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Principal's Updates 4/18

Good afternoon Githens families!  This is Dr. Lanier with important information for the week!  Please listen carefully to all details!

 

A reminder that families will be able to get a head start on Back to School.  DPS launched the “Best.Year.Ever.” Back-to-School campaign to generate excitement about the coming school year.  Githens will host an in-person event tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19, from 4:00 to 6:00.  Laptops will be available for parents to use to complete all necessary information and to sign up for a PowerSchool Parent Portal account. 

Key components of the form, most of which are required by board policy or state/federal law, include: 

  • Student Handbook Verification

  • Address and phone number updates

  • Transportation information (** All students will default to "NO” transportation; the updated information requesting transportation (Yes/No) must be collected fresh this year.)

  • Military information

  • District policies – technology use of laptops, personal devices, directory information, etc.

Please understand, if you do not complete this information and your scholar relies on bus transportation, they will not be guaranteed transportation in August and we at the school level will be unable to assist you.  As Githens' partners with our families on the Back-to-School form, the goal for us to reach 100% of students with updated information by May 13, 2022.  Part of this process is ensuring that all families have a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account.  PowerSchool Parent Portal is the official source of student grade information and a convenient way for you to update your most current contact information.  DPS has created step by step instructions, as well as video instructions, on how to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Use the link (https://www.dpsnc.net/Page/383) provided in the email that accompanies this voice message to navigate the setup process.  Please note, letters to families not signed up for PowerSchool Parent Portal will be mailed by the end of the week.  It is imperative that you act on this immediately.

A reminder that district mandated Case 21 EOY testing will start this week, beginning April 21 through April 29.  Students will operate on a modified schedule.  State/district mandated EOG testing will take place between May 27 through June 10.  Remember, per the state, in order for your scholar to be promoted to the next grade, they must pass the math and ELA EOG and the math and ELA class.  For 8th grade scholars, they must also pass the science EOG and science class as well.  Refer to your scholar’s report card for their most recent semester and quarter grades.  Any questions, concerns, or clarity regarding your scholar’s academic progress should be directed to your scholar’s team teachers for a conference.

The following is a breakdown of games, days, and start times for the week:

  • Tuesday, April 19: Baseball, Girls Softball, and Girls Soccer will compete at home against Rogers-Herr at 4:00pm.

  • Wednesday, April 20: Boys and Girls Track will compete at home against Rogers-Herr & Lakewood at 4:00pm.

  • Thursday, April 21: Baseball, Girls Softball, and Girls Soccer will compete at home against Lowe's Grove at 4:00pm.

A reminder that masks and social distancing is highly recommended but not required.  All sports ticket sales will be virtual this year through “ticket spicket” and are required for entry.  Please use the link provided in the email that accompanies this phone message to follow the steps necessary to purchase tickets.  For further information regarding athletics or specific teams, please email either Ms. Stackhouse, Athletic Director, or the coaches.

A reminder that students are required to be in classrooms, seated, with materials ready, and cell phones powered off at 7:30.  Students entering the building after 7:30 will be marked tardy.  We still have a lot of students coming to school after 7:30 missing valuable instruction.  Scholars must be on time for school.  

Have a great week!

Links:

PDF: How to Set up a Parent Portal Account (Eng | Spa)

Video: How to Set up a Parent Portal Account (Eng | Spa)

Web: How to Create a Gmail Account

Web: How to Create a Yahoo Account

PDF: How to Complete Returning Student Process (Eng | Spa)

Video: How to Complete Returning Student Process (Eng | Spa)

Immunization Link: https://immunize.nc.gov/schools/k-12.htm

Register to (COVID) test your student today with this link: https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=tf-dur-684-students 

Ticket Spicket:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w-NAcWmKMsxOKq2j3JTCpAYqLyyy11wP/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=111524642789948469711&rtpof=true&sd=true