The Cherokee Chronicle

November 2020

Principal's Note

Cherokee Families!


As you have heard by now, the school board voted at their November 3rd meeting to transition back to Fully Virtual until November 30. See the fully virtual plan in the box below for more details and know that we appreciate your continued support and flexibility during this school year.


Also, I am excited to announce that during this period of virtual instruction and beyond, the Washington County Department of Education will provide new and exciting ways for students to learn and grow. In this pursuit, families will have access to the new reading service available through Sora, the student reading app, which provides free 24/7 access to eBooks and audiobooks. What better way to engage students’ minds than through reading?


The Sora platform will offer access to a shared collection of titles within our district as well as public library eBooks and audiobooks. Users marked as Juvenile can view and borrow only juvenile titles from the public library, while those who are marked as Young Adult (Grades 7 and up) can view and borrow both young adult and juvenile titles. Parents should be aware that Young Adult materials are most often content appropriate to that age group, however, they can contain more mature content and themes than Juvenile materials. Any concerns about Young Adult access for students can be addressed with the student’s school librarian. Access for any student can be limited to Juvenile materials only, upon written request from the parent.


Benefits of Sora:


  • Supports distance learning
  • Supports a variety of reading levels and learning styles
  • Accessible everywhere 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Works on Chromebooks, tablets, laptops, desktops and phones
  • Easy to use application
  • Greater selection of high interest books
  • Supports independent learning
  • Increases student engagement
  • Increased access through Public Library consortium


We are excited to offer this new reading tool for our students, knowing that strong readers have increased success in all other academic subjects as well as fuller, more enriched life experiences.


Please contact our library media specialist Ms. Nelson at nelsonk@wcde.org with any questions.


Respectfully,


Mark Merriman, Principal

Fully Virtual Plan

The Board of Education met on Tuesday, November 3 and voted to return to Fully Virtual. Below is a summary of this new plan. Effective immediately schools will operate…

  • Mondays-Fridays – All students will be fully virtual 5 days a week (including Wednesdays) for standards based instruction from their teachers (including related arts, SPED, RTI). This will be through via Google Classroom or through learning packets for students without Wifi or devices. Teachers will provide a morning meetings, live and recorded sessions, as well as assignments on Google Classroom. Note that we are in the process of obtaining more ChromeBooks for distribution. Families (including Kindergarteners) will be contacted when these arrive (they have been back ordered).

  • Materials Pickup- Students who need to access materials or books he/she left at school can drop by anytime between 8 AM and 3:30 PM

  • Fully Remote Students- Our K-4 students who have been in the separate fully virtual program will continue with their (non-Lamar) teacher.

  • Food Service will continue to provide free curbside meal pickup in the back of the building from 10 AM to 1 PM for any child 0-18 years old. Click the link below to visit their webpage. For more information, contact our Cafeteria Manager, Donna Mauk, at maukd@wcde.org or call 753-1132.

  • School Aged Child Care (SACC) will be available at elect school sites (not at Lamar). Click the link below for more information or email Megan Hite at hitem@wcde.org or call 434-4924.

  • COVID-19 County Specific Data can be found using the link below.

Click Here to View Covid-19 Data for TN Counties

The Tennessee Department of Health now has an online county data snapshot page. Use this link to check it out.

Attendance Notes from the Assistant Principal

Families,


As we prepare to ensure that our students have the best possible distance learning experience we need to remind you of our expectations for student attendance during distance learning.


  1. Students must either (a) check-in to class daily by attending live meets, or (b) complete their work by 11:59 PM on that day. Families without internet can call in daily.

  2. Students who do not meet one of these requirements will be given an unexcused absence for each day they do not submit attendance, attend meets, or complete work. As a reminder our attendance policy is as follows:


  • Five parent notes may be written to excuse student absences (These can be emailed to Susan Constable at constables@wcde.org)
  • Dr. Notes may be used to excuse absences (These can be faxed to 753-1134).

  • Students who acquire five unexcused absences will be required to complete an attendance contract with their parents/ guardians and the assistant principal.

  • Students who acquire ten unexcused absences will be referred to truancy board.


If you have any questions about our attendance policy, please reach out to me! I am happy to help clarify. You can give me a call between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm at 753-1130 or email me at mcdermottc@wcde.org. My goal is to ensure your child has the best possible education and keep them consistently engaged in distance learning.



Thank You ,


Caryn McDermott

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Request for Student Resources

If your child or family needs assistance with hygiene items, clothing, food, school supplies, or other school resources while students are learning remotely, please click the request button below.

Support Our School!

Our PTA continues to support the students and teachers of Lamar School during these ever changing times. Please consider helping then out with their fundraisers. There are selling RADA Cutlery and Southern Sheets. These fundraisers are 100% online with orders being shipped directly to your home. See the link below for access to these fundraisers.

Cherokee Reusable Water Bottles for Sale

Lamar Cherokee water bottles are still for sale for students and faculty for $7. They are available for sell in the office and at the concession stand and are an item on the school-wide supply list. Below are pictures. Call the office with any questions 423-753-1130.
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Mission, Vision, and Motto

The administration, faculty, and staff of Lamar School strive to meet the educational needs of all students enabling them to be responsible and productive citizens.


Learning is a process which is cultivated through the collaborative efforts of the school, home, and community.


I am a Cherokee working to be the best that I can be!

Updated Fully Virtual Plans for November

The Board of Education met on Tuesday, November 3 and voted to return to Fully Virtual Instruction through November 30. Below is a summary of this new plan. Effective immediately, schools will operate…


  • Monday-Friday – Students will be attending school virtually 5 days a week and will receive access to live and recorded sessions through Google Classroom. Students without a device or access to internet will continue to receive learning packets.
  • Fully Remote Students- The students in grades K-4 who were already a part of the separate virtual program will continue with their separate (non-Lamar) teachers at this time.
  • Food Service will continue to provide free curbside meals to any child 0-18 years old. This will continue throughout virtual learning from 10 AM- 1 PM in the back of the building. Click the link below to visit their webpage. For more information, contact our Cafeteria Manager, Donna Mauk, at maukd@wcde.org or call 753-1132.
  • School Aged Child Care (SACC) will be available at select school sites (not at Lamar). Click the link below for more information or email Megan Hite at hitem@wcde.org or call 434-4924.
  • COVID-19 County Specific Data can be found using the link below.