August 26, 2021
The first couple weeks of school have gone well. Thank you to the teachers, students, and parents for getting the year up and started. It’s been great having the kids back in the building and beginning to get to know them. There has been a lot of positivity from the kids. For the first time in a year, we were able to have an in-person assembly yesterday. The kids enjoyed themselves and were loud while cheering and laughing during the students vs. teachers Family Feud game. Thank you to the SBOs and Ms. Fulton for organizing and presenting the Hello Day Assembly.
The last group of student leaders we will pull together is the Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are part of the school’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) team, and they will work with the teacher team to help teach PBIS behavior expectations to the student body. There is an application that needs to be turned in at the Counseling Center by Tuesday, August 31. Ambassadors will be selected by a committee of teachers; therefore, this is not an election process. Students will need to be prepared to be interviewed by a group of teachers. Students selected to be Ambassadors will need to change their Advisory class to be in Mr. Costales’ Advisory class.
Students with questions can see Ms. Kendall in the Counseling Center.
Picture day is Tuesday, August 31. All students need to have their picture taken so they can get an activity card and be in the yearbook. Students will have their picture taken during their history classes that day.
Cross Country is up and running and we have a good-size group of kids who have been participating this week. Meets will begin soon, so if you are interested in participating see Mr. Selk ASAP.
Soccer gets started next week for both boys and girls. I don’t have the specific information on who is practicing when, but I will post it to Facebook as soon as I know. There is a meeting after school Monday, August 30, where students will receive pertinent information.
Sport participation fees can be paid on the webstore.
It is time for students to join Jazz Band. This band is a zero-period class that meets before school. Mr. Featherstone will be putting information in the announcements for students. If you have any question for him, he can be reached at email@example.com.
Lockers are, unfortunately, becoming a bit of an issue already. Please remind your student that they should only be going to their locker before school, at lunch (to get their lunch and then to put it away), and after school. There were many tardies this week due to locker usage. We will be tracking student tardies and if a student has an exorbitant amount of tardies, their locker privileges may be revoked.
Where lockers are becoming a big issue is at lunch. Students are trying to get to their lockers in the middle of lunch. This puts them roaming the hallways while classes are in session. Students are not allowed in the halls during lunch; they need to stay outside during good weather and in the lunchroom/commons during inclement weather. Please help us by reminding your student of these expectations.
We are working with the students to help them understand they can relax at lunch. We have many students who are eating their food in 10-15 minutes and then trying to get up into the halls to get to their lockers or head to class. We are working with them to help them know that they have 30 minutes regardless of how quickly they eat. Understandably, the 6th grade is the group needing the most training on this as they aren’t used to the level of freedom they have during lunch in middle school. We appreciate their enthusiasm to get to class, and we’ll continue helping them know they can spend that extra time after they finish eating playing on the field or hanging out with their friends.
For now, during the nice weather, students are to remain outside during lunch. They can come in to use the restroom or fill their water bottles, otherwise we are keeping them outside. No students are allowed in the halls during lunch. We have informed students that they will receive a lunch detention if they are in the halls during lunch.
The library is open during lunch Monday-Thursday. Students cannot eat in the library, but they can go up there once they finish eating. We do cut-off entry to the library toward the end of the lunch period as there isn’t much a student can do in there in the last five minutes before the bell.
Remember to pre-order yearbooks now. We will only order yearbooks for those who preorder, so if you want one, you need to get it now.
Our school does have a dress code all students need to adhere to. The complete dress code can be found in your student’s planner and on our website. Here are the pieces of the code that we seem to be having problems with this year:
-Shorts (for boys and girls) need to be long enough to be at or below the fingers when a student puts their hands at their sides. We are seeing a lot of short shorts at school.
-Holes in jeans/shorts can’t be higher up than the pocket lining of the pants.
-Hats can be worn at lunch while we are going outside, but they need to be taken off when a student reenters the school building.
-Crop tops that don’t cover the mid-drift shouldn’t be worn at school.
Unity in our Community:
The Friend to Friend organization at the high school is organizing a service even on Monday, September 13 from 6-9pm at the high school. They will be looking for donations for the food pantry, signing people up to serve as volunteers in different capacities for the food pantry or with Granite Education Foundation, and having a celebration started with a presentation by Mayor Rob Dahle.
Granite District is participating in a Job Fair on September 16th from 3-6pm at Copper Hills High School. The fair will have nearly 100 businesses who are currently looking for employees. They recommend that you come dressed in business casual attire and be ready to see what opportunities await you.
Elective Class Fees:
Elective class fees will be added to student accounts on September 7, 2021. Please check your student’s account after that day to see what fees are owed.
Aug. 30 Soccer Start Date; Meeting after school at 3pm in the auditorium
Aug. 31 Picture Day
Sept. 1 Cross Country meet @ Bonneville Jr.
Sept. 8 Cross Country meet @ Hunter Jr.
Sept. 13-16 Red Ribbon Week
Sept. 15 Soccer team selection
Sept. 15 Cross Country meet @ Jefferson Jr.
Sept. 20 Soccer vs. Churchill (boys home, girls away)
Sept. 21 Cross Country Divisional meet @ Cottonwood Complex
Sept. 22 Soccer vs. Eisenhower (boys home, girls away)
Sept. 24 Mid-term
Sept. 27 Soccer vs. Wasatch (boys home, girls away)
Sept. 28, 29 Parent-Teacher Conferences
Sept. 28 Boo to the Flu