Comet Connect

September 13. 2021

Principal's Message - Comet Connect Weekly Video

Video Message: https://youtu.be/_sXYAwPwyfo


Digital Learning Day (Asynchronous Day)


Tuesday, September 14th, will be a Digital Learning Day (DLD) for all students. Please Note: Students will access lessons in eCLASS (or hard copy from teachers), but will not have live class time with their teachers on this asynchronous day. Students will check-in with teachers between 11:30 and 12:00.


Buses will start delivering breakfast and lunch along the bus routes between 10:45 -12:00. You may also pick up in the car rider lane during the hours of 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.


At Grace Snell, we are pursuing a culture of academic rigor and excellence. We all must diligently work together to ensure that we create graduates in the South Gwinnett Cluster.

Keep up the great work and support as we begin the new semester.


We are Respectful, Responsible, and Ready - #R3


Your Proud Principal

Darlene Brown

CogAT Testing - September 21, 2021 (8th Grade Only)


Dear Grace Snell Families,

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, your child will be participating in the 2021 administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) which measures students’ verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities. The results of this test will help assess how well your child is performing and assist with plans to meet your child’s academic needs.


The three batteries of the test: Verbal Battery, Quantitative Battery, and Nonverbal Battery will be given in one day. Each battery consists of three subtests, and students have ten minutes to complete each of the subtests for a total of 90-minutes to complete the assessment.


Thank you for making sure your child is present and on time for test day. Our staff wants to provide your child with the best opportunity to be successful. Although no studying or preparation is necessary for this test, the following recommendations should help your child do his/her best each day:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Be at school on time
  • Be prepared (glasses if needed)

Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your student during testing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Patricia Merritt at (770) 554-7770.

Intramurals are Here

Intramurals run in both the fall and spring. We typically offer basketball, volleyball, and soccer, but these are always subject to change.


INTRAMURAL RULES

1. Intramurals are open to all students.

2. Intramurals will be held Monday - Thursday.

*Monday Mornings– 6th grade 7:45- 8:55

* Tuesday Mornings 7th - Grade 7:45- 8:55

* Wednesday - 8th Grade 7:45- 8:45 am afternoon 4:00-5:30

* Thursday – 8th Grade 7:45- 8:45 am afternoon 4:00-5:30

3. The student must be dropped off in the car rider lane no earlier than 7:50 a.m.

4. All participants must exhibit good sportsmanship and the established school rules.

5. Students are responsible for securing all their own personal valuables. It is strongly recommended that each student bring a lock to secure their valuables in a locker. Thank you for taking the time to read our guidelines.

Medication Reminder

Students are not permitted to transport medication to school. If you would like for your child to take any medication during school, including Advil, Tylenol or prescription medication, you must provide the medication to the school clinic worker and complete the appropriate paperwork. Parents must bring and pick up all medication for students. If your child needs an inhaler, please contact the clinic directly for directions.

WATER BOTTLES

PARENTS: Please make sure your student brings a water bottle to school everyday! While the water fountains are still on, we do have a water bottle refill machine in the cafeteria and across from the cafeteria for all to use. Only clear liquids are allowed.

PARENTS:

Please frequently visit the Grace Snell Middle School

and the GCPS website during the school year to access important 2021-2022 school year information!!

Please stay up-to-date with your child's progress through the Parent Portal. Please reach out to individual teachers via email if you have questions regarding your child's performance.**

Student hours are:

9:15 AM - 4:00 PM

**Reminder: Students are not allowed in the building until 8:55 AM unless they have a pass from a teacher.**

Free and Reduced Lunch / Lunch for Digital Learners


GCPS will provide meals free of charge to students and children 18 and younger through the end of the school year.


*Even with lunches being provided to students at no cost this year, it is still important to fill out the free or reduced lunch application for other student benefits!*


For those in need of an application for free or reduced lunch, it can be found here.


You can learn more about Gwinnett's nutrition program on the county's website.


Digital Learners

Digital learners who attend GOC may pick up meals in the front office Monday -Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Each day's pick-up includes both breakfast and lunch.


Student ID will be required this school year for digital student lunch pick up.

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Grace Snell Middle School's Community Garden

Grace Snell Middle School's Community Garden "Where we Plant Seeds to Grow Minds and Food." The Community Garden will be a staple for our school and the community. We will use the garden as a teaching resource for our STEM curriculum, all content levels and beyond. Our goal is to have a thriving educational garden that can provide fresh organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs to the community.

How to Check Student Progress - Have they logged into eCLASS? How long did they remain in the class/assignment?

Check out the video for more information on how to check the progress of your student. Great Information included.



https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VNsak5JbJ4EHSKysTHmfiSQlFDNGnnim/view?usp=sharing

If I Make Up My Missing Assignments, What Could My New Grade Be?

The My StudentVUE App and the ParentVUE App now has the ability for students to gauge their semester average based on the score they'd like to earn on a missing assignment. This is a very nice feature because it does the calculating for you.


Please watch this StudentVUE Grade Slider Video for more details and information. This video is also on the Grace Snell Middle School main eCLASS Landing Page.

Handbook & Mypaymentsplus

Parents, please fill out the following forms on my payments plus. Please contact the school if you need additional assistance.


Those without an account will need to create one by going to MyPaymentsPlus.com; click on “Register” for a FREE account.


https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome

Grace Snell Middle School 2021-2022 Student/Parent Handbook


When you register, you'll see:

Attendance Protocol Form - page 35 GCPS Student/Parent Handbook

Parent AKS Brochure – 6th -8th Grade

Extracurricular Activities - page 35 GCPS Student/Parent Handbook

Car Riders and Walkers

Please click below for an important update to our car rider procedures for the 2021-2022 school year.

Morning Car Rider Hours: 8:55-9:15

Afternoon Dismissal will begin at 4:00

Please fill out the forms and return them to the homeroom teacher. You may email the form to the office clerk for each grade level. If you are unable to print the form, please complete this information on a separate sheet of paper and we will attach it to the form.

6th: Katrina Brown - katrina.brown@gcpsk12.org


7th: April Chappell - april.chappell@gcpsk12.org


8th: Camille Pollard- camille.pollard@gcpsk12.org


GSMS Permission Form for Car Rider/ Walker

GSMS Car Rider and Walker Parent Information

Have you signed up for Parent Portal?


If you have not already signed up for Parent Portal, please contact Kimberly Arenas at kimberly.arenas@gcpsk12.org to complete the sign-up process. The Parent Portal allows parents to monitor student progress throughout the year. No more waiting for report cards to get an update on grades; you may simply check the Parent Portal at your convenience. Other features allow you to view attendance, lunch account balances, checked out and overdue books, and emergency contact information.


Click here for the Parent Portal form

Parent Portal & Student Portal Updates

Student Data Validation/Change Process


The Student Data Validation/Change Process is online via the ParentVue Update Student Information tab within the Parent Portal. To ensure receipt of all school information updates, it is important that all information is reviewed and updated annually. Please use this feature to ensure all necessary contact information (i.e., emergency contacts, pick up lists, cell phone numbers, doctor numbers, and any necessary medical information the school needs to know) is up-to-date and accurate.


The information provided here is our primary emergency contact information, and it is crucial that we get accurate parent/guardian telephone numbers and addresses.


Click here for the flyers and the registration form

Supply Lists

Supply Lists

Supply lists are available on our website on the Supply Lists Page


*Please note that teachers may have additional supply requirements for each grade level.

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