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MSD offers online resources for students amidst online school

Schools provide resources for their students to make their lives easier. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School offers a range of beneficial resources that both students and parents can utilize when needed.

Broward Remote Instructional Assistance, or Ask BRIA, is an online tutoring program that started on Monday, Nov. 9 with the intent of helping students with all their school subjects. Each subject’s tutoring session is taught by an expert on the subject. This program can be found in some of the Canvas cards on the left navigation column where you can find links to things like TEAMS meetings or modules.

On the MSD Wellness Center Canvas course, which can be found when a student selects “Courses” on the left column, a dropdown menu can be found. The third option on this dropdown can be clicked to schedule an appointment with your grade level’s guidance counselor. The links will navigate you to an online form in which you can request a day and class period to meet. If it is an immediate emergency, it is advised to call 911 or 211, or use the Crisis Line by texting “FL” to 741741.

A tab on the homepage of the MSD Wellness course called “Working through your Stress” can be found right underneath “Schedule an Appointment.” By selecting this option, you can find strategies to de-stress. Each strategy is displayed in an infographic in which you can see what steps to take in order to calm down.

This dropdown option is also located on the homepage of the MSD Wellness course and below “Working through your Stress.” With this selection, you can click through powerpoint slides that explain what positive thinking is and the benefits of practicing it.

This dropdown option is found on the homepage of the MSD Wellness course below ‘Working through your Stress.” This dropdown includes affirmations for certain emotions. It shows students affirmations they can say during days they are feeling tense, nervous or anxious. These messages are designed through infographics in order to make the information easy to read and understand. The option also discusses self-kindness, reminders of what is and is not your responsibility and feelings.

This is located in the MSD Counseling/Guidance Canvas card in “Courses.” Once you are in the course, click on “Modules” and then “9th-12th College Planning” where a PDF can be downloaded. This PDF shows all the requirements and grading systems for each of the Florida colleges. On the last page of the PDF, there is a list of things to do for each grade level to prepare for college.

MSD’s math tutoring, organized by Mu Alpha Theta, allows students to work with free tutors on any math subject from 4 to 5 p.m. every Thursday. First, you will need to enroll in the MSD Math Tutoring Microsoft Teams Meeting. This link can be found on Canvas under the “Class of [your graduating class]” course. After clicking the course, select the “MSD Math Tutoring” tab near the bottom of the page, which will direct you to the link and survey required to participate on a given Thursday.

Social & Emotional Learning: The MSD Community Event was a great resource for emotional, social and informational support. The event was on Wednesday, November 18 from 6-7 p.m. This virtual event gave students and parents the chance to discuss and learn about SEL tips, free resources and ways to cope during the pandemic.

Parent/Guardian Information Night: The Parent/Guardian Information Night is hosted by the MSD school counseling department. Topics such as grades, semesters, graduation requirements, logging/monitoring Teams & Canvas, tutoring, credit recovery and strategies for success will be covered.

The meeting will be held through Microsoft Teams and can be attended through the computer or mobile app. The meetings will vary according to each grade level. For freshmen, it occurred on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. For sophomores, it will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6:00 p.m. For juniors, it was held on Monday, Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. To find the links go to the canvas course titled “Class of (your graduating class)” and click the announcement labeled “Parent/Guardian Info Night”.

Remind is a great way to stay updated with all the recent school events and announcements. With Remind, messages are sent in real time to a group rather than just one individual. Remind is free and allows teachers to schedule certain announcements ahead of time while attaching files such as photos. To sign up, sign up with your class code on the Remind app or text it to 81010. The codes are the following for each grade level; @2021msd @2022msd @2023msd @2024msd

Overall, school resources are everywhere and can make a big difference in a struggling student's life.

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