Middle School Weekly Newsletter
March 31, 2023
A Note from Mrs. Patterson
Parents and Students,
We know that the middle school years are a time where friendships and social connections are important. We are always looking for new ideas to allow our students to connect more, and we have some plans for next school year that will hopefully allow that. The safety of our students is our priority, and that is why we are very cautious about the interactions that we allow.
Sometimes, our students share their personal information (emails, gaming tags, phone numbers) with other students. We ask students not to do that for many reasons, but it does often happen. And while most of the outside interactions that our students have are positive and students are building great friendships, we have had a few reports of some isolated incidents that have not been positive. As a school, we discourage the use of programs like Discord, Snapchat, and non-school Google interactions with other students UNLESS they have the express permission of their parent/guardian. In those instances, it is the job of the parent/guardian to monitor those interactions. SCVCS does not have the ability to monitor these programs.
Again, we are working on some things that we hope next year will allow some more "social" interactions with our students. Until then, students....if someone is messaging you and being rude, threatening, or inappropriate, block them immediately or leave the program. Tell your parent/guardian. Parents/guardians, please monitor the interactions your child has with others, even those outside of SCVCS.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! One more week until SPRING BREAK!
Assignments are due on the date shown on the assignment calendar. Students have until Sunday at midnight of that week to submit these assignments for full credit. After that, students will have one additional week to submit work for 80% credit. After two weeks, assignments will close.
Elective class assignments can be found on the Assignment Calendars found inside of the course.
Today, we have a few awesome drawings from Marcus S. in the 7th grade.
Want to share some original artwork, poetry, short story, or something else creative that you do? Send it to Mrs. Patterson at email@example.com. It must by your own original work!
Jigsaw and Google
Students, please make sure you are using your SCVCS gmail account when logging into Jigsaw and when you do anything with Google Drive. Some of you are using personal email accounts, which will cause you some issues with accessing live classes or completing assignments using Google. If you need assistance with your Gmail accounts, please contact our tech support at 803-253-6222 and choose Option 5.
Online enrollment for current students to re-register for the 2023-2024 school year must be completed to secure your spot. Please log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal at this link: https://cie.powerschool.com/public/home.html and use your parent login – if you log in as the student you will not see the Intent to Return link. The link for Intent to Return is all the way at the bottom of the left side of the screen.
If your student will not be returning to SCVCS, please complete the form by answering "No" to the first question. This allows us to open seats for additional students as we plan for next year.
COURSE SELECTION FOR 2023-2024
If you are a current 6th or 7th grader and you will be returning to SCVCS for the 2023-2024 school year, it is time to begin making your course selections!
If you attended our March 10th Town Hall meeting, I discussed this process at great length. If you'd like to view that session, you can get the recording at the link below. Note that the information about Course Selection begins at the 17:18 minute mark.
In order to select your courses, you must first be re-registered with SCVCS for the 2023-2024 school year. If you need assistance with re-registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Once you have completed that process, you can complete the Course Selection form. Begin by reviewing the Course Selection information by clicking HERE.
Once you are ready to select courses, click the link to the Course Selection form within that document to select courses. If you have any questions, please contact your Counselor.
April 3-7 – Grief and Loss
Reminder: Today, Friday, March 31st is the last day to email Job Shadowing paperwork to your counselor. Thank you to those of you who participated in Job Shadowing. We have enjoyed reading about your experiences.
8th Grade IGP Meetings
We are completing IGP (Individual Graduation Plan) Meetings for 8th graders to discuss career goals and choose classes for 9th grade. Please contact your counselor if you have not had your IGP meeting.
Learning Coach Corner
Please remember that we cannot share personal information about your child through anything other than the school issued learning coach gmail account. If you are not accessing this account, you are not receiving important emails from us. Please call our Tech Support team at 803-253-6222 and choose Option 5 for help with email.
Click HERE for instructions on how to create your Parent Account in Schoology.
Clubs and Lunch Groups
Junior Beta Club Induction Ceremony for new members will be Tuesday, April 4th at 7pm. Returning members are also welcome to join, as well as family and friends of new members. The link will be posted into your Group.