Frequently Asked Questions
What is Symbaloo? Do I have to use it?
Symbaloo is a site which collects in one place all of the sites your child is currently likely to use for distance learning. One click takes you straight to the desired educational site. You don’t have to use it, but it simplifies things, especially for a site like Renaissance Learning, because the Symbaloo tile takes you straight to the NUSD portal, which a Google search does not.
Why can’t I get into my Renaissance Learning (AR quizzes) account?
Most likely you are not at the NUSD portal. Our specific site address includes the number 371281. The best way to get there is by clicking on the Symbaloo tile.
How do I access my child’s Gmail account?
If you have an existing Google account, you must first sign out of it to access a new account. Go to Google sign in (“new accounts”, or “choose an account”, not Gmail), put in the email address your teacher provides where it says email or phone. Then it should ask for a password, which your teacher will also provide. Once you’re in, on the top right side there are nine little dots. Click on that to access Google apps, and find Gmail. The account is ready to use.
What are Mr. Newman's office hours?
Although in general I will be available during normal school hours to answer questions, etc., during “office hours” I will be sitting in front of my computer. Thus the expected response time is more rapid, (unless by chance I'm dealing with other students/parents at that time). My hours are: Monday: 10:00-11:00 Tuesday 5:00-6:00 Thursday: 1:00-2:00.
Why can’t I find my child’s weekly Think Central test?
Probably the test has not been uploaded yet. Tests will be uploaded by Thursday of each week to encourage children to read the selection 2 or 3 times.
What is MyOn?
MyOn is another site where your child can find good reading material for free. There are many selections at many different reading levels. Third grade is not currently assigning reading and quizzes on the site, but may do so later. The log on details are the same numbers used to access Think Central, repeated twice. Ex. Username: 308765 pw:308765
What is epic! books?
Epic! is a free site where your child can read short and long books, many of them popular ones. It is free to use and just requires the class code provided by me in the login details email. Many of the books will have quizzes on AR so your child can work toward their reading goal.