SMS Jaguars: Weekly Updates

Universal Remote Learning/F2F: November

A Special Message from Fulton County Schools: Happy Thanksgiving!

Parents/Students,


Fulton County Schools hopes you have a restful and joyous Thanksgiving break. During this break, we are asking that you continue to report (1) a positive COVID-19 result (2) a direct-contact with the positive COVID-19 individual or (3) a pending COVID-19 test result to the Parent Report Portal https://www.fultonschools.org/ReportCOVID. Still, to manage expectations regarding COVID-19 reporting during said break, please be patient while you await a response, it may be a few days given that the FCBOH/FCS Health Services Team will be on holiday break as well. All reports will be responded to before the Face-to-Face return for students on December 2nd.

11/30 and 12/01: Remote Learning Days


The Fulton County School Board met Thursday, November 19, for its regularly scheduled Board Meeting. Included in this update are several items related to the district’s management of COVID-19, including a information about free testing, the conversion of November 30 and December 1 to remote learning days, and a video reminding families to exercise caution when gathering for the holiday season. The district also is asking parents to complete a commitment survey for second semester and is changing January 5 to a teacher workday due to the run-off election. The full agenda is available online.

Will you student be remote or face-to-face in January?

Please fill out this short Commitment Survey to let us know your plans for your student as we move into the Second Semester of the 2020-2021 school year. The selection you make will be in place for the first 9 weeks of Second Semester.


Face-to-Face instruction, with the option for Remote Learning, would continue through the holiday break and during second semester. Similar to the process followed in first semester, parents are being asked through a commitment survey to decide which model they want for their child(ren). Parents must declare their decision by December 11 or their child(ren)’s placement will default to the learning environment they were in as of December 14. The decision will remain in effect for the first nine weeks of second semester so that schools and teachers can allocate resources and plan accordingly.


Parents who are curious about the way teachers work with both Face-to-Face and Remote Learning students are encouraged to watch the following video on simultaneous instruction. The video showcases FCS teachers who demonstrate how the model works and explains the way schools are successfully adapting to students’ needs both in-person and virtually. Two versions have been produced – an abbreviated version and an extended one.


You will need to complete the survey once for each of your students at FCS.

Important Meetings This Week: Review the SMORE for the access links!


Click the hyperlinks above to join the meetings. Flyers are also located with access links within the SMORE.

11/17: Important Courtesy Message

Schoolwide Courtesy Notice: This is an important courtesy message from Fulton County Schools


It is confirmed that an individual at Sandtown MS has tested positive for COVID-19 and was last on campus on November 12th. The parents of any student(s) considered at risk (either “low risk” or “high risk”) have already received a personal communication from the school. The same notification protocol is used for alerting staff members or other adults who may have been in close contact with the individual. Please know that we will not be identifying the individual or their grade level/job out of our adherence to privacy/confidential standards.


As an ongoing reminder, if your student is ill, been exposed to an individual who is COVID-19 positive, and/or has a pending COVID-19 test result, they are not allowed at school or any school sponsored events. Please do not send or bring them to the school.


Lastly, in the event that your child develops a fever, runny nose, cough and/or shortness of breath, headache, nausea, loss of taste and smell, and vomiting or becomes ill, please call your personal healthcare provider to seek medical care.


If you have COVID-19 health related questions, please call the Public Health hotline at 404-613-8150

11/16: Technology Service Desk

What is this notification about?

ClassLink is currently getting a 504 Bad Gateway error and not allowing login.

What is the effects?

Users will not be able to login to ClassLink or may have extremely slow logins.

What action must I take?

Please wait to login until access is restored by ClassLink. A follow-up email will be sent.

How can I get more information?

If further information is needed, please contact the IT Service Desk at 470-254-4357 on school days between the hours of 7:00AM and 4:30PM.

11/13: Important Courtesy Message

This is an important courtesy message from Fulton County Schools


It is confirmed that an individual at Sandtown MS has tested positive for COVID-19 and was last on campus on November 6th. No student(s) are considered at risk (either “low risk” or “high risk”) regarding this case; and a notification protocol is used for alerting staff members or other adults who may have been in close contact with the individual. Please know that we will not be identifying the individual or their grade level/job out of our adherence to privacy/confidential standards.


As an ongoing reminder, if your student is COVID-19 positive, has been exposed to an individual who is COVID-19 positive, and/or has a pending COVID-19 test result, they are not allowed at school or any school sponsored events. Please do not send or bring them to the school, but report this information via the Parent Portal (https://www.fultonschools.org/ReportCOVID).


Lastly, in the event that your child develops a fever, runny nose, cough and/or shortness of breath, headache, nausea, loss of taste and smell, and vomiting or becomes ill, please call your personal healthcare provider to seek medical care.


If you have COVID-19 health related questions, please call the Public Health hotline at 404-613-8150.

11/11: Important School Notification from the Principal

Good Evening Sandtown Family,


Fulton County Schools is mourning the tragic loss of Westlake High School principal Jamar Robinson and his wife. Robinson was an inspirational leader who brought joy with his passion for education and his students. We join the community in remembering him and expressing our condolences to his family. School leadership and support staff are at the school to support students, teachers, and staff. This support is also being provided remotely to students.


At this time, we must deal with the many feelings that we may experience today, and in the days to come. We have our school counselors, social workers, and psychologists that will be available to help students and staff that need extra support in dealing with this news.


Here are additional resources outside of Fulton County Schools and for after hours:


Text for Help (24/7 365 support line for students)

Text JAGUAR to 1-844-201-9946


Georgia Crisis and Access Hotline

(Behavioral Health Link-Single Point of Entry)

1-800-715-4225 www.behavioralhealthlink.com


On-site Mental Health Partner for Westlake Odyssey Mental Health: (404) 762-9190


EAP Information for FCS Staff: If you would like a referral for private counseling, you can contact 800-316-2796 or http://fulton.touchpointsonline.com/media/20581037/moo-eap-fulton-co-boe.pdf for our EAP counseling service

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The BIG 3: School Goals

Happy November! Month 4

District Updates-COVID19: https://www.fultonschools.org/coronavirus


  • If you need assistance with your scholar's scheduled date of attendance this week, please contact Ms. North, Professional Assistant or Ms. Jones, Data Clerk for assistance.
  • Early Check-Out/Dismissal will end at 3:15 p.m. daily; all parents are required to adhere to the early check-out expectations. Early Check-Out/Dismissal times are adjusted to accommodate the new segmented instructional schedule (URL/Virtual; Face-to-Face).
  • Student Messages must be submitted prior to 3:15 p.m., to ensure appropriate delivery of the message and full adherence. Our segmented instructional schedule does not allow for late delivery of messages or early check-out requests.


11/04/2020


Happy November!


During the month of “Thanksgiving”, and during a time of discussion focused on "thankfulness", I want to take an opportunity to extend a heartfelt “thank-you” to the teachers, staff and parents here at Sandtown Middle School. Our students, teachers, support staff, parents, community partners, are wholeheartedly engaged in what is truly best for students; the engagement is greatly appreciated. Our teachers truly do display a true love for teaching and learning! Each day our students are provided with an opportunity to learn more, execute more, and display more than the day before, for this I am forever grateful!


I am 100% confident that all our staff members truly do care about our scholars, and we are working diligently to empower and ignite their passion, despite our unusual circumstances. A normal day requires demands unlike any other school year. I will often share my appreciation of thanks with our team via morning announcements, handwritten notes, and directly when engaged in conversation. However, my words simply are not enough. We are so thankful for our essential staff and our essential scholars. During this month of "thankfulness, I am asking that we all take a moment to share our thanks and appreciation with one another: parents, scholars, staff and stakeholders. Let us make it a "Thankful November".


In advance, thank you for making Sandtown MS an EXCELLENT place to learn and grow! Our continued success is truly attributed to your relentless support of our staff and scholars.


A few gentle, but important reminders...….


  • Immunizations: Immunization requirements must be met for all scholars enrolled in Fulton County Schools. Please reach out to student services if you need additional support with ensuring completion of the requirements by the due date. Please do not jeopardize your scholar's active enrollment.
  • Veterans Day: is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday: Parents, all Fulton County Schools and district offices will close in recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Schools are closed, November 23-November 27.
  • Relationship-They Matter: Relationships do matter very much and in the "Middle", they are very important. Please take a moment to chat with your scholars about friendships, positive social connections and building healthy relationships.


Academic Review: November

The following action items are important to reviewing and assessing your scholar's academic performance and needs during the month of September.


  1. Quarter 2-4.5 Week Progress Report: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
  2. If your scholar needs assistance, please have your scholar to attend a Virtual Help Session! Help sessions are offered for all scholars. Please reach out to your scholar's teacher for more information.


Additional Support:


As always-thank you for all that you do!


Your Partner,


Principal Miley



Thanks to all, please remember: “You are so awesome! You are so amazing! Your scholars need you and you are making a difference in their lives. Keep on teaching, Teachers! Keep on leading, Leaders! Keep on supporting, Support Staff! Keep on parenting, Parents! Everyone-Keep on making the difference.”

Jaguar Quote:

The last month of autumn, but the beginning of a new adventure; time to take risks and do the unexpected.


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PBIS: Building Positive Behaviors

Patriotism

Patriotism or national pride is the feeling of love, devotion, and sense of attachment to a homeland and alliance with other citizens who share the same sentiments.


Examples

  1. Vote. One of the best ways to honor the principles upon which our nation was built is to vote. ...
  2. Support a veteran. Do more than thank them for their service and dedication. ...
  3. Serve on a jury.


Gratitude is a warm feeling of thankfulness towards the world, or towards specific individuals. The person who feels gratitude is thankful and appreciates what they have. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, let's show our appreciation to one another and be thankful for all we have.

Happy November! Student Shout-Outs and Special Recognition

Congratulations to our Red Ribbon Week-Spoken Word Winner-Darrell Parham! Please click here to view Darrell's spoken word!


Darrell Parham will receive a special token of appreciation and a gift card! Darrell, thank you for inspiring our scholars and uplifting our pledge to be drug free! I am proud of you!


Principal Miley

Your Counselors: Markita Goodson and Chiquita Bataille

The Entire SMS Team

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Congratulations to our iReady Superstar Winners for the week: 11/08. Please click here to view the iReady Tribute.


6th: Nadia Williams

6th: Destini Dupree

7th: Khalib Brooks

7th: Michael Dishman

8th: Ajaih Harper

8th: Tiari Brooks


We are proud of you!

Principal Miley

Mr. Reeves, Graduation Coach

The Entire SMS Team

Sandtown TSA has won 1st place in the Architectural Design category for this year’s Tech Day event!


Congratulations to all of the 9th grade class Foundation of Engineering participants in their perspective category of events.

  • Kudos to the Foundation of Engineering Participants (Individual recognition is forthcoming)


A special congratulations to Mya McCall for her winning submission of an original design for her paradise express coffee café!

  • Mya McCall: We are so proud of you!


Principal Miley

Ms. Marcia Green, Engineering Teacher

The Entire SMS Team

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No School Days!

Our scholars will not attend school on the following days:
  • Professional Development Day/Election Day: November 3 (Remote WORKDAY)
  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Holiday (BREAK)***
  • December 21-31; January 1: Winter Break (Schools Closed-BREAK)***
  • January 4: Teacher Workday (No School for Students-TEACHER WORKDAY)
  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (Schools Closed)***

***FCS Schools and District Offices are closed

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Author/Book Study: Jason Reynolds

Exciting News!!!

We will be hosting a school-wide Author/ Book study on Jason Reynolds. We have selected the following titles for each grade level:

The books can be purchased on your own from Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Books a Million and other retailers. Scholars may also access the book via our e-Book Check-Out. More information is forthcoming on how to access e-book titles. We will have a few copies available for check-out. Remember to secure your book as soon as possible.


8th-Long Way Down $6.00

7th-Look Both Ways S8.00

6th-Ghost $5.00

6th-Patina $5.00

6th-Sunny $7.00


Happy Reading!

You may also purchase e-Books on iTunes. Kindle and Audio books are formats that are also available from Amazon and Audible.

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Parent (Student) COVID-19 Reporting Portal

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IMPORTANT: COVID-19: Failure to Disclose Notice

We take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously in the Fulton County School District. It is a shared expectation that parents, guardians and students not only take their own health and safety seriously, but that they make the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff THE priority now that we have resumed face to face instruction in our schools. Unfortunately, there have been some instances where students have entered our school buildings with observable and measurable symptoms of illness and/or knowingly awaiting COVID test results. And in some rare cases, they have even lied about this. I cannot stress enough how irresponsible this behavior is, as it compromises the health and safety of every student and staff member in a school building and jeopardizes all students’ ability to receive face-to-face instruction.


As a result, if a student comes to school knowingly experiencing illness or symptoms of COVID-19, we may take the following actions to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and the community:


• Moving the student to virtual learning for a specified time, including the remainder of the semester;

• Removal of the ability to participate in athletics or other extracurricular activities or events; and/or

• Referral to the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in cases of suspected abuse or neglect.


Of course, this list is not exhaustive, and any student who is dishonest or causes a school disruption will be subject to our Student Code of Conduct and extracurricular rules, as is typical. Again, safety and health is our number one priority! We must all work together to ensure a safe and successful school year. The professionals at Fulton County Schools will do their part. We need our parents, students, community members, and other stakeholders to do theirs, as well.

11/18: School Governance Council Meeting: @ 4:30 p.m. (TBD-Rescheduled from 10/28)

School Governance Council

Tentative: 11/18/2020


The School Governance Council has a scheduled a scheduled meeting on Wednesday, November 18 @ 4:30 p.m. The agenda will include a public comment time period (5:30 p.m.).


A preview of the agenda is available on our school's website, SMORE and future meetings will be posted on the parent resource board during our on-site sessions.


Agenda Link


Click here to join the meeting

11/19: Parent and Family Engagement-Title-I Event(11/19 @ 5:30 p.m.)

Parent and Family Engagement: All Families are Invited to Attend!

11/19/2020


ELA and Social Studies parent Workshop - November 19, 2020

Please join us to learn and receive resources to help support your child’s learning experience.


Click here to access the meeting: Literacy Night

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12/15/2020: Parent and Family Engagement-Title-I Event(12/15 @ 5:30 p.m.)

Parent and Family Engagement: All Families are Invited to Attend!

12/15/2020


Math and Science Parent Workshop - December 15, 2020

Please join us to learn and receive resources to help support your child’s learning experience.


Click here to access the meeting: Math and Science Jingle and Jangle

https://bit.ly/3ffSfSH

Face-to-Face: Back to School Information:

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

Universal Remote Learning (URL) Reminders: (Successful Tips Below)

Review the daily schedule bell schedule:
  • The URL Schedule includes a slight adjustment from the schedule in Infinite Campus; be sure to review the URL Bell Schedule.
Log-into your Class Link (need help, review the video below)
  • Watch the video on how to log-in to Class Link
  • Questions: Email your scholar's teacher using Class Link
Device Information: New Students and scholars without a device

Still need help?

  • Contact the URL Hotline
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Monday - Friday
Call: 470-254-2300
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Important School Documents

FCS: Student Code of Conduct

This year, the District is making its Student Code of Conduct & Discipline Handbook (the Handbook) available online and via email. If you would like a paper copy of the Handbook, please contact Student Services.

Sandtown Middle School's Parent View Calendar

Click here to view school events!

Sandtown Middle School: Parent & Student Handbook FY21

The (Coronavirus) outbreak is an ongoing, rapidly developing situation. Sandtown Middle reserves the right to adjust information within our handbook to ensure adherence to federal, state/local health organization guidance and government mandates.

Access to Class Link

Q: What is ClassLink (Launchpad)? A single sign-on platform that will allow you to use your FCS username and password to access everything you need. Classlink (Launchpad) delivers instant access to your web resources from all your devices.

TAG and Continuous Achievement Information

The Fulton County Board of Education supports our mission statement that each child should be given the opportunity to reach his/her full potential.

Sandtown Middle School: Instructional Lesson Plans

Lesson planning is a significant element of teaching-learning system. A lesson plan is a step-by-step guide that provides a structure for an essential learning. Before planning a lesson, it is essential to classify the learning outcomes for the class. It is important because it helps the teacher in maintaining a standard teaching pattern and does not let the class deviate from the topic. Pre-planning helps the teacher to be better equipped in answering questions asked by the students during the lecture. An effective lesson plan has three basic components; aims and objectives of the course, teaching and learning activities and, assessments to check student understanding of the topic.


Click below to review content lesson plans:


6th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level. Website goes live on August 31, 2020

7th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level. Website goes live on August 31, 2020

8th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level. Website goes live on August 31, 2020

SMS Athletics Department: Complete all required forms

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Did you know we have a SMS teacher/staff snack bar?

Our wonderful PTSA established the teachers' snack bar in August, 2019. Our teachers were so appreciative of the gesture. We truly do appreciate the mid-day pick me up and healthy snack when it is needed most. We want to ensure our teachers always feel appreciated!


We can use your support in continuing this tradition and ensuring our snack bar is always 100% refilled. There are three ways to donate snacks or funding to our Teacher/Staff Snack Bar. In advance, we thank you for your support.



  • Deliver your snack donation directly to the school. Snacks must be pre-packaged and sealed. Healthy snacks are encouraged, but our teachers do love chips and sweet treats, as well.
  • Submit a donation letter earmarking your funding for snacks for the SMS Snack Bar.
  • Submit a donation directly to PTA earmarking your funding for snacks for the SMS Snack Bar.
  • Join our PTSA: www.sandtownmiddleptsa.com


Thank you for supporting the Sandtown Middle School family!

New to Sandtown: Review Our Annual Open House Presentations

Administrative Team


  • 6th Grade: Deborah Blackley
  • 7th Grade: Victoria Grubbs
  • 8th Grade: William Zwingmann
  • 6th-8th Curriculum: Tanja Beauford-Vernon
  • Special Education: Kimesha White, IST
  • Principal: LaToya Miley

Community Partners and Local School Flyers

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Sandtown Middle School: Nutrition Tidbits

School Meals are safe! The FCS School Nutrition Program’s food safety and sanitation procedures are in place to ensure safe meals are served at all times in all schools within the county. Our department prides itself in the efforts of always putting the customer first. To ensure this, our procedures often far exceed what is required by the Georgia Food Code for food establishments.


  • All scholars will receive free lunch and breakfast until December. However, we strongly encourage all families to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. Free & Reduced Meal Applications are available online for the 2020-2021 school year. Families may qualify for free or reduced-price school breakfast & lunch. Households must complete a new Free & Reduced Application every school year. Apply today at www.fulton.schoollunchapp.com.

  • Families are strongly encouraged to pay for student meals online at www.mypaymentsplus.com. MyPaymentsPlus offers quick, easy and secure online prepayments, available 24/7. To keep FoodStop sites contactless, cash or checks will not be accepted during meal distribution. Checks can be mailed to: Fulton County School Nutrition; 6201 Powers Ferry Road NW Atlanta, GA 30339
  • Snacks may be purchased during lunch; all scholars who wish to purchase a snack must have available funds on their account. Our Cafe' is a cashless operation. Thank you for understanding!


  • Students meals will be accounted for using a no-contact cashiering method. Families will need to provide student’s meal account information in the form of Student ID numbers or Student Meal Barcodes. To get started, families should visit https://nutrition.fultonschools.org/BarCode to receive their Student Meal Barcode.
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Community Resources: Please review our Community Resources Section

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