Ponus Ridge Homework Portal

How Does The Program Work?

To participate in Type Hype!, students must practice their keyboarding skills and log the minutes they spend typing on any kind of keyboard – laptop, PC or tablet. There are many keyboarding programs available to students, including EduTyping (grades 3 – 4) and Keyboarding without Tears (grades K – 2). Typed homework assignment minutes count! Go to the Type Hype! page for links to fun websites to practice typing at home.

To keep track of minutes spent typing, go to the Type Hype! recording page and log your student's minutes. Unfortunately, Mighty Math minutes do not count toward Type Hype! minutes.

For the 2016 – 2017 school year each student will earn one Type Hype! keyboard letter for completion of 10 minutes of typing. Stickers will be awarded along the way to encourage progress. Once the student earns all 26 letters, he/she will be eligible to choose an award ball from the Computer prize bin maintained by Mrs. Sommerville. The keyboard letters will be awarded for all grades on a monthly basis as follows:

10 minutes = 1 letter              

Quarterly challenge = 1 letter

The Type Hype! minutes will be posted monthly on the Type Hype! bulletin board near the 2nd grade hallway. Each child’s progress will be included on the Type Hype! bulletin board. Students will receive letters on the board that correspond with the minutes spent practicing their typing skills.

The bulletin board will be updated monthly and new this year, we will recognize the top boy and girl typer for each grade. There is no limit to the number of letters and prizes that can be collected.

Grade-wide tallies will also be recorded on the Type Hype! Keyboard. Students will contribute to the total Type Hype! minutes for their grade as well as total school-wide percentage participation.




BRIDGPORT— “Bring the world to Jesus one person at a time,” Bishop Frank Caggiano told more than 250 children, teenagers and adults in the RCIA program, who recently celebrated the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion—a ceremony that began their final preparation toward full communion with the Catholic Church.

St. Theresa Church in Trumbull was filled to capacity with catechumens coming into the Church and candidates completing their sacraments, along with their sponsors, family members and friends who gathered on the first Sunday of Lent to be received by the Bishop and the community.

“Bring the world to Jesus one person at a time—that is your Easter homework,” he told them.

Some had already begun the assignment. Michael Wellington, Youth Director of St. John Church in Darien, brought 11-year-old Isaac Morales, whom he had prepared to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil Liturgy. Isaac, a student at Ponus Ridge Middle School in Norwalk, was accompanied by his parents Elizabeth and Edwin. “I wanted to get baptized so I can be closer to God and get into the Church,” he said, smiling.

Diane Kingsley of St. Margaret Mary Church in Shelton is sponsoring Anila Drici from Albania, the sixth member of her family to go through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program. Anila grew up with no faith in a Communist country where Christianity was not allowed. She came to America two years ago and her daughter started taking her to church and she loved it. Her brother introduced her to Deacon Jeff Kingsley and his wife Diane.

Rite of Election at St. Theresa, Trumbull
Photos by Amy Mortensen

“I’m so happy to become a Catholic,” she said, “When I was growing up in Albania, there was no faith, no Church, nothing. Now, my faith in God is so important to me. I am so thankful and want to grow in my faith.”

When Anila is baptized, it will mark the 18th time Diane has been a sponsor, nine times through the RCIA program.

“Initiation is another step deeper into discipleship,” the Bishop said. “The journey doesn’t end there. It continues because you are called into full communion with the Church so that you can continue to grow in holiness. Your vocation is to become a saint in this life and in the life to come … And to achieve our true destiny, which is Heaven.”

“We live in a world that wants you to be comfortable, a world that wants you to only worry about yourself, a world that says it is only about me,” Bishop Caggiano told the group. “We come here to tell the world that it is wrong. And that a person who truly wishes to find himself or herself will never be afraid to go into the desert…There we find Christ, and in finding Christ, we have found everything we need.”

The Rite of Election, which is traditionally held on the first Sunday of Lent, marks the end of the formation period of study and prayer and the beginning of the final preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter — Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.


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