Weekly Update February 8-12
Takiyah Benson, Assistant Principal
Richard Petroske, Assistant Principal
Ann Ferkler, 8th Grade Counselor
Kia McKinney, 7th Grade Counselor
David Gibbons, 6th Grade Counsleor
A Message from Mr. Shepler
With 7th and 8th grade students returning on Tuesday, Feb. 16th, we have adjusted our student schedules as we will need to run three lunch shifts to feed students at each grade level. In order to social distance during lunches, we will be utilizing both the cafeteria and our auxiliary gymnasium for lunch. The new schedules are posted below and are effective Tuesday, Feb. 16th. Also included are the half day and delay schedules, which are the same for all grade levels. In order to maximize instructional time, and with consideration of virtual learners, all students will eat in classrooms at the same time when running a half day or delay schedule.
A reminder for in-person drop-offs in the morning:
Please use Caroline St. off of 6th St. to drop off in the morning beginning at 7:30 AM. Students are to be dropped off on the side of the building where our School Resource Office, Cpl. Bodnar is standing guard. Once the busses have left (approximately 7:40 AM), students may be dropped off in the front loop to enter the building.
We will be finalizing 7th and 8th grade assignments for their return to in-person learning. School messenger phone calls and emails will be sent home this week to communicate whether your child will be attending on Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday. Bus drivers will also be reaching out to parents to provide bus information. If you have not received any information regarding your child's return by Thursday, Feb. 11th, please contact the school directly at 410-479-2760 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review the LMS Return to In-Person Learning Plan for all details related to your child's return to the building for in-person learning.
A few upcoming events:
- Feb. 10th- Asynchronous Half-Day of School (No Focus assignment)
- Feb. 15th - President's Day (No School)
- Feb. 16th- New student schedule begins
- Feb. 16th/18th- 7th/8th Grade Return to In-Person Learning
- Feb 22nd- Citizen's Advisory Council meeting at 6 PM
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Lockerman Middle School
LMS Return to In-Person Learning Plan
1. On your child's first day reporting for in-person learning, students will safely report to a designated space to meet their first period teacher who will escort them to class the first day.
- 7th Grade on Feb. 16th or Feb. 18th (Report to the gymnasium)
- 8th Grade on Feb. 16th or Feb. 18th (Report to the cafeteria)
Students will receive their quarter 3 schedules with a map of the building on the back.
Grade level meetings will be held with administration to communicate school rules, routines, and expectations. The following information that will be covered:
- Meet other building staff (administrators, counselors, instructional coaches, nurses, etc.)
- PBIS- What does PRIDE (Prepared, Respectful, Independent, Disciplined, Empathetic) look like in all areas of the building.
- COVID-19 safety/cleanliness procedures (masks, social distancing, hand washing, etc.)
- In-person academic/attendance expectations
- Discipline procedures
2. With the distribution of Kajeet Smartspots, there will no longer be a connectivity room at LMS. Students returning to the building will report either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday. The other two days they will be learning virtually and utilizing the Kajeet Smartspot as needed. Used appropriately, the Kajeet Smartspots have plenty of data to access virtual instruction twice a week and asynchronous learning on Wednesdays.
3. Transportation will be provided. However, because of social distancing, transportation is a challenge. Please consider if you have an option other than using CCPS transportation.
4. Car riders need to be dropped off at the side entrance off of Caroline St. no earlier than 7:30 AM. We will not be allowing students to enter the building until 7:30 AM. Bus transportation will need to be used if we find that a student is consistently dropped off earlier than this time.
5. Bus riders will receive calls from bus drivers to notify parents of the bus number and pick up/drop off times. 7th/8th grade bus riders will receive calls this week.
6. There will be plenty of staff supervision in the hallways as students enter the building to ensure mask wearing. Students will not be allowed on the bus without a mask.
7. Students are to bring their CCPS assigned laptop with them daily. The laptop should be charged every night and be brought with the charger in the case. Classrooms will be equipped with extension cords for charging purposes. We have loaner laptops on hand if a student device needs to be repaired. When students are in-person they will not be learning through Zoom, they will receive live instruction from their teacher.
8. Here is a list of a few recommended supplies that all students may bring with them:
- Communicator boards that were handed out at the beginning of the year
- Personal bottle of hand sanitizer
- Individual small packs of tissues and wipes
- Headphones/Earbuds (we have some available to hand out if needed)
- Water bottle
Many of the academic supplies students need will be provided for them. Most work will continue to be submitted via Google Classroom. I would recommend either using a backpack or laptop case to carry all supplies. Students should not need both to carry what they need throughout the day.
9. Students will be moving within the building from class to class. The new schedule along with traffic patterns have been designed to limit the amount of student interaction. All transitions will be supervised to ensure mask wearing and proper social distancing. We will not be assigning lockers to students so they will carry all things with them throughout the day.
10. Breakfast and lunch is free for all students for the remainder of the year. Every morning, breakfast will be delivered to classrooms and lunch orders will be taken by classroom teachers. Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria or auxiliary gym at assigned tables and with assigned seats for contact tracing purposes. Students will move through the lunch line socially distanced and tables will be sanitized between lunch shifts. Prior to lunch, hand washing and use of hand sanitizer will be enforced.
11. As noted within recommended supplies, students should plan on bringing water bottles to school with them. Water fountains will be off limits for use in the hallways. Bottle water will be provided at breakfast and during lunch. Additional bottles of water will be available as needed.
12. Classrooms will be organized to socially distance students a minimum of 6 ft apart. As we bring students in we will be monitoring class sizes. It is possible that we could be reaching out to parents if we need to swap in person learning days in order to balance class sizes. Seating charts will be used in all classes for contact tracing purposes. Students will not be sharing any supplies or materials in class. Student desks and chairs will be sanitized prior to the next group of kids entering the classroom. Students will be taught to properly sanitize their desks and chair with wipes.
13. Students enrolled in band or chorus classes will not be able to play their instrument or sing while in the building. Here is the link to the guidance on our CCPS website under "General FAQ's". Students enrolled in physical education classes will not be changing and should consider dressing more comfortably on days they have PE so they can actively participate.
14. All students will receive their own lanyard and student badge to be used as hallway passes. There will be no shared passes in the classroom. Lanyards will be color coded by grade level.
15. All restrooms are sanitized every 40 minutes by our custodial staff.
16. Students may bring their own hand sanitizer. Frequent hand washing and use of sanitizer will be necessary. Alcohol based hand sanitizer is available for student use in the classroom under the supervision of their teacher.
17. We now have two separate health rooms at LMS. One health room is designated for students with scheduled visits for medication, etc. The other health room is for students in need of medical attention for a variety of other reasons. We have a well-trained nursing staff that will assist administration with ensuring staff and student safety remains a priority.
18. Dismissal will be in three waves beginning at 12:55 PM. Students will be informed of which wave their bus is on the first day they return. Second wave dismissal is at roughly 1:05 PM, followed by car riders at roughly 1:15 PM. For car rider pick up in the afternoon, please use High St. and enter off Lockerman St. Pick up times will be 1:15 PM.
Talented Artists at LMS
Congratulations to Linda Ridgell (1st place), Danielle Ridgell (2nd place), and Katrina Benges (3rd place) for placing in the Lion's Club Peace Poster Contest.
Additionally, Linda Ridgell also placed 3rd in the "Together We're Better" Inclusive Education and Artwork Contest.
We are so proud of these young ladies for their accomplishments!! #WildcatPRIDE
February A Day/B Day Calendar
8th Grade Transition Parent Meeting
On February 8th at 6pm, there will be a parent Zoom meeting to provide high school transition information. Several North Caroline High School counselors and staff will be presenting important information about the transition to high school. Here are the links, based on student last name, for the Zoom parent night on Feb. 8th beginning at 6 PM:
A-D- Mrs. Belay (Zoom code will be forthcoming)
Please contact Mrs. Ferkler at Lockerman Middle School if you have any questions.
Best Practices for Second Semester Success
Caroline students are in-person and virtual learners! First semester has taught everyone a lot, and we want to share tips and best practices learned from both staff and students that will ensure second semester success.
- Learning Area: Students need a well-lighted, quiet place in their home for virtual learning.
- On-Time: Students should be on time and on schedule for in-person, synchronous, and asynchronous days.
- Charger: Devices should be charged for home and school, and kept with the device.
- Devices: Take good care of devices when in class, at home and traveling in between.
- Device cameras: Cameras help greatly with student engagement and connection to teachers and classmates! Try to leave them on as much as possible.
- Headphones: Headphones or earbuds should be kept with devices and ready for use.
- Downloading materials: Best practice is to download materials the day before an asynchronous learning day.
- Google Classroom: Log in just prior to class beginning or resuming.
- Learning materials and books: Keep these with the device for easy access.
- PowerSchool: Families (and students) should check PowerSchool on a regular basis to check attendance, grades, and assignments.
- Email: Students (and families) should check email on a regular basis.
Citizen's Advisory Council
In-Person Hot Lunch Menu- Feb. 9-12
Grilled chicken sandwich
Pizza Sticks w/ pizza sauce
Grilled chicken sandwich
February is CTE Month
The vision of Caroline Career and Technical Education is to develop students who are R.E.A.D.Y. for College, Career and/or Military!
Check out this video to find out more about the awesome Career Technology Education Programs offered in Caroline County!
February Meal Service Changes-Repost
Beginning February 1, CCPS Food Services will begin a new schedule in order to serve both in-person and virtual learners.
For students returning to in-person learning:
All students will continue to receive FREE meals.
Students in Pre-K through 3rd grade will have one day of meals sent home on Tuesday.
Students on the Monday/Tuesday schedule will have three days of meals sent home on Tuesday.
Students on the Thursday/Friday schedule will have three days of meals sent home on Friday.
For students continuing with virtual learning:
Curbside Meal Pick Up for the next two weeks –
Tuesday, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 – 11:00 am-noon and 5:30-6:30 pm
Thursday, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 – 11:00 am-noon
Curbside pickup at: Greensboro, Federalsburg, and Preston Elementary Schools, and North Caroline High School
Please Note: Week of February 15th
For virtual students, a Virtual Learner Meal Request Form must be submitted to continue free meals.
Based on applications, the best means of meal delivery will be determined for each student by Food Services.
For all students receiving Weekend Backpacks
Beginning Feb. 3rd, Weekend Backpacks (black bags) will be delivered on Wednesdays to the homes of students who currently have applications on file. Applications may be requested for Weekend Backpack service.
The Backpack Program is privately funded and subject to availability.
News from the LMS School Based Health Center (SBHC)- Repost
Happy National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month!
Study after study has shown that school based health centers help reduce lateness and missed time at school and work, increase grades, and better connect students, teachers, and parents. This is so important… because in order to do well in school, students must be present, healthy, and ready to learn! And what better way is there to help children stay healthy, than to provide some of that care at school, where students spend the majority of their time!
Did you know that Caroline County is the only public school system in the entire state to offer school based health center services in each of their schools! Your child has access to the Choptank Community Health School Based Health Center at LMS! The LMS SBHC is open every Monday and Wednesday from 7:30am-3:30 pm and Friday from 7:30 am-11:30 am. Services include treatment of acute minor illnesses such as strep throat, ear infections, and rash, evaluation and management of sports and related injuries, asthma care and various other health and dental education.
Appointments can be made through the school nurse’s office by sending a note to school with your child, or by calling 410-479-3277. The School Based Health Center can be reached during office hours via telephone at 410-479-3075. For more information on school based health care and National School-Based Health Care Awareness month please visit www.sbh4all.org!
Nominations Open for Caroline Teacher & Support Employee of the Year- Repost
Caroline County Public Schools is happy to announce that nominations for the 2021-2022 Teacher of Year and the Support Employee of the Year is now open. All members of the CCPS community, including staff, students, families and residents are invited to submit nominations.
Nominations for both awards must be completed and submitted no later than February 17, 2021.
Teacher of the Year Form – Full-time classroom, resource, or media teachers who spend the majority of their time teaching are eligible. Nominees must have completed a minimum of five years of teaching by June 2020 and be tenured. Caroline County’s selection will automatically represent Caroline County in the Maryland Teacher of the Year program.
Support Employee of the Year Form – Support employees must have completed a minimum of two (2) years of service with the school system as of June 2020 and must be a regular employee. Support employees are: custodial/ maintenance staff, Family Support Services/ child development staff, Food Services staff, Health Services staff, instructional services staff, secretarial staff and technology staff and transportation staff.