Sept. 20, 2021
Good Afternoon SIS/SMS Parents,
I hope this quick newsletter finds you and your family healthy and safe. I have a couple items I would like you to be aware of, so I will be short and to the point. I know these continue to be challenging times for all of us. We are working extremely hard to continue to keep in-person learning at the forefront of our decision-making processes. We all know that students learn way more and are more productive when in person. We will continue to meet the challenges we are faced with head on for the good of our students.
Electives For 7th and 8th Graders
Electives this year for our 7th and 8th grade students will be on a wheel. Each elective class will run for approximately four weeks. Your students will participate in nine different electives this year on a rotating basis. The electives are; The Stock Market, Creative Writing, Civics, Science Detectives, Page to Screen, Art, Real World Math, Coding and CTE Engineering. Of course, as always our Band and Choir students will have those two electives as year long options.
Lunch Room Systems
One of the biggest challenges to date with our returning to in-person learning has been the cafeteria systems and processes for safely feeding students. We have students at homeroom tables no closer than three feet apart. However, one of our requirements is that we have to be able to quickly contact trace in the event of a student testing positive for the COVID virus. Because of this, we have now also had to move to assigned seating in the cafeteria in all grade levels fourth through eighth. Please know that this is not how I would like a student's lunch period to be. However, it is a necessary system we must put in place in order to make sure that we only quarantine students that were in close contact, not everyone.
All sixth through eighth grade students have been issued a chromebook for school use. We have issued chromebooks in the same manner that we issue textbooks. It is necessary for a couple reasons. One is if we were to be contacted by Oregon Health Authority or Marion County Health to close, then we need to be able to move to on-line learning as smoothly and quickly as possible. All our teachers have their Canvas accounts up and running, and have been teaching students in class how to access their accounts. Also, our new social studies curriculum is all online, so students needed a chromebook to access their online social studies book.
Please know that when students use a school issued chromebook and their school issued log-in, we are tracking that. We have software support that allows us to see what and when students are accessing school computers. The system notifies us for any unsafe technology issues as well. As parents, make sure your students are changing their passwords from the assigned district password. That keeps other students from being able to access student accounts. If you have any questions with regards to technology, feel free to contact the school and we will be happy to help any way we can.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Please stay safe.