SWMS Weekly Cowboy Message

Principal's Message for the Week of 2/15/21 - 2/19/21

This section is our SWMS FOUNDATION- It explains WHO we are, WHAT we do, and WHY we believe in SWMS!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.”

Jean de la Bruyere

#MindsetMatters


THEME for the 2020-21 school year - "BECOMING: Mindset Matters"

#WeAreSouthwest #SWMSStrong #Becoming


SWMS VISION STATEMENT

We believe every student can learn and succeed and successful learning occurs in a positive environment characterized by high expectations and commitment of all involved. We are committed to ensuring respect for diversity, enhanced learning, and high achievement for all students.


SWMS MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Southwest Middle School is to prepare students for high school and beyond by creating a community of learners working together in a safe environment that encourages academic, social, and personal growth.


CORE VALUES

Teamwork. Respect. Integrity.


COWBOY STANDARDS- At Southwest Middle, we “WALK THE PATH”:


Practice Honesty / Act Responsibly/ Treat others with Respect/ Have Self-Discipline

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LINK FOR HYBRID MASTER SCHEDULE (to begin Monday, Feb. 22) for ALL students

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PICTURE DAY TO BE RESCHEDULED

Due to the delays in student return to the building this school year, we have had to delay previously scheduled picture days. We will RESCHEDULE the picture days (with Lifetouch) that were scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Thursday, Feb. 25. We will communicate the rescheduled date when it is confirmed. Remote students will also be given a day and time to take pictures. Families also have the option to submit student photos. Please stay tuned for Yearbook announcements from our Yearbook Advisors: Mrs. Stephens and Mrs. Kloepfer.
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ATTN BUS RIDERS

ATTENTION BUS RIDERS: Bus numbers, stops and times have been provided by the transportation office. Please connect to the parent portal AND download the "Here Comes the Bus" app to find your student's information. Information for accessing both resources is posted on the SWMS website and Facebook page. Your student will need this information to determine their bus stop and pick up time for the first day they return to in person learning. See the return dates below:


Student return dates:

Feb. 22 and Feb. 23: 6th grade Cohort A

Feb. 25 and Feb. 26: 6th grade Cohort B

March 1 and March 2: 6th and 7th grades Cohort A

March 4 and March 5: 6th and 7th grades Cohort B

March 8 and March 9: 6th, 7th, and 8th grades Cohort A

March 11 and March 12: 6th, 7th, and 8th grades Cohort B

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PTSA UPDATES

*MEMBERSHIP- Please consider joining the PTSA!! WE NEED YOU!! You can go on our PTSA website to obtain your membership (http://swmsptsa.my-ptsa.org).


*AMAZON SMILE- As you are ordering gifts for your loved ones, don’t forget to link your account to SWMS PTSA’s Amazon Smile! Amazon will donate a percent of your purchase to our PTSA so we can continue to support our school! Click on THIS LINK and choose “PTA North Carolina Congress SW Guilford Middle School PTA”. Then start shopping- it is that easy!


*SWMS SWag- *Check out all our new SWag!!!!

Buy some SWag items to show our school spirit!! The link to shop can be found directly on our PTSA website ( http://swmsptsa.my-ptsa.org) as well as our school website!


*PARTNERSHIPS: We have the BEST business partnerships in the district! THANK YOU to our business sponsors - Chapman Homes and Property Consultants-Keller Williams Realty, Edible Arrangements, Sheetz, Triad Martial Arts Family Training Center- Also a huge THANK YOU goes to our donors- Dennis and Deborah Ergle, and Richard Tanenbaum! WE APPRECIATE YOU!!#Oursponsorsanddonorsrock

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YEARBOOKS FOR SALE!

The SWMS 20-21 Yearbooks are NOW on sale! Please see the link below for information on purchasing 8th grade Ads, purchasing your child's yearbook as well as how to share pictures with us so that they can be used in the yearbook!


Yearbook Info:


Early Bird ordering has been extended through April 17th! Order a yearbook to day to get your Early Bird pricing! For more information, as well as a QR code for easy ordering, check out the 2020-2021 Yearbook Flyer.


Don't miss out on this opportunity!


We have moved our shipment date until the summer so that we can include as much as we can from this crazy year inside the yearbook! While this year has been very different, we want to make sure we create the best memories for you and your family! Also, students can now upload their own portraits for the yearbook! Check out our eShare Portrait Flyer to see how!


Yearbook Order Center: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/10477


Please don't hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Stephens (johnsok6@gcsnc.com) or Mrs. Kloepfer (kloepfr@gcsnc.com), our Yearbook Advisors!

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COWBOY WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15

OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKDAY- No school for students


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

AWESOME Virtual Learning!: SWMS TRANSITION SCHEDULE: 2021 TRANSITION Schedule

ACADEMICS: There will be NTN math coaching for all math teachers (throughout the day).


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

FLEXIBLE LEARNING DAY- There will be no live teaching sessions. This is an asynchronous learning day for students to have individual/small group sessions with teachers, catch up on missing work, parent/teacher/student conferences, etc. COMING SOON- FLEX DAY 2.0!!

STAFF MEETING- There will be a virtual staff meeting at 8am.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18

AWESOME Virtual Learning!: SWMS TRANSITION SCHEDULE: 2021 TRANSITION Schedule


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19

AWESOME Virtual Learning!: SWMS TRANSITION SCHEDULE: 2021 TRANSITION Schedule

NOTE: Beginning Monday, Feb. 22, we will begin our HYBRID MASTER SCHEDULE: http://bit.ly/3nD1m3h


UPCOMING DATES

Feb. 1-28: Black History Month

Feb. 15: Optional Teacher Workday- no school for students

Feb. 22: BEGIN our 2021 HYBRID MASTER SCHEDULE (for ALL grades): http://bit.ly/3nD1m3h

Feb. 22 and Feb. 23: 6th grade student return (Cohort A)

Feb. 23 and Feb. 25: This was previously scheduled picture days with Lifetouch, but these days will be RESCHEDULED- we will NOT have student pictures on these dates.

Feb. 23: Pink Out Day (in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness)

Feb. 25 and Feb. 26: 6th grade student return (Cohort B)

March 1 and March 2: 6th and 7th grade student return (Cohort A)

March 4 and March 5: 6th and 7th grade student return (Cohort B)

March 8 and March 9: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student return (Cohort A)

March 11 and March 12: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student return (Cohort B)

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