Principal's Weekly Message
Good afternoon Middle Creek High School families,
I hope all of our students and families have enjoyed a fantastic Spring Break!
We are headed into the “home stretch” 4th Quarter and are excited to welcome students back on-campus under Plan A for the first time in over a year. This email has lots of important information for students and families, especially those returning to campus full-time, and we appreciate your attention to the details.
Thank you in advance for your attention to these details.
Important Information & Reminders:
Fourth Quarter Schedule Changes:
For families who requested a change to Virtual Academy or to Plan A during the most recent window, your schedule has been updated in powerschool as of 4:00pm. You should now be able to view the correct schedule there. Students moving into Virtual Academy likely have some teacher and/or class period changes, so please take notice of those and we will have new google classroom codes posted on our MCHS website for your reference.
New Bell Schedule for 4th Quarter: Linked Here!
We have shifted the times slightly for 3rd and 4th period classes to finish the school year. Our Lunch period will now be increased to 40 minutes (instead of 35), and our 4th period class is slightly shorter than it was 3rd Quarter.
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.
All Students Returning on Plan A:
We are thrilled at the opportunity to have more students on campus at one time and appreciate everyone’s flexibility and understanding as we navigate updated procedures, schedules, and safety guidance. Some of the finer points will be reviewed with students through morning announcements tomorrow. For your review- below are some important items:
Plan A classes will not include “google meets” and will look more like a traditional learning environment. With the pivot away from rotations, it is important to note that Plan A 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.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.
Students should still bring their laptops (and chargers and headphones) daily. Students will likely still complete some classwork and assessments online and may have a hybrid class that requires headphones. If a student does not have a portable device, they may use one from the teacher’s classroom as supply permits.
Have students review the room number for their classes. It has been a few weeks since they have been on-campus, and it may help to review where they should be headed. Also, in order to accommodate some class sizes, their room may have been changed. We will have staff out and about to assist, but it helps if they have an idea of the room number handy.
Just a reminder that masks must be worn at all times while on-campus. It is not a bad idea for students to have a second mask in their backpacks.
Daily Health Screening Changes:
As mentioned in recent communication from the district, schools will no longer be conducted student health screenings as part of the entry onto campus. Starting Wednesday, April 7, we will no longer conduct on-site health screenings. We need your help to keep our school communities healthy by keeping your student home if they are not feeling well or have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation. Read More.
Under Plan A, social distancing in the classroom is no longer required to be 6 ft. In almost all cases, we have been able to set up classrooms to maintain the recommended 3 ft. to mitigate exposures. Also, we will continue with many processes outside the classroom to encourage greater social distancing. Students will still move in the hallway in one direction to avoid over-crowding and minimize gathering and unnecessary exposures. Also, we will be using 6 ft of distance during lunch, and using staggered release for dismissal.
Off-Campus Lunch for Students:
High schools may resume off-campus lunch privileges during Fourth Quarter under 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”:
We have completed junior/senior lunch and parking pass pick up over the past 2 days. If you have a student that needs a lunch pass, they will have to obtain it during their lunch period Thursday in the Commons. If your student has not picked up their parking pass, they should park in the back section of the student lot on Thursday, and swing by the main office to get it on Thursday before leaving. After Thursday, student cars will be ticketed if there is not an appropriate permit on file or pass/spot is used. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Dansky (email@example.com).
Transportation Services for Students Moving to Plan A from 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.
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).
That concludes my updates and reminders. We look forward to seeing all our students in-person and virtually tomorrow to get 4th Quarter off to a great start! Have a great night.
Lacey Peckham, Principal