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Hybrid Learning- April 30, 2021

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Help us THANK our AMAZING teachers at SMS!!

Want to thank a teacher and let them know just how much you appreciate them but not sure how?

PFC Hospitality would like to recognize all of the hard-working teachers at SMS by having food, snacks, goodies and cards in the Staff Room next week for Teacher Appreciation. If you want to and you are able, come to the office to drop off your treats and we will set them up in the Teacher Staff Room.

Not able to come to school? Email your teacher and let them know how you feel. We feel so lucky to have such a dedicated and hard-working teaching staff and we appreciate them for all they do! Let's shower them with love and appreciation next week!


Hospitality Reps,

Beverly and Kathy


Questions? Contact Beverly Christie: christiefamily47@yahoo.com

SMS Character trait of the month... Trustworthiness

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Asian Pacific Islander Month

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month in the US. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history. Every May we celebrate the contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

Prepping for CAASPP testing- downloading the Secure Browser on a Personal Device

IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: If your child is using a personal Chromebook that IS NOT a district issued one, they will need to use another device during CAASPP. If you need to borrow one from SMS, please call the office at 934-8174 to arrange for pick up. There is a limited supply so PLEASE request early.

Using a Windows Device?
1. video- https://youtu.be/CEFr6T7bXj8
2. PDF- https://ca-toms-help.ets.org/s/pdf/How-to-Download-a-Secure-Browser-on-a-Windows-Computer.2021.pdf
3. Spanish video- https://youtu.be/wGrXBo1FBEQ
Using an Apple Device?
1. video-https://youtu.be/KNDXggjeBQU
2. PDF - https://ca-toms-help.ets.org/s/pdf/How-to-Download-a-Secure-Browser-on-a-Mac-Computer.2021.pdf
3. Spanish Video- https://youtu.be/jZ0gxMAJZt8.

CAASPP SCHEDULES:

TEXTBOOK RETURN AT SMS

Monday, May 24th -Group A In Person (schedule to follow)

Tuesday May 25th- Group A In person (For students who did not turn in) -

Wednesday, May 26th- 11:30-2:30 Drive- Thru for Distance Learning (details to follow)

Thursday, May 27th- Group B in Person (schedule to follow)

Friday, May 28th- - For students who did not turn in :-)

Free Online Tutoring Opportunity Available!

At last the opportunity to receive academic assistance has come FREE and available to all middle schoolers. At EaseTutoring provides academic support to assist students with the subjects they feel are the most challenging. Despite the quarantine and the closure of schools we offer on-on-one aid with students through a video call. Each tutor will have a prepared agenda based on the student’s identified need. An initial intake survey will help pair the student with an appropriate tutor to support their area of need. This once a week meeting provides a student the time necessary to review the support provided as well as determine what support they need for the next tutoring session. A time and day for the meeting will be decided and agreed upon in advance to fit the needs of both our tutors as well as the hard-working students.


This tutoring program also provides volunteer work for the instructors which for Juniors is essential. In this state of the pandemic many of the opportunities that previous Highschoolers were able to capitalize on have been closed down or discontinued for the time being. In our current situation, our primary goal is to provide academic support to students, foster friendships, and simultaneously give back to our community during these difficult and unprecedented times.


Below is a link to a questionnaire which will allow us to collect information about the interested students and pair them with a tutor that would make a great fit. Our hope is that At Ease Tutoring will provide students with the academic support they need to be successful while simultaneously investing in themselves and their future. We hope you will consider taking advantage of this opportunity, we can’t wait to see you soon.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMCj0qJyCrRPuwPR2WrHGjEzxAmiUan2uA1ucenqCiMRnwHA/viewform?usp=sf_linkb

Summer Session at Sequoia Middle- Interest Form

Click here if you would like to fill out the form outside of this newsletter. The embedded form above will require you to scroll down within the form to complete. Either one will work. One for each child if you would like more than one to attend.

Check out our Video Bulletin

Bulletin for April 26th

Out and about on campus...

CAASPP Make up Opportunities: Virtual AND In-Person

We will have an opportunities for students to make-up/ complete CAASPP testing both Virtually and In-Person. If there is a scheduling conflict and/or your child needs to complete one or more of their CAASPP tests, you can call our office at 925-934-8174 and schedule to have your child attend (Virtually or In-Person) on one of the days below.

Here are the days/times:

Wednesday, May 19th (for ELA & Science) 12:30pm-3:30pm

Wednesday, May 26th (for Math, ELA, & Science) 10:30am-1:30pm

REACHING OUT TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY...

Parenting in a Digital World — Free!

Next week is National “Digital Wellness Day” (May 7th)


John Muir Behavioral Health is partnering with the Walnut Creek District Attorney's office to discuss cyber safety and responsible use of social media. Darryl Holcombe, Senior Inspector, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, will be providing guidance on ways to protect children and teens from online threats, as well as how to protect their reputation online. Allison Shue, MSN, RN, PMHNP, Director of Clinical Operations for John Muir Behavioral Health will be available for clinical discussion of the impacts on child and teen mental health related to internet and social media use. This is a free event and is open to anyone in the community.



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Reconnect Safely, Return Strong

MDUSD Safe Reopening Plan following Public Health Guidelines

Sequoia Middle School Reopening Preparedness Photos

Click here for a Summary of what is happening on Campus to prepare for our students’ return.

“Ask the CBO”Video Archive- click here!

You may submit questions regarding budgeting processes and CA school finance to cbo@mdusd.org. Lisa Gonzales Chief Business Officer, MDUSD

Coffee with Keck Video Archive

Come join us virtually to discuss all things SMS! Meetings are recorded to allow all of our learning community to stay up-to-date on Sequoia Middle happenings- Make it a great day Sequoia!

Free Printing/Scanning/Wifi/Computers @ Libraries

Click here to access detailed information about how the library may help you!

Letter from our Superintendent Dr. Clark-

Click the link to access the newest edition of the Superintendent's Friday Letter...

https://www.mdusd.org/FridayLetter

Translation Services

Bertha Sandoval, our Noon Supervisor, will be supporting us in translating and reaching out to Spanish-speaking families Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 10:30AM. Her extension is 5619.

Upcoming Dates...

CAASPP Testing:

Week of May 3- Science (8th graders only)

Week of May 10- ELA (all grades)

Week of May 17- Math (all grades)

Week of May 24-28th- Textbook return, See schedule in this Newsletter above

June 2nd- 8th Grade Hybrid Drive-Thru Promotion on Blacktop (details to follow)

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, actual or potential parental, family, marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Questions, concerns or complaints regarding harassment, discrimination, intimidation and bullying, please contact the Equity Compliance Officer, Jennifer Sachs, Executive Director of Instructional Support, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at sachsj@mdusd.org.