SMS Jag E-News

Week of May 17, 2021

Monday, May 17th

Mental Health Monday: GREEN OUT!

Kickstart Drive-Thru Belt Ceremony 5:20pm

NASA Broadcast


Tuesday, May 18th

6th & 7th Grade Virtual Award Ceremonies 6:30pm

(link to follow)


Wednesday, May 19th

College Wednesday (Wear Your College Gear)

Online Student Textbook Return 2:30-4:00pm (SMS Front Circle)


Friday, May 21st

SMS Spirit Day (Wear Your Jag Gear)

All SMS Library Books DUE


Upcoming Dates

May 25 & 27: Online Student Textbook Return

May 31: Memorial Day Holiday

June 1-3: Spirit Week & 8th Grade Farewell Parade

June 3: Last Day of School (early release)

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FBISD Summer Learning Letter to Parents

Dear Parent & Guardians,


Your child has worked very hard this year despite some unusual circumstances due to the pandemic. Thanks for your support in making this happen! In order to maintain this progress, it is important for them to continue reading and practicing math throughout the summer.


Research shows that children lose significant knowledge in reading and math over the summer months. Please review the attached document to review ideas and resources that will help ensure your child continues to grow academically this summer.

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Congratulations to four of our Space Club members that submitted questions to astronauts at the International Space Station to answer in a live session! Tune in live with us to see if the astronauts will select questions submitted by Jiayi Fu (6th Grade), Ayush Sharma (7th Grade), Devadas Panicker (7th Grade), and Konika Kimidi (8th Grade)! Go Jags! You can show your support of our Space Club students by watching the session live on Monday, May 17th

The information is below, along with the link for you to view the broadcast.


Monday, May 17, 2021 at 12:10 p.m.

Broadcast live on NASA TV

EVENTS & UPDATES

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FBISD 1Link Update

Fort Bend ISD wants to make you aware of a change coming to 1Link (powered by ClassLink), FBISD's single sign-on platform.

Recently, ClassLink announced the discontinuation of friendly link support due to updated security features implemented by various web browsers. Due to this action, FBISD will no longer be able to use https://1link.fortbendisd.com as the web address for 1Link access.

Effective May 15, all users must use https://launchpad.classlink.com/fbisd to access 1Link. The new link will continue to offer the same functionality as the deactivated link. Students and staff will still be able to utilize one username and password to access their digital resources and tools including Schoology, Microsoft Teams and Office 365 through 1Link.

All 1Link desktop shortcuts and bookmarks on FBISD district devices have already been redirected to https://launchpad.classlink.com/fbisd. Please be sure to update saved 1Link desktop shortcuts and bookmarks on all personal devices as FBISD cannot make the update on privately owned devices.

For more information about 1Link, please visit www.fortbendisd.com/1link.

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Mentors Wanted

Sartartia Middle School is looking for a Few Good Mentors!

We would love any parent or community member to volunteer to be a mentor to one of our students next school year. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Friedel at katherine.friedel@fortbendisd.com.

Immunization Reminders

Attention all 6th Grade Parents! If you have not sent in an updated copy of your student's immunization record, please do so as soon as possible. We are looking for the TDAP and MCV immunizations, and many of our 6th graders may have received these required vaccines! The clinic staff does not work during the summer, and we would love to have your student compliant before the end of 6th grade. Please know, if we do not receive the updated records, your student will not be able to get their schedule or locker during summer jag camp. Please email the record to amy.schepanski@fortbendisd.com or fax to 281-327-6325. As always if you have any questions, feel free to call us at 281-634-6325.

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the purpose of this month is to reduce the stigma around mental health and create awareness of the different components of mental wellness. If you would like to talk more about any of the topics, please visit your school counselor.


This week we are bringing awareness to mental health by FINDING POSITIVE AFTER A LOSS. At some point in our lives, we will all experience loss. It may be the end of a relationship, not making the sports team, losing a home, or the death of a loved one. It is natural to go through a grieving process. By finding ways to remember the good things about who or what we’ve lost, we can help ourselves to recover mentally and emotionally. Click here for more information and resources.

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Credit Recovery & Summer School

In summer 2021, Fort Bend ISD will be offering a variety of in-person instructional opportunities for our secondary school students (6th – 12th grades). The Credit Recovery Program allows students to regain credit for previously failed courses by successfully completing coursework. In response to the needs of our students and families, all remedial instruction will be tuition-free. The parents of students failing a course as of May 11th AFTER Progress Reports will receive a warning letter issued from the SIS team in Skyward Family Access Student Portfolio. School counselors will inform parents of the registration process including attendance requirements for students and confirmation of their need to attend. All students must return a registration form to their grade level counselor to be enrolled in the remedial summer course by the counselors.
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CAMPUS REMINDERS

Face to Face End of Year Schedule

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Online End of Year Schedule

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Attendance

Attendance and engagement in all classes, regardless of learning model, is expected from every student, every day. Parent notes are required for all absences within five days from the absence date. Notes must include full student name as well as the reason for the absence (including technical difficulties). If a student misses a synchronous engagement, they are counted absent. Please email all absence notes to AttendanceSMS@fortbendisd.com. Contact our attendance clerk, Mrs. Williams, at (281)634-6322 if you have questions.

Daily Wellness Screener

Parents/students must complete a Daily Wellness Screening through Skyward. If your child is cleared, they may attend school that day. If your child is not cleared, they may not report to school and a member from the district COVID-19 contact tracing team will contact families directly. In addition to the screener, students will receive, and must pass, a temperature check before reporting to their classroom. To make student entry as safe and efficient as possible, please make sure the screener is completed prior 8:00 AM each day. Another way students can be allowed in is by showing a screen shot of their “cleared” screen. This screen shot must show the date for that day to be accepted.

F2F Reminders

Our campus Wellness Monitors would like to remind all students to bring a reusable water bottle and an extra mask to school. Students can fill their water bottles up throughout the day and an extra mask is important in case their mask is lost, damaged, or becomes unusable during the school day.

Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th Grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal

paul.wells@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6331


Kat Friedel-Counselor

katherine.friedel@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6320


7th Grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal

courtney.border@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6314


Brandi Goodly-Counselor

brandi.goodly@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6318


8th Grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal

sunday.johnson@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6316


Jo Wells

joh.wells@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6319

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