Welcome!

Please refer to this website as a support material to the work provided in class as well as on Google classroom. By clicking on the links on this page, you will be able to find information needed to succeed in your classes. Most importantly: You are expected to participate fully in all classes, every day. It is your responsibility to ask questions for understanding and clarification. You are in charge of your learning and your learning materials. If you are in class, participate fully, you will do great in our class! (OUR class, not my class :)
New beginnings for a new year! I am excited to report that my current responsibilities at The ASK Academy have me teaching 8th Grade Science as well as Fundamental Connections 7. I will be also continuing my role of Special Educational Instructional Leader.  Whew. Sound like a lot of hats! Please email me if you have any questions or concerns at lerickson@theaskacademy.org. I will do my best to get back to you within 24 hours or have another knowledgable person get back to you if appropriate. Thanks for being understanding as we work together to finish the 2019-20 school on a strong note!
Late work: 
Work will be accepted for full credit up to one day for every excused absence for full credit. All other late work will be deducted 10% for each day it is late. Work received after 5 days late will be awarded a score of no greater than 50%. Please turn in late work even if it is a reduced grade as some points are better than nothing.
 
Computers, Cell phones and Smart Watches:
 
Computers: Computers are an important part of our work day. However, you have signed an appropriate use agreement upon registration at The ASK Academy. Any use not approved of or directed by the project manager is deemed inappropriate use. Gaming, listening to music and the like are not acceptable uses of computers or other technology in the classroom.
Cell phones: Cell phones are not permitted in the class unless the project manager has given you permission to use them for a learning activity. Keep them on silent mode, in your backpack or locker, not your pocket. 
Smart watches: Smart watches will be treated like cell phones. If you are using them for any purpose other than a phone, they will be confiscated. You may not wear a smart watch during a test for ANY reason.
 
Consequences of misuse of technology:
First Offense: Verbal warning. You will be expected to put your device away.
Second Offense: Device will be removed from you and brought to the office. You may pick it up from Ms. Mary Lou at 4:00 that day.
Third Offense: Referral (misuse of technology) Your parents will be required to pick up your device from the office.