Comet Connect

April 13, 2021

Greetings Parents and Students

Dear Grace Snell Families,


It is my hope that the your spring break was amazing. Parents, we are "locked in Until the end:. We have a few weeks left to master the standards. Please be sure that students are signing on, participating in class and completing all assignments.


Please listen to my weekly message https://youtu.be/qQ1dWBd2p68


If you were not able to join us for the Title 1 Planning Meeting on March 30, 2021 , please visit the Grace Snell Website https://www.gcpsk12.org/gracesnellms and click on the "Title 1 Document Review" to view the entire presentation. At the bottom of the newsletter, you will find information about the Title 1 Planning Meeting.


Parents, it is important that students are signed in for homeroom by 9:15. Students should also be signed in for Comet Time (extended learning, remediation/extension) at 9:25. Please use this link for digital learning day expectations and the daily student schedule.


At Grace Snell, we are pursuing a culture of academic rigor and excellence. We all must diligently work together to ensure that we create graduates in the South Gwinnett Cluster.

Keep up the great work and support as we begin the new semester. I ask that students continue to do their best!

We are Respectful, Responsible, and Ready - #R3


Your Proud Principal

Darlene Brown

Asynchronous Day

Tuesday, April 20th will be the last Digital Learning Day (DLD) for all students. Please Note: Students will access lessons in eCLASS but will not have live class time with their teachers on this asynchronous day.

8th Grade Students ONLY!

Ms. Langdon will be holding a special 8th grade advisement lesson this Friday. All 8th graders will logon at the appropriate time.

This Friday April 16th, during your advisement time you will receive “The Freshman Book” with information to prepare you for 9th grade. In the advisement lesson Ms. Langdon will go over the following:

GCPS Grad requirements

Career clusters/pathways

Extracurricular Opportunities

And My E-Class.

Here are the zoom links for “The Freshmen Book”

HERE ARE THE LINKS!!!!

Students you will go to your advisement teachers eclass page for the links.

Tierney Langdon is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: TEAM A and B FRESHMAN BOOK

Time: Apr 16, 2021 09:20 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://gcpsk12-org.zoom.us/j/93951929576

Meeting ID: 939 5192 9576

Tierney Langdon is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Team C and D Freshman Book

Time: Apr 16, 2021 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://gcpsk12-org.zoom.us/j/92043868139

Meeting ID: 920 4386 8139

The Freshmen book has all the information students will need to prepare for 9th grade. Frequently asked questions, and course descriptions are included in The Freshmen Book for students.

All in person students will receive their book in homeroom on Friday.

All digital students can pick up The Freshmen Book at the Front Desk starting Monday April 19th from 9:00- 3:00.

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Below are the Milestones Testing Dates for all 3 grade levels

In GCPS, schools administer the Georgia Milestones End of Grade and End of Course Assessments to students in grades 6-8 to measure achievement in Reading, Language Arts, and Mathematics/Algebra 1. Students in 8th grade also are tested in Science and Social Studies. Testing will be administered over multiple days, depending on the grade level.
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Georgia Milestones Practice Test

The The Experience Online Testing Georgia site lets students see what testing online is like. Parents and educators are welcome to try it, too. The primary purpose is to let students experience, firsthand, the functionality of the online testing platform. The sample tests are not graded, so have fun!


Below you will find links which include directions for using the Experience Online Testing Georgia website. Parents and students are encouraged to take the practice test.


Click HERE for the Experience Online Testing Georgia site

Click HERE for the User Guide for the site

Grace Snell Middle School's Community Garden

Grace Snell Middle School's Community Garden "Where we Plant Seeds to Grow Minds and Food." The Community Garden will be a staple for our school and the community. We will use the garden as a teaching resource for our STEM curriculum, all content levels and beyond. Our goal is to have a thriving educational garden that can provide fresh organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs to the community.

Rising 7th Grade Spanish Carnegie Course


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please see the linked application if your student is interested in participating in the Carnegie Course for Spanish during the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Students must be rising 7th graders (current 6th graders).
  • You may direct any questions about the program to Sandra Mosquera at Sandra.Mosquera@gcpsk12.org.

Please click here to access the digital application.

The Gwinnett County Board of Education is moving forward in its search to identify the school district's next superintendent. An essential part of the search process is obtaining feedback from stakeholders in the community. As a member of our school community, we hope you will participate in the online survey to share your thoughts on the qualities you would like to see in the next superintendent. The survey is open through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, and is available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Click here to take the Gwinnett Community Superintendent Search Survey. (In print newsletters, you can use this Bitly address: https://bit.ly/GCPSSuperSurvey.)

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Grace Snell's submissions to the GCPS Tapestry Art Show!

Check out Grace Snell's submissions to the GCPS Tapestry Art Show!


Students from Ms. Moore's class submitted impressive artwork to the GCPS Tapestry Art Show.


The artwork of Ariel Ramos-Soto- 6th grade and Naimah Stewart- 8th grade were selected to be a part of this special exhibition at The High Museum of Art

Click the link below to see their art on the museums’ website.


https://high.org/students/gwinnett-county-2021/



Click here to see the submissions https://gcpsfineartstapestry.weebly.com/grace-snell-ms.html


  1. Irwin Martin- 6th grade
  2. Joslyn Martin – 7th grade
  3. Amanda Crespo – 8th grade
  4. Naimah Stewart – 8th grade
  5. Logan Gilbert- 7th grade
  6. Mary Streets-8th grade
  7. Ariel Ramos-Soto – 6th grade
  8. Sofya Zahraoui -7th grade
  9. Valerya Caceres Zamora-7th grade
  10. Makaida Wright – 7th grade
  11. David Lagunas -6th grade
  12. Jefferson Jimenez – 7th grade
  13. Alondra Cruz- 8th grade


Grace Snell Middle School In-Person Tapestry Participants 2021

Student art will be on display now through March 29th at the IFC with a reception Tuesday March 29th (see flyer above for more info)

  1. Valerya Caceres Zamora-7th grade
  2. Makaida Wright – 7th grade
  3. David Lagunas -6th
  4. Jefferson Jimenez – 7th grade
  5. Alondra Cruz- 8th grade
  6. Shadrach Lawani – 7th grade
  7. Willow Barnett -6th grade
  8. Nikita Andreyev-6th grade
  9. Alaina Mossman-6th grade
  10. Ashley Jimenez -7th grade
  11. Royland Sherwood -6th grade
  12. Za’Ryah Golden – 6th grade


Great job to all of the students!

Comet Student Shout-Outs - Respectful, Responsible and Ready

During the week of April 1st, the following students were recognized by Grace Snell Administrators for being Respectful, Responsible and Ready during our classroom visits.


Erica Rogers - Erica has worked consistently this year to earn good grades. She is a hard worker, an excellent student, and always helps other students including our new students. She is such a great role model for other students. Good job Erica and keep up the good work!


Zoe Adu - Zoe has worked hard to ensure all of her assignments are turned in. Zoe, great job working hard to get in all of your assignments. We are proud of you and keep up the good work!


Willow Barnett

Michaela Harrison

David Hobson

Preston Williams

These students helped Ms. Bell create a video for rising 6th graders to help them understand life as a 6th grader.


Itzel Sosa and Jessica Limon-Tepoz for teaching their classmates the proper Spanish pronunciation in a song during Chorus. They were ready, excited, and very thorough.


Landon Flores - Shout out to Landon for showing he is Ready. Landon came to school motivated to learn and engaged in the learning for every class. Keep up the good work Landon!

PTSA


Area 1 Gwinnett County Council of PTAs presents:
"Struggling Readers: When to worry and what to do."

Join us for a free webinar for parents, teachers, or anyone wanting to help a struggling reader. Jennifer Hasser of Kendore Learning and Syllables Learning Center will share some of the early signs of reading challenges, how they manifest in older students, and most importantly, what can be done in school and at home to help. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Wednesday, April 28th 6:30-7:30 pm

Pre-register:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5gY0Xw4WQ9qii4mfj4m8cg

Area 1 Gwinnett Council Executive Board

Co-Presidents - Angela Banks-Spain & Kelly Blake
Vice President - Ronald Showalter
Treasurer - Kenicia Lee
Secretary - Pinal Patel
Parliamentarian - Tyeme Woods

We are here to serve Area 1 Gwinnett Schools. Please feel free to contact us.

THE MEDIA CENTER

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Purchase your Yearbook

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Rising 6th Graders Announcements

Attention parents! Do you currently have a 5th grader that will be joining Grace Snell for the 2021 - 2022 school year? Be aware of some important dates coming soon.
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1st Semester Academic Awards

Congratulations to the following Comet Scholars for their high marks on the first semester report card.
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Thank a Staff Member

We have received great feedback from parents to share with our staff members. Please continue to submit your positive feedback for teachers or staff members! This link will be continually monitored, so feel free to drop a notes in whenever you see or hear about your child's teacher or another staff member doing something great. We'll be sure to let them know and help brighten their day. Remember, if there is a staff member who has gone above and beyond to help your student(s) and you during concurrent learning, click on the link below and tell us about him/her. We will make sure they hear about the great job they are doing.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cXkOtJemRTolH1glrNQOtoh1QpzbfmjVSzPYhUcmpOs/edit?usp=sharing

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Registration is open for 2021 Atlanta Falcons Summer Camp!


Are you ready for Falcons Summer Camps?! Join us for five days of flag football fun that emphasizes teamwork, attitude, and healthy competition. All participants will meet an alumni Falcons player, receive a Falcons Camp jersey, and two tickets to a select Falcons home game during the 2021 season!


For a limited time only, campers that register prior to Monday, March 22nd can receive 10% off the cost of registration via discount code: SUMMER10.


Click here to Enroll

If I Make Up My Missing Assignments, What Could My New Grade Be?

The My StudentVUE App and the ParentVUE App now has the ability for students to gauge their semester average based on the score they'd like to earn on a missing assignment. This is a very nice feature because it does the calculating for you.


Please watch this StudentVUE Grade Slider Video for more details and information. This video is also on the Grace Snell Middle School main eCLASS Landing Page.

How to Check Student Progress - Have they logged into eCLASS? How long did they remain in the class/assignment?

Check out the video for more information on how to check the progress of your student. Great Information included.



https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VNsak5JbJ4EHSKysTHmfiSQlFDNGnnim/view?usp=sharing

UPDATED: GCPS Lunch Service Information


GCPS will provide meals free of charge to students and children 18 and younger through the end of the school year.


Students Attending School In-Person

Those attending school in-person will receive meals free-of-charge during their scheduled meal times.


Curbside Pick-up for Digital Learners

Digital learners may pick up meals through the curbside pick-up at each school. Grace Snell's curbside pick-up time is Monday - Friday from 11:00 AM through 1:00 PM. Each day's pick-up includes both breakfast and lunch. Individuals will NOT be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals. Grace Snell's curbside-pickup will be the same as it was for material pick-up. The traffic flow for daily curbside lunch pickup will be at the rear of the school in the car rider lane.


**Gwinnett County Public Schools encourages families who are eligible for the Free Or Reduced Meal Program to complete the annual application to ensure meal benefits continue when the grant waiver expires. Please click HERE.

Students will not be charged for their meals, however please complete the Free or Reduced meals annual application at the link HERE.

Title I - Parent News You Can Use

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Tutoring.com

Please ensure families are aware of this free, online resource provided by the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) to support their children’s academic success.

Click here to access the electronic flyers.

FoodFinder


Please ensure families are aware of this free resource developed by a GCPS graduate. Visit the FoodFinder website or download the app to find places nearby where you can get free food and meal assistance.

Download the flyer in English and Spanish from the GCPS Language Bank - Food Pantry Resources, under Counseling and Mental Health --> Food Pantry Resources.
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8 Tips To Reduce Parenting Stress During A Pandemic

Parents, here are 8 things you can do to encourage and support your child during a pandemic. Remember, you are your child's first teacher!
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Water Bottles

PARENTS: Please make sure your student brings a water bottle to school everyday! While the water fountains have been turned off due to Covid restrictions, we do have a water bottle refill machine in the cafeteria for all to use. Only clear liquids are allowed.

AAP-Academic Assistance Program

Dear Parents/Guardians:


We have entered the second week of AAP. Some of you have had issues with the schedules being that your student has now become an in person learner. If you need your child's schedule changed because he or she has recently become an in person learner, please contact Dr. Tirrase Bishop at 770-554-7750.


All Students will attend Saturday for digital sessions.

Thank you!

Attendance - Important Message for Digital Learning Attendance

The new attendance procedure began in October. Teachers will now take attendance for digital learners who are online during live instruction. Digital learners who are not present during live instruction will be marked with the code “NPD“ which stands for “Not Present Digitally.” Students who are present during live instruction will continue to be marked present digitally with the “DL“ in their teacher’s gradebook.


The new process is more aligned to our normal attendance procedures and the expectations of in-person students. More importantly, it will help families to better support their students as they can clearly see that their student was online during class and interacting with their teacher and classmates, not just logging on to the computer at some point during the day. This information will help families as they partner with the school to maximize their child(ren)’s school experience.


If you have any questions about this new process for capturing attendance, please contact your child(ren)'s grade level office.

Guidelines for In-Person and Digital Learners

PARENTS: Please make sure to frequently check the GCPS website for all updates regarding digital and in-person learning. You can also visit the Grace Snell website for information and updates at https://www.gcpsk12.org/GraceSnellMS.


We want to ensure your safety during your time at school. We are committed to keep learning as our number one priority. Please be reminded that students will take their backpacks with them throughout the day (no lockers will be available).


All students returning for in-person learning are strongly advised to bring a device with them to school each day as teachers will continue to utilize a digital learning platform to serve all of their students, and in-person students using their own devices will minimize sharing and reduce any potential spread of germs.


Attached are a few key points to expect during our face to face return to learning.


Parent Guidelines for In-Person Learning

Grace Snell MS Parent Guide to Digital Learning 2020-2021

Mypaymentsplus

Parents, please fill out the following forms on my payments plus. Please contact the school if you need additional assistance.


Those without an account will need to create one by going to MyPaymentsPlus.com; click on “Register” for a FREE account.


https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome

Attendance Protocol Form - page 35 GCPS Student/Parent Handbook

GCPS 2020-2021 Student/Parent Handbook – Middle School

Grace Snell Middle School 2020-2021 Student/Parent Handbook

Parent AKS Brochure – 6th -8th Grade

Extracurricular Activities - page 35 GCPS Student/Parent Handbook

Car Riders and Walkers

Please click below for an important update to our car rider procedures for the 2020-2021 school year.

Morning Car Rider Hours: 8:55-9:20

Afternoon Dismissal will begin at 4:00

Please fill out the forms and return them to the homeroom teacher. If you are unable to print the form, please complete this information on a separate sheet of paper and we will attach it to the form.

GSMS Permission Form for Car Rider/ Walker

GSMS Car Rider Walker Parent Letter

IMPORTANT!!

Parents, please review and complete the form regarding GCPS expectations for students and parents (Click here to complete the form).

Does your student need a device/hotspot?

For families in need, we have a limited number of Chromebooks and internet hotspots for checkout available to assist students during digital learning.


Please contact Dorothy McCall at dorothy.mccall@gcpsk12.org or 770.554.7750 to request a device.

Have you signed up for Parent Portal?

Parent Portal is always important but especially as we begin this school year in a digital format. If you have not already signed up for Parent Portal, please contact Kimberly Arenas at kimberly.arenas@gcpsk12.org to complete the sign-up process. The Parent Portal allows parents to monitor student progress throughout the year. No more waiting for report cards to get an update on grades; you may simply check the Parent Portal at your convenience. Other features allow you to view attendance, lunch account balances, checked out and overdue books, and emergency contact information.


Click here for the Parent Portal form

Parent Portal & Student Portal Updates

Parents who already have an active parent portal account:


The new Parent Portal is now available for parents that have an active parent portal account. A link to resources including the new parent portal flyers, as well as the registration form are available on the GCPS website.


Click here for the flyers and the registration form


Student Portal Update:


A new link for StudentVUE is available on the student portal. This will replace the GRADES tab that students previously used to view their schedule.


Click here for StudentVUE Fall 2020 information


**Students can now get their grades, schedules, and more from an easy to use app for StudentVUE!**


Click here for the instructional flyer

Student App for eCLASS Course Pages eCLASS on the Go!

This is another useful App for students!! Please click below to find out more about the Student App!!


Click here

Parent Portal App is now live for GCPS families!


Available for both Android and iOS, all you'll need to do is download the ParentVue app and log in with your parent portal credentials. If you do not have a parent portal account, please email kimberly.arena@gcpsk12.org to get one set up!

Click here for the county's informational flyer

Resources

For more information about the the the transition to in-person instruction, please refer to the GCPS Return to Learning Hub

https://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/myhome/public/schools/learninghub

Digital Learning Hub- Click here for videos, quick guides, and resources to help students and families this fall during digital learning and as we transition to in-person instruction.

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