Volume 1, Issue 9 - October 13, 2017
We continue to work on our drop off/pick up procedures, and as it gets darker in the morning and the weather becomes more unpleasant, I want to send a kind reminder that it is OK for you to drop your kid off by the curve even when you are not right by the front door. This really speeds the process up for all the families. In addition, if you arrive at school at 6:55 am, you may drop off your student and leave. Students can wait outside for 5 min under the awning until we open the doors at 7:00 am. Just make sure they dress for the weather!
Another reminder... We have seen a large increase of parents dropping off items for their students throughout the day. This causes an increased workload to the main office trying to get the items to the students, and does not support personal responsibility for the kids. I know as parents we want to be protective of our kids and make their days easier, but it's ok for them to drink water from the water fountain if they forget their water bottle; it's ok for them to use pencil and paper for a day if they forget their iPad; it's ok for them to eat school lunch if they forget their lunchbox...Most likely they will not forget it again!
We appreciate your cooperation!
Early Release Day
Science Camp Highlights
If we had a motto for Science Camp this year it would be very similar to that of the postal carrier’s motto, but instead would read, “Neither rain nor clouds nor postponing or condensing of schedules would keep our campers and teachers from their outdoor adventure at the 2017 Science Camp.” All kidding aside, we would like to send a huge thank you to everyone, especially our great Gentry parents and students who did so much to make this educational adventure a huge success. From campers being exceptional students at camp to parents being flexible, accepting of change, and for donating an endless amount of snacks and volunteer time, please know that we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you so much for everything!
Drinks in the Classroom
School Improvement Plan
- Improving Reading Comprehension for all students
- Arriving on time to ALL classes
As parents, you can partner with us by encouraging your children to read at home and by discussing the importance of being on time to classes. When students are late to class they disrupt the learning environment and miss important instruction.
We will continue to share our work and progress in these areas.
IPR's + MAP Scores
In addition, if your student attended Columbia Public Schools last year, you will be receiving the MAP scores (State Testing) from last spring.
The RBHS Band Will Visit Gentry on October 16th
Media Center Minute
Schoology – many parents have had questions about Schoology and in particular, how to see if an assignment has been submitted. Schoology posts a message with the time and date that assignments are submitted. Here is a link to a video screen cast that our Mr. Hall put together to show you how to find out if an assignment has been submitted in Schoology.
https://youtu.be/Y3XCnGQk-0g This video is from the parent login to Schoology.
WiFi Connection at Home – students have reported having connection issues at home. Once you get your wireless connection set up, it will likely automatically connect every day. If you are still having issues with your ipad not working on the internet, you will need to check the connection to iBoss. You may have to do this every day. Attached are directions on how to connect your wifi, and steps 3 and 4 show how to connect to iBoss. You may need to click on the Google icon in Safari in order to get the iBoss box to show up.
Keyboard/iPad Case Care – the district has spent a considerable amount of money of keyboard cases for 8th graders, and upgraded cases for 6th/7th grade students. Please remind your students to always have their case closed – flap attached and closed for 6th/7th graders, keyboard attached and closed for 8th grade when not using the iPad. 8th grade students should be particularly careful with keyboards and not “pick at” keys. They will come off if messed with and likely cannot be repaired. The cost to replace a keyboard with a key that has been removed is $50 so we are asking for students to be extra mindful when touching the keyboard.
Fall Athletics Equipment/Uniform Turn-In Week
Jaguar Rumble Against Cancer
The 1st annual Jaguar Rumble is TODAY after school until 4:30. Please have your student’s ride here at that time. The support we’ve gotten already has been fantastic as we SOLD OUT of our t-shirts. Students may still attend the event by paying $5 at the door. Thanks again for helping us raise money for cancer research!
Dates to Remember
October 13 - IPR's sent home with MAP scores
October 13 - Jaguar Rumble against Cancer (Susan G. Komen)
October 16 - RBHS Marching Band Assembly
October 16 - 20 - Boys & Girls 7th grade Basketball tryouts
October 17 - Early Release Day @ 12:05 pm
October 17 - New rotation 6th grade electives
October 23 - 27 - Boys & Girls 8th grade Basketball tryouts
October 25 - Fall Sports Banquet
October 26 & 27 - 8th grade Rock Bridge State Park Field trip
For practices and games check Gentry website!