New Albany Intermediate School

NAIS Family Update- September 28, 2020

DEAR INTERMEDIATE FAMILIES,

We are looking forward to connecting with our families this week for our Virtual Curriculum Nights. Please be sure to click here, or below to access google meet links for your child’s teachers.


ONLINE CURRICULUM NIGHTS FOR IN-PERSON AND VLP THIS WEEK


We hope you will join us at our virtual curriculum nights this week. Curriculum Night is your opportunity to hear from your child’s teachers what the students will be learning this year. The intended audience for Curriculum Night are parents and guardians; it is not a student event. The sessions will open in a web browser and do not require a Google account to join. These dates and times are for onsite and Virtual Learning Program teachers.


Tuesday, September 29

Grade 1: 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm (online meeting links)

Grade 4: 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm (online meeting links)


Wednesday, September 30

Grade 2: 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm (online meeting links)

Grade 5: 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm (online meeting links)


Thursday, October 1

Grade 3: 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm (online meeting links)

Grade 6: 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm (online meeting links)


HYBRID INFORMATION


We are currently operating in an attendance model for in-person students that includes both hybrid and “All-In” days. This model does not impact students in the Virtual Learning Program who will remain home each school day. For this week for in-person students:


Monday, September 28 - No School / Teacher Inservice Day

Tuesday September 29 - “All-In” Day (Maroon and Gold groups attend in-person school)

Wednesday, September 30 - Gold Hybrid group attends in-person school

Thursday, October 1 - Maroon Hybrid group attends in-person school

Friday, October 2 - “All-In” Day (Maroon and Gold groups attend in-person school)


The Board of Education is reviewing data to determine if the fifth week of school (beginning October 5) will take place using the “All-In” model as is currently planned. You will be notified as soon as that decision is reached. A source of information for school calendars is the district webpage at https://www.napls.us/.


On the days when the students are in school, teachers will be providing instruction to the students who are attending in-person. Teachers will not have the availability to provide real-time instructional support to students learning at home during hybrid days. Teachers will prepare work for students for their 'at home' learning day which will consist of a variety of lessons/activities depending on the grade level and subject. It is very important that students complete their at home learning activities to stay current with their learning, and not fall behind on their assignments.


MAP TESTING


This year your child will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). We use MAP to determine your child’s current academic level in reading and math. All students will take the MAP tests in reading and math three times per year. The first round of reading and math tests will take place the weeks of September 21 and September 28 for in-person students at school. The first round of MAP testing for VLP students will take place the weeks of September 28 and October 5 and occur at home. Details about the home administration will be sent directly to VLP parents. To learn more about MAP assessments click here.


FALL BIO BLITZ


Mr. Barnes and Mrs. McNamara have organized an optional Fall Bio Blitz for 5th and 6th graders as a science extension activity using the App iNaturalist. The Bio Blitz activity is open to both on campus and VLP students in Grades 5 and 6. The New Albany BioBlitz will run from Tuesday September 29- Friday October 9. Please review the directions, and overview: New Albany BioBlitz Fall 2020.pptx, There will also be prizes for the top students with the most observations and those that find the most species. Please note, 4th Graders will also have their own Bio Blitz using Citizen Science later this year.


SCHOOLOGY


Schoology is the online learning platform all teachers at the Intermediate School will use this year to post assignments and materials for each course. If you do not have a Parent Schoology Account, your child’s homeroom teacher can provide you with a Parent Access Code so you can signup. Please review this Schoology resource for an overview of parent schoology accounts.


Under each Course for your child, there are two important tabs on the left hand side of the screen. Regularly check “Updates” where teachers can post important reminders and “Materials” where assignments are posted for both in school work and homework. Keep in mind the Schoology App and the web version of Schoology contain the same information, though each look different. Click here for a short tutorial of the web version of Schoology.


TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT & REMINDERS


Technology questions for in-person hybrid should be directed to the following phone number:


You can click to review the One-to-One Handbook for more information on our One-to-One Initiative, care of the iPad, accidental breakage coverage, as well as student and parent responsibilities. As a reminder, students are to keep the iPAD in the district issued iPAD case to keep the iPAD protected. Finally, a reminder that it is recommended and very helpful for all students to have a pair of wired headphones for use of their iPAD while at school.


For more information on our One-to-One Technology Initiative please visit the District Technology Department webpage by clicking here, which highlights the district technology plan, helpful parent technology resources, and ipad support resources.



BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION


Please visit our district website at https://www.napls.us/ to find important information, such as our school handbook, school start and ending times, supply lists, and much more. Use the button “Our Schools” to find links to each of the New Albany schools.



FOOD SERVICE

Please click here to read an important update from our Food Service Department on a federal grant program that offers all students free breakfast and lunch.


Breakfast: 8:50 Will be served in all 4 wings. Students will arrive and let the teacher know if they are receiving breakfast. The teacher will check the Breakfast box on the Lunch Form for their class. This is a grab and go meal and the menu will be posted online.


Lunch: 10:20-1:10: Lunch counts will be taken by classroom teachers and shared with the food service staff by 9:30 a.m. Lunch menus will be posted online. There will be a daily lunch option, a vegetarian option, and a gluten free option. The Lunch Form will indicate all options and the teacher will mark accordingly. Milk and Water will be provided upon request.



ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL INFORMATION


Grades 4-5:

Arrival: 8:55 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 9:05 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:40 p.m.


4th and 5th grade bus riders will enter the building based on their wing. There are signs placed in front of each entrance to help your child identify the correct entrance point.

4th and 5th grade parent drop off students will follow signs along the east side of the Intermediate Building and enter the school through the rear entrance doors along the playground. This entrance point allows students to access all wings from the center rotunda.


Important Note: We recognize that there are currently traffic congestion issues on our “all in” days with additional families choosing parent pick-up, we highly recommend that you follow the suggested drop off and pick off times noted above as car arriving early to wait for drop off/pick up times are causing traffic congestion to build up and last for a longer period of time.


Intermediate students with siblings at the Primary School will be dropped off at their sibling’s designated drop-off location (McCoy Loop for siblings in the blue or purple hallway, Front Primary Loop for siblings in the yellow or green hallway). Staff will help students transition to the Intermediate School.


At dismissal time, students being picked up should report to their designated pick-up loop. Intermediate students should report to the Intermediate/Chatham Loop. This driveway is located north of the Primary School gymnasium and is accessed from N. High St. (Route 605).


Intermediate students with siblings at the Primary School will walk to their primary student’s pick-up spot (McCoy Loop for siblings in the blue or purple hallway, Front Primary Loop for siblings in the yellow or green hallway). Staff will help students transition to their pick-up location.


Grade 6:

Arrival: 7:45 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 7:50 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:20 p.m.


6th grade bus riders will enter the building based on their wing. 6th grade parent drop off students will follow signs along the east side of the Intermediate Building and enter the school through the rear entrance doors along the playground. This entrance point allows students to access all wings from the center rotunda.


We are unable to provide supervision for children prior to their arrival time. For reasons of safety and liability, no children should arrive at school prior to the designated times unless chaperoned by a parent. Working families who must leave earlier should make arrangements for supervision of their child(ren) with a trusted sitter, neighbor or relative.


Before and after school childcare services for 4th and 5th grade students is available through the Eagles Nest Child Care Program.

PTO NEWS

Dear NAIS Parents,


I hope you have had a great first few weeks of school. We are excited to announce our first restaurant fundraiser of the year. Please consider dinner at Chipotle on October 28, from 5-9pm. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Intermediate PTO. There are lots of ways to support the school through your PTO:


  1. JOIN THE PTO: To help us continue to provide for our Intermediate school, please consider joining the PTO today.

  2. ENROLL: FREE…..Go to Kroger Rewards and **NEW! Add the Intermediate School to your Amazon App ** Support the Intermediate school at zero cost to you!

  3. DOWNLOAD: FREE….. Download the Box Tops app to scan your receipts and earn our school funds.

  4. LIKE: FREE…..“Like us on Facebook” to get the latest PTO information.

  5. CONTACT THE PTO: Please email us at naispto@napls.us with any questions or concerns.


Thank you for all your support. Have a great week!


Sincerely,


Erika Gilmore

Intermediate PTO president

naispto@napls.us


President-Elect: Terri Erlenbach

V.P.’s Fundraising: Marcie Brickner and Erin Miller

V.P.’s Programming: Kristen Pietro and Coleen Barber

V.P.’s Hospitality: Alli Lish and Mandy Aquilina

V.P.’s Communication: Angela Thompson and Michelle Waltman

Secretary: Erica Rozanczyk

Treasurer: Missy Evans

Treasurer-Elect: Shezronne Zaccardi

Additional Information

The Intermediate School website has information about our daily schedule, drop off and pick up procedures, school supply lists, and much more. Please click here to visit the page. For information concerning transportation services, click here.


Do not hesitate to call the Intermediate school (614-741-3000) with any questions you may have. Have a wonderful week!


Katie Nowak, Principal


Megan Ballinger, Assistant Principal


Tommy Snyder, Assistant Principal

Our Purpose

The New Albany-Plain Local School District is committed to creating a culture of accountability that achieves the best academic and developmental outcomes for each student.