SpTerm Prep Day 1

World History and Geography II (HGS42) Students

Hello Pd2, Pd3, Pd8, and Pd8!

Recap: The 9th grade textbook is titled World History: Patterns of Interaction and should still be in your possession. The textbook remains home for completion of reasing assignments, researching, and reviewing. If I ever want you to bring the textbook to class, I will tell you in class and/ or via Schoology. Assignments will begin appearing in the Schoology calendar soon.

To contact me, please use the messaging feature within Schoology. If you are traveling and only have a portable device, please download and install the Schoology app from the respective App Stores. My email address, avalent5@schools.nyc.gov, is always available for you and your parents to use. But, I strongly recommend that students use Schoology for efficiency.

Please join me and our class in two online services that will compliment our classroom activities this term.

1. Schoology
Click on the “Schoology Registration” link below to begin the process of joining Schoology. Use the Access Code given by Mr.V. Access Codes only function for specific class periods. They expire in one or two days.


Schoology Registration [Students ‘new’ to Schoology must click the “Sign Up” box found on the website. Veteran students just login to their accounts and add our course with the Access Code Mr.V provides.]

2. Dropbox

To facilitate the exchange of documents amongst us, please take the opportunity (now) to create a free Dropbox Account using this link then follow the instructions below. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A DROPBOX ACCOUNT, login here and follow the instructions below.

Since Internet service and computer software at Stuyvesant is often unreliable, outdated, and vulnerable, your Dropbox account may not be reliably accessible on the terminal you are working from. Therefore, your Dropbox shared folder will serve as the place to leave items for Mr.V who will then access them outside of class. The need to access your folder during class time will be minimal.

Files to aid in completing quizzes or research activities during class time should be kept on a flash drive that you keep in your possession every day. This could include, but not limited to: digital copies of textbook chapters, class notes, any digital materials distributed by Mr.V. Copying the contents of your Dropbox shared folder to your flash drive every time Mr.V adds new material is a good way to ensure that you always have the files you need.

Dropbox Instructions:
A. Create a folder labeled in this format=> Two-digit Pd#_LastNameFirstName. An example would be, student John Smith is in Mr.V’s period 2 class. His folder would be labeled like this=> 02_SmithJohn. Remember, ‘0’ (zero) is a number. A ‘O’ is a letter. NEVER use a letter to represent a number when working with digital materials. In the writing of your period #, use a Zero, not a letter. If you previously shared a folder with Mr.V, that sharing link must be terminated by you. Then, you create a new folder as instructed. Reusing a previously shared folder will cause a synchronization conflict between you and Mr.V. DO NOT RESHARE PREVIOUSLY SHARED FOLDERS.

B. ‘Share’ that folder with Mr.V using the sharing feature of Dropbox. You want to share that folder so that Mr.V ‘Can Edit’. Use Mr.V’s Dropbox email address (mr.v AT worldhistoryreview DOT org) when asked who you wish to share the folder with.

3. Mindmeister

We will be using this Mindmapping application, again this term, to connect thoughts, concepts, and ideas in a variety of formats. The product is a semantic map that goes beyond words. If you have not created a free account, please visit https://www.mindmeister.com/mm/signup/basic

4. Course Grading Policy

Now it’s time to see where the grading policy is written in case you wish to refresh your memory, or Mom & Dad wish to see it. Click here (https://worldhistoryreview.org/courses/policies/) to go to the ‘Policies’ section of this website.