Stanley Middle School
Week of January 16
SECOND SEMESTER SUCCESS
Items you do not need to learn
1. AirPods (if you use them on the bus, leave them in your bookbag when you arrive at school)
4. Water bottles filled with soda, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc
These items are becoming distractions and disruptions.
Morning Procedural Reminders
1. Students who want breakfast need to report to cafeteria immediately upon arrival. Eat breakfast before you go to class.
2. Students who need to use the restroom upon arrival, go to class and get a hall pass and then go to the restroom. This will help control the amount of students in the restroom before school begins and allows us to aware of where students are in the building.
3. Please clean out your bookbags of unnecessary school items as this helps our morning metal detection go much faster. A clean bookbag also keeps you more organized as a student.
4. School starts at 8:30. Students who are late to school start out their. Our doors open at 7:50. Please make sure your child is on time for school.
iReady MOY Assessment
It is hard to believe that we are already preparing for the second i-Ready® Diagnostic. The diagnostic is a computer-based test that provides information about how well your child is progressing and performing academically this school year. Please stress the importance of doing your best on the test as the results will help us make good decisions about the levels of instruction for your child during the second semester.
We are asking parents to do all they can to motivate their child as they prepare to take the i-Ready® Diagnostic test. Below are a few tips that we would like for you to take into consideration:
▪ Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before taking the test. (Dates are located in the Calendar portion of the newsletter)
▪ Have your child at school on time, especially on test days so the schedule is not interrupted.
▪ Talk with your child about why the test is important. You can say:
“The test helps you find out how much progress you have made since the beginning of the school year.”
“The test lets your teacher know about and celebrate your achievements.”
“Do your best; do not rush through the test, but don’t spend too much time on one question either.”
“As you go along, questions on the test change based on your answers to previous questions. You will see some questions that you do not know, and that is OK. Just try to do your best.”
We appreciate your efforts to provide encouragement for your child, and we thank you for taking an active role in your child’s learning. Working together, we are confident that this school year will be a productive and successful one for all of our students.
GCS CHOICE FAIR
8th graders - Make plans to attend the GCS Choice Fair February 3 or 4 to learn about all GCS high school options.
Click HERE for more information.
HELP US REWARD STUDENTS AND STAFF
We will continue to update the list quarterly as we see what become the hot items. This week, students and staff loved mystery grab bags which contained several prizes.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
16 - MLK Jr. Holiday
17 - iREADY 6th and 8th Math MOY testing
18 - iREADY 7th READING MOY; HS Magnet Choice programs speak to 8th graders
19 - iREADY MATH MOY; Science Fair
20 - Honor Roll Celebration
21- SMS Chorus sings @Checkers Game 3:00
23 - Basketball@Grier (students must have adult attend with them)
24 - School Spelling Bee
26 - Basketball@SMS
30 - Basketball@BCMS
2 - Basketball@SMS
3 - PTO Dance 3:30-5:00
3 - Choice Fair 5:00-8:00 Gastonia Conference Center
4 - Choice Fair 9:00-4:00 Gastonia Conference Center
6 - Basketball@SMS
9 - Interims go Home
16 - Basketball@Chavis
20 - No School for Students
21 - Basketball@Belmont
24 - Battle of Books Competition
2 - Basketball Playoffs
3 - Cheershow Case
4 - Robo Gaston
7- Boys Basketball Championship
8 - Girls Basketball Championship
9 - Dismissal - Parent Conferences
10 - No School for Students
Cell Phone/Wireless Devices Policy Reminder
Therefore, the expectation is that if parents allow students to bring phones to school that they remain in their bookbag, OFF and AWAY, from the time they arrive at school until they leave at the end of the day. Students with communicati9on devices on watches are not to use communication devices during the school day.
See Rule 18 in the GCS Code of Conduct for full policy.