Robertsville Review

September 4th Edition

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Message form the Administration

It continues to amaze me how fast our school year continues to move. We are now just three weeks away from the end of our first term. If you have not already done so, I strongly urge you to check with your student on their grades. At this point, the grades showing in Canvas are going to be the most up to date. We are really encouraging our students to stay up to date on their assignments, in particular their virtual learning assignments. Our teaching staff has worked very hard to try to make the presentation of these assignments very clear and manageable for our students, while they are working from home. However, in order for us to offer your students a full year of learning, each day must be a school learning day. Thus, it is critical that students are logging in each day to attend to their classes. We have found that establishing a firm routine and structure for students while they are home is critical for their success.


We are very thankful for the support of the RMS families during this year, and we are working to continually improve our process. I would encourage you also to reach to the school administration with any questions or concerns.


Thank you and as always-Climb the Mountain!


Kirk W. Renegar-Ed.D.

Principal-RMS



UPCOMING EVENTS

Labor Day Holiday

Monday, Sep. 7th, 12am

245 Robertsville Road

Oak Ridge, TN

NO SCHOOL

Football (Home) vs. Lenoir City

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 6:30pm

213 Broadway Avenue

Oak Ridge, TN

Volleyball (Home) vs. Lafollette

Monday, Sep. 14th, 4:30pm

245 Robertsville Road

Oak Ridge, TN

Volleyball (Away) vs. Norwood

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 4:30pm

803 East Tri County Boulevard

Oliver Springs, TN

Football (Home) vs. Spring City

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 6:30pm

213 Broadway Avenue

Oak Ridge, TN

Football (Away) v. Norris

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 6:30pm

5 Norris Square

Norris, TN

Fall Break

Monday, Sep. 28th, 12am to Friday, Oct. 9th, 11:45pm

245 Robertsville Road

Oak Ridge, TN

NO SCHOOL

CLASSROOM SPOTLIGHT

Meredith Lawson - 6th Grade

Fun facts about the teacher:

I have gone to three different colleges for three different degrees. I am currently in college to get my fourth degree. My husband, Matt, and I have two cats, two dogs, and ten fish. We love to go camping, kayaking, and scuba diving.


Classes taught:

6th Grade ELA


Noteworthy classroom activities, events, PBL's and/or service projects:

This year, we will be doing several PBL projects about the Titanic. Currently, we are discovering showing details and dialogue in Roald Dahl's "Boy: Tales of Childhood". The students enjoyed getting to act out several emotions without using words. We have many actors and actresses at Robertsville!

Michelle Brown - 7th Grade

Fun facts about the teacher:

I was born in Hawaii and have also lived in Germany and Alaska.


Classes taught:

I taught 15 years at RMS as an 8th grade teacher teaching Algebra, Geometry, as well as 8th grade mathematics. I now teach 7th grade mathematics, both advanced and regular


Noteworthy classroom activities, events, PBL's and/or service projects:

In a typical year we are a collaboration classroom where students work in groups from the beginning of the school year working through our Open Up curriculum. Things are a little different this year though.

James Branson - 8th Grade

Fun facts about the teacher:

I have not missed a home University of Tennessee football game in 20 years. I have been to 25 different states in the U.S. I graduate college with two majors, one was Electronic Media Communication the other was a History degree. My wife (Ashley) is a teacher at Woodland and we have 2 kids Emmitt (6) and Avery (2). Emmitt started Kindergarten this year.


Classes taught:

Currently teach 8th Grade U.S. History


At Knoxville Central High School, I taught Government to Sophomores and Seniors and World History for Freshmen.


Noteworthy classroom activities, events, PBL's and/or service projects:

We have been focusing on the the foundation of the colonies and early American history. Students have completed a Create-A-Colony assignment where they planned to build their own colony. This allowed them to realize the planning and development of a colony along with utilizing resources to succeed.

UPDATES

Picture Information

Prepaid picture orders have arrived!


  • Students who prepaid on picture day or who ordered online will receive their picture orders in homeroom on Thursday and Friday. Everyone else will receive a proof with instructions for ordering online.
  • Students who turned in prepaid orders AFTER picture day likely will not get their orders in this batch; they will arrive later.
  • Prepaid orders and proofs for ConnectOR students are available in the front office.
  • If you have questions about pictures, please contact Lauren Mayes (lemayes@ortn.edu).

Football Updates

The Robertsville Football team played Clinton Middle School on August 27th. Robertsville won by a score of 14-0. Dai Dai Anderson had a standout performance while scoring two touchdowns. Albert Johnson ran the ball well and also recorded a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Casen Jenkins caught several passes and intercepted a pass on Clinton’s first drive that lead to a Robertsville touchdown. Jayden Earley played well on the offensive line, while Tyler Phillips lead the defensive line with several tackles. Robertsville’s future schedule includes at CAK on September 3rd, home against Lenoir City Middle School on September 10th, home against Spring City Middle School on September 17th, at Norris Middle School on September 24th, at Fort Loudon Middle School on September 30th and at Blankenship against Jefferson for the City Championship on October 8th.

PTSA Meeting

The Robertsville PTSA will host its monthly general meeting virtually on Tuesday, September 8 at 4:30 PM. We will be hosting the meeting virtually through Zoom. In order to receive the link for the meeting, you must first register by emailing rmsorptsa@gmail.com. You must identify yourself by full name and offer a valid email address to register. All registrations must be received prior to 12:00 PM on Monday, September 7. We have a great parent support organization and we would ask that you please consider supporting our school through their work.

RMS Parent Support Hour

Mr. Quarles, our in-house Instructional Technology Coach, will be offering a Parent Support Hour on Tuesday, September 7th from 3:00-4:00pm in the Robertsville Auditorium.


Please sign-up using the link below.


There are only 50 slots are available so we can properly social distance.


This will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions about Canvas, Skyward, Clever, and other virtual learning resources. This session will be geared towards beginners, but all are welcome.

ConnectOR Middle School Parent Update

Dear Middle School ConnectOR parents,


We are a week into having FLVS loaded and students are showing strong engagement with the software. While we all become increasingly familiar with online learning, we will continue to monitor the phone hotline and email throughout the day: 425-5777 and connectORms@ortn.edu . For parents, these are the fastest way to get information during school hours. Your comments and questions on the hotline allow us to improve our service to students.


Middle School parents phone survey: we did our first parent phone survey this week. We will do this survey each week with a non-repeating group of parents. The results are summarized below:


Question 1: technical issues?

· Concerns regarding internet access at child-care locations.

· Issues with computers not holding a charge

· Concerns about attendance buttons


Questions 2: what has gone well?

· Once past the learning curve, FLVS content and being online is good.

· Spending more family time together- parents more involved in schoolwork.

· Teacher responsiveness to student questions

· Parent emails returned quickly by staff

· The use of due dates by some teachers (Mr. Tillman specifically)


Question 3: largest struggle?

· Getting students out of bed (not being in school routine)

· Figuring out which assignments to work on first; self-pacing

· FLVS hard to follow with many classes, especially with APEX included.

· Not hearing from all teachers


What we have been working on this week:

· Number of students having difficulty engaging with assignments or turning in work was cut in ½ from last week.

· There has been a significant improvement with accessing Zooms this week.

· Teachers having zoom links on assignment pages, home pages and/or announcements has help students find them.

· Links are clean and accurate.


Based on parent, student and staff feedback:

· We are offering one on one family help sessions on software navigation. This is both for parents and/or students. Please call or email for an appointment at 425-3151 or email DHatmaker@ortn.edu . See attached Flyer for additional details.

· Student calendars inside Canvas have due dates for all assignments to help students budget their time (or parents budget their time 😊) during the week.

· Grading practices and late work policies are attached. This will help with consistency from course to course.

· While there has been very few issues with students behavior, the Code of Conduct is attached for your reference. Please note that individual teachers may have additional expectations during their zooms.

· The ConnectOR homeroom canvas pages will go live soon. These homeroom pages are depositories for schedules, zoom links, Q&A lists, videos, and general information. Our intent is for one stop shopping for parental information.

4-H is Starting

See the flyer below for details.
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Historic Proclamation Passed by Oak Ridge City Counsel

Oak Ridge-85 Students Day


In August the Oak Ridge City Council passed a historic proclamation honoring the courage and resolve of the Oak Ridge-85 Students as well as the key role played by DOE:NNSA in Oak Ridge's landmark 1955 school desegregation.


Please see the attached documents for more information. The former RMS students are highlighted.

USEFUL INFORMATION

ConnectOR Student Information

Families–are you looking for resources for ConnectOR and virtual learning?


The District site has information on:


  • meal service options for Virtual Learning Days and ConnectOR students
  • instructions for Oak Ridge Public Library curbside printing services
  • Canvas video tutorials, overviews and FAQs
  • technology troubleshooting
  • family remote learning tools
  • supply lists
  • Virtual Learning handbooks

Lunch Information for Virtual Students

We also want to remind families that all of our virtual students on ConnectOR or students coming in-person on their virtual days may still receive lunch at school every day. We would ask that you follow the directions listed below:

  • Parents ordering meals should send an email to the school where you will be picking up all your meals.
    • The cut-off time for ordering meals is 8:30 pm the night before meals are to be picked up.
  • A parent can pick up meal(s) at any school, but they need to include in the email:
    • Each student’s name
    • The school each student attends
    • Each student’s ID number, and
    • Whether each student wants a hot or a cold lunch.
  • Lunch pickup is 9:15-9:45 AM beside the cafeteria in the front bus loop

IT Support Services for All Students

Support Tickets

Support tickets can be submitted online at support.ortn.edu. If your machine will not turn on, call (865)-425-9039.

If you have questions about submitting a support ticket, you can find a tutorial here.


*Note: when submitting a support ticket, please include your building when requested.


New Support Hours

Our support hours have changed this year to accommodate both in-person and Connect OR/online learning. Hours are listed below:


In-Building Support
M, T, TH, F
7:30 - 9:30 AM and 1:00 - 3:00 PM
W
7:30 - 8:30 AM and 1:00 - 2:00 PM


Connect OR/Online Support
M, T, TH, F
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 3:00 - 4:30 PM
W
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 - 4:30 PM

Comcast Internet Service

Please see below for assistance with high speed internet:



To provide additional support to individuals, students, and families, Comcast recently announced several updates to help keep our communities connected. (Please click the links below for additional information.)

· Comcast will continue to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible Internet Essentials customers. Originally set to expire on June 30, the free offer will now be available through the end of this year. In addition, Comcast will continue to waive, through the end of the year, the requirement that customers not have a past due balance with Comcast to qualify for the free offer.

o We are also looking to enter into partnerships with local school districts and community organizations to sponsor the cost of service for those families who could not otherwise afford it


· Comcast will extend free access to its 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2020.


Click here for an Internet Essential flyer that can be shared with partners. For more information regarding WiFi hotspots or to locate one near you, please visit https://wifi.xfinity.com/.

Oak Ridge Schools COVID-19 Information

We want to make sure that our students and families understand that we are here to support during this unprecedented time in our history. Click the link below to stay up-to-date with information on COVID-19 from Oak Ridge Schools. You will find information on the Reopening Plans, ConnectOR, Communicable Disease Protocol, and much more.

Information on Canvas

What is a Learning Management System? A Learning Management System (LMS) is a way to simplify teaching and learning by connecting the digital tools teachers, students and parents use into one place.


Why are teachers in Oak Ridge using Canvas?

Teachers can use Canvas to:

Receive and grade student assignments, discussions, and quizzes.

Easily align assignments and rubrics to standards and/or learning objectives.

Provide students with written, audio, or video feedback and multiple revision/submission opportunities.

Organize all work and course-related events into one, drag-and-drop calendar.

Push course notifications to students via email and text.


Why might a student benefit from working in Canvas?

Students can use Canvas to:

Access class materials (calendar, assignments, quizzes, etc.) online using any device or any browser.

Track their progress through ongoing teacher feedback tools.

Receive course announcements, grade notifications, etc. instantaneously on their preferred device(s).

Easily collaborate with peers and teachers.


Why might a parent benefit from using Canvas?

Canvas Parent accounts enhance the potential for parents to engage in their children's education.


Parents can review upcoming or past assignments, check on grades, and receive alerts for student activity.

Submitting Work in Canvas

We want to take this time however to share with you a few key tools for parents when looking at Canvas. One concern that is often expressed by students, teachers and parents is when students say, "I did that assignment, but I can't find it" or "I didn't know it was due" or "I lost it in my files". The video series presented by Mr. Fowler from JMS is designed to help parents and students learn more best practices for using digital tools like Canvas. The video below is designed specifically to help students and parents understand how to use Canvas better specifically on submitting assignments.

RMS Counseling Needs

Our school counselors will be available via email at kbest@ortn.edu or tasanford@ortn.edu

About Robertsville Middle School

Robertsville Middle School Vision Statement:

To be a great school


Mission Statement:

Every child will be successful


Belief Statement:

  1. We believe all students can grow academically.
  2. We believe in a safe and secure learning environment.
  3. We believe that our school culture is built on respect.
  4. We believe in teacher collaboration in conjunction with community resources to provide students support.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Main Office: 865-425-9201

Counseling Center: 865-425-9202

Library & Computer Help Desk: 865-425-9153

Instructional Technology Coach: 865-425-9214

Cafeteria: 865-425-9235

Clinic: 865-425-9196


Fax Numbers

Main Office: 865-425-9247

Counseling Center: 865-425-9236


Administration Email

Principal Kirk W. Renegar-kwrenegar@ortn.edu

Vice Principal Christy Free-ccfree@ortn.edu

Dean of Students Mark Garrison-mgarrison@ortn.edu

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