Generals Connect

October 1, 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.

2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

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From the Principal’s Desk

Good evening Generals:

As we have seen in the past few weeks, we have had a handful of students make some poor decisions based on these TikTok Challenges. Reflect on the first weeks of school and how beautiful things were going. We know that our kids can follow our expectations because we have parents that taught them well. Parents, it is time for some reminders about being their best and Modeling Excellence Every Day. Not only have we increased our population from about 50% to 100% of the student body back in person, but we are now also dealing with some social-emotional issues that are surfacing. These are manifesting as disrespect, poor peer relations, apathy, and impulsivity.

Please take the time at home to talk with your child (routinely) to check in and see what’s going on at school, who their friends are, what’s happening on social media (TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.), but especially, what they are learning.


  1. Let them know they have TRUSTED ADULTS in the building (e.g., their homeroom teacher). Let them know there are other trusted adults in the building if they connect with someone else.
  2. Let them know that you are here for them to converse. If they are having issues with peer relations, talk to them about ways to handle these issues that are peaceful.
  3. Tell them to report anything to you of which they are concerned.
  4. Let them know that social media is not an authentic form of communication.
  5. Review your family rules and expectations that you have established and let them know WHY you have them.
  6. Remind them that they should find a best friend at school.
  7. Remind them to join a club(s) to help fill voids or times of loneliness.
  8. Remind them that our phenomenal Counselors are doing a Trusted Adult Campaign to continue getting the word out.


One of the main concerns is restrooms (this was the TikTok Challenge for the month of August). Please review your expectations for how to behave in the restroom, especially their interactions with other students and recording incidents that are occurring. Please remind them that recording students, videoing, texting, and making phone calls during school hours is unacceptable and they will receive a consequence. Remind them they are not to leave class during the first 10 minutes or the last 10 minutes of class unless it is an emergency. EMPOWER your child to be as great as you!

We have some great ROLE models in this building as well as in the community. We are all allies in promoting positive behavior, so help us recognize them.

We welcome your input and ideas to get all of our students back on track to success! It is going to take all of us working together. Remember, “it takes a village to raise a child.”

As a parent, you have the hardest JOB on this earth, and you are doing it at one of the most difficult times. You pour your heart and soul into your child’s wellbeing, and it shows every day. We will keep our heads up and not give up. We will work together and help our kids get through this. We must equip them with the tools to do the right thing. We are diligently working to address issues, meet with parents, and institute necessary social emotional procedures to help support every child.

These times are truly testing the "it takes a village" concept, but I know our village is STRONG because we are Shiloh...Shiloh Generals…Shiloh STRONG!

Let's stay in communication and stay united.

Kind regards,

Dr. Shantí Howard

Mark Your Calendars!

Fall Break - Thursday, October 7, Friday, October 8, and Monday, October 11

Please remember that Gwinnett County Public Schools' Fall Break is October 7-11. Schools will be closed. Students and Teachers will return on Tuesday, October 12.


Stay safe and well!

Annual AKS Review

The annual review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum is open and runs through Oct. 11. Parents, GCPS staff, students, and Gwinnett County residents may review proposed standards online, offering feedback on AKS that have been developed to align the curriculum with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and/or Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). Feedback on this year’s AKS review may be submitted via an online AKS survey. Comments will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 11. Click here for a list of the courses with AKS under review.
AKS Feedback Survey Link

Use this link to provide your feedback before October 11

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.

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Together, We Can . . .

Give Our Best, For The Best

In Our Local School

And Our Community!

Two Giving Campaigns

One For Now, and One For Later

The United Way Giving Campaign Kickoff- October 6 - November 19

United Way Donations can be made on MyPaymentsPlus from October 6 - November 19

If you do not have a MyPaymentsPlus account, please use the link below to set up an account. Your Family and Friends can do the same. Once you log into your account, look for Shiloh Middle School United Way. If you have any questions, Please contact Mrs. Fletcher, Parent Instructional Coordinator, at 770.736.4572 or via email at charlene.fletcher@gcpsk12.org
Shiloh MS United Way Donation (MyPaymentsPlus) Link

Use this link to log into your account, or to register a new account for the purpose of donating to the Shiloh Middle Schools' United Way Campaign.

United Way Funds Community Resources

The Resting Spot

Gwinnett Great Days of Service

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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! If you Did not Attend, please view the video and complete the survey.

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 last Thursday, September 23, 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 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.

Rincón de la Comunidad Latina

Clases para aprender ingles/ English classes: (ALL Latino families)

https://www.gcpsk12.org/cms/lib/GA02204486/Centricity/Domain/11622/Adult%20ESOL%20Classes.pdf


Ser Familia is having an ART CONTEST! (see flyer attached) (ALL Latino families)


Due October 5


Para celebrar nuestra cultura Latino, Ser Familia hoy da inicio a un concurso en el que aquellos estudiantes en el estado de Georgia, menores de 15 años, podrán enviarnos un dibujo que represente lo que significa para ellos ser Latino. La participación de los estudiantes debe ser aprobada por sus padres o guardián legal.


Envíenos un dibujo hecho por su hijo(a) menor de 15 años de edad que ilustre lo que significa para él o ella ser Latino. Envíalo a dibujos@serfam.org. La fecha límite para enviar su dibujo es el 5 de Octubre a las 5 p.m.

Incluya el nombre de su hijo(a), su edad, la ciudad donde vive en Georgia y el número de teléfono del padre/madre o guardián legal cuando envíe su dibujo.

Los 10 mejores dibujos serán escogidos por Ser Familia y publicados en nuestra cuenta de Facebook e Instagram el 5 de Octubre. ¡Aquellos 3 dibujos con más Likes en combinación de las dos plataformas ganarán el concurso!


Latino Community Fund Art / Sports Scholarship (see flyer attached) (ALL Latino families)

Due October 20


Estamos felices de anunciar nuestras nuevas becas de $250 para aquellos niños de bajos recursos pero interesados en el arte y los deportes. Mil gracias a la familia Lavender, a sus donantes por el "Dream Big Art and Sports Scholarship Fund".


Por favor completen la solicitud aquí: https://lcfga.info/dreambig2021

Clases para aprender ingles/ English classes:

Haga clic aquí para obtener más información

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. 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.

Basketball Tryouts Are Open to All 7th and 8th Graders

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In the Know!

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.

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.

TEAM Work Makes the Dream Work!

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Full STEAM Ahead!

Putting the Pieces Together

Thanks a million to Ms. Divila, Ms. Corneetz, and Mr. and Mrs. Athias! This was certainly a labor of love. Individually and collectively, they put together 11 cabinets. Our scholars will certainly blaze the Science trails with the hard work that has been invested to ensure the newly acquired science materials are ready for the various science teams.

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

End of Season Volleyball Tournament--Let's Come Out and "Cheer our Generals to Victory! Tournament begins at 8:00 AM

The End-of-Season Tournament will be held at Discovery High School- Saturday, October 2, 2021
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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

This is Worth Repeating!

In lieu of the current unfavorable trends that are taking place in school settings, please take a few moments to review these helpful tips and discuss the importance of responsible decision making practices with your scholar, as it relates to the various social media platforms.
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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 October

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 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