Happy Summer!

Sandtown Jaguars: Congratulations on your transitions!

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Superintendent, Dr. Mike Looney announces Universal Remote Learning, beginning August 17, 2020

On Thursday, July 16, Dr. Mike Looney announced Fulton County School's plan of action for returning to school on Monday, August 17. Dr. Looney has provided guidance which includes a Universal Remote Learning plan for all FCS scholars. Dr. Looney has also provided guidance for all parents and stakeholders to prepare for at-home learning, unil further notice. More information is forthcoming, so please stay tuned to the FCS website and our Summer SMORE.


Thank you for all that you do!


Principal Miley

Superintendent's Back to School Message
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The Georgia Department of Education: Testing Waiver 2020-2021 (Online Survey)

The Georgia Department of Education announced today an online survey to get the public’s feedback on a waiver of the high-stakes testing requirement in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for the 2020-2021 school year. ESSA requires that the public and any interested school districts have an opportunity to comment and provide input on all waiver requests.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods and the Georgia Department of Education are urging anyone interested in the future of Georgia’s public education system to complete the survey.

“For all those invested in Georgia’s education system – whether you’re a parent, a student, an educator, or a community member, I strongly encourage you to offer your feedback as we seek a waiver from high-stakes testing for the 2020-2021 school year,” Superintendent Woods said. “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we have urged common sense regarding compliance in Georgia’s public schools, and a focus before anything else on the health, safety, and well-being of students, families, and school staff. Given the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic and the resulting state budget reductions, it would be counterproductive to continue with high-stakes testing for the 2020-2021 school year. In anticipation of a return to in-person instruction this fall, we believe schools’ focus should be on remediation, growth, and the safety of students. Every dollar spent on high-stakes testing would be a dollar taken away from the classroom.”

The online survey can be found at the following link through Friday, July 10 at 11:59 pm: http://gadoe.org/ESSASurvey

11 Alive: Featuring Sandtown Middle School

Sandtown MS is recognized for their educational partnership with the Captain Planet Foundation! Kudos to our Science Team! Check out the news feature, click here: https://www.11alive.com/mobile/article/news/local/southwest-atlanta/captain-planet-foundation-and-food-well-alliance-plant-seeds-of-change-by-reviving-102-box-gardens-across-metro-atlanta-public-schools/85-3dcf7f87-1402-40ca-950c-e6c0ce61c359

Sandtown Middle School: Summer Support

Our team is fully engaged and prepared to support your needs. To ensure effective planning and preparation for the new school year; our front office is open to support registration needs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (8:30-1:00 p.m.).


In-Person Visit

Face-to-Face Visit: To encourage social distancing and limit office visits, we are ensuring our phone lines are monitored and we are able to support your needs via phone and email. However, if you are required to visit the office, we encourage face-masks when visiting our office-site. Access to the building is limited to the front office, as we are deep cleaning our building and preparing for the safe return of our scholars. Recommendation: Call or email, first!


Call-In (470-254-6500)

Phone: Our office lines are closely monitored. We encourage online registration and email and phone communication to ensure social distancing is adhered. Please feel free to call-in; if you receive our voicemail, please leave a message, and someone will follow up with you within 24 hours.


Email

Email: You may email one of our professional assistants and someone from our office will get back with you to ensure you receive stellar support:

How do I register my scholar for the upcoming school year?

Effective: June 15, 2020


Click her for more information: New Student Registration Requirements


School Registration Hours

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Registration Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Sylvette Jones, Data Clerk

Tanya Swift, Professional Assistant

Front Office Line: (470) 254-6500

Student Services Fax: (470) 254-6512


Parents may upload documentation while completing the online application.

Parents should NOT visit local schools to register their student prior to June 15, 2020.

All parents are encouraged to complete the registration process online.


Virtual Open House: Date-TBD

Stay tuned for more information related to our Virtual Open House; Open House communications are scheduled by grade-level and will occur at the time and date designated for your scholar's current grade.

Uniforms are encouraged; face-masks are strongly encouraged.


  • 6th Grade: Black
  • 7th Grade: Grey
  • 8th Grade: Royal Blue

*Uniform colors roll-over with our current class! Thus, scholars do not change their uniform colors during the middle school career!

Summer Updates:

Yearbooks
  • Yearbooks have not yet arrived; as soon as we receive the yearbooks, we will advise all of our parents/stakeholders who purchased a yearbook. We currently do not have any additional yearbooks for sale.


Locker Items/Lost and Found/8th Grade Gift Bags

  • If you were unable to pick up your locker items, search our Lost and Found; missed the 8th grade Parade of Excellence-we will share additional pick up dates very soon. Stay tuned!
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Summer Reading

Stay Engaged: All scholars are encouraged to read over the summer.


Check out the Summer Reading List:


www.fcssummerreading.org

A Special Message from Principal Miley: To 8th Grade Scholars

Dear 8th Grade Jaguars,


Let me first start by saying that I am so very proud of what you have accomplished this year! Joining the Sandtown team has truly brought me pleasure, and a significant part of this pleasure comes from the leadership and maturity shown by our 8th grade scholars. You have stepped up in many ways and signified what it truly means to be a Jaguar. You did not let past definitions or perceptions define who you were; you shed the "middle syndrome" that often is associated with 7th grade rather quickly and, you transformed into leaders right before my eyes.


Many of you I have known as elementary scholars, and it has been such a pleasure to witness your transformation, thus far. It is enlightening and bittersweet, at the same time. Others, we formed a unique bond this year, and we were deepening our rapport. What I can attest to from my engagement and observation is that growing up is no easier today than it was yesterday, or decades prior. It’s a challenge like any other, and you are faced with so many obstacles. You’ve met these challenges and obstacles with perseverance and character. So believe me when I say you are ready and fully prepared for the next step, high school.


The pandemic (COVID-19) has not changed the values embedded within you. It has not removed your desire and dedication to upholding JAG SWAG. What COVID-19 has done is challenged you to think beyond today and prepare for tomorrow. Over the next two months, I challenge you to do just that, seek to prepare for the unknown by always bringing the best that you have to offer to the table.


You are smart, talented, gifted and undeniably unique; you are a Jaguar. You were chosen to lead this charge! I am so proud of you, the future class of 2024 and, I wish you the most success as you venture into uncharted territory.


I love you all and I will miss you. Congratulations!


Your biggest fan,



Principal Miley

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Back to School Information: Let's get ready for the new school year!

Uniforms

Uniforms are highly encouraged, however due to COVID-19 and the associated financial implications, they are not required. Uniforms provide distinctive identification for grade levels and support uniformity throughout our school. We encourage our scholars to adhere to our norm! All of our scholars benefit from Spirit Wear on Friday's!

-We are returning in a Universal Remote Environment; Post-Return we do encourage uniforms

  • 8th Grade: Royal Blue
  • 7th Grade: Grey
  • 6th Grade: Black


Uniform Vendors: Walmart, Old Navy, Brandhouse Ink (School-Based Vendor

*All vendors are independent vendors

*Brandhouse Ink is a school-based business partner and offers our school logo. Orders are independently placed with the vendor.


Car-Rider Information: Only applicable for Face-to-Face (TBD)

All students who are currently assigned a car-rider number will retain their current car rider number for the new school year.

New car riders must have a registration form on file. This year, we kindly request all parents to complete the online form. The process is very simple and will allow for a more effective process. Please complete the car-rider registration form online and someone from our office will email you with your confirmed car-rider tag information within 24-48 hours.


Click here to register for a new car-rider number


Lockers: Parents may pre-pay, as deemed appropriate; lockers are distributed during Face-to-Face/On-Site Learning (TBD)

Lockers are available for purchase, beginning the second week of school. Locker assignments will adhere to social distancing guidelines. Lockers will be spaced out to ensure adherence to social distancing requirements.


Payments for lockers may be submitted via Online School Payment, beginning August 17, 2020. Students will begin receiving their locker assignments within 5 days of the submitted payment. The locker fee for all students is $12 for an annual locker rental. Please list your scholar's first and last name, and grade level when purchasing your locker online.


We highly encourage purchasing a locker shelf to organize items within the lockers for our scholars. The school does not sell the locker shelves, however, they may be purchased from Walmart or Target. See the link for an example: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lockermate-12-inch-Stac-a-shelf-Wire-Locker-Shelf-Pink/605020719


Virtual Grade-Level Open House/Grade Level Orientation

All grade level welcome back sessions, also commonly known as Open House will be held virtually in August. Virtual Open House dates and times will be scheduled by grade-level and will be shared as live events. Please stay tuned for the date and time of your grade level's Virtual Open House. We look forward to showcasing our great teachers and new plans for the school year very soon.

  • Save the Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • 6th Grade: TBD
  • 7th Grade: TBD
  • 8th Grade: TBD

Meet and Greet: New Assistant Principals

Please stay tuned for a Meet & Greet! Come out and meet the new members of our Administrative Team.

2019-2020 We Love You Jaguars!

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Thank you to the P.A.C.K!

Thank you scholars for an amazing year. A very special thank you to the Principal's Advisory Council = Knowledge.


Your feedback was extremely valuable and you impacted change in our school. To my 8th grade senior advisors, I will miss you immensely. To my 6th and 7th grade scholars, I am looking forward to seeing you next year.


Have a great summer!

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