McCracken Eagle News

Winter 2020

Important Dates

February 8 - Progress Reports

February 15 - Staff Development Day - No School for Students

February 22 - 2021-2022 Enrollment Survey Due (see below)

February 28 - D7 School Choice Application Deadline (see below)

March 18 - End of 3rd 9 Weeks

March 24 - Report Cards

April 2-9 - Spring Break - School Closed

School Choice

The School Choice application process is opened on an annual basis. As District 7 plans for the 2021-2022 school year, we have established specific procedures and deadlines for School Choice requests. If you are not already participating in School Choice and wish to enroll your child in a school other than the one he/she currently attends or is assigned to attend next year based on your residence (for students moving up from elementary to middle school), you must submit a completed School Choice application online no later than February 28, 2021. Applications will be available at spartanburg7.org/SchoolChoice starting Tuesday, January 19. Space is limited and applications are processed in the order they are received.

Students already participating in School Choice do NOT need to apply again. They will remain enrolled in their current school and progress to the next level school associated with their current school.


2020-2021 School Choice Timeline

January 13, 2021 School Choice information is sent to District 7 families

January 19, 2021 School Choice application opens online at spartanburg7.org/SchoolChoice

February 28, 2021 School Choice application DEADLINE

March 30, 2021 Parents/guardians are notified about the status of their application


District schools or classes currently filled to capacity will not be open to School Choice; and while we cannot guarantee every request will be fulfilled, every application will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Terry Pruitt, Chief Academic Officer, at 864-594-4400.

Enrollment Survey - Please Respond by Monday, February 22

Last summer, District 7 responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by quickly creating and implementing a virtual school option for our families. We have learned a great deal about serving students in a virtual environment throughout this year and we are applying these insights as we plan for the 2021-2022 school year.

At this stage in our process, it will be helpful to know each District 7 family’s enrollment preference (whether in-person or virtual) for next year. Please click here to respond by Monday, February 22. Your response does not commit you to a decision at this point.

Later this spring, our enrollment period for the 2021-2022 school year will open and families will select either in-person or virtual attendance for the entire 2021-2022 school year. More information on our virtual school option will be provided before you make this selection.

Thank you! Your feedback will help us greatly with planning in order to best meet the needs of our district.

8th Grade IGP Conferences

8th Grade IGP Conferences

It's time to schedule your 8th grade student’s Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) conference. During this short discussion, you and your student will meet with their school counselor to review courses to ensure graduation requirements are being met and that your student’s college and career goals are on the same track as their academic coursework. This annual planning meeting begins in the 8th grade and is an important component of the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) of 2005. Due to COVID-19, all IGP conferences will be conducted virtually. Our hope is that MMS will have 100% parental participation and that you will find the IGP conference helpful and productive.

Please use the links below to schedule a conference based on the first letter of your student's last name.

A - G: Meet with Mrs. Long

H - M: Meet with Ms. Jenkins

N - Z: Meet with Ms. Copeland

Free Meals for All Students

The FDA has approved free meals for all students through the end of this school year - no application needed for students attending in person. Virtual students can sign up for a free 5-day meal kit at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z7YMQDD. View our school menu at https://spartanburg7.nutrislice.com/

Get Your 2020-2021 Yearbook

Remember this school year with a McCracken yearbook. Use the link below to get your yearbook early to save money! Save 20% by using the coupon code "cupid" now through February 28.

https://yearbookforever.com/schools/mccracken_middle_school_buy_yearbook_6114/

Student Art Exhibit

Please click on the link below to view the current student art exhibit at the Chapman Cultural Center by students in Districts 4, 6 & 7.


https://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/flickr-gallery/72157718302193366/

Staying Healthy

Check out this information from the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention-H.pdf


Just a few reminders to keep us all healthy:


  • Everyone must wear a mask every day.
  • All students and staff will have a temperature check upon arrival each day.
  • Students must be fever free for 24 hours without the assistance of a fever reducer before returning to school. Please keep children at home until that time.
  • For confirmed COVID-19 or flu, you will need to contact our school nurse for specific guidelines for returning to school.
  • Drink lots of water, rest and wash your hands frequently.
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

These illnesses are very contagious and following these simple guidelines will help keep everyone healthy.


Thank you for your help.

2 for 1 - Help MMS PTSO while you shop with Amazon and Office Depot

Amazon:

If you shop online at Amazon, please bookmark and use the following link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8818169
AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your purchase to McCracken each time you shop! (No fees are charged for participating.) When you click on the link the first time, you will need to enter:

1. "McCracken Middle School PTSO";

2. Then select "McCracken Middle School PTSO" as your charity of choice.

3. Each subsequent time you log in using the link, "McCracken Middle School PTSO" will show as your chosen charity.


Office Depot:

When shopping at Office Depot, just mention MMS and our PTSO receives 5% of each sale.

Social Media Tips and Sites for Parents

Parenting middle school students is an amazing journey and social media has become a big part of that parent adventure. Most of the time social media is a fun way for teens and tweens to connect and communicate with each other and you using personal devices. FaceBook and Twitter are now parent places while Instagram, Tumblr, Vine and SnapChat are the hangouts for teens now. Being aware of where your child is going on their personal devices and helping to keep them safe are all important for the parent of today's teen. I hope you will use these sites as conversation starters and tools with your student. I hope you find these helpful.


This site has a wealth of information about the meaning of music lyrics, movie content and reasons for ratings, trending social media sites and other ways to keep your child safe on the internet. Included is information on safe and unsafe social media sites for your student.


https://www.commonsensemedia.org


These sites also have a lot of information at a glance:


Super Article For Managing Social Media With Teens......

Social Media Advice for Parents!


Parent and Child Social Media Contract for Home.......SO IMPORTANT!

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/research/familymediacontracts1.pdf


What is SnapChat video......one of the most popular sites for students at MMS using personal devices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmT1CSBd8Ks&feature=youtu.be

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District 7 Website