Comet Connection

KELLOGG FAMILY NEWS | September 26, 2021

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An Important Message from Mrs. McAndrews

Dear Kellogg Parents,


As the COVID pandemic forges on, I wanted to mention a few things that have been on my mind recently.

  • Thank you for keeping your kids at home when they have symptoms of any kind. Regardless of your view of COVID, we can all agree that keeping kids in school is the #1 goal. If each parent does their part, monitoring their child for symptoms and communicating with the Health Office, we will get through this more seamlessly.
  • Your follow-up communication after quarantine or isolation makes EVERYTHING easier for your family, your child, the Health Office, clerical staff, and teachers! Keep sending the emails and making the calls to discuss symptoms, share results, and stay connected! Our two COVID Coordinators are Nurse Ashley Ray asray@rochesterschools.org and your truly anmcandrews@rochesterschools.org. We WILL respond to your messages to make sure we are all on the same page.


Finally, I would like to be a little vulnerable and ask for your help.

Regardless of your level of frustration, we would really appreciate communication that maintains a respectful and professional tone. We know that the protocols associated with the pandemic can be frustrating at times, but communicating about questions or concerns in a professional manner is critical.

No one signed up for this chapter. When I was little, I never dreamed of growing up to be a contact tracer in a global pandemic, but I show up everyday and make the best of it.

We all do.

Every day.

For your kids, my kids, all kids.

Your patience and respectful communication goes a long way in making everyone's life a little easier.

We WANT to hear your concerns.

We WANT to answer your questions.

We WANT to communicate openly.

When we are met with anger and hostility, it makes this work so much harder than it needs to be. On the other end of the phone or email is a person.

Our commitment is to respond with grace, patience and understanding.

We hope you will do the same.


Working With You,

Angi McAndrews

Proud Principal

Kellogg Middle School

SEVEN SCOOPS!

SCOOP ONE

Yearbooks will be here late October. Between late spring pictures and a couple other hurdles, this is a VERY late delivery of the 20-21 yearbooks. We will be sure to get yearbooks delivered as soon as they arrive!


SCOOP TWO

My best tech advice for parents is always to stay smarter than your kids about tech. As a mom, I know how challenging that can be! To help, I will let you know, from time to time, when we see new or returning patterns surface. Last week, we heard more about an old chat platform called Discord. It seems to be the new place for students to chat virtually. Here's what Common Sense Media has to say about Discord. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-discord


SCOOP THREE

Mitigation strategies in band are tougher than in other places. Between bell covers, modified masks, extra distancing, and all the blowing, we have to be extra careful in these environments. To complicate matters, the district supply of modified masks are on backorder. Our band directors are working to make some arrangements so kids can play outside, but we are at the mercy of suppliers when it comes to traditional rehearsal. Please know that they will be producing music soon! If you have questions, please reach out to your child's director.


SCOOP FOUR

There are two seasons in Minnesota. Winter and road construction.

Road construction season is still with us! Beginning around Oct 11, the Elton Hills Bridge will be out of commission. This impacts some families in terms of bus eligibility. It impacts MANY other families in terms of your route to drop off and pick up your Comets each day. Please plan ahead for an alternative route.


SCOOP FIVE

There has been some confusion about grades in Skyward that we wanted to clear up. Because of Grading for Learning principles, practice work is worth 0% of the grade and summative assessments are worth 100%. Once a grade is entered, the program starts calculating a course grade. 0% of any number of points is zero, so until a summative assessment grade is entered, the grade appears to be an NC (no credit). This is not an accurate reflection of their progress because they have not yet completed a summative assessment.

When reviewing your child's grades, please look for two things:

  • Are they completing practice work to help build their skills for summative assessments?
  • How are they doing on their summative assessments?
If your child has completed a summative assessment and the grade is showing NC, that means they are not earning a high enough score to pass the course (no credit). Remember, students have the opportunity to retake all summative assessments. Have your child reach out to their teacher to make arrangements.


SCOOP SIX

Just a few reminders about Chromebooks

  • Kids should charge them each night and bring them to school each day.
  • If a device is not working properly, students can take it to the Media Center for tech support.
  • If a device is damaged due to neglect (broken screen, missing keys, water damage, port issues, etc.) we will meet with your child to talk about the incident and follow up regarding possible charges for repair. The same is true for a missing device or charger.


SCOOP SEVEN

Can you believe we are already to mid-quarter? By Friday, you should expect a progress report email from each of your child's teachers, giving you a glimpse of their quarter so far. Please reach out to teachers directly with questions about academic progress. If your child is having trouble beyond the academic content, I recommend reaching out to one of our counselors or social workers. Their contact info is listed at the end of each newsletter.

IMPORTANT DATES

SEPTEMBER

  • 27-30 FastBridge Make-Ups
October
  • 1 Q1 Progress Reports sent home (directly from teachers)
  • 1 Flu Shot Clinic
  • 4-8 Homecoming Week
  • 6 Century Spirit Wear for sale during lunch
  • 7 Century Spirit Wear for sale during lunch
  • 8 Homecoming Parade & Game
  • 14 Picture Retakes
  • 14 Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 19 Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 21 Fall Break (no school)
  • 22 Fall Break (no school)
November

  • 4 Last Day Q1
  • 5 Q1 Work Day (no school)

More Comets on Team USA

Can you believe Kellogg is home to ANOTHER Team USA athlete?
6th grader Elliot Su was recently selected for USA Baseball’s 12u national team trials after competing through three rounds of tryouts this summer. He was the only player from the entire Midwest selected.

Check out the official news on Elliot here:
https://www.usabaseball.com/news/topic/general/usa-baseball-announces-2021-national-team-identification-series-selections

Way to shine, Elliot!

(If your Comet has an accomplishment to celebrate, feel free to send me the story at anmcandrews@rochesterschools.org!)

YAYA

If your child is a budding author or artist, you might consider this awesome enrichment opportunity!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oqqS5lecFvp5Gi0eHZRqqs0hwybAsshm/view?usp=sharing

Please contact Ms. Michet, Gifted Specialist, with any questions.

samichet@rochesterschools.org

Essay Contest

The VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest asks students to answer the question, “How can I be a good American?”

Each year more than 165,400 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000!

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.

See English or Social Studies teachers for more information!

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Important Information

BUILDING HOURS
  • 8:05 Doors open & breakfast begins
  • 8:20 Classes begin
  • 3:00 Dismissal
OFFICE HOURS

  • 8:00-4:00.

TECH SUPPORT

  • Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm
  • (800)789-0051

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PAST COMET CONNECTIONS

CONNECT WITH US!

Administration

Angi McAndrews, Principal

507-328-5817 anmcandrews@rochesterschools.org

Mike Widman, Assistant Principal

507-328-5815 miwidman@rochesterschools.org

Teri Linander, Assistant Principal

507-328-5816 telinander@rochesterschools.org

Health

Lori Dietrich, Health Office Nurse, LPN

507-328-5813 lodietrich@rochesterschools.org

Ashley Ray, Licensed School Nurse, LSN RN

507-328-5800 asray@rochesterschools.org

Office Staff

Robyn Davis, Office Manager

507-328-5801 rodavis@rochesterschools.org

Erin Kroc, Registrar & Attendance

507-328-5810 erkroc@rochesterschools.org

Abigail Haglund, Receptionist (morning)

507-328-5800 abhaglund@rochesterschools.org

Amy Clark, Receptionist (afternoon)

507-328-5800 amclark@rochesterschools.org

Support Services

Dan VanWinkle, 6th Grade School Counselor

507-328-5800 davanwinkle@rochesterschools.org

Trish Fierst, 7th Grade School Counselor

507-328-5800 trfierst@rochesterschools.org

Amy Carstensen, 8th Grade School Counselor

507-328-5800 amcarstensen@rochesterschools.org

Akilah Sharif, School Social Worker

507-328-5800 aksharif@rochesterschools.org

Leah Mattern, School Social Worker

507-328-5800 lemattern@rochesterschools.org

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