JA Cub Report
Weekly Report #37: Friday, May 28, 2021
AUGUST 30: MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE
Dear John Adams Parent/guardian,
It is hard to believe the final days of the 2020-21 School Year are upon us. We are saying goodbye to a great group of 8th graders while also making plans to welcome our returning students back to John Adams in the fall.
We are pleased to introduce our plan for the start to the 2021-2022 school year; Meet Me In the Middle. Each of our RPS Middle Schools will dedicate the first day of the new school year to orienting all students who are new to their middle school. Meet Me In the Middle will provide all 6th grade students to meet the teachers, have lunch, learn how to use lockers, navigate their transportation plan, and collaborate with peers with fewer students in the building. Along with 6th graders, our students going into grades 7 & 8 who have not yet been in-person in our buildings, will be invited to attend Meet Me In the Middle to participate in the same orientation activities. We know that laying a strong foundation for our students, as well as introducing them to their new peers, facility, and different structure will aid in their growth and preparedness for middle school. We are excited to begin our school year in this way as we believe we will be setting our students up for a safe, welcoming and successful middle school experience. Please reserve the first day of the school year, Monday, August 30th, 2021 for Meet Me In the Middle.
The first day of school for students entering 7th and 8th grade who have been attending in-person this year will be Tuesday, August 31, 2022.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
2021 BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK
I’m here for questions if you have them. Tentative plan.
- Wednesday, August 18
- Thursday, August 19
Meet the Teacher
- Thursday, August 26
Meet Me in the Middle
- Monday, August 30: 6th Grade Orientation ONLY (and any 7/8 student who has not been in the building for in person learning)
Meet the Teacher ALL Students
- Tuesday, August 31: First Day of School for ALL Grades (A day)
Still missing 1972. If anyone has a copy we can borrow to upload, we'd appreciate it. Enjoy!
Technology Device Drop Off, Instrument, and Library Book Drop Off (FDL)
It is time for distance learner device drop off at the end of the year. Please adhere to the schedule below for drop off times.
Procedure - Drive into the parking lot, pull up to the curb by Door 11 and the flag pole. Be sure your device is charged. Give the staff member your name, turn in technology device with case and charger, musical instrument, and any library books.
Monday, June 7: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, June 8: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Drop off iPad with charger
- Drop off Chromebook with charger
Emergency Broadband Support for Eligible Households
About the Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?
A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:
- Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
- Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
How to Apply
There are three ways for eligible households to apply:
1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to:
Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742
After receiving an eligibility determination, households can contact their preferred service provider to select an Emergency Broadband Benefit eligible service plan.
WANTED: Student Input Naming New Middle School
In 2022, Rochester Public Schools will welcome its newest middle school. It will be a great place to learn…but it doesn’t have a name. Rochester’s School Board is inviting all our students to help with the naming process.
We are inviting you to research, think about, and send us names you believe should be considered for the new school. Beginning today through June 5, students can submit your ideas, individually or in teams by using this form (the link is also below). Students will need to log in using their @ISD535.org Gmail account. Teachers, you may want your entire class to discuss and agree on a name to submit; you might even want to make it a class contest. Individual students, we want to hear from you, too!
Names can reflect a person, place or idea, and if you want, you can include a sentence or two explaining why it should be considered, based on these three criteria:
- It reflects the School District’s values and beliefs
- It represents the diversity within our community
- It instills inspiration in students
If you choose the name of a person, that individual must no longer be living, and preference would be given to someone who has made a contribution relatively recently rather than in the distant past.
After June 5, the School Board will review every name that was submitted and, based on the three criteria, choose 5-10 names that seem the most appropriate. Then the Rochester community will be invited to vote on their favorite name from that list. We’ll do everything we can to encourage and enable all residents to vote.
The top vote getter will be announced at a School Board meeting and will become the name of our new school.
To participate, copy and paste this link in your web browser, or click on it: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSYymZXB_qk7xkVrDFjQv_OvPdeq33-Hy4z-cCCPxWcCYKWQ/viewform
We look forward to hearing from you!
- The Rochester School Board
Reminder: Reporting Absences
- Due to Illness: When reporting your student’s absence, please make sure to list all symptoms your child is experiencing. A John Adams staff member will then notify you of your student’s date of return to school per Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. Please watch for emails regarding your student’s absence.
- Per usual school year, continue to call the office so we can track regular attendance 328-5710. This is important as we continue to create and sustain a safe learning environment.
COVID BUS EXPECTATIONS
- Students must have a mask on to ride the bus. The bus company's supply of masks has been depleted in the last two weeks of school. Riders may be denied access to the bus without a mask.
- All buses are required to have seating charts for contact tracing purposes.
- Secondary: Seats will be assigned and name plates on seats created using a duct tape system.
Food and Drink
- NO Food Deliveries for students-GrubHub, Mr. Pizza, etc.
- Students should bring a refillable water bottle
- Drinking fountains will be bottle filling only
- Raise or lower mask to drink; return mask to the appropriate position
- Students may not bring snacks
- No food or beverages should be shared at breakfast or lunch
Expectations for Distance Learners
- Distance Learning students will follow along live, provided short bursts of instruction, and/or offered activities to complete on their own.
- We will follow an 8-period day. This means all students, whether in-person or DL, will attend each class (periods 1-8) daily.
- Your teachers will use Google Classroom to communicate the plan for the day and for the week. The most difficult adjustment will be to the 8-period day.
- DL students can use their Target time for work completion or ask teacher to meet with them to provide supplemental support for some assignments.
- The school day will be 7:40 am – 2 pm.
- Pay attention to the A-B calendar listed below.