Jag E-NEWS 5.22.20
FBISD Schools are currently closed through May 28, 2020.
JAGS ARE ON THE MOVE!
We hope you and your family are doing well. This week's newsletter contains important pieces of information related to how we will end the school year. We have included our calendar for the next week to help you visualize the many things that are going on during the final week of the school year. The calendar also contains some important notes.
Yearbook Update: the Balfour Yearbook plant opened this week. Yearbook are expected to arrive during the 2nd week of July. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
We hope you find this information helpful given the many things that are going on and that you have an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.
All my best,
Sartartia Middle School
GRADING AT THE END OF THE YEAR
The final report card will be available for viewing in Skyward Family Access by 4:30 PM on Friday, May 29. 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.
This week counselors contacted the parents of students who will fail a course for the year with a numeric grade below 70. For students who fail a core course(s), students will be expected to enroll in Summer School (see separate article about Summer School further down in the newsletter). They are calling this week because registration for Summer School started Monday, May 18 and runs through Friday, May 29.
Additionally, this week students had their final engagements with their classes and where they had their last opportunities to submit assignments for teachers to consider for determining proficiency. This is important because the T4 mark of M or DNM will be determined by the evidence in the assignments that students submit. Students who pass for the year with a 70 or higher in any course(s) but are on track to receive DNM for that course for T4 will be required to take a T4 Assessment as a "last chance" to demonstrate proficiency and to have an opportunity to earn a "M" Meets for T4. Families with students who fall into this category will also be contacted by the principal via email and/or phone to ensure their awareness of the T4 Assessment, which will occur between Noon on May 26 and 11:59 pm on May 27 (see calendar above).
We wish success for all of our students at the end of the year!
Student Item and Medication Pick-Up
Students and/or parents will NOT enter the building to retrieve items from hall lockers or teacher classrooms. Items located in teacher classrooms from the earlier survey have been thoughtfully bagged up and will be handed out in conjunction with locker items. Please drive through the front circle drive at SMS. Social distancing practices to be monitored.
Please have your student’s first and last name and grade level written big on a sheet of paper and placed on the front windshield.
While remaining in your vehicle, a staff member will retrieve your student’s items and bring them to you.
Be prepared to show student ID to verify that we are delivering the correct items to you. If you do not have a student ID, then take a screenshot of your student’s profile page in Skyward and print it or be prepared to show it on your phone. We appreciate your patience during this event.
Please return hardback textbooks and all library books so you do not go on the fines list. Paperback textbooks for ELA, Science, and Math (excluding Algebra) are yours to keep. Any Athletic Equipment and/or uniforms must be returned.
If you did not complete the survey but you have things at school you would like to collect, you will still be able to pick up the following items: personal locker, pe locker, athletic locker, and band/orchestra locker. Personal items in classrooms that still need to be collected will be done so at a later date.
· Tuesday, May 26th:
9:00 – 11:00: Band, Orchestra, & Medication Pick-up ONLY
1:00 – 3:00: Last name [A-L]
4:00 – 6:00: Last name [M-Z]
· Wednesday, May 27th:
9:00 – 11:00: Last name [A-L]
1:00 – 3:00: Last name [M-Z]
4:00 – 6:00: Anyone who still needs to pick up items
· Thursday, May 28th:
9:00 – 11:00: Last name [A-L]
1:00 – 3:00: Last name [M-Z]
4:00 – 6:00: Anyone who still needs to pick up items
DO YOU STILL HAVE AN SMS LIBRARY BOOK?
WE CELEBRATE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! #FunFact There are more than 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in America and they are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States.
Visit https://asianpacificheritage.gov/ to learn more about this rich heritage.
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 email@example.com, anytime during the summer for assistance. Thanks in advance!
ARE YOU ATTENDING YOUR ZONED SCHOOL NEXT YEAR?
WEEKLY JAG ACTIVITY
TIPS from the TEAM
As we are working towards our new normal, we thought we would send you some weekly resources to use in your home and with your students.
“May is Mental Health Awareness Month. COVID-19 is teaching us that mental health is just as important as physical health. Yet there is still a considerable stigma around mental health and mental illness. You can help change that! Here are nine ways to fight mental health stigma! Also, check out the weekly FBISD Behavioral Health and Wellness Parent Newsletter for creative tips on relating with your children along with supporting their (and your own!) mental and physical health. Finally, visit FBISD’s COVID-19 Social-Emotional Support website for more mental health and self-care resources.”
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.
All counselors have their office hours from 3-4 pm each day.
Please encourage your student to use the code below to join their grade level Schoology group
SMS 6th Grade (2019-2020)
SMS 7th Grade (2019-2020)
SMS 8th Grade (2019-2020)
If your child is applying for NJHS the application process, inductions and service activities are suspended until campuses reopen and classes resume. Please tell your child if any new information is given to us, we will communicate that as soon as we receive it.
FBISD Summer School Info
FBISD Summer School for remedial credit (All Grade Levels)
Counselors will enter students in the course(s) they need in Skyward
Payment for summer school:
A fee will be automatically generated and parents/guardians will be able to make their payment in the Fee Management section of their Family Access. The completed payment serves as the electronic signature for summer school (per Legal).
Many of you have inquired about the continuation of Credit By Exam (CBE) Testing. We have been informed by the Assessment & Testing Department that CBE is cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19. CBE testing must be administered in a secure testing environment which cannot be provided at this time. Please continue to check the Assessment & Testing website for CBE updates. https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/296
**As always, if you have any questions, you can email your student’s counselor directly and we will set up a time to talk to you. Additionally, should your student need to speak with their counselor they can use the request to "see" the counselor form.
Thank you so much for everything you are doing for your child. Stay safe and healthy!
We wish you all well during this time. The SMS Counseling Team
Summer School for Current 8th Graders ONLY
Going to 9th Grade?:
ALL summer school original credit requests must be made in Skyward Family Access. The O-LAB form under 'Custom Forms' in Skyward must be filled out and submitted to get counselor approval for the course. The counselor will look at performance in this year's courses as well as impact on future high school course work. Only 2 semester courses (1 credit) will be approved for the summer school. If you DO NOT receive approval within 48 hours of submitting the form, please contact Ms. Friedel. PLEASE allow 48 hours for approval, as there IS NO LIMIT on seats for classes. Thank you!
Details for FBISD O-LAB, other online course providers and remedial credit is below:
June 1 - 25
Registration Dates: May 18-29
O-LAB may be used to support students who are working on any of the following:
· Summer School Edgenuity online courses – The following courses will only be offered as online courses through Summer O-Lab. They will not be offered in traditional summer school.
o Personal Financial Literacy
o Foundations of Personal Fitness
o Art I
Students must have access to a home computer or computer outside of school.
All Edgenuity course work must be completed including final exams by June 25, 2020.
This program is available to incoming 9th – 12th grade students who are enrolled in FBISD.
Students must participate in an orientation session to obtain expectations, instructions and login information.
Students must have an active email account to communicate with staff.
· Cost (For Summer School Edgenuity ONLY):
o $125.00 for students not on free/reduced lunch (payment via RevTrak)
o $65.00 for students on reduced lunch (payment via RevTrak)
o $50.00 for student on free lunch (payment via RevTrak)
Once the counselor has electronically signed/approved, the parent/guardian will make the payment in the campus’ school store using RevTrak. Please make payment on the HS website’s school store where they will be attending next year.
Option 1: http://fortbendisd.revtrak.net (Click “School Stores” & select your campus)
Option 2: Skyward Family Access (look for the FBISD RevTrak Web Store in the District Links & select your campus)
· Registration Dates: May 18-29
· As of now, there is no Geometry PreAP, only on-level
· Can sign up for professional communication/speech through these providers
· Payment is made through these providers
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.
Technology – Early 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.
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Assistant Principals & Counselors
Courtney Border-Assistant Principal
Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal
Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor
Paul Wells-Assistant Principal