March 12, 2021
Phase 4 Transition
We look forward and are so excited to be opening our school to Phase 4 Transition which includes 4 days of in-person instruction Monday - Thursday with a virtual school day on Friday. TRIN will begin this transition to Phase 4 on March 15, 2021. Students will enter the building @ 7:10AM and will be dismissed @ 11:15AM. Virtual Support Hours will continue to be 12:00PM - 1:35PM for our students and teachers. Bus passes and information are now available on Parent Portal.
Students who will be attending in-person are reminded that a daily Covid Screen Form will be required before boarding the school bus or entering the building. Students are also reminded that masks are required to be worn at all times. Please see the attached link for our district guidelines for mask wearing. Students wishing to utilize a face shield or desk barrier should reach out to their Homeroom teacher to communicate the request.
Also, all students who are in the "in-person instruction" cohort are expected to be present in class each day, Monday - Thursday unless, when completing the daily Covid Screen Form, parents indicate symptoms or scenarios that would prompt the parents to keep their child home and contact the nurses' office. In those incidents, if the student is able to attend school virtually, his/her attendance will be reflected as "presenting virtually". Parents should be communicating with our teachers and nurses' office accordingly.
I want to thank you for your cooperation with these procedures. It is important to have our students in school on a regular basis when they are well and symptom free. It is equally important to complete the Daily Covid Screen Form with integrity and follow the prompts that the form indicates in each given scenario. Collectively, we need to carry out our integral roles in transitioning to more in-person instruction and successful last few months of the school year.
Show Your School Spirit
School Spirit Day
Spirit Day: Monday March 15th
Monday will be Intermediate North's Wear Your School Spirit and School Color Day. We ask our students to join our teachers and staff and wear your school colors or spirit wear to celebrate our return to 4 Day In-Person Instruction, Phase IV Opening. All in-person and virtual students can join us by showing our Dolphin Pride.
Securly Classroom is a tool our teachers have access to that enables them to provide students with over-the-shoulder support. It allows the teacher a look into students’ screens* so that they can guide, monitor, and communicate with students when class is in session and students are signed into their district-provided Google accounts. Teachers can push out links, bring students to specific sites as a group, and guide them on their screens if they are struggling. Students can raise their hand if they have a question with the click of an icon and ask questions in a chat with the teacher if they need one-on-one support.
The program is enabled on all district chromebooks and is also accessible on non-district Chromebooks, Windows and Mac computers during class time when a student is signed into his/her district Google login. As a notification to students and parents that the program is in use, the district will be enabling a message box that will appear on the screen for students when a session is active.
*During a live session, the browser tab that a student has open is visible to teachers, as well as a listing of titles for other tabs. The teacher does not have access to the site or information on any other tabs and cannot navigate to those tabs; nor does the teacher have access to the computer’s desktop, menus or other programs.
Are You Interested in Joining our Dolphin Bowling Club?
We are trying to start a Spring Bowling Club! No experience necessary to join. If you think you may be interested in joining or would like additional information, please take a few minutes to read and complete the attached interest form.
Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)
The Toms River Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) will hold its next virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 16th from 6pm-7pm. The topic is "Understanding your Child's IEP".
Graduation Gown Information:
8th Grade graduation gown information can be found at the link below. I have scheduled a spring picture seating to include a cap and gown picture for our 8th grade students which may be used should we wish or need to implement a virtual option for graduation this year. In order to include all of our 8th graders in their caps and gowns, please order your gown soon.