Weekly Update September 14th
Takiyah Benson, Assistant Principal
Richard Petroske, Assistant Principal
Ann Ferkler, 8th Grade Counselor
Kia McKinney, 7th Grade Counselor
David Gibbons, 6th Grade Counsleor
A message from Mr. Shepler:
Overall, I was very pleased with our first week of virtual learning. I am well aware of various technology issues and students getting accustomed to locating Zoom links to access virtual instruction. These were expected which is why we are establishing the following short term goals for your students:
* Organize your learning space
* Get a feel for your daily schedule
* Learn structures and routines for virtual learning
* Get to know your teachers and classmates
* HAVE FUN!!
One of the biggest challenges we are facing right now is the shortage of CCPS laptops. I have been in contact with many of you who are in need of a device and I appreciate that you are patiently waiting. I recognize the longer the delay, the more frustrating this will become. Please know that our CCPS technology department is working hard to continue to obtain devices so that 100% of LMS students will have what they need to receive virtual instruction. As we receive laptops, we will contact you to arrange for pick up.
A big focus this week has been on student attendance to provide us with more data on student accessibility to virtual instruction. There are new attendance codes being used for virtual learning that you will see when checking your child's attendance in PowerSchool.
DZ- Digitally Present
DA- Digitally Absent
As we begin to run attendance reports, we will be following up with families in regards to attendance. If you are having issues with connectivity, we have options for you that you can read about within this newsletter. It will not be enough for your child to simply complete Google Classroom assignments and not receive instruction. As we begin providing standards based instruction, students will struggle to complete work without being present in the Zoom classroom. With that said, teachers are being asked to be flexible as we know that this is a hardship on many of our families. If there is any support you need, please do not hesitate to contact me directly to assist you.
Notes from the teachers:
All 8th grade classes have been working to maneuver through the various platforms that we will be using: ZOOM and Google Classroom. We have also been practicing the features of each platform and learning the routines for each class. Getting to know each other through a variety of activities has been the highlight of our first week together.
This week, 7th graders and their teachers have been working together learning to become familiar with Zoom class meetings and Google Classrooms. In Zoom we've been learning how to work together as a whole class as well as using "break out rooms" to work in small groups. In Google Classroom, students are becoming familiar with how each teacher's Google Classroom is set up, where to find assignments and how to turn them in. Teachers have incorporated lessons and activities that have helped students practice using classroom norms, small group roles, and ways to demonstrate PRIDE each day in their classrooms.
We are continuing to get our students acclimated to the computer, to Google Classroom, and Zoom. We are teaching them some of the tools we have learned in each of these areas. Students are engaged, participating and turning in assignments. We will make it through this year with patience, positivity and PRIDE!!
Unified Arts, Physical Education, and Health
Unified Arts has had a great week of meeting students and introducing them to virtual tools. Students have participated in Flipgrid videos, Kahoot, Quizlet Live games, Pear Deck, Zoom Breakout Rooms and have had an opportunity to become more comfortable with the Google Suite of applications. We are looking forward to the adventure this year brings to LMS!
Connectivity Issues/Returning to School
Citizen's Advisory Council
Other Important Updates
This week, first period teachers opened up their Zoom classrooms at 7:45 AM for students to review morning announcements and help students understand how to access the LMS Wildcats Google Classroom. Beginning Monday, September 14th, Zoom classrooms will be open begin at 7:55 AM. Students should get in the routine of visiting the LMS Wildcats Google Classroom and teachers will use the five minutes before class starts to greet students and review any important updates for students.
Focus classes will begin on Monday, September 14th. Your student should be receiving Google Classroom invites from their Focus teachers prior to the school day starting on Monday. Within the student schedule, Focus is from 1:30 PM- 2:15 PM.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)
Lockerman Middle School is a PBIS school with our motto being "Taking PRIDE in all we do". PRIDE stands for Prepared, Responsible, Independent, Disciplined, and Empathetic. Our PBIS committee met this week to begin working on ways to reinforce and reward positive behaviors in a virtual environment. Your students are already showing their PRIDE in so many ways and it is important that they are recognized for displaying characteristics of PRIDE.
Parent PowerSchool Login Information
Caroline County Public Schools provides access to student information for parents through PowerSchool Parent Single Sign On. Students' attendance, grades, and schedules can be viewed through Power School. Follow these directions if you have not set up your Parent PowerSchool account yet.
The first time you go to the sign in screen, http://carolinecps.powerschool.com, you will need to click on the button "Create Account" and fill in the information about yourself as a PARENT.
After you successfully create your account you will add your students to your list by entering your child's:
(If your child does not know their Access ID and Password please email their counselor and she will give you this information.)
District Code: HJQD
You may enter information for up to 7 students when creating your account. Once you have your account created, you will use the User Name and Password you created for yourself to log in and view information for all students you have added to your account.
You can also download the Power School App on your phone!
Student PowerSchool Login Information
Your account has confidential information about you which others cannot access unless you share your login name and password, therefore, do not share your login information. Your parents can also have their own login name and password to see your information.
The district code for the Mobile App is: HJQD.
If you need your Login Name and Login Password please email your counselor or support at firstname.lastname@example.org
News from the Nurse
1. Immunizations- 7th grade students are still expected to have the state required immunizations prior to the start of seventh grade. We know that many children have not had recent well child care due to the pandemic, doctors offices are scheduling well child care at this time. Please contact your child's physician and determine if immunizations are needed. 7th graders need a Tdap vaccine and a meningitis vaccine. It is our understanding that online learning is not a reason for not having vaccines. The students are actively enrolled in school. Letters indicating a student's need for immunizations were mailed home in June. Please feel free to call us with questions.
2. Medications - We are requesting that routine morning medications be administered at home this year. In order to help keep our students safe we are trying to decrease the daily visits to the health room. We fully understand that some student's medical needs require daily health room visits, but if we can decrease a portion of the visits, it will benefit everyone. We are giving medications during the school day as needed. Please call to discuss your student's individual needs if you have questions.
3. Doctor's orders, medication orders or emergency plans - All are required prior to the student attending school in the building. This is the same as it has always been.
4. School Base Wellness Centers- Our Wellness Center will be open for student visits once school starts. Your student does not have to be attending school in the building to use the services. Student's who are taking part in online learning can be brought in from home to see the provider as needed. Wellness will offer in person visits, online visits and curbside visits. You must call first to set up an appointment. More information will be provided or you can call the health room with questions.
Finally, the health room will be open for phone calls and phone or zoom meetings starting on August 27,2020.
Please feel free to call. Our phone number is 410-479-2377, fax number is 410-479-3711.
LMS School Based Health Center
Did you know? The School Based Health Center (SBHC) at LMS is open and available to see your student! YES! Even though students are learning remotely, the School Based Health team is at school and here for your health and wellness needs. Please call for an appointment, 410-479-3075. The LMS SBHC is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm & on Fridays from 7:30 am until 11:30 am.
Services Available in the School Based Health Centers:
Congestion Cough Earaches Headaches Sore Throat Strep Throat Tests Shortness of Breath Pain or Injuries Nausea /Vomiting Skin Itch/Rash Sports Physicals Blood Pressure Screenings
And so much more!!!
Remember, if your student has ever enrolled in the SBHC, then they are ALWAYS enrolled! No need to fill out a form every year. However if you have never enrolled your student, then head over to the Caroline County Public Schools website (carolineschools.org), click on Forms and scroll down to the School Based Medical / Dental Centers Enrollment Form & Information. Print it out and complete prior to your appointment.
We are here for you and willing to support your student in any way that we can. Healthy students make better learners!