Jag E-NEWS 4.24.20
FBISD Schools are currently closed through May 28, 2020.
JAGS ARE ON THE MOVE!
Our school doors have been closed for nearly six weeks and students have been learning at home for almost four weeks, yet I have never been more proud to be a part of the Jag family.
This is a challenging time for our nation and our community, and last week stress levels seemed to spike with the announcement that we will not reopen our school buildings this year. Many parents have reached out for additional support, recognizing the reality that they will have to continue supporting learning at home through the end of May.
I encourage you to stay the course and to make the most of this difficult situation. It is truly inspiring to see how our Sartartia staff, students and families are rising to meet the challenges of this occasion.
I would like to send a special shout out to our PTO. We celebrate National PTO this week. Please view the video that was created for you. We miss you, we appreciate you, we love you!
What about the 8th Grade Trip? - Unfortunately, this event will not be able to take place, as we had hoped it would. Refunds and t-shirts may be picked up on Tuesday, April 28th from 4-6pm, Wednesday, April 29th from 9-11am and 4-6pm. Refunds and t-shirts not picked up will be considered donations back to the PTO.
- When will I be able to retrieve my personal items from my locker, athletic/PE locker, etc.? - We know this is foremost on many students' and parents' minds. At some in the future, we will be able to share plans about how students will get their belongings. The district is working out a plan for this important opportunity, and when it is ready, it will be communicated to students and parents.
- What about medication in the clinic and immunization records for next year? - We will notify parents when/if a plan is in place for medication pick up. Immunization records may be directed to our nurse, Mrs. Ferguson, at Christine.Ferguson@fortbendisd.com
- How may I return items that belong to the school (textbooks, library books, athletic equipment, musical instruments, etc.) - The district is working out a plan for this important opportunity, and when it is ready, it will be communicated to students and parents.
Also, you should expect to see your child's Progress Report Number 8 (PR8) posted in Skyward Family Access the evening of April 30th.
You should have already received your child's Term 3 (T3) report card in Skyward Family Access sometime in the afternoon on Wednesday, April 22.
The fourth nine weeks grading process will require a shift in thinking. Numerical grades are replaced with “Met Standard," “Did not Meet Standard," or "Has Not Engaged." Students will demonstrate proficiency in key areas tied to the TEKS which will best prepare them for the upcoming year.
The world seems to have turned to the arts for hope, healing, and inspiration during this pandemic, as the arts are inherently expressive and creative. On behalf of our Fine Arts teachers, please encourage your children to check in and participate with their Fine Arts courses, in order to keep singing, playing, drawing, painting, acting, or whatever it is they do. This is an opportunity for personal expression and release. Therefore, please make sure the arts are not left out of your daily life.
All my best,
Sartartia Middle School
Now that it is the weekend, it's time to take a break from school and do something fun! Challenge your family, friends, neighbors, or teachers to these online escape rooms. Set your timer, click on the links below, and see who can solve the puzzle the fastest. Feel free to share your pictures and times with us on social media OR in the library extended break selfie page.
Technology – Early Device Return Procedure
Should your student withdraw, or your family no longer needs loaner technology devices, the devices should be returned to any one of the Repair Depots located at the front of Austin, Dulles or Elkins High School. Hours are Mon-Fri 7:00am – 3:30pm. No appointment is necessary. The parent will be asked to open the device to inspect for damage.
PALS Application for 2020-2021
7th graders with a servant heart who are still interested in being a PAL in their 8th grade year can still apply! We have created an online application and teacher recommendation for students to use. A minimum of two teacher recommendations are required; potential candidates will email two teachers with the teacher recommendation form link, asking them to complete the form no later than May 1. The application submission window is April 15-May 1, 2020.
Here is the SMS PAL Online Application which includes a link to the teacher rec form within: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=QWJ9SRo5d0KRrL3SqZ9wVNrPyHvbZghFlMqAE9DhLwhUNkNHUzM3VUVYWE1ITTNGOFc1M1pPMFRGTS4u
CLEMENTS HS DANCE AUDITIONS: DEADLINE TODAY
As we continue to navigate distance learning, we have decided as Dance Directors to extend our students an opportunity to audition for our JV and Varsity Dance Teams virtually! Attached to this email you will find the audition packet, complete with links for candidates wishing to audition. NEW for Fort Bend ISD beginning for the 2020-2021 school year, incoming 9th graders may audition for JV and/or Varsity.
Our audition process is now open.
Thank you in advance for your support of the Clements High School Dance Department.
*THIS WAS SENT OUT PREVIOUSLY TO 8TH GRADE PARENTS*
Middle School Online Learning Schedule
Lessons/Activities will be posted for the week to allow for flexibility in your child's schedule, but we do ask that lessons/assignments are submitted to teachers when they are completed.
The purple schedule below shows how each week is organized.
- PE/Health/Kickstart: See website resources & videos, and the items your teacher places into their Schoology folder
- Non-HS Credit Electives: Teachers will post online learning activities to support students. Instruction and completion of these online learning activities will not exceed 30 minutes per week
- CTE Courses for High School Credit: May require additional instructional time per week due to course requirements.
SMS Campus Teacher "Office Hours" and Virtual Conferencing Schedule
TIPS from the TEAM
As we are working towards our new normal, we thought we would send you some weekly resources to use in your home with your students. In speaking with parents recently, there seems to be a lot of worry about students who are extroverts… and how to help them cope. Check out this article on Quarantine survival tips for extroverts and perfectionists — and those who live with them.
Don’t forget, you can always check out the FBISD Behavioral Health & Wellness page or click here for more information regarding “SEL” or Social Emotional Learning his week.
Connect using Schoology
As we are transitioning to online/virtual learning, besides regular emails, Schoology is the district platform that Counselors will be using to communicate with our students. We have each created a Schoology group as a way to not only connect with our students, but to also provide resources, guidance lessons, hold virtual conferences, and offer other forms of support.
All counselors have their office hours from 3-4 pm each day.
Please encourage your student to use the code below to join their grade level Schoology group
SMS 6th Grade (2019-2020)
SMS 7th Grade (2019-2020)
SMS 8th Grade (2019-2020)
If your child is applying for NJHS the application process, inductions and service activities are suspended until campuses reopen and classes resume. Please tell your child if any new information is given to us, we will communicate that as soon as we receive it.
FBISD Summer School Info
8th grade parents, please continue to check the summer school webpage for information about summer school offerings for original credit. As of now, the registration for summer school is still TBD.
**As always, if you have any questions, you can email your student’s counselor directly and we will set up a time to talk to you. Additionally, should your student need to speak with their counselor they can use the request to "see" the counselor form.
Thank you so much for everything you are doing for your child. Stay safe and healthy!
We wish you all well during this time. The SMS Counseling Team
Visit this web page added 4/16/20 with important information from the Fort Bend ISD Fine Arts Department
Watch the video below or click this link to visit the FBISD Schoology Support page to learn how to log into Schoology. You may also visit the At-Home Learning / Online Support Link further down in this newsletter.
Follow the directions in the video below or written directions in the "How Do Parents Log into Schoology?" link above.
Download the job aide below (Account Management) for instructions on using the MyFortBendISD Portal
Click this button if you want to access Jag E-News for previous weeks. We have an archive of all of them on our campus webpage.
Assistant Principals & Counselors
Courtney Border-Assistant Principal
Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal
Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor
Paul Wells-Assistant Principal