A. A. Kingston Middle School

September 11, 2020

Dear A.A.K. Families,

What a great week at AAK! Each year I am excited to see students walk into the building for the first time, but this year was something more. It is different not having all the students at one time, but that will not stop us from working together to make things great this year.

The main focus this week at AAK was to build positive relationships between staff and students. Our students and staff learned a lot about each other and about some new procedures we will be using to make sure everyone is safe. Students in both academic learning models also learned about how google classroom and the schedules will work. In the coming weeks we will get accustomed to this new school schedule and will build the academic rigor for our students.

I hope everyone is creating an effective routine at home and is staying safe. As you continue reading you will see some information about free breakfast and lunch for all students and picture day information. As we begin to get a baseline for all of our students in reading and math you will see some information about the I-ready diagnostics testing which all students are taking to start the year.

Thank you

Mr. Cook

Learning Preference Change

If at anytime you are interested in making a change to your child's learning preference, please complete this form. Also remember that this will not be an immediate change as scheduling and space availability will impact this changes.

Picture Day

Picture day will also be different this school year. We will have the Lifetouch crew in school on Tuesday, September 15th (Group A students) and Wednesday, September 16th (Group B students) and they will also have a session after school for at-home learners to come in for pictures if they desire. This after hours session will be on Tuesday, September 15th from 2:30 - 4:30 pm. I will be sending a sign-up link to our at-home learners for families that are interested in having pictures taken.

I-Ready Diagnostics

Each year all AAK student take an I-ready diagnostics in reading and math. This is one of the data points that we look at when differentiating our instruction for students. Our in-person students started this diagnostic process last week and will continue in the coming weeks. Our at-home learners will be getting information this week about how they can login and begin the diagnostics process. Regardless of how the students are learning this school year, it is important to gather this information so that we can help support their strengths and weaknesses.

If your student will be taking the diagnostics at home, it is important that you allow them to complete this on their own. Some parts will be difficult and that is fine. There is no grade associated with this, but it is critical for us to see what they are capable of on their own.

Please check out the link below for more information about I-ready testing.

I-ready Link

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 14 (Day 1)

Tuesday, September 15 (Day 2)

  • Group A Picture Day
  • At-Home Learner Pictures (2:30 - 4:30 pm)

Wednesday, September 16 (Day 3)

  • Group B Picture Day

Thursday, September 17 (Day 4)

Friday, September 18 (Day 5)

  • All students are remote learners

Additional Information

  • Throughout the year we will set up dates and times when At-Home learners will need to come to school to gather materials for future lessons. These dates and times will be once a month and it is critical that these items are picked-up. I will be sharing these dates soon.
  • Student planners - In-person students should have received their student planner this week. Our at-home learners will have the ability to get a student planner when we have our next item pick up day.

Entering the Building

Each school morning it will be important for students to follow the procedures when entering the building.

  • Students Riding a Bus: These students should enter the building using the main entrance at A.A.K. This entrance is located in the middle of the building and labeled M7. Students that ride a bus will have their temperature taken as they get on the bus.
  • Students Walking or Parent Drop-off: These students should enter either using the 5th and 6th grade entrance, labeled M6 or the back entrance, labeled M10. Students that are walking or parent drop-off will have their temperature taken as they enter either M6 or M10. We ask that students do not arrive at AAK until 7:10 am. This will help with the temperature taking process. If a student must be dropped off before 7:10 am, they will be asked to enter using M7 and wait for a staff member to take their temperature.

Office Hours

This school year, in addition to the regular in-person or virtual mandatory class meetings, students will also have the opportunity to connect with teachers through office hours. This time will be designed for at-home learners or hybrid learners that are not in-person on that day to ask questions about instruction. The teachers will set up google meet links that will allow students to drop in as needed to ask clarifying questions about the current academic topics. With this design, students will be able to get questions answered each school day and it will help them manage their schedules to make sure they are able to keep up with their school work.

Google Classrooms

Each course will be using a google classroom this year. Your child should be checking their school email for the invitation to enter the google classroom. Once they have entered they will gain access to the learning materials to get them started this school year. As staff get things ready to go, students will be receiving these invitations, and they should be checking their emails multiple times a day as we get started.

Staff will also be inviting guardians to receive information from google classroom so that you can support your students at home. Please be patient as we set this up and join us as we help make sure each student is successful this school year.

Online Learning Meal Options

Potsdam Central School has scheduled meal kit pick-ups on Fridays between 11:30-12:30 p.m. for those families who have completed the online pre-order process. Families will be able to submit pre-orders starting on August 31.

Pre-orders must be made weekly to receive meal kits. The pre-order form will open every Monday with a deadline of every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in order to receive meal kits for the following week.

The cost of the meal kits will include the required number of breakfasts and lunches.

Families who have not applied for Free and Reduced-Priced benefits should submit a Family Meal Application to see if they qualify. Those who do not qualify for free or reduced meals will be required to pay at the time of pick up.

Here’s How to Get Started:

First, families who do not already have a Myschoolbucks.com login should create an account. There is no charge to create an account. You can access this account via web or mobile app. Here you can add money to your child’s account.

To create an account, parents will need to know their student’s school ID number. Students may know their number as they use it in the café on a normal basis. If you need help with getting the ID number please call 315-265-2000x472.

The new online ordering allows for parents to pick-up meal kits without their students having to be present. Families will need to order meals using the google order form. The form does need to be filled out weekly.

When parents arrive at the pick-up location, they will confirm with a staff member who they are picking up for.

Questions? Email cbristol@potsdam.k12.ny.us or call 315-265-2000 x472.

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