North Scott Jr. High Newsletter

January 2021 Happy New Year!

A Word from the Office.....

On the New Year's Day and the whole year through I hope the kindness you've given to others returns many times to you ~Happy New Year


NEW YEAR REMINDERS

Attendance

Your child's attendance in school is very important! If they are not in school they will not be participating or have the materials they need to achieve their goals in a timely manner. Each part of our day is carefully planned and is important to your child's development. Please make sure your child does not miss out on classroom opportunities by making sure they are here and that they are ON TIME! If you do need to report an absence or have questions please call or email our Attendance Office at 563-285-3197 or email:jackie.oetzmann@north-scott.k12.ia.us


Connect with Staff

Together, we are better! It helps so much if you communicate with us about things that are important to you! We strive to connect with parents/guardians on how we can help improve the lives of our students. So please do not hesitate to ask if there is something you need from us. Please complete the form below with any questions, concerns or recommendations that you may have.

A RESOURCE SITE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

A Compendium for Parents Supporting Distance Learners

This year has been challenging for everyone, parents included. That’s why we’re excited to announce OurParentsAsPartners.org.

A curated collection of helpful tips and relevant information, this NEW website is designed to provide assistance to parents and caregivers navigating today’s current educational landscape.

Based on direct insights from teachers and school leaders, the information on this site will help families:

  • Address their children’s needs
  • Facilitate distance learning at home
  • Support their children's emotional needs
  • Ensure distance learning is on-track with curriculum standards
  • Keep their children on the pathway to fulfilling their potential

Share this resource with your families »

If you have comments about the content or links or would like to suggest ideas for us to consider, please contact us. We are routinely adding information to the site based on your feedback.

Message from the Nurse

Thank you for providing your student with face masks and a clear water bottle. Just a reminder that with cold and flu season approaching amidst a pandemic, it is important to make sure face masks and water bottles are routinely cleaned. We are so grateful for your support with covid mitigation efforts. With the new year upon us, we need to fight through "Covid Fatigue" and continue with the Covid mitigation efforts of social distancing, washing our hands, wearing our masks and avoiding crowds. Thank you for all you do to keep your families healthy and allowing our students to remain in school during this pandemic.

Counselor Corner

Update from the District

Families

  • Each week we will be providing our current data on COVID-19 cases and quarantines in the district. Each week we will be providing our current data on COVID-19 cases and quarantines in the district via email.


  • The State Health Department has issued new guidelines for quarantines. Face shields and single layer gaiters are not considered face coverings for the new requirement. Students and staff can continue to wear face shields and gaiter, but these individuals and those within 6 feet of them for 15 minutes or more will be subject to quarantine. IDPH and the district are still recommending 6-foot social distancing in addition to the masking as layers of protection along with all other CDC recommendations. Please note, Scott County is continuing to see widespread community transmission of COVID-19, with our 14-day trendline in cases continuing to rise. The impact of this change in guidance will be closely monitored, and changes may become necessary. We encourage you to continue to work to limit risk within the school setting, including a requirement for masking and social distancing to the maximum extent possible.


    2 hour early out schedule every Friday will continue until Spring Break on Friday, March 12th 2021. (This applies to all North Scott Schools) This time will be used for our teachers to prepare to meet the needs of all our students including students who are quarantined.


    Students who are quarantined and healthy are expected to continue engaging in their education by viewing videos and lessons sent home and completing all assignments. Our teachers are continuing to improve the quality of education being provided to students at home in quarantine, and it is critical that students continue learning if healthy and able to do so. We want to avoid academic gaps as much as possible so student engagement during quarantine is essential.

  • Recent updates from IDPH When to Quarantine


  • We are looking for substitute teachers for the 2020-21 school year. If you have an associate’s degree or a bachelor's degree, you can become a substitute by completing a Substitute Authorization Course. Courses are being offered through Eastern Iowa Community Colleges as our Area Education Agency. If interested, please contact Deana Sorenson at our central office for more information (deana.sorenson@north-scott.k12.ia.us).

North Scott Health and Safety Plan: COVID-19


We are asking that our students and families help us in our efforts to keep school going face to face and our students participating in activities. Just as we are following the health department recommendation inside of school, we are encouraging everyone to do these same things outside of school.

  • Wear a mask in public places

  • Social distance whenever possible

  • Wash our hands

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well

How to Stay Informed

For information on your child's courses, communication, canvas resources and more please

CLICK HERE


Canvas can be found by:

  1. North Scott School District Website/Canvas Login (bottom of page by Quick Links banner)

OR

  1. https://northscott.instructure.com/login/ldap


For information on how to set up/use your parent Canvas account:

Go to https://www.north-scott.k12.ia.us/our-schools/high-school/high-school-parent-students/canvas

Activities

The link below takes you to the school calendar and it has every event the JH has. If you want to know your child's sports schedule or when your child's concert is, follow the link. You can customize it to suit your child's schedule by clicking on view schedules, then check just the boxes for your child’s schedule & then click view


Get a Mobile App for your phone or set up to have it notify you when something has been canceled or rescheduled.

North Scott Jr. High Calendar

Do you want to see all North Scott Jr. High's events? Go to our building calendar. Be sure to sign up for notifications so will you be informed about changes and cancellations through text and/or email.

January Schedule of Events

Jan 4th: Boys Basketball Begins

Jan 6th: Got Your Back

Jan 15th: End of 1st Semester Early Out

Jan 18th: No School PD Day

Jan 19th: 7th BBB & 8th BBB

Jan 21th: 7th BBB & 8th BBB

Non-discrimination statement

It is the policy of the North Scott Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Mr. Kelly Rohlf, Equity Coordinator, 308 N. Main Street, Donahue, IA 52746. Telephone: 563-282-9627