Cameron Weekly Newsletter

September 6, 2020

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Important Information

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS SEPTEMBER 16, 2020. WE WILL START THE SCHOOL YEAR IN A FULLY REMOTE MODEL. Students will receive a Zoom invite from their teachers and at 8:00 am on September 16th all students should join this meeting. During this meeting the students will learn how to access their Canvas accounts and their classes. It is very important that all students attend this meeting.


The district will be providing learning bags for each student that will include supplies to use during Remote Learning time. Information about learning bag pick up day was sent out by the district last week. Please click this link for the email that was sent:


https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=2889&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=11806&PageID=1


On September 10th, please follow the schedule of pick up times for each grade. If you have students in multiple grades you can pick up either of the pick up times.


If you have a school Chromebook at home you MUST turn this in before we can give you a new Chromebook. Please bring this Chromebook with you on Thursday September 10th.


Please follow these directions. You must remain in your car at all times.

PLEASE DISPLAY A PIECE OF PAPER WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN YOUR FRONT CAR WINDOW:

STUDENT FIRST AND LAST NAME

STUDENT GRADE

1. Drive around to the back of the school.

2. You will be handed a paper to fill out for information in regards to the Chromebook.

Please fill this out as you wait to pick up your learning bag.

3. Once the paper is completed a person will take this paper from you and go to retrieve your Chromebook.

4. Drive up to the gym doors. A staff member will place your learning bag in your trunk.

5. Please proceed to the front of the building where you will be given your Chromebook.



Cameron Website


Please visit the Cameron Website for important district information and Back to School Supply lists!

https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/cameron


The website is updated frequently with new information in regards to back to school planning.


Schedules

Schedules were posted on Canvas on Friday and paper copies were mailed home. Directions on how to log in were sent in the email Friday.


Supply List

A supply list is posted to our website. https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/cameron Scroll halfway down the page and you will see the link to the list.

Students will need these supplies upon return to Cameron Middle School for the Hybrid Model. Additional supplies may be requested by individual teachers.

PTO

If you are interested in serving on the PTO board for the 20-21 school year please reach out to Kevin Harris: president@cameronpto.org


The PTO currently has several positions open!

Message about Middle School Band and Chorus

Dear Middle School Band and Chorus Parents,


We hope this communication finds you well. We are very busy preparing to provide a full and engaging musical experience for your Middle School student.


As you may know, The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts has released guidelines around teaching music this year. Those guidelines are especially conservative around the safe playing and singing of music indoors. To that end FPS has decided to offer music classes in place of Band and Chorus for grades 6,7,and 8 for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. This was not an easy decision, and we know this will be a disappointment to those students who have been playing as a part of the FPS band program since grade five. It is the commitment of all administrators that once DESE reviews and revises its guidelines, we will work together to bring band and chorus back to our middle schools. The Principals value all that these disciplines bring to the lives of our kids and to our school communities.


In the meantime, every student in grades 6-8 will rotate through a performing arts class each trimester. The teachers and administrators are excited to bring engaging and active lessons on the many facets of performing to your students. It won’t replace band or chorus, but it will be engaging, fun, and most importantly, safe for all students.


In addition, the FPS Fine and Performing Arts staff will be available to provide band, jazz band, show choir and theatre opportunities to students after school using a virtual platform. Once we get school underway you can expect to hear from your performing arts teacher with details. It won’t replace the live, during the day ensemble experience but it will keep the energy going until we can be in person again.


“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche. We at FPS know this to be true and the sounds of playing and singing will be back as soon as we can make it safe. In the meantime, please keep playing and singing at home. When it is safe to come back,we will be ready.


Sincerely


Donna A Wresinski

Director, Office of Fine and Performing Arts


Cameron Performing Arts Information

Please click on this link for information about this year's Cameron Performing Arts:


https://www.smore.com/dby8s

Instructional Software to Support Online Learning

To support this new way of teaching and learning, we wanted to make sure you were aware of the content-related resources the district has made available to you. While there are some additional digital resources for teachers based on specific courses they teach, these are the ones that are more broadly available to you.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eZ8ljPPWGrhbOSCXu0iwh-EBYrAj9vXvj6KsG8mMxW0/edit

FPS District Calendars

Please note: The first day of school for ALL students is September 16, 2020. All students will be taught remotely to begin the year.


Student Schedule

You can expect your child's school day to be scheduled in a similar way to in-person learning. The school day will begin at 8:00 am and end at 2:25 pm. Students are expected to attend each class for the full period. Attendance will be taken in each class.


If your child is sick and will not attend classes you must call your child in sick to the main office. (508)879-2290.

New MA GOV online resource for families

Here is a new online resource families might find useful from the Commonwealth of MA.

A new online resource at Mass.gov/StopCOVID19
Spanish: Mass.Gov/DetenCOVID19)

Portuguese: Mass.Gov/PareCOVID19)

Sample Grade Level Schedule

Please click on this link for a sample grade level schedule and a sample grade 6 student schedule. Your child's individual schedule is on the Aspen Portal.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HWTclN23LLXTwe2ZSj3MSt5P-k78aTbsose5L0XCNac/edit?ts=5f57a982