Sartartia Middle School 10.3.20
ALL FACE TO FACE STUDENTS REPORT TO SARTARTIA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Dear Jag Families,
I hope this message finds you and your family doing well, and that you enjoyed our beautiful weather over the weekend.
We are looking forward to welcoming our students next week, October 5-9, and we are continuing to build schedules for all our middle school students returning to our campus as well as all students who are going to remain online. I want to clarify a typo in a previous email: ALL FACE-TO-FACE SARTARTIA STUDENTS WILL REPORT TO SARTARTIA MIDDLE SCHOOL ON THEIR RESPECTIVE DATES BELOW.
As Dr. Dupre has previously communicated, building schedules is a significant effort that has had to be done manually this year in order to address the dual learning platforms, and we are working diligently to support our students during this transition.
As a reminder, students will return according to the schedule:
6th grade: Monday, October 5
7th grade: Wednesday, October 7
8th grade: Friday, October 9
Our Face-to-Face 6th grade students new schedules will be available to view in Skyward Family Access on Sunday. The schedules for ONLINE Only 6th grade students AND all 7th and 8th grade students will be delayed until Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
While we continue to develop schedules for all students at Sartartia Middle School, our students who are online will be attending class asynchronously Monday and Tuesday. It is critical for students to complete the asynchronous learning activities on Monday and Tuesday to ensure accurate attendance for both days. Students will receive information from their current teachers by Sunday evening regarding the asynchronous learning they will be engaged in Monday and Tuesday. Should your student have any questions, please have him or her reach out to their current teacher.
Please be assured that we will be prepared to welcome our students who selected face-to-face learning on their identified phase-in date. Normally in the first two weeks of the school year we have some changes as we balance classes and adjust teacher loads, and this re-beginning will be no different. Some students may have a change in the first week or two as we work through the normal process.
This newsletter contains the following topics:
- Standard Operating Procedures: Returning to Campus this Week
- Face-to-Face Learning Model Relaunch Parent Orientation
- PTO Jag Cash Drive
- SMS Yearbooks & Spirit Wear
- Nominate a Teacher/Staff Member of the Month
- Student of the Week
- Athletics Updates
- Counselor Corner
- PSAT Request
- SMS Library Updates
We continue to ask for grace and patience as our plans take shape. Thank you for your time and support of our school. Our priority is to serve our community in the best way possible.
With Jag Pride,
Sartartia Middle School
RETURNING TO CAMPUS THIS WEEK?
Due to building construction, bike riders should not use the driveway for the bus ramp to access the bike racks. Bike riders should instead use the sidewalk between the Kids r Kids daycare and the SMS building and come around the back of the building to park and secure their bikes. Thanks for you cooperation in keeping all bike riders safe!
NO LUNCH DELIVERIES
Students have the option of bringing their own lunch to school or purchasing their own lunch daily. Out of an abundance of caution while the District operates under pandemic operating procedures, no outside food (pre-packaged or homemade) for students may be brought into schools by delivery from parent/guardian or external vendors. This also includes no outside food for class birthday celebrations (i.e. cupcakes, cookies, etc.). Cross-contamination and the possibility of a person touching another person’s portion is too great of a risk regarding the spread of Covid-19. If a student forgets their lunch at home, they may receive a meal from the cafeteria. These will be free of charge through December. Beginning in January, students will be allowed to charge the meal to their account. Visitors will not be allowed to eat meals with students on campus.
Sartartia Middle School Relaunch Plans
SMS PTO Jag Cash Drive
STUDENT OF THE WEEK
7th grader Rakin Momin has been nominated as our SMS Student of the Week! Rakin has been nominated by teachers for being an effective communicator in his classes. He is always one of the first to participate in discussions and he is always happy to share his ideas and with his class. His teachers say that he is an integral part of the collaborative classroom as he encourages and supports his peers with his leadership.
Nominate a Teacher/Staff Member of the Month
SMS Spirit Shirts
Do you need a new SMS short sleeved shirt to add to your wardrobe?! We've got the shirt for you! Our cheerleaders are selling SMS spirit shirts for $15. Proceeds from the shirts will be used to buy a new mascot costume and support SMS Cheer. You can order shirts online HERE.
2020-2021 SMS Yearbooks
Football Parent Meeting
SMS Athletic Dept Fundraiser
The Sartartia Athletic Department is raising money for items that our current budget cannot afford at this time. As you know or may not know, both gyms have just been reconstructed, and on the football field we have a brand-new track. We are in need of items such as: record boards for the gym, windscreen for the tennis courts and football field bleachers, decoration cups for the fence, and a water-trough system. We are currently using the RevTrak system, so all you have to do is click on this link to donate. Please give what you can to a worthy cause and to help spread the Jaguar spirit. Click here to donate.
Transition to Dual Learning Model
Thank you for your patience during this time. Please be advised that every student's schedule will likely change in order to accommodate a new school class schedule that accommodates students returning in person, as well as online learning. Counselors will not be able to accommodate any teacher or period change requests to the new schedules due to the complexity of the school master schedule. We appreciate your understanding.
COURSE LEVEL CHANGES
Below are the steps to follow when requesting a level change (i.e. moving from an academic to Pre-AP course, Pre-AP to academic course or moving out of a high school level course):
- Student/parent will download the "SMS Level Change Form 2020-21" and fill out their portion of the form.
- Ensure all parts of the form are completed (i.e. a meeting/conversation between the teacher and parent must have occurred before the form can be submitted).
- Students will then save the document “Level Change – student name” so that the information filled out in the form saves, and then student will email the form to their teacher (if any portion of the level change form has not been completed, teachers may send the form back to the student to complete).
- Teachers will fill out their portion, save and send the form to the counselor to review and process.
- Upon approval or denial of your request, you will receive an email from your grade level counselor with information on the change.
As always, if you have any questions, you can email your student’s counselor directly and we will set up a time to talk to you. Additionally, should your student need to speak with their counselor they can use the request to see the counselor form here:
8TH GRADE - REQUEST FORM
7TH GRADE - REQUEST FORM
6TH GRADE - REQUEST FORM
Thank you so much for everything you are doing for your child. Stay safe and healthy!
We wish you all well during this time.
The SMS Counseling Team
As staff works to finalize all schedules, students may see changes in Schoology or TEAMS. We appreciate your continued patience as we finalize schedules.
TIMELY ARRIVAL TO CLASS
- Between 1 and 19 minutes late - students are marked with a Tardy (T)
- 20 minutes and beyond - students are marked with Late (L)
Please ensure your child logs into his/her Microsoft Teams synchronous sessions on time. Note that certain classes, such as high school credit classes, could have a denial of credit issued due to chronic tardies (T) and lates (L).
REMINDER: PSAT REQUEST FOR ONLINE STUDENTS
The PSAT 8/9 is scheduled for December 1st. The deadline for families to complete the request form, if they would like to include their student in the test on our campus, is October 7th.
Use the link below.
(Transportation to and from school on the day of testing, December 1st, must be provided by the "online" family. All Face to Face students will take the PSAT on campus.)
Important Library News for Parents
There are now separate book checkout procedures for face to face students and virtual students. Every student will have a virtual library day. On their library day students will go to the library catalog, Destiny, and place up to two library books on hold. Destiny is accessible through 1Link and directions for placing holds on library books are on the Sartartia website (library and media page) and in the students’ library Schoology course. Teachers also have this information. The week of Oct. 5-9 is our virtual students’ library week to place holds on books. Each ELA teacher has an assigned day for their virtual students to place library books on hold. Virtual students can pick up their new library books on Tuesday, Oct. 13th from 12:30-1:30 OR Thursday, Oct. 15th from 2:30-3:30. Face to face students will have their virtual library week Oct. 12-16. Face to face students will also have a designated virtual library day to go into Destiny and place up to two library books on hold. Those books will then be delivered to their advisory class the week of Oct. 19-23.
Library staff follows the CDC’s guidelines for books, which is a four-day quarantine after books are returned. During the time that books are dormant, they will still appear as “checked out” on your student’s library account. We will not check the books in until the end of the four-day period. Also, prior to book distribution, books may appear as “checked out” on your students’ library account, even if your child has not yet received them. Extra time is built into the check out period so books can be sorted and distributed. Students will still have a two week check out period.
Library staff practices frequent hand sanitization, masks are worn during school and curbside distribution, and gloves are worn for classroom distribution. Curbside books are delivered in bags.
Virtual students can return their library books during curbside pickup or they can return their books early on the library cart that is placed in front of the school daily. Face to face students will return their books in the designated return areas (the commons and the hallway outside of the library). Books will not be returned to classrooms.
This is the plan for the next two weeks. If you have any questions please contact the Sartartia librarian Melannie Boullion at 281-634-6377 or email@example.com. Thank you for your support of our library!
Technology Resource Help
The Technology Resource page on https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/124794 is available for parents/students to obtain help related to technology. There are helpful information on hot topics like password, 1Link, Microsoft Teams etc. You will also find the “Technology Status” section where we post the latest status of technology issues we are aware of.
6th Grade: Passwords for all incoming 6th graders or brand-new students in any secondary grade 6-12th their passwords are FORTBENDSCHOOL+Last 4 of StudentID#. Example: FORTBENDSCHOOL0852.
7th – 12th Grade: All returning 7th and 8th students should continue to use their password they used last year. If they have don’t remember it the will need to reset it in Rapid Identity portal, https://my.fortbendisd.com/. They will need to login with network credentials.
FBISD Tech Support Depots UPDATE as of 9.23.20
Now that the District is moving to a Face-To-Face model we are adjusting the Service Depot model as well. We will have 3 Depots open for service instead of 6 for student IT hardware support. Locations will be staffed Monday – Friday 8:30 – 3:00 with a one hour closure for lunch between 12 and 1 pm. Extended hours coverage will be provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 – 5:30.
Currently, we are projecting to have the following sites remain in service:
TEC Ed Center (Behind DHS), MHS, and AHS.
All other sites will transition by Wednesday 9/23 and will not be in service. The sites to close will be CHS, HHS, DHS, HBMS, and Wheeler FH. Staffing, hours, and locations may change and adjust to the changing needs of our staff and students.
Relaunch Bell Schedules
Grab and Go Meals Available for all Students-Read below for Locations
Fort Bend ISD has received a waiver from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Beginning September 9, Fort Bend ISD will offer free breakfast and lunch meals to all students, regardless of enrollment in FBISD. Meals will be available to student at Grab and Go meals sites, District Learning Centers, and students attending face-to-face learning. As a result of a waiver from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), this program is set to expire on December 31, 2020. FBISD is strongly encouraging all families to complete a Free & Reduced Meals application at www.schoolcafe.com/fbisd.
Meals are available to any student up to 18 years of age, and special education students regardless of age. Each student can receive only one breakfast and/or lunch meal per day. Please note, there will be no a la carte sales at this time.
Meal times will remain the same, with breakfast being served from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students that pick up breakfast between 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. will continue to receive both breakfast and lunch.
Parents can now pick up meals for students, and must provide one of the following documents:
- Student ID cards
- Individual student report cards
- Attendance record from parent portal of Skyward
- Birth certificate for children
Without one of the listed items above, parents will receive meals for the number of students present with them, on foot or in a vehicle.
Grab and Go Meals will be available at 10 locations, listed below:
- Dulles High School (550 Dulles Ave, Sugar Land, 77478)
- Elkins High School (7007 Knights Ct, Missouri City, 77459)
- Hightower High School (3333 Hurricane Ln., Missouri City, 77459)
- Hodges Bend Middle School (16510 Bissonet St., Houston, 77083)
- Kempner High School (14777 Voss Rd, Sugar Land, 77498)
- McAuliffe Middle School (16650 S Post Oak Rd, Houston, 77053)
- Missouri City Middle School (202 Martin Ln, Missouri City, 77489)
- Ridge Point High School (500 Waters Lake Blvd, Missouri City, 77459)
- Travis High School (11111 Harlem Rd, Richmond, TX 77406)
- Willowridge High School (16301 Chimney Rock Rd., Houston, 77053)
Please continue to check the website and social media for any changes to distribution changes.
Click here for the latest updates on everything you need to know for the 2020-2021 school year
Assistant Principals & Counselors
Paul Wells-Assistant Principal
Courtney Border-Assistant Principal
Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal
Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor
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