Sartartia Middle School-Exemplary Education Everyday-9.6.20
Dear Jag Families,
What an awesome week we have had getting into the groove of the 2020-2021 online school year. Thank you for the support during our first virtual Open House Thursday evening.
Please consider becoming a volunteer with PTO as we have many opportunities for each of you to assist our staff and students.
Just a reminder that FBISD and SMS is closed on Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.
Please read on regarding the following New topics:
- Updated Schedule for Next Week
- FBISD Relaunch Information
- Ren 360 Extended
- Cheer Tryouts Extended
- Parent University Night
- Library Update
Thank you parents for getting your students to class on time and for working with us through any technology issues. Again, thank you for your time, grace, and support.
With Jag Pride,
Sartartia Middle School
Learning Model Selection Process (September 3-8)
To be completed in SKYWARD-Family Access
A critical step in this planning is determining how many families plan to send their students to campuses for face-to-face instruction, or, as an alternative, will select 100 percent online instruction. This information will be used as Fort Bend ISD campuses and departments implement all health and safety protocols, develop student and teacher schedules, and plan toward the phased transition to face-to-face instruction.
During the Learning Model Selection Process from September 3 – 8, parents will choose the student learning model that best meets their needs. As part of the process, parents will also acknowledge receipt of the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Parent Handbook. Learning model selection will close on September 8 at 4:30 p.m. to allow time for student schedule development.
Note: Any student who does not have a selection form completed will default to face-to-face learning for planning purposes. As per TEA guidance, parents may elect to change student learning models a minimum of two weeks prior to each grading period.
Learning Model Selection Job Aid
Learning Model Selection job Aid – Spanish
*For More Details about the Relaunch Plan, please view the links below: FBISD Relaunch, Checking in with Charles, and FBISD Board Meeting.
Relaunch Schedule Comparison
Ren 360 Extended to September 11, 2020
In order to support your child on this assessment, you will need to:
- Use the Parent/Guardian Ren 360 Checklist
- Have your student follow the Student Login Instructions
- Complete the required assessments until September 11th.
- If at any time the program prompts your child to enter a monitor password to continue the assessment, please enter FBISD in all capitals
Sartartia Middle School Facilities
Just a reminder, the Fine Arts Building, both our gyms, and our track are currently construction zones. While we cannot wait to use them, they are not open for use until all construction concludes, which will hopefully be soon! Our facilities are beginning to look great after a much needed renovation. Thank you for your help in this matter.
CHEER TRYOUTS EXTENDED
SMS Cheer is having virtual tryouts this year.
Paperwork/RankOne due Sunday, September 6th
Tryout video due Friday, September 11th
Email email@example.com for more information about the process.
PTO Zoom Meeting
Topic: SMS PTO September meeting
Time: Sep 9, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 713 8696 5096
Purchase a hoodie sweatshirt, mask, yard sign and/or decal. We have set up two methods to order and pay.
Method 1: Complete the online Google Form to place your order & then use Zelle to pay for the purchase. Use treasurerSMSPTO@gmail.com as the payee email AND note the students name(s) in the notes/comments.
Method 2: Print out the form and mail it in with payment to the school:
SMS PTO Spirit Wear
8125 Homeward Way
Sugar Land, TX 77479
LOCKDOWN BROWSER BY RESPONDUS
Please visit https://www.fortbendisd.com/lockdownbrowser for information on installing a special browser called Respondus which will be used when students take online tests and exams. District-owned devices will need it to be installed using the following steps:
- Click on the "Start" button (four-pane Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen, along the taskbar)
- Scroll through the list of programs for "Software Catalog", and click to open
- Look for Lockdown Browser or Respondus Lockdown Browser. Select and it will install
GREETINGS FROM THE LIBRARY
Hello amazing Jag families!
I am Melannie Boullion, your new Sartartia librarian! I am SO EXCITED to be part of this AMAZING community!! Each week I will have optional virtual library activities available through the Schoology library course. We will announce these activities in a weekly library programming graphic here in your newsletter. Participation is encouraged, but not mandatory.
Students—I will also have opportunities for you to be entered in a weekly drawing for a free book! You will need to search the folders in the library Schoology course to discover how! I am looking forward to meeting all of you! Until then, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks!
Sartartia Middle School
Schoology Access Code: WP6Q-TM7S-8D848
SMS LIBRARY WEEKLY PROGRAMMING
Would You Like to Checkout a Library Book?
Curbside checkout will begin this week! Please fill out the form by clicking on the link or scanning the QR code if you would like to participate. Please reserve books by Wednesday, 9/9. Book pick up day is Friday, 9/11 from 12-4 pm. When you arrive on Friday to pick your books up, please pull up to the front of the school and wait in your vehicle. Bikers can also wait in the front of the building. Please do not get out of your vehicles, and be prepared to show an ID (either parent’s or student’s). You will then sign for the books. Books can be checked out up to three weeks. Directions for reserving books in the library online catalog (Destiny) are on the library Schoology page and the Sartartia website (under library & media).
Welcome from the Counselors
Hello and WELCOME BACK Jag parents! We are so excited for the start of the 20-21 school year and are anxious to see you and your students soon.
We understand that this is a very different welcome back, but our main goal is to let both students and parents know that we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us to support you at this time.
Parent University Nights
Parent University Night
We are excited to announce that our first parent university night has been scheduled! If you need some tips and advice on how to balance work and home during COVID – 19, you should join us via Microsoft teams. Please see the flyer below for more information.
click this link to join the meeting on September 15th at 6pm OR
FUTURE Parent University Nights
We would like your input to see what type of Parent University nights you would be interested in throughout the year. Please click this link to complete the survey.
Campus-Based Device Distribution - Update
The last day of regular Laptop Distribution ended on Friday, August 28th. We will continue to issue laptops as needed throughout the school year by appointment only by calling our main school number. (281) 634-6310.
Ø Technology Resource Help
The Technology Resource page on https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/124794 is available for parents/students to obtain help related to technology. There are helpful information on hot topics like password, 1Link, Microsoft Teams etc. You will also find the “Technology Status” section where we post the latest status of technology issues we are aware of.
Ø Password help for 6th-8th graders:
6th Grade: Passwords for all incoming 6th graders or brand-new students in any secondary grade 6-12th their passwords are FORTBENDSCHOOL+Last 4 of StudentID#. Example: FORTBENDSCHOOL0852.
7th – 12th Grade: All returning 7th and 8th students should continue to use their password they used last year. If they have don’t remember it the will need to reset it in Rapid Identity portal, https://my.fortbendisd.com/. They will need to login with network credentials.
FBISD has tech support depots daily (Mon-Fri) 8am-3pm at the following sites:
Hodges Bend Middle School
Marshall High School
Dulles High School
Hightower High School
Austin High School
Clements High School
IT Service Depot Updates
In order to serve the ongoing needs of FBISD students and staff, IT is expanding the support days and hours for the IT Service Depots. We have also added two more locations on the west side of the district to better serve the families and staff on that side of town.
The intent of the Service Depot is to provide IT Services for hardware related issues with district-issued devices. Most services will be managed by appointment by the Site Analysts and should not require customers to remain on-site for any measurable amount of time.
Click here for the latest updates on everything you need to know for the 2020-2021 school year
FBISD Meal Benefits
Child Nutrition is encouraging families to apply for Meal Benefits online at schoolcafe.com/fbisd or on their smartphone/device by downloading the SchoolCafé app from their Google Play or App Store. Links: https://www.schoolcafe.com/fbisd
FBISD encourages all families to complete the Free & Reduced Meals application, at SchoolCafe, and families who qualified in the 2019-20 school year will need to reapply.
Assistant Principals & Counselors
Paul Wells-Assistant Principal
Courtney Border-Assistant Principal
Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal
Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor
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