Savannah Arts Academy for Visual and Performing Arts
July 28, 2020
A REIMAGINED START AT SAA!
Greetings Parents, Guardians and Students,
For weeks now, it seems like we have been in a holding pattern as we listened to conversation after conversation about what school should look like in August. We heard it from network news, cable news, local news, social media and more. They all continue to have their opinions on what opening school must look like. How teachers and students must behave. How we transport and feed millions of students every day in already crowded schools, where students should physically distance themselves from best friends.
There is no doubt the right decisions were made to dismiss students in March when COVID-19 was taking over the headlines, emergency rooms, and hospital beds. We were all thrown into a whirlwind of "what's next?" and "how are we going to do this?". We did our best to muddle through the remainder of the school year and celebrate the Class of 2020. It was less than perfect.
We now have the opportunity to reimagine what school looks like when students log on to their first block class on Wednesday, August 19. Mistakes will be made; however, this time we've had more than a week to prepare. We have a new Learning Management System (LMS) to assist us. Attendance will be taken. Students will be required to log on. The time has come to create classes that require more than busy work to be submitted and graded. The time has come to create relevant and rigorous classes that will build knowledge, skills, and conversations. We will create virtual environments that support equity and social and emotional learning. Vigorous interaction between our youngsters and the faculty must lead the instruction, the questions, and the learning. Distance learning will no longer be the tool we use for our instructional program. It will drive it.
Until we are face to face again, we will continue to be physically distanced. We will not be socially distanced. SAA will continue to be the lighthouse in the community where faculty and staff will step up to the plate in regards to synchronous online learning, where together we have the potential to be transformative.
SCCPSS officials have been working to put several systems in place to assist teachers with new and transformative practices that will continue to prepare our youngsters for college, the military, world travel, and career readiness. The new Learning Management System (It's Learning) - will require extensive teacher training and training for students and parents as well. This one stop shop will assist in keeping students in one place. It will be up to the teachers to transform teaching and learning. It will be up to parents to support the teachers and guide their children to remain engaged and focused. It will be up to the children to take responsibility of learning seriously and show up. This is a partnership that will require constant communication.
Buckle up! It's going to be a great start to a reimagined year. The only limitation we have are the limitations we place on ourselves. Hope is not a strategy. We will be vigilant and intentional. We need the same from you.
- · Virtual Open House - full school - date TBA
- · Virtual Open House for freshman and new students - date TBA
- · It's Learning - new Learning Management System (LMS) training for students and parents
- · A/B Day Schedule
- · 4 Block Schedule (Example - first block 8:15-9:15AM required student/teacher online)
- · Make sure parent/student information (address changes, phones, email, etc.) is up to date in Power School. Contact Matilda Salaam at email@example.com.
- · Sign-up for SchoolCash (new online payment for dues, field trips, etc.)
- · Technology Survey - complete the link below.
YEARBOOK (DROP-OFF) DRIVE-THRU
If you purchased a 2020 Yearbook, you may pick it up during your scheduled time. This will be a curbside drive thru only service. Building entry and on campus socialization/gathering will NOT be permitted.
Wednesday, July 29th 8:00-12:00PM
- 8:00-10:00AM Last names beginning with A-L
- 10:00-12:00PM Last names beginning with M-Z
Thursday, July 30th 1:00PM-4:00PM
- 1:00-2:30PM Last names beginning with A-L
- 2:30-4:00PM Last names beginning with M-Z
Friday, July 31st 8:00AM-12:00PM
- 8:00-10:00AM Last names beginning with A-L
- 10:00-12:00PM Last names beginning with M-Z
- Drive-thru will take place on the 49th street bus ramp. Please drive up to the ramp from the east side of the school (Waters Avenue side).
- If you owe for a yearbook, please contact Mr. Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Textbooks, chrome books, novels, and any thing that needs to be returned to school may be dropped off during the drive-thru.
- Only student or parent may pick up the yearbook. You may not pick up a yearbook for a friend.
- Students will not be allowed to get out of cars.
- If a student needs to pick something up from the school building. You must call the school and schedule an appointment - 912-395-5000. All safety protocol will be require (list of answered questions, temperature check and mask).
- This is the ONLY time scheduled to pick up your yearbook. If that does not work, email Mr. Lockley at email@example.com.
CERTIFICATE OF ENROLLMENT and ADAP
CLASS OF 2021 SENIOR WALK
As for details of the Senior Walk - we have some answers!!
- What time should we arrive at school? 6:45-7:00AM
- Where does the walk take place? Parents/students gather at Tiedeman Park across from SAA
- Will we be required to social distance? Most likely
- Will parents and students be required to wear face coverings? Most likely
- Will there be a Red Carpet? Parent decision
- Will there be food and refreshments? Parent decision
- Will there decorations and balloon arches? Parent decision
- Who hangs the senior poster after the walk? A group of parents hangs the posters in the cafeteria after the walk. The posters remain for about three weeks before they start to fall.
- How long does the Senior Walk last? About 5 minutes - Walk the center sidewalk from Tiedeman Park, cross Washington Avenue and in the building to your homeroom advisor.
We are looking for a core group of senior parents to work with Mr. Fortson, Mr. Williams and the administration as we plan for senior events throughout the school year. If there are a group of parents who would like to coordinate the Senior Walk with the administration and the Senior Advisors, please contact Mr. Lockley via email.
WHEN STUDENTS RETURN TO THE SCHOOL BUILDING
MORNING AND AFTERNOON ROUTINES
Students are allowed to enter the building at 7:00AM each morning and report to the auditorium. All students are REQUIRED to be in first block class at 7:40AM or be marked tardy. Every time a student enters the classroom after the tardy bell, the teacher has to play catch-up. Don't let this be your child!
Students must leave campus each afternoon promptly by 3:00PM. Currently, all extra-curricular activities, clubs, and rehearsals are cancelled until further notice.
Student schedules will be sent home via US Mail later in July. We will notify parents/students when schedules will be available through PowerSchool. There will be a specific process to request a schedule change. Students will complete a google form that will go directly to the Student Services Department. Requests are not guaranteed. Please DO NOT email your counselor or call the school secretary with schedule changes. You will be directed to complete the google form. This slows the process. All schedules are finalized after the 20th day of school.
WASHINGTON AVENUE ONLY - Please do not drop off or pick up on 49th Street or the Atlantics. There is NO PARKING on Washington Avenue heading East or West between 7:00-8:00AM.
**Orange Traffic Cones will line the sidewalks indicting drop-off areas. Absolutely no parking in front of orange cones. Students must be ready (no fixing hair, finishing breakfast, checking homework, getting dressed, making after-school plans, etc.). Traffic is busy on Washington Avenue. Traffic monitors and the School Resource Officer will run two lanes of traffic in the morning.
DRESS CODE – RELAXED UNIFORM POLICY - See Below
BACK PACKS/BOOK BAGS
As required by the SCCPSS Board Policy: Clear plastic or mesh book bags. All athletic gear requires mesh or clear plastic bags.
Each student will be assigned a locker by his or her advisor if interested. The location of lockers is determined by advisor. Locks must be acquired from the school. Locks from any other source are prohibited. Students are not required to have a locker - most do not.
ELECTRONIC USE POLICY
Cell phones and electronic equipment are allowed. Cell phones are to be turned off or silenced during the school day. Unless the classroom teacher is allowing phones to be used for instructional purposes they will be stored during class. Details concerning the proper use of electronic equipment such as iPads and laptops can be found in the 2020-2021 SAA Student/Parent Handbook. Homeroom advisors will thoroughly review the policy with students. The Personal Electronic Use Procedures Student/Parent Agreement will be sent home to be signed the first week of school.
The use of earbuds or headphones are strictly prohibited on campus during the school day or while in the school building.
ATTENDANCE AND TARDY POLICY
Attendance and tardy issues will be monitored by school administration weekly. Strict guidelines will be followed for students who have chronic tardies and absences.
Students who are not in attendance on days of rehearsals, performances, practices or athletic events will not be allowed to participate. Students must have passing grades in all classes in order to participate.
You will not find the SAA list at Target, Wal-Mart or OfficeMax. Teachers will provide students with a supply list at the **Back to School Open House (date TBA) and/or on the first day of school. Students will need standard supplies such as pens, pencils, large 3 ring- binder notebook with dividers, college rule paper, etc. Other specialty items and fees may be asked/required by the Arts Departments and will be included on the supply list mentioned above.
STUDENT PARKING (fee will most likely change)
Parking permits will be issued early in the year and at the Back to School Open House. Parking Permits are $25.00 for the school year. Students must park in the west parking lot. Student and faculty parking is NOT allowed on Washington Avenue or streets surrounding the school. Please encourage your student driver to be a good neighbor and use the student parking lot.
Breakfast and lunches are served daily. The secondary schools lunch menu is online at SCCPSS.com. Students may bring lunch from home, if desired. There is no charge for breakfast. Breakfast will begin promptly at 7:15AM. Students must eat meals in the cafeteria
All student clubs and honor societies will hold off scheduling any after-school meetings until further notice.
PERFORMANCE, PRODUCTIONS, ETC.
Until further notice, a master calendar with performance and production dates will not be available. This includes all band, orchestra, chorus dance and theatre productions.
CLASS OF 2021 SENIOR PICTURES WILL BE OFF CAMPUS IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER!
Seniors will be able to begin booking Senior Photo Sessions off campus very soon. As a result of COVID-19 the original June and July dates will be rescheduled. We are currently working with our Leonard's representative to secure 5 dates in late August and mid-September. Please be on the lookout for an email from Leonard’s with your Senior access code and instructions on how to book.
The safety of SAA Seniors, their families and the Leonard's Photography staff is our top priority. Information concerning the photo session will be sent via email to parents/students shortly. Students will have a formal and informal picture in the yearbook. Any senior wising to have a cap and gown picture will have the opportunity to do so in April 2021.
KROGER COMMUNITY PROGRAM
Dear Savannah Arts Academy Friends,
Please take a moment to link your Kroger Card to Savannah Arts Academy.
To Use the Kroger Community Rewards Program visit http://www.kroger.com. Once logged into your Kroger account search for Savannah Arts Academy either by name or JD626 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card. REMEMBER, purchases will not count for Savannah Arts until you are registered. Kroger Rewards Cards are available at the customer service desk.
When checking out at your local Kroger, participants must swipe their registered Kroger rewards card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger rewards card when shopping for each purchase to count.
Kroger Community Rewards Department
RISING JUNIOR CLASS RING INFORMATION
As a tradition, class rings are a great way to show both your school spirit as well as document the interests you had during high school. They also show your affiliation and comradery with others and it was because of these types of things that rings were brought into existence in the first place.
The history of class rings, or fellowship rings, can be traced as far back in time to ancient Egypt where certain sects would wear matching rings to show their connection to a particular cause, class or religion.
It was a practice that was then embraced by the Romans. It’s been said that Cleopatra gave Mark Antony a ring which fascinated him so, that he then had similar rings made for his Praetorian Guard, and this was how the idea of fellowship rings spread to the military.
Spring forward in time to 1835 and this is where the modern history and popularity of the class ring begins to unfold. Cadets at West Point were given class rings by the administration as reminders of the school’s values, as well as a symbol of pride for having graduated from such a prestigious institution.
From there, the practice spread to other institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Today, class rings are a common symbol of pride and accomplishment throughout virtually every high school and college.
Of course, today’s class rings offer students the ability to customize their rings far more than previous generations. They are not only available in a wide variety of metals and stone colors, but they also can be individually tailored with the wearer’s name and interests.
In terms of how the class ring is traditionally worn, while the ring finger on the left hand is reserved for a wedding band, the class ring is traditionally worn on the ring finger of the right hand.
Tradition also states that while the individual is still enrolled in classes the school insignia on the ring should appear inward, facing the wearer, and then upon graduation, the ring can be switched with its insignia facing outward for all to see.
It’s your story. Tell it! Your personalized class ring is a reflection of your success—even more, it’s a symbol of your pride and memories. Design and order the custom class ring you’ll wear proudly for years to come, even after graduation!
The Class of 2022 Class Ring Presentation will take place in late August during the school day. Students and parents will be given two dates to order class rings and receive the assistance from a Herff Jones representative.
PROCESS FOR WORK PERMITS
Students under the age of 16 are required to have a work permit in order to work in most businesses. Typically, the work permits for these students are issued at the school. Due to the school closure, students need to apply for their work permit online. Click on the link below to access the Department of Labor Website.
The SCCPSS Designee for Work Permit questions is Ronald Aikens. His contact information is below: