The start of the 2019-2020 school year is going to be busy with a lot of changes! The middle school is eager to move into our new-to-us building. The middle school received a freshening up with new paint--there’s very little pink left over from the 1990’s! Room numbers and phone extensions will be changing as we renumber the building in anticipation of the new high school opening. As soon as the new high school is ready, we will move into our space. The middle school office is moving too! We will be located in the offices across from the district office. One big change to back to school processes is that we are assigning locker locks for students only if they request them. Another change is to our device fees. The district reduced the yearly fee to $20/student (cap $80/family/year) to be able to take their device home with a charger. Other changes include the middle school starting our Positive Behavior Systems process, lunch schedules once the new kitchen is ready, and some exciting changes to homeroom.
The flow of information is critical during the middle years. I encourage all our 5-8 families to participate in our new Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Because Infinite Campus and Skyward are two different platforms, parents must activate their portal with Infinite Campus. Parents and students can find the link to Infinite Campus on the Menahga School website under the “Parents” tab on the home page. The Portal is also available as an app for Android, iPhones, iPads and iPad Touch devices. Visit www.infinitecampus.com to download the mobile app, or find it on the iTunes store, Google Play, or the Amazon App Store. The app will ask for your District ID which is 2720580. Infinite Campus was selected by the district because of its robust Parent and Student Portal and ease of navigation within the app, especially on mobile devices. You can check grades, attendance, update contact information, and so much more. We also have a new middle school handbook posted to the website and printed in the planner that covers the policies and procedures for grades 5-8. Tammy and I also would like to remind parents and guardians to let the office know by 1:00 pm of any changes to after school transportation plans. We know that sometimes there will be emergencies, but it makes everyone more secure knowing where your son or daughter will be heading if we have enough time to communicate those changes to teachers and your student. Thank you for helping us keep your student and their teacher in the loop!