Introducing Plus Portals

KCHS is introducing a new platform to communicate with our families called Plus Portals, by Rediker. We will no longer be using Edline.

Plus Portals is a cloud-based application integrated with the KCHS student information system. This application provides access to student class pages where you will be able to see your students' grades, progress reports, schedules, attendance and discipline records along with teacher contact information.

It also makes available school-wide information such as event dates, school announcements, and resources (forms, handbooks, etc). Please look for the activation email and click on the link to set up your Plus Portals account.

Learn to track your child's classroom progress, communicate with teachers, and stay updated on what's happening at school through our hands-on interactive guides and videos.

The ParentPlus web portal connects parents and students with schools and teachers. As a parent, you can quickly stay informed about what's happening at the school and your children's classes—from knowing if the school is closed on a given day to seeing how well your child did on his or her last homework or exam. With features such as E-Locker, uploading homework as a parent or student is a breeze and only a few clicks away.

Check out these interactive guides to help you learn to navigate the new portal!


5 places where any kid can learn how to code

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“The kids of today tap, swipe and pinch their way through the world. But unless we give them tools to build with computers, we are raising only consumers instead of creators,” says programmer Linda Liukas. That’s why parents and teachers should introduce coding as a creative act — a playful form of making that requires imagination, bravery and perseverance. Ready to teach your kids how to code? Here are 5 great places to start.
Hello Ruby is a whimsical website (and book!) created by Liukas to explain programming fundamentals to kids. The detailed lesson plansare appropriate for kids 5+.
Code.org teaches students the basics of programming through a free series of guided exercises — and is one of several resources on this list to be recommended by the TED Technology Team. To bring coding into your classroom, check out the Hour of Code model.
Created and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT’s Media Lab, Scratch is a both a programming language and an evolving community of young coders. To get started, dive into these resources.
Will the next generation of computer scientists include more Ada Lovelaces? Yes, if teachers and parents inspire more girls to start coding — and to embrace risk. “Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure,” says founder Reshma Saujani. “Coding is an endless process of trial and error.” Learn more about the Girls Who Code curriculum here.
Even a Waldorf school can get excited about these computer science teaching tools. “CS Unplugged has activities you can do without a computer to teach programming fundamentals,” says Liukas.


How to Search For (and Add) Free Images Right Within Google Docs

If your document needs some imagery, you can insert free images from right within Google Docs. You don’t need to be out scouring the Internet every time you need an image. Instead, you should learn to take advantage of the free tools right within the app that will allow you to search for and insert images in your doc in just a few easy steps.

In Google Docs, click on the Insert menu at the top of the screen, and scroll down to Image.
In the window that opens up, you’ll see all the usual options for inserting images from your drive, from a URL, or from your computer. However, you should also see the Search option on the far right hand side of the window. Click on that.
Here you will get a search bar. The results that are displayed will be labelled for commercial reuse with modifications, so you know that you can safely use these images. Search for the keyword(s) you’d like. The search pulls from Google, LIFE and stock images.
Click on the image you want. Click Select, and it will insert into your document. From there, you’re free to adjust or resize it as required.


Advanced Tips and Tricks for Google Slides

You might already know the basics for making awesome presentations using Google Slides. But there are a few more features you can use to make your design and flow even better. To learn a few advanced tips and tricks, check out the latest episode of The Apps Show from our friends on the Google for Work team.

In the most recent Apps Show episode, Googlers Drea Alphonso and Jimmy Tran explain how to create your own customized template by using master slides; how to embed YouTube videos or charts from Sheets into your slides; and how to use the new Slides Q&A feature. Check it out, and you might even catch their shoutout to BetterCloud’s popular tutorial on how to become a Google Slides artist with these 7 tricks.