Good Afternoon Falcon Family,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I hope you had an opportunity to relax and enjoy our summer break. We know that this summer has had its share of challenges, the preparation for the return to school under our current circumstances being one of them. Nevertheless, we are hopeful so excited to have students back with us!
The intent of this communication is to provide you additional insight into what a day at Rockwood South Middle may look like as we begin the year. We want to provide you with the necessary information to select the learning platform (in-Person Education or Online Learning) that will best meet the needs of your child(ren) and family. Please know that the situation we are working through is one that is very fluid and ever-changing. What we are sharing with you today could possibly look different as we continue forward.
In-Person Education Option: A-L(Tue/Thur) M-Z(Wed/Fri)
Here are a few expectations we will be following as we begin the school year:
First Course 7:47-9:22 AM
Second Course 9:26-10:58 AM
Third Course 11:02-1:03 PM
1st Lunch 11:01-11:26 AM
2nd Lunch 11:49-12:15 PM
3rd Lunch 12:37-1:03 PM
Fourth Course 1:07-2:39 PM
Parent drop-off will begin at 7:00 am.
Students will be released from buses to enter the building beginning at 7:15 am.
Students will report to their first-period class at 7:15 am; students will have an opportunity to obtain breakfast once they are in their first class.
Lockers will not be used at this time.
PE locker rooms will not be used at this time.
Students will not be asked to dress out for PE at this time but should dress appropriately for their day for physical activity (ex. athletic shoes).
Students will need to use their backpacks throughout the day.
Students will need to keep their phone OFF and in the backpack all day.
Water fountains will be closed for use. Water bottle filling stations will be available.
Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.
Students will assist in sanitizing their work area prior to leaving class.
Grade levels will have varied passing times.
Each student will have an assigned area/table/seat during the lunch shifts.
Students will be dismissed to the lunch line on a staggered schedule.
Students may be dismissed at the end of the day on a staggered schedule.
Field trips and 6th-grade camp are postponed at this time.
Some after school activities will be offered virtually beginning around 4:00 pm.
Student schedules may not be accessible in Infinite Campus until after August 20th.
ZOOM Expectations on Mondays
Students will be expected to attend ZOOM meetings on Mondays for each of the classes they will be taking while in the building. Attendance will be taken in each class.
At-Home Learning Days: A-L (Wed/Fri) M-Z (Tue/Thur)
Students will be expected to continue their learning independently on these two days. Students may be able to email their teachers or communicate through CANVAS. Teachers will not be available for online meetings as they will be teaching in-person classes Tuesday through Friday.
Rockwood Online Option
Families that choose to receive their education online will be enrolled in Rockwood Online coursework. Rockwood Online differs significantly from the Alternative Learning Plan (ALP) that was adopted in March 2020 as a result of emergency school closures.
Rockwood Online strives to offer high-quality educational opportunities to students in all corners of the district.
Rockwood Online programming includes a focus on the following:
Regular teacher interaction with your child including direct instruction, small-group facilitation, individual conferencing, and intervention support.
Activities that engage and support interaction with materials both on and offline in a flexible environment.
Clear, consistent course navigation and organization of learning materials that encourage student independence.
Assessment that encourages research and original thinking.
Grading practices that are consistent with those of the seated classroom.
Class sizes consistent with those of the seated classroom because the teacher expectations for student feedback and communication are equivalent.
Academic timelines aligned to those of seated courses for quarter start and end dates, grading and reporting, and course completion.
In preparation for our school year, you can access our school supply list with this link. In the week's to come, we will share more information with you regarding our 6th-grade WEB experience and building tours for new students.
As a school leader and a parent, I know this is a difficult decision to make. We are in this together and we will get through it together. That is what family does and I have complete confidence in the strength of our Falcon Family!
We appreciate your flexibility during this unpredictable time and are immensely grateful for your support. No matter what we encounter in 20-21, this will be the best year yet! As always, you are welcome to reach out to me with any questions or thoughts. I look forward to seeing you very soon!
With Falcon Pride,
Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.
Rockwood South Middle School
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Important Information from our Student Support Team
The Rockwood School District will offer free meal distribution this school year for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Please use the link below for more information and to access and complete the Free and Reduced Meal form. If you have any questions, please contact our Social Worker, Ashley O'Daniel by email email@example.com or phone 636-492-1175.