Middle School Weekly Newsletter
February 10, 2023
A Note from Mrs. Patterson
Just a head's up....I will be out of the office Monday - Wednesday of next week. I won't have phone access, but I will be checking emails throughout the week. As always, your first point of contact should be your counselor if you need anything!
It's time to nominate a Teacher of the Month for February! Please use the link below and nominate one of your teachers! The deadline is February 15th.
If you'd like to volunteer for our morning news show, sign up below! We will start recording in a few weeks!
So this week is Valentine's Day. Some people go all out, while others think it's just a made up greeting card holiday. I'm somewhere in between, but since I have a severe craving for anything chocolate, I appreciate another day where the store aisles are full of it! I have done a little research on the holiday and here is what I learned. In 2020, Americans spent over $27 billion (yes, with a B) on Valentine's Day Gifts, including $2.4 billion on candy alone. According to Hallmark, more than 145 milllion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged, and that doesn't even include the ones swapped in elementary school classrooms. And here is a fun fact that I, as a dog mom, can get behind: in 2020, around 27 million American households gave Valentine's gifts to their dogs, while 17 million gave to their cats.
Why did I share all of that with you? In a way, I think it is neat to see that people spend so much money telling their family and friends that they love them. On the other hand, I am reminded that there are so many ways that we can express our love for someone that doesn't cost a thing. Did you know that February is Random Acts of Kindness month? A random act act of kindness is when you do something small to share kindness whenever you can. They are also simple. Need some suggestions? Here you go:
- Smile at a stranger in the grocery store
- Give someone an unexpected compliment
- If you see someone struggling to carry a load, offer to help.
- Hug someone who looks like they are having a bad day.
- Thank someone in your life who does a lot for you.
- Send cards or notes to people in a nursing home.
I encourage all of you this week to be randomly kind to people you come into contact with.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Assignments are due on the date shown on the assignment calendar. Students have until Sunday at midnight of that week to submit these assignments for full credit. After that, students will have one additional week to submit work for 80% credit. After two weeks, assignments will close.
Elective class assignments can be found on the Assignment Calendars found inside of the course.
Check out this painting by 6th grade student, Jasmine! This sure has me wishing that Spring would hurry up and get here!
Want to share some original artwork, poetry, short story, or something else creative that you do? Send it to Mrs. Patterson at email@example.com. It must by your own original work!
Jigsaw and Google
Students, please make sure you are using your SCVCS gmail account when logging into Jigsaw and when you do anything with Google Drive. Some of you are using personal email accounts, which will cause you some issues with accessing live classes or completing assignments using Google. If you need assistance with your Gmail accounts, please contact our tech support at 803-253-6222 and choose Option 5.
Week of February 13-15 – Internet Safety
More information about job shadowing information is available in your homeroom class in Schoology and the email about job shadowing from your counselor. You can also click the link below to learn more!
8th Grade IGP Meetings
We are holding IGP (Individual Graduation Plan) Meetings for 8th graders to discuss career goals and choose classes for 9th grade. Please schedule a meeting using the link in the IGP email from the counselor.
Learning Coach Corner
Please remember that we cannot share personal information about your child through anything other than the school issued learning coach gmail account. If you are not accessing this account, you are not receiving important emails from us. Please call our Tech Support team at 803-253-6222 and choose Option 5 for help with email.
I will be sharing a lot of resources with you through our Schoology Middle School Learning Coach group. Once you have created your Schoology account and joined with your parent access code, you can join the group.
Click HERE for instructions on how to create your Parent Account in Schoology.
Click HERE for instructions on how to join the Middle School Learning Coach group.
There are also instructions in the group for how to get PowerSchool Parent Portal setup.