ https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/
- Toddler and preschool age ideas https://preschoolinspirations.com/
- Free science lessons during school closures. Click here
- Duolingo: Learn a new language for free! Click here
- Click here for a bunch more educational offers for kids when they’re off from school
- LinkedIn is offering several very informative courses for free. Courses on time management, productivity tips, managing stress, learning various video platforms and software & more!
- Adobe is offering free Creative Cloud apps and conferencing.
- U-Haul is offering college students 30 days of free storage.
- Amazon is offering 2 Months of Kindle Unlimited for Free! Previous Members are Eligible Too
- Amazon is also offering kids shows videos for free
- NFL will offer fans free access to NFL Game Pass for the next 2 months! Click here
- NBA League Pass will be offered for free thru April 22nd. Click here
- Get your kids listening to various stories for free via Audible Stories
- Resource of learning materials and work sheets on Google Drive
- Various arts and crafts, lessons and more for free from Crayola
- Jamm is a video call platform that’s offering 4 months for free
- MeeroDrop is a visual content sharing site that’s now offering large file transfers for free. You’ll be able to access these files for 3 months for free.
Visit https://www.fmcsd.org/covid-19 for more information.
Update 2: 3/23/2020: We have received a lot of requests from families who did not initially sign up to receive a Chromebook and are running out of available devices. The links to the forms have been disabled so we can evaluate how many more devices we need.
Update 3/23/2020: If you signed up to receive a Chromebook but were not able to go to the High School on Friday, please call 319.372.7252 to schedule a pick-up from Central Office.
PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Due to the increasing spread of Covid-19 we will hand out devices today Friday 3/20/2020 starting at noon rather than next week. See below for the time slots.
Please remember to only sign up for a device if you absolutely need one.
You may only pick up a device if you filled the Loan Agreement as well as the Chromebook Loaning Sheet (both below) before you arrive. Many of you filled out the interest survey yesterday, that form does not guarantee that you can pick up a device, it was only used for us to figure out what kind of interest there was in obtaining a device.
When Do I Pick Up The Device
K & 1
12:00PM – 12:45PM
2 & 3
12:45PM – 01:30PM
4 & 5
1:30PM – 02:15PM
6 & 7
02:15PM – 03:00PM
03:00PM – 04:00PM
What Do I Need To Do Prior To Pickup
Read and review the Chromebook Care and Use Policy Guide first.
Second, review the Acceptable Use Policy
Third, please visit
https://signnow.com/s/vFeSEkxMto sign the loan agreement electronically. We will not be accepting paper copies during checkout. You must have this document signed and submitted before picking up your student’s device.
Lastly, let us know that you are requesting a Chromebook by filling out the form below. You must also have this form filled out before picking up your student’s device.
Where Can I Pick Up The Device
Pickup will be at the Fort Madison High School circle drive.
- Remember that you must have both forms filled out and submitted ONLINE before you can pick up a device.
- When you arrive please pull all the way to the end of the circle drive so we know who to deliver to next.
- Please keep the line moving as other cars leave.
- Call 319.372.1862 and let us know you are picking up a device
- If you cannot get through you may send a text message to 319.382.7273
- Let us know what car you are in
- grade level and name of student
- Remain in your car unless you are unable to reach us via phone or text
- Only if absolutely necessary
- You may walk to the table set up outside the front door if you cannot reach us via phone or text
- Remember to keep at least six feet distance between you and other people
- We will walk the device and charger to your car and hand it through the passenger side window.
- You do not need to sign anything, as all forms should have been done online.
- Please be careful exiting the circle drive.
Activity / Athletics Updates
This message is being sent on behalf of the Iowa high school Unified Activities partners: the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa High School Music Association, and the Iowa High School Speech Association.
Below is a link to a release on spring activities and sports being suspended through Gov. Kim Reynolds’ recommended school closures of four weeks. More information and schedule updates will be provided as they become available from each of the activity organizations.
If you have issues accessing or sharing the link, it is also viewable through the NEWS tab at www.iahsaa.org.
Visit https://www.fmcsd.org/covid-19 for more information.
All athletics/activities have been put on hold. We are currently waiting on direction from our state associations. Once we've been given information, we will share it with each of you. In the meantime, all practices/events/meetings/etc. have been postponed.
Thanks for your support and patience during this time.
Food Service Updates
Fort Madison Community School District will be providing free lunch and breakfast to children ages 1-18.
Beginning on Thursday, March 19, families may pick up bagged meals at one of 10 locations across the district. Please complete the attached form indicating how many meals your family needs and your preferred pick up location.
Meals will include cold lunch items as well as breakfast items for the next day and may be picked up between 11:00-11:30 at any of the following locations:
- Lincoln Elementary, 1326 Ave. E
- Richardson Elementary, 3301 Ave. L
- Ft. Madison Middle School, 502 48th St.
- Ft. Madison High School, 2001 Ave. B
- Ft. Madison Central Office, 1930 Ave. M
- Ivanhoe Apartments, 48th St. and Ave. J
- Victory Park, 23rd St. and Ave. G
- Old Settler's Park, 4th St. and Ave. F
- West Point Square, 4th St. and Eve. E, West Point
- Star Park, Hwy 16, Denmark
If you have questions or require additional assistance, please call 319-372-7252.
Statement by Gov. Reynolds
Letter from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Community Members:
As a school district, we have been closely monitoring the news and best practices regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). At the direction of Governor Kim Reynolds, this evening, she is recommending schools in Iowa must close for four weeks. This closure will begin tomorrow, March 16, 2020.
The closure affects all school programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events.
District teachers and staff have been considering e-learning plans for our students. Your teachers will be providing more information later this week. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s building principal. We understand we have some challenges regarding internet access in our community and we are trying to determine a viable solution.
More details on possible breakfast and lunch services will be provided in the coming days.
The coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to speak to your child about the following prevention measures:
Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. Some people with coronavirus have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia.
Individuals who need medical care should call their medical providers to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.
Parents of students exhibiting flu-like symptoms or staff exhibiting flu-like symptoms are asked to contact the Lee County Health Department.
Please know that my heart is with you. I know the days ahead will be challenging for you and your family. We will do our absolute best to rise to the occasion and try to assist you in finding solutions going forward.
Dr. Erin Slater