Principal Peckham's Weekly Message
Good evening Middle Creek High School families,
It is official that we have made it successfully & safely through 3rd Quarter and I hope you are well on your way to a relaxing and fun-filled Spring Break.
April will be a BIG month for us, including welcoming in-person students back on Plan A. For that reason, I did want to send out one more email this evening, before taking a break until after the Easter holiday.
Thank you in advance for your attention to these details.
Calendar Information & Reminders:
Asynchronous & Remote Learning Days for April:
This is just a reminder that the following days are determined to be asynchronous or remote learning days for students. This means there will be no live sessions on these dates and assignments will be provided by teachers asynchronously.
10th graders: Pre-ACT!
Sophomores are scheduled to take the Pre-ACT on Wednesday, April 14. They will need to be at school by 7:25 in order to be screened and directed to their testing locations. Buses will be available that day to take students to and from school and breakfast and lunch will be offered. Additional information will be sent to students' school email addresses and posted on our website.
Students Returning on Plan A:
We are thrilled at the opportunity to have more students on campus at one time and will be sending out more details about any safety and procedural changes (arrival, dismissal, lunch) as they become finalized.
With the pivot away from rotations, it is important to note that Plan B classes will no longer be taught in a “hybrid model”. This means that students will need to be in attendance on campus in order to receive live instruction from the teacher. Any student who does not attend will be marked absent. Of course, should illness occur or quarantine be needed, students would have access to work and assignments- though not the live “virtual sessions.” Most of our MCHS classes have been set up for an easy transition to Plan A, however, there are still a few situations (some electives like World Language and CTE), where there may still be a blended learning model due to a combined Virtual Academy/Plan A class setting.
We recognize that while most of our families will be excited about this adjustment, there may be some who are hesitant and/or those that want to make a change. If this is the case, we ask you to please reach out to our Dean of Students, Tara Gillespie (email@example.com ) to discuss a change to Virtual Academy or to Plan A. Please keep in mind that any change to your students learning platform will likely result in a schedule and teacher change. Any changes would need to be requested by April 1st at the latest. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility, understanding, and patience as we adjust course again towards a successful finish of the school year.
Off-Campus Lunch for Students:
High schools may resume off-campus lunch privileges during Fourth Quarter undre Plan A. For MCHS, any junior or senior who would like to take advantage of this opportunity can start the process by completing the attached form.
There will be no fee associated with obtaining a lunch pass this school year, but there will be a charge if a replacement pass needs to be made.
With the move to Plan A, students who have completed the steps for a student-parking pass will be receiving official Plan A parking space tags and spot assignments. If you have a temporary blue, red, or green tag, you do not need to fill out new paperwork, but you will still need to pick up a new tag for your car. If you do not have a temporary tag, you will need to go onto the MCHS website to fill out the parking application and bring in all necessary documents to be able to park on campus. Because of the timing of the year, there will be no fee associated with student parking this year.
Junior & Senior Plan A “Pass Pick-Up”:
Both Off Campus lunch passes and Parking tags can be picked up on the following schedule. If you have a conflict with your time, you will need to contact Mr. Dansky (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make other arrangements.
Cohort A and Cohort B-Tuesday, 4/6 from 9-12
Cohort C and All Others-Wednesday, 4/7 from 9-12
Students will come into the main building and will be directed through the process.
Transportation Services for Students Opting Out of Virtual Academy
Eligible bus riders currently in Virtual Academy who return to in-person learning and who want transportation must apply for bus service at wcpss.net/busrider. Students must meet all transportation eligibility requirements. Students must also submit the health attestation form. Requests made for transportation will be closed after three days if the attestation form is not received, and the parent will be notified.
Students will be assigned to a bus as quickly as possible after the attestation form is received. Typically, riders are assigned within a few days after the department receives all required information. Depending on the volume of students returning to in-person learning, it could be longer.
Arts & Athletics:
Attention Mustang Sports Fans: Students will have the opportunity to sign up to attend an upcoming Mustang Athletic event. We have a limited number of tickets available for games, so we have created a survey for students to fill out based on which events they want to attend. Students can find that link on the MCHS website and register for the random lottery for tickets. As additional sports begin their seasons, we will open the survey for additional games. We hope to see you out there cheering on our Mustangs!
Only students can sign up for the lottery using the link below, so please share this with them:
Do you have a student who might be interested in Band?
*Ever wanted to learn an instrument but haven't been in band yet?
*Taken a couple years off from your instrument, but looking to jump back in?
*Returning student and excited for a new year?
If you answered YES to any of those questions, then there is a place for YOU in the MCHS Band Program!
Fill out www.tinyurl.com/mchsbandform or contact Mr. Newsome for more information - email@example.com
Senior Class 2020-2021 Information:
While we know that this year is not what our Seniors had expected or hoped for, we will not let them go uncelebrated! We have several ideas and opportunities in the works and look forward to sharing information in the coming weeks with you and your Seniors. This includes another senior parade and senior social event in May/June.
As we begin the preparations for the special senior events, this is a reminder to any of our families who have not yet paid their “Senior dues”. This $30 fee goes towards sponsoring events and gifts for our seniors, and even though they may look different than in a typical year, it does take money to make them as nice and special as we hope to. We promise to put each dollar to good use celebrating them and making these events as memorable as possible. You may pay by cash or check to the front office or online using the link below.
If you have questions about whether you have already paid, please call or email Ms. Costa (firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-773-3838).
As you may have heard, the original/tradition plan of Graduation at the Convention Center has been cancelled. We will be organizing a school-based ceremony at MCHS, with both group and individual options and more information will be forthcoming after Spring Break. We urge our senior families to continue to tentatively reserve June 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th, until final dates and plans are solidified.
That concludes my updates and reminders. We will be back in touch in early April with some more informational updates and I wish all our families a wonderful and safe Spring break.
Lacey Peckham, Principal