Principal's Update - Middle School

November Newsletter

Dear Parents and Students

Thank you, again, for a great start to the school year and a successful parent/teacher conference night. We are over half way through the fall semester so please encourage your students to stay focused and finish strong. We have 46% of students on the honor roll and are proud of them.


Our school website will be in operation soon, and we will link the parent newsletters there as well.


We have several important announcements for parents and students:

  • Picture Day

  • Year Books

  • Clubs

  • Pre-ACT testing for 8th grade

  • Holiday Needs

  • Holiday Gift Giving


Thank you for all of your support,


Laicee Hatfield, Principal

Chris Layton, Assistant Principal

Monday November 15th

Picture Day, Textbooks, Clubs, & Games

Monday, November 15th

8:30 - 11:30 at Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center


We will have student photos in the Great Room at Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center. 801 Tipton Avenue, Knox TN 37920


Clubs will be present for students to sign-up along with games and KCS Virtual Middle School shirts for purchase. All clubs will meet virtually on asynchronous days.


Clubs


  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Beta Club
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Theatre & Drama Club
  • Book Club
  • E-Sports
  • Current Events / Debates
  • Literary Magazine
  • Astronomy Club
  • Leadership


All middle school textbooks will also be available for parents and students to take home.

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Fall Test Dates

The Pre-ACT will be administered to all 8th grade students on December 7th beginning at 8:30am.


PreACT supports 8th graders with an early practice experience for the ACT test. It also provides an early indicator of college and career readiness that helps educators, students, and parents identify areas of academic strength and opportunity.


The Pre-ACT will be given at Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center. 801 Tipton Avenue, Knox TN 37920.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • November 15th - Yearbook Pictures
  • November 17th - End third grading period
  • November 24th - 26th - No School
  • December 7th - Pre-ACT for 8th grade students at Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center
  • December 16th - Last synchronous day for students before winter break

Holiday Needs & Holiday Gift Giving

Holiday Needs

If your family is in need for a Thanksgiving Basket or Angel Tree gifts, please fill out this form by November 12th.

Holiday Gift Giving (Thanksgiving & Angel Tree)

If your family would like to purchase items for families in need, please use this link. You will be directed to an Amazon Wish list. Once the items are purchased, they will be shipped to our location at the Virtual Secondary Schools, and we get the items to the families in need. The list will be updated as families in need complete the form linked above. The donors and recipients will remain anonymous.

School Fees

Parents,

The link below will give you access to the schools fees account. School fees are used to purchase software to increase student engagement in the classroom. Our teachers use programs such as Jamboard, Kami, Kahoot!, Quizziz, etc. to measure student learning and provide feedback. The school fees help us to provide different platforms for engaging students in a virtual setting.


Senior Fees will pay for the diploma and diploma cover.


https://knoxschools.schoolcashonline.com/

Bell Schedule

Not sure when your student should be in class? Students should be joining their teachers everyday except asynchronous days.


On Tuesdays, 7th and 8th grade students work independently (asynchronously) on their assignment.

On Wednesday, 6th grade students work independently (asynchronously) on their assignment.



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Attendance

If students miss more than 20 minutes of class, they will be marked absent. To submit notes to excuse the absences, please email them to virtualms@knoxschools.org. Each student is allowed 10 parent notes and unlimited doctor's notes.


We are beginning to schedule Progressive Truancy Plans for students and parents and we need to get those absences excused. To see which dates your students was marked absent, please look in Aspen under your students attendance tab.

Parents as Observers in Canvas

Becoming a parent observer in Canvas is a great way to be able to monitor your student's work submissions as well as see your child's growth. We also have a canvas page just for high school which houses all announcements and information. Please use the link below for directions.


Canvas Observer Directions