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Georgie D. Tyler Middle School

Information for the week of March 23rd - March 27th

Greetings GTMS Parents and Students,

I would like to take a moment to let all parents and students know how much we appreciate your patience and understanding during this very difficult time. We miss our students and are anxiously waiting for a speedy return to normalcy. In the meantime, please know that you are able to reach out to your child's teacher through email at any time during this school closure with any questions you may have regarding instruction. Your child's teacher may also reach out to your child through various forms of technology including google classroom, Zoom app, email, and many more. At this point, we have not assigned any additional work other than the two week packet that was made available to your child at the beginning of the week. Please also see the posting below to access all online packets. Please also be sure to check your email regularly as new information is constantly being delivered. Please know that if you have any additional questions you may reach me at the following email address: Jharding@iwcs.k12.va.us. You may also reach Dr. Wilkins at Kwilkins@iwcs.k12.va.us. You may also call the main office at 757-242-3229 and leave a message. An administrator will return your call within 24 hours. Please stay safe and healthy!



Mrs. Harding

-Principal

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Coronavirus Update

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Greetings GTMS parents

As we begin the second semester, I would ask that you help us to ensure a smooth transition by continuing to monitor your student's social media accounts. While most of the content can be harmless, we have seen an uptick in the sending of negative and bullying messages being shared by students outside of school hours on sites such as Snapchat, Ticktock, and Instagram. This behavior can be disruptive to the learning environment and students can be held responsible for messages they send. Below are links to helpful websites with more information on the dangers of social media, cyberbullying and how parents can stay informed. As always, please call the main office if you have any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful break!


Jessica Harding

Principal GTMS

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Parent Information Update

Parents,


Over the summer, our student information system, PowerSchool, went through a significant upgrade. One of the changes affected how contact information (phone numbers, email addresses) is stored in PowerSchool, which, in turn, impacted how Connect 5 pulls this information. We have been made aware that some of our families may not be receiving emails to primary, or multiple, email addresses, or possibly calls to certain numbers. These issues can be resolved by setting up a Parent Portal Account in Connect 5. To do this, you will need your child's school ID number to complete the process. Just follow the detailed steps on the attached document found at the bottom of this message. If you previously created an account, it's possible that you need to associate your child to the account, or you may need to update your contact information. The document will walk you through those steps as well. If you have any issues creating or updating your account, please call the main office at 757-242-3229. You may also drop by and office staff can update the information for you. Please be sure to bring a valid ID.




Connect 5: Mass Notification System Directions

https://drive.google.com/file/d/18SbvtXgZuu22TQO9gzI7CWbhw3mK_UB1/view

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Food Services Reminder: Please send a note to the school (main office) if you do not want your child to have breakfast, lunch or snacks from the cafeteria. Once a note is received, this information will be placed on your child’s account.

Parent Information

This is Mrs. Harding with a few reminders:


If your student is a walker, they have received a permission slip that needs to be signed and returned to school as soon as possible. Students must walk home and are not allowed to walk to any other location. You can find the permission slip Here


Students have received an Annual student update and agreement registration form. There is a unique number on this form that you will need in order to update your registration information. If you need another copy, please stop by the main office


Please ensure that all of your information is up to date in powerschool so that you do not miss any division phone calls or weekly parent newsletters.


Please also note that there is no adult supervision at school before 7:25 am. Please refer to the student handbook below for more information.


Lastly, we are asking that there be no parent pick up after 2:15 pm with the exception of emergency only. All students are released at 2:35 pm. Please refer to the student handbook below for more information.


You may also find the weekly parent newsletter on the GTMS website and on our Twitter page.


Thank you!

Important Information in the GTMS Student Handbook

BYOD: Students are expected to adhere to the procedures set forth by their teachers regarding cell phones and devices. AT NO TIME ARE STUDENTS PERMITTED TO USE THEIR PHONE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA, TEXT MESSAGING, OR PHONE CALLS. DEVICES ARE ONLY PERMITTED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.


PICK UP PROCEDURES: Changes to transportation must be made in writing and turned in to the main office. Phone requests for changes to emergency contacts or transportation information will not be granted. NO EARLY DISMISSALS WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 2:15 AND 2:35. Students being picked up after 2:15 will be released at 2:35 through the front door.


DRESS CODE: See the handbook for the full dress code. *NOTE* Slides and flip flops are not permitted, dresses and shorts must be finger tip length when standing up, mid drifts may not be exposed. Administration reserves the right to deliver the final decision regarding appropriate dress.


ATTENDANCE: Please make every effort to have your child present from 7:40-2:35 daily. Students who are absent must bring a valid note stating the reason for absence upon returning to school. Notes are due on the day the student returns to school and should be turned in to the main office.


Important Reminders and Updates

  • Tuesday, September 3rd - First Day of School.

  • School hours are 7:25AM -2:35PM. Students can arrive starting at 7:25AM. There will be no adult supervision before 7:25 AM.

  • Breakfast is served in the cafeteria starting at 7:25AM each morning. The cost of breakfast is $1.25 and lunch is $2.65. You may upload money onto your child’s account at www.lunchprepay.com or send in cash or a check. Please don’t forget to complete and turn in the school lunch form.

  • New Technology Allows Parents to apply for School Meal Benefits Online - http://LunchApplication.com allows for secure, quick, anonymous, and paperless applications online http://edl.io/n1079763

  • Please see nurse Jennifer Pierce for prescription medicine intake. All medicine must be accompanied by a parent and include a physician’s prescription. Students are not allowed to transport medicine to school.

  • Please ensure that you have completed or updated all yearly forms in powerschool.

  • 7th grade students must have a completed T-Dap form on file in order to remain at school.

  • The IWCS Parent resource page is located here: https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/parentresources