SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE - DONNA BURKE
I want to give a "shout out" to our teachers and staff. This is not an easy time to be a teacher or staff member in a school, but our folks are doing an amazing job. We have a new student information system, Powerschool, and learning to navigate this system has been challenging. In addition, this year we are using "iReady" in place of "Scantron" as our formative assessment tool. Again, this is a change our teachers and students and yet another thing to have to learn to use.
I was very proud of our students last week. They did a great job during all of the Spirit Week activities during the school day and outside of school day. This week we have really been focused on academics and preparing for the end of the 9 weeks. The last day of the 9 weeks is Friday, October 8th, so our students should continue working hard and getting all our their assignments completed and turned in to teachers.
Lastly, we received our 20-21 ACAP (Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program) scores last week. This is Alabama's Summative Assessment that was given to our students last spring. We will be mailing these results home at the end of next week. Stay tuned for more info.
Dates to Remember
Oct. 18th - Report cards go home
NEWS FROM OUR COUNSELORS!
Mrs. Catherine Bruno - 6th grade Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. MaryAnn Grear - 7th grade Counselor email@example.com
Ms. Brennita Keith - 8th grade Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
The Crisis Center 205-323-7777 (24 hrs) TEXT 205-328-5465
Teen Link 205-328-LINK (5465) Kids Line 205-328-KIDS (5437) available 3-10pm
The Trevor Project 866-488-7346 Jeffco DHR 205-423-4900
Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 Shelby Co DHR 205-669-3000
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800 273-TALK (8255) OR text TALK to 741741
PIRC (Psychiatric Intake Response Center) - 205-638-PIRC (7472)”
NEWS FROM MRS. SCHMITH, SCHOOL NURSE
If your child has ANY symptoms of illness, please keep him/her at home until you can determine the cause of the symptoms. If your child has symptoms and they have been tested for COVID-19, they must remain home until the COVID-19 test results are reported to you. Per the ADPH Back to School Guidance, if your child has symptoms and has a negative covid test result, the child should stay home for 10 days UNLESS a healthcare provider issues an alternate diagnosis. We don't need to know the specific diagnosis but we need to know there is a diagnosis other than COVID-19 to explain the symptoms. When students report to school with symptoms of illness and subsequently test positive for COVID-19, they have exposed countless others, creating multiple close contact individuals and additional COVID positive cases. Please refer to the ADPH Back to School Guidance pages numbered 13 and 15, or your personal Healthcare Professional if you have questions. https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/cov-school-guidance-073021.pdf
Powerschool - Student Portal and Parent Home Portal Information
Powerschool Home Portal for Students
Students can access the portal through CLEVER. Students can follow these directions to view their grades and attendance. If you have any questions about your student's grades, please contact your teachers directly.
Powerschool Home Portal for Parents
Information was sent home last Tuesday with your child. Your child would have received the parent letter during their homeroom class. You will be able to keep up with your child's grades and attendance. Follow the directions on your letter which also contains your Access ID and password.
Required Fees due TODAY, 9/30/21!
Registration fees are due today. Please go to https://secure4.myschoolfees.com to pay your required fees.
IMPORTANT info concerning Device Protection Plan!
Today is the last day you can purchase the Device Protection Plan ("insurance"). After today, the fee will be taken out of your required fees and you will not be allowed to purchase it. After that, you will have to pay for the repairs to your chromebook as needed and will have to pay the full replacement cost ($400) instead of a reduced cost if your chromebook is LOST or damaged beyond repair.
After you have paid any previous outstanding balances and the required fees, you will be able to "Continue Shopping" to pay some optional fees and donations! After you click on "Continue Shopping", just click on the green box that says "Registration--Optional Fees" and a page of fees will appear including PTO Donation, other donations, and the Yearbook fee.
After you pay those fees, you can "Continue Shopping" and look at the fees under the green box and see if any of those apply to your student.
If you have not used MySchoolFees before, please click on the following link to the User's Guide.
*If you do not have a MasterCard, a Discover card, or electronic checks, you may pay by exact cash or check at the drop box in the school lobby. Check MySchoolFees to see exactly what you owe.
KEEPING STUDENTS INFORMED!
Please email Mrs. Prescott at email@example.com or call (205) 439-2268 concerning any attendance issues.
A reminder about excuse notes...
*Parent's note or email note must contain a signature to be accepted
*Absences are excused for the following reasons:
death in the immediate family
emergency conditions as determined by the Principal/Designee or Superintendent/Designee
permission of Principal and consent of parent
All students will have free breakfast and lunch during the 2021-2022 school year. While breakfast and lunch will be free, à la carte items such as extra snacks and beverages must be purchased. To replenish your child’s lunch account, please visit MySchoolBucks.com or send cash or check with your student to pay in the lunchroom or a secure drop box for lunch payments is located in the Front Lobby.
GoFan - TO PURCHASE FOOTBALL TICKETS
Ticketing. Everyone who attends the game are encouraged to buy a ticket online using GoFan.com. Use this link to purchase tickets. https://gofan.co/app/school/AL68127
The following procedures must be adhered to:
- Tickets must be pre-purchased through GoFan (see instructions below).
- All tickets are $7.00 for both adults and children. Children 5 and under are free.
10/1-2 Volleyball Metro Tourn; 7th @ Hewitt, 8th @ Berry
10/7 Football vs Liberty Park @ HHS (home)
BOYS BB TRYOUTS
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If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email or call. If the question is specific to a teacher, email the teacher directly. If you have a general question you can email us directly or through firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a question email your administrator.
Ms. Donna Burke, Principal email@example.com
Mr. Justin Jones, 6th grade Asst. Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Pamela Davis, 7th grade and Principal email@example.com
Mr. Sean Colosimo, 8th grade Asst. Principal firstname.lastname@example.org