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Knightly News 08/24/2020 Edition

Knightly News

Return to Learn Edition

Welcome to our first Knightly News of the 20-21 school year. There is quite a bit of information contained in this document so please take some time to read through this "Return to Learn" edition of the Knightly News.

Staff Highlights

Christian Mueller, Principal

Kim Vergauwen, Assistant Principal

Meet Our Counselors

Our Smith counselors are always here to help. Please feel free to contact our counselors with questions or concerns anytime.

Mrs. Hartenburg (A-L)

jhartenburg@troy.k12.mi.us

Mr. Denyes (M-Z)

mdenyes@troy.k12.mi.us

Frequently Needed Links Below

Navigating our Smith Website

New Parent and Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation Video

This video was made in April for our incoming 6th grade parents. It is a great introduction to our school and our many opportunities for students.

New Student to Troy iPad Pickup

New students/parents can go directly to our Troy Services Building to pick up an iPad during the week of 8/24-8/28

To get to the Services Building, enter the Troy District driveway at 4400 Livernois and then turn left at the fork. Head through the cattails to the Services Building.

District Information For Our Return to Learn Plan

Technology and iPad Support

Daily Schedule for Smith Middle School

Our daily schedule for the coming year is moving to a block schedule as show below. We made a helpful video further down this newsletter to help support parents and students understand and apply their class schedule to our daily schedules below.

Monthly Calendars

The monthly schedule is for parents and students to track A/B days. Students, make sure that you have a copy of this schedule handy each day to remind yourself if it is an A or B day.

How to Apply Your Child's Schedule to Our Daily Schedule.

This helpful video was created to help both you and your child apply their schedule on PowerSchool to their daily schedule for virtual learning.

The two time schedules below are specific to 7th/8th graders and a separate one for 6th graders to navigate their elective hour. The video shares how to understand each schedule and utilizes the schedule sheets below.

The copies of our daily time schedule are the same as the copies we used to make the video above.

7th and 8th Grade Schedule

6th Grade Schedule

Updated Back-to-School Parent Registration Page

All of our beginning of the year forms are now online. In the link below, you will find our updated registration page with links to our student supply lists for the start of the school year, how to support our PTO, and more. In addition, please make sure you have verified your emergency contact information on PowerSchool. See directions below.

Updating/Verifying Parent Contact Information in PowerSchool

When you log into PowerSchool click Forms.

Then click Contact Information Updates

Be sure to fill out the Virtual Learning Acknowledgement at the bottom of the contact form, and then provide your electronic signature at the end. Even if you have not moved, or changed contact information, you must follow these steps to ensure we have your proper contact information.

7th Grade Families Only

Below is information about the FERPA consent form for parents of our 7th grade families to fill out via Powerschool. This will also be sent through school messenger separately.

Simply follow the instructions below to access the FERPA consent form and fill out the necessary information. Be sure to click submit when form is complete.

After-School Clubs

After school clubs that may meet online may continue as we start the year virtually. There will be future communications inviting students to join clubs they may be interested in!

PTO Volunteers Needed!!!!

The SMITH PTO is actively recruiting for future Board Members / Committee Leaders for next year NOW, to shadow and train with current parent volunteers to make transitions super easy!

Work with Mr. Mueller and Ms. Hartenburg and other amazing parents at Smith on the PTO Board.

Commitments are generally 1 hr a month for board members and a an hour or two more depending on activity that month. Board operates as a team.

Openings for 20/21 school year President, Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator.

* BONUS — we now offer board members front row seating at key Smith events (plays, orchestra/band, choir, graduation and more)

Contact: SmithKnightsPTO@gmail.com

Thank you for your support of the PTO

Smith Twitter - Follow us!!!

Feel free to follow the great things happening at Smith Middle School on Twitter.

@smithknights

We will share weekly notes for coming weeks closer to our return to school