Jag E-NEWS 5.1.20
FBISD Schools are currently closed through May 28, 2020.
JAGS ARE ON THE MOVE!
I hope this e-mail finds you safe and well. I want to take a moment to thank our JAguar parents/families for all you have done from home to help support our efforts to continue your child's education online for Term 4 to finish the 2019-2020 school year. I know this has been a challenging time for many of us. Your efforts do not go unnoticed, and we appreciate your support from home.
This coming week we begin the fifth week of online learning, and we encourage everyone--students, parents, and teachers---to maintain a routine and to take things one step at a time. It may not take much to feel a sense of being overwhelmed, and that is not what we are after. Yet, if students, parents, or teachers are feeling this way, we have to know about it. Please be sure to maintain an open line of communication with your child's teachers, their grade level counselor, and their grade level assistant principal.
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8, and we want to make sure our teachers are aware of how truly special they are. Please be sure to send them a special message next week and check out their "vintage" school pictures.
Picking Up Students' Personal Items from SMS- FBISD has given campus leaders very specific instructions on how to allow students/parents to pick up personal items from our school. As always, student safety is our top priority, so the first step in this process is to survey our SMS Jaguar families to determine how many students have personal belongings they would like to get back. In order to best assess the need for over 1300 students to get their personal belongings from our school, I am asking that each family speak to your child about items that he/she may have left at school prior to Spring Break 2020. Parents- please take a moment to complete this Student Item Pick Up survey with your child's help. Once the survey results are in, we will communicate a plan for picking up these items from our campus.This survey will be due by May 10, 2020.
Progress Reports- Term 4 Progress Reports will posted in Skyward yesterday, April 30. All SMS students will receive a grade for ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. In addition, any SMS student enrolled in a High School credit course (Algebra I, Computer Science, Spanish I, and Principles of Construction) will also be given a grade. As communicated previously, the "grades" are not traditional numeric grades. The choices for teachers on the progress report were "Met Standard," "Did Not Meet Standard," or "Has Not Engaged." If your child received a "DNM" or "HNE" on his/her progress report, you will receive additional communication from me next week regarding ways we can work together to support your child in Online Learning before the end of the term. In addition, I'd like to provide you the following resources as they pertain to Online Learning:
- Superintendent’s Blog: Progress Reports, Met Standard and Online Engagement (4/30/2020): https://bit.ly/3cXmrzC
- Online Learning Parent Guides: www.fortbendisd.com/onlinelearningparentguides
FBISD Continues Loaning Laptops- FBISD will continue to loan out laptops and hotspots to any student/family in need of a device in order for their student(s) to participate in online learning. If your family is in need of borrowing a laptop from FBISD, please contact the FBISD COVID Hotline at 281-634-0043 to make the request. FBISD will continue loaning laptops through June 10, 2020.
In closing, I'd like to remind you all how much I truly miss seeing your children each and every day. I know that Jaguar teachers and staff join me in these feelings. Although this school year is not ending the way any of us expected, please know that we, the SMS Jaguar Staff, are still here to support your child and your family however we can. Please do not hesitate to contact any SMS staff member at any time should you have questions or concerns.
All my best,
Sartartia Middle School
WEEKLY JAG ACTIVITY
WEEKLY JAG ACTIVITY
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.
Are you looking for ideas of fun things that you all can do as a family? Well look no further, because this website provides a plethora of great family-fun engaging activities!
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
AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL COLOR GUARD AUDITIONS
8th Grade GIRLS heading to AHS
The Austin HS Color Guard is having open auditions for the 2020-2021 school year and we want YOU to be a part of our team!
What is color guard? Color guard incorporates flag, rifle, saber and different dance styles such as jazz, ballet and modern to enhance the music of a marching band or winter guard show. We perform with the band and angels at football games and competitions throughout the fall as well as compete during the spring semester as a small ensemble for our winter guard season.
Anyone that will be attending Austin High School this fall is eligible and no prior experience is required to audition. Currently our team consist of all girls however, guys are welcome to audition as well. If you are interested in auditioning please do not hesitate to send in a video as the SFA Color Guard is a very welcoming and friendly group.
Check out our Instagram to see photos and videos from this past year: https://www.instagram.com/sfacolorguard
Interest Form and Audition Material: https://tinyurl.com/sfacolorguard
For more general information go to the band website: sfaband.org
The color guard handbook can be found in the forms sections of the Parents & Students tab.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our color guard director Mr. Guillotte: firstname.lastname@example.org
WE LOVE OUR TEACHERS!!!
Visit this web page added 4/16/20 with important information from the Fort Bend ISD Fine Arts Department
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.
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.
SMS TEACHERS ARE THE BEST
Assistant Principals & Counselors
Courtney Border-Assistant Principal
Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal
Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor
Paul Wells-Assistant Principal