Ms. Smith - Social Studies & English Language Arts Teacher

Welcome to Social Studies/ELA !
Along with the rest of the staff at John A. Rowland High School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2022-23 school year! I am  looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. My name is Leslie Smith, and I am thrilled to be serving as both a History-Social Studies & ELA teacher at John A. Rowland HS. This year makes for my 26th year in Southern California in education and my 10th year here at RHS. I am continually exploring ways to increase student engagement and achievement through rigorous curriculum, research-based strategies and technology integration.
Before coming to Rowland, I served as project director for two Teaching American History grants in the Inland Empire and on numerous history education and curriculum committees. In an effort to increase technology use and close the digital divide, the students in my classes will be involved in creating digital reports, digital storytelling, blogging, digital collaboration, and much more. I continue to learn from my collaborative experiences and remain dedicated to improving my instructional practice.
I recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. I know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that I will do my very best to carry out our responsibilities. I ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that they:
1) Attend school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
2) Complete all homework assignments given
3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of their school life
5) Informs you if they need additional support in my class (or any other)
6) Knows that you expect them to succeed here in school and go on to post secondary education such as college or career/technical training
Classroom Communication, Assignments, and Resources:
All in person/synchronous and asynchronous learning assignments, class announcements, resources, and handouts are posted on Google Classroom. The Google classroom will be my primary source of communication with your student, aside from when they are in class. If you would like an account that gives you access to your student's page, please contact me by email at [email protected] for an access code.
The sign in for student google accounts has changed. Please use the instructions below to sign into your account and then join the class.
Username: s[permanent ID]

Password: Student birthday MMDDYYYY

Students will be forced to change their passwords once they login.

For example student Kurt Schlatter with a student permanent ID number of 0123456789 and a birthday of March 26 1976 would have the following user account.

Google UserName: [email protected].org

Google Password: 03261976
CP American Government Google Classroom Code: 
Period 2: ou65akl
Period 4: ehwjdp7
Period 6: xu23iba
AP Government and Politics Google Classroom Code:
Period 1: y3bvfpc
Period 3: 3eqc4as
English 10
Period 5: oievg2c