Principal Peckham's Weekly Message
Greetings Martin Middle School Families-
I hope you all have had an amazing last weekend of summer! Thank you to all of our 6th grade families that were able to attend our Open School Visit last week. It was wonderful to have the building full of students again after Summer Break. For all our 7th and 8th grade families, we can’t wait to welcome your students back as “upper classmen” tomorrow!
Reminders for Day 1:
In effort to be best prepared to kick off 2018-2019 tomorrow morning, I have a few reminders to ensure we get off to a smooth start. Students may enter the building starting at 7:00 am. and will head to either the cafeteria or gym. In both of those locations, staff will be reviewing homerooms with students so that they know where to head when the bell rings for the first transition. We will also have homeroom numbers for all student posted in numerous locations around the building so that students can check: including the gym and cafeteria hallways, the main stairwell, and the media center hallway. We will be sure that your students get where they need to be for first period with minimal stress.
Students riding a bus are encouraged to be at their stops about 10 minutes earlier than the posted route time as drivers are still learning their routes.
For students using carpool, we also encourage you to plan for a slightly longer morning than normal. There is likely going to be a great deal of traffic for carpool so we ask that you plan to arrive early and exercise patience and good will. We want to ensure students arrive safely and that we get our families in and out efficiently. Please review the carpool procedures via our Martin website or the PTA newsletter than came home. A couple of quick pointers are:
* Student pick up and drops offs must take place in the assigned area by using the lower entrance from Horton Street only. Access to the lot is only permitted using the right lane of Horton St. from Ridge Rd.
* Do not use the service road entrance from the bus lot and attempt to cut in line. The service road entrance is for Special Transportation Services only.
* Once in the carpool line, you will circle around the front of the building and follow staff direction to pull all the way down to the end of the straight-away. Once your car is anywhere under the awning by Student Services or in front of the flag pole your students may exit their car.
At all times, but especially the first few days of school, we are very concerned about student and driver safety and less concerned with tardies. Please be patient as we work through establishing morning routines.
Dress Code Reminders:
As you prepare for the first day of school, and in case you were out school clothes shopping this weekend- keep in mind the WCPSS dress code. It is normal for students to grow over the summer and for pants and shorts to now fit shorter. Please make sure that shorts are not excessively short- a good rule is making sure they reach the tip of the student’s index finger when arms are down at their sides. Also, we must be able to see the shorts out from under those long t-shirts. Also, be reminded that there shouldn’t be any hats or headcoverings, or bandanas worn into the building.
That concludes my message for tonight. It is likely we will have 1 or 2 more short messages to keep you informed this week. I hope all are as excited as we are to get the school year underway tomorrow! See you bright and early!
Lacey Peckham, Principal