Generals Connect: Back to School
August 20, 2021
From the Principal’s Desk
Greetings Shiloh Families,
Thank you for sending us your best. We maintain our commitment to consistently provide your scholar(s) with high-quality instruction in a safe and nurturing environment. Please continue to check in with your scholar in seeking how he/she is progressing towards developing and/or accomplishing their academic and personal goals. We will also continue in our efforts in supporting them in reaching their goals. I am a firm believer that it takes a village, and we need one another to go to higher heights. Please come out tonight, Friday, August 20 to support our All Pro Dads and our PTSA in the first Skate Night Fundraiser of the school year.
Please mark your calendar and Save-the-Date for the following events and activities:
- All-Pro Dads and PTSA are hosting a Skate Night at Sparkles on Grayson Highway from 5 PM until 11 PM, Friday, August 20, 2021
- We have an upcoming volleyball game that will be held away at Trickum MS this Monday, August 23rd @ 6 PM.
- Our next home volleyball game is this Wednesday, August 25th @ 6 PM.
- Curriculum Night. This year’s event will be virtual, and it is scheduled for Thursday, September 9th at 6 PM.
- “Meet the Principal” and the Title I Annual Parent Meeting event. This event is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2021. The In-Person morning meeting will be held in the Shiloh Middle School Cafeteria from 8:00 AM until 9:00 AM and the Virtual evening meeting is also be scheduled for September 23, 2021 from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM.
Thank you parents/guardians for your response in filling our local School Council vacancies. We also need for one of those vacancies to be filled by a parent-businessperson. If you know a parent-business partner, bring them into our Shiloh family.
We value your input, suggestions, and continued support.
We hope that your family and you remain safe and well.
Have a wonderful and restful weekend!
Your extremely proud Principal,
Dr. Shantí Howard
Congratulations Ms. Alexis Pritchett! So excited to announce and share the Northbrook and Shiloh LEGO Education footage from the LEGO Education PD website.
You will need to create a free account to gain access to the website.
Once you have created your account, visit the BricQ Motion Prime classroom to see the PD learning content featuring our amazing Gwinnett county students and teachers learning with and loving BricQ Motion!
Shiloh Middle School Council Parent Representative Vacancies
We currently have several parent representative vacancies to fill, and a parent-businessperson vacancy. The vacancies are two-year terms. If you are interested in serving on the Shiloh Middle School's Council, please email Mrs. Fletcher (Parent Instructional Coordinator) at email@example.com on or before Friday, August 20, 2021 with SMS Parent Representative Council in the Subject line, include your best contact number, and if you are a parent-businessperson, please include the name of your business.
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, August 23, 2021to their teacher, or it can be dropped off and given to the clerk at the desk located at the front entrance of the school.
You Would Not Want to Miss This Tour, Coming to a Location Near You!
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.
- Tuesday, Aug. 24— District I meeting, hosted by Karen Watkins, 2021 vice chair, at Grayson HS
- Thursday, Aug. 26— District II meeting, hosted by Steven B. Knudsen, at Mill Creek HS
- Tuesday, Aug. 31— District III meeting, hosted by Dr. Mary K. Murphy, at North Gwinnett HS
- Tuesday, Sept. 14— District IV meeting, hosted by Everton Blair, Jr., 2021 chair, at Berkmar HS
- Tuesday, Oct. 5— District V meeting, hosted by Dr. Tarece Johnson, at McClure Health Sciences HS
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.
In the Know!
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!
All Pro Dads Volunteer Opportunities!
--Together, Everyone Achieves More
There is Fun in Fundraising!
Tonight is the Night to Skate the Night Away!
The Shiloh All Pro Dads and the Shiloh Middle School's PTSA are inviting all students, parents, and teachers to the Back to School Skate Night Fundraiser. This event will be held at Sparkles of Gwinnett in Lawrenceville on August 20. Be sure to mention you are there for Shiloh Middle School!! Bring your friends! Proceeds will assist PTSA in accomplishing their teacher appreciation goals for this school year. Hope to see you there!!
Date: August 20, 2021
Time: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Cost: $8.00 (includes skating, skate rental, and Unlimited Laser Tag)
Let's Continue to Come Out and "Cheer to Victory"--Home or Away, Let's Give Our Team a Big Hooray!
Let's Sync Our Calendars--Important GCPS Dates to Remember
As we plan for a successful 2021-2022 school year, it is important to ensure that your student is present each day.
Please Complete: Shiloh Middle School's Family Engagement Survey
Charlene Fletcher, Parent Instructional Center Coordinator
If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me:
Preparation is the Key to Success
THE DEADLINE IS TONIGHT AT 11:59 PM: Can You Say Coding? How About Code Ninjas? If this excites your scholar, please prepare them for this time-sensitive upcoming coding opportunity!
Dr. Howard is so excited!
Shiloh HS's own, Ms. Cecilia Landress, has found an amazing opportunity for our scholars...CODING!!!
And look...it even has a cool name: CODE NINJAS!!!
If interested, use the link below to apply. You may be one of the 60 selected applicants!
The essay must be 500 words or less: Tell us why you should be selected for this program.
Scholars in the Shiloh Cluster between the ages of 10 and 14 can apply. Submit your interest application tonight, August 20, 2021, before 11:59 PM. If selected, Ninja Coding will send further information. Classes will start after Labor Day.
Caring Counselors Are Here to Support Your Scholars
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.
Shiloh Strong: Join PTSA
Informational Parent Portal Video - English
Informational Parent Portal Video - Spanish
Together We Can Achieve More!
This is Shiloh!
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!
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.
[ ] 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
- GoFan is the digital ticketing platform that allows parents and students to purchase tickets for school events online.
- Click here to sign up for GoFan
[ ] 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, August 23.
How to Change My Password
Please use the link below and it will take you directly to the Shiloh Middle School's website. There, you will find the link that has the directions for changing their password:
Shiloh MS website http://www.gcpsk12.org.
If your scholar needs to change their password, directions are on the front page as captured below.
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: