Mustang Weekly News
July 30, 2022
Message from the Principal
This is an extremely unique time in education and our school is not immune. Our school is experiencing a need for staff members and currently we are integrating many new staff.
Recently, you may have experienced some delayed responses from our office team because we have not had the people to serve you. We have been working with the district and volunteers to remedy our situation with some district staff and parent volunteers. Our team is working hard to fill our available positions and process paperwork for schedule release. This means we will have a lot of new people trying to take care of all your needs. We are asking for you assistance and thanking you in advance for your patience and kindness.
1- Please submit your items on time so we can get your child's schedule released on the evening of August 3rd.
2- Be patient with whoever is helping you. They may not know or have all the answers.
3- A schedule will not be released without the completion of the items listed below. Please make sure you check you parent portal, intouch, and emails for reminders of what is incomplete.
With all the checks and balances, we are human and a mistake may occur. We will do our very best to remedy any issues that arrise so students and families can receive their schedules for our walk about.
Please be sure to complete your Annual Update, pay any fines on intouch, send updated immunizations for incoming 7th graders, and turn in updated physicals for athletics.
There was a typo in the previous walkabout flyer, Aug 6 will be from 8am-11am
Digital Schedule Release 2022-2023 School Year
We will be releasing student schedules digitally. It is imperative that you complete the following required documents by August 1st to receive a schedule on the evening of August 3rd. The second round of schedules will be released on August 5th.
Steps you must complete to receive student schedules include:
1. Completion of Annual Update *Many of you completed this in May
Parents or guardians of students currently enrolled are required to complete an Annual Update for 2022-2023 by logging into the Parent Portal.
2. Tdap booster
All students entering the 7th grade in the 22-23 school year will be required to provide documentation of a Tdap booster (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) given at age 10 years or above.
This record can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check immunization records on your parent portal account to see if you need to submit records.
Certificate of Exemption:
Pay any fines/fees online via InTouch: https://ok-edmond.intouchreceipting.com/
Additional fines may be paid by cash or check to the school during the week of July 26th.
4. Proof of Residency (Utility Bill)
Only July/August Utility Bills are accepted. Complete this form and Submit your utility bill here.
Utility bills are only gas, electricity, or water.
Utility bills must match the primary address of the student and the name of a household parent or guardian on student enrollment.
Utility bills may be sent electronically or a copy brought to our office.
We want all students to receive their schedules on time. It is important to accomplish all the requirements to receive your schedule during the first digital release.
Digital Schedule Release (via primary email address)
First Schedule Release -- August 3rd
To have a student schedule released via email on August 3rd - parents must have all information above completed by 12:00 pm on 8/2.
Second Schedule Release -- August 5th
*** Please remember that all information, shot records, and fines must be up to date or paid prior to having a schedule released.
We absolutely do our best to accommodate student and family requests, but we are operating within a tight window to keep class and team numbers equitable.
Schedule and team changes are not options. We can attempt to address repeat courses(2 PE courses or 2 Spanish courses), required and/or qualifying courses, and missing courses. These adjustments need to be communicated to the appropriate grade level counselor
7th-grade Melissa.Krause@edmondschools.net , and
Counselors are also able to address any specific questions regarding class descriptions.
It is vital for you to know we want to give everyone their dream schedule but it is an impossible task to fulfill all 900 student/parent dreams and wishes for teachers, courses, and teams. Remember that we want class sizes that support student learning, and if schedules are changed, it causes an unfair advantage by adjusting class numbers and team numbers. (Note: We have an average of 300 kids per grade level which impacts class sizes between 30-35.)
I am sure there will be tears and angst amongst students at the unveiling of schedules. These feelings are perfectly normal, and students experience them each year at the beginning of school. I know that feeling as a parent (I have two school-age students myself, and one is an 9th grader and the other is a 12th grader) when they are in distress we want to fix it. I do too! However, it is essential to know that we won't be able to accommodate changes. I wish we could. It is not in our nature as educators to make people unhappy. We want everyone to be happy. So, I ask you to please sit down with your child and help us soothe and assure them that it will be okay. We will take great care of your child as they navigate middle school life and preadolescence. But we can't do it alone; we need your help in this mission. Life is not always comfortable, and often things do not go as we want them. We know this as adults, but kids are still learning this. Thank you for partnering with us on this journey!
Free meals has expired for this year.
This year breakfast and lunch will cost students. Students will be required to use their student ID when purchasing school lunch, breakfast, or snack bar items.
Need more information about Child Nutrition visit the district website
Setup your mealpay plus account and see how much your child is buying and add money to their account. Meal accounts may be registered online at www.mypaymentsplus.com. With an online account, parents have the ability to make payments, monitor purchases and balances, and even set up automatic low-balance notifications and/or deposits to make sure funds are always available for their students.
Need Financial Assistance for school meals? Be sure to complete the Free and Reduced lunch application.
Meal Applications can be submitted online by clicking on the following link: https://frapps.horizonsolana.com/edmp01
* Online applications offer faster processing (usually within 1 business day) than printed applications (up to 10 business days).
* Online applications are more accurate and more secure.
* Nine other language options are also available.
If you do not have internet access for the online application, printed applications are available at your child's cafeteria. Completed applications (pages 9 & 10 of the application packet), may be emailed to (Dan.Lindsey@edmondschools.net); faxed (405-330-7303); or turned in to your child's cafeteria, school office, or the Child Nutrition Office (125 N. State Street).
(The meal application is available in 49 other languages by clicking here.)
Dates to Remember for 2022-2023
August 11 - First Day of School
October 6 & 11 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8pm
February 23 - Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences
Technology Protection Plan
Dear EPS Parents,
All 6th-12th students will be issued a district Chromebook to use at home and school. This Chromebook has a rugged case to prevent accidental damage, however we strongly recommend that families purchase the $25/year Student Technology Protection Plan (STPP). Parents/Guardians will be financially responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged Chromebooks, chargers and cases. You may pay for the STPP online via our InTouch payment system. If you have difficulties using the payment portal, these directions should be able to help.
Each student is also required to watch the Annual Student Review, ASR. Your secondary student can access this video by logging into their Infinite Campus student portal account, opening their Inbox and selecting the Annual Student Review message. Once the message is open, please click on the URL to start the video. The Annual Student Review Instructions will help you navigate this process. If your student does not remember their password, they can have it reset during Schedule Pickup Day.
Thank you for your time,
EPS Technology Department
Students will not be accessing lockers this year. This eliminates the majority of class tardy issues, hallway issues, and having to leave the room because a student forgot something in their locker. Students one chromebook replaces the 5 textbooks they used to carry. We are lucky student classes are mainly located in one hallway with just a few steps from each other. We will certainly continue to offer room locations for medical, athletic, and music equipment drop-off. Please keep this in mind as you purchase school supplies . Keep purchases limited to needs only. Grade levels will be collecting the shared items and telling students what to keep home. Backpacks should carry the essentials only from class to class. Students may also carry a refillable water bottle.
Cheyenne Middle School
Link Lowe, Assistant Principal & Athletic Director, 7th grade administrator
Karyn Garcia, Assistant Principal, 8th grade administrator
Dana Black, Counselor 6th
Melissa Krause, Counselor 7th
Lindsey Speligene, Counselor 8th