Buccaneer Newsletter

August 17th - August 21st

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August 16th: Principal's Message

Dear Buccaneer Parents,


Can you believe our young scholars are starting their third week of school? Time is flying and we just want to make sure our students are doing well and getting ahead of their learning.



As a parent, I know how difficult it has been to keep up with all of the messages you get from your student's school. It is challenging to keep track and check your student's homework and their daily assignments. It is even more stressful to see your kids display frustration because they do not understand the assignment or the curriculum. I have two boys, one in high school and one starting university tomorrow. I need to be very understanding. Even though they one is in high school and one is starting college, I know that they need parental support more than ever. Even if they do not want our questioning or our meddling; this is the time to be more involved in their learning experience.


Please check on your student's work. More than ever we need to be vigilant and helpful. We do not want them to get behind on their work. Distance learning can be challenging for our students but with the support of our teachers and parents we can help them experience success.


Our scholars should be getting into routines: they should be logging in to class every day, completing and turning in assignments, and asking questions when they do not understand the curriculum being presented. We will be working on providing additional support through virtual tutoring a couple of days a week. More information will be forthcoming.


We will be having a virtual parent meeting this Friday from 8:30 am to 9:30 am for those of you can make it in the morning and another meeting from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm for those who can make it in the afternoon. We hope you can join us. We will be sending links to these meetings later this week.


Thank you for being our partners in education!


Julissa

Possible Power Outages in our Area

As you probably might have already heard, there might be some possible power outages in our area tomorrow, August 17th. Our district is aware and is working on sending our some communication to our families.


I just met with our teacher representatives and our Buccaneer staff will be flexible as we deal with curtailment events. In the mean time just know that in the case of a power outage, we will accept work as proof of attendance. If students are able to access the work that needs to be turned in and they turn it in a day later, that will be accepted as participation and attendance.


Once again, we are in communication with SDGE and hope to be able to support our families as we deal with these events that are out of our control.


For more information on possible power outages, please visit the website below.

A Message from ASB

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THE ROADMAP: OUR VISION, BELIEFS, AND GOALS

SUHSD's Mission, Beliefs Statements, and LCAP Goals

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Southwest Middle School's Mission Statement

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Our Distance Learning Schedule

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Buccaneer Teams

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When will our virtual after school program, HYPE, start?

Our Virtual HYPE Before and After School Program went live on Google Meets through Google Classroom on Monday, August 10, at 2:30pm. Because our program is open to all SOM students, I will be sending all students an invite through Google Classroom to join our HYPE Classroom. Only students who are planning on participating in HYPE will need to enroll in the class in order to access our daily activities and sign in to program.


I sent a message to all students and parents via Jupiter Grades to let them know. I also included our website link (https://bit.ly/southwestmiddlehype) and a link to our HYPE Promo Video: https://bit.ly/hypeaugust2020.

WHAT VIDEO CONFERENCING TOOL WILL MY TEACHERS USE?

Teachers can choose from either Microsoft TEAMS or Google MEET for synchronous instruction. Each teacher will have included this information in their email.


If your teachers are using TEAMS, install TEAMS onto the IPAD by following these directions [link]. Once TEAMS is uploaded, you will be able to see the TEAMS calendar. If your teachers scheduled class meetings, the meeting invite links will be embedded in the calendar. Your teachers may also inform you that she will start a meeting using the Meet Now feature. If so, then you need to check the general chat/post page of the TEAM and you will see the meeting in progress. Click Join and you will be in the teachers’ live sessions.

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WILL I BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS OR LIVE SESSIONS?

Yes. As a member of all your classes, you will be required to join the synchronous sessions because your teachers will record attendance from the live sessions. They can instruct in the live session for up to 45 minutes. For the first week, they may take it a little slower for adjustment and may end the session earlier than the 45 minutes. If you are kicked out because of connectivity issues, log right back in. If you keep getting kicked out, please email your teachers right away so that they do not mark you absent.

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HOW DOES ATTENDANCE WORK?

Teachers will be taking attendance during live sessions during all periods including advisory. Both Google Meets and TEAMS collect attendance, which teachers will download and record on Infinite Campus on the same day. Just like if you were on campus, anyone who is marked absent will receive a robocall from the district reminding your parents to present a note to verify the absence. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to email your teachers and ask what was missed. Alternatively, check your classrooms to see what assignments you need to make up.

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AM I EXPECTED TO FOLLOW THE SAME BEHAVIOR POLICY AS IF I WERE IN SCHOOL?

Yes, all school rules apply in distance learning. It is important that you follow all behavior expectations that your teachers will teach you. We call this Netiquette. Below are two sets of pictures that you need to apply every day when attending your online classes.

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WHAT IF MY CHILD IS BEING BULLIED OR HARRASSED ONLINE DURING AND OUT OF CLASS?

Bullying / Cyberbullying / Harassment are actions that we take seriously. If you or one of your parents report that you are a victim of bullying, we will investigate report or complaint fully. If you are found to have been the person doing said act, you will be given appropriate consequences including suspension and/or expulsion, depending on the severity of the act. Please read the policy below regarding these types of incidents. The question we focus on during our investigation is: What did the student PERCEIVE the action to be?”

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Where can I get help?

Our curriculum and instruction department has created a parent and student page where you can get resources and support for distance learning.
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VIDEO GUIDES FOR HOW TO DOWNLOAD APPS ON YOUR IPAD

HOW TO DOWNLOAD APPS ON YOUR IPAD
COMO BAJAR APLICACIONES EN LA TABLETA

HOW DO I GET FOOD THESE NEXT TWO WEEKS?

We will be distributing food to our SOM students on Tuesday, August 4th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm by the front parking round about. You will need to have your barcode and ID number in order to get your food. Please read the job aides below to access your barcode. Barcodes for each SUHSD student will be required to pick up meals.

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Complete Registration Process

Registration Information/ Información de matriculación

Thank you for your patience regarding the process for registration. With our current situation, all schools had to make adjustments on how to proceed with registration process. It is now time to complete the registration process by submitting the necessary paperwork. Please note, there are different documents required for incoming 7th graders/new 8th graders and those returning 8th graders. Please access our website for further instructions: som@sweetwaterschools.org for links to submit paperwork.

Student Registrations/ Información de matriculación


  • CURRENT Southwest Middle School students and parents can start doing ON-LINE Residency Clearance as long as you have your Infinite Campus Username and Password. For any NEW student registration (new students to Southwest Middle School) please read the information below:


  • Familias que tienen alumnos que ya están inscritos este año, pueden iniciar la verificación de residencia en linea (ON-LINE) sí saben su nombre de usuario y contraseña. Para nuestros nuevos estudiantes favor de seguir las instrucciones adjuntas. Gracias.
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IMMUNIZATIONS: ALL 7TH & NEW 8TH GRADE STUDENTS

California State Law requires that all students entering school show proof of immunization as part of the enrollment process. Per SDCOE, all immunization requirements must be met prior to 1st day of enrollment to public school, virtual or otherwise. We will need our parents/caregivers to submit immunizations prior to 8/3/2020 for all incoming 7th graders and new 8th graders to be able to start at Southwest Middle. Please scan or take a photo of your complete immunization record and email it to the school nurse at MaryAnn.Tamayo@sweetwaterschools.orgor drop off from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm Monday - Friday this week.


La ley del estado de California requiere que todos los estudiantes que ingresen a la escuela muestren prueba de inmunización como parte del proceso de inscripción. La Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego (SDCOE*) establece que se debe cumplir con todos los requisitos de vacunación antes del primer día que alumno asiste a la escuela pública, virtual o de otro tipo. Necesitaremos que nuestros padres /tutores presenten las vacunas antes del 8/3/2020 para todos los estudiantes de séptimo grado y nuevos estudiantes de octavo grado que ingresen a Southwest Middle. Puede enviar el comprobante por correo electrónico a la enfermera de la escuela (sacar una copia o foto) MaryAnn.Tamayo@sweetwaterschools.orgo en puede entrega una copia esta semana de lunes a viernes.

2020-2021 FREE AND REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS

——–How to Apply——–

Online Application


To participate in the National School Lunch Program please complete a Free or Reduced price meal application for your child(ren).


Online applications may be completed on the Parent Portal, which keeps data secure, confidential and ensures that the application is completely filled out. This accelerates the application review process and determination of your child’s eligibility status. You may complete and submit an application here.


>>To learn how to fill out an online application, click here for the Power Point Tutorial.


As of right now, Paper applications are NOT available.


NOTICE: On July 1, 2020 SUHSD increased the Paid Lunch Meal Price to $3.10 and Paid Breakfast Meal Price to $1.90.


Please note: Free, reduced and full paid meals are served using an automated accounting system that protects the privacy of all students.


——–Cómo solicitar——–

Solicitud en línea

Para participar en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares, favor de llenar una solicitud de comida gratuita o a precio reducido para su hijo (a) o sus hijos (as).


Las solicitudes en línea se pueden llenar en el Portal para padres de familia, el cual mantiene los datos seguros y confidenciales y garantiza que la solicitud se complete en su totalidad. Lo anterior acelera el proceso de revisión de la solicitud y para determinar el estatus de elegibilidad de su hijo (a). Puede llenar y enviar la solicitud aquí.


>>Para informarse sobre cómo llenar la solicitud en línea, favor de hacer clic aquí y consultar el tutorial incluido en la presentación en Power Point.


Hasta el momento, NO contamos con solicitudes en papel.


AVISO: El 1° de julio de 2020, SUHSD aumentó el precio del almuerzo a $ 3.10 dólares y el precio del desayuno a $ 1.90 dólares.


Recuerde: las comidas gratuitas, a precio reducido, o que se pagan en su totalidad, se sirven mediante un sistema de contabilidad automatizado que protege la privacidad de todos los alumnos.

Southwest Middle School Website/ Nuestra página de internet

Southwest Middle School's Website

Please refer to this page if you need to contact our administration or one of our teachers. Thank you.

Distance Learning Schedule