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Week 16: 1.3.21

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It’s Principal Knight with your weekly Seahawk Playbook. Welcome to 2021 and Week 16 of the school year.  I hope that you and your family had a wonderful holiday season, and if you did not, I certainly pray that things begin to improve and turn around for you with the start of this new year, as transitional seasons often bring resolve, renewed hope, and a chance to begin anew!

 In news this week:

  • Thank you, again, to the families who were able to join us right before winter break to reflect on the virtual learning experience and to talk through the triumphs and challenges of virtual learning as a whole.  Thank you for sharing your perspective and helping us to gain even more insight into the parent experience. We look forward to improving upon what’s working and making adjustments to what’s not.  Though the meeting was not recorded, please find a copy of the slide deck we used to guide our conversation for your convenience.  You will find a summary of what we’ve done as a school to help support our students through virtual learning, and what we believe the role of students and parents should be, as we are all in this together.  SMS Community Year-End Meeting Slide Deck
  • Also know that we have four weeks remaining before the close of quarter 2 and the end of the first semester.  I hope your Seahawk is well-rested and reenergized to start the year at their best and finish the semester strong.  
  • Please be reminded that though four weeks remain, students are only permitted up to two weeks following the issuance of an assignment to submit it beyond the deadline for credit.  So, let’s really encourage our Seahawks to not fall behind so that they can keep their stress level at a minimum and not have to play catch up. 
  • As you know, parents are often reminded and encouraged to routinely check ParentVue and/or ask their student about their current level of performance in their classes.  As an additional help and form of notification, we are mailing home counseling letters at the beginning of this week to notify parents if their child is in jeopardy of failing or not being successful and the end of the quarter/semester.  While we usually send semester letters, we are pushing out early warning letters in an effort to give parents and students time to turn things around before the close of the semester.  
  • Just as early grade counseling letters are due to be released, we have already mailed home nearly 2000 awards and recognitions as well for students who are finding success in the virtual setting and we plan to continue to look for ways to champion our students throughout the remainder of the year!
  • In either case, we care deeply about all of our students and believe in them and know that they can do it!  If your child has less than satisfactory performance right now, please know that we are all in and committed to helping them improve.  We have time available during SOAR, prior to lunch daily and every Wednesday reserved for intervention to assist your Seahawk in achieving.  Please work with them and/or their teacher to ensure that your Seahawk benefits from these windows of opportunity.  For specific details regarding the intervention times, again, please find our SMS Revised Virtual Bell Schedule.
  • During the month of January students will be completing the Winter MAP’s Assessment through their Math and English classes on Tuesdays in the areas of Math, Reading, and Language Usage. The attached calendar outlines the dates and times. Students will be given one full class period on “Test Tuesday” to complete the assessment. This is standard and is usually more than enough time.  However, if your child is unable to complete the assessment within the allocated class time, they will be given the opportunity to finish it on the following Wednesday between 7:35 a.m-10:30 a.m. with their related assessment teacher. Teachers will provide them with all the necessary links and information to complete their test on their testing day.

Additionally on Wednesday’s, during the month of January, 8th grade students ONLY will need to meet with their counselor, Ms. Traci Hixson, to begin creating their Academic & Career Plans. If you have any additional questions, please use the contact information provided below.

Reminder news:

  • MAPs Winter Testing in mathematics takes place this Tuesday. 
  • Please don’t forget to consider joining the Kroger Rewards program to support our school. By doing so, our school automatically earns a small percentage of what you spend at the store that comes at no cost to you.  Here is more information on the Kroger Rewards Program, as well as a link that details how to sign up.  Thank you for your support!

Grade Level Newsletters

  • Resumes next week

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Other Important Links

SMS Absence Reporting Form or email our Attendance Secretary at Donna_Evans@ccpsnet.net

Canvas

If you are experiencing issues with Canvas contact: Thomas_Acker@ccpsnet.net

Chromebook Support

If your child is experiencing technical difficulties with their Chromebook and/or needs a new one click here for access to the CCPS Chromebook Basics homepage and navigate to the tech support form.

If your child needs a new Chromebook Charger:CCPS Chromebook Charger Replacement Information

CCPS Meal Service

To best serve families while students are away from school in an all-virtual learning environment, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services has added offsite meals distribution locations and reopened many school locations for curbside pickup.

All Chesterfield County youth ages 18 and under, regardless of household income, are eligible to receive free school meals through June 18, 2021. Curbside pick-up for FREE meals for children ages 18 and under will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only.

To see the full update and meals distribution locations and times, visit bit.ly/CCPSMealsUpdates