Midway Mustang Memo

April 2020

Admin Corner

Midway Parents, we want to sincerely thank you for all you are doing to help and support the learning your child is currently doing from home. These are unprecedented times and your partnership is more important than ever. Please know we are and will continue to be here to help in any way. As we move forward with virtual learning, we have included a short, timely article, 7 Guiding Principles for Parents Teaching From Home, which offers some practical, research-based structures and ideas to make learning more productive. The ideas referenced in the article align with our beliefs at Midway and will provide continuity between learning in school and at home. We hope you and your sweet families continue to stay safe and healthy.


Looking ahead to the next school year, parents can be assured that a great deal of thought and effort will go into the process of forming new classes. A variety of input will be solicited from various teachers in placing students. If you, as a parent, would like to provide further input regarding your child’s needs, please complete the form found at this link:

https://forms.gle/FB3BoWUXUXE5pXbU6


With kind regards,

Jan Munroe, Principal

Daphne Rogers, Assistant Principal

Jennifer Brown, Administrative Assistant

Greg Walkup, Administrative Assistant

Grading Information

Midway is well-known as a school where children love to be here and love to learn. One can see the joy in their faces. We have the flexibility and opportunity to enhance that joy of learning with our district’s testing and grading plan for the fourth quarter of this school year. Here is the link to the 4th Quarter grading guidelines that were developed and posted on the Forsyth County Schools website. With the lifting of state testing and numerical grades, this is the perfect opportunity for our teachers and our learners to delve deep into content and experience fun and engaging activities.


Please know that the pass/fail component for our 4th quarter of this school year is intended as a “hold harmless” action so that no child is penalized academically because of online learning. The Hold Harmless Provision states: “For all grade levels, the totality of student work assigned and submitted during online learning, March 16-May 22, 2020, will only have a positive impact on the overall semester average.” Learners can engage in the content without the limitations of grades and continue with the joy of learning for the sake of learning.

Teachers are working tirelessly to develop interactive and engaging online lessons for our students. Parents are partnering with us to support their learners at home, and our students are staying engaged and connected in their learning. It makes us proud! We will also continue with the “Catch-up Friday” plan with fun, optional activities available for those who choose to participate.

Important Dates

May 8th: Virtual Family Field Day

May 15th: Parent Input Survey Due

May 22nd: Last Day of School

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Virtual Family Field Day

Dear Midway Families,

We’re excited to announce that our school community will be participating in the OPEN VIRTUAL National Field Day event on Friday, May 8th ! Field Day is an important tradition at our school. It is a significant day for our students and our staff, and we feel that in these incredibly challenging times this national event is a unique way that we can stay connected as a community and support one another in a fun and meaningful way while we are all at home. OPEN (Online Physical Education Network) is a national public service organization that provides curriculum and training support to more than 90,000 teachers in all 50 states. We will be using their resources and social media network to help us organize our school’s participation in #NationalFieldDay. All #NationalFieldDay events are designed to be done indoors or outdoors at your home using common household items. You won’t be asked to purchase any specialized equipment or supplies.


Here’s how it will work:

● Our school is now registered as a participant in this event!

● As a part of registration, we will receive Field Day Friday email updates each week with new resources that we will share with you.

● On April 17 your family will receive a set of event cards that you can use to begin practicing. You will also receive a participant practice sheet for tracking progress.

● Your family will be asked to choose a minimum of 4 events to complete on Field Day. However, you may complete as many events as you’d like to!

● From May 3 thru 7, we will follow #NationalFieldDay and watch the Field Day Torch travel across the country in preparation for the main event.

● On May 8, our entire school will participate in events, complete an official score card, share photos and videos, and participate nationally on social media using #NationalFieldDay.

● After the event, your student will submit their scorecard via Google Drive or email to Coach Samples at tsamples@forsyth.k12.ga.us

● Every student that completes at least 4 events will receive an OPEN National Field Day certificate!


We will continue to send you updates on this fun and festive event! We appreciate your cooperation and are hopeful that your entire family will use it as a fun and meaningful way to be physically active together and with our entire school community!

Stay well, Coach Samples and Coach Spota

Greetings from Midway PTO!

We hope you have all settled into this new way of life, and we hope you are all staying healthy and safe! While school may not be in its traditional form, your PTO has been active in a number of ways. We are putting plans together to show appreciation for our teachers, who have had to learn a new way of teaching overnight and with little notice! More information to come on that.


We are also turning our focus to the 2020-21 School Year. We look forward to having a “reboot” and things getting back to normal. The Ice Cream Social and Orientation will be here before we know it, and we’re laying the groundwork for those events. The PTO Board is looking forward, with your help, to continuing the success of this year into next year. Thanks to each of you for your financial support and your involvement.

Counselor's Corner

The Student Support Services department would like to share some resources and ideas on how to reduce stress and offer advice on mental health wellness. Please know that we are thinking of our students, parents, teachers, and communities while we endure through such a difficult time.

From the Midway Café

Hello Midway Family!

How are you? Wow, how I miss seeing each smiling face every day! I hope you’re all using this time at home to connect more with your family and maybe even doing some of those things around the house that we all never seem to get to. I know I am. I’ve seen some amazing pictures of families doing wonderful things together!

I realize this can also be a very stressful time for many as well, so I just want to remind you to take good care of your bodies during this time. It’s more important than ever! Eat lots of fruits & veggies and spend time getting some exercise, as these will help our bodies fight off disease and help our minds to battle negative thought patterns. The healthier our bodies are, the happier we’ll feel.

Please give your kiddos a hug from all of us in the café and let them know we miss them very much! And don’t forget there are meals available for anyone that needs them being served at Sawnee & Whitlow Elementary schools. Please see our website for days and times.

Sending lots of love & virtual hugs to you all, ‘til we’re together again!

Chris Pruitt & the Mustang Café Staff

Technology Troubleshooting Guide

Thank you for all your support during this virtual learning. Here is a common troubleshooting guide for families.

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