• Surviving Virtual Learning

    Posted by KAREN HARTMAN on 9/29/2020 12:00:00 PM

    These tips were taken from the PATH 2 Parenting newsletter September edition Vol 2 Issue 4


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  • Experts are warning parents on the Amino App

    Posted by KAREN HARTMAN on 10/4/2019 8:40:00 AM

    Smartsocial.com is warning parents against the use of the Amino App for the following reasons as posted on the SmartSocial.com web site:


    • This is an anonymous app which can have a serious impact on your child
    • Law enforcement officials are warning parents about the Amino app and how it’s used by predators to target minors
    • Students who use the app can come across content that is mature, inappropriate, violent, or profane (in text, photo, or video format)
    • The app can be confusing to use which makes it easier for students to hide behavior from their parents
    • Since this is an anonymous app, everyone is a stranger and it’s likely that no one is who they say they are
    • Anyone can follow your profile
    • If you comment in a public community then anyone can see it


    Suggested cell phone recommendations for parents from SmartSocial.com are below.  As a parent, I followed these recommendations, mostly because smart phones were not an option when my daughter was in middle and high school.  Even so, she did experience cyberbullying when she was in college, however, she was more mature and prepared to handle it when she was 18+ years old.  


    I have spoken to a few students who are using Amino App and I have advised them to stay off it after they told me about it.  This was last week, so I believe our students are using this app.


    What can parents do?

    • Follow our suggestions to help your child prepare for the responsibility of having a cell phone: 
      • Ages 0-10: No phone
      • Age 10: Cell phone safety contract
      • Ages 10-13: Flip phone (SMS/text, phone calls)
      • Age 14: Smartphone (without social media apps installed)
      • Age 15: Smartphone (with positive social media apps installed)

    For more information on what this app is, you can read more at the following link:  https://smartsocial.com/amino-chat-app/?utm_source=Smart+Social+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=427b18f83f-amino_chat_app&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40b34a3ccb-427b18f83f-196022313&mc_cid=427b18f83f&mc_eid=56b29c1ea8

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  • PSAT 8 on October 16, 2019

    Posted by KAREN HARTMAN on 10/4/2019 8:40:00 AM

    Hello Krueger 8th grade parents!


    Your 8th grade student will be taking the PSAT 8 on October 16, 2019 this year.  I will be going into the classrooms to talk with them about the test and why we are taking it during the week of October 7, 2019.  There is nothing your student needs to do to prepare for this assessment other than getting a good night's rest and eating breakfast on October 16, 2019.  

    I will be sending home a paper that explains the assessment during the week  of October 7, 2019.  Do ask your student for it.  Or I can email it to you if you prefer.  You can email me at khartman@mcas.k12.in.us  


    The PSAT 8 is a required test for all 8th graders and has been for several years now.  It is useful for them to see how they would score when they take the PSAT in 10th grade.  The PSAT that they take in 10th grade is a measure that colleges look at for scholarship awarding, so it is an important assessment.  You and your student are the only ones who will receive their scores for the PSAT 8, so it is a low stakes testing and used for informational purposes only in gaging where they will need to prepare when they take the PSAT in 10th grade.

    In the past, our students have done well on the PSAT 8.  It is a different style of testing than the iStep/iLearn.  


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  • What social media apps are safe for your teen

    Posted by KAREN HARTMAN on 4/18/2019 10:25:00 AM

    Safe Social Media Apps for Teens


    As a parent, I understand the important need to be five steps ahead of your child before they do something that could jepardize their well-being.  With today's technology that can be an increasingly hard thing to do.  The link above gives you information and insight into the numbers pros and cons of the many social media apps that our students use.  

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  • 21st Century Scholars sign up for 7th and 8th graders

    Posted by KAREN HARTMAN on 3/4/2019 8:15:00 AM
    The 2018-2019 enrollment period for current 8th graders will be ending on June 30, 2019.  The application is only online at this time and can be found at http://www.scholars.in.gov  
    Unlike in past years, the application process is now completely online.  If you would like a worksheet to fill out first before you go online, have your student ask me for one.   
    Please make sure you have the following information with you when you apply:
    Social Security Number for you (Head of the Household) and your child 
    Student Test Number (located on their iStep+ report that is mailed to you every year)
    Krueger Middle School number is 7488 and is listed as "Martin T. Krueger in the pull down menu)
    2014 taxable gross income amounts for all members of the household
    A valid email address (free email accounts are available at yahoo.com, gmail.com, hotmail.come or live.com)
    This scholarship was started in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education.  Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship can receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition at a participating Indiana college.  (The scholarship amount is based on the family's ability to contribute to a college education.)   
    -Ms. Hartman 
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