The Class of Mrs. Kovacs

Happy Summer!

June 25, 2020
What time is it?  It's summertime, it's our vacation!  (High school Musical 2 opening song)

What have you been up to?

I have been camping, babysitting my grandchildren, welcoming a new baby (Jim and Courtney and Kennedy), and getting lots of time outside.  

I am reading a couple good books, writing postcards replies to those of you who wrote to me, and knitting.

Keep in touch.  Know I miss you a ton.

Mrs. Kovacs

Week 1 is in the Books!

April 4, 2020
Here are my take aways:  too much computer time but GREAT to have that as a way to see your faces.
                                          too much written communication but GREAT to have that as a way to "talk" to you
                                          too much rigid instruction but GREAT to have rolled out Living History

Here's what you need to know moving forward:

1. It's important to check your email every morning to find links and invites to google hangouts and to see who has shared...
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Distance Learning--It's a Thing

March 26, 2020
I am hopeful that we will be getting back together on May 4.  I am counting on it actually.

But it won't be Monday. is distance learning going for you?  Blog a comment letting me know if it's taking you more than 3 hours a day to complete what we assigned.  

Most of you are doing a great job keeping up with the work and getting your thoughts into a google doc.  Great job.  Moving forward let me tell you that there are a couple things you could do to make it easier for us to manage a...
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Drum Roll Please

March 24, 2020

The First Exploration Learning Board is out.  I emailed it to your mom and/or dad, posted on this website in a couple different places (see if you can find them) and it went out on See Saw.  

Let me know how it goes.
Let me know what was good and what was hard.
We are working on the assumption that you will need to do this again next week so.....use this week to play around with this format and see how it goes.

STill hoping to see you soon.

Mrs. Kovacs...
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Distance Learning

March 23, 2020
1.  The whole point of distance learning is to keep you moving forward from home.
2.  The point of that is to make sure you don't have to go to school in the summer to be where you need to be next year
3.  You will get your first learning board tomorrow.  It is a practice run.  Let us know if there are problems for you.
4.  IF school is going to continue to run from homes, then you will get another board on Monday, March 30.

Here's what you can do to get ready.  Create a Google Doc and call it so...
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All About Me

Jamie Lyn Kovacs I am married to John Kovacs and have 5 sons, John age 35, Jim age 33, Joe age 29, Jake age 27, Vlad age 25. I also have 5 grandchildren, Jack and Lydia and Josiah, who are the kids of my oldest son and his wife, and Kennedy and Chloe who are the daughters of my second son and his wife. My husband and I live in WBL in the house where we raised all those boys. ____________My son John is married and lives in Turkey with his wife Pamela and sons Jack and Josiah and daughter Lydia. Hey, that makes me a grandmother--yikes! John is a teacher too. A couple years ago he taught at White Bear Lake and then for a couple years he's been teaching social studies to middle school kids at Hope Academy in Minneapolis. He also has taken classes at a seminary. He wrote a book called "The Historia" which you can buy on He was a hockey player and played college hockey at Bethel. His wife is a lawyer worked at a big law firm in Minneapolis. Cool! Hey, guess what. I am a lawyer too!! This will be my 14th year teaching as I practiced law for over 15 years. Teaching is way more fun!! Now they are living in Turkey and simply trying to learn the language and make connections. This year my son has started free lance writing for many different publications. __________My son Jim lives in Blaine with his wife Courtney and daughter Kennedy. They both graduated from Winona State where they were star pitchers on their baseball and softball teams. Jim graduated from St. Thomas School of Law. He clerked for a judge and now he works for a law firm in Golden Valley. His wife graduated from Des Moines University Medical School where she studied to be a physical therapist. She works for Twin Cities Orthopedics. You can check out pictures of their wedding on the summer vacation tab. Their daughters are very funny and cute and I often show the class pictures of them. __________My son Joe graduated from Moorhead State and now got an MBA at George Washington University. He, like his brothers was a good athlete and loved sports. He also is a great singer and performer and was Danny Zuko in Grease, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and Curly in Oklahoma--all in WBL high school. He has a teaching license and did some long term subbing in WBL most recently at Hugo Elementary School. Next he worked at Infinite Campus training teachers on software that his employer makes. He got to travel all over the United States. He is married to Emily, and there are pictures of them you can check out on the vacation tab as well. Emily is a pharmacist for CVS in Targets. They moved to Washington DC so he could attend George Washington University and get an MBA. This last summer he did an internship with the Washington Nationals baseball team for his MBA program. Now he works for IBM! __________My son Jake graduated from University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a superstar in math. He was a TA for a professor in the computer science department. He really likes to golf and was on the White Bear Lake golf team. He worked at Gem Lake so if you ever golf there, you may have seen Jake. Do you like golf? As soon as he graduated he started working full time at a company that writes online computer games. He spends his day writing code to create games. He loves that kind of writing, do you? He taught many of my students to write code in Scratch. He got married in Jan. 2020 to a darling girl named Molly who works at his same company. She is a game tester and plays the games the guys like Jake write. _________Vlad officially became our son in June of 2010 although we have loved him since we met him a couple years before that. We traveled to his homeland, Latvia, 3 times to make him ours. He has been living with us since March of 2010. He graduated from WBL High School too. He traveled to China with the high school a couple years ago and wants to go back. Can you believe that you can travel with your classmates and friends when you are in high school? He graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. He spent a semester in Seoul, S. Korea in a study abroad program through River Falls. He also a semester in China in 2019. _________My husband John works for Collins Electrical Company as a project manager but he is amazing with computers. He set up this web site for me!! Thanks John. He is the IT guy for his parents, and our whole family!! My husband and I have a cute teddy bear puppy who is 3 years old. He is very spoiled.

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