Generals Connect

September 24, 2021

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YOU CAN NOW READ THE GENERALS CONNECT NEWSLETTER IN MANY LANGUAGES!

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Celebrating the Richness of Culture!

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It's A Family Affair!

Save the date for our Hispanic Heritage Night. There will be student-centered musical performances of various Latin music, student presentations, make-and-take workshops, artifacts, games, food, dance, and so much fun! Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this engaging event!

Do You Love to Cook Latin Food? Then Show Us How It Is Done!

As an extension of our family engagement, I would like to solicit a volunteer to have a live, virtual demonstration of how to prepare a delicious Latin meal. The volunteer will give a list of ingredients before the scheduled cooking date. The individual and/or family will have their ingredients and any necessary prep, ready and in place for the live virtual demonstration that will be conducted by the volunteer. Each participant will prepare his/her meal in their kitchen, while viewing the step-by-step instructions from the volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and submit the form below.
Volunteer Form: Love to Cook a Latin Dish

If you would like to be a potential volunteer to demonstrate how to prepare a Latin dish via a live Zoom presentation from your home kitchen, please complete and submit this form.

From the Principal’s Desk

Greetings Shiloh Families,

Thank you for your love and support. We cannot level up and succeed towards meeting our attendance, behavioral, and course performance goals without you. I need every member in this village to become actively engaged in your scholars' school career. It starts by becoming informed. This newsletter is designed for you. Therefore, it is important to read it from beginning to end. There is truly something different in each publication. Just like last week, you may have missed a week receiving a new publication. There will be some months, when the newsletter will be distributed tri-monthly or bi-monthly, and not weekly, especially when we want to make sure specific information is provided.

As we level up with our family and community engagement, we want to say Thank You to our school council members for a great first meeting on September 16. Thank you, parents, and guardians, for your attendance yesterday at the kickoff of our Title I Meet the Principal and Tech Table Talk series. We offered a hybrid session at 11:30 AM, and a virtual option at 6:00 PM. If you missed this informative session, please be sure to join us for our next session in the upcoming month. This series will support you in supporting our efforts of "modeling excellence every day"!

We want our students, school, and community to shine bright like a diamond, so it will take our time, talent, heart, and financial resources for us to get there.

Remember, we would like to have 100% PTSA membership. One goal is to have the funds to tangibly show our teachers how much we value and appreciate them. Your membership will support these efforts.

Additionally, while breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge for all GCPS students this school year, it still pays to complete the Free and Reduced-price Meal Application. The percentages of qualifying students at a school are used as a measure to secure additional federal funding (Title I) to support students and their education, promote family engagement, and provide additional technology and internet access. Title I funds pay for additional teachers, Parent Centers, additional learning opportunities for students!

Please use this link to access the school lunch application: 21-22 GCPS Free and Reduced Lunch Application


Important Events/Dates:

Please note the remaining upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics hosted by Gwinnett County Public Schools on the following dates and at the following locations:

1) Duluth HS 09/23

2) Dacula HS 09/28 & 09/30

3) Grayson HS 10/05

If you have family members that are 12 years old or older, this would be a great time to get vaccinated.

Once again, please take a few moments to read this newsletter and remain informed of the upcoming events, dates, and other important information.

Have a safe and restful weekend!

Your Extremely Proud Principal,

Dr. Shantí Howard

#ShilohStrong

#relentless

Let's Show Our Shiloh HS Pride: Homecoming 2021 Spirit Week!

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Express Yourself!

The National Reflections 2021-2022 Call For Entries: I Will Change The World By . . .

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Additional Reflections Information

Click here for additional information regarding this National PTA event. All submissions are due by October 6 along with a signed permission slip.

HOT OFF THE PRESS!

Generals,


Want to stay connected with GCPS communication?


Please use this link to read GCPS' latest community e-newsletter.


This issue includes a welcome to our new superintendent, back-to-school news, surveys on communication and topics of interest, vaccination clinics, deadlines and reminders, hiring news, and more.

Please help us spread the word about the GCPS e-newsletter. . .
As you know, parents, staff, and community members may sign up on the GCPS website to receive this e-newsletter directly. Staff members who choose to sign up to receive their own copy of GCPS eNews should do so from their home e-mail address-- not their GCPS e-mail address-- as they will be receiving the newsletter internally when you forward this link.


Below you will find information about signing up that we hope you will share with others in your school community. Please consider adding this information to your school website and e-newsletters. Thank you for your help in getting the good news out about the e-newsletter and Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Sign up today to receive school system news online
Sign up to receive Gwinnett County Public Schools e-newsletter... a quick, easy way to learn more about Georgia's largest school system. In this newsletter, you'll find stories on teaching and learning, school leadership and governance, and the partnerships that make Gwinnett County Public Schools successful. Click here to sign up for GCPS eNews.

GCPS Newsletter -September 2021, Vol. 20, No. 1

You can receive the latest news from Georgia's largest school system, straight to your inbox.

GCPS Newsletter Sign Up Link

Use this link to sign up and receive the latest GCPS eNews Newsletter, directly in your inbox.

And the Survey Says . . .

GCPS Values Your Opinion! Give Your Feedback By Completing the 2022-2023 School Year Calendar Feedback.

GCPS values your opinion and would like your feedback on the 2022-2023 school year calendar options. Please take a minute to review the three options and provide your feedback in our community form. Thank you for continuing to support Shiloh Middle School and GCPS.
Shiloh MS Calendar Feedback Link or QR code

Please use this link above, or the QR code below to provide feedback regarding the calendar options. There are a total of three options and they are all located under each feedback question.

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Communications Audit 2021 Stakeholders Survey- Complete by October 4

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Families Communications Audit 2021 Survey Link

Shiloh Middle School Families, click here to take the survey

GCPS Employees Communications Audit 2021 Survey Link

GCPS Employees, click here to take the survey

Community Members Communications Audit 2021 Survey Link

Shiloh Middle School Community Members, click here to take the survey

Engaging Events and Workshops! Parents and Guardians: Please Complete the Shiloh Middle School's Family Engagement Survey

I am delighted to be your new Parent Instructional Coordinator (PIC), and my office is located in the Media Center. I would like to plan some engaging events that will assist you in helping your student(s), as well as engaging events that will inform and assist you. Therefore, I would like to hear from you. Please take a quick moment to complete and submit the survey. I look forward to this exciting 2021-2022 school year!


Sincerely,

Charlene Fletcher, Parent Instructional Center Coordinator

A Very Important "Thank You" for Your Virtual and Hybrid Title I Engagement Attendance!

Ms. Hendrickson and I would like to thank the parents and guardians for your attendance at the Annual Title I Meeting and Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 9. We also enjoyed conversing with you and supporting you during our Title I ZOOM session. We hope that you have gained a level of confidence in answering the who, what, when, and how, as it relates to the available resources for you to support your scholar's daily academic, attendance, and behavior success! If you missed the Annual Title I Meeting video, please use the link to view it, and afterwards please complete the evaluation that is associated to the content discussed in the video.


We would also like to thank you for joining us on yesterday for our "All about the Vue" (ParentVue & StudentVue) session. This was the first of four "Tech Table Talks". If you missed this first session, please be on the look out for additional dates to join us for this engaging series in which you will gain the necessary tools to assist you in supporting your scholar(s).

Dr. Howard's Welcome -Title I Annual Meeting Video

If you missed the Title I Annual Meeting in conjunction with Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 9, 2021, please take a few moments and watch. At the conclusion of the video, please complete the evaluation survey. Please use the link below:

Title I Annual Mtg Feedback Evaluation Survey Link

After viewing the Title I Annual Meeting video, please provide your feedback by completing the evaluation survey.

"Idea Source"

This publication will enlighten and inform you of our concept of Family and Community Engagement!

Safety First!

Parents and Guardians, please continue to exercise patience and kindness as you are delivering and picking up your precious cargo in the car-rider line. It is also important to remember that safety is our top priority. Therefore, parents and guardians are not allowed to walk over from Shiloh High School to drop off or pick up your student(s).


Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Generals Salute!

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Device Returns: 2020 - 2021 Virtual Learning Option and Technology Support for Digital Learning Days

Please note that all devices that were checked out to students for the 2020-2021 Virtual Learning option and for students in grades 7th and 8th for the 2021-2022 Staggered Start Digital Learning Days, should have been returned. If your student has not returned their device, please ensure that it is returned on Monday, September 13, 2021to their teacher, or it can be dropped off and given to the Clerk at the desk located at the front entrance of the school.

SAVE-THE-DATES!

  • Please note the remaining upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics hosted by Gwinnett County Public Schools on the following dates and at the following locations:


  1. Dacula HS 09/28 & 09/30
  2. Grayson HS 10/05


If you have family members that are 12 years old or older, this would be a great time to get vaccinated.

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You Would Not Want to Miss This Tour--There is One Date and Location Remaining for You to Attend!

This fall, the Gwinnett County Board of Education will go on the road, meeting once in each Board member’s district. At this year’s Area Board Meetings, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Gwinnett County Public Schools’ new superintendent, Dr. Calvin J. Watts, and members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. During the meeting, Dr. Watts will share information about the new school year and his focus as he begins leading Georgia’s largest school district. In addition, meeting participants will learn more about the district’s work to engage the community and will be able to provide input through an online survey to share topics that are of interest to them.


Please note that interpreters will be available at all meetings to assist attendees who speak Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, or Chinese.

Stream Area Board Meetings

Unable to attend any of the scheduled Area Board meetings? Join us online! The meetings will be streamed live on GCPS TV and on the GCPS TV app. The mobile app is available for these devices: Apple, Android, Amazon Fire, and the Roku Channel. In addition, each meeting will be recorded and available to view on the website

The Area Board Meetings are organized to host students, families, and staff members from school communities located in each Board member’s electoral district. The physical location of the school determines which Area Board Meeting each school is designated to attend. However, citizens may attend any one of the five meetings. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater, with a Board Governance Team Meet and Greet beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Masks are required for all students, families, staff, and community members attending events in GCPS facilities. For the Area Board Meetings, seating will be limited to accommodate the need for physical distancing under COVID-19 mitigation strategies. However, citizens can watch the meetings live on GCPS TV.

September 25 - Gifted Webinar: Navigating the Path Forward for Gifted Students

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In the Know!

Gwinnett County School District's Website Link

You are encouraged to frequently visit the Gwinnett County School District's website. This will serve as a valuable resource in allowing you to stay informed and get answers to many questions relating to our school district.

Shiloh Middle School's Website Link

You are also encouraged to frequently visit the Shiloh Middle School's website. This too is a valuable resource that allows you to stay informed and get answers to many questions relating to our local school and to our school district.

TEAM Work Makes the Dream Work!

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Shiloh Strong: Join PTSA

Your Voice Does Make A Difference! Join Us With Your Membership and Your Presence:

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Parent/Guardians Volunteer Opportunities!

Media Center Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering in the Media Center, please email Ms. Bonaby at genine.bonaby@gcpsk12.org. Please list convenient days and times that you are available.


Kind regards,

Genine Bonaby,

Shiloh Middle School Media Specialist

All Pro Dad Volunteer Opportunities!

Any Dad that is interested in joining the All Pro Dad go to the Shiloh Middle School's website below and click on "Join the Email List" and fill out the form. Even if you have previously spoken to Mr. Athias before.

All Pro Dad - Join the Email List Link

Please click here to join the email list for the All Pro Dad Group

Let's Continue to Come Out and "Cheer to Victory"--Home or Away, Let's Give Our Team a Big Hooray!

There is one away game remaining, and the End-of-Season Tournament.
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Let's Sync Our Calendars--Important GCPS Dates to Remember

GCPS 2021-2022 School Year Calendar -English

As we plan for a successful 2021-2022 school year, it is important to ensure that your student is present each day.

Please also note the "Digital Learning Days (DLDs)" that are added to this year's calendar. There are five remaining dates. They are highlighted in Pink for the months of October, November, January, and two in March. These are teacher planning/staff development days. All GCPS students will learn from home on these days, completing assignments at their own pace.

If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me:

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Preparation is the Key to Success

Caring Counselors Are Here to Support Your Scholars

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Let the Fun Begin! Parents: Don't Forget to Check Out the Before and After School Clubs at Shiloh Middle School. Use the Link to See Meeting Dates and Fees (If Applicable):

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Shiloh Middle School's Before/After School Clubs Signup

Use the link to see a description of the current clubs, signing up and directions for paying fees (if applicable).

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Completing this form is linked to additional benefits for students. Some benefits include additional funds provided to local schools to offset the cost for technology, supplies and programs; fee waivers for afterschool programs; discounts for families on utilities and internet service; reduced fees for SAT & ACT tests and college applications.
Multi-Purpose Family Income Form

This form must be completed every school year. You may submit your application trough October 21, 2021.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for the Month of September

There are a variety of choices for breakfast and lunch each day at "no cost". Please be sure your scholar wears his/her badge to eat both breakfast and lunch at "no cost" to you.

Informational Parent Portal Video - English

ParentVUE 2020_21

Informational Parent Portal Video - Spanish

ParentVUE Spanish

Together We Can Achieve More!

This is Shiloh!

Shiloh Families,


As we plan to "Level Up", we want to continue our TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) approach towards an engaging and enriching learning experience for our scholars. Please partner with us by reviewing these expectations and discussing with your scholar(s) how these expectations should be modeled from the start and ending of each school day. Thank you for your continued support and for sending us your best!

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Have You Checked These Items Off Your List? If You Have a Newly Registered Student and/or You Have Not Completed the Following Important Forms:

Hello Shiloh Families,


We are excited to welcome you and your scholars to the 2021-2022 Shiloh Middle School Year! If you have recently registered, or you may have missed completing some important forms, please review and complete the necessary online school information through our school website.


[ ] Multipurpose Family Income Form (Lunch Application):

Completing this form is linked to several opportunities for students. Some benefits include additional funds provided to local schools to offset the cost for technology, supplies and programs; fee waivers for afterschool programs; discounts for families on utilities and internet service; reduced fees for SAT & ACT tests and college applications. You may submit your application trough October 21, 2021.


[ ] MyPayments Plus

MyPaymentsPlus is a one-stop-shop that allows you to manage student accounts, browse products to purchase and view, and sign off on all assigned documents/digital forms.


[ ] GoFan Sign-up

[ ] ParentPortal

The ParentPortal provides you with access to all of your students in GCPS. Through the portal you can view a student’s schedule, course grades, bus information, update parent and emergency contact information, and more.


[ ] Family Engagement Survey



Device Returns: 2020 - 2021 Virtual Learning Option and Technology Support for Digital Learning Days


Please note that all devices that were checked out to students for the 2020-2021 Virtual Learning option and for students in grades 7th and 8th for the 2021-2022 Staggered Start Digital Learning Days, should have been returned. If your student has not returned their device, please ensure that it is returned on Monday, September 27 to their teacher, or it can be dropped off and given to the clerk at the desk located at the front entrance of the school.

Technically Speaking:

New to Shiloh Middle

If your scholar is new and needs to understand the process, please refer them to the following icon that is also located on the front page:

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All For One and One For All!


If you need any additional support, please do not hesitate to contact me directly via email at charlene.fletcher@gcpsk12.org or via phone at 770.736.4572.

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Shiloh Middle School-Parent Center

Charlene Fletcher

Parent Instructional Coordinator (PIC)


Parent Center Hours: M - F 9:00 AM-3:00 PM