Berea Middle Weekly Updates

February 1-February 5 2021

Berea Middle School Website

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Return to In- Person School-Middle School Edition

Click here for all of the information regarding Returning to In-Person School

A Message from Principal Collington


Benchmarks

We will be giving our 2nd quarter benchmarks next week. The purpose of the benchmark is to see where our students are academically so that we can address areas of improvement before state testing in May. Please encourage your child to take them seriously so that we can ensure that we remediate any areas that need to be improved. Below is the following schedule-

February 1-ELA

February 2- Math

February 3- 6th Grade Science


SchoolCNXT

Please see the info below regarding a great school/home connection tool. We would love for all of our parents to stay connected with the most up to date info as well as resources that United Way can provide. You can connect through Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Directions are below.


Virtual School Registration

If you would like to enroll in the Virtual Program for the 2021-2022 school year, please see the information below. There have been some changes to the program so please read all of the information. The deadline is February 9th to register for the Virtual program.


Have a great week!



Corey O. Collington, Principal

As of now, all In-Person students are in the building 5 days a week!

Important Info regarding COVID Exposures

Parents-


If your child has been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19, please alert the school ASAP at 864-355-1700 and speak with an administrator. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL! This also means if your child (or you) are exhibiting symptoms. We want to ensure the safety and well-being of your child as well as others in the building. Thank you so much for understanding.

Black History Month at Berea Middle School

Poster Contest --For Students

Students are to create a poster that celebrates the culture and history of African American culture.

Contest will begin on Monday, February 1st.

Contest will end on Thursday, February 18th.

Contest winners will be announced on Monday, February 22nd.

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Attention: ALL Current 6th Graders!

If your child will be in 7th grade during the 2021-2022 school year, please make arrangements to get the TDAP immunization. ALL 7th graders in SC MUST have the TDAP vaccination before they begin school in August. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the school at 864-355-1700.
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ACCESS

ACCESS is a mandatory standardized test for our English Language Learners to track their proficiency levels to determine if ESOL Services are needed. Virtual students MUST sign up to come in the building on these dates (from 8:30 to 12) to take their test. Social distancing measures will be in place for all students. Transportation will not be provided. Please call the school to register your child for testing.

STEAM Backpack Program


Every Berea Middle School student is invited to participate in the STEAM BACKPACK checkout program

With a Public Education Partner (PEP) Grant, we were able to purchase 40 STEAM Activities for students to checkout for a week and to take home and engage in a STEAM activity by themselves, with their family or friends. Most activities include a book to encourage students reading for enjoyment. The activities & book* engage a variety of science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics.

We are asking that they try the STEAM activity and then post to the Padlet their experience or a picture of what they did. And when they return the STEAM BACKPACK let us know how they rate the activity & book, if included.


We will have the parent information and check out form online. You can also reach out to Ms Olenja at tolenja@greenville.k12.sc.us.

GCS ARMES Program

It is once again almost time to begin nominating rising 3rd - 8th graders for the GCS ARMES (Art Reaching Middle and Elementary Students) program. These students are identified as Artistic Gifted and Talented and served through an after school program at the Fine Arts Center.

We are asking that you please share the following with your school community:

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT AREAS? Strings, Art, Dance, Creative Writing and Drama. Students may be nominated and audition for as many areas as they have interest but once accepted into the program, can only participate in one area per year. A separate nomination form for each discipline is required.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Rising 3rd – 8th graders for the 2021 - 2022 school year.

HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK? Anyone can nominate a student, including teachers, parents, other adults, or self. Go to http://www.armesprogram.com and click on the link, “ARMES NOMINATION” and complete the online nomination.

Nominations will be open from February 1, 2021 through April 1, 2021. Information will be shared with your related arts teachers, guidance departments and through district social media.

Your help in getting nomination information out to your school community is extremely important and greatly appreciated.

Great Communication Tool - Please Sign up for SchoolCNXT

SchoolCNXT is a free app developed by United Way OnTrack Greenville to connect students and their families to their school community. Please join us by helping us spread the word about CNXT within your personal network or across your channels.


FACEBOOK


OPTION 1

It has never been more important for students and families to stay connected with their school community. United Way OnTrack Greenville has introduced SchoolCNXT, a free app for your phone or computer that connects you and your family with community resources, the latest school updates, and more. Sign up today at ontrackgreenville.org/CNXTFormParent


OPTION 2

Connect with your school and your classroom could win some cash! United Way OnTrack Greenville has introduced SchoolCNXT, a free app for your phone or computer that connects students and their families with community resources, school updates, and more. The classroom with the largest participation wins $1,500 and the second place classroom will receive $500. Sign up today at ontrackgreenville.org/CNXTFormParent


TWITTER


OPTION 1

Stay connected with your school community! @UWGreenvilleSC and @ontrackgvl have introduced SchoolCNXT, a free app for your phone or computer that connects you and your family with community resources, school updates, and more. Sign up at ontrackgreenville.org/CNXTFormParent


OPTION 2

Connect with your school and your classroom could win some cash! @UWGreenvilleSC & @ontrackgvl have introduced SchoolCNXT, a free app that connects students and their families with community resources, school updates, and more. Sign up today at ontrackgreenville.org/CNXTFormParent


INSTAGRAM


OPTION 1

Stay connected with your school community! United Way @ontrackgreenville has introduced SchoolCNXT, a free app for your phone or computer that connects you and your family with community resources, the latest school updates, and more. Visit @uwgreenvillesc to learn more.


OPTION 2

Connect with your school and your classroom could win some cash! United Way @ontrackgreenville is proud to introduce SchoolCNXT, a free app for your phone or computer that connects you and your family with community resources, school updates, and more. Visit @uwgreenvillesc to learn more.


LINKEDIN


OPTION 1

It has never been more important for students and families to feel connected to their school community. United Way OnTrack Greenville has introduced SchoolCNXT, a free app for your phone or computer that connects students, families and school staff with community resources, the latest school updates, and more. Sign up today at ontrackgreenville.org/CNXTFormParent


OPTION 2

Connect with your school and your classroom could win some cash! United Way OnTrack Greenville has introduced SchoolCNXT, a free app for your phone or computer that connects students, families and school staff with community resources, school updates, and more. The classroom with the largest participation wins $1,500 and the second place classroom will receive $500. Sign up today at ontrackgreenville.org/CNXTFormParent

ACE Award Nominations

The ACE Awards (Advocates for Character and Education) was created by Greg Blatt, Founder and Executive Director of Coaches 4 Character. It is an annual award given to 74 Greenville County students, a boy and girl from each of the 36 Greenville County middle schools and high schools.The award is designed to honor true "Unsung Heroes." The selection process, established by Greenville County school counselors, focuses on identifying and selecting students who often go unnoticed for one reason or another, but have accomplished great things in their community, church, or school.

If you would like to nominate a Greenville County 8th or 12th grader, please complete and submit this nomination form. All nominations must be submitted by February 8th, 2021. An ACE Awards Advisory Committee at each school will choose finalists from among those nominated to complete an application for the ACE Award. One male and one female will be chosen from each middle and high school in Greenville County.


https://forms.gle/jYXXZ6cWnFwFDAVv6

COVID PLEDGE Is now due

What is a NHI?

When you look at your child's grades in Parent Portal, you may see something that states "NHI." NHI means that the assignment was NOT HANDED IN. In order for your child to get an earned grade, the student must turn in the assignment. If the student has not turned in the assignment, the grade will be an automatic "F" in the grade book. Students have every opportunity to turn in the assignment. They can complete the assignment during their class, On Track, before school, and during lunch at Make Up Cafe. We will have some opportunities following the break for before and after school tutoring sessions. Please make sure that your child has turned in ALL assignments. We have to ALL work together to ensure the success of your child.

Berea Middle Before and After School Programs

We are super excited to announce our new Before and After School programs here at Berea Middle School beginning January 11, 2021. Students will have an opportunity to participate in opportunities to improve their grades by receiving assistance from a certified teacher. During these sessions, students can work on make-up assignments, NHI work as well as re-take/re-do assignments. These sessions will occur in the media center from 7:00am-8:00am or 3:30pm-5:00pm. If transportation is needed, please contact our On-Track Facilitator Ms. Tonia Davis at 864-355-1758 or tmdavis@greenville.k12.sc.us
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Reporting COVID Exposures

If you believe that your child has been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please remember to contact us. In the event that a student at Berea Middle School exposes others to the virus, those who may have been in direct contact will be notified in accordance with district protocol and CDC guidelines. If your child is exhibiting any symptoms of COVID such as a fever, loss of taste or smell, upset stomach, etc, please keep your child home and monitor symptoms. We would like to keep everyone as safe as possible during this pandemic. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Wear a Mask Video

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Parent Backpack

Parents- please make sure you are making sure that your child is doing ALL of their assignments. We have hit the mid-nine-week mark and there are a lot of incomplete assignments. If you are not signed up for Parent Backpack, please come by the school so that we can verify proper identification so that you can have access to updates, grades, and other information. Here is the link to register for Parent Backpack: https://parents.gcsbackpack.com/signin.aspx

Student Learning at Berea Middle School

Berea Middle Athletics

Important Dates

February 1- Black History Poster Contest Begins

February 15- President's Day (Teachers and Students do not attend)

Parent's Guide to Google Classroom by Mrs. Klumpe

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Berea Middle Parent and Student Resources

2020-2021 Berea Middle School Administrative and School Counseling Team

Mr. Corey Collington, Principal- ccollington@greenville.k12.sc.us

Mr. Steven Sokohl, 6th Grade Assistant Principal- ssokohl@greenville.k12.sc.us

Mrs. Melissa Dacus, 7th Grade Assistant Principal- mgrimsley@greenville.k12.sc.us

Ms. Brittany McCants, 8th Grade Assistant Principal- bmccants@greenville.k12.sc.us


Mr. Todd Long, 6th Grade School Counselor - jtlong@greenville.k12.sc.us

Ms. Katherine Christie, 7th Grade School Counselor- kchristi@greenville.k12.sc.us

Ms. Monique Manuel. 8th Grade School Counselor - mmanuel@greenville.k12.sc.us

Mr. Todd Branche, School Counselor- tbranche@greenville.k12.sc.us

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