eDCSD Middle School

Weekly Update

Weekly Update - 8/14/19

Dear eDCSD Middle School Parents and Students,


The 2019 - 2020 school year is in full swing. We just completed our first full week of school and are now beginning week 2. On Wednesday, August 21st, we will hold our first Parent Orientation of the year. Join us to learn about how you can help support your student as they work towards a successful year. Also, please remember we have school pictures on Monday, August 19th from 8am - 2pm. See below for more information.


Announcements


Support Opportunities

Virtual Classes

  • Wednesday - Math and Language Arts Virtual Classes

  • Thursday - Science and Social Studies Virtual Classes

  • You can find the schedule HERE


Blended Learning

  • Monday, August 19th from 9am - 12:30 pm

  • Need a ride to or from Blended? Complete this FORM


Virtual Help Sessions

  • You can find the schedule HERE

  • Links to these sessions are found on your course Canvas Pages

  • Can’t make these times? You can email, call or send a Google Chat to your teacher.

What is Coming Up at Blended:

On Monday, August 19th, students will meet from 9am - 12:30 pm. Students will have help sessions, work on a puzzle piece project, have a PE lesson, and mindfulness with the counselor. Students should bring a lunch. School pictures will be taken during blended. If you wish to order pictures, please send your child with the order form mailed out or stop in with your student before or after blended.


Picture Day

Please mark your calendars for eDCSD picture day. I would like to encourage all of you to come and get your picture taken, if for no other reason than to have your Student ID. Your student ID gains you discounts at movie theaters, entrance to other school events, etc. Please plan to join us for this event. If you wish to order pictures, please complete the order form that was mailed. There are also order forms in the office. Please dress in appropriate school attire.

When: Monday, August 19th

Where: Cantril Gym (312 Cantril Street Door K)

Time: 8AM to 2PM


Gifted Identification

If you would like to initiate the Gifted Identification process for your child, please complete THIS form. Be advised, you will need approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete the entire document. There is not a way to save your progress in this form. You need to be ready with your child to fill it out.

For more information, please read THIS letter about the Gifted testing process at eDCSD.

Changes for the 19/20 School Year

  • Week: New for this school year, we will be changing what we consider a “week”. Our school week will now start on Wednesday morning and go through Tuesday night at midnight. This will allow students who wish to work over the weekend some school days on each end of the week to get support from staff. Attendance will be taken on Thursday for the previous “week” (Wednesday through Tuesday).

  • Blended: K-8 Blended will be held on Mondays this school year. High School students will meet from 9am to 12:30pm every week.

Parking

Just a friendly reminder. During blended, please keep the parking spots along the building and the visitor parking spots open for drop off and pick up only. Limit parking in this area to 10 minutes. If you will be staying for a longer period of time, please park in the lot to the south of the building or along the street.


Parent Canvas Accounts

Please use THIS link to access the Canvas Parent Login Page. New eDCSD Parents, your login will be sent out during the 2nd week of school. If you cannot find that email, please email tgant@dcsdk12.org. Refer to THIS help guide in order to set up your account and personalize your settings.

Virtual Parent Orientation:

We will be holding a virtual parent orientation on Wednesday, August 21st from 6pm to 7pm online at THIS link. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Gant at tgant@dcsdk12.org.


Computer Check Out

If your student needs a computer, you may check out a device from eDCSD. We encourage your student to use their own device, if possible. Please note that a $100 deposit is required for check out and will be collected before checkout. The deposit will be refunded when you return the device in good condition. The deposit may be made by either cash or check in person. If you would prefer to pay electronically, you will need to contact the office before you visit the office so that we can put a $100 fee on your My School Bucks account.


Beginning August 8th, you may stop by the office anytime during regular hours 7:30AM to 3:30 PM.


If you have questions regarding technology or device specifications, please contact CJ Santiago at csantiago@dcsdk12.org.


Technology Support

If you are experiencing technology issues and need support beyond what your student’s classroom teacher can provide, please contact Ms. Gant at tgant@dcsdk12.org


Office Hours

The eDCSD office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am- 3:30 pm. Please keep in mind that many of our staff (teachers, counselors, and learning coach) work from home most days so if you need assistance, you can always call the office at 303-387-9465 or send us an email.



Your Partner in Learning,

Laura Sharp, Assistant Principal


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