It is hard to believe that the school year has begun and we are now more than half way through our first trimester. We have survived schedule changes, getting used to a new master schedule, lunch back in the cafeteria, restructured GIT, the beginning of fall sports, and Homecoming 2021. We have enjoyed the transition from summer to fall and are taking advantage of the exceptionally mild weather we are experiencing by getting our students outdoors as much as we can. It has been a great start to what we feel will be another great school year.
Our middle school team has really embraced the new concept of having our 6-8 grade students as part of the team. Both teachers and students continue to look for ways to build our team and increase the opportunities we can offer our students. Our middle school student council continues to meet and plan our REACH events and other activities for our students. We have our first middle school dance on Friday, Oct. 22 and our students are excited. It will be a great event that will take place in our elementary gym. We have also started our LEG after school programming. This takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:30-4:30. We had 12 students stay for our first LEG and it looks like more will be coming. Teachers may be reaching out to parents to see if their child can stay for this opportunity. This is a great time for your child to work with a teacher on their coursework, especially if they are struggling in any area. We will also have snacks available for students that stay. What great motivation to stay!!!
We have moved our breakfast break down to the cafeteria. As we monitor the number of students eating breakfast we are noticing more students getting breakfast now that we moved it down to the cafeteria. We will continue to watch our numbers and monitor our students to encourage them to get something to eat. Breakfast and lunch are free for all students this year, so we are encouraging everyone to take part. There are some days that the line does get a little long, but our food service team is able to keep the line moving.
The first week of October also started our restructured GIT period for both middle and high school. On Monday mornings, I print off a live grade report that shows all students receiving below average grades. I will assign each student failing a class with the teacher whose class they are failing. The students are expected to check in with their GIT teacher and then report to the teacher of the class they are not performing well in. During the week, the teacher and student will have an opportunity to work together to increase their learning for the specific class they are struggling with. Although we know there are many different reasons a student may be performing poorly, I do feel strongly that the best person to help them is the teacher of that particular class. All teachers are also able to “claim” students during this time. This is also a great opportunity for our teachers to connect with any student who may need some help or assistance on a daily basis. We will continue to look for ways to connect our students with our teachers focusing around learning.
Just a reminder that our mid-term grades have been posted and we encourage parents to check Infinite Campus to continue to monitor and keep track of how your child is doing. We know that communication among teachers, students and parents is a key aspect to success. We will continue to look for ways to assist and reach out to families as we continue through the school year. Please reach out to us any time if you would like to meet and discuss your child. We do have Parent/Teacher conferences scheduled for Nov. 22 and 23 from 3:30-7:00. It has been a great kick-off to the 2021-2022 school year. We are excited to see all the great things the students are doing in school, athletics and all of our extra-curricular clubs and organizations. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns as we continue to enjoy our experience this school year. Take care everyone!!