Springton Lake Middle School

Every Student. Every Day. No Matter What.

February 19, 2021

Flexibility is the Name of the Game!

Happy Friday, everyone!

I feel as though I am starting to sound like a broken record...another week...more weather challenges. But, everyone is being so flexible and we have managed to keep learning moving along at a good pace. I am so appreciative of how everyone has been adapting.

We had another Flexible Instructional Delivery (FID) Day on Thursday. Everyone seemed more comfortable and familiar with the expectations this go around. As I did this week, I will continue to send a follow-up email to everyone in the event that the Superintendent has called an FID Day. This email will review the expectations. The most important thing for our students and families to understand is that these are NOT Snow Days. Instead, they are days of school with lessons and assignments that are required. Hopefully, we are nearing an end to the weather challenges!

While there is not too much new to report this week, please take a few moments to review the rest of this newsletter. There are important updates about spring sports and parent-teacher conferences. THANK YOU for taking the time to read this week's newsletter. I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend - stay warm & stay safe!

Spring Sports Update

I am very excited to share with everyone that our administrative team and athletic directors are moving forward with a TENTATIVE plan to offer a traditional season of interscholastic sports for our 7th & 8th grade students! Intramural activities would still be made available to 6th grade students. Our plan for interscholastic supports is contingent upon many variables, including the confirmation of other schools to compete with us. At present, our aim is to launch the season with tryouts following Spring Break on April 5th. As we continue to work through the planning, there is one very important thing that our families and athletes should DO NOW - all participants will be required to have a sports physical (dated from June 1, 2020 or later) and complete the PIAA form. Since we did not have a traditional season in the Fall or Winter, the vast majority of athletes will need to do this now. If you submitted your PIAA form last Summer or in the Fall - we have it. Please do not wait until April to plan for a physical appointment. Athletes can not participate, including for tryouts, without a physical and completed form. We are requesting that PIAA forms be submitted by Friday, March 26th (day prior to Spring Break) in order to ensure that athletes can participate on April 5th. Again, this information is TENTATIVE at this point. We will absolutely share more information once details are finalized.

Coming Soon - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, March 10th and Thursday, March 11th. The links to sign-up for an appointment will be included in next week's newsletter. As we did in the Fall, all conferences will be held virtually via Zoom.

8th to 9th Grade Transition & Course Selection

The process of transitioning our current 8th grade students to Penncrest High School for next year is now underway! Mrs. Gilroy will be visiting each student's Language Arts class to facilitate the course request process. Students need to come to these sessions ready to enter their course requests - this includes challenge levels for each course and elective choices (+ an alternate). Mrs. Gilroy shared this meeting schedule with students in Schoology. Parents should continue to refer to email communication from Mrs. Gilroy. For more information, please visit the course selection page on the Penncrest website. Additional questions about the course selection process or the Penncrest academic program may be directed to:

Mrs. Gilroy - 8th Grade School Counselor

Mrs. Eaton - 9th Grade School Counselor

Mrs. Sweeney - Penncrest High School Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs

Support Our School with Rx Fundraising

Do you shop at Rite Aid Pharmacy for your prescriptions or other personal needs? If so, your purchases can also benefit our school. Take a moment to register and allow our school to earn funds each time that you visit your local Rite Aid.

Attendance Expectations - In-Person Cohorts

Students who are enrolled in one of the in-person cohorts are expected to attend in-person on a consistent basis unless there is an approved reason to be at home - i.e. exposure to COVID, quarantine due to travel, etc. Students without an approved reason who do not attend in-person when expected on a consistent basis will be asked to switch to the fully-virtual cohort. The lack of predictability and consistency is very difficult for our students and for our teachers.

If you have an approved reason for your child to work from home on a day that they are expected in-person, PLEASE complete the daily symptom screener so that we have this documented.

If you are concerned for any reason with your child's program - either in-person or fully-virtual and need to discuss a change, please email me directly with your request and I will be back in touch.

Did You Know...

We hope that you enjoy reading each week's newsletter. Understanding that this is a very unusual year of school, we are using this weekly newsletter to share A LOT of important details, updates, and logistics. If there is one communication that you read carefully each week, we sincerely hope that it is this one. In addition to sending it to you via email each Friday - and also sharing a link on our Twitter account, the weekly newsletter is also posted/archived on our website. If you ever need to go back to look for something that you missed, all of the updates are available to you on our website. Again, thank you for reading!

Have You Ordered Your Yearbook Yet?

June may seem a long way off, but production of this year's yearbook is already underway. Students and parents are invited to share photos of what life looks like for you - what learning looks like at home and how you are spending time together as a family. Here are all of the important details...

Purchase this year's yearbook NOW - the pre-order cost is $30. Go to www.jostens.com and click on Yearbooks ---> Buy Your Yearbook and search for our school. Ordering NOW is the ONLY way to guarantee that your child will receive a copy of this year's book.

To share photos for possible inclusion in the yearbook, click here. The user ID is 415963949. Be sure to include the grade level, names of students depicted, and a description of the photo. Submissions will be accepted through February 21, 2021.

Reminder - Lunch is FREE!

Don't forget that the Rose Tree Media School District has been approved to provide FREE meals - breakfast and lunch - to ALL students!

  • ALL students under the age of 18 are eligible for the program.
  • Participation in the free meal program helps to sustain the Food Services Department (and staff) in the Rose Tree Media School District.
  • Participating in this program does not take away from any other family's ability to also participate.
  • The USDA will reimburse the Rose Tree Media School District for the meals provided from monies that were not used last year.
  • For more information, please contact Becky Smith in our Food Services Department.

Planning to Travel Outside of PA? Here's What You Need to Know...

On November 25th, the PA Department of Health amended an Order on travel restrictions that they had issued on November 17th. The amended Order requires that travelers over the age of 11 entering Pennsylvania from locations outside the Commonwealth, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from locations outside the Commonwealth, produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering, unless they receive a negative test result during the 14-day travel quarantine period.

The amended Order requires that students either quarantine for 14 days upon entering Pennsylvania OR take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result. Students can test upon entering PA (the previous Order required a student to get a test 72 hours prior to entering PA). Students must remain home while awaiting test results. A rapid antigen test or a diagnostic PCR test may be used to meet the testing requirement. Upon receipt of a negative test result, the student can begin attending school. Parents who elect to not have their child tested must keep their child out of school for the full 14-day quarantine period which begins the day they returned to PA. Individuals who are returning to the Commonwealth after traveling outside the Commonwealth for less than 24 hours are exempt from this testing/quarantine requirement.

COVID-19 Questions & Assistance

Parents & guardians who have COVID-related questions during the school day should contact our School Nurse, Ms. Hartner by email or phone - 610-627-6512. For COVID-related questions after school hours, you can reach a school district nurse. Contact information is located on the RTMSD website under District Reopening, After Hours-Covid Questions and Answers. There is a nurse available in the mornings before school from 5am to 7am, in the evenings during the week from 4pm to 9pm, on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and on Sunday evenings from 4pm to 10pm.

Technology Resources

Need to submit a HELP DESK ticket? Let our Technology Team help!

Need assistance with HAC or Schoology? Contact Mrs. Kelly in the Guidance Department.

The Spartan Scoop - Week of February 15th

Check our this week's editions of The Spartan Scoop.

Monday, February 15, 2021 - NO SCHOOL, Holiday

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Friday, February 19, 2021