Weddington Middle School Newsletter

September 11, 2020

Big picture

Notes from the Principal

I am pleased to report a pretty good week of school this week! We missed our early alphabet Monday students, but y’all are usually first at everything! It’ll catch back up as we approach Thanksgiving and winter holidays, and we look forward to seeing all of you for a full week of fun beginning Monday.


I do believe we’re settling in, and we’re encouraged by the possibility of students joining us face-to-face more frequently in only a few weeks. Even middle school sports are on the horizon, and you’ll hear more about both endeavors as we approach “go-time” with each of those items.


Our counselors welcomed students new to our school with a little virtual ice cream party this afternoon, and we’re slowly but surely learning about each other and developing relationships. We enrolled over 100 students new to our schools this summer, and we’re grateful for all of them A thru Z, Plan B to Plan D!


We shared a survey with students by way of Canvas today, and share with you as parents a similar tool to gauge stakeholder sentiment as it relates to workload, course navigation, tech help, live delivery, and pacing. There’s A LOT going on here, and our students and teachers will still grow together to create great things. Nobody ever said growth will come easy, and perhaps nobody knows the truth to that like a middle schooler! As we partner again in what’s still such a fluid situation, I invite you to share your input on these five basic items.



https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIvHNuANN71O1ASpxkDLfaHr-FYQsVIWNfvJlwTger6Q3uqw/viewform



Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekend!

Next Week's Menu

Through December 31, 2020 all student lunches will be free (a-la-carte items must be paid for).

Big picture

The county has released the following county for middle school sports. You will also see

other important dates for when practice starts, first games and last games.

A few things that should be noted.

This is based on us continuing to move forward as a state and we get to PHASE 3 by Nov 4th.

We need coaches for the following sports - Swimming, Tennis and Girls Lacrosse.

If interested please send an email to Joe.leach@ucps.k12.nc.us

Big picture
Each afternoon at dismissal, we utilize our WES Loop off 12 Mile Creek Road to accommodate some traffic. Beginning next week, we invite 8th grade parents to pick up from the elementary school side, and we will dismiss our 8th graders first for just that purpose. Everyone may still use the main MS Loop off Deal Road, and we will NOT be enforcing which grade level students go to which car rider line—just looking for a little perk for our 8th graders (and maybe for their parents as well)!
8th grade parents: Please make sure that your email address is correct in PowerSchool. Beta Club invitations will be sent out soon through email, and we don't want to miss anyone.
Big picture

Tech Tips

Want to try something fun AND helpful this weekend? Try connecting Alexa with your child's Canvas account! Hey, Alexa...!

https://alexa-edu.com/parents/

We are limiting drop offs for the following essential items only: eyeglasses, chromebooks, and medication. Forgotten lunches are NOT essential items, and we are not accommodating food or drink exchanges. We can provide food for students who forget their lunch. Our front office is open Mon-Thurs from 8:30-4:4:30 and Fridays from 8:30-1.
Big picture
Our WMS counselors are looking to liven things up during Commons time! If you would like to donate prizes for games with counselors during commons, please click the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4ea8a923a1f49-games

Big picture

Attention all students enrolled in high school credit courses: Monday, September 14 is the final day to drop the course! Please contact your teacher and/or Mr. Gray asap if you have any intentions of exiting those classes. Students enrolled in high school credit courses on Tuesday, September 15 will remain in those courses for the duration of our school year.

Big picture

Looking for Grades?

PowerSchool should be the main resource used to check your child’s grades. Canvas is utilized to complete assignments and lessons throughout the course. Teachers will often times make lessons completion grades rather than accuracy grades. This adjustment can be seen through PowerSchool and not always through Canvas. Therefore, please be sure that you are regularly checking PowerSchool for grades. Canvas can be checked to determine complete and incomplete assignments. Don't have your Parent PowerSchool account set up? Email amy.rogeres@ucps.k12.nc.us

Let's go Live!

Did you know that LIVE help is available throughout the day, every day?? These sessions can help to calm anxiety and provide students multiple opportunities to work with educators on organizational skills, to troubleshoot course navigation problems, and to access our content curriculum. Links can be found on the Canvas page.


Counselor Page: https://ucps.instructure.com/courses/198892

You can still email amy.rogers@ucps.k12.nc.us for assistance throughout the day.

Big picture

Problems going live? Try these steps:

  • Go to the Student Startup Page and click on the OFFICE 365 app.
  • Then, go to the far right to the small circle with your initials in it.
  • Click on that and sign out.
  • Then sign back in with STUDENT #@ucps.k12.nc.us and the regular password. DO NOT RELY ON AUTO-FILLED INFO!

Big picture

The Schedule Setup

Our school schedule and suggested schedule for Mon-Thurs

Big picture

Friday's Live Schedule

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Any students who still have books from the 2019-20 school year should return those as soon as possible. We also have many yearbooks waiting for pickup!

The Scoop on Staying Safe

● Temperature checks and screening questions will be completed daily for all staff and students.

● Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be allowed to enter the school building or facility. Parents of students with temperatures will be notified and should arrange pick-up for their child.

● Students will be placed six feet apart in the classroom.

● There will be signage and floor markings to remind students of social distancing expectations in all public locations. This includes hallways, the cafeteria, and the gym.

● Lockers will not be used.

● Students will not change for PE.

● Classrooms will be wiped down between each class change by staff.

● Masks are required for all staff and students.

● Social distancing measures will be in place in the hallways, cafeteria, classrooms, gymnasium, and bus.

Arrival:


  • Students cannot be dropped off prior to 8:20.
  • No student should exit the car until a staff member has completed the screening and temperature check. Students should not be dropped off and left unattended. Staff will be strategically positioned in and around the building to ensure social distancing.
  • Bus riders will be screened and have temperatures taken as students exit the bus
  • Bus riders: Parents/guardians must complete a Bus Attestation form. Please sign and return to bus driver.
  • If entering the building before school begins, 6th grade will go to the cafeteria; 7th/8th will go to the gym. Students will be required to wear masks and will be socially distanced.
  • School will begin at 9:05

    Dismissal:
  • School will conclude at 4:05, due to transportation changes.
  • Buses may need to complete double runs, which could cause your child to be home later than anticipated.
  • Car riders can be picked up on the middle school or the elementary school car line. The area has been marked to keep students distanced, and masks must remain on. Please have your child's name on a sign in your car window.

We have a NEW phone number!

Please change our information in your contacts: 704-296-6318

COVID Q&A

All UCPS Schools and Facilities will:

· Temperature check any student, staff, or essential visitor entering the building or facility. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be allowed to enter the school building or facility.

· Screening for COVID-19 symptoms anyone entering a building or facility utilizing the screening tool provided by NCDHHS/NCDPI.

· Limit non-essential visitors entering the building or facility.

Guidance for Student and Staff COVID-19 cases:

Students and staff:

· who test positive for COVID-19

· show symptoms of COVID-19

· had contact with a person with COVID-19

should stay home and not come to school or report to work in the school facility until certain criteria(criteria is below) has been met.

Criteria for Returning to School or to Work at the School Facility (Adhere to the following process for allowing a student or staff member to return to school.)

· If a person has had a negative COVID-19 test, they can return to school once there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and they have felt well for 24 hours.

· If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical professional based on a test or their symptoms or does not get a COVID-19 test but has had symptoms, they should not be at school and should stay at home until they (or a family member if younger child) can answer YES to the following three questions:

1. Has it been at least 10 days since the child first had symptoms?

2. Has it been at least 3 days since the child had a fever (without using fever-reducing medicine)?

3. Has it been at least 3 days since the child's symptoms have improved, including cough and shortness of breath?

· A person can return to school, following normal school policies if they receive confirmation of an alternative diagnosis form a health care provider that would explain the COVID-19 symptoms, once there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and they have felt well for 24 hours.

· If a student/employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 but does not have symptoms, they must remain out of school until 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.

· If a student/employee that has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been presumed positive by a medical professional due to symptoms, they are not required to have documentation of a negative test in order to return to school.

· If a student/employee has been determined to have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, they must remain out of school for 14 days since the last date of exposure unless they test positive. In which case, exclusion criteria above would apply. They must complete the full 14 days of quarantine, even if they test negative.

Potential Closure of a UCPS School or Facility due to COVID-19

· UCPS will work closely with the Union County Health Department in response to positive case(s) of COVID-19.

· UCPS will follow any guidance issued by the Union County Health Department and/or NCDHHS in response to positive case(s) of COVID-19.

· UCPS is working with the Union County Health Department on guidance for potential closure of classrooms, schools, or facilities in response to positive case(s) of COVID-19.

· The UCPS Facilities Department (custodial team) will follow cleaning guidelines and procedures for school classrooms, buildings, and facilities in response to positive COVID-19 cases.

Is there a certain number of positive case(s) of COVID-19 that will result in closure of a school building or facility? No. We work with the Union County Health Department on each case(s) to determine the appropriate response. UCPS is currently working with UCHD to develop a guideline when school buildings or facilities may be closed. (This will be in place before the first day of school on August 17, 2019) Currently five positive cases of COVID-19 at a location is considered a cluster and reportable to the State of North Carolina, but this does not automatically result in closure of a school building or facility.

Take care of Chromebook issues now!

If your student is having technological issues, please have him/her submit a ticket through the Student Technology Help Desk