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  • Writer's pictureLeAnne Wagner

Welcome to Week 1

Welcome back!!

After all of the meetings, preparations, hours in your classroom, we are ready to welcome our scholars to the building. The first day of school has always been a special day. A day filled with unlimited potential. The beginning of a journey for all of our scholars. A day filled with so many "feels"; excitement, wonder, joy, anticipation and possibly some who are anxious and unsure. You, as teachers, create a warm, inviting atmosphere so that our scholars will be comfortable and secure in the fact that they have people who care for them in their corner. That is a role to cherish and to celebrate. Thank you for all that you do and I want to wish you all a great start to a new year.

This is also a beginning of a new journey for Catalyst Schools, one that includes a full implementation of Illuminate. This, too, can cause some anxiety and nervousness as it is a change to the way we have done things in the past. I want to assure you that we are ready for this challenge and I know that we have plenty of supports in place to make this shift as comfortable and seamless as possible.

Where can you go for help?

  • Visit the teacher portal for a number of tutorials on Illuminate

  • Visit the ROCKITS Kb for several HOW TO documents

  • Call Illuminate Help Desk at 949-242-0343. For a question about assessments, choose 1 and for Student Information, choose 2.

  • Seek out a System Administrator (Erika Whitehead, Carol Maldonado, Roxanne Ramirez and LeAnne Wagner) or simply put a ticket in and let us know what you need.

It is important to understand that you are not on your own--we are here to support and educate and we look forward to helping you impact your scholars by getting the "whole picture" through Illuminate.

A few things to get you started on the right track:

Most of you have your gradebooks set up or are in the process of doing so. Here are some help docs to aid in that process.

First day needs:

And some help with the new Interactive Whiteboards:

I hope that these resources will help to get your school year off to a good start. Please don't hesitate to reach out for anything you need. We are here to support you.

This space will serve as a way to stay in touch, share information, helpful tips and support throughout the year.

Good Luck and Have a Great First Day!!

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Aug 27, 2018

This is a GREAT post! It puts everything teachers need to know all in 1 place for easier access. Thanks for sharing LeAnne!

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