Comet Connect

December 13, 2021

Principal's Message - Comet Connect Weekly Video

Video Message : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIsRS3DoPPc


Greetings,


It is my hope that you will enjoy your family and friends this holiday season. Thank you for making sure that your students are included at Grace Snell. Encourage participation in class, clubs and activities.


At Grace Snell, we are pursuing a culture of academic rigor and excellence in a nurturing environment. We all must diligently work together to ensure that we create graduates in the South Gwinnett Cluster.

Keep up the great work and support as we finish out our first semester.


We are Respectful, Responsible, and Ready - #R3


Your Proud Principal

Darlene Brown

Final Exams

Finals

Final exams will be Wednesday December 15th and Thursday December 16th.

Parents, if possible, please avoid early check out on these days. We look forward to seeing all of of scholars for final exams.

Chick-fil a Spirit Night

Join us December 15th at Chick-fil 5:00pm - 8:00 pm. Just mention Grace Snell Middle School.

Band Orchestra Chorus Concerts

7:00 p.m. at Grace Snell

6th Grade Tuesday, December 14, 2021


7th Grade Thursday, December 16, 2021

Counselor Advisory Meeting

Canned Food Drive (Dec. 7th-16th)

The Lady to B.E.E. mentorship program will host a can food drive from December 7th to 16th to support our local food pantry. Boxes will be located at the front and back of the school. Thank you for making this a rewarding experience for our girls.

Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.

Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Calvin J. Watts announced that applications are now available for students wishing to serve on a new Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.


Students will find the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council application in the Student Portal. The deadline to complete the application is Monday, December 20, 2021. All students selected to serve will be notified by Friday, January 7, 2022.

LEARN MORE

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Parent Empowerment Conference

Save The Date! The GCPS Hispanic Mentoring Program is hosting a Parent Empowerment Conference in March, 2022, for all Latino parents. This year's theme: Rompiendo Barreras (breaking barriers). We will have community organizations that support Latino families, workshops, sessions, and of course prizes! Lunch will also be served, so please mark your calendar and make plans to attend!

GCPS Winter Break December 20 - January 5 Students Return January 6

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Students gearing up to win 1 of 18 Turkeys for our annual Turkey Trot

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CROSSING GUARD NEEDED

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We are in need of a crossing guard. See the important informaiton below:

You may choose morning or afternoon or both

Students arrive between 8:45-9:15 Pay is $19.00

Students depart between 4:00- 4:15 Pay is $19.00

GCPS will train the interested candidate.

Please reach out to Ms. DQ is you are interested at 770-554-7761

THANK A STAFF MEMBER

We have received great feedback from parents to share with our staff members. Please continue to submit your positive feedback for teachers or staff members! This link will be continually monitored, so feel free to drop a notes in whenever you see or hear about your child's teacher or another staff member doing something great. We'll be sure to let them know and help brighten their day. Remember, if there is a staff member who has gone above and beyond to help your student(s) , click on the link below and tell us about him/her. We will make sure they hear about the great job they are doing.

Click here: GSMS Positive Referrals for Faculty and Staff 2021-2022

Congratulations!!!! Basketball Game was a WIN against Shiloh Middle

Grace Snell vs Five Forks (Monday 12/13) Jordan Middle (Thursday 12/16)

Five Forks 12/13 - Game At South Gwinnett High School.

Jordan 12/16 - Game at Central Gwinnett High School


Please join us to cheer on and support our team. We are looking forward to bringing home the championship this year. Go Comets!!!

Please purchase your tickets on Go Fan by clicking the link below. We are looking forward to going cashless this year.


GSMS 2021-22 Basketball Schedule (for ticket purchases, as well)

GoFan Ticket App

Grace Snell Middle School has established a GoFan event page for purchasing tickets to all athletic events. Tickets to all home basketball games will be purchased online with this cashless app.


There will be no cash taken for tickets at these events.


Please follow the link below in order to visit the event page and purchase digital tickets. Go Comets!


GoFan --> GSMS 2021-22 Basketball Schedule

Protecting Your Child's Mental Health

Your mental well-being is as important as your physical health.


Being a kid or teen isn’t easy. There are personal, social, and school pressures every day.


Handling these changes can be hard. Kids and teens who are also dealing with mental illness are more likely to have a tough time and may even have thoughts of taking their own lives. How can you support friends and your child in such a crisis?

FIRST, it’s important to take all thoughts of harming oneself seriously.

WARNING SIGNS that a person is thinking about suicide:


  • Talking about suicide, death, or “going away”
  • Giving away personal items
  • Talking about feeling hopeless, sad, or depressed
  • Staying away from friends, family, activities
  • Having trouble thinking clearly
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Engaging in risky behavior (drinking alcohol, taking drugs, cutting themselves)


How can you help?


Listen. Show that you understand what they are going through.

Ask if they have a plan. Be open and honest.

Don’t ask why. Thoughts of harming oneself may be confusing to the person thinking them. Questions about why may upset them. They could get defensive.

Stay with them. If you feel they might harm themselves, do not leave them alone. Get help. Always call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

Take action. Keep any firearms, drugs, or other means of suicide out of their way.

Get help NOW. Getting emotional support from a counselor or therapist can help teens stay healthy and safe. You can also call the numbers below for additional help.


Source: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml


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Parents of rising 9th graders: Please click here to learn about dual enrollment opportunities for South Gwinnett High School students through Gwinnett Technical College.
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TIMELINE for SOTA


Information for Current 8th Graders:


  • SOTA applications available – 9/28 www.gcpsk12.org/SOTA
  • Virtual information sessions (link on the SOTA website) – November 9th at 6:30
    • Arts Teachers and prospective students
    • Parents
  • Open House & pre-audition workshop – Nov. 15
  • Application DUE DATE – Nov. 17
  • Conservatory Auditions – Dec. 2-4
  • Notified of Acceptance – Dec. 2021
  • Letters of Intent due – January 2022
  • Registration – February 2022
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The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) lottery registration window is now open!


The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology is a unique high school that focuses on advanced and challenging studies in the fields of engineering, biosciences, and emerging technologies. Enrollment for the 9th grade class is open to all 8th grade students who are residents of the Gwinnett County school district attendance zone; who are successfully promoted to 9th grade by the end of spring semester, 2022; and who successfully complete an 8th grade math curriculum that is a full unit of Carnegie-eligible Accelerated Algebra I or higher.


Students in Carnegie-eligible Algebra I will need to achieve a 1st semester grade of 90% or higher – AND – 1) earn a Milestones (EOC) score in the Distinguished category (minimum scaled score of 92) OR 2) earn a score of 550 or higher on the math portion of the PSAT 8/9 or SAT (test must be taken no later than January 21, 2022). GSMST is now accepting registration applications for the 2022-2023 freshman class. The registration deadline is January 21, 2022. Detailed information and the registration forms are available on the school’s website: http://www.gsmst.org/ --> Click on Admissions


Informational Meetings will be held at GSMST at 7:00 PM on:

• Tuesday, November 16, 2021 for the South Gwinnett Cluster

• Tuesday, January 11, 2022 will be a make-up meeting date.

First Semester Final Exams

Final Exams are scheduled for December 15th and 16th.

Fall Advisory Council Meeting

The counseling department held the Fall Advisory Council Meeting the morning of December 7th. The counselors advertised the Advisory Council Meeting on the school web page and scrolling announcements. The parent center coordinator sent an advertisement for the meeting through the Parent Portal to our parents. For next semester the counselors should invite ALL counselors in the South cluster as well as our area superintendent, school board members and The Office of Advisement and Counseling. The counselors will also plan to hold the Spring Semester Advisory Council Meeting, earlier in the semester. This school year counselors are working with small groups of students for academic support. During this small group students struggling in their core academics are given time in the school day to work on missing assignments and prepare for upcoming assessments. For the Peer Leaders, a new role has been added as “peer tutors.” Peer Leaders help other 8th grade students who have missing assignments and low grades. Peer Leaders enjoy this opportunity to be a leader and assist students in this group to improve grade performance.


To view the Power Point Presentation in it's entirety, ask your child to login to their eclass page. From there you can go to the counselor Eclass page and view the power point presentation. This link may not open unless you are logged into your childs eclass page: https://instruction.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/d2l/home/1767209

GA Tech Visits Grace Snell

PTA GENERAL NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Congratulations

Congratulations and welcome to our new Grace Snell Board members.

President - Ron Showalter

Co-Vice Presidents Sherita Peacock and Sarita Thomas

Secretary - Sonya Thomas

Treasurer - Kaneisha Lee


We would like to continue to invite parents to participate and lead committes. Please sign up here Interest Form for School Council/PTSA/Volunteer

PTSA Parent Teacher Student Association

Are you a PTSA member?


We encourage you to support Grace Snell by becoming a PTSA member. This year PTSA is offering three levels of membership.


  • Basic Level ($10) includes a single membership.
  • Comet Level ($30) includes two memberships and two car magnets.
  • Top Comet Level ($50) includes two memberships, two car magnets and a Grace Snell spirit wear t-shirt.


You may join PTSA anytime via MyPaymentsPlus.com.

Please consider joining at any level. You can also send our

Executive Board ideas for programs, activities, or support

for both our students and parents.

to email our PTSA!


Interested in helping out at Grace Snell MS this school year?

If you would like to help, or would just like to hear more about it, please complete the Google form below.


Please click Interest Form for School Council/PTSA/Volunteer for the volunteer interest form


The Grace Snell PTSA is working hard to bring back the programs, activities and events that the students look forward to. Thank you for your support!

Social Media tips

Our world has never been more connected and it is never been more important for children and our young scholars to learn to navigate digital life as responsible digital citizens - learning how to stay safe online, find balance in ther digital life, maintain privacy, and understand the power of words and actions.. online, at school, and in the community. Learn more and start the coversation with the GCPS article. Click Here Helping students navigate our connected world


Spanish Version

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Intramurals are Here

Intramurals run in both the fall and spring. We typically offer basketball, volleyball, and soccer, but these are always subject to change.


INTRAMURAL RULES

1. Intramurals are open to all students.

2. Intramurals will be held Monday - Thursday.

*Monday Mornings– 6th grade 7:45- 8:55

* Tuesday Mornings 7th - Grade 7:45- 8:55

* Wednesday - 8th Grade 7:45- 8:45 am afternoon 4:00-5:30

* Thursday – 8th Grade 7:45- 8:45 am afternoon 4:00-5:30

3. The student must be dropped off in the car rider lane no earlier than 7:50 a.m.

4. All participants must exhibit good sportsmanship and the established school rules.

5. Students are responsible for securing all their own personal valuables. It is strongly recommended that each student bring a lock to secure their valuables in a locker. Thank you for taking the time to read our guidelines.

Medication Reminder

Students are not permitted to transport medication to school. If you would like for your child to take any medication during school, including Advil, Tylenol or prescription medication, you must provide the medication to the school clinic worker and complete the appropriate paperwork. Parents must bring and pick up all medication for students. If your child needs an inhaler, please contact the clinic directly for directions.

WATER BOTTLES

PARENTS: Please make sure your student brings a water bottle to school everyday! While the water fountains are still on, we do have a water bottle refill machine in the cafeteria and across from the cafeteria for all to use. Only clear liquids are allowed.

PARENTS:

Please frequently visit the Grace Snell Middle School

and the GCPS website during the school year to access important 2021-2022 school year information!!

Please stay up-to-date with your child's progress through the Parent Portal. Please reach out to individual teachers via email if you have questions regarding your child's performance.**

Student hours are:

9:15 AM - 4:00 PM

**Reminder: Students are not allowed in the building until 8:55 AM unless they have a pass from a teacher.**

Free and Reduced Lunch / Lunch for Digital Learners


GCPS will provide meals free of charge to students and children 18 and younger through the end of the school year.


*Even with lunches being provided to students at no cost this year, it is still important to fill out the free or reduced lunch application for other student benefits!*


For those in need of an application for free or reduced lunch, it can be found here.


You can learn more about Gwinnett's nutrition program on the county's website.


Digital Learners

Digital learners who attend GOC may pick up meals in the front office Monday -Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Each day's pick-up includes both breakfast and lunch.


Student ID will be required this school year for digital student lunch pick up.

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Grace Snell Middle School's Community Garden

Grace Snell Middle School's Community Garden "Where we Plant Seeds to Grow Minds and Food." The Community Garden will be a staple for our school and the community. We will use the garden as a teaching resource for our STEM curriculum, all content levels and beyond. Our goal is to have a thriving educational garden that can provide fresh organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs to the community.

How to Check Student Progress - Have they logged into eCLASS? How long did they remain in the class/assignment?

Check out the video for more information on how to check the progress of your student. Great Information included.



https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VNsak5JbJ4EHSKysTHmfiSQlFDNGnnim/view?usp=sharing

School Clinic News

Need a place to give new, outgrown or lightly worn clothing? Consider sending it to school for the Health Center. Items in Adult XS -L can help children maintain their school dress code requirements.

  • Tights

  • Sweatpants

  • Boy's - Men's Belts

Items can be added to the collections box near the Parent Center. All items will be collected by PTSA member frequently until Tuesday October 19th, 2021.

RISING 7TH GRADE IMMUNIZATIONS

By state law, a valid certificate of immunization (Form #3231) or a notarized statement of religious exemption (Form #2208) is required for enrollment. The certificate of immunization must be completed by the health department or your private physician. A valid Form #3231 must be marked with either "Date of Expiration" or as "Complete for School Attendance." (A certificate marked with a "Date of Expiration" expires on the date indicated. A current certificate must be submitted within 30 days of expiration.)

Please review immunization requirements for students and a TDAP-Meningitis parent fact sheet for students entering 7th grade. The new vaccine requirements apply to students who are born on or after 1/1/2002 AND entering 7th grade. The requirements also apply to students who are new entrants to 8th-12th grade. New entrants are students who have never attended any school in Georgia or have not attended any school in Georgia for at least one full school year.

If I Make Up My Missing Assignments, What Could My New Grade Be?

The My StudentVUE App and the ParentVUE App now has the ability for students to gauge their semester average based on the score they'd like to earn on a missing assignment. This is a very nice feature because it does the calculating for you.


Please watch this StudentVUE Grade Slider Video for more details and information. This video is also on the Grace Snell Middle School main eCLASS Landing Page.

Handbook & Mypaymentsplus

Parents, please fill out the following forms on my payments plus. Please contact the school if you need additional assistance.


Those without an account will need to create one by going to MyPaymentsPlus.com; click on “Register” for a FREE account.


https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome

Grace Snell Middle School 2021-2022 Student/Parent Handbook


When you register, you'll see:

Attendance Protocol Form - page 35 GCPS Student/Parent Handbook

Parent AKS Brochure – 6th -8th Grade

Extracurricular Activities - page 35 GCPS Student/Parent Handbook

Car Riders and Walkers

ATTENTION CAR RIDERS

If you are in need of a replacement or extra car rider tag,

please email your grade level clerk listed below.

Please include your child's name and their car rider tag number.

If you are new to car riders, you should also email your grade level clerk listed below. Include your child's name. A set of car rider tags will be given to your child to bring home.


Morning Car Rider Hours: 8:55-9:15

Afternoon Dismissal will begin at 4:00

You may email the form to the office clerk for each grade level. If you are unable to print the form, please complete this information on a separate sheet of paper and we will attach it to the form

6th: Katrina Brown - katrina.brown@gcpsk12.org

7th: April Chappell - april.chappell@gcpsk12.org

8th: Camille Pollard- camille.pollard@gcpsk12.org


GSMS Permission Form for Car Rider/ Walker

GSMS Car Rider and Walker Parent Information

Have you signed up for Parent Portal?


If you have not already signed up for Parent Portal, please contact Kimberly Arenas at kimberly.arenas@gcpsk12.org to complete the sign-up process. The Parent Portal allows parents to monitor student progress throughout the year. No more waiting for report cards to get an update on grades; you may simply check the Parent Portal at your convenience. Other features allow you to view attendance, lunch account balances, checked out and overdue books, and emergency contact information.


Click here for the Parent Portal form

Parent Portal & Student Portal Updates

Student Data Validation/Change Process


The Student Data Validation/Change Process is online via the ParentVue Update Student Information tab within the Parent Portal. To ensure receipt of all school information updates, it is important that all information is reviewed and updated annually. Please use this feature to ensure all necessary contact information (i.e., emergency contacts, pick up lists, cell phone numbers, doctor numbers, and any necessary medical information the school needs to know) is up-to-date and accurate.


The information provided here is our primary emergency contact information, and it is crucial that we get accurate parent/guardian telephone numbers and addresses.


Click here for the flyers and the registration form

Supply Lists

Supply Lists

Supply lists are available on our website on the Supply Lists Page


*Please note that teachers may have additional supply requirements for each grade level.

Title IX Compliance

Title IX Compliance at Grace Snell Middle:

Patricia Merritt- Local School Title IX Coordinator

For more information on Title IX Compliance click Here: Title IX Compliance Poster Link

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