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    Welcome to Mrs. Orr's 8th Grade, American Studies and Life Essentials DistLearning Classroom. It is my committment as an educator to make the experience of learning United States History and Life Essentials challeging and engaging. All students are expected to complete his/her assignments in a timely manner and do their best.


    My Contact Information: Jennifer_Orr@chino.k12.ca.us Please email questions or leave a message for me at Townsend: (909) 591-2161.

    Communications: I will respond to all emails within 24 hours. Phone messages may vary. If you would like to set up a phone conference, please email your phone number and the time you would like me to call.


    Virtual Office Hours:

    These are hours which will be available, live, on Google Meet, through Google Classroom for questions regarding assignments, schedules, and other schoolwork concerns.See link posted on your class,under announcements. The fastest way to reach me is through email. (see above)

    Monday: 12:45-1:30 p.m. American Studies/Life Essentials

    Tuesday: 7:45-8:30 a.m. American Studies/Life Essentials

    Wednesday: 12:45-1:30 p.m. American Studies/Life Essentials

    Thursday: 7:45-8:30 a.m. American Studies/Life EssentialsClass 

    Link for office hours:





    Class Access:

    We will be using Google Classroom to post and submit Electronic assignments. Each student will be joined to a Google Classroom automatically (or receive an access code to enter the class that will be sent to your student email.) Please check under posts for your period in Google Classroom for your daily assignments for your either American Studies or Life Essentials.

    Online Textbook link: https://www.chino.k12.ca.us/Page/26303


    Distance Teaching and Learning Expectations: 

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    • Students should not share their login information, meeting links, or passwords with others.
    • To the extent possible, students should participate in virtual instruction from a quiet and neutral area that is free of distractions
    • It is recommended that students review the District Technology Acceptable/Responsible Use Policy regarding expectations for behavior while conducting themselves online and on District devices.
    • Students should dress appropriately for virtual instruction sessions.
    • Students who use inappropriate language or share inappropriate images, or in any way behave inappropriately on a video conference will be subject to appropriate discipline.
    • Students should not conduct audio or video recordings or take screen shots of virtual class meetings or activities unless they have received prior permission to do so from a teacher or authorized district official.
    • To the extent pssible, parents should allow the student to work with the instructor or provider in a quiet, private space.
    • Once the virtual instruction session or meeting is over, students should be sure to close out the meeting platform entirely. Students should also ensure that the cameras are covered and that microphones are turned off to avoid inadvertent transmission following the meeting.

    Virtual Meetings: Please review the expectations above in distance teaching and learning expectations. 

    Grades: Grades will be entered into Aeries and updated weekly. (More information on grading is listed under American Studies and Life Essentials Syllabus.)

    Troubleshooting Guidance: 

    Student self-solving: visit CVUSD EdTech Notebook (linked on student Classlink page)

    Access to district technology from home: Community Support Hotline (M-F, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM) (909) 628-1202, ext. 1080

    Access to district technology from home email: CommunitySupport@chino.k12.ca.us.



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