Switzerland Point Middle School
Raider Rap 1-25- 21
Help us Celebrate Our Teachers of the Year!
Jessica Schulz, Civics/News Crew Teacher
And Rookie Teacher of the Year:
Catherine Clausen, Math Teacher
We are asking ALL students to wear blue and orange or Gator Gear to honor them on Wednesday.
In addition, we would encourage all past and present students of Ms. Schulz and Ms. Clausen to bring them a flower, handwritten card, or special treat on this day!
Current 6th and 7th graders: SPMS will start the scheduling process soon! This year, the scheduling process will be all online through HAC and we are excited to share this process soon! For our current 8th graders, your perspective high school will share information with us ASAP. When it is available, we will share out to our families!
Please remember the academy window does close soon! Please see previous school messengers regarding Career Academy offerings. If you have any concerns, please contact your 8th grade counselor.
The deadline for SJVS summer course registrations is already approaching. The final date to sign up for SJVS courses is Wednesday, February 10th, 2021. Please encourage your students to sign up for HOPE, Driver’s Ed and other summer courses with SJVS prior to the deadline.
Please stop by Guidance if you have other questions!
Celebrate Literacy Week
Author Visit- Virtual Visit with author Taryn Souders on Tuesday, January 26th for participants of Coop Knows the Scoop book club.
Library Grand Re-Opening- Wednesday, January 27th.
Weekly Dress Up Days-
Students and staff are asked to participate in the following dress up days.
Wednesday, January 27th- “Hats off to Reading” ($1 to wear a hat- proceeds to Media Center) and wear Gator Gear for our Teachers of the Year.
Thursday, January 28th- “Cozy Up and Read” ($1 to wear PJ’s proceeds to Media Center).
Attendance & Zoom Conferences for Non-Distance Learners
Just a reminder that the Zoom conferences which are set up in classrooms are specifically designed for distance learners. These are NOT intended to be used as a substitute for attending school because a family wishes to go out of town, travel for athletics, or for other non-quarantine reasons.
It should also be noted that any student who is not a distance learner and joins a Zoom conference is still marked absent and MUST submit a note to Ms. Jackson to clear the absence. As we move forward into the second semester, nearly all courses will be switching from dual platform to single platform and there will no longer be an option for students to join classes from home except for in specially designated distance classes. By beginning to have your children understand this anticipated switch, they will be better prepared when the switch occurs.
SPMS PTSO Updates
MEETING: JANUARY 25, 2021 7 PM * hosted via Zoom
Feel free to join us to see what PTSO is all about. Meeting details will be posted on our Facebook page or please e-mail email@example.com to receive details.
* Time change due to Bartram Virtual Academy meeting
SPMS PTSO ANNUAL BOOK DRIVE – January 25th – February 2nd
The book drive is back! Please consider donating your gently used books suitable for PK-5th grade! This book drive is part of the SPMS PTSO Swiss Point Cares Community Outreach Program and will be benefiting the students of South Woods Elementary School which is located in the southern part of St. Johns County. This book drive provides children access to books at home. The drive will go from January 25 thru Feb 2! Prizes will be awarded to the homeroom with the most participation!
Bring your books in to Homeroom and THANK YOU for your support!
SPMS PTSO POPPIN BOX POPCORN SALE
Coming Soon! A scrumptious POPCORN SALE! Order your popcorn from Feb 4th thru Feb 8 from The Poppin Box (a locally owned shop in Bartram Walk) and PTSO will deliver your order to your student on Feb 11th to your student’s homeroom! You can place your order via a paper order form (available in front office, homeroom or outside the media center) or online at www.swisspointptso.com. The paper order drop off box will be in front of the media center. Online sales will have a small convenience fee. These 4.5 cup bags of popcorn are perfect for your student, friends, family or SPMS Staff! A super cute Valentine's Day treat too!
Thank you for your support!
STOCK THE TEACHERS’ LOUNGE – FEBRUARY 8th – 12th
During Kindness Month we want to show our staff how special they are to us. Please pick out special treats to help us Stock the Teachers’ Lounge. We are asking for donations of non-perishable items to stock the teacher’s lounge full of food and drinks. Examples are:
Bottled Water, Canned/Bottled Soda, Sport Drinks, Juice, K-Cups (coffee and tea), Chips, Crackers, Breakfast/Protein Bars
Be creative but please remember of busy staff often have to eat quickly. Donations will be collected the week of Feb. 8 – 12 in the parent pick up loop or in Homeroom. Let’s make our staff feel extra special!
TEACHER APPRECIATION NEWS –
In December the staff was treated to several things from area businesses and the PTSO. Publix on 210 donated lunch including sandwiches, cookies and drinks. Area businesses donated items for drawings for the staff. PTSO put together packages of hand sanitizer, hot chocolate, etc. as treat for the break. There was hot cider one day, and donuts and other sweets on another.
Thank you to the following businesses for their generosity:
Publix, Dustin’s Mobile Detailing, el’Amore Wellness, MAKK Fashions, Poppy’s Italiano Restaurant, Ten Salon, Ponte Vedra Home Depot, St. Johns Golf & Country Club, Dunkin' Donuts, Pets R Family Veterinary Hospital, Tina Schumacher (Starbucks, Panera, etc.)
WE NEED YOUR HELP
We need your help too. The following board positions will be opening in the 21-22 school year. This is a great year to join the board and show your support for our students and staff. Join this year to train for next year. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in finding out more.
VP of Fundraising
VP of Membership
Spirit Wear Chair
Book Fair Chair
Business Partner Chair
Swiss Point Cares Chair
RAIDER STORE - This is a special store where students can “purchase” special items with their reward virtual points that they earn for good behavior. Our students are recognized for being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.
JANUARY 28th, FEBRUARY 12th, FEBRUARY 26th
PTSO MEMBERSHIP - IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN PTSO
Please support our students and teachers by joining the PTSO. Memberships are only $20 per family. Memberships are a donation and do not require volunteer hours. Your donation helps fund many important things that take place during school like the PBIS Rewards Raider Store, Teacher Classroom Grants, and Teacher Appreciation.
Thank you to the 85 Raider Families who have joined the PTSO to date.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT PTSO
AmazonSmile - Shop through the PTSO link on AmazonSmile! Click this link to find out more! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3741022
Now while you do your regular shopping on Amazon thru AmazonSmile, .5% of your purchase will be donated to SPMS PTSO! It is that EASY! Thank you for your support!
Box Tops – Please download the Box Tops app and start scanning your receipts for SMPS PTSO to get Box Top credits. Please turn in any valid paper box tops to the front office.
Keep an eye on the PTSO website, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on what is coming up throughout the year!
Questions/concerns? Email: email@example.com
For up to date happenings LIKE us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/SwissPointPTSO/ SPMS PTSO is on INSTAGRAM! Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/spmsptso/ Check the PTSO website for all the latest news! http://www.swisspointpt
ALL SPMS students are invited to participate in the SSYRA Showcase Contest. For the contest, students will read a current Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award book and then create a project to accompany the book. They may work in groups of 3 or less. This is similar to a science fair project but for a book instead! Projects will be displayed and judged by a panel of administrators and authors!
Awards will be given for projects that come in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category! Projects are due to Ms. Badger, in the Media Center, by May 7th and may be created/ submitted digitally or physically. Details and project guidelines are here. Contact Ms. Badger (firstname.lastname@example.org or through Schoology message) if you have questions.
2020-2021 Grade 6-8 Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Books
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
City Spies by James Ponti
Deep Water by Watt Key
Float by Laura Martin
Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald
Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Scouts by Shannon Greenland
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Spark by Sarah Beth Durst
We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey
New Health Guidelines - ASYMPTOMATIC CLOSE CONTACTS IN THE SCHOOL SETTING
If you or a family member are diagnosed with Covid-19, please call the office to confirm your child's quarantine dates.
The CDC and the Florida Department of Health continue to recommend quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure. However, there is new guidance that allows for a close contact to return to school earlier. There are two options that may allow the close contact to return to school/work before the full 14-day quarantine period has been met:
1. The quarantine period may be shortened to 10 days from last exposure to the positive case if daily symptom monitoring indicates the close contact remains symptom free. The contact can return to school or work on Day 11. HOWEVER, it is extremely important that the contact continues daily monitoring for signs and symptoms through 14 days, as well as, practice social distancing, always wears a mask, and washes hands frequently. If signs or symptoms develop at any point, the contact should immediately isolate, seek medical care, and call the Health Department.
2. The Quarantine may be shortened to as few as 7 days if a negative PCR test result is obtained on day 6 or later from exposure to the positive case. A PCR test is required and a rapid antigen test CANNOT be substituted. The test must be collected on day 6 or after, and if it is negative, the contact can return on Day 8 of quarantine, if he or she remains symptom free. HOWEVER, it is extremely important that the contact continues daily monitoring for signs and symptoms through 14 days, as well as, practice social distancing, always wears a mask, and washes hands frequently. If signs or symptoms develop at any point, the contact should immediately isolate, seek medical care, and call the Health Department.
DO I HAVE TO GET MY CHILD TESTED?
No, assuming your child remains symptom-free, he or she does not need a negative test to return to school on Day 11. If they develop symptoms you should seek medical care and call the health department.
HOW DO I GET PCR TESTING?
· You can obtain PCR testing through your medical provider
· You can obtain PCR testing at a public testing site
· REMEMBER: the rapid antigen test is not accepted, it must be a PCR test
· If your child develops symptoms, seek medical care and call the Health Department
· Make sure results can be provided within 24 to 48 hours. If the results are likely to take longer than 48 hours, it may be better to quarantine through day 10 and return to school on day 11, if no symptoms. CHILDREN WITH A KNOWN PENDING TEST RESULT SHOULD NOT RETURN TO SCHOOL
IF I GET A NEGATIVE PCR TEST RESULT, OBTAINED ON OR AFTER DAY 6 FOLLOWING EXPOSURE, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
Call the Health Department to check if the result has been reported electronically in their system. If the result is reported, they will let the school know that your child may return, assuming they remain asymptomatic. If you have been notified that the result is negative but it has not yet shown up in the DOH system, you will need to provide a copy of the lab directly to the Health Department. NOTE: Please DO NOT fax or drop off copies of labs without first contacting the Health Department to make appropriate arrangements.