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We are a Parent Partnership Program where parents of home schooled children and teachers from the Deer Park School District work together to define the educational goals and materials our parents and students use at home. The first session of Home Link started in September 2000 with 38 students. Today, we have over 500 students. We also provide core and supplemental classes at our Deer Park and Clayton campuses.

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FAQ - General

Frequently Asked Questions - General

Q-Why can't I log in?
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A-You may not have a valid username and password or you may have forgotten your username and password. Contact Home Link and we will will contact you with your username/password.

Q-How do I enable cookies in Internet Explorer?
A-Read enable cookies in Internet Explorer.

Q-I use AOL to access the Internet. What do I do?
A-Connect to the Internet with AOL. Then minimize it. Then start Microsoft's Internet Explorer (the blue e) and use Internet Explorer to access Home Link's web site through AOL.

Q-Why can't I view any documents (such as the Student Handbook)?
A-

All documents on the Home Link web site are Adobe Acrobat (pdf) documents. If you don't have the free Adobe Acrobat reader, you can get it at the following link:

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Q-I am a Parent, how do I look up my students Academic class assignments, grades or Progress Report?
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  1. Log into Home Link's website with your username and password.
  2. From the Home Link Menu, select Classes - Family, then Check Grades/Assignments.
  3. Choose your child from the list (The list only displays your children who are enrolled in a current academic course).
  4. Select your student's course below My Courses
  5. Select Grades in the Administration menu.
  6. If you do not see the detail of your students assignments and grades, select Uncategorised and the detail will display.

Q-I am a Consultant, how do I look up a student's Academic class assignments, grades or Progress Report?
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  1. Log into Home Link's website with your username and password.
  2. From the Home Link Menu, select Manage Home Link, then Students.
  3. Enter the either the student's first or last name (can enter both, can enter a partial name, can leave blank). Select List Students to Display.
  4. Select Grades/Assignments on the same line as your student.
  5. Select the student's course below My Courses
  6. Select Grades in the Administration menu.
  7. If you do not see the detail of your students assignments and grades, select Uncategorised and the detail will display.

Q-I am a student, how do I look up my Academic class assignments, grades or Progress Report?
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  1. Log into Home Link's website with your username and password.
  2. From the Home Link Menu, select Classes - Student, then Grades/Assignments.
  3. Select your course below My Courses
  4. Select Grades in the Administration menu.
  5. If you do not see the detail of your assignments and grades, select Uncategorised and the detail will display.

Q-I am a teacher, how do I create an assignment for my course?
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  1. Log into Home Link's website with your username and password.
  2. From the Home Link Menu, select Classes - Teacher, then Enter Grades/Assignments.
  3. Select your class below My Courses.
  4. Click the Turn Editing on button.
  5. Look in the center of the screen. There should be a block for each week that your class runs.
    • If there is only one block, then look to the right of that block and you will see a picture of two small boxes stacked on top of each other, a picture of an eye and an arrow pointing down. Click the picture of the two small boxes stacked on top of each other to display all the weeks in your class.
  6. Scroll to the block of the week you are making the assignment for.
  7. Click in the Add an activity box for that week.
  8. Set the Assignment type to "Offline activity" then wait, then next screen will automatically appear.
  9. Enter an Assignment Name and Description.
  10. Select a Grade scale. '100' is the standard 1 point scale (1-100). Others are the '100.0' which is the half point scale (1, 1.5, 2 etc to 100).
  11. Adjust the date ranges to the week of your assignment.
  12. Press Save changes to save your assignment.
  13. Note: Assignments will not be included in the students current progress average until at least one student has been graded for that assignment.
  14. Note: You can group your assignments into grading categories, such as '1st Semester' or '2nd Semester'. By default, assignments are defined as 'uncategorised'. Categories are created by course. If you teach multiple courses, you must define your categories in each course. Once an assignment has been categorised, grade averages will be calculated for that category. Uncategorised will calculate a grade average for all assignments. Using categories, you can create a group of assignments for 1st semester with their own grade average and you can create a group of assignmements for 2nd semester with their own grade average. You can view the combined grade average for 1st and 2nd semester by selecting category 'uncategorised'. See the FAQ 'I am a teacher, how do I create an assignment category or assign a category to an assignment' for instructions.

Q-I am a teacher, how do I create an assignment category or assign a category to an assignment?
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  1. Log into Home Link's website with your username and password.
  2. From the Home Link Menu, select Classes - Teacher, then Enter Grades/Assignments.
  3. Select your course below My Courses.
  4. Select Grades in the Administration menu.
  5. Select the Set Categories tab.
  6. Type the name of your category (such as 1st Semester) in the Add Category text box, then click the Add Category button.
  7. Assign a category to an Assignment by choosing the category from the Category selection box next to your assignment which is listed below the heading 'Grade Item'.
  8. Click Save Changes.
  9. Note: Categories are created by course. If you teach multiple courses, you must define your categories in each course.
  10. Note: When viewing grades, select a category to view the assignments, grades and grade average for that category. Select uncategorised to view assignments, grades and grade averages for all categories.

Q-I am a teacher, how do I enter grades for an assignment?
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  1. Log into Home Link's website with your username and password.
  2. From the Home Link Menu, select Classes - Teacher, then Enter Grades/Assignments.
  3. Select your course below My Courses.
  4. Select Grades in the Administration menu.
  5. Select the View Grades tab.
  6. If you do not see the detail of your assignments and grades, select Uncategorised and the detail will display.
  7. Your assignments are listed above and to the right of the student names. Select your assignment.
  8. Look at the right side of the screen for the phrase 'View x Submitted Assignments' (where x is the number of students you have already graded. Starts at 0). Click that phrase.
  9. There will be a line for each student in your class.
  10. Look on the right side of the line for the word 'Grade'.
  11. Click the word 'Grade'.
  12. A new window will open.
  13. Look on the right side of this new window for the 'Grade:' drop down box. Select your grade. Enter any comments in the large box below the 'Grade:' drop down.
  14. Look on the right side for the scroll bar. Scroll down until you see buttons.
  15. Click one of the 2 types of save buttons.
  16. Repeat steps 10-14 for each student.

Q-I am a teacher, how do I create Progress Reports for my courses?
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PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING:
  1. Log into Home Link's website with your username and password.
  2. From the Home Link Menu, select Classes - Teacher, then Enter Grades/Assignments.
  3. Select your course below My Courses.
  4. Click the Turn Editing on button.
  5. Look in the center of the screen. There should be a block for each week that your class runs.
    • If there is only one block, then look to the right of that block and you will see a picture of two small boxes stacked on top of each other, a picture of an eye and an arrow pointing down. Click the picture of the two small boxes stacked on top of each other to display all the weeks in your class.
  6. Scroll to the block of the last week of the progress report period. Click in the Add an activity box for that week.
  7. Set the Assignment type to "Progress Report" then wait, then next screen will automatically appear.
  8. Enter an Assignment Name and a Description.
  9. Set the Grade to 100. (This must be 100 regardless of the grade scale you use for your individual assignments.)
  10. Adjust the date ranges to cover the period you want to create a progress report for.
  11. Press Save changes to save your Progress Report.
  12. Look for the word Assignments about 1/4 of the way down near the top left. Click on Assignments.
  13. Look through the list of assignments for the progress report assignment name you created.
  14. Look to at the right side of the line for the phrase 'View x Submitted Assignments' (where x is the number of students you have already graded. Starts at 0).
  15. Click the phrase 'View x Submitted Assignments'.
  16. There will be a line for each student in your class.
  17. Look on the right side of the line for the word 'Grade'.
    • Click the word 'Grade'.
    • A new window will open. BE PATIENT. THE NEW WINDOW WILL OPEN
    • This new window will require that pop ups be allowed. Tell your browser that it is OK to always allow pop ups from the Home Link site. This is necessary for the print function to work, if you choose the 'Print & Save' button later on.
    • A dialog box will appear in this new window.
      • Notice that the name of your course and the name of your progress report assignment will appear in the dialog box.
      • Look on the right side of the dialog box for the scroll bar. Scroll down in the dialog box and you will see the students grade stated in point values.
      • Continue to scroll until you reach the open area below the point values.
      • Click in that open area and type any comments you may have.
      • Be sure there is a dot in the circle labled 'Click to use the standard grade calculation'
      • Click one of the 3 types of save buttons.
      • You can override the standard grade point calculation with a manually calculated grade point value.
        • To do this, overtype the calculated grade points with your value.
        • Put a dot in the circle labled 'Click if you entered a grade by overtyping the calculated grade'
        • Click one of the 3 types of save buttons.
    • After you clicked any one of the 3 save buttons, the data will be saved and the window will disappear.
  18. Repeat step 17 for each student.
  19. You can log off before creating a progress report for each student. To continue entering progress reports:
    • Log into Home Link's website with your username and password.
    • From the Home Link Menu, select Classes - Teacher, then Enter Grades/Assignments.
    • Select your course below My Courses.
    • Start from step 12 above.

Q-I am a teacher, how do I create an Extra Credit assignment for my course?
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  1. Log into Home Link's website with your username and password.
  2. From the Home Link Menu, select Classes - Teacher, then Enter Grades/Assignments.
  3. Select your class below My Courses.
  4. Click the Turn Editing on button.
  5. Look in the center of the screen. There should be a block for each week that your class runs.
    • If there is only one block, then look to the right of that block and you will see a picture of two small boxes stacked on top of each other, a picture of an eye and an arrow pointing down. Click the picture of the two small boxes stacked on top of each other to display all the weeks in your class.
  6. Scroll to the block of the week you are making the extra credit assignment for.
  7. Set the Assignment type to "Offline activity" then wait, then next screen will automatically appear.
  8. Enter an Assignment Name and Description.
  9. Extra Credit assignments must use the standard 100 point scale. Do not use any other scale or you will not be able to mark the assignment extra credit in one of the following steps.
  10. Adjust the date ranges to the week of your assignment.
  11. Press Save changes to save your assignment.
  12. Look for the your abbreviated course name about 1/4 of the way down near the top left. Click on your abbreviated course name.
  13. Select Grades in the Administration menu.
  14. Select the Set Categories tab.
  15. Look through the list of assignments for the name of the extra credit assignment you created.
  16. Check the Extra Credit box that is on the right side of the line listing your extra crdit assignment, then select Save Changes. This prevents the maximum points possible of the new assignment from appearing in the students current progress average.
  17. Now only grade those students who earned extra credit. The entered points will be counted in the students earned points calculation. The maximum points possible of the extra credit assignment will not be added in the total possible points calculation.


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