The Swann Lion Times

Your Swann news update!

What Our Lions are Learning

6th Grade

Our Swann sixth graders are learning about the Middle Ages and castles in Social Studies and learning about soil and stewardship in Science. Students are learning about environmental stewardship and social justice in ELA and practicing testing strategies. In Math, they are working hard to be ready for their EOGs.

7th Grade

Our Swann seventh graders are learning about the late 20th century from a global perspective in Social Studies and the human body and organ systems in Science. They are learning about civil rights in ELA. In Math, they are working hard to be ready for their EOGs.

8th Grade

Our Swann eighth graders are learning about the late 20th century from the American perspective in Social Studies and molecular chemistry in Science. They are working on their social justice unit in ELA. In Math, they are working hard to be ready for their EOGs.


Be sure to ask your Swann Lion to tell you more about what they are doing in their classes!

Bravo to the Moana Cast and Crew!

The Moana cast and crew transported us to Motunui during seven incredible shows last week! We want to give a huge congratulations to all the students who performed and worked backstage, all the teachers and parents who assisted during productions, Mr. Maltby, Mr. Porter, Ms. Vang, our volunteer hair and make up designer Ms. Pucilowski, our guest lighting and sound designer Mr. Neubauer, our guest director Ms. Morris and guest choreographers Ms. Taylor and Ms. Tayler.

Math

7th graders practiced expressing mean, median, mode, outliers, and quartiles by collecting and comparing data on how long each student in each class could balance on one foot.

STEM Lab

Students learn about circuits by building sequences with LittleBits kits! LittleBits are electronic building blocks that connect with magnets and allow students to create complex circuits in seconds.

Announcements

Summer School

Students who are invited to attend Summer School will be receiving letters this week. Please read this letter carefully for details about summer programs and how you child was selected. If you receive and invitation and wish to attend, please contact the school by May 20!

Summer Bridge for Math 1

Students currently enrolled in Accelerated Math 6 or AIMM who intend to take Math 1 in 7th grade must take the Summer Bridge course. More information can be found on the letter your child received last week. Please use this QR code to access the registration information.

Hoppers Game Rescheduled for May 17!

Our 6th graders will get to attend the Hoppers game they missed earlier this month on May 17. If you are interested in chaperoning, please reach out to Mr. Davis or Ms. Bruce. Chaperones must be registered GCS volunteers. Click here to register!
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Personal Technology and End of Grade Tests

EOGs begin on May 26! Please remind your students that per state policies, phones and smart watches are not permitted during testing. Having a smart watch or phone during the tests may result in students having to re-take EOGs.

Device Collection

Students should have turned in their chromebooks and chargers last week. Devices not returned will be deactivated. Please encourage your student to look for any devices or chargers they may have at home! If they find any, please bring them to the Core 1 teacher!

No-Cost School Meals

The federal waivers that allowed all schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students are ending this summer. To ensure that students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals are able to receive those meals on the first day of school, we are asking parents to fill out the application at www.lunchapplication.com or get a paper form from the front office. This will establish a family’s qualifications for meal discounts for the first 30 days of the 2022-23 school year.

A new application must be completed after July 1 for the remainder of the school year.

8th Grade Promotion Ceremonies

Join us to celebrate our 8th graders promotion from middle school to high school! Both ceremonies will be from 5:30-7:00 in the Swann Gymnasium.

June 7th

Arnold, Moore, Turnbough, and Porter Homerooms

June 8th

Julock, Smith, and Shivers Homerooms


Students should wear black and white and plan to arrive by 5:00pm. Also, remember to send in your baby and current photo for the ceremony slide show!

Restart and Title 1 Plan Feedback

Each year, Swann is allotted funds from the Title 1 and Restart Programs to be used to fund instructional supports and parent/family engagement. These plans were formulated with our School-Based Leadership Team, including parent membership. We welcome you to offer any feedback you may have by Tuesday, May 17 using the form linked below.

Plan Information and Feedback Form

Volunteer Opportunities

Roar Store Donations

Please help us reward students who are consistently on time to class and meet school-wide expectations by supplying our Roar Store! Every morning, students who have earned Den Dollars for their positive behaviors can shop in the Roar Store. Single-serve bags of Takis, chips, and Hot Cheetos, and Gatorade are especially popular! We would also love Sonic or Wendy's gift cards to use for providing special rewards. Contact Dr. Bocci if you have questions at boccim@gcsnc.com.

Swann Lions Athletics

Congratulations to all our Spring sports teams on their wonderful seasons! We are so proud of our student athletes.

School Bond Referendum

On May 17th, Guilford County will vote on a $1.7 billion school bond that will allow the county to address critical safety and maintenance needs in our schools. To learn more about the bond and why it is needed, click here.
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Enrichment Programs

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We Have a New Official Swann Instagram!

If you use Instagram, follow us at @swannmiddleschool!