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Mr. Clark's Bengal Message for the week of 02/21/2021

 

Good Evening Bengal Family, this is Mr. Clark, Principal at Fuquay-Varina Middle School, with your weekly Bengal Message.  

 

 

New Announcements

 

This week will welcome our Plan B Cohort 3/C students to campus for in-person instruction.  Only students assigned to Cohort 3/C should report to school on February 22nd.  If a student reports to school that has been assigned to a different cohort, we will be contacting the guardians to have the student picked up.  We have worked hard to establish procedures and protocols to ensure the safety of our staff and students.  Please take some time to review the Plan B Guidelines with your child if you have not done so already.  If you have any questions about the Plan B guidelines, please don’t hesitate to email Mr. Clark at clarkh@wcpss.net

 

Asynchronous Day

Wednesday, February 24th is an asynchronous day for students.  Plan B students will not report to school on this date.  In addition, students will not have live class sessions on this date but instead complete work assigned to them by their respective teachers.   

 

Updated School Calendar

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, the WCPSS Board of Education approved school calendars for the remainder of the spring semester that better align the number of in-person learning days across the three rotation cohorts.

 

March 10 and 11 have been changed to in-person learning days for Cohort 2 on the traditional calendar.  

 

March 3 and 24 have been changed to asynchronous/remote learning days for students. 

 

An updated version of the cohort rotation calendar may be found at this LINK.  

 

High Temperature Readings

Last week, while conducting the health screenings in the carpool lane we had several students record high temperature readings due to the heat in the car.  Please try to keep the heat down prior to dropping your child off.  If they have a temperature reading greater than 100, you will be asked to pull forward and park while we wait 5 minutes to test your child again.   

 

Late Arrivals

Any student arriving at school after 8:15 am will need to enter the front doors of the school off of North Ennis St.  They will proceed up the stairs and ring the doorbell.  Our lead receptionist will perform the health screening and give them a ticket to class.  Students should not be dropped off in the carpool lane by the cafeteria if they are arriving at school after 8:15 am because there will not be a staff member there to let them in.  

 

Transportation

If your child will be taking the bus, please make sure you have completed the health attestation form. This form must be completed in order for your son/daughter to ride the bus. If you completed the form earlier this year, you do not have to complete it again.   

 

If you were assigned a carpool number, please make sure you have it displayed when you pick up your child in the afternoon and your child knows their carpool number.  If you no longer have the carpool placard that was issued to you earlier this year, please fill out this Google Form.  We will give you another tag when you pick them up in the afternoon.  

 

We will be using their carpool number to dismiss them from class.  If you have not received a carpool number, we will assign one to you when you pick up your child in the afternoon.   

 

Technology

If your child is bringing a laptop/chromebook to school, please make sure it is fully charged.  We will have opportunities for students to charge their devices throughout the day.  In addition, if they are bringing a personal device (laptop/chromebook), please make sure they complete this form and turn it in to their 1st period teacher. 

 

Lunches

Parents will not be permitted to drop off lunches for students at the front office.  If a student forgets their lunch, they may eat a school lunch for free.   

 

Breakfast and lunch will be free for students for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.  

 

2nd Semester Elective Schedule for the Week of February 22nd. 

This week, students will begin the week attending their 1st elective class on Monday, February 22.  The calendar is listed below.  

 

Elective

 

PE Department Schedule

 

Virtual 8th Grade Parent Night

Our Virtual 8th Grade Parent Night will be held on Monday, February 22 at 6:30 pm. This general high school information session is open to all parents regardless of your child's scheduled school assignment. The Google meeting link is listed below and was emailed last Friday by Mr. Morman.  If you are not able to attend or if you have issues signing in, no problem. The session will be recorded and posted on our website under Academics then Counselors Corner.

 

Meeting Link:  https://meet.google.com/wom-vjzo-zmy 

 

 

Access Testing

All students currently designated as English Learners (ELs) will be administered the North Carolina test of English language ability, the ACCESS. 

 

The annual ACCESS testing window is February 22 – April 23, 2021

 

Todos los estudiantes clasificados en un nivel de habilidad limitada de inglés serán evaluados con el Examen de Habilidad de Inglés (ACCESS). Esta prueba es requerida por el estado de Carolina del Norte para determinar el nivel de habilidad en el idioma inglés de estos estudiantes. 


La evaluación será realizada durante el 22 de febrero hasta el 23 de abril, 2021.

 

 

Checking Students In & Out

We have a new process for checking students in and out - going forward, you will need your phone to scan a QR code.  Instructions are posted on our main entrance doors.  For those who do not have this capability, a clipboard will still be offered.  We encourage everyone to use the new system. 

 

Single Subject Acceleration (SSA):

The Wake County Public School System defines acceleration as allowing a student to move through traditional educational organizations more rapidly, based on readiness and motivation. 

 

Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) is the practice of assigning a student to a higher grade level course than is typical, given the student’s age, for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities in either math or English/language arts. SSA is an accelerative practice that allows students to show mastery of content in a middle school course without having to take the course. 

 

During the SSA 2021 Test Request window (February 22- March 22), parents can nominate 6th and 7th grade students to skip a grade level of content in either English Language Arts or Mathematics. Students may only be nominated and assessed for SSA in ONE subject area. 

 

Students who are currently enrolled in math 7+ are not eligible for SSA in math.

 

Testing will take place online in April. Specific dates are TBD.

 

The SSA Test Request window officially closes at the end of the school day on March 22. 

 

To submit a test request for SSA, use this link. 

Please direct all questions concerning SSA to Melissa Green @mgreen2@wcpss.net

 

New Building Design Meeting

The WCPSS Facility Planners and Clark Nexsen Design team will be hosting a meeting for interested parents on Monday, February 22nd at 7:00 pm to reveal the new schematic design of Fuquay-Varina Middle School to the community.  Below is the link to the invitation:

 

Microsoft Teams meeting

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+1 984-275-0044,,480355030#   United States, Raleigh

Phone Conference ID: 480 355 030#

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Upcoming Holidays/Teacher Workdays (No School)  

  • March 12: Teacher Workday - No school for students  

 

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