COLT CALLS 7/27/20
Good Evening Parents, students and staff,
This is Joycelyn Cassidy, principal of SWM with your Colt Call for the week of 7.27 to 7.31. District leaders for the school system are finalizing information regarding Attendance Cohorts for the Plan B re-entry for schools. Plan B is a combination of remote and face-to-face learning. This plan includes the division of students in the SW area community to be divided into 2 cohorts. One group of students attending face-to-face on Monday and Tuesday and the other group attending on Thursday and Friday. Students will participate in remote learning on the days they are not in face-to-face attendance. The principals in the SW area are working together to ensure families are assigned in the same cohort. This information will be distributed to you before the start of school.
The 2020-2021 supply list has been posted on the SWM website. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email or a phone call. WE are especially encouraging everyone to have a backpack with a pencil pouch to hold writing utensils, glue sticks and other daily materials of that nature. To decrease the possibility of transference, students and teachers are encouraged not to share items that belong to others.
Yearbooks and report cards are still available for pick up or purchase. The purchase price is $30.00, and you can pay by check, cash (for exact amount) or money order. Just come by the front office.
Due to the need to ensure a safe and socially distant environment, the physical spaces, movement, dismissal and start of the day will look very different. Specific things that you should be aware of now include the following: Students will be screened (temperature and short questionnaire taken) as they are getting off the bus and before entering the building as a walker or car rider, daily. Students will be required to wear face coverings both on the bus and while present on campus and must maintain social distance during any transition during the school day. WE are asking that students have one with them on the first day, and we will be distributing additional coverings later in the day. Students are free to wear their own as long as they are appropriate for the school setting. Each grade level is divided into 2 teams and students will be grouped as homeroom cohort and will remain with those students through most of the day. There will be a few exceptions to some groups and movement. Encores will take place, but students will be assigned an encore based on their assigned cohort. The exception for this will be those that registered for band, orchestra or chorus. If you are a 6th grader and would still like to enroll in band, orchestra or chorus, please call or email the school next week. Lockers will not be provided this year. School supplies should be limited to items that can fit in a backpack.
We have opened up AVID applications again. A link is provided on the SWM website to complete or you can call or come by the school to pick up a hardcopy. We have only a few seats for the 7th and 8th grade classes, but several are available for 6th grade. Please do not delay with completing the application. The application window will be open until August 7. This will allow time to adjust schedules and inform parents and students of their acceptance. If you already turned in an application, you do not need to complete the form again.
Information regarding the possibility of a virtual orientation will be provided later.
While this year is very different than we have ever experienced, I would like to assure you that SWM faculty and staff will work daily to ensure all stakeholders of our community are safe and still ensure a high level of academic instruction and social emotional support.
Thank you and enjoy the rest of your evening.