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For your convenience, I've placed a copy of the original Electronic Forum letter here as well as the procedures for connecting to the Forum.  At the bottom of this page is a link to the Forum so you can access it directly from this site.

                                                                                  November 19, 2004


From: Mr. Rice

Re: Electronic Forum


Dear Students and Parent/Guardians,

As part of the Reading Workshop students are required to write letters to me regarding books they are reading.  This has been for the most part, with one recent exception, done in class.  My students have expressed an interest in and questioned if there was any other way to accomplish the letter writing. 

With the help of the invaluable Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) tech support group an alternative that supports the District Technology Initiative has been developed.  I am very excited about it, and I believe the students are as well. 

The Electronic Forum enables students who wish to write their letters at home and post them on a password protected internet page that is part of the AAPS network.  The instructions for accessing the Electronic Forum and posting letters appear on the reverse of this page. 

          I want to emphasize that the Electronic Forum can only be accessed by students through the use of their password.  No one can access the Forum without that password.  The Forum is not an instant messaging or e-mail system.  It is a place where student letters can be posted, viewed, and responded to only by group members that possess a password. 

It is also important for students to realize that once they have submitted an entry they can not change and edit it in any way.  Only the Forum moderator (that would be me) can edit or delete postings.  I have instructed students that only school and appropriate postings are allowed.  As moderator I will be able to check each posting and its time of entry and author.  I have also gone over this letter and Forum access procedures with them. 

          I believe students will enjoy and benefit from the experience of using the Electronic Forum.  It expected that there will be bugs at the beginning, but these should gradually disappear with use and experience.  As time passes the use of Electronic Forums may be extended to my other classes as well.

Should this letter get lost you may see a copy of it by going to and clicking on the Reading Workshop link.

           Please know that I appreciate all your interest and support.  If you have any questions or concerns please let me know by calling the Forsythe Sixth Grade office at 994-1986 or e-mail me at



                                                                              Mr. Rice

                                                                              Reading Workshop






        Go to:


        Bookmark the site on your computer.


        Sign in.  For user name in lower case letters type:

(your last name) (first letter of your first name) (the underscore symbol) (for)

Example: ricem_for


        Your password is the same one you use at school to save to your folder on our school server. 


        Click on the forum link for your class.


        Check out Forum Procedures and Rules link.  Follow any instructions.


        Click on New Topic.


        In the subject box type your first name and last initial; then type Lit Letter EXAMPLE: Rice, M; Lit Letter


        In the large box type your letter using proper format (Salutation, Body, Closing) NOTE: Feel free to use an Emoticon!


        Make sure the post topic as normal circle is checked, but do not click on any other boxes. 


        REMEMBER: Once you click Submit you cannot edit.  Type only school and assignment appropriate text!


        Click on Submit.


        You are done!



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