SMS Jaguars: Weekly Reminders

Happy New Year Jags: Universal Remote Learning/F2F: January

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School Governance Council Meeting: January 27

School Governance Council

Wednesday, January 27


The School Governance Council has a scheduled a scheduled meeting on Wednesday, January 27 @ 4:30 p.m. The agenda will include a public comment time period (5:30 p.m.).


A preview of the agenda is available on our school's website: The Principal's Newsletter-SMORE and future meetings will be posted on the parent resource board during our on-site sessions.


Click here to join the meeting

Click here to view the agenda

SGC Candidate Elections: Are you ready to serve our parent and school community? WE NEED YOU!

Elections: Believe it or not, we are gearing up for the SGC Election. We are seeking interested parents to join our School Governance Council and support the school in governing decisions, budget support, and community outreach. If you are interested in serving on the council, please email Sandtownprincipal@fultonschools.org


Candidate Declaration Window: 2/3 – 2/26/2021

Get to know the Candidates: 2/27 – 3/16/2021

SGC Voting Period: 3/17 – 3/24/2021

SGC Elections

Title-I Parent Engagement Session! January 26 @ 5:30pm

Join us online tonight for a virtual parent engagement session. Our topics are focused on learning more about the Student Success Skills curriculum and student outcomes. We will also spend time diving into the curriculum for rising 7th and 8th graders. We hope to see you online!


Click here to join: http://bit.ly/3chrqy6

School Resumes on Tuesday, January 19: Face-to-Face and URL Resume

All FCS scholars will return to school remotely on Wednesday, January 06. Please see below for Sandtown's return to school schedule.


  • Wednesday, January 6 - Friday, January 15: Universal Remote Learning (URL) for ALL
  • Tuesday, January 19: URL continues for all scholars registered for virtual learning
  • Tuesday, January 19: Return to Face-to-Face (F2F) for all registered F2F scholars


*Please stay attentive to your emails and school communications for adjustments or updates to our school schedule.

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SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Title I Engagement Workshop: Rising 7th and 8th Grade Scholars!

January Title I Engagement Workshop: Click here to join the meeting: http://bit.ly/3chrqy6
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Principal's Message: Welcome Back!

1/4/2021


The Journey Continues......Courage and Strength!


Jaguar Family,


Happy New Year! Welcome back to the second half of the school year and the start of a new year. I would like to welcome everyone back, officially, by conveying my very best wishes and sincere appreciation for each of you. As we shift our momentum into the next calendar year, this is an opportunity to appreciate our health and wellness, as well as the strength and courage displayed daily by our staff, students, parents and stakeholders. I know the sacrifice that is made, firsthand, and you are more than essential during this unique time in our country’s history.


I focused a lot on courage and strength during the holiday vacation. I took time to examine the meaning of both, as well as reminding myself of the courage we display each day. The willingness to face a challenge with passion and humility, despite the unknown. We are stronger together, and we will overcome this as a team! Thank you for being a part of this team, and the best part of Sandtown.


We are a part of a great school with amazing staff members, outstanding students, dedicated parents, and a very supportive community. Thanks for being part of it, and thanks so much for helping to make this year thus far, a great one! It’s definitely one that will go down in history as one of a kind.


Please always remember: “You are so awesome! You are so amazing! Your students need you and you are making a difference in their lives. Keep on teaching, Teachers! Keep on leading, Leaders! Keep on supporting, Support Staff! Keep on parenting, Parents! Keep on making the difference!”


Again, and as always, thank you for all that you do to ensure we are normalizing excellence!


Happy New Year!


Your Partner,


Principal Miley

Student Shout-Outs & Special Recognitions

We are so very proud of your efforts! Congratulations and we know you will represent Sandtown well!

CONGRATULATIONS: Aiyana Benford, Sandtown Middle School's REACH Scholarship Recipient!

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Congratulations Tristan!!! SMS Spelling Bee Winner/District Competitor-11th Place (11/65)

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Effective: Tuesday, January 19-All teachers will engage in simultaneous teaching and learning!

Teachers will support universal remote learning and F2F scholars in one setting. For many, this is not a change to their current schedule. For some, schedules may adjust slightly.


Thank you for ensuring we are able to support ALL learners! Please adhere to remote and F2F etiquette while engage in online learning.

Simultaneous Teaching - Extended Version

Semester 2: Bell Schedule

The Bell Schedule is changing! The changes are minor, however, all classes are extended by 5 minutes to increase access to instruction. Transitions will continue to be closely monitored and ensure social distancing and cleanliness measures are in place. URL scholars are impacted, as transition time is now limited to 10 minutes. Please plan for the adjustments.


The new extended 5 minutes for each class will begin on Wednesday, January 06, 2020. Please be reminded that ALL scholars will return virtually, before transition back to on-site/face-to-face learning.

Face-to-face (F2F) learning is applicable to the scholars who are registered for F2F. All other scholars will remain in the URL-virtual setting.

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No School Days!

Our scholars will not attend school on the following days:
  • January 4-5: Teacher Workdays (No School for Students)
  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (Schools Closed)***
  • February 12: Professional Development Day (No School for Students)
  • February 15: Presidents' Day (Schools Closed)***
  • March 12: Professional Development Day (No School for Students)
  • March 15: Teacher Workdays (No School for Students)

***FCS Schools and District Offices are closed

PBIS: Building Positive Behaviors

Refocus

Refocus means to focus again; change the emphasis or direction of. Refocusing also helps clear your mind, clarify your thoughts, improve your relationships and visualize the path to achieve your goals.


Last year has given us so many ups and downs, but now we are starting fresh in 2021 and given an opportunity to refocus. Let’s take this year as a fresh start to regain our momentum. Let’s refocus how we handle certain situations. Let’s think positive and be optimistic with all that is to come.


Here a couple of ways to Refocus

  1. Practice Acceptance
  2. Breathe easy
  3. Change your perspective
  4. Laugh, smile, think positive thoughts


  1. Exercise
  2. Write out it (Journal your thoughts)
  3. Take a moment for yourself
  4. Listen carefully


Never forget a Positive Practice goes a long way!

P.B.I.S Coach: Arianne Warner

The Jaguar E-Gift Giving Tree! A special thank you to our stakeholders

The Jaguar E-Gift Giving Tree was a success! Our E-Gift Giving Tree was a success. Through generous contributions by our staff and stakeholders we were able to gift our scholars items from their wish list and beyond. Thank you for all of your gifts of kindness. Our scholars are beyond thankful and grateful. Our hearts were filled with love by your showing of kindness and concern during the holidays.


Thank you; we are truly better together!


With Appreciation,


The Sandtown Family!

Parent (Student) COVID-19 Reporting Portal

As we return to face-to-face instruction, it is important that we ensure the safety of all students, staff, and visitors in Fulton County Schools.


Click here to report a COVID-19 Report


At this time we are asking that parents/guardians of FCS students submit a COVID-19 Report ONLY if your student fits into one or more of the following categories:


a) Has tested Positive for COVID-19 in the past 15 days

b) Currently waiting for the results of a test for COVID-19

c) Has been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the past 15 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

If your student fits into one or more of the above categories, please begin the form by clicking the "Next" arrow below. Your report will be sent directly to the Fulton County Board of Health.

If your student does not fit into any of the above categories, a COVID-19 report is not required at this time. Please monitor your child's symptoms and follow-up with your healthcare provider or contact the school clinic, if you have any concerns.


Please DO NOT send your child to school if he or she fits into any of the above categories or is otherwise ill or unwell If your student meets any of the above criteria or is ill or unwell, DO NOT send your student to school until you have spoken with your healthcare provider, one of the FCS Student Health Services School Nurses, or a public health official.

New Scholars & Face-to-Face: Back to School Information:

Uniforms

Uniforms are highly encouraged, however due to COVID-19 and the associated financial implications, they are not required. Uniforms provide distinctive identification for grade levels and support uniformity throughout our school. We encourage our scholars to adhere to our norm! All of our scholars benefit from Spirit Wear on Friday's!

-We are returning in a Universal Remote Environment; Post-Return we do encourage uniforms


  • 8th Grade: Royal Blue
  • 7th Grade: Grey
  • 6th Grade: Black


Uniform Vendors: Walmart, Old Navy, Brandhouse Ink (School-Based Vendor

*All vendors are independent vendors

*Brandhouse Ink is a school-based business partner and offers our school logo. Orders are independently placed with the vendor.


Car-Rider Information: Only applicable for Face-to-Face (TBD)

All students who are currently assigned a car-rider number will retain their current car rider number for the new school year.

New car riders must have a registration form on file. This year, we kindly request all parents to complete the online form. The process is very simple and will allow for a more effective process. Please complete the car-rider registration form online and someone from our office will email you with your confirmed car-rider tag information within 24-48 hours.


Click here to register for a new car-rider number


Lockers: Parents may pre-pay, as deemed appropriate; lockers are distributed during Face-to-Face/On-Site Learning (TBD)

Lockers are available for purchase, beginning the second week of school. Locker assignments will adhere to social distancing guidelines. Lockers will be spaced out to ensure adherence to social distancing requirements.


Payments for lockers may be submitted via Online School Payment, beginning August 17, 2020. Students will begin receiving their locker assignments within 5 days of the submitted payment. The locker fee for all students is $12 for an annual locker rental. Please list your scholar's first and last name, and grade level when purchasing your locker online.


We highly encourage purchasing a locker shelf to organize items within the lockers for our scholars. The school does not sell the locker shelves, however, they may be purchased from Walmart or Target. See the link for an example: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lockermate-12-inch-Stac-a-shelf-Wire-Locker-Shelf-Pink/605020719

Universal Remote Learning (URL) Reminders: (Successful Tips Below)

Review the daily schedule bell schedule:
  • The URL Schedule includes a slight adjustment from the schedule in Infinite Campus; be sure to review the URL Bell Schedule.
Log-into your Class Link (need help, review the video below)
  • Watch the video on how to log-in to Class Link
  • Questions: Email your scholar's teacher using Class Link
Device Information: New Students and scholars without a device

Still need help?

  • Contact the URL Hotline
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Monday - Friday
Call: 470-254-2300
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Important School Documents

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Sandtown Middle School: VIEW the SCHOOL-FAMILY COMPACT

SMS students participating in the Title I, Part A program, and their families, agree that this compact outlines how the parents/guardians, the entire school staff, students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.

Sandtown Middle School: PRINT & SIGN the COMPACT

Review and print the signature page: All scholars who return the signature page will receive an incentive for their commitment to excellence! Parents, please help us ensure excellence for our school. Your agreement matters!

Sandtown Middle School: SIGN THE COMPACT-VIRTUAL FORM

Review and E-SIGN the signature page: All scholars who return the signature page will receive an incentive for their commitment to excellence! Parents, please help us ensure excellence for our school. Your agreement matters! *E-Signature Receipt

FCS: Student Code of Conduct

This year, the District is making its Student Code of Conduct & Discipline Handbook (the Handbook) available online and via email. If you would like a paper copy of the Handbook, please contact Student Services.

Sandtown Middle School's Parent View Calendar

Click here to view school events!

Sandtown Middle School: Parent & Student Handbook FY21

The (Coronavirus) outbreak is an ongoing, rapidly developing situation. Sandtown Middle reserves the right to adjust information within our handbook to ensure adherence to federal, state/local health organization guidance and government mandates.

Access to Class Link

Q: What is ClassLink (Launchpad)? A single sign-on platform that will allow you to use your FCS username and password to access everything you need. Classlink (Launchpad) delivers instant access to your web resources from all your devices.

TAG and Continuous Achievement Information

The Fulton County Board of Education supports our mission statement that each child should be given the opportunity to reach his/her full potential.

Sandtown Middle School: Instructional Lesson Plans

Lesson planning is a significant element of teaching-learning system. A lesson plan is a step-by-step guide that provides a structure for an essential learning. Before planning a lesson, it is essential to classify the learning outcomes for the class. It is important because it helps the teacher in maintaining a standard teaching pattern and does not let the class deviate from the topic. Pre-planning helps the teacher to be better equipped in answering questions asked by the students during the lecture. An effective lesson plan has three basic components; aims and objectives of the course, teaching and learning activities and, assessments to check student understanding of the topic.


Click below to request a copy of the current lesson plans


6th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level. Website goes live on August 31, 2020

7th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level. Website goes live on August 31, 2020

8th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level. Website goes live on August 31, 2020

SMS Athletics Department: Complete all required forms

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Community Partners and Local School Flyers

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Community Resources: Please review our Community Resources Section

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Happy January! Month 6

Second Semester


January 6, 2021


Happy New Year!



Have a great week,


Principal Miley

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Academic Review: January

The following action items are important to reviewing and assessing your scholar's academic performance and needs during the month of January.


  1. iReady Diagnostic Testing will occur this month. The assessment provides great comparison data to determine student growth. Please ensure your scholar is attentive and focused during the assessment. Data is used to assist with determining future learning plans and programs.
  2. PSAT classes will begin in February for scholars enrolled in 9th grade courses and selected 8th grade scholars. Further information is forthcoming. Parents will be notified via email and letter.
  3. Please reach out to schedule a virtual conference with your scholar's teacher or teachers, as needed.
  4. If your scholar needs assistance, please have your scholar to attend a Virtual Help Session! Help sessions are offered for all scholars. Please reach out to your scholar's teacher for more information.


Additional Support:


As always-thank you for all that you do!


Your Partner,


Principal Miley


Thanks to all, please remember: “You are so awesome! You are so amazing! Your scholars need you and you are making a difference in their lives. Keep on teaching, Teachers! Keep on leading, Leaders! Keep on supporting, Support Staff! Keep on parenting, Parents! Everyone-Keep on making the difference.”

Jaguar Quote:

The BIG 3: School Goals

Important Meetings This Month: SGC Meeting on Wednesday, January 27 @ 4:30 p.m.

School Governance Council :The School Governance Council has a scheduled a scheduled meeting on Wednesday, January 27 @ 4:30 p.m. The agenda will include a public comment time period (5:30 p.m.). A preview of the agenda is available on our school's website, SMORE and future meetings will be posted on the parent resource board during our on-site sessions.


Click here to view the AGENDA


Click here to join the meeting


Click the hyperlinks above to join the meetings. Flyers are also located with access links within the SMORE.

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SGC Elections 2021

Elections

Candidate Declaration Window: 2/3 – 2/26/2021

SGC Voting Period: 3/17 – 3/24/2021

Believe it or not, we are gearing up for the SGC Election. If you are interested in serving on the School Governance Council.