Swann Lion Times
Your weekly update from your Lion Pride!
What Our Lions Are Learning
Be sure to talk with your Lions each night about what standards they are working on and what activities they are doing to master those standards! Here is some general information to get the conversation started.
In math, students started their first Open Up units. Click here to see the Open Up lessons for all grade levels! 6th graders are working with area and surface area, 7th graders are working with scaling shapes and geometry, and 8th grade is working with rigid transformations.
In ELA, students are beginning their first units. 6th grade is reading mythology getting ready for Percy Jackson, 7th grade is reading A Long Walk to Water, and 8th grade is reading Summer of the Mariposas.
In Social Studies, 6th graders are working on the Five themes of geography, 7th grade is learning about the warlord Genghis Kahn, and 8th grade is working on the geographical regions of NC.
In Science, 6th graders are working on states of matter and atoms, 7th graders are learning about the atmosphere, and 8th graders are practicing annotations and the scientific method.
This week, our lions started moving to their MTSS Enrichment and Intervention groups! MTSS stands for Multi-Tiered System of Support. It's designed to help identify student needs in reading and math and respond accordingly by reviewing, reteaching, and enriching their study. Students were placed in groups based on their Spring NWEA scores. After the next round of NWEA tests (see the calendar at the bottom of the newsletter), students may be regrouped to better meet their current needs. This week, students spent the MTSS time talking about habits of effective students. In the coming weeks, students will begin their reading and math supports. They will also participate in their own data tracking. In a few weeks, be sure to ask your students about their growth, behavior, and attendance data! To support this data tracking, please provide a 3 ring binder for your student to leave at school!
This year, students will again be allowed to take their Chromebooks home. All students are issued a Chromebook and a charger. Please help us reinforce with your student the importance of taking care of these items. To be allowed to take their Chromebook home, students must return the Chromebook contract. If you have not yet signed this document with your student, please ask them about it this weekend.
All parents and teachers can use Go Guardian to help keep students safe while online on their Chromebooks. Visit our website for more information about Go Guardian: https://www.gcsnc.com/domain/23373
Student and Family Handbook
Families and students can access the Swann Student Handbook and the GCS Handbook on our website: https://www.gcsnc.com/domain/16465
Please review the handbooks with your students so that everyone is aware of school and district rules and policies. The dress code, pick up and drop off policies, the code of conduct, and much more are included in these documents.
Make Sure Your Immunizations are Up-to-date Now!
Conditioning and Tryouts for Fall Sports
It's almost time to cheer on our Lion Pride! We will post the Fall game schedule on the website soon!
Students interested in joining a fall sports team should check the Athletics page of the website for times and dates of conditioning and try outs. All necessary forms are also posted on the website. Remember that any athlete must have a current physical on file to participate.
Athletics Pop-Up Store
Need some Swann swag? Visit our pop-up store and get all the clothes and accessories you need to show your Lion Pride! Hurry and place your orders. The store closes on Sept 4!
Family and Community Involvement Opportunities
School Based Leadership Team Parent Representative
We need a new parent rep to serve on our school-based leadership team (SBLT) for the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 school years. Any parent with a child at Swann is eligible to self-nominate, and the ballot will go out for voting in our next newsletter. SBLT meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 8:00am in our media center. If you are interested in serving, please email Dr. Bocci at email@example.com.
We are excited to welcome Swann's family and friends into the school this year! Our focus is on increasing parent engagement. We have a list of teams we are looking for folks to serve on throughout the year. Click on the interest form below and let us know how you want to be a part of our Lion Pride this year!
1. Fill out the interest form for volunteers, and we will call you or email you when opportunities arise.
2. Register as an official GCS volunteer here.
Join the PTA Today!
Swann is a proud PTA school! Click here to join our PTA as a parent, student, community, or staff member. If you are interested in serving on the Board, let us know and we will put you in touch with the current PTSA reps! School is better when we work together!
For more information or if you are interested in serving on the PTA Board as President or Secretary, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.