Announcement #2: End of first week (1/22/2021):
    Dear Parents,
    May I start off this email with a WHOOOOOO!!!! What a first week!
    I think we are off to a great start.
    While I have sprinkled American History content into the activities and discussions, this week I have tried to focus more on getting to know each other. It might be a bit more difficult to do remotely, but it is probably that much more important to establish those relationships right now. This 
    week has been a pleasure.
    Just a little recap from the week:
    Wednesday: I just introduced myself, we discussed some basic Zoom expectations, 
    and then we learned a bit about the History of Inaugurations through the trivia game Kahoot! If anyone is interested in playing or just learning about inaugurations of the past, feel free to play HERE. See if you can beat your child's score.
    Thursday: We did some icebreaker activities -> some get-to-know-you questions, as well as '2 Truths & a Lie'. Feel free to try and guess which of these (well, 4) 
    statements about me is a lie -->
    1. I have eaten dog-meat soup. 2. I have ridden an elephant through ancient temples. 
    3. I have bungee-jumped in the rainforest. 4. I’ve lived in 3 other countries. 
    5. I’ve seen the sun at midnight. 
    Friday: We discussed some procedural things, and then we played a 'Would You Rather?"
    Kahoot! to get those brains thinking. Although some questions were just fun, others were
    based on themes and events from early American History. (Like, would you rather use corn cobs or seashells if there was no toilet paper?) Finally, I assigned students to watch a short 6-minute video (starring me) and answer 6 questions.
    On Monday, we will hit the ground running and get into content a bit more. By next Friday, we should really be diving into some problem-solving and critical thinking about early American History. Also, I will send out a bit more information about the course.
    In the meantime....
    I have attached a file that gives directions on how to join Canvas as an observer, if you did not
    do so last semester. It is not a requirement and totally up to you if you want to do so.
    If students miss a Zoom meeting, I will always have materials and assignments in Canvas.
    I will often make videos and post them to help students that cannot make it to the Zoom 
    meetings or have tech issues during the meeting time.
    Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns....or just want to say hi.
    And, by the way, the lie was #2 - while in Cambodia, I wanted to do this, but I couldn't find
    where they parked the elephants. 
    Have a great weekend.
    Nick Zaleski
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    Announcement #1: Mr. Zaleski & American History I Introductions:

    Dear Students & Parents/Guardians,


    Nick Avatar1.png Let me introduce myself. I am Mr. Zaleski and I will be your (or your child's) American History I teacher for Semester 2...

    ...which starts tomorrow, Wednesday, January, 20, 2021 at 9:00PM.... Same schedule as Semester 1:
    (1st: 9-10am;   2nd: 10:15-11:15am;   3rd: 12:00-1:00pm;  4th: 1:15-2:15).
    Students, keep an eye out tomorrow morning for an email with a Zoom link and more info for our first day of class. Canvas will be ready to 
    go tomorrow morning, too. I look forward to getting to know you and teaching you all about early American history this semester.
    Parents, I just wanted to briefly introduce myself. I will send out more info about me and the class within a few days. I have been working
    hard getting my online classroom up and running. In the meantime, please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. I look 
    forward to helping your child grow and progress as a student and a person.
    And finally, a message from the Guidance Counselors: 
    "Please complete THIS FORM to put in a request to change your schedule. Schedule changes will only be done virtually this year and are only
    offered on a limited basis. If a counselor has questions they will contact you via phone, so please be sure to double-check the phone number is
    entered correctly and is one you will answer to speak with a counselor. The last day to place requests is Friday 1/22.
    Kindest regards,

    Nick Zaleski
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