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Congrats Seniors! Goodbye Seniors!

posted Jun 7, 2012, 8:22 AM by Mr Lebeiko   [ updated Jun 12, 2012, 10:28 AM ]

Its been great this past 3 years to see you grow up before my eyes.  You're all grown up!  Have fun this summer.  If you need any help financially remember my #1 piece of financial advise: ask mom and dad for money (tears always help even if it looks a little pathetic).  Congrats!

My mom looks like all my students...

posted May 26, 2012, 9:31 PM by Mr Lebeiko   [ updated May 26, 2012, 9:34 PM ]

...'cause she got an iPhone.  So is she going to secretly check her phone when I speak with her?
 
LOL:)
 

All grades fully updated and posted as of Sunday, May 20th

posted May 21, 2012, 8:23 AM by Mr Lebeiko   [ updated May 21, 2012, 8:23 AM ]

If you have an assignment missing, it's because I don't have it!

Algebra 1: Grading Categories Issue Resolved

posted May 15, 2012, 11:45 AM by Mr Lebeiko   [ updated May 18, 2012, 7:19 AM ]

My grading categories have just been adjusted to account for the lack of Daily Quizzes and Homework Quizzes.  I'm sorry I didn't notice this sooner, but it only seems to benefit students.  If you are in the exception, I will re-evaluate your grade to account for this issue.  Since this hadn't been done yet, Family Access was incorrectly distributing a decent percent of your grades among the categories.

The Semester 2 category breakdown for Algebra 1 is:
  • Homework: 30%
  • Participation: 10%
  • Quizzes: 20%
  • Tests: 30%
  • Final: 10%

Grades Updated

posted May 11, 2012, 7:55 PM by Mr Lebeiko   [ updated May 11, 2012, 7:55 PM ]

Grades are totally updated other than your participation grades.  Participation will have a very modest effect, so your grade should be accurate within 1 or 2 percent.  If you are missing assignments, you need to turn them in immediately.

Enjoy the sun this weekend!

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaack...

posted May 2, 2012, 10:09 AM by Mr Lebeiko   [ updated May 2, 2012, 10:09 AM ]

I've been back in class since Monday.  Still working on responding to emails.  Students have been great, and I really appreciate that.  Hope to have all the students ready in Algebra 1 for the End Of Course Exam (EOC - only for students who have not passed it yet) and Final Exam.  Finance students, we have one more chapter, your final project, and then graduation.  Any senior worried about your grade and graduation, please see me as soon as possible.  Thanks again for your patience, and its fabulous to be back at IHS.

Turned a Corner... See ya Monday!

posted Apr 24, 2012, 6:07 PM by Mr Lebeiko   [ updated Apr 25, 2012, 12:57 AM ]

Well, I finally got my fever down, but the pain and the swelling from the clot are greatly limiting my movement.  I'm taking my vascular doc's advice and taking the rest of the week to start intensive rehab on my leg.  I can finally do some office work without the limitations of the fever, so you should see grades getting updated as well as calendar updates and answer keys.  Remember, whether I'm in the classroom or a substitute teacher, you are responsible for your learning - never leave it up to the teacher.

Please remember on my return that my mobility will be severely limited and my energy may run low at the end of the day.  I'll still be recovering.  I look forward to getting back into the classroom and teaching again.  

Update on Health

posted Apr 20, 2012, 8:44 AM by Mr Lebeiko   [ updated Apr 22, 2012, 10:26 AM ]

Good news is I'm responding well to the blood thinning treatment.  Bad news, the fever has yet to break and the doctors don't want me to push it.  Therefore, there is a good chance I won't be returning until Monday, April 30th.  Unfortunately, nothing other than rest and physical therapy on my leg is going to be helpful.  Sorry for the inconvenience, and again, thanks for any thoughts and prayers.

3rd Quarter Grading Issues (UPDATE)

posted Apr 19, 2012, 10:05 AM by Mr Lebeiko   [ updated Apr 19, 2012, 10:05 AM ]

Quarter 3 grades have been posted, but don’t panic if you got a C when you expected a B+.   Really, Quarter 3 grades are just interim deficiency grades.  As a teacher, we have to identify all students that will receive a D or F.  Past that, there isn’t much value, and quite honestly, I don't have the energy required to make them 100% accurate.  Hopefully I will this weekend.  You’ll notice I haven’t put in your missing assignments.  They are in a folder in my office.

I know for some of you this is very frustrating to have your grade be inaccurate at the moment.  I apologize, and hope I have the strength this weekend to focus on grades for four hours.  Unfortunately, I can’t make any guarantees.  I appreciate your understanding in this process, and again, I apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,

Mr. Lebeiko

My Health & Classroom Update

posted Apr 17, 2012, 10:02 PM by Mr Lebeiko   [ updated Apr 17, 2012, 10:02 PM ]

Students, Parents, Staff, and Friends,

First off, I will be out of the classroom for the remainder of the week.  Big thanks to Mr. Gerde, who will be my substitute.  Thanks also to Mrs. Foote for arranging all these sub days - in the past I've needed a day or two - but 5 days?  I've never been sick this long before in my life.

Well, the good news is I'm okay and in good spirits.  The bad news is I've developed a serious medical condition called DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis).  Basically, DVT occurs when blood clots uncontrollably in your leg.  To treat it, I have to take two blood thinners.  One is a pill, and the other an injection in my belly.  Additionally I need to have my blood monitored weekly, to make sure my blood is not clotting.  The real risk of DVT is that a blood clot breaks off, goes through your heart and becomes lodged in your lungs.  This is called a pulminary embolism, which can be fatal.  Since I detected the blood clots in my leg early, I'm not at a high risk for this, but I need to take it easy for the next few days.  I will be on medications for 3 to 6 months, so its by no means an quick fix. 

I know this will make some of you worry (my wife wants to walk me to the remote control and back), but please realize at this point I'm doing quite well.  I'm happy to accept all baked cookies, but I'm not sure my wife wants me to weigh 400 lbs.  You can help me most by really doing your best this week and not taking this as an opportunity to slack off on your studies.  Algebra 1 students, chapter 9 is a really challenging unit.  I'll try to post some videos on YouTube to help you.

Unfortunately, I'm still running a fever for a good portion of the day, and the doctors aren't sure why.  Thus, I'm not at full strength, and I can hardly walk at this point and time.  For those of you wondering, yes, this is a complication of my calf tear (Medial Gastroc, just above the Achilles).  I'm not sure how long it will take for a full recovery, but I expect to back in the classroom on Monday, April 23rd.  As I stated in my previous post, I will do my best to get your grades in on time for the 3rd quarter posting (Thursday at 3:00).  Until then please be patient.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers,
Mr. L

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