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April 24th:Grading, Census, Meals, Kindergarten Registration


"Our students have been impressive through this school closure and have adjusted well to remote learning. It will take a combined effort from all of us to keep them motivated, learning, and progressing to minimize the learning gap that could occur before the next school year."


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Dear Parents/Caregivers, Students, and Staff:

Thank you for continuing to work through the Learning Plan educational activities that were introduced after spring break. These plans focus on mastery of skills in reading, writing, and mathematics and it is very important that students continuing working through the plans so they are well positioned to start the next school.


I want you to know that our plan is to continue working through these Leaning Plans

for the remainder of the school year so that our students are prepared for the next grade level or class that they will pursue in the fall. These Plans have been carefully designed to support continued learning with flexibility and attention to reducing the learning gap that could occur before the start of the 2020-2021 school year. You should also know that we will continue to monitor, evaluate and adjust as needed.


GRADING:

Teachers, when grading learning activities, will want to see that students have applied effort and achieved a mastery level of understanding. Satisfactory work completed while learning remotely can help improve a student’s final grade. A students’ final grade will not be lowered as a result of the learning activities that are being completed during this school closure.


Student grades can be reviewed on Schoology. Should you have questions or concerns about student grades, please contact your student's teacher or principal.


Grades will be recorded in Schoology as follows:


Secondary Schools:


  • For students who submitted work in the 4th nine weeks, the student grade will be the same as or higher than the 3rd nine weeks. The semester grade will be the average of the 3rd and 4th nine weeks.
  • For students who did not submit work during the 4th nine weeks, no grade will be recorded for the student. The semester grade will be the 3rd nine weeks grade.


Elementary Schools:


  • For students who submitted work in the 4th nine weeks, the student grade will be the same as or higher than the year grade. The year grade will be the average of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th nine weeks.
  • For students who did not submit work in the 4th nine weeks, no grade will be recorded for the 4th nine weeks. The year grade will be the average of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd nine weeks.


I know that all of us take this remote learning experience seriously and have been working hard to support and encourage each other. We should make the goal of reducing the learning gap as important as the goal of flattening the Covid-19 curve. While our students won’t be penalized for performance during the pandemic, we should continue to reach them, stretch them, and have them strive for more, not less.


Thank you again, for the part you are playing in educating and caring for our children.

UPDATE: We're all in this together!

The response to our request to honor those on the front lines with words of inspiration was fantastic. Due to high response, we created three short videos to share with our local healthcare professionals. We will share them with you next week through our social media channels. Be watching!

Be well, stay safe

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Patrick K. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools

BCS Curbside Meal Service-Mon., Apr. 27th

Curbside meal service will be available at one location, Monday, April 27th from 11 am to 1 pm from Martinsburg South Middle School using 2 lanes of Bulldog Boulevard.


Please be patient and follow safety and health procedures in place for the welfare of both the recipients and the providers.


Important Details:


· Curbside Meal Pickup is for 1 day only and will include 5 days worth of breakfast and lunches per child.

· When ordering the number of meals needed, please lower the window of your vehicle to protect both you and our volunteers.

· At the curb, a volunteer will signal to you when a family member must step out of the vehicle to personally load food into car.

· Vehicle must be in line by 1 pm.

· Meal kits are available while supplies last and cannot be consumed on-site.


MEDICAL DIETS: If your student has a special medical diet on file, please contact Office of Nutrition and leave a voicemail at: 304-267-3510 ext 76004

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ONLINE Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Berkeley County Schools is offering online Kindergarten registration to our families/caregivers. (Paper forms may be completed at the South Entrance of the BCS Administrative Office, 1453 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg.)


Families with students reaching five (5) years of age on or before June 30, 2020 are invited to complete Kindergarten registration for the 2020 – 2021 school year by accessing the Berkeley County Schools website.


At this time, basic information is being gathered with follow up appointments being scheduled later this summer following the lifting of the virus restrictions.


More information in the link below.

Pre-K Enrollment Instructions for 2020-2021

Enrollment and Preference forms are located online through the BCS website. These easy to fill forms can be completed and emailed to the contacts provided below.


Physical and dental forms must still be completed by your health professionals when restrictions have been lifted, and may be sent to the Pre-K office at a later date. Immunization records will be required prior to the start of school.


You may email your paperwork to jdieter@k12.wv.us, mrmartin@k12.wv.us or adfunk@k12.wv.us.


You may fax your paperwork to 304-267-3557.


More information at the link below.

Census Data Shapes the Future of Our Community!

Census results affect planning and funding for education—including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, adult education, and grants for preschool special education.


The time is now. Help shape your future, and your community's future, by responding to the 2020 Census. Here's how:

#BCSconnectED

Connecting with your teacher, students and school community in a creative way? Have a fun virtual activity? Be sure to use the hashtag #BCSconnectED to highlight all the unique ways we continue learning while we are outside the traditional classroom.

This communication contains the most current information available at this time: April 24, 2020 at 12 pm.

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