Alcorn Middle Knightly News

2022 September Issue

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Words from Principal Goodman

Welcome Back Alcorn Family!


During the month of August we worked hard to create a positive school culture & community. Students are currently participating in engaging and collaborative learning opportunities in classrooms and we are looking forward to the coming months.


It is our hope to continue to develop relationships with students and parents by keeping parents informed with our Knightly Newsletter.


Our newsletter will be published monthly and will feature important dates/events, school policies, sports, and resources for parents and students.



I look forward to building positive relationships with students, parents, and community partners as we work together to make the 2022-2023 school year very successful.


Parents are welcome to contact me at 803-735-3439 or via email at Kreshella.Goodman@richlandone.org with any questions or concerns.



Respectfully,


Kreshella K. Goodman

Administration

Kreshella Goodman - Principal

Phone:803-735-3439

Email: Kreshella.Goodman@richlandone.org


Gregory T. Pickett - Assistant Principal - 7th Grade

Phone: 803-735-3439

Email: Gregory.Pickett@richlandone.org



Devin Washington - Assistant Principal - 8th Grade

Phone: 803-735-3439

Email: devin.washington@richlandone.org

2022 - 2023 Open House

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2022-2023 Alcorn Middle Bell Schedule

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Car Rider Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures

Drop-off and Pickup location for all car riders is the car loop is in front of the school.


Guardians should turn into the main entrance of Alcorn and proceed to the right to begin the loop. We ask that you circle the loop and drop-off and pick-up your child in front of the main doors of the school. Please do not ask students to wait at the end of the curb as this limits student supervision and could lead to diminished safety of students.


Staff members will be positioned at the front of the school for supervision in the mornings and afternoons.


Parents that need to enter the school should park in the parking spaces near the front doors and use the intercom system.


Times for drop-off and pickup are as follows:


Morning Drop-Off (Front Parking Lot): 8:00 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.

Afternoon Pick-Up (Front Parking Lot): 3:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Our Car Rider procedures allow us to keep all of our students safe and keep traffic moving as efficiently as possible.

Dress Code Policy

Alcorn Middle School Administration reserves the right to judge any clothing as inappropriate during the course of the school term.


Proper dress and cleanliness are important in setting an appropriate and wholesome atmosphere for learning.


  1. All dresses, skirts, skorts, shorts must be “finger-tip”-length.
  2. All pants must be worn at the waistline with a belt if warranted.
  3. Tank tops, tube tops, halters tops are not permitted.
  4. Hats and sunglasses are not worn inside buildings.
  5. Headbands, bandannas, wave caps, and do-rags are not permitted.
  6. Bare midriffs are not permitted.
  7. Proper foundations (under garments) must be worn.
  8. State Health Regulations require that shoes and shirts must be worn at all times (no flip-flops, slides, shoes with cleats, bedroom shoes, etc.).
  9. Apparel bearing or promoting gang related, obscene and/or drug messages (pictures or words, etc.) are not permitted.
  10. Stretch pants/bikers pants and shorts, etc. are not permitted.
  11. When pants are worn at the appropriate waist level, shirts/tops longer than the zipper level must be tucked in at all times.
  12. Leggings and jeggings are not permitted unless a shirt or skirt is worn at finger-tip length.

Electronic Device/Cell Phone Policy

Students are not allowed to have radios, headphones, video games, electronic toys, etc. at school.


Cell Phones are allowed; they should be turned off during school time and not visible. Cellular devices should not be a distraction to others.


*Note*

The school is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged cell phones students bring cell phones at their own risk.


“A student who uses a paging device will have the device confiscated. The student’s parent/legal guardian may pick up the confiscated device from the school following the first offense. The parent/legal guardian may pick up the paging device for a second and/or all other offenses at the end of the school year. All confiscated paging devices will be maintained at the school site until they are returned. Schools will not be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged paging devices.”

Richland One Discipline Code.

Counselor's Corner

Bridgette Wells - School Counselor



Claire Amaker - School Counselor



Eureka Green - Registrar/Attendance Clerk

STUDY TIPS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

  1. Create a Study Schedule: Use your planner, phone, or a homework app to set a study schedule.
  2. Find a Designated Study Space: Your study space should be somewhere that is clean, comfortable, free of distractions, and has good lighting.
  3. Eat Healthy Snacks: Staying hydrated and consuming healthy snacks are essential to a successful study session.
  4. Create a Study Playlist: Music can be a great study buddy to motivate us during our study sessions.

PowerSchool

Parents/Guardians, have you signed up for the Parent Portal?


Use the link below to view your child's schedule, grades, homework, and attendance!


Don’t know your Parent Portal username and/or password?


Contact your child’s school counselor for assistance.

PowerSchool Parent Portal

Click here to log into your Parent portal.

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Social Work Corner

School Social Worker - Mr. Devanand Maharajh

Phone: 803-714-1864

Email: devanand.maharajh@richlandone.org

S E P T E M B E R --- Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month! Please make sure all absences are covered by school excuses and submitted to our Attendance Clerk in a timely manner!

Attendance Fact of the Month

Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. 50% of the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school by the end of the school year!!

Absence Reminders


  • Any absences your student may have, MUST be accompanied by a note from a parent or from a doctor.
  • Please turn in the excuse within 48 hours of your child’s absence.
  • Parents may send up to 10 parent notes per school year.

Student Resources

Food Pantry – Students have access to a regularly stocked food pantry on campus that provides non-perishable items to our families in need.


Weekend Snack Packs – Every Friday several students are provided with a weekend snack pack in order to help students stay nourished throughout the weekend.


Hygiene Products – Students may visit Mr. Maharajh for access to hygiene products.


If you are interested in any of the above mentioned services or would like to learn more, please feel free to reach Mr. Maharajh, Alcorn Social Worker.

Upcoming Parenting Events

Attendance Matters - Parent Training Session

Wednesday, Sep. 14th, 9am

5125 Fairfield Road

Columbia, SC

Alcorn Athletics

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ATTENTION ALCORN FAMILY

Effective for the middle school football games on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the following additional safety and security measures will be in effect at Richland One stadiums:


  • Face coverings that completely cover a person’s face will not be allowed.
  • No one will be admitted into the games after halftime.
  • Entry gates will close at the end of halftime.
  • Concession stands will close at the end of the third quarter.
  • No one will be allowed to stand, congregate or “hang out” on the concourse or around the concession stands or restrooms during the game. Spectators must remain seated except when going to the restrooms or to the concession stands.


Thank you for your continued support of Alcorn Middle School Athletics.

Physical Forms

Physical forms should be completed and submitted to Coach Troy for participation in all school sports.


Forms are attached below.

Fall Sports Schedules

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Upcoming Games

Volleyball Game - Alcorn v. Hand

Monday, Sep. 26th, 5:45pm

5125 Fairfield Road

Columbia, SC

Volleyball Game - Alcorn v. W.A. Perry

Wednesday, Sep. 28th, 5:45pm

5125 Fairfield Road

Columbia, SC

Football Game - Alcorn v. W.G. Sanders

Wednesday, Sep. 28th, 6:30pm

361 Pisgah Church Road

Columbia, SC