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1/27/21 If you were unable to view yesterday's webinar about reopening for 7th and 8th graders, CLICK THE LINK BELOW to view a recording of the important information!

https://www.wevideo.com/view/2018443823

 

1/25/21 NPMS 7th and 8th Grade Families-

We are very excited to be welcoming our 7th and 8th graders back beginning next Monday, Feb 1st.  Once again, students will attend one day per week, depending on their last name cohort.  Here is what the schedule will look like:

Feb 1 – (Mondays)-Cohort A – Students will the LAST name A-D

Feb 2- (Tuesdays)– Cohort B – Students with the LAST name E-K

Feb 3 -(Wednesdays)- Virtual for all 7th/8th Grade Cohorts; Sped/ELL In-Person

Feb 4 – (Thursdays)- Cohort C – Students with the LAST name L-P

Feb 5 (Fridays) – Cohort D – Students with the LAST name Q-Z

** If you haven't already, please stop by our office this week between 7:30-3:00 to pick up your packets. There are papers in the packet that need to be filled out prior to your student attending in-person.

** Also, please join our Webinar tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan 26) afternoon at 4pm to hear important information and to have a chance to ask questions. See below for the Zoom code. (If you are unable to attend at this time, we will record it and post it to our website.)

Feel free to email me at lojackson@cvsd.org or to call our office at 558-5022 for anything else you may need.

Lora Jackson

Principal

North Pines Middle School

 

1/20/21     Dear 7th and 8th Grade North Pines Middle School Families,

We are VERY excited to be writing today with information on bringing our 7th and 8th graders back to in-person learning! Thank you all for your patience and support as we have navigated this school year…it is truly appreciated.

Important Packet Pick-Up Dates:  We will have informational packets for parents to pick-up next week (January 25-29) between 7:30-3:00. Packets will be available at our front door (on Broadway Ave).  Please come to the front door and ring the bell to get your packet for you. Packets contain 3 forms that must be signed prior to in-person instruction, so if you have 5 minutes when you pick up the packet, you can fill it out and turn it in on the spot.  If your student needs to take medications while at school, please plan to bring the medications on this day to check in with our nurse.

Hybrid Schedule:  With student and staff safety as our highest priority, we will be starting our 7th and 8th graders on an A/B/C/D schedule, during the month of February.  This will allow for us to ensure students are well-oriented at our school and know all our procedures.  This will also allow teachers to work with smaller groups of students as they learn these new expectations and protocols.  On the days your student is not here in the building, they will be logging into classes virtually from home.  Please see below for your student’s cohort information and days they will be physically attending school:

Feb 1 - (Mondays) - Cohort A – Students will the LAST name A-D

Feb 2 - (Tuesdays) - Cohort B – Students with the LAST name E-K

Feb 3 - (Wednesdays) - Virtual for all 7th/8th Grade Cohorts

Feb 4 - (Thursdays) - Cohort C – Students with the LAST name L-P

Feb 5 - (Fridays) - Cohort D – Students with the LAST name Q-Z

Our New Daily Bell Schedule will be as follows, starting on February 1st:

 

6th Grade

 

7th/8th Grade

Independent Study Time

8:30-8:50

Independent Study Time

8:30-8:50

1st period (flag salute at 8:50)

8:50-10:20

1st period (flag salute at 8:50)

8:50-10:20

Passing

10:20-10:25

Passing

10:20-10:25

2nd period

10:25-11:55 (90)

2nd period

10:25-11:15 (50) 

Lunch

11:55-12:35 

Lunch

11:15-11:50

   

2nd Period

11:50-12:30 (40)

3rd period

12:35-2:05

3rd period

12:35-2:05

Staggered Dismissal

2:05-2:20

Staggered Dismissal

2:05-2:20

Teacher Access Time

2:20-3:00

Teacher Access Time

2:20-3:00

Arrival Procedures: 

  • We ask that you do not drop your student off at school prior to 8:30 a.m. We also ask students who walk to school to not plan on arriving at school until 8:30 a.m. We have entry procedures to ensure the safety of all students, and we will not be able to allow students into our building until 8:30 a.m.  Beginning at 8:30 a.m., we will have an extended learning time as students arrive to their 1st period class.  As students enter the building, they will be required to go straight to their 1st period classroom. They will have access to their 1st period teacher and begin working on assignments or reading as other students arrive.
  • Students should arrive wearing masks. 
  • Make sure your student leaves home with their signed attestation form daily. 7th and 8th grade students that are walkers will enter the building on the east side of NPMS through Commons/Courtyard door Entrance D. Adults will be outside helping students with where to go.
  • If you are dropping off, please keep your student in your car until 8:30. Please also make sure that before they get out of the car, they have their completed attestation form that has been signed by you. If you do not have your form completed, we will ask you to pull through, complete your form, and re-enter the drop-off area to ensure we keep traffic moving. Students may then proceed to the check-in station at the Courtyard door Entrance D. 
  • Students that ride buses will enter the Commons through the south doors Entrance A. 

Dismissal Procedures: At the end of the day, students will be held in their classrooms until dismissal.

  • Students who ride the bus will be dismissed from class as their bus arrives.
  • Students who walk home will be dismissed on the following schedule:
    • 2:05  Last Names A-F
    • 2:08  Last Names G-L
    • 2:11  Last Names M-R
    • 2:15 Last Names S-Z
  • Students who are picked up by parents will be dismissed in the order of parent arrival, beginning at 2:05. When you pick up your informational packet, you will find a numbered card in your packet. If you need two numbered cards to accommodate households with more than one vehicle, please let our office know when you pick up your packet.  PLEASE KEEP THIS CARD. Your numbered card needs to be displayed in your car dash when you arrive to pick up your student. As you pull through, we will use this number to identify your student and call them out from class for dismissal.        

Breakfast and Lunch Bags:

We will not be serving breakfast in the morning.  We will continue to have daily and weekly curbside meal pick-up. Please see our school website for specific times when these will be available for pick-up. 

Informational Webinar January 26th:

In addition to the information in your Parent Packet, we will also hold an informational parent webinar on Tuesday January 26th from 4:00-4:45 pm. This will be held in a virtual format (much like our back-to-school night). You will receive a meeting code prior to the webinar.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at 558-5020. Thanks again for all of your support and we are excited to see you soon!

Lora Jackson

Principal

North Pines Middle School

lojackson@cvsd.org

 

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.  I’m looking forward to my sixth year as Principal at North Pines Middle School.  Even though we are starting the virtually, we have a great year planned! Virtually or in-person, our staff is highly qualified and committed to partnering with each other, students, and parents to ensure a positive, intellectual learning environment.  Our students should be good citizens and be prepared to do well at U-High or CVHS (or another high school). 

 

Academically:  Our staff is highly skilled at designing engaging and challenging lessons for our students, while offering lots of support when students need it.  We prepare our students for college or career and definitely for success in high school.  We are lucky to be an AVID school.  As part of AVID, all of our students stay organized using a 3-ring binder system that has tabs for each class and a pencil pouch.  Also, AVID teaches our students how to take good notes as well as ask and answer higher-level questions.   

 

Social-Emotionally:  Middle school is an exciting time of change. Not only will students will be managing more classes and increased workload, they will be adjusting to social changes as well. At North Pines, once we return to in-person learning, all students will have a Character Strong class once per week.  This class helps us grow our skills to be kind, empathetic, and courageous every day.  While we are virtual, all teachers will be incorporating social-emotional learning mini-lessons on a regular basis.  North Pines uses Restorative Practices to help students fix problems when they make mistakes or harm someone else.

 

The following will help us have a successful, enjoyable school year:

Students:

* Communicate respectfully with others.

* Challenge yourself to find solutions.

* Surround yourself with positive people.

* Look for ways to use your strengths to contribute to our school community.

Parents/Families:

* Ask your child questions about school, such as "What was the most interesting thing you learned in math today?"

* Register for and use PowerSchool to check on your child's attendance and academic progress.

* Communicate with your child's teachers to establish successful home/school connections. Email, call, or set-up a visit.

* Ask about other ways to volunteer at school.

 

I am honored to serve as Principal at North Pines Middle School and to continue to grow the relationships with students and families.

Go Cubs!

Lora Jackson