MATADOR NEWS

FRIDAY FOCUS 11/6/20

Happy Friday Matadors

The first trimester is coming to an end on November 13th. That will be a minimum day. If you would like to change from virtual to in -person or in-person to virtual please reach out and we will do what we can to accommodate. If you are happy with your choice, there is no need to call. We will keep you with your original choice.


Parents: Please check your student's grades on the parent portal weekly. Since the end of the trimester is in a week, take a look at them. Motivate your student to get the best grade possible. If you have questions please email the teacher and work with them on a plan to get your student to where they need to be. We need you as part of the team to ensure that your student is achieving at the highest level possible.


We will be back to periods 1, 2, 3, & 4 starts November 16th.

Free & Reduced Lunch

Please fill out a free and reduced lunch application if you have done so n the past. Even though nutrition services is providing meals free at this point to all students, it is important that we have this information moving forward to assess need as things change. It also give us an idea in regards to our Title 1 funding at our school site.

English: https://freeandreducedmeals.com/lfserver/Orange_CA_HH_Survey_ENG

Spanish: https://freeandreducedmeals.com/lfserver/Orange_CA_HH_Survey_SPA

Report Cards

Report Cards will NOT be mailed home. Please find your student's grades on the parent portal


To access your student’s report card, go to the Orange Unified School District website.

https://www.orangeusd.org/

• From the OUSD homepage, click on Student and Parent Portal.

• Enter your email as your Username.

• Click on NEXT.

• Enter your password.

• Click on SIGN IN.


To view and print your student’s report card.

• From your portal homepage, click on Grades.

• To access a middle school report card –Click on Grades.

• To print your student’s report card – Click on either the word Print or the printer icon.

• A PDF of your student’s report card will come up, You can now print your student’s report card.

PARENT VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

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Students returning in-person are in school uniform

Students will be expected to be in uniform starting Monday October 12th.The uniform policy is on pages 5 & 6 in the student agenda.


We will be selling Portola uniform polo shirts and sweatshirts from the office.

- Polos- $10.00

- Crew Sweatshirts- $15.00

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Website

Visit Portola’s webpage for updates, Parent Information & Resources

https://www.orangeusd.org/portola-middle-school-6-7-8

Bell Schedule

Periods 1, 5, 6, 7 starting on October 1st until November 13th.
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Mask Requirements

Based on CDPH’s guidance, masks are REQUIRED for all middle school students while at school (except for when eating).

Students should keep a spare mask in their backpacks along with a small brown paper bag to store the mask during eating times.

Health Screening Information

Parents/Guardians are responsible for the health screening of their student(s) at home, prior to coming to school. Please review the attached documents regarding health screenings.


For a thorough look into OUSD's health and safety plan of Phase 2 reopening, please visit:

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1597258682/orangeusdorg/ja9y1jgzqrocktltbqkh/OUSD2020-21SchoolOpeningSafetyPlan.pdf

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Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures & Materials

Gates will open at 7:30 AM for breakfast.

We will have a single point of entry and exit: The front gate will be the single point of entry. Students must wear masks, be social distanced, and remain in designated areas before the start of school. Students will be socially distanced while waiting for the bus at the end of the day.

Please also have the following materials:


  • · fully charged laptop computer (also bring charging cord) & Headphones
  • Mask and Brown paper bag to store mask while eating
  • · personal water bottle (water fountains will not be used) Filling station will be available
  • · paper/pencils
  • · Colors/Art supplies
  • · book to read
  • · MATADOR Agenda
  • · pages needed from consumable textbooks or workbooks for Math, English, History, and Science

Transportaion and Bus Passes

Bus passes are available a the transportation department. If you need a bus pass please contact them at (714) 997-6244. You will need one in order to ride the bus.

THINK TOGETHER AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

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Paper Tutoring

Introducing the NEW Paper Education

This is available to all students in OUSD. Free and no application.

Students can access this program with live tutors any time, 24 hours/7 days a week.

So far, the Portola students really liked this app and can get immediate help.

It is available through their dashboard.


Quick video on how to get there and how to use it:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qJwkk4SVWJDfsBOki1pipjCZ7c1Tbl_t/view?usp=sharing

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Portola on Social Instagram

Follow us on the following social media platforms to see all of our exciting activities, information, and more!

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@portolamatadorsousd

@portola_avid

@portola_asb

@potola_music

@portola_art_class

@portola_counselor

Medications

If your child takes medication, we will have to have that on file. Please feel free to reach out to the health office to fill out he proper forms so that when we return your student has what they need. Their medications must be in the health office and not in their possession.

If your internet connection is poor, or really lagging, try these things to see if it helps . . .


  1. Try to have others in the house avoid watching videos, streaming music, videos or other online content, or gaming during school hours.
  2. Turn off everything connected to the internet that you don't need right now - Alexa or Google Home, tablets or computers not being used, Smart TV's, cell phones (switch off cell phone wireless connection IF you have unlimited data), or other things that might access the internet.
  3. Move closer to your wireless router if possible.
  4. On your own device, close all tabs, games, social media, streaming music, or other running programs that you you do not absolutely need for your school work. Many of these websites or programs run in the background downloading ads, refreshing content, or otherwise using resources even if you are not using them directly. (some websites and social media check in with their servers every few seconds! This can take away valuable bandwidth when you need it for school.)
  5. If you have a student just dropping in and out, ask them to try turning their camera off (that student only!) and see if they have better luck staying on.
  6. Reboot your cable modem or internet router (unplug the power cord from the back. Count to 10, and plug back in. You will need to wait 3-5 minutes before your internet is back up as it reboots)

Internet Hot Spots

Devices & Hot Spots will be available at our district office Monday- Friday, from 12:30-3:30 in Building J. If you do not have a hot spot or internet, please call us so we are aware of your situation.


Call ahead of time if you have technology questions 714-628-5872


Orange Unified School District

1401 N Handy

Orange CA 92867

STUDENT SCHEDULES & LOG IN INFO

STUDENT SCHEDULES

Student schedules will be accessible on August 17th on the student portal.



All classes will be linked through Google Classroom.

To Access Google Classroom found on student dashboard:

1. Students log on to http://www.orangeusd.org

2. Click on "MyOUSD Dashboard" tab

3. Sign in using student ID number and password

4. Click on Google Classroom icon found in the Google Drive on the student dashboard.

5. Student classes should all be listed

Tutorials, videos, and other helpful information for using the Google Classroom platform may be found under the "2020-21 School Year Information" tab located on our school website https://www.orangeusd.org/portola-middle-school-6-7-8

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GOOGLE CLASSROOM INSTRUCTIONS

GRADES

Grades WILL COUNT this year unlike last year and be a regular A, B, C, D, F grading system Students must be in virtual classes everyday and completing assignments as expected as if we were in live classes.

ATTENDANCE OFFICE

We appreciate your communication with us whenever your student is absent from school, even during distance learning. Please call our Attendance Hotline (714) 997-6361 on the day of the absence. Thank you!


Attendance WILL COUNT this year. Please make sure that your student is in school, on camera every day. In the event they are sick and unable to attend virtually, you still must call in their absence.


After 3 consecutive absences, teachers, counselors, or other staff will be reaching out to make a connection with the family.

If students continue to be absent to class, the school district will go through the steps of our Re-Engagement Plan.

PORTOLA WELLNESS CENTER

Wellness supports and resources for our students and families while virtual and when we return live:

https://sites.google.com/orangeusd.org/portolamatadorwellnesscenter

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Free Public Education

Section 5 of Article IX of the California Constitution guarantees students a “free and appropriate public education”. The State Supreme Court concluded in the 1984 case of Hartzell v. Connell, “that all educational activities carried on by public school districts, extracurricular as well as curricular, must be without cost to the students who participate in such activities”. This same ruling found that “mandatory fees for participating in such extra-curricular activities as drama, music, and athletic competition were illegal under the State constitution”. Furthermore, the State Supreme Court also rejected the argument that “fees could be charged as long as the district waived fees for students who were financially unable to pay”. I would like to assure you that Cerro Villa Middle School does not engage in a “pay for play” system.

THINK TOGETHER- After school program

For more information please contact Ms. Yesenia Toledo at 714.326.3442 or email: portolams@thinktogether.org

Also, you can visit our website

https://sites.google.com/view/portola-ms-think-together/home

OUSD Bully Prevention Handbook

Please click on the following link to download the handbook.

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1569953159/orangeusdorg/to9kdu4yhwscuc0c9xca/BullyingPreventionHandbook2019-2020.pdf

Stay healthy and safe Matadors…We miss you!

Project Alert

All students in 7th and 8th grade receive a program of instruction on drug education and the effects of the use of tobacco. Portola Middle School utilizes Project Alert as the prevention program. The main goals of the program are to prevent adolescent non-users from experimenting with drugs and to prevent youth who are already experimenting from becoming more regular users. The program began in 1984 and is based on an approach that helps motivate young people to avoid using drugs and teaches them the skills they need to understand and resist pro-drug social influences. These influences may come from peers, other adults or family members, and/or the media. The program uses small-group activities, question-and-answer sessions, role-playing, and the practice of new skills to stimulate students' interest and participation in the ALERT curriculum, which focuses on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and inhalant use.

If you have questions about the program, please contact your child’s principal. He/she will be happy to discuss Project Alert with you.

Right to Know Professional Qualifications of Teachers and Paraprofessionals

Date: 8/25/20

Dear Parents,

In compliance with the requirements of the Every Students Succeeds Act, Portola Middle School would

like to inform you that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s) and/ or paraprofessional(s). The following information may be requested:

• Whether the student’s teacher:

- has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;

- is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and

- is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.

- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s and/ or paraprofessional’s qualifications, please contact Jeff Morgan at 714-997-6361

Sincerely,

Jeff Morgan

Principal