SMS Second Semester Information
I want to start off by saying how immensely PROUD I am of our staff and our students! We opened a school during a pandemic and while this was not without its own share of unique circumstances and challenges, we made it through our first semester! The flexibility, the cooperation, the resilience, and the positive attitudes of our students have been incredible--they have been doing an absolutely phenomenal job following our hallway paths, sitting in designated seats at lunch, practicing safe social distancing, and wearing masks when required--all measures that will remain in place as we begin second semester.
As we enter into Remote Learning for the first two weeks of January, the characteristics that I mentioned above will be necessary for a successful day, but there is no doubt in my mind that this can be achieved! During the spring, we were "crisis schooling" and attempting to maintain the levels of academic mastery that students had achieved up until that point. Now, our mission has changed, and moving forward through the curriculum is our goal. Expectations will be higher for Remote Learning, but by maintaining open lines of communication, we will find success for all involved by working together! Click here/haga clic aqui for our Remote Learning schedule.
Please also note that taking attendance, even on Remote Learning days, is very important. I will be sending an E-mail to all students via each morning with a Google Form that will allow the students to mark themselves as "present." Please have your student check his/her E-mail for the link to submit attendance. This will need to be done every day of Remote Learning. If you have any issues with submitting, or if your student does not receive the link, please E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that we will NOT be utilizing Canvas Global Announcements as we have done in the past.
Virtual Academy families: Please note that Virtual Academy students will continue with the Edmentum platform during Remote Learning, whether planned or unplanned. Virtual Academy students will not use Canvas to complete their work.
Thank you for your continued partnership and support as we navigate this new educational journey together!
With sincerest appreciation,
Proud Principal of Southwestern Middle School
Virtual Academy Students/Families
Our second semester opens with some students joining us in the building for in-person instruction while others have chosen to access their academic curriculum utilizing our virtual platform. Regardless of whether a student is present in the building or working at home, we are ALL Wildcats!
Prior to winter break, Mrs. Spray and Mrs. Peckinpaugh met with our in-person students who will be transitioning to Virtual Academy to discuss expectations and how to access and navigate the Edmentum platform. Your student's facilitators will be reaching out weekly with important information to help your student stay on pace and understand what he/she should be completing for the upcoming week. Please reach out to your student's facilitators with any questions:
6th/7th/8th English: Mrs. Spray email@example.com
6th/7th/8th Math: Mrs. Francis firstname.lastname@example.org
6th science/social studies: Mrs. Crum email@example.com
7th science/social studies: Mrs. Peckinpaugh firstname.lastname@example.org
8th science/social studies: Mr. Williams email@example.com
Special Education Resource Reading and Resource Math: Miss Gatewood firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Resource English: Mrs. Tierney email@example.com
Special Education Edmentum (all subjects): Miss Werner firstname.lastname@example.org
Families with Virtual Academy students can access more information by clicking here.
Login information for Virtual Academy is available here.
Please click the box below to access some Edmentum Hints!
Please note that Virtual Academy students will continue with the Edmentum platform during Remote Learning, whether planned or unplanned. Virtual Academy students will not use Canvas to complete their work.
Returning Virtual Academy Student Orientation
Grab-and-Go Lunches during Remote Learning
TSC Nutrition Services will be sending an E-mail to families on or near December 30th with information on grab-n-go lunches; this communication will include order forms that will be due by January 2nd.
Grab-n-go lunches will be distributed on January 5th, January 7th, January 11th, and January 14th. You may pick up food at Mintonye Elementary or Romney Meadows Apartment Homes from 12-12:30 on those dates.
Health Office Information
- He/she has been identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
- He/she develops symptoms
- He/she has a COVID test done
- Anyone in the home has a pending COVID test
School Counselor Check-Ins During Remote Learning
What to expect during Remote Learning
Platforms used: You may see your student engaging in learning using the following platforms:
- Student E-mail (Gmail)
- Google Meet
Where should my student begin?
- 1. Attendance will be taken via a Google Form that will be sent to student E-mails each morning. Your student should check his/her E-mail to access the attendance form. If your student does not receive an E-mail, please contact Mrs. Gustin.
- 2. Canvas will be where you can find Google Meet links, videos, and student lessons/assignments for the day. Students are expected to complete all of their work, just as they would during in-person instruction.
- 3. E-mail is a great tool if a student is having trouble with an assignment or if he/she has a question. Students are encouraged to E-mail their teachers during the following windows of time during office hours on Monday and Thursday (1:25--3:30 P.M.) and between 12:30-3:30 P.M. on Wednesday, and 9:00-11:00/12:30-3:30 on Tuesday and Friday. Teachers may not be available outside of these windows, so please make sure to manage your time wisely!
Student Expectations during Remote Learning
Students are expected to keep up with their classes during Remote Learning. That means attending Google Meets, participating remotely in small group and paired activities if possible, contacting their teacher(s) via E-mail with questions and concerns, submitting all homework in a timely manner as requested by the teacher, and completing quizzes and tests via Canvas at the teacher’s discretion/request. Students should check both E-mail and Canvas on a daily basis.
Students are expected to log in to Google Meets at the assigned times. If a student is not able to log on, communication with the teacher is expected.
Students will exhibit the same behavior while on Google Meets as they would in the classroom--disruptions will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action.
TSC Internet Access Points
- Students may log in to the student network from our parking lot using their student login and password.
- Free public WiFi access is available for use in our parking lot, courtesy of Wintek (Tipmont)
Park in the SMS athletic parking lot (closest to the access point)
Connect to “Free Wintek WiFi”
Accept the Terms and Conditions
Enjoy Wintek fiber Internet!
Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and take appropriate safety precautions while on school property.
Canvas Resources for Families
How to Use the Canvas Parent App (for Android and iOS)
Please take 2-3 minutes to view this helpful video to show students and families how to add semester two courses to students’ Canvas dashboards and how to add semester two courses to the Canvas calendar. Please help your student with this important task; it is not possible to do this until Canvas courses go live on January 4th. Special thanks to our friends at Wea Ridge for sharing this video with us!