Sherwood Middle School
March 14, 2021 Update
This Week's Messages
Good Morning Sherwood,
I hope you and your family are enjoying the weekend so far and looking forward to the extra hour of sunlight this evening. I continue to be grateful for the ongoing efforts of everyone in our community this year. Your patience, flexibility, and perseverance is truly appreciated!
As the weather continues to improve, and the days get longer, I know many of our students, staff, and families are excited about the prospect of returning to school at the end of April. While I too am excited to welcome students back, I ask for your patience, as we carefully plan for this significant undertaking. We hope to be able to maintain our existing schedule and team assignments for our students, however due to the variety of logistical challenges we face, we cannot guarantee that this will occur. Please stay tuned for future updates regarding our reopening plans.
As always, thank you for all you continue to do each day to help maintain a safe and supportive environment for our students and staff.
A Message From Mr. Kelly
This Week's Schedule
Monday, March 15th and Tuesday, March 16th
Cohort A & B in person
Cohort C will follow their typical Monday/Tuesday asynchronous learning plans.
Cohort D will follow their typical schedule.
Wednesday, March 17th
Cohort A1 in person 1/2 day
Cohorts A2, B & C will follow their typical live classes via Zoom in the morning and then have asynchronous learning in the afternoon.
Cohort D will follow their typical schedule.
Thursday, March 18th & Friday, March 19th
Cohort A & C in person
Cohort B will follow their typical Thursday/Friday asynchronous learning plans.
Cohort D will follow their typical schedule.
What's For Lunch?
Voluntary Covid Student Testing Starts This Week!
We are pleased to announce that SPS is expanding its free, voluntary COVID-19 testing program to Sherwood Middle School Students in cohorts A, B, and C beginning this week! The district has contracted with JCM Analytics to provide weekly surveillance testing for all interested students.
Students that signed up for this week's testing will:
- Receive testing kits in Homeroom on Monday (Cohort B) and Thursday (Cohort C).
- Bring in and drop off completed testing kits to the gymnasium from 7:30-8:00am on Tuesday (Cohort B) and Friday (Cohort C).
Please see below for some of the details of the program and to sign up for future testing.
Completion of an informed consent form for each of your Sherwood Middle School students is required for participation. The consent form can be accessed by logging into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and clicking the “COVID Testing Consent'' link in the left-hand menu. This process should take no more than five minutes of your time. Consent forms must be completed by 5pm on Fridays n order to participate in the next weeks testing. Those who miss this deadline but wish to begin participating in the second week must also complete the consent form and can access it at any time. Within 2 business days of signing your consent form, you will receive a follow-up email with further instructions on how to create a unique QR code for your student.
All SMS students who are attending school in person are eligible to participate. Testing is not mandatory but is highly encouraged as it will provide us with valuable information about the prevalence of COVID in our school community. The more participation we have, the safer an environment we will create.
- Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days are not eligible for testing due to the higher likelihood of a false positive test result.
- Students in the fully remote cohort are not eligible for testing as the goal is to detect COVID prevalence in the in-school hybrid program.
The district is utilizing pooled testing. Pooled testing involves the collection of individual specimens which are then grouped and tested as a “pool” to allow for more economical testing of large numbers of people. If a pool results as negative, it is safe to presume that all participants in the pool are negative. If a pool results as positive, the existing individual samples will then be tested to determine who within the group is positive, there is no need for a second sample. These results are delivered to SPS within 48 hours, and only the individuals identified as positive will need to quarantine.
It is important to note that pooled testing is intended for people who do not have symptoms and are not known close contacts to a positive case. Anyone experiencing symptoms or known to be a close contact to a positive case must instead follow district protocols for quarantining and individual testing.
Test kits and instructions will be distributed to participating students in their homerooms, and will be collected the next day, between 7:30-8:00AM in the gymnasium.
Tests will be a self-administered shallow nasal swab, and the test should be done at home on the morning of collection day.
Specimens will be assigned to random pools and shipped to the lab for processing, and results will be available within 36-48 hours. You will be notified by a school nurse if your result is positive. You will not receive notification for a negative result (no news is good news!).
Power of Purpose Fundraiser Coming to Sherwood: 3/17/21
We are excited to inform you that we will be working with the team at Power of Purpose (POP!) to bring a really cool and fun program – STEAM Engine, to our school.
We will launch this two-week fundraising experience on Wednesday, March 17th , and more information will be coming as we approach the launch.
It is a donation-based platform, and there are NO products to sell. Students will earn cool rewards just for participating, and the school will raise needed funds AND also STEAM products.
You will then have an opportunity to make your own donation, and to share our fundraiser with your friends and family who live anywhere in the world, via the website. As financial situations may have changed for some people, please note the messages we send are ZERO PRESSURE! They simply invite your friends and family to be a part of our efforts. No pressure, just a celebration of your amazing student(s)!
Please know that a donation, no matter how large or small, puts us one step closer to our goal.
And while we realize that some friends and family might be donating a little less this year, that's ok because EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our students!
SHS Honors Society Winter Writing Contest Winners
Shrewsbury High School students Michelle Kim and Diyala Bera joined 5 Yellow this past Friday to announce the winners of the Winter Writing Contest. Congratulations to Maya Hazarika, Vivian Shen, Ananthika Vinod, and William Goh for their excellent submissions. Also pictured below are 5 Yellow team teachers Ms. Carol Virzi and Mr. Pete Nolle.
During February & March the SMS PTO will be doing Team Shout Outs to recognize all 29 teams at both Sherwood and Oak. We want to include quotes from students highlighting what makes their teachers and team so awesome!
Please have your student(s) help complete this form to add their own team highlights and shout outs to this fun event.
From the Main Office
Attendance is taken every morning during Morning Meeting. Please make sure your child is present and ready to go by 8:00am. Thank you!
Any child, regardless of hybrid or remote learning program, must inform the office if their child will be absent or late to school. SPS requires that you telephone us either the night before or first thing in the morning on the day of the child’s absence at 508-841-8690. If we have not received a call to report an absence, the school will be in contact with the parent to confirm the child’s safety.
If students or families are having trouble with Schoology or Zoom, you can get tech support at ParentTechSupport@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us. Please remember that Team teachers are not immediately available for this support as they have students in class.
If students or families have other questions or concerns abut technology please go to this link: Frequently Asked Questions about Technology. This link includes parent access for Schoology; password help; school email help, broken iPad, and more!
Virtual Art Show
Please join the Visual Arts Department in viewing works from our amazing artists in grades K-12 from the first part of the school year. We will show the works of our artists from the second half of the school year in June. Enjoy! Special thanks to Sherwood's Art Teachers Mr. Chad Gray and Ms. Dierdre Kunar for inspiring our students!
Thank you and enjoy!
America’s dinner tables have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and food insecurity among children has skyrocketed. These concerns are further compounded by shifting home and work priorities often heavily shouldered by the heads of households.
Lasagna Love is a nationwide grassroots movement of kindness that aims to positively impact communities by connecting neighbors with neighbors through homemade meal delivery.
You may have heard about Lasagna Love recently on TV. It is a group of civic-minded neighbors pitching in to provide a free homemade lasagna dinner to anyone in need. Whether it's lost income, staying home because of the pandemic, or just too much stress and anxiety in your life, you can request a free meal made by a caring person in your neighborhood. One meal isn’t going to change the world, but it’s a nice way to change your day.
To request a free meal, please follow the simple directions at lasagnalove.org/request.
We would like to help with a meal to take some of the pressure off. One meal isn’t going to change the world, but it may change someone’s day. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference.
ALL DELIVERIES ARE CONTACT FREE, completely confidential, and delivered to your door.Lasagna Love is a movement of kindness that aims to positively impact communities by connecting neighbors with neighbors through homemade meal delivery. These are challenging times for everyone, and we would like to help with a meal to take some of the pressure off. To request a free meal, please follow the directions at lasagnalove.org/request.
Click HERE to learn more about Lasagna Love
SORA READING APP
The media centers across the district are excited to share that we now have a K-12 subscription to an iPad app called SORA that provides access to ebooks and audiobooks that students can read or listen to on their iPads. SORA enables users to borrow up to 3 books at a time. Users can also place holds on an additional 3 books at a time.
Here is a video overview of SORA.
Here is the link to a step-by-step tutorial that explains how to get started using SORA on your child's iPad: https://bit.ly/2JZa2SZ
Meal Access: Remote Learners & Hybrid Students on “At-Home” Learning Days
Students who have opted for remote learning and hybrid students on their “at-home learning days” may pick-up meals at Shrewsbury High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-11am at the main driveway. Please contact Beth Nichols at email@example.com if you need meals delivered.
Meal Access: Snow Days and Delays
- Snow Days If there is no School on a Tuesday, due to inclement weather, meal pick up will be on Wednesday ,same time ,10-11 and place ,main driveway at the High School. Meal Deliveries will be on Wednesday ,the same time 10-11. If there is no School on a Thursday due to inclement weather, meal pick up will be on Friday ,same time ,10-11 and place ,main driveway at the High School. Meal Deliveries will be on Friday, the same time,10-11.
- Delays If there is a 1 hour delay on a Tuesday or a Thursday, Meal pick up will be 11-12 at the main driveway of the High School. Meal delivery will be 11-12.If there is a 2 hour delay on a Tuesday or a Thursday, Meal pick up will be 12-1 at the main driveway of the High School. Meal delivery will be 12-1.
All adults with a child enrolled at SPS are welcome to attend.
No registration needed; use this link to join our Zoom meeting.
1st Monday of the Month, 7:30 - 8:15pm
December 7 | January 4 | February 1 | March 1 April 5 | May 3 | June 7
1st Thursday of the Month, 12:15 - 1pm
December 3 | January 7 | February 4 | March 4 April 1 | May 6 | June 3
CONTACT: MS. MADDOX, JMADDOX@SHREWSBURY.K12.MA.US