Jaguar Reminders: April 13-May 03

Success & Nothing Less: Jaguar Excellence!

Hello Jaguar Family!

The Journey Continues......Remain safe-please practice "Social Distancing"


Jaguar Family,


Please click here to view the Principal's Message for the month of April: COVID19 & Final Grades


Sandtown Family,


Welcome back from our quarantined Spring Break! Let me be the first to admit, it was very different, but nevertheless relaxing and afforded an opportunity to unwind and spend quality time with my family. I am doing my very best to shelter-in-place. It has been difficult, but I understand this is what is best for my health, my family and everyone. I hope everyone has found some form of peace, at a time when it is needed the most.


Extended-Digital Learning Plan (TeleSchool): Please anticipate additional learning blocks added to each instructional day. The adjustment will occur during the week of April 20th.


  • Extended Learning will take place each day following the content and course for each day. Teachers are available each day via email and will respond to your email within 24 hours.
  • Monday: ELA
  • Tuesday: Math
  • Wednesday: Connections (A Day and B Day)
  • Thursday: Science
  • Friday: Social Studies


Proximity and Fulton Virtual


  • All virtual learning will continue, as normal. Students who are enrolled in Fulton Virtual are expected to continue accessing their course daily. Students enrolled in Proximity are expected to access the course daily during their normal expected time. If for any reason a scholar is not able to access course, please email our Virtual Learning Assistant, Mecca Coates (CoatesM@fultonschools.org). If administrative support is needed, please email Mrs. Sonya West-Jones (WestS@fultonschools.org)
  • Any concerns related to Fulton Virtual School (FVS), please email the FVS teacher directly.


Grades: Specific information related to final grades is forthcoming-please check your email


  • Students are expected to complete all assignments. Teachers will submit missing work reports and contact students and parents via email to discuss missing work and recovery. Grades are captured during the extended learning period.
  • Please assist the team in reinforcing this period of time is not an extended break or vacation, it is an extended learning period and school is in session, with a unique structure to our learning environment.



Student Email Addresses-vs-Parent Email Addresses (Student Accountability for their work assignments)


Many of our parents have inquired on the best way to ensure our students have direct access to school communications, especially during a time when assignments are pushed out to our students. We are working with our student information team to merge student email addresses. However, all of the information shared comes directly to our parents. We want to ensure you are informed and have the necessary resources to guide our scholars. But, this does not indicate limited accountability for our scholars. We want to develop independent scholars who take ownership for their academic success! Be sure to direct your scholar on how they can access the Jaguar Reminders, which includes the daily lesson plans. Here are a few recommendations:


  1. Direct your scholar to save the Sandtown Middle School web-page as a favorite on their phone. The Jaguar Reminders are listed at the very bottom of the Sandtown Middle School web-page.
  2. Forward the weekly text message to your scholar; the link is included in the SMS Text sent weekly. “Jaguar Alerts” are a great way to make sure your scholar has access to the weekly SMORE. (FORWARD the text message)



Within this week's weekly reminders, you will find resources to support our scholars and parents. Please review the reminders very carefully!


Please reference our local school updates listed below, and the FCS website for more information related to COVID 19.


  • We ask that our staff and families continue to follow the COVID-19 guidelines as shared by GDPH and the CDC including monitoring you and your child’s health for fever and symptoms of respiratory illness including a runny nose, cough and/or shortness of breath. Please call your local health provider for assistance if these symptoms occur.

Fulton County’s Website: https://www.fultonschools.org/coronavirus


Contact: Principal Miley

Jaguar QUOTE:

There's something to be said for perseverance.


Ayanna Pressley

Our Mission

Success for Every Student!


Our Vision

We will prepare scholars for success by establishing a mutually respectful culture that promotes high expectations, academic achievement, and personal growth. We will develop scholars' self-awareness, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and leadership skills. We will prepare scholars to leave ready to pursue and succeed on their chosen paths. We will provide our faculty and staff members a special place to pursue the art and science of teaching. We will provide teachers with experiences that deepen their skills and be a place where careers can flourish. We will enhance education by setting an example as an effective, safe and accountable school by constantly investing in ways to become better at our craft. We will share our learning with colleagues in the field of education.


"Success & Nothing Less: Jaguar Excellence!"

Reminder: Write it Down; Save it; Just Don't forget.....

Students do not report for school on the following dates:


All FCS Schools and District Offices are closed, indefinitely. Stay tuned to the FCS Website for more information. (March 16-Until further notice)


    • April 13-May 22

    TeleRemote Learning: Sandtown Middle School is closed for face-to-face operations; all learning engagement will take place in a digital learning format, including asynchronous and synchronous instruction.

Important Dates:

All FCS Schools and District Offices are closed, indefinitely. Stay tuned to the FCS Website for more information. (March 16-Until further notice)

What Happening This Week & Next Week:

Upcoming extramural/performing arts/academic clubs/student clubs

  • N/A


Upcoming Events:

  • N/A


Virtual Events


  • Upcoming: Transition to High School-Stay Tuned (April 30 @ 2:00 p.m.)
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 470-705-1712 United States, Atlanta (Toll)

Conference ID: 935 852 372#

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High School 101: A Crash-course for Sandtown Middle School 8th Graders

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 470-705-1712 United States, Atlanta (Toll)

Conference ID: 935 852 372#

2020 Connections Requests: Rising 7th and 8th Graders-Remember to select your Conncctions Courses!

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TeleRemote Learning Highlights: FCS Rising

COVID-19 has created a worldwide challenge; fortunately, the Fulton County Schools community is up for it. There are thousands of inspiring stories being generated during this time of crisis. Teachers, students and families are connecting in many creative ways.


Be sure to send your highlights to Principal Miley and post them to our twitter page @SandtownMS #FCSrising #Jaguarexcellence


Our scholars are doing a great job in a TeleRemote Learning environment and we are super proud. Parents, please showcase their engagement in learning and allow us to shout you out for the great work you are doing!


Send photos and comments to: Sandtownprincipal@fultonschools.org

April 13-May 01: TeleSchool Extended Learning Plans

April 27-May 01

April 20-24

April 13-17

Remote Learning and Technical Help Hotline

Questions and Technical Help Hotline

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, a Remote Learning Hotline (470-254-2300) will be live to answer technical assistance questions, such as resetting a password or finding a student ID number. The hotline is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the regular school week, Monday through Friday. Frequently asked questions are posted to the Remote Learning website: https://www.fultonschools.org/remotelearning


Teachers are working regular school hours from their homes and will be responsive to students’ questions sent by email. Staff email information is posted on every school’s website. Students who do not have access to email should call the Remote Learning Hotline at 470-254-2300.

Meal Distribution:

Effective Monday, April 13, the FCS Nutrition program will only distribute meals on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Families can pick up meals for all children under the age of 18, or under the age of 21 for youth with special needs from one of 21 food distribution sites listed below.


Children must be present in order for meals to be provided.Please click to see the updated English or Spanish food distribution site list.

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Comcast Essentials

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We know this is a stressful time for students, families, and educators. Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 are growing. Our Counselor Connect Team is readily available and equipped with resources to assist our scholars with developing the social-emotional skills they need to get through these challenging events. The Counseling Connect Team is also available to speak with parents and students during their time of need, or just to say "hello". Just click on the title or hyperlink above to schedule an appointment to "chat" with a member of the Counselor Connect Team.


  • Community Resources
  • Individual Support
  • Connecting with a school counselor or someone from the Counseling Connect Team
  • Just to say "Hi"
  • I am missing school, what can I do to balance my social needs?
  • Staying focused!
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Grade-Level Happenings! Newsletters

Click on your scholar's grade level for the current newsletter! Stay in the loop!


6th Grade

Grade Level Chair: Mr. Love and Ms. Washington


7th Grade

Grade Level Chair: Jamelle Hood


8th Grade

Grade Level Chair: Ms. Baker


6th-8th Grade Counseling Newsletter

Counselors: Ms. Bataille and Ms. Goodson

Content Corner: WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW IN CORE CONTENT

The Standards Mastery Framework (SMF) is a set of tools designed to ensure a guaranteed ​and viable curriculum and deepen​ personalization of the learning experience for FCS students.


The tools will include:​

  • Learning Maps consist of

    • Prioritized standards

    • Proficiency scales

    • Evidence blueprints

  • Assessment items and tasks

  • Scoring guides and student exemplars

  • Scales for reporting student success skills

  • Focus Lessons

Student Support Team: Response to Intervention

Georgia educators are aligning to create a preventive framework to improve performance outcomes of all learners. Georgia's Tiered System of Supports for Students is continued implementation of Georgia's Systems of Continuous Improvement, the statewide plan to provide a tiered system of supports for the districts, schools, and students. The tiered system includes evidence-based interventions and screenings that will provide different levels of support needed to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems.



  • Weekly Focus: iReady Diagnostic (Grades 6-8)

Game Changer(s): TeleRemote FCS Rising Stars!

Thank you to the entire team for ensuring quality lessons are delivered and our team works diligently to support our scholars. Please remember to share the great things happening during TeleRemote School! We are in this together! #Jaguarexcellence

REMINDER about Social Distancing:

REMINDER about Social Distancing:
We also encourage our community to follow CDC guidelines about social distancing.


The CDC and public health officials are continuing to share guidance for the general public to practice “social distancing,” which they have described as “all individuals should limit community movement and adapt to disruptions in routine activities.” The CDC also says, “social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.” Please be mindful and take precautions daily. These measures and overall good hygiene practices will help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

City of South Fulton: A State of Emergency COVID19

City of South Fulton Mayor William “Bill” Edwards Declares a State of Emergency and Takes Action in Hopes to Help Slow Down the Spread of COVID-19



(CITY OF SOUTH FULTON, GA – March 18, 202o) – City of South Fulton Mayor William “Bill” Edwards, with support from the City Council in their Tuesday, March 17 meeting, adopted an emergency resolution declaring a state of emergency in the City of South Fulton in an effort to take proactive measures for the health and safety of residents during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Annual Title-I Reminder: FY 20 Parent Family Engagement Plan & School-Family Compact

Parents: This is unique time for our scholars and your engagement in their education is paramount. We hope this time presents an opportunity for you to further connect with your scholar. Please stay tuned for virtual opportunities to connect with the school.


FY20 Parent Family Engagment Plan

FY20 School-Family Compact



Title I District Information

District Parent Family Engagement Plan (English | Spanish)

Jaguar Excellence: Uniform Policy

  • All students are required to wear uniforms to school every day. Uniform points are provided during the homeroom block daily.
  • The standard school uniform consists of a polo top and khaki shorts or pants.
  • Uniforms are worn on Monday-Thursday.
  • To alleviate re-purchasing uniforms each year, we will adhere to the three year uniform trend.
  • Sixth Grade: Gray/Khaki
  • Seventh Grade: Royal Blue/Khaki
  • Eighth Grade: Black /Khaki
  • Jeans are allowed to be worn with uniforms (no ripped or frayed jeans)
  • Every Friday is Spirit Wear and Free Dress Day *Students are permitted to dress out of uniforms on Friday. All students are expected to adhere to the dress code, which is strictly enforced. (No shredded, ripped or frayed jeans are allowed)


Vendors: Walmart, Old Navy, Brandhouse Ink and 3D Printing and Accessories

*All independent vendors are invited to our Annual Open House.

Connections Corner: News Flash-Orchestra is now accepting new students!

We are pleased to offer the following connection courses. Unfortunately, we cannot offer all connection courses to all students in once semester. If your scholar is not able to secure the connection course of their choice, please submit a request for the next semester. We will do our best to honor pathway enrollment for connection courses.

*Connection courses follow pathway selections, students must complete pre-requisitie courses in order to select an advanced course within the connections selections.


  • Band
  • Orchestra: Orchestra is accepting new students who are interested in learning the Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass. There is no experience needed. If your scholar is interested, please see Ms. Miller next week.
  • Art
  • Broadcast/Graph Communications
  • Engineering/Tech Systems
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • Foreign Language: Spanish

Free & Low Cost Resources from First Book Marketplace

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, educational resources, and other essentials--including coats, snacks, and hygiene kits--to educators serving children in need. First Book provides these resources free or at low cost to schools and programs serving children in need, ages 0-18. Their purpose is to raise the quality of education for all children by making sure they have access to the resources they need to be successful in school and life.


https://www.fbmarketplace.org/

APEC: Before & After Care; Tutoring Assistance

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Future Foundations: 21st Century After School Program

Future Foundations will offer an after school program for a selected group of students. Students are identified by the Future Foundations organization. The program is limited to 50 seats, thus parents are encouraged to express interest in the program. If your scholar has previously participated in Future Foundations, they are not eligible for enrollment in the program.


If you are interested in securing a spot in the 21st Century: Future Foundations program, please stay tuned in for more information forthcoming very soon. The program will begin in September.


Contact: Future Foundations Main Office

(404) 766-0510 office

(404) 766-0736 fax


Contact: School-Based Leader

Tracy Wise

Always Remember: "In the Middle"

Middle school is more than just a grade configuration, Lounsbury explains: "It doesn't matter whether a child is in a K through 8th grade school or a 6th through 8th grade school. It doesn't matter if students wear uniforms, or if boys are taught separately from girls. It's how they're taught that makes the difference." Anyone who has spent more than five minutes in the presence of a "tween" — a term commonly applied to kids falling between the ages of 8 and 13

knows this is true. Middle schoolers are a diverse, unpredictable group. Brazen and cocky one minute, timid and self-doubting the next; bored and self-conscious one day, excited and inquisitive the next — they ride the proverbial rollercoaster of emotions, abilities, and needs.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to All of Jaguars: April Birthday's!


It is our pleasure to wish you a very happy birthday. We wish you many more to come!


The Jaguar Family!

Very Important Handouts/Forms

Click on the HOT Buttons for more information.
COVID-19: UPDATES

FCS is currently following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Fulton County Board of Health, other local, state, and federal agencies to obtain the most up-to-date information available.

Important Information: Student Health Services

Georgia is 1 of 39 states experiencing widespread flu cases. In fact, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued a health alert, and they along with other health officials are encouraging everyone to get a flu vaccine.

Sandtown's Master Calendar-Parent and Community

School-Wide Calendar: Parents and Community Members have access to school-related events.

Sandtown Middle School (SMS) Bell Schedule

8:35-8:55: Arrival Student begin the instructional day at 8:55; all students arriving after 8:55 a.m. are marked tardy. Please arrive on time and ready to learn! Jaguar Excellence requires an intentional effort!

Student Health Services

This department believes that optimal learning requires good health. SHS works to ensure the health and well-being of students and staff by developing, implementing, and delivering school health services and programs.

Student Code of Conduct

It is the policy of the Board of Education that each school within this school system shall implement the District’s age-appropriate student code/conduct, designed to improve the student learning environment by improving student behavior/discipline.

Registration: Enrolling Your Student

To enroll in Fulton County Schools, the student's parent or legal guardian must be a resident of the school system.

School Nutrition

Fulton County Schools offer healthy meals with all five food groups daily at a reasonable price. Prices cover food and operational expenses to prepare the food.

My Payment Plus: Your Scholar's Meal Account

Delivering convenience for all your student's school payment needs. Never miss a beat with MyPaymentsPlus.

FCS Transportation

The Transportation Department focuses on Service, Excellence, Accountability and Teamwork (SEAT) by operating safe, clean and well-maintained school buses.

Safety and Security & Volunteer Access

Our mission is to provide professional, timely and efficient emergency preparedness, response and recovery plans, ensure the health and well-being of our students and staff, comply with applicable laws, identify risks, and mitigate liability.

Academics

Our goal is to prepare all students to graduate ready to pursue and succeed on their chosen paths.

2019-20 FCS School Calendar

2019-2020 Yearly School Calendar