Maneuvering the Middle
Weekly Updates from SMS- June 9
Dear Scranton Families,
As the school year draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we have shared together. It has been a year filled with growth, resilience, and countless moments of achievement for your children.
We are immensely proud of each and every student at Scranton. They have demonstrated remarkable determination and adaptability in the face of unprecedented challenges. Their perseverance in the pursuit of knowledge is inspiring.
We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to you, the families, for your unwavering support throughout the year. Your collaboration and partnership have been instrumental in creating a nurturing and engaging learning environment for our students. Together, we have built a strong community that fosters the holistic development of our children.
As we bid farewell to the current academic year, we encourage you to take the time to celebrate your child's accomplishments, big and small. Whether it is a notable academic achievement, a personal growth milestone, or a newfound passion, every success deserves to be recognized and cherished.
As your child transitions to the next grade level or embarks on new adventures, we want to assure you that our commitment to their well-being and academic excellence remains unwavering.
Please remember to take some time this summer for rest, rejuvenation, and quality family moments. Encourage your child to explore their interests, read books, and engage in meaningful experiences that broaden their horizons.
Thank you for entrusting us with your child's education. We wish you a relaxing and joyful summer break.
With warm regards,
Mr. Borg and Mr. Renner
A Message from Mr. Borg
As you may have heard, I recently made the difficult decision to return to the classroom after 13 years as an administrator. I wanted to let you all know that I am pleased to share that I will be continuing to work at Scranton next year. Prior to my principal days, I spent 10 years as a special education teacher and am very excited to be returning to the field of special education. Specifically, I will be partnering with the very dedicated and talented Mrs. Nicole Forte to lead our program for students with cognitive impairments.
I am very much looking forward to continuing my work with Mr. Bill Renner and Mr. Cody Rudolph. I also want to thank Dr. Outlaw and his team for being so supportive of me and my family. Lastly, I want to thank all the staff members, families, and students for their support over the years and for their kind words and well wishes these last few weeks.
Work Hard. Be Kind.
!! End of Year Medication Pick-Up !!
Student medication(s) must be picked up by dismissal time on June 14th.
Controlled medication(s) must be picked up by a parent/guardian on file.
Any medication not picked up will be discarded.
8th Grade Clap Out - Wednesday, June 14
Parents attending the Clap Out will be invited to begin lining the fence along the track beginning at 10:45 on Wednesday, June 14.
Parents are free to gather in the rear of the building and do not need to check in at the office.
- 8th Graders will be called out by class to start lining up in the back courtyard starting at 11:10
- Students will begin the Clap Out at approximately 11:20 by walking around the track. Students will reenter the building and be clapped out by the 7th Graders and staff before exiting out the main doors.
- Once students exit the track, parents are encouraged to head to the parking lot and await their students for dismissal.
- If parents would like to re-gather for photos we ask that they wait in the parking lot until busses are loaded and depart.
Students who are waiting for pictures are free to wait with their classmates in front of the school until busses depart and their parents rejoin them for pictures.
At the end of the Clap Out, 8th Graders will be dismissed to the front of the building where they will do one of the following:
- Leave with their parent.
- Wait to board the bus.
- Wait for their parent to rejoin them for pictures after busses depart.
We kindly request that there are no early dismissals on Tuesday for the 8th grade field day.
Does Your Student Ride the Bus?
As we wind down this school year, just a couple of reminders for our bus riders:
- Please start taking home items from your locker before the last day of school. Everything you bring should fit on your lap.
- NO guest riders after school.
- No glass items.
- No animals or "classroom pets".
Scranton's Handbook Highlight
We believe that enforcing a dress code policy is crucial for maintaining a positive and focused learning environment for all students. We kindly request your support and cooperation in upholding these guidelines.
The purpose of our dress code is to promote a respectful and conducive atmosphere where students can concentrate on their studies and feel safe and comfortable in their school environment. We have outlined the key points of our dress code policy, and we would like to emphasize their importance:
Disruptive Clothing: Dress or grooming that is disruptive to the educational process is not permitted. This includes excessively revealing or distracting attire that may divert attention from academic pursuits.
Prohibited Endorsements: Clothing or accessories endorsing tobacco, alcohol, or other controlled substances are strictly prohibited on campus. We believe it is essential to maintain a healthy and substance-free environment for our students.
Footwear and Hats: Proper footwear must be worn for safety reasons. Hats are allowed in hallways and common spaces and are at the discretion of the teacher in classrooms. We encourage students to follow these guidelines while respecting the teacher's decision in the classroom.
Decency and Respect: Our administration and staff interpret and enforce standards of decency, which are intended to ensure an atmosphere of mutual respect among students and staff members. Maintaining a sense of dignity and propriety is paramount to nurturing a positive learning environment.
Appropriate Attire: Halter tops, mesh shirts, midriff-exposing shirts, tank tops, short skirts, short shorts, shorts with slits or cutoffs, and other types of suggestive clothing are not permitted.
Undergarment Coverage: Exposing undergarments, including over leggings, is not allowed. We believe it is essential to maintain modesty and uphold a professional atmosphere within our school community.
By adhering to these dress code guidelines, we aim to create an environment that fosters respect, focus, and an appreciation for appropriate dress and grooming. We firmly believe that maintaining these standards will contribute to an enhanced educational experience for every student.
We kindly request your assistance in reinforcing these guidelines with your child. Encourage conversations about the importance of appropriate attire and the impact it has on their education and the overall school environment. Together, let us instill values of respect, self-expression within appropriate boundaries, and a commitment to academic excellence.
BAS Parenting Supports
The county launched a program to offer free parent coaching through the Cook Foundation. As we all navigate the daunting but amazing role of being a parent, this is a resource that we could lean on for support and/or advice. If you are at all interested, this link will remain on the district's main page through the remainder of the school year. Parent Coaching Sign-up Link
Mental Health and Wellness
As a district we are increasing our efforts to support the Mental Health and Wellness of our students, families and the community by focusing on Relationships, Student Wellness, and Increasing a Mindset for Learning and Growth. Each week we will share a Tip/Resource.
Additional resources and information can be found on BAS Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on our BAS Wellness & Mental Health website.