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Red Ribbon Week
Published by Mary Potter on October 26, 2020
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Slide image of red ribbon on a white background with red border and text of Red Ribbon Week October 23 - 31, 2020 Pledge to be Drug Free! #RedRibbonWeek

        
Q1 Report Cards in PowerSchool
Published by Mary Potter on October 26, 2020
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Quarter 1 report cards will be available for viewing in Powerschool on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Please make sure you are looking at the Q1 grade.  Since we have already started entering grades for Quarter 2, the “final” grade will include grades from Quarter 1 and those still in progress for Quarter 2.

You can read any comments made by your child’s teachers by clicking on “Teacher Comments” and then selecting the “Q1” grading period in Powerschool. Please refer to the image below for more details.

If you have not set up your Parent Portal in Canvas, please contact the school office for your parent access code. You may also view your child’s grades and teacher comments in your child’s PowerSchool account.

        
Request for Parent-Teacher Conference
Published by Mary Potter on October 9, 2020
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The logo image for Google Forms, which looks like a purple piece of paper with the top right corner folded inward with three bulleted lines on the frontIf you need to speak with one or more of your child’s teachers, please complete this Google Forms Request for a Parent-Teacher Conference.

You may request a conference with one teacher or a team of teachers.

If you have more than one student at SFCMS, please complete the survey separately for each child for whom you wish to meet with teachers.

        
SuccessMaker 2020-2021
Published by Mary Potter on September 29, 2020
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The SuccessMaker Logo in blue lettering above the picture of several cute cartoon-looking animals (including a hamster, lizard, weasel, and parrot) smiling and wavingCCS students will be utilizing SuccessMaker once again in 2020-2021 beginning Monday, October 5, 2020.

SuccessMaker is a continuously adaptive reading and math intervention program for students in Reading (grades 4-8) and Mathematics (grades K-8) . After initial placement is complete, students move through adaptive lessons and learning paths designed to progressively move them towards mastery of essential reading and math concepts or acceleration of previously mastered skills. The adaptive design of the program continuously assesses and adjusts to student performance while supporting comprehension and retention through various scaffolding techniques.  SuccessMaker provides real-time data that is easy to understand, actionable, and predictive of student success.

Learn more about the program by reading the SuccessMaker Family Letter and the FAQs for Parents.

This program is designed to supplement student deficiencies and assist the learner as they progress through the modules. This is best identified and performed without the assistance of an adult.

        
Students, do you need technology help?
Published by Mary Potter on September 28, 2020
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"Help" Spelled in No. 2 PencilsStudents, are you having problems with an online tool? Are you struggling with Canvas, PowerSchool, or BrainPop? Do you still have trouble submitting your assignments?

If so, you are invited to Ms. Potter’s Virtual Media Center Help Room!

Ms. Potter will be providing 1:1 assistance to students with technical problems every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. during remote learning in her WebEx Personal Meeting Room. Please remember that when you visit her WebEx room, you will be kept in an online waiting room until she admits you. She will help students 1:1 so please wait patiently for your turn.

The link to her WebEx room will be emailed to all students on Tuesday mornings.

        
Join Us for Information Session 2
Published by Mary Potter on September 28, 2020
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A photograph of a cloud in the shape of a question mark in a light blue, otherwise clear, skyStudents and parents are invited to attend our next Canvas & PowerSchool information session this Thursday, October 1, 2020. The sessions will take place at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in WebEx. Session links will be shared via the school website on Thursday. Topics covered will include how to access the PowerSchool and Canvas Parent Portals and how to submit assignments in Canvas.

2:00 p.m. (The link was removed at the conclusion of the session.)
7:00 p.m. (The link was removed at the conclusion of the session.)

Update 10/1/2020 – If you missed this information session, you may email Ms. Potter if you have any questions or for the link to the presentation.

        
Take Advantage of Your Community Resources!
Published by Mary Potter on September 28, 2020
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The words "Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center" and a figure of a person with open arms that also resembles an open book. The words and image are in blue, and the background is white.The Cumberland County Public Library is a treasure trove of resources, including access to free eBooks! You do need to have a Public Library Card.

If you already have a public library card, navigate to the Cumberland County Public Library website. Once there, click “Sign In,” select your library (Cumberland County Public Libraries) and enter your personal public library card number and your personal pin number.

If you do not already have a public library card, you can sign up online for a free temporary card! You have two options from which to choose.

(1) Simply navigate to the Cumberland County Public Library website and submit your request via the “Ask Us Live” Library Chat service.

OR

(2) Email your request directly to the library at [email protected].

        
Update on WebEx at SFCMS
Published by Mary Potter on September 14, 2020
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Image of the WebEx Icon, a circle with a thick light blue and dark blue border with a white and green centerCCS announced on Friday, September 11, 2020, that elementary and middle schools will delay the switch from Google Meet to WebEx at this time. Students worked with teachers to build their personal schedule of WebEx classes, and they practiced meeting with a teacher in WebEx on Monday, September 14, during a check-in meeting. However, we will continue to use Google Meet until further notice for online classes. The Meet codes will continue to be updated daily. Mr. Yardis will advise students and staff of the new date for transition via the morning announcements.

In the meantime, classes will continue to take place in Google Meet. Student and parent meetings will take place in teachers’ Personal WebEx meeting rooms by appointment. Internal SFCMS staff meetings will also occur in WebEx to allow staff to become familiar with the platform in advance of the eventual transition.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate new technology while adhering to CCS guidance!

        
The CCS Canvas Parent Portal is Open!
Published by Mary Potter on September 14, 2020
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An image of the Canvas icon, a red and white circular mandala shape. that resembes people leaning in to "huddle"CCS has now enabled Canvas Parent Portal Access. Parents/guardians can create observer accounts and pair with their student/child by following these directions.

Please note that student Canvas pairing codes can only be generated within the web version of Canvas. Pairing codes cannot be generated from the Canvas mobile apps.

If you have any questions about the Canvas Parent Portal, please email Ms. Potter at [email protected].

        
Curbside Pick-Up Meals Continue at No Charge
Published by Mary Potter on September 6, 2020
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A close-up picture of a plastic mixed fruit cup with a plastic fork sticking out of it and a small muffin sitting on a school lunch table.Great news! CCS meal sites will continue to serve meals to all children 18 years and younger at no charge, in accordance with the announcement made on August 31 by the U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA). See the list of curbside pick-up meal locations and hours.