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    Welcome to 8th-grade!

    Welcome back, Coyotes!

    My classes will be using an online version of our ELA Collections textbook available through Canvas, an online instructional platform that is in use at the high school, so it will be great practice for next year!

    We as a team of teachers are committed to updating and addressing ways to continuously improve communication for both students and parents, so please send me or any of the 8th-grade teachers an email, text, or call if you have feedback!

    How to Communicate: 

    The most important aspect of online learning is communication. We have to communicate with each other as much as possible so that you do not feel lost, and so that we can have open discussions where you can voice your thoughts and opinions. Students: pay attention! You will need to show your parents how you review assignments due on Canvas and how to access information such as announcements.

    Students: Diamond Canyon's expectation is that you message me directly through Canvas. That way, our conversation is not split between different forms of communication.

    • Office Hours: I am available to stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment. I can also meet over Zoom before or after school by appointment.

      Zoom Meeting Link:
      https://dvusd-org.zoom.us/j/5932902552 (Links to an external site.)

      Meeting ID: 593 290 2552
      Passcode: coyotes

      No question is a silly question! If you're stuck, let me know.

    Parents: If you have ANY questions please use one of the following methods to contact me. I will be monitoring my inboxes as much as possible, especially these first few weeks. Know that it may take a little longer in general for me to respond over the weekend, but you should not go more than 24 hours without hearing back from me. Feel free to use whatever method to connect with me that you are most comfortable with: 

    1. Email:  My email address is Jessica.Bassler@dvusd.org 

    2. Text: 573-321-9216. This is my Google Voice number, not my personal phone, and I do not have it set up to notify me when calls come through. At this point in time, I would like to restrict calls to my classroom phone number by appointment only. 

    3. Canvas Messaging: On the left side of your screen on Canvas there is an inbox. During the school day when I am online, it will ding and let me know that you have a question or issue.

    Stay safe online, and remember to be a good digital citizen. Make sure that you are only posting and messaging school appropriate material and content!

    I cannot wait to meet all of you!

    Jessica (Vance) Bassler