Principal's Weekly Message
Good evening Middle Creek High School families,
It was a fantastic week at The Creek and hope that all of you are enjoying your weekend. Plan A students did a wonderful job following the procedures and guidance on-campus and they brought such positivity energy! We look forward to continuing this positive momentum as we close out the 4th Quarter, both on-campus and in Virtual Academy.
Below are some reminders and updates, as well as an important survey for our Senior Class of 2021 Families.
Thank you in advance for your attention to these details.
Important Information & Reminders:
Reminder: 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.
April 14th--- THIS WEDNESDAY!
10th graders: Pre-ACT!
Sophomores are scheduled to take the Pre-ACT this 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.
For your review- below are some ADDITIONAL important items:
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.
Students should bring a personal water bottle to fill while on-campus. The water fountains are not in use for personal drinking purposes, but can be used as filling stations. Therefore, we are encouraging all of our students to bring their own bottle to fill as needed throughout the day.
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.
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.
Arts & Athletics:
Interested in Wrestling?
The Middle Creek Men's and Women's wrestling team is beginning practices on Monday, April 12; if your son/daughter is interested please tell them to stop by room 308 or email Coach Allen (email@example.com). This is a great opportunity to get involved at MCHS. The wrestling team is coming off a conference championship, 3 state place winners (including 2 state champions) and one of the highest team GPAs in the state of North Carolina! Feel free to contact Coach Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any and all questions. Thank you.
Senior Class 2020-2021 Information:
We hope to be able to share information related to 2021 Graduation in the coming weeks. It is very likely that we will be offering 2 different formats: individual ceremony or group ceremony. Families will have a choice to participate in either a small group (100 students) setting in the stadium, or a more individualized diploma ceremony (with 7 guests) inside MCHS like our mid-year and Spring 2020 Graduation.
To best map out the sessions and dates, we would like to have each of our senior families to complete this preference survey by Wednesday, April 14th at 5:00pm.
This is not a reservation, just an indicator of your likely preference once the exact dates/times are shared.
Survey Link: https://forms.gle/92td5KVtTrrwHkMB7
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 (email@example.com, 919-773-3838).
That concludes my email for the week. We look forward to seeing all of our students tomorrow!
Lacey Peckham, Principal