May 3, 2021
We are in the stretch run of the school year!
There is a lot going on this month, so please stick with me through this whole newsletter so you don’t miss any important information.
It’s time for RISE testing again. We missed the opportunity to test the students last year, so it’s important for all students to test this year so we can see where they are in their understanding of math, science, and English. After going on dismissal for 4th quarter last year and having our school year structured with no in-person learning on Fridays this year, we want to make sure our students don’t have any large gaps in their learning, so please plan on having your student participate in testing for all three areas.
In person students begin testing this week with 8th grade students completing the RISE Writing. Distance Learners need to do all testing in-person, so we have designated the next three Fridays for them to come to school and be tested. This Friday is Language Arts for all Distance Learners. We are asking that they come at 9am so we can make sure they all get enough time to complete the test.
Testing at school for in-person students will look a little different this year. We will have a testing schedule for the six days of testing. All students in the building will be testing at the same time from 9:11-10:41am each day. Students will be assigned to go to a specific classroom for testing. We are creating specific testing rolls for the testing rooms instead of having students simply test with one of their classes. This system mirrors how the high school does ACT testing. The idea is that we want the entire building quiet and in testing mode, so all students have the opportunity to focus on their testing. We will not call for students over the intercom, ring bells, or otherwise interrupt classes during the testing window. We also ask that students not be checked out of the building on testing days during the testing window.
The testing calendar is attached to this email for you.
Track intramurals start today after school. Track will run for the next three weeks on Monday-Thursday from 3:05-4:05pm. There are no tryouts or fees associated with track. We will not be going to any meets, but students can come and learn about and participate in the different events. The plan is to cover two events each week. If your student has questions, they can talk to Mr. Jensen or Mr. Costales.
We have set mid-term for this Friday, May 7. This is late into the quarter compared to when mid-term usually occurs. Please make sure you and your student are checking grades regularly so there are no surprises when the quarter ends. As always, if you have a question or concern about a grade, please reach out to the teacher any time.
We found out last week that many of our students are participating in an assassination game outside of school. In talking to a couple of the kids it sounds like the game seniors at the high school have been doing at the end of the year for years. We don’t involve ourselves in what the students are doing outside of school; however, this game is starting to infringe on school. We have had multiple water guns being pulled out during lunch the last few days. We are confiscating them as we see them, but I also want to remind everyone that no weapons, including look alike weapons, are allowed at school. Water guns, specifically, cause an issue at our school because when our cement floors get wet, they get very slippery.
From our understanding, this is mainly occurring with the 8th and 6th graders. Please talk to your student if they are in one of those classes and encourage them not to bring water guns to school.
We are encouraging all students to go outside during lunch now that the weather has turned nicer. Please talk to your student about being responsible and respectful by not littering and leaving the field a huge mess at lunch. Mr. Matich and I are out and around and reminding the students daily, but the messes continue to be there. We understand that it’s easy to get distracted by wanting to get up and run around with friends, but we are trying to help them understand that they can thrown their garbage away first.
Also, because we are outside, we are seeing more students trying to sneak off campus. Please remember that we are a closed campus and students are not allowed to leave unless they have been checked out by a parent through the Counseling Center AND are being picked up by a parent. During the school day, we do require that a parent pick a student up, this is a safety measure.
Performing Arts Covid Testing:
All students performing in the musical, choir concert, dance concert, or instrumental concerts, including stage crew students, need to be Covid tested prior to the concert. The process will be the same as what all high school students have participated in so they can perform or play sports. We will be testing on Wednesday, May 5, at 12:30pm in the commons. Prior to testing, parents need to sign their student up in the Red Cap System and give permission. This can be done by clicking on the “COVID-19 Testing” tab on the front page of the school’s website. You will then scroll down to the blue link titled “Provide Consent for Your Student” and then fill out the form. Consent must be given prior to Wednesday at 12:30pm.
Musical and Concerts:
In accordance with current Covid-19 guidelines and district direction, we will be limiting audiences for our musical and other performing arts concerts. Student participants have bene given information about how many audience members they can have. If you will be attending one of the shows, please be aware that we will be seating in such a way as to allow for social distancing. Also, masks are still required in all schools, so please plan on wearing a mask to all performances at school. The school mask mandate is in place for evening performances.
We will be breaking the end of year awards assembly into three separate assemblies for this year as we aren’t allowed to have the whole student body in the auditorium together. We will do an assembly for each grade level. Due to capacity limitations, we also won’t be able to allow parents to come to the assemblies. We will, however, record the assemblies and post the links to them so you can watch it if you’d like.
Yearbooks and Fees:
We will be distributing yearbooks at the end of the day on May 27. Students will need to have all fees paid in order to receive their yearbook that day. If a student has outstanding fees, they can pick their yearbook up on June 2, or as soon as their fees are paid-whichever is earlier. Accounts will be fully updated with fees by May 26, so we encourage everyone to check their student’s account on the evening on May 26. Fees/fines may be added for lost or broken Chromebooks or lost or destroyed textbooks or library books.
All students who pre-ordered a yearbook had one ordered for them. If you didn’t pre-order a yearbook and would like to purchase one, we ordered a few extra. The extras will be sold on a first come, first served basis. More information on this process will be given as we get closer to May 27. Please be aware that we only ordered a limited number of extra copies, so not everyone may be able to purchase a yearbook.
We have been seeing an uptick in electronics being taken from students, so here’s a quick review of our school policy:
We call it electronics because is covers more than just cell phones. Ear buds, smart watches, or other personal electronic devices are covered by the policy. The policy is simple; Olympus Jr. is a no electronics school. We understand that students will have electronic devices at school, but they should not be using them during the school day, so they should be on silent and be put away out of sight. If a student has an emergency and needs to call home, they can go to the Counseling Center and use the student phone. The policy is in place from 7:45am-2:45pm including lunches and in between classes.
May 6 All library books due
May 7 Mid-term
May 7 Distance Learners ELA and Writing RISE
May 7 Distance Learning Day
May 12-20 In-person Learners RISE Testing (see attached schedule)
May 13 Golf Tournament
May 14 Distance Learners Science RISE
May 14 Distance Learning Day
May 21 Distance Learners Math RISE
May 21 Distance Learning Day
May 24 Textbook Return
May 24 Chromebook Return
May 26 Student Accounts updated to show all fees/fines owed
May 27 Awards Assemblies
May 27 Yearbook distribution (early release for students with no fees)
May 28 Distance Learning Day
May 31 Memorial Day
June 2 Historian Assembly (virtual)
June 2 8th Grade Promotion Party (1:30pm)
June 3 Distance Learning-Last Day of School