Jag E-NEWS 6.11.20

The End of School Edition

JAGS ARE ON THE MOVE!

Jag Families,


It amazes me that I am sitting here, writing to our Jag families in a very quiet building (62 quiet days to be exact). SMS has had an extremely successful and eventful 2020-2021 school year. Through the unexpected twists and turns that came our way, we stayed the course. Each day we welcomed our students through our doors or virtually with the intent of teaching them, of further developing their unique gifts and skills, and guiding them through a year in middle school.


Congratulations to our 8th graders upon their graduation from middle school and the start of the awesome journey that is high school. Your middle school experience started with Hurricane Harvey and ended with a worldwide pandemic, yet you kept one foot in front of the other. We wish you well, as you are all destined for great things, and you worked hard to prepare yourselves for what comes next. Be sure to let us know how you are doing and keep in touch. Please do not be a stranger to SMS--once a Jag, always a Jag! We look forward to continue working with our new 7th and 8th graders, as well as our incoming 6th graders, even though we don't yet know how that will look. We will all continue to give grace to one another and to ourselves.


Thank you for supporting SMS this year, and we wish everyone a safe, happy, and healthy summer break. We will continue to post information on our website, as well as occasionally send out a Jag E-News update (once per month). Our Jag Camp dates will be updated and posted later this summer due to many changes with COVID-19. Our summer office hours, starting Monday, June 1, will be Monday-Thursday from 7:30-5:30, with office closure during lunch from 12:00-1:00.


All my best,

Cholly Oglesby

Principal

Sartartia Middle School

Technology – Device Return Procedure

Should a student withdraw, or family no longer needs loaner technology devices, they should be returned to any one of the Repair Depots @ Austin HS, Elkins HS, and Dulles HS Repair Depots from May 26 through June 11. Tuesdays through Thursdays 7:00 am – 3:30 pm. No appointment is necessary. The parent will be asked to open the device to inspect for damage.

Immunizations For 2020-2021 School Year

For the 2020-2021 school year, please remember to comply with the Texas minimum vaccine requirements for school entry. Immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year are similar to the previous school year. The only change is that the two-dose hepatitis A vaccine requirement now applies to Kindergarten through 11th-grade students.


Links: DSHS Letter addressed to school administration; 25 Texas Administrative Code, §97.63

Final Report Card

The final report card will be available for viewing in Skyward Family Access by 4:30 PM on Monday, June 1, 2020, after a slight delay from the district's side. Of particular note will be the T4 mark of either M (Met Standard) or DNM (Does Not Meet Standard) and the Final Grade for each course.


Here are a few things to look out for on the report card:


  • Students who receive a grade lower than a 70 for the year (Final Average) in a core content course should have enrolled in summer school (phone calls were made to parents over the last two weeks)
  • Students who receive a "DNM" (did not meet standard) in any core course for T4 will provided with appropriate levels of support during the 2020-21 school year. What this looks like will depend on a number of factors which will be easier to determine once a clearer vision of what next year will look like is announced by the district. Look for a letter to arrive in your mail sometime in June about this support for the 2020-21 school year
  • Students who were enrolled in Algebra I or Spanish I who passed for the year, but who received "DNM" for T4, will have credit denied for the course until they successfully complete an Online Module in June. Specific details will be sent directly to these students' families. You will know if HS credit is denied if there is a hashtag (#) next to the grade
  • Students who received a "DNM" for T4 in a CTE course (Principles of Construction) will also have credit denied, but they will have the opportunity to work with their teachers in order to resolve this during the summer so that credit may be restored

DO YOU STILL HAVE AN SMS LIBRARY BOOK?

Use the directions below to find out for sure and to avoid any fines. And be sure to bring it to SMS next week when you pick up your personal items.

Parents We Need Your Help

As the 2020 school year comes to a close, we are actively preparing for our upcoming school year. Please click on the link below and fill out this survey to inform our staff of your family's plans for the 2020-2021 school year. We understand that we are living in uncertain times and that sometimes plans change. If this occurs, simply email our Data Entry Clerk, Michelon Hodson at michelon.hodson@fortbendisd.com, anytime during the summer for assistance. Thanks in advance!

ARE YOU ATTENDING YOUR ZONED SCHOOL NEXT YEAR?

If you have plans for your child to attend a school different than your current zoned school next year, please complete the microsoft form attached.

FBISD Summer Mental Health Supports

FBISD mental health partners, Vida Clinic and Clearhope Counseling and Wellness Center, are offering counseling services to all Fort Bend ISD students, families, and staff this summer. This will allow our FBISD community to access quality mental health services right from their own homes virtually or potentially face-to-face at a nearby campus or counseling office.


To schedule services with Vida Clinic, please visit vidaclinic.org or contact the Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at vidacare@vidaclinic.org. To make an appointment and/or learn more about Clearhope, go to clearhopewellness.com/about-us. Both providers will work with each family or staff for payment of services and funding options to fit their unique situation.


This is the last Behavioral Health and Wellness Parent Newsletter (ARABIC) (CHINESE) (SPANISH) (TURKISH) (VIETNAMESE) for the summer. The Newsletter outlines tips to creatively engage with your children along with supporting their (and your own!) mental and physical health. You can also visit FBISD’s COVID-19 Social-Emotional Support website for more mental health and self-care resources.

Campus Improvements and 2018 Bond Update

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I know that we are all looking forward to a restful and safe summer break, and as the school year ends, I wanted to provide you with a brief update on the work that continues on our campus. As part of the 2018 Bond program, Sartartia is receiving upgrades to the roof, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as improvements to our track and field, competition gymnasium and fine arts suites, among other things.


Please know that Fort Bend ISD and our contractors are committed to maintaining a safe worksite and keeping the streets and neighborhood clean and clear of debris. Our contractors work during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and are doing everything they can to deliver these projects in an expeditious and safe manner.


As always, I appreciate your patience, understanding and continued support.


Currently Underway:

  • Replace flooring in weight room (complete)
  • Track and Field Upgrades
  • Site Drainage Improvements and a retention pond
  • New Floors and Bleachers @ Gymnasiums
  • Roofing
  • Heating & Air Conditioning Equipment
  • Fine Arts Addition - Adding Choir and Black Box (complete by June 2021)
  • Drinking Fountains with Bottle Filler
  • Wayfinding Signage Inside building - signage to help navigate interior corridors -
  • Lighting Upgrades and Lift at Stage for Improved Access


Getting Underway Soon (2021):

  • Football field - Turf field
  • Wayfinding Signage Inside building - signage to help navigate interior corridors -
  • Exterior Cleaning and Waterproofing
  • Electronic Marquee
  • Replace exterior lights with LED lighting
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Connect using Schoology

As we are transitioning to online/virtual learning, besides regular emails, Schoology is the district platform that Counselors will be using to communicate with our students. We have each created a Schoology group as a way to not only connect with our students, but to also provide resources, guidance lessons, hold virtual conferences, and offer other forms of support.


Please encourage your student to use the code below to join their grade level Schoology group


SMS 6th Grade (2019-2020)

RGNW-SBRK-KB4CS


SMS 7th Grade (2019-2020)

B8X5-Z8F4-DKTBR


SMS 8th Grade (2019-2020)

FQKR-PXWR-2VHN3

Access to Previous Editions of Jag E-News

Click this button if you want to access Jag E-News for previous weeks. We have an archive of all of them on our campus webpage.

Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal

courtney.border@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6314


Brandi Goodly-Counselor

brandi.goodly@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6318


7th grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal

sunday.johnson@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6316


Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor

rachel.mccune@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6319


8th grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal

paul.wells@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6331


Kat Friedel-Counselor

katherine.friedel@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6320