Jag E-NEWS 4.2.20

FBISD Schools are currently closed through May 4, 2020.

JAGS ARE ON THE MOVE!

Parents,


In our efforts to communicate clearly and effectively as we gear up for this new learning experience, feedback and reflection are critical. We received some excellent feedback from parents and students since sending the last parent email message:


  • A better explanation about the purposes for the two seemingly different schedules (the purple Middle School Online Learning schedule and the blue Office Hours and Virtual Conferences schedule). See the added section titled "Online Learning Schedule Information"
  • Parent supports for logging into and using Schoology, the primary platform with which students will engage in their online work. This is a crucial part of the parent experience for online learning, as Schoology allows parents to view what their children are doing, and more. Aids are also added for logging into Skyward Family Access. See the added section titled "Schoology Information"
  • Student Technology Supports - In case students need assistance with password issues, logging into Schoology, etc., we have provided some extra visuals, tools, and job aids for them in this section


Online Learning is new for most of our students, and we appreciate parent support as we get started and into a routine. It is a good idea to talk to your child about organizing themselves and their materials and finding a quiet place to work. Keeping a calendar (digitally or in a planner) with due dates, etc. This will not only help them stay on top of their work, but will practice an important skill needed for high school and beyond- organization!


As our FBISD students begin their online learning, we ask that you proactively discuss appropriate online engagement expectations while using personal or district devices to engage in their virtual lessons. FBISD will continue to monitor acceptable usage and technology violations as outlined in the FBISD Student Code of Conduct. District expectations regarding technology usage can be found here.


I know I speak for the entire SMS Staff when I say that we hope your family is safe, healthy, and happy. This unprecedented time is a huge challenge for everyone, but please know the Jaguar Family is here to help however we can. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to let me know. Thank you in advance for partnering with your child’s teachers to help continue their first class, quality FBISD education online. Please let your Jag(s) know I look forward to “seeing” them online as I check in on their Online Learning.


And last...be looking for an important announcement from our fantastic Counselors below. They are organizing a resource for students related to their counseling services.


If you missed our message earlier this week, please click here to see how much we miss you. Be sure to mark your calendar and participate in our virtual fire drill on Tuesday, April 7th!


Cholly Oglesby

Principal

Sartartia Middle School

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Online Learning Schedule Information

Middle School Online Learning Schedule - Starting April 3, 2020


Beginning tomorrow, April 3, 2020, SMS teachers will begin posting content lessons and assignments for students to complete. Lessons/Activities will be posted for the week to allow for flexibility in your child's schedule, but we do ask that lessons/assignments are submitted to teachers when they are completed.


All Jaguar students should be logging into Schoology each day during the week (Mon-Fri) to check to see what content lessons and activities their teachers have posted for them to complete. Students will be expected to complete the assignment and submit it through an online learning platform designated by the teacher (typically Schoology). If your child has questions about the assignments, each teacher has a “live” Office Hour for one hour per day. Assignments can be completed at varied times throughout the day, but for specific questions, please ask your child to log on and communicate with his/her teacher(s) during the Office Hour.


A new term in our online learning vocabulary is asynchronous. An asynchronous learning experience is one that allows for flexibility for when students engage in the work. Online learning in FBISD will have content that is posted into Schoology by students' teachers according to the purple schedule below.


Example: On Mondays, students will have work posted by their ELA, Math, and Social Studies teachers. Assignments will be designed to take no more than 30 minutes per subject. On Tuesdays, students will have work posted by their ELA, Math, and Science teachers. Assignments will be designed to take no more than 30 minutes per subject. Science and Social Studies have alternating days, and Electives are on Friday.


In these asynchronous experiences, there may be instructional videos to watch, a collaborative item, such as a discussion prompt to respond to, and a brief assessment so that the teacher and the student may track progress--all within the 30 minutes allotted for that subject. Engagement in these asynchronous experiences is expected of all of our students. The purple schedule below shows how each week is organized.

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With regard to the purple online learning schedule above, parents and students select and use identified resources to support the development of the whole child. Student engagement with their electives courses and their teachers is highly encouraged.


  • PE/Health/Kickstart: See website resources & videos, and the items your teacher places into their Schoology folder
  • Non-HS Credit Electives: Teachers will post online learning activities to support students. Instruction and completion of these online learning activities will not exceed 30 minutes per week
  • CTE Courses for High School Credit: May require additional instructional time per week due to course requirements.

SMS Campus Teacher "Office Hours" and Virtual Conferencing Schedule

Another new term in our online learning vocabulary is synchronous. A synchronous experience is one that allows students to be supported in real time through virtual conferences, open labs, and small group activities. These synchronous experiences provide students with the opportunity to collaborate with each other and their teacher, receive feedback from the teacher, and to provide for a degree of personalized learning. Your child's teacher will have information about their means for providing this real-time, synchronous experience in their Schoology course folder (i.e. Schoology Conferences, Zoom meeting, etc.). Participation in these experiences is highly encouraged, but is not required. The blue schedule below outlines the times during the day when your child's teachers will be available for these synchronous experiences. Look for specifics to come from your child's teacher, and again, this will also be posted in the teacher's Schoology course folder, which you as a parent also have access to. See "Schoology Information" in the next item for details.
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Schoology Information

How Do Parents Log Into Schoology? (Click Here)

Watch the video below or click this link to visit the FBISD Schoology Support page to learn how to log into Schoology. You may also visit the At-Home Learning / Online Support Link further down in this newsletter.

Schoology Parent Login (Click Here)

Follow the directions in the video below or written directions in the "How Do Parents Log into Schoology?" link above.

Accessing Schoology and Password Job Aid
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Link to MyFortBendISD Portal

Download the job aide below (Account Management) for instructions on using the MyFortBendISD Portal

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Please visit www.fortbendisd.com/covid19 for the most up-to-date information regarding the district closure and Fort Bend ISD's COVID-19 response. If you have any questions that require immediate assistance, please call the Fort Bend ISD Information Hotline at 281-634-0043. This call center is available to assist between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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TIPS from the TEAM

As we are working towards our new normal, we thought we would send you a few resources and you can view the FBISD Behavioral Health & Wellness page. The first link is for parents/students to watch together. During this difficult, confusing, and frightening time, Mike Smith, the host of The Harbor™ by Jostens, takes to the crate to acknowledge the challenges we are all facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. Mike issues a call to action for all of us, in this unprecedented time, to find ways to build community, take care of one another, and stay rooted in love.

Ep.6.19.5 Rooted In Love

The second resource is for adults—any adult in your family that is helping your children adjust to a new normal. It is from Dr. Becky Bailey of Conscious Discipline. Her guidance is best when working with students who are learning to self-regulate their emotions. Dr. Bailey has great, practical advice. Often, when just reading a short section of her article, you can find a new tool to put in your toolbox. I hope that you will find something new too.

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” by clicking here.

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.


Please encourage your student to join their grade level Schoology group:


SMS 6th Grade (2019-2020)

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SMS 7th Grade (2019-2020)

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SMS 8th Grade (2019-2020)

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Course selection information

*Course selection information*

6/7 Graders:

Course requests for 2020-2021 school year have been posted in the "Portfolio" tab in Skyward Family Access for verification purposes. Click on the Portfolio tab and then click on the Course Request Report 20-21. Courses listed are requests and not an actual schedule.


After reviewing your requests, if everything is correct, no follow-up is needed J


To change a selection, please complete the form here:


Please note: No emailed change requests will be accepted. A form must be completed.

All changes must be submitted by Friday, April 3, 2020.


8th Graders:

Course requests for 2020-2021 school year have been posted in the "Portfolio" tab in Skyward Family Access for verification purposes. Click on the Portfolio tab and then click on the Course Request Report 20-21. Courses listed are requests and not an actual schedule. After reviewing your requests, if everything is correct, no follow-up is needed. If you need to change a request, please see campus specific information below.


If you are zoned to AHS:

To change a selection, please complete the appropriate form below. Changes must be submitted by Friday, April 3, 2020. Please note: No emailed change requests will be accepted. A form must be completed.


Student Last Name A, T-Z https://form.jotform.com/200756068244152

Student Last Name B-E https://form.jotform.com/200754939393162

Student Last Name F-K https://form.jotform.com/200756857593165

Student Last Name L-O https://form.jotform.com/200756552903152
Student Last Name P-S https://form.jotform.com/200756485009154


If you are zoned to CHS:

To change a selection, please complete the appropriate form below. Changes must be submitted by Friday, April 3, 2020. Please note: No emailed change requests will be accepted. A form must be completed.


Student Last Name (A - Chou): bianca.mccannlindsey@fortbendisd.com

https://form.jotform.com/200772716820150

Student Last Name (Chow - Hei): joh.wells@fortbendisd.com

https://form.jotform.com/200766084253050

Student Last Name (Hem - Liu): demetria.howard@fortbendisd.com

https://form.jotform.com/200774228119151

Student Last Name (Lobb - Parsa): lynne.shaver@fortbendisd.com

https://form.jotform.com/200774616868163

Student Last Name (Pat- Tat): ted.liu@fortbendisd.com

https://form.jotform.com/200774672222048

Student Last Name Tay - Z: Anuradha.Nigam@fortbendisd.com

https://form.jotform.com/200765266675059


If you are zoned to THS:

To correct an error or change a selection:

· Email the course name that you would like to DROP and the course name that you would like to ADD.

· Changes, must be emailed to your child's counselor by Friday, April 3rd.

You may email your child's school counselor at their email address listed below:


LaDale.Webster@fortbendisd.com / Students A-Ch
Monet.Newsome@fortbendisd.com / Students Ci-Go
Jeanne.Andrews@fortbendisd.com / Students Gr-La
Cheryl.Clark@fortbendisd.com / Students Le-Ok
Brenell.Young@fortbendisd.com / Students Ol-Sh
Tanya.Johnson@fortbendisd.com / Students Si-Z



**As always, for updates visit our website at https://www.fortbendisd.com/domain/2953 **

Thank you for your continued support of us and our program.

We wish you all well during this time.

The SMS Counseling Team

Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal

courtney.border@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6314


Brandi Goodly-Counselor

brandi.goodly@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6318


7th grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal

sunday.johnson@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6316


Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor

rachel.mccune@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6319


8th grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal

paul.wells@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6331


Kat Friedel-Counselor

katherine.friedel@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6320