The Creek Connector

July 27 Edition - Summer Update

Canvas for Families

Canvas will be the learning platform that all students will be engaged in for the new school year. Each Canvas course will be set up similarly for each content. Teachers will plan together to personalize lessons and support for students. Students certainly have access, and so do parents. Below are resources that will help you as parents/guardians to monitor and support your child's learning in Canvas. As parents/guardians, we have a responsibility and accountability during remote learning to ensure student engagement and student success. The tools below will equip you with the resources that you need to do so successfully. We encourage a home/school relationship to help ensure the success of all of our students. If you ever have questions or need to connect with your child's teachers, please utilize their communication procedure in order to do so. We are all working towards the same goals, so please ensure that our communications between home and school are respectful and kind. (Please see the communication section from the 7/13 edition of The Creek Connector.)



Please take a moment to review these resources as we plan for a successful start to the school year.


Accessing the Canvas App for Families:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vIsbd5pzqJVSStW1U-iSjNrXWBWxFJcnFB6TzNBT5I0/preview?slide=id.g4106d07f21_1_0


Functions of the Canvas App:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19UtOAoYA9y5H7do3Lih2gK_EgcmHp0jawZh6v6zs-B4/preview?slide=id.g4106d07f21_1_0

Previous Creek Connector Editions

Below is a link to the previous edition of The Creek Connector. Each week, the archived newsletters will be listed below:


Week of July 13 Edition: https://www.smore.com/vp04e

Week of July 20 Edition: https://www.smore.com/uy0a6

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Remote Open House - August 13, 2020 5pm - 7pm - Save the Date!

Our remote open house event for all students will take place on August 13 between 5 pm and 7 pm. It is a structured time event and a schedule of events will be sent out to parents closer to the date.
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Welcome Class of 2024 Mavericks! - Freshman Orientation Canvas Course is LIVE! - Delay

Post Cards were delayed in being mailed. Post cards should be delivered this week to homes. They were sent out late this week. I apologize for the delay.


Welcome Class of 2024! We are so excited that you are joining our family. We have special back to school items planned just for you and your child:


Freshman Orientation is live and available for all students in the Class of 2024 to begin their remote orientation. A message was sent to freshman families last week with details for next steps for the orientation. Please log on to the canvas course for the orientation today!



If you have had any address changes over the summer, please reach out to our Registrar, Ms. Cassino at christine.cassino@cms.k12.nc.us.

New Plan B+ Remote & Full Remote Option

On Wednesday, July 15, the CMS Board of Education voted to approve the B+ Remote as our opening scenario for students. As a part of the B+ Remote plan, students will attend back to school orientation days by cohort for 3 days (cohort A & C) and 4 days for cohort B and them move into fully remote instruction on August 31.


CMS Article: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/News/Pages/Board-of-Education-approves-plan-for-opening-2020-2021-school-year.aspx


Families can also choose to register for the full remote academy, which allows students at MCHS to remain at their home school and receive full remote instruction. Families can sign up for the academy for one semester at a time and can choose to move back and forth at the change of the semester only.


Below is a link to a presentation about the full remote academy and registration links for the opportunity. Registration is open now and will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 26.


Full Remote Academy Presentation - https://youtu.be/7cdjbP4c7Cw

CMS Full Article about the Remote Academy (includes above video and registration links) -

https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/News/Pages/FullRemoteAcademyInfo.aspx


We will receive an update of registrations throughout the week, which will help to gauge how to best organize the structure of the academy. We will be working on scheduling options this week, and will have more information for next week's newsletter, which will be sent out a few days early, so that you can have the latest information in a timely manner.


In an effort to provide information that you want and need to prepare for the upcoming year, please complete the form below with questions that you may have about the remote academy, our school opening, the new plan, etc. An updated FAQ with questions and answers are listed in the next article.


https://forms.gle/hjFFCq8DMofuPaEt8

Full Remote Option FAQ List - New!

Below is a link to the full remote option FAQ. We will continue to update it as needed. Please continue to add questions to the FAQ form if you have additional questions.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G6tQpMG1FcFVHgKEsXgLzhZpPPI7tJp0zU-JRX6VzTc/edit?usp=sharing

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Seniors - Class of 2021 - Immunization Requirement update

Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, a booster dose of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV) is required for all students entering 12th grade. Students must be up to date on required immunizations.


Students have 30 calendar days from their first day of school to provide documentation of compliance. If not in compliance with the immunization or health assessment laws after 30 days, students will be excluded.


Parents of rising seniors must contact their child's health care provider or call Mecklenburg County Health Department at (704) 336-6500 for immunization clinic appointments.


Now is the time to prepare for next school year, especially for students entering Kindergarten, grades 7 and 12. Please make a note of this new requirement for rising seniors.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Health Department is offing Big Shot Saturdays where families can come out on Saturdays for immunizations. The information for the Big Shot Saturday events are below:


The first one is this Saturday, 7/25 at NWHD.

7/25 8-5 - Northwest Health Department (NWHD) (Beatties Ford Rd)

8/8 8-5 - Northwest Health Department (NWHD)

8/29 8-5 - Southeast Health Department (SEHD) (Billingsley Rd)

9/12 8-5 - Southeast Health Department (SEHD)

All by appointment only. - Phone Number # (704) 336-6500

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PTSA & SLT

We are currently seeking out parents/guardians who are interested in being a part of our PTSA and our SLT.


We have reopened the PTSA Officer Interest form for those interested in possibly being a candidate for an officer position for our PTSA. It is linked below.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MallardCreekHSPTA



We would also like for you to consider being a member of our SLT. All SLT members must be voted on through a secret ballot vote, though any parent or staff member can attend the meetings. Only elected SLT staff and parents can be voting members of the SLT. If you are interested in being a member of the SLT, please complete the form below.


https://forms.gle/Cgg4d7SoV5J2MMt19

Mallard Creek High Summer Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me or the team this summer. The contact information for various staff members and our summer office hours are available online on our Website and below:

https://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/mallardcreekHS/_layouts/15/CharMeckSchoolFiles/school_announcementdetails.aspx?id=776.


We are on a Monday-Thursday schedule, and we have times set aside to schedule appointments for registration when necessary.

Power School - Parent Portal Access - (Please register if you do not already have an account.)

Parent Access


Parental involvement is critical to a child's education. That's why CMS has provided a user-friendly web application to help parents and families become more involved in education. Parents can check their child's homework assignments, attendance reports, grades and other items from any computer, any time using PowerSchool. There is also an app for the Parent Portal that can be downloaded for ease of usage.



Parents will be able to set up their own accounts with access information provided by the school. (Please email your child's counselor for your pin if you have not signed up before. The contact information is listed in a link in the communication section of this newsletter.)


Parent Login:

  1. CLICK HERE to Navigate to the Parent PowerSchool Portal.
  2. Click the PowerSchool button.
  3. Login with your parent PowerSchool username and password information (please contact your child's school if you have questions about this information).

Back to School Calendar

Our CMS calendar was revised in May and reflects an earlier start date. The updated school calendar is listed below. Please make a note of the dates, so that you and your family can plan accordingly for the school year.


https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/communications/calendars/Documents/2020-2021%20Academic%20Calendar%20052620.pdf

Have a Great Summer Vaction!

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