The Seahawk Scoop

October 5, 2020

Dear Beach Middle Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. We are so excited to welcome back our Option 1 6th grade students on October 8th. If you are a parent of one of those students you should have received an AlertNow on Thursday, October 1, with information regarding the re-opening. A recorded presentation will be sent out tonight to those same families and will also be posted on our website tomorrow. I will host a Q&A tomorrow evening at 6:00 PM for families who have further questions after reviewing the presentation. A link to the Zoom meeting will be included in tonight's presentation.


In preparation for opening, if your child is an Option 1 6th grader, please review the face covering guidelines with them. The guidelines can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.


The grading period for Q1C closes tomorrow. Please have your child check today to ensure that all assignments have been completed and reach out to teachers if there are questions. Report cards will be available in ParentVue on October 13th.


I hope everyone has a great week. Do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can be of any assistance.


#SeahawksSoar


Mrs. Scherr

VBMS PTA Needs Your Help

Covid has put us all in a difficult position. Due to the cancellation of school last year, we were not able to hold elections. As a result, many on the 2019-2020 Board have moved on to High School leaving many openings that need to be filled.

Our PTA works with our Administration to:

 Coordinate Reflections

 Appreciate our Teachers, Staff, Bus Divers

 Energize and Award our students for their academic and other successes

 Provide school supplies and Scholarships

Wheels are moving to ensure that the PTA is working, but we need:


  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Membership Chair
  • Reflections Help: we have one volunteer, but help is needed


A PTA cannot exist without HELP! No experience necessary, we just need heart!

We are all learning as we go…would you a few friends want to be involved with your school and our students? Get to know your administrators and teachers? Be an important contributor to VBMS? Please help!!


We need help NOW! We need to hold elections no later than October 23, 2020.

If you have any questions, or would like information about a position please contact

Kim Votava White at kvot2@yahoo.com or

Mr. Fox at john.fox@vbschools.com.


** A PTA membership form is linked at the bottom of this newsletter.

COVID Self Screening

Parents are asked to review the self screening tool with their child each morning before sending them to school. Help us stay healthy and in school.
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Bus Information for Option One Students

The division's office of transportation has placed your child's bus information inside ParentVue. This information includes specifics regarding bus stop location, bus times and bus number. Instructions on how to access this information are included as attachments below.



Please remember:


  • The information within ParentVue is specific to your child.
  • The assignment of students to a specific bus stop is required for the 2020-2021 school year. This ensures buses are routed with the appropriate number of students on board, and to maintain the safest environment possible for all students and drivers.
  • To review the self-screening questions listed on the attached document.
  • Students may enter and exit the school bus ONLY at their designated stop.
  • To have your child(ren) at the stop at least 10 minutes before the scheduled bus arrival time.
  • Students should walk to the bus using sidewalks (when available) and maintain social distancing guidelines when walking with other students.
  • To ensure your student has a face covering and these face coverings must be worn at all times, including the bus stop.



If you think your child's bus stop is incorrect, please contact the VBCPS transportation office at 757-263-1545. If you do not see any bus stop information in ParentVue please contact your child’s school to request transportation.


Thank you for your continued support of Virginia Beach City Public Schools.


ParentVue Bus stop info
VBCPS self-screening

Bus Tracking App:

Did you know that you can track your child’s bus in the morning and in the afternoon? Virginia Beach City Public Schools' mobile app for bus stop notifications has changed. The new app is called Edulog Parent Portal Lite and can be downloaded for free via the App Store or Google Play.

National Junior Honor Society

Students who qualified for NJHS were contacted in March 2020 before school was dismissed due to COVID-19. Student have access to the application and teacher recommendations in our schoology group. The application deadline has been set for Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 4:30 pm. Questions can be sent to Mrs. Malkowski at Meghan.malkowski@vbschools.com

Middle School Athletics 2020-2021

All middle school sports fall under the auspices of the Virginia Beach Middle School League (VBMSL), whose competition guidelines and formats are aligned with the Beach District (composed of all VBCPS high schools) and the Virginia High School League (VHSL). This past week, the VHSL and Beach District have announced their competition schedules, so it is the VBMSL’s intention to move forward with our sports programs in December 2020.



As with all school programs, athletics guidelines must take into account the impacts of COVID-19 and can change based on the Eastern Region health metrics as part of the VBCPS Fall 2020 plan for the return of students to schools.


Season 1 – December 14 – January 29 (Basketball, Academic Challenge)

Season 2 – February 2 – March 5 (Wrestling, Volleyball, Debate)

Season 3 – March 8 – April 23 (Football, Soccer, One- Act Play, Cheer)

Season 4 – April 26 – May 27 (Baseball, Softball, Field Hockey, Track, Forensics)


Specific information regarding tryouts will be announced at least 3 weeks prior to the beginning of a season.


Sports Physicals: In the meantime, students will need a VBMSL Sports Physical, administered after May 1, 2020 and on file with your school’s Student Activities Coordinator, to participate in any athletic activities for the 2020-2021 school year.


The Middle School Physical Form (must have UPDATED JUNE 2017 in the left corner) must be signed and dated in ink by a parent/guardian.


Use the link below :


https://www.vbschools.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_78010/Image/Students/Athletics%20and%20Activities/Middle%20School%20Sports/ms_form.pdf


-Physical forms are also available at all middle schools or can be found on school websites.



As always, please do not hesitate to contact our Student Activities Coordinator, Mr. John Fox, if you have any questions.

Zoom Log In Tutorials

If your child experiences difficulties logging into Zoom, please review the video tutorials below. Mr. Friedman created videos highlighting two different methods for logging in. If students aren't able to log in after reviewing both of these tutorials, please contact the school at 648-5050.
Student Zoom Account Login
Zoom Login 2

Face Covering Guidelines

As we begin to transition back to in person learning, please review the new face covering guidelines with your child. The attached guidelines are being added to the Student Code of Conduct. Administrators and Teachers will be reviewing this information with students as well. If your child has a medical exemption, please complete the attached form and submit to our school nurse at Ann.James@vbschools.com.


https://virginiabeachms.vbschools.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_110256/File/Students/FaceCoveringExemptionForm.pdf


https://virginiabeachms.vbschools.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_110256/File/Students/StudentFaceCoveringGuidelines.pdf

Virginia Beach Middle School

Office Hours: 8:30 AM-4:50 PM

We are only allowed to accept building visitors by appointment. Please contact the school and we will be glad to help you. Our Security desk is staffed at all times during business hours. If a parent or student needs to just drop something off and not enter the building, no appointment is necessary.