August / September Newsletter

Chestnut TAG Middle School

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Principals Corner

Hello, TAG Students and Families.

As we enter into a new school year, I am more determined than ever to meet the needs of all students, despite the challenges of remote learning. Our administrators spent their summer building systems for remote learning that will make tracking student attendance and participation in classes, more easily monitored by parents. We also invested a great deal of resources and time in strengthening our teachers’ ability to engage students remotely. This year we will have live remote lessons from 7:35 -3:20 (with breaks built in). Students will have the support of live teachers all day while completing their work.

We have mastered software applications that will make a big difference for teachers to be able to monitor students’ live completion of work. In each class we will also have an extra teacher present to help support students in breakout rooms or in navigating technology. Teachers will upload grades twice a week so parents can monitor progress.

We have also established a Primary Person model. While in remote learning, we will not have Advisory because we wanted to optimize academic learning time. But we want to make sure that every student and family has one staff member who they can reach anytime. Your child’s Primary Person will be in touch with you to establish the best ways to communicate with you. This person will be able to assist with any technology challenges your child has, including helping you access a laptop replacement, or for any other questions and supports needed. They will be available at any time during the school day and during after school help hours.

As always, we want your input and feedback on our policies and procedures. To this end we will be hosting a TAG Parent Technology Night Wed, Aug 26th @ 6pm on Zoom, (the link will be at (www.chestnuttag.com) where you can learn and practice navigating the tools your child will use, and tools you can use to monitor their work and attendance this year. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Sincerely,

Declan

Principal Declan O’Connor, Ed.D.

Impact Prep @ Chestnut Middle School

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Chestnut Middle School, Talented and Gifted

Guidance

Welcome back new and returning students. We hope you had a fun and safe summer. We know that you all want to be in school as we were before but due to current pandemic we cannot. We want to be in school with you too, we miss seeing your faces in person daily. But we all know learning has to continue. There will be some changes and we are asking students to adapt to new routines. Never forget that we are here for you and want students to reach out to any adult or the guidance team when in need of help.


We are the ChestnutTag sharks. This year we are introducing new character traits, administrators and teachers are looking for students to learn the new traits and demonstrate them throughout remote learning. Look out for the traits below.


Resources for parents:





Mental Health and Wellbeing https://sites.google.com/arlington.k12.ma.us/mentalhealthandwellbeing/partners?authuser=0


Network Care of Massachusetts:

https://massachusetts.networkofcare.org/mh/


Want to connect with us, take this quick survey:


https://forms.gle/g87HfPGFw5wPdB2f7

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6th Grade Orientation

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 12-1pm

This is an online event.

6th Grade Orientation

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

7th and 8th Grade Open House

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 3:30-5pm

This is an online event.

Meet the teachers will take place on Microsoft Teams, from 3:30-5 in thirty minute increments, parents feel free to log in at a time that works best for you.

All Grades Dress Rehearsal

Monday, Sep. 14th, 9-11:45am

This is an online event.

Come meet your teachers and learn your schedule before the start of school!!!!!