Dear Spartan Families,
We hope you are enjoying your summer. We also hope you are relaxing, recharging and preparing to start a new school year. On behalf of the faculty and staff of McConnellsburg Middle/High School, we would like to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year. We are enthusiastic and excited for the positive changes for this year. This year we welcome our newest faculty members: Mrs. Amy Kline, agriculture teacher; Mrs. Edith Quinby, math teacher, & Mr. Timothy McCracken, special education teacher. We also have two teachers who transfered to a new position: Mr. Garrett Fix, Biology, and Mrs. Ann Meyer, 6th/7th grade Science.
Other positive changes that we are bringing to our school. The Central Fulton School Board, Administration, Faculty, and Staff has begun a one-to-one technology initiative that will put a Chromebook laptop computer in the hands of students from grades 6-12 beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Chromebooks are a perfect tool for education! They start up in seconds and run the Chrome browser. All files and apps are stored in the cloud, so they are available anywhere you have an Internet connection. Many of the Chrome apps work without a network connection as well. More information will be sent home with students on the first day of school regarding the roll-out for this initiative.
Another positive change is the implementation of a new bell schedule that includes eight 40-minute periods and a “Plus Period.” The school day will begin at 8:05am and will end at 2:47pm. There will not be a homeroom at the beginning of the day. Our school day will begin with first period at 8:05am. The “Plus Period” time will occur daily from 10:14am until 10:39am. The “Plus Period” is a 25-minute time for students to receive help with homework, makeup tests/quizzes, class meetings, enrichment, recognition assemblies, etc.
Thirdly, students this year will not receive a printed agenda. Because students are receiving chromebooks, we will be encouraging students to use a digital calendar for logging assignments. The changes for this year are: revised consequences for cell phones (p. 13), dress code (when wearing leggings, a long shirt must be worn over them; no sleeveless dresses-p. 17), extended after school detention (from 3-6pm on Thursdays), and academic after school tutoring. These changes will be reviewed during the first day of school. The student handbook is attached to this letter.
Lastly, our “Back-To-School Night” will be held Monday August 20th from 6:30pm -8pm. Several teachers have moved to new classrooms, so please plan to attend to become familiar with your child’s schedule and classroom locations. As we embark on the new 2018-19 school year, we will continue to build upon and refine our skills to ensure that your son/daughter has a year that is engaging, meaningful, and rigorous because our mission remains…..
Continually Focused on Student Preparation And Readiness To Achieve Next Steps
Mrs. Christina Ramsey, MS/HS Principal
Mrs. Jessica Curfman, MS/HS Assistant Principal
“Unity is strength…where there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” ~Mattie Stepanek