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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. Session Link (TBA)
7:00 p.m. Session Link (TBA)

        
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.

        
CCS & SFCMS To Support Students with Recorded Classes
Published by Mary Potter on August 30, 2020
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Sideview picture of an open laptop that does not have an image on the screenDuring the Cumberland County Board of Education’s Curriculum meeting on Thursday, August 27, 2020, members of the Academic Services team shared an update on remote learning. District officials listened to feedback from families regarding their remote learning. Students who are unable to attend daily remote learning experiences can access the instruction by viewing videos and completing assignments in Canvas.

At SFCMS, students are still expected to regularly attend virtual classes at their scheduled time. However, if a student misses a class, he/she can request a recording of instruction from the teacher through his/her student email address. The student should include why the recording is needed. For example, did he/she experience a technology issue, have a doctor’s appointment, or a personal issue, like an illness? We will track the requests so that we are able to provide additional student support services as needed.

Recordings will only be shared with students through our online learning platform, Canvas. SFCMS staff are receiving training in providing recorded lessons and will begin to make class recordings available upon request no later than Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Please communicate with your teacher if a video is needed earlier, and they will provide support.

Requests for video made by 2:30 p.m. will be fulfilled the same day. Requests made after 2:30 p.m. will be fulfilled the next day. If you request a video and do not receieve it within 24 hours, please contact the school office at 910-864-0092.

        
SFCMS Forms & Acknowledgements
Published by Mary Potter on August 16, 2020
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Because our school year is beginning virtually, SFCMS students and parents are asked to complete certain forms and acknowledgements virtually. Specific instructions will be provided by teachers during their Google Meet classes. Links to the forms and acknowledgements are below. Please note that students must access their forms while signed into their CCS gmail account.

These links are for SFCMS students only. Other students should follow the directions provided by their schools to complete these forms.

A blue-colored "button" reading "Student Code of Conduct Acknowledgement" in white lettering

A blue-colored "button" reading "Virtual Learning Expectations Acknowledgement" in white lettering

A blue-colored "button" reading "Free or Reduced School Lunch Application" in white lettering

A blue-colored "button" reading "CommonLit.org Parental Permission Form" in white lettering

        
Student Daily Schedule for Virtual Learning in Plan C
Published by Mary Potter on August 10, 2020
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A picture of a computer keyboard, with green letter keys spelling L-E-A-R-N Students are expected to follow this schedule every day. Attendance in class is required. Google Meet class codes will be provided in each student’s beginning-of-the-year materials bag.

  • 8:15 – 8:25       HR (watch morning announcements)
  • 8:30 – 9:00      Period 1 Live Session
  • 9:10 – 9:40       Period 2 Live Session
  • 9:50 – 10:20    Period 3 Live Session
  • 10:30 – 11:00   Period 4 Live Session
  • 11:00 – 12:30   Lunch &  Successmaker
  • 12:30 – 1:00     Period 5 Live Session
  • 1:10 – 1:40        Period 6 Live Session
  • 1:50 – 2:20       Period 7 Live Session
  • 2:30 – 4:00      Work on class assignments (flexible time, but students will be assigned an average of 1.5 hours of work to complete daily)

Note: The Language Arts Enrichment (LAE) class for 6th & 7th grade will NOT meet live each day. That time is set aside for students to complete English Language Arts work, with the teacher available for individual and group support as needed. However, all students should attend their LAE class on Monday, August 17, to learn the schedule for individual and small group meetings.