Friday, September 3, 2021
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NO SCHOOL - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
We have wrapped up our first two weeks of the school year. We currently have nearly 580 students in our building. After the past year and a half, it's a breath of fresh air to follow our traditional middle school rotational schedule. With time away from the building, and our normal structure, we are adjusting to our high expectations for our middle school students. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there are ways to support you or your student.
Updated Health & Safety Guidelines
When LCPH or parent/guardian/staff member communicates a positive case to CRCSD, the school nurses will assist LCPH with targeted contact tracing at the grade levels in the following manner:
- ELEMENTARY: Shift from whole school communication to targeted classroom communication when there is a staff or student positive case.
- MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL: Shift to a whole school communication that segments positive cases by grade level. If students are in a self-contained classroom setting, targeted classroom communication will take place when there is a staff or student positive case.
In alignment with Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance, families can choose to quarantine their students for 14 days to monitor for symptoms when they receive the positive case information. CRCSD requires students or staff members with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test isolate for 10 days.
Upcoming Vaccine Clinics
Linn County Public Health will hold vaccine clinics in six schools in September. The clinics are open to anyone age 12 and older, with parental consent required for those under age 18. All who receive a vaccine will receive a $50 Walmart gift card provided by LCPH.
- Wednesday, Sept. 8, 3 to 5 p.m. Wilson Middle School, 2301 J St SW, Cedar Rapids
- Thursday, Sept. 9, 3 to 5 p.m. Metro High School, 1212 7th St SE, Cedar Rapids
- Monday, Sept. 13, 3 to 5 p.m. Franklin Middle School, 300 20th St NE, Cedar Rapids
- Wednesday, Sept. 15, 3 to 5 p.m. Harding Middle School, 4801 Golf St NE, Cedar Rapids
- Friday, Sept. 17, 3 to 5 p.m. McKinley Middle School, 620 10th St SE, Cedar Rapids
- Monday, Sept. 20, 3 to 5 p.m. Taft Middle School, 5200 E Ave NW, Cedar Rapids
Vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick from COVID-19. Studies show them to be greater than 90% effective in preventing sickness, hospitalization, and death. They have also been shown to work against new variants. Additionally, vaccinated people are less likely to spread the virus—it protects you and those who aren’t able to get vaccinated because of age or health issues.
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Monday, Sep. 13th, 3-5pm
300 20th Street Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA
Pictures, Proofs, and Retakes
On Friday, students who had their picture taken at Back To School Night, received their picture package or proofs. There is ordering information included with each student's proof. If you have questions about picture packages, please contact Lifetouch directly.
If your student did not get their picture taken on Back To School Night, our retake day will be Wednesday, September 29th during the school day. We will contact your student to have their picture taken. Ordering information for photos taken on September 29th, will be available in the main office prior to retake day.
A note of importance, our goal is for students to work on their i-Ready personalized lessons for 45 minutes/week in both Math AND Reading. Students will have time built in during the school day, but they can also work on them while at home.
Student Device Expectations
In addition to their device and charger, students should also have their set of EARBUDS. If students need a set of earbuds they are available for purchase in the main office for $1.
Franklin Quarterly Cuts
Franklin Quarterly Cuts program is designed to:
build student confidence in their appearance.
remove barriers for students to receive this service.
create a sense of community within our school.
increase student attendance.
Quarterly Cuts takes place on our campus and within our community. A group of barbers who are former CRCSD students provide their time and skills to give students a haircut/style. We also partner with Capri College to give students the opportunity to have their hair styled there. Students choose what service they would like.
Quarterly Cuts became a solution to an issue we experience at the middle school level, students transitioning into the adolescent stage. They are more aware of the perceptions of their peers and this often negatively impacts their self-confidence. Our goal remains to make middle school a place where students find a safe place to be. We know that slight changes for the outward appearance can impact the way we see ourselves internally too.
Student Voice Needed (SIAC)
- Sept 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7, Jan 4, Feb 1, March 1, April 5, May 3
Purpose of SIAC: Plays a significant role in establishing a close relationship between the school and community members. Having a strong SIAC promotes the community’s sense of ownership in the school system and gives valuable direction to the school district on educational priorities. Its primary purposes are to determine major educational needs and to make recommendations to the school board on prioritized student learning goals based on these needs.
Send interested student names to Lucas Ptacek by Monday at noon.
Common Area Expectations
Important Need to Knows
What are school hours?
Where to Drop Off & Pick Up?
*** VERY IMPORTANT ***
For the safety of our students and staff we encourage you to carefully read through the map below. The cooperation and patience of all our families is essential as we orchestrate the hustle and bustle of the morning and afternoon.
We encourage families to plan ahead for a designated drop off and pick up location. The front of the building (20th Street) is a very busy street before and after school. There are better alternatives for families that are less congested. We encourage you to consult your summer mailings with a flyer for locations. You can also see the picture below.
Where do students wait before school?
In the morning students will wait in the following areas:
- 6th Grade: Front of the building. Students will enter through front doors.
- 7th Grade: Northern portion of building. Students will enter through main parking lot doors.
- 8th Grade: Upper B Avenue Entrance. Students will enter through B Ave. door.
At 7:43 students will be allowed indoors. The 7 minutes is adequate time for the students to get to their locker, grab their appropriate materials, and arrive into their classroom for morning announcements.
Guidelines for Success
In every area of our building we have well-defined and effective expectations. Whether students are in a classroom, student lounge, cafeteria, or simply waiting for the school day to begin, students are taught the behavioral expectation for all common areas. The expectations were designed to be clear, age appropriate, detailed, reasonable, and used by both students and staff. Positive social behaviors are introduced, modeled, and reinforced and are an important part of a student's educational experience. To help students with meeting these behavior expectations we follow our Guidelines for Success.
Guidelines for Success represent a set of skills, traits, and attitudes that everyone in school always strive to demonstrate. Simply stated, these are our goals, lifelong learning strategies, or codes of conduct. This school-wide system was designed to help to create a safe, civil, and productive school.
What is the Cell Phone Policy?
As technology continues to make life easier, and has done wonders for communication, it has also created more challenges. In a school setting it has created obstacles such as cheating and cyber bullying. Students struggle with appropriate cellphone use and tend to disrupt the learning environment with these items. Due to the many distractions a cellphone can create, students are required to turn cellphones off when entering the school building and keep them off during the school day. At the end of the school day when the student is leaving school they may resume use. Cell phones are not allowed to be used in the restroom and locker room for any reason.
For further details, please see the Parent Handbook that will be available for pick-up at Back to School Night.