Remote learning Falcon Update #wemissyou! May 18, 2020

Picture of the week

Our very own Althea Council was chosen as the 2020 School-Related Employee of the Year for the ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA!

Fourth Quarter Grades

For the 2019-2020 school year, student grades earned during distance learning will reflect academic progress made during distance learning and, when beneficial to the student, will also account for the academic progress demonstrated throughout the previous grading periods.

The Citrus County School District is committed to ensuring fainess regarding grading practices during this pandemic. We ask parents to please contact the school administrator if their student has experienced any extenuating circumstances that may have impacted his/her grade.

Mark your calendars for the End-Of-Year wrap-up days!

**The dates for this event were adjusted after the original publication of this newsletter. In addition to the update on the newsletter, emails with the correct information have been sent to students and parents. There are no longer recommendations for certain grade levels to come on specific days.

Beginning Thursday, May 28th, we will make some home and school exchanges in a safe manner. All students will need to return their iPad, charger, cord & case and any school materials, such as textbooks, library books, band instruments, school calculators, etc. All items will be returned to staff on the Parent Pick up line. Please drive around the parent pick up loop and stay in your car. During this exchange, we will provide any locker contents to you. We will also celebrate your hard work and success this year with awards of recognition.

Thursday 5/28- 7:30am-9:30 am and 1:30pm-4:30 pm

Friday 5/29- 7:30am-9:30 am and 1:30pm-4:30 pm

Monday 6/1- 7:30am-9:30 am and 1:30pm-4:30 pm

Tuesday 6/2 & Wednesday 6/3-- By appointment only. Please call 352-344-2244

Student "Find-It" Check-List!

Information on the process for returning and retrieving items from school will be coming out shortly. This will occur after the last day of school to ensure students have the full time to complete assigments.

• School iPad

• School issued charging brick

• School issued charging cord

• Media Center Books--Emails will be sent this week with the books checked out to you.

• Borrowed Classroom Items (Classroom Books, Calculators, etc.)

• Band Instrument

• PBIS Badges **6th and 7th grade only

Attention athletes!

Attention CSMS Athletes! You are invited to get your athletic physical done at any of the high schools--CHS, LHS, or CRHS. Be watching their websites and social media for dates and the price in June and July.


The Falcon Virtual Book Club meets on Thursdays at 3:00. If you'd like to be a part of it, email Mrs. Abramowich and she will send you a ZOOM invite! abramowiche@citrus.k12.fl.us

PSA from love 146

Given the dramatic increase spent online due to remote learning and working, our partners at the Department of Juvenile Justice shared a brief and powerful public service announcement produced by Love146 geared towards students and adults regarding internet safety.

This resource also includes specific tips to promote safety online titled, "Creeps Can Seem Nice at First: 5 Tips for Internet Safety during COVID-19."

Florida schools will remain closed for this school year

Governor Ron DeSantis has directed all school districts in Florida to remain closed for the remainder of the school year. Citrus County Schools will follow this mandate and continue with our Citrus C.A.R.E.S. Remote Learning Plan. You can find our plan on the district website or through the button below.

We understand that with this announcement, many of you have questions about end of the year activities and events planned. We will be providing you additional details in the coming days. Please continue to follow our district website, as well as the weekly Falcon newsletter updates for additional information.

As Superintendent Sam Himmel has stressed since schools first closed - the safety of our students and staff will remain our top priority. We know how hard this is for many families, but we will get through this together as a district and a community.

PBIS Stores are open!

You can still earn and spend PBIS points during remote learning! Check out the school store as well as teacher stores. Use points to diaplay your artwork in the newsletter, chose your teacher's Zoom background, introduce your pet to your class, or make your teachers learn a TikTok dance and show it off!

buy a Yearbook!

Click the button to see a sneak peak video of the yearbook! Then purchase one if you haven't already!

Check out a media Center book!

GUIDANCE resources & contacts

CSMS PHONE NUMBER (352) 344-2244


Mrs. Brendel – Guidance Secretary, ext. 4411 email- brendelC@citrus.k12.fl.us

Mrs. Hum – Registrar, ext. 4412 email-humb@citrus.k12.fl.us

Mrs. Pastorello – School Counselor assisting students with last names A-L, ext. 4407 email- pastorelloa@citrus.k12.fl.us

Ms. Pettit -School Counselor assisting students with the last names M-Z, ext. 4408 email- pettitt@citrus.k12.fl.us

Mr. Smith- School Social Worker, (352) 400-0886 email- smithm@citrusschools.org

FDLRS (Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System) has shared many great strategies and tools for families to use during remote learning.

Mental Health Resources and Child Welfare

LifeStream Mobile Response - 352-408-6625

Abuse Reporting – 1-800-962-2873

Citrus Abuse Shelter Association – 352-344-8111

Report Missing Children – 1-888-356-4776

Staying up to date on Assignments

Students accessing electronic assignments should be submitting assignments for all classes each week and staying in communication with all teachers. Check your student's Skyward account to see if assignments are up to date.

Students on paperbased assignments can contact the school to submit weekly work.

If your family is having an issue that is interruptive to remote learning, please reach out and contact the school so that we can let the teachers know and work through solutions.

skyward Resources

Please be sure to check your student's Skyward account regularly to see their progress and any missing work.

If you need your child's student number, you can log into Skyward Family Access to retrieve that information.

Having problems with Skyward Access? You may call 352.746.3437 ext. 2222 for assistance between the hours of 7 A.M. - 5 P.M. Monday-Friday.

Updated meal distribution information

Csms Falcon Help Line

If you need help, call our CSMS Falcon Help Line (352) 344-2244 Option 7 between the hours of 7 A.M. - 5 P.M. Monday-Friday. You may also e-mail or call your child's teacher.

technology tips and support

Click this link for quick information on ClassLink and Google Classroom!

Did you leave something important at school?

Did you leave something important at school? A band instrument? A pair of glasses in your locker? If students need to access personal belongings in lockers/classrooms etc... you can come to the school from 7:00 A.M-3:00 P.M., call the front desk from the parking lot, and we will bring you whatever is needed.

FIELD TRIP refunds

All field trips refunds have been processed and the checks were mailed out.

Self Care

If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.

You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.

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