Connect Ed/Mustang Messages 2020-2021

  • October 19, 2020

    Remote & Face-to-Face Learning, Student Schedules, Potential Return Date:

    • Information regarding which students will attend remote learning versus face-to-face learning has not yet been released to middle schools. 
    • Once this occurs, we will promptly begin working on student schedules and we will update you with pertinent information! 
    • Presently, the planned date for GCS middle school students to return to face-to-face learning is Nov. 12. 

     

    No Live Classes, Make Up Work , & Important Interim Testing This Week!:

     

    • INTERIM TESTS:
      • Students in all grades will take Interim Tests this week:  Math, Reading, 8th grade Science.
      • These tests will help us determine what your child has learned and will inform teachers about what needs to be retaught as they move forward. 
      • The Interim Tests can feel challenging and lengthy for many students so in order for everyone to do their best, we never recommend more than 1 per day.  If your child gets behind on the schedule, please have them make up an Interim Test on Friday or over the weekend instead of taking more than one Interim Test in a day.  
      • Please help ensure that your child takes their tests in the BEST CONDITIONS possible. 😊 
      • Schedule:   

     

     

    INTERIM SCHEDULE

     

    MAKE UP WORK SCHEDULE FOR MISSING WORK

    Oct. 19, Monday                

    Teacher Workday

    Make up work window open on key missing assignments for ALL STUDENTS until Thurs., Oct. 22

     

    Oct. 20, Tuesday             

    ALL 6th, 7th, 8th graders TAKE MATH INTERIM TEST

     

    Make up work window open on key missing assignments for ALL STUDENTS until Thurs., Oct. 22

     

    Oct. 21, Wednesday             

    ALL 6th, 7th, 8th graders TAKE READING INTERIM TEST

    Make up work window open on key missing assignments for ALL STUDENTS until Thurs., Oct. 22

     

    Oct. 22, Thursday             

    ALL 8TH graders TAKE SCIENCE INTERIM TEST

     

    6th/7th graders MAY TAKE MAKE-UP MATH OR RDG INTERIMS if needed

    Make up work window open on key missing assignments for ALL STUDENTS until Thurs., Oct. 22

     

    Oct. 23, Friday

     

     

    6th/7th/8th graders MAY TAKE MAKE-UP MATH/RDG/SCI INTERIMS if needed

     

    Make up work window CLOSED

    Oct. 23, Friday –

    Oct. 25, Sunday

    6th/7th/8th graders MAY TAKE MAKE-UP MATH/RDG/SCI INTERIMS if needed

     

     

     

     

    • NO LIVE CLASSES:
      • There will be no live classes in order to concentrate on one Interim Test daily.
      • Please have your child concentrate on the schedule, doing their best on each Interim Test, and making up any missing work in order to improve missing grades.

     

    • MISSING WORK/FAILING GRADES - GRACE PERIOD UNTIL THURSDAY, OCT.  22:
      • Please ask your child to “show” their PowerSchool grades to you (not Canvas).
      • Teachers have worked together to graciously extend grading through Thur. Oct. 22!

     

    • HOW IS MY CHILD MISSING WORK / ASSIGNMENTS SOMETIMES? 
      • WHAT TO DO  à 
        • Students MUST ENTER EVERY class BOX in Canvas, EACH DAY, & click on the MONTH, the WEEK, and look at the DAILY AGENDA. 
        • Student should attend the LIVE SESSION – this can make all the difference for many!
        • Students should look at what is assigned for the day in the daily Agenda box (only accessible by following above instructions).
        • Students should look at what is due for the day – sometimes different from than what is assigned (only accessible by following above instructions).

     

      • WHAT NOT TO DO  à 
    • Students are clicking on the “to do list” of assignments that Canvas generates without going INTO EACH CANVAS CLASS BOX each and every day. 
    • Students are changing their “view of assignments” to “list view” which won’t list all assignments on the Agenda the way the Teachers have assigned them.
    • Unfortunately, teachers/admin can’t override these “misleading” Canvas features – but will continue to try to coach students to go into class the right way daily.  😊

     

    Support PTA & our McTeacher Night (Thursday, Nov. 5th):

    • No matter what kind of order you choose, a portion of all sales will go to MMS if ordered between 5-8pm at the Friendly Center McDonalds at 617 Green Valley Rd.! 
    • Support your school while making your socially distanced order in the Drive-Thru, through McDelivery, or in the McDonalds app and pick up Curb-side!  What a great McDeal that is! 😊

     

    Yearbook Purchase with Free Icons:

    • It's not too early to reserve your yearbook!  If you order now, you can get four FREE icons when you personalize your cover. 
    • To order, check out the information posted on the MMS webpage or go to jostensyearbooks.com.

     

    8th Grade Personalized Yearbook Ads:

    • 8th grade families, you can PERSONALIZE an AD in the yearbook for your 8th grader!
    • See information on Canvas, on the MMS webpage, or go to jostensadservice.com.

     

    Submit a Photo for the Yearbook!:

    • Have photos you'd like to submit for the yearbook?   If so, use link https://images.jostens.com/ and use the user id #415464364 (all photos are previewed by yearbook staff).

     

    Nurse News for All 7th Graders:

    • Thanks to all who have submitted tetanus booster and meningitis vaccines documentation.  Please submit proof of vaccines to the front office ASAP.

     

    Free Meals Available Curbside at all GCS Schools:

    • Curbside meals still available for students ages 0-18 from 11am-12noon daily in our bus parking lot at Mendenhall - but families can also visit any GCS school to pick up meals.
    • Meals include a hot lunch and breakfast for the next day.  

     

    Band News:

    • If you are a band student and do not have an instrument or have instrument questions, please contact Mr. Davis through Canvas if you are a student and Remind if you are a parent.  We want to help! 
    • Also, be sure to check the weekly Band lesson page under the month of October and the current week for playing tests, daily assignments, and live meetings Monday through Thursday.

     

    Title 1 Updates & Support:

    • Parents please note that Mendenhall Middle has been designated for Targeted Support & Improvement - Additional Targeted Support (TSI-AT) for the 2020-2021 school year.  More information about this can be found on our school website in the Title 1 section.

     

     

    Thank you for supporting Mendenhall!  

     

    October 10, 2020

    Dear Families,

     

    We know that you are eagerly awaiting much needed information regarding the opening of schools and I wish I could give you more information at this time!   However, we will update you once middle schools receive information from GCS regarding which schools will host remote learning plans, which students will be attending either remote learning or virtual academy from Mendenhall, assignments of student bus numbers, and more.  Thank you so much for the support you have provided our staff and school during these times of uncertainty.

     

     Here is what you can do now: 

     

    1-   HAVE YOU MADE A FINAL DECISION ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S RETURN TO SCHOOL?

     

    The “Parent Preference for Reopening Form” is OPEN again and will BE CLOSING TOMORROW, Sunday, Oct. 11th & we need everyone’s final decision.    

     

    • NEED YOUR FINAL DECISION BY SUNDAY, OCT. 11:          The district will use your final decision to make final plans for our school and our students at Mendenhall.  Go to our website or Click here for the form.
    • RANK YOUR 3 OPTIONS IN ORDER OF CHOICE:                  Remote Learning with Students/Teachers at Mendenhall, Face-to-Face Instruction, or Virtual Learning Academy (transfer to different online school).    
    • QUESTIONS ABOUT PREVIOUS SUBMISSION?                    If you are unsure of the answers you previously submitted, please finalize your preferences by resubmitting your response.   Click here for the form.

     

     

    2-  HAVE YOU FILLED OUT THE TRANSPORTATION FORM?

               

    • PLEASE FILL OUT WHETHER A BUS OR CAR RIDER:            Go to our website or Click here for the form.   
    • BUS ASSIGNMENTS:                                                                       GCS cannot guarantee any bus assignments for Oct. 20 start date if the form was completed after the original deadline of Oct. 1. 
    • UPDATES:                                                                                            Transportation will still process requests now and we will inform you once GCS provides bus # assignments for all students.

     

     

    Have a good evening,

     

    October 5, 2020

    Remote Learning & Additional School Opening Updates:

    • Just like many of you, we are waiting to hear about the possibility of Remote Learning options at many of our school sites. 
    • We will let you know details as soon as we hear more and can update you on plans. 
    • To make information easily accessible for you, you can always find previous Connect Ed/Principal Messages on our website under the “Connect Ed Messages” Section.
    • Families, Thank you so very much for your incredible support during this time.  We know that it is incredibly difficult as you await answers.       

     

    Free Meals & Free/Reduced Lunch Application:

     

    • Curbside meals are still available for students ages 0-18 from 11am-12noon daily in our bus parking lot at Mendenhall but families can also visit any school to pick up meals.
    • Meals include a hot lunch and breakfast for the next day.  
    • Need assistance?  If you are having trouble picking up a meal due to transportation or other circumstances, please call the school at 336.545.2000 to see if we can help!  

     

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    • The YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST DEADLINE been extended to:  Tuesday, October 6th.    
    • If interested in creating a design for this year's yearbook, contact Mrs. Hafley or your homeroom teacher.
    • The winning artist will have their design placed on the cover of the yearbook AND will receive one free yearbook!

      

    Yearbook Purchase:

    • It's not too early to reserve your yearbook!  If you order now, you can get four FREE icons when you personalize your cover. 
    • To order, check out the information posted on the MMS webpage or go to jostensyearbooks.com .
    •  8th grade families, you can PERSONALIZE an AD in the yearbook for your 8th grader!
    • See information on Canvas, on the MMS webpage, or go to jostensadservice.com .

     

     Thank you for your support! 

     

    September 30, 2020

    Dear parents and families,

     

    We really need your help, pleaseWe need ALL families to take the BRIEF Parent Preference Survey.  GCS will begin to make decisions about school programs according to the needs expressed in the surveys taken at each school. 

    The survey is for families who may choose remote learning while REMAINING a Mendenhall student AND ALSO any family who wants their child to return to the building setting.  The survey is not a final decision – this is only an “interest survey” for the county to plan staffing and programming.   It will help MENDENHALL greatly if we increase our PARTICIPATION!

     

      • Please note:  The survey is not binding.   At this point, you are NOT “signing up” for remote learning as a permanent decision.  Please take the survey (whether you want remote or in-person learning) as this is a way for GCS to make informed decisions about our specific staff and programming

     

    Before taking the very brief survey, let me also tell you a little about our school day that we are planning: 

     

     A FEW quick facts about what school will look like at Mendenhall:    

     

    • The school day will be from 8:35 am to 3:25 pm.
    • 6th graders will begin returning on Oct. 20th and 7th and 8th graders will begin returning on Oct. 26th
    • Students will attend school 2 days per week – either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday, with all students remote on Wednesdays. 
    • Schedules are being worked on now and every effort is being made to not disrupt any student’s schedule or team.  
    • At MMS, students will be set up in cohorts, all-day core groups like in elementary school, and will switch classes one time per day for Encore.
    • Teachers will move from core (Math, ELA, Sci, SS) classes and then bring students to their one Encore class per day.   
    • Teachers will walk students to each Encore class to prevent large crowd mingling but this one change to Encore will be allowed daily.  
    • Classes will be over an hour-long but none will exceed the 90-minute block often seen in middle schools.  
    • Lunch will be eaten in the classroom with a teacher.
    • Students will be in classrooms that have been properly measured and set up according to social distancing guidelines.  
    • Classroom capacities may range in our school from 12 students in a room to 24 students in a much larger room – always dependent upon guidelines and measurements.
    • Students will not ever perform heavy-duty cleaning or use chemicals but will use wipes to wipe down their personal area/desk, will have hand sanitizer readily available in all rooms, will have soap, water, and towels available in bathrooms.    
    • Arrival procedures will be incorporated into the day that involves taking students’ temperatures and collecting attestation forms. 

     

    • We need ALL FAMILIES to take the PARENT PREFERENCE SURVEY

     

      • If you have an interest in your child STAYING at Mendenhall but learning REMOTELY even when students return to the school, it is crucial that you fill out the survey as soon as possible but no later than noon on Friday, October 2nd.  Here’s the link:   Parent Preference Form   Thank you so much!  

     

      • Even if you want your child to return to school on the approved plan of 2 days per week, WE NEED YOU TOO!  It will help us so much if you would also complete the Parent Preference Survey.   Here’s the link:   Parent Preference Form      Thank you so much for your help!    

     

      • IMPORTANT:   The survey is not binding!   At this point, you are NOT “signing up” for remote learning as a permanent decision. 
      • IMPORTANT:   Please take the survey (whether you want remote or in-person learning) as this is a way for GCS to make informed decisions. 

     

     TRANSPORTATION FORM for ALL MENDENHALL STUDENTS

     

      • All parents of returning MMS students, please fill out the Transportation Preference Form (whether you plan to use a bus/not use a bus for transportation), no later than Thursday, Oct. 1. by 5 pm. If you are able, please consider alternate ways to transport your child to school.   😊
      • This form is found under our Quick Links at the bottom of our website or click here.  

     

     VIRTUAL ACADEMY NEW DEADLINE

     

    • Remember, this means you do not want either of the above-listed options of: 

     

    1- the “potential” remote learning at Mendenhall with Mendenhall teachers (what is noted in the survey) or  

    2- the return to Mendenhall on the 2 days per week model

     

    And you are choosing to transfer to a different school.

      Virtual Academy Timeline Update

    • Any parents who requested a transfer from their home school to either of the virtual schools via SchoolMint after the school board meeting on Thursday, September 24, GCS will keep requests on file but will not process any transfers in PowerSchool until October 20, when health metrics will allow GCS to know more about the return of face-to-face instruction in schools. If health metrics are not met on October 20, all students who are not already currently enrolled in the virtual schools prior to Thursday, Sept. 24, would then remain in remote learning. We will keep you updated.  

     

     Thank you for your support! 

     

    September 28, 2020

    Dear parents and families,

     

    This is Kris Vecchione, the proud principal of Mendenhall!  As we prepare to bring students back to our classrooms for in-person learning, GCS wants to make sure that your plans and preferences are understood, recognizing that these might have changed during the past two months. 

     

     ALL MENDENHALL FAMILIES WHO PREFER REMOTE LEARNING  BUT STAYING WITH THE MENDENHALL  (BRAND NEW update)

    • GCS has heard the requests from some parents who might prefer to continue remote learning but do not want to register for one of the district’s new virtual schools.  Filling out the preference form (see below) will help GCS better plan for re-opening and determine if there is the appropriate staffing to operate a remote learning option at individual schools.  Please submit a form by each of your elementary and/or middle school children, either electronically or via paper/hard copy, no later than noon on Friday, October 2nd.
    • This option is different from Virtual Academy – the V.A. is for students who transfer to a different online school.  If you are interested in the remote learning option at Mendenhall, your child would continue learning in a similar format as they are doing now, with MMS staff.    
    • Here’s the link:   Parent Preference Form

      

    ALL RETURNING MENDENHALL STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT TRANSPORTATION FORM 

    • All parents of returning MMS students, please fill out the Transportation Preference Form (whether you plan to use a bus/not use a bus for transportation), no later than Thursday, Oct. 1. by 5 pm.
    • This form is found under our Quick Links at the bottom of our website or click here.  
    • If you are able, please consider alternate ways to transport your child to school.   😊

     

     This important update also came late last night: 

    • Any parents who requested a transfer from their home school to either of the virtual schools via SchoolMint after the school board meeting on Thursday, September 24, GCS will keep requests on file but will not process any transfers in PowerSchool until October 20, when health metrics will allow GCS to know more about the return of face-to-face instruction in schools. If health metrics are not met on October 20, all students who are not already currently enrolled in the virtual schools prior to Thursday, Sept. 24, would then remain in remote learning. We will keep you updated.  

      

    VIRTUAL ACADEMY NEW DEADLINE

    • If you are interested in transferring out of Mendenhall to a completely virtual school, instead of returning to Mendenhall on the 2 days per week hybrid model, you will need to register for the Virtual Academy (different school) by Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m.  Click here or visit: gcsnc.schoolmint.net.  (This is a NEW deadline since yesterday’s message.)    Please also read the FIRST message carefully as there is now another possible remote learning option being considered for each school.   

     

    INTERIMS

    • Mendenhall Middle School will have interim grades ready for parents to view in PowerSchool tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29th.  
    • If you have any questions regarding your child’s grades or work, please reach out to your child’s teachers through email, Canvas, the Remind app, or by phone.  We want to help support you and your child’s learning! 
    • Visit this link to set up automated grades that will come to you regularly and also gain access to view your child’s grades any time you’d like.
    • Your child also has access to PowerSchool through PowerStudent – ask to see their grades if in a hurry!

     

    GRADES COMING TO YOUR EMAIL AUTOMATICALLY!

    • Visit this link to set up automated grades that will come to you regularly and also gain access to view your child’s grades any time you’d like.

     

     Thank you for your support! 

     

    Week of 09.28.20

     

     

    SCHOOL DAYS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

    • Last week, the board of education voted on a plan to return students to the classroom in phases. Middle school students will attend two days per week, either on Monday and Tuesday or on Thursday and Friday, with Wednesday as a remote learning day for all.

     

    DATES OF RETURN & SCHOOL DAY TIMES

    • Sixth graders will return on Oct. 20, and seventh and eighth graders will return on Oct. 26.
    • We are working on scheduling now and will have that information for you in the coming weeks.
    • The official middle school day will be from 8:35 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. 

     

    VIRTUAL LEARNING OPTIONS & MMS HYBRID MODEL

    • If you are interested in transferring out of Mendenhall to a completely virtual school, instead of returning to Mendenhall on the 2 days per week hybrid model, you will need to register for the Virtual Academy (different school) by Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. on gcsnc.schoolmint.net.  
    • However, this update came late last night:  Any parents who requested a transfer from their home school to either of the virtual schools via SchoolMint after the school board meeting on Thursday, September 24, GCS will keep requests on file but will not process any transfers in PowerSchool until October 20, when health metrics will allow us to know more about the return of face-to-face instruction in schools. If health metrics are not met on October 20, all students who are not currently enrolled in the virtual schools would then remain in remote learning. We will keep you updated.  

     

     ALL RETURNING MENDENHALL STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT TRANSPORTATION FORM

    • To assess the need for transportation, GCS is asking that ALL parents fill out a transportation preference form by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, indicating whether or not you need transportation.
    • TRANSPORTATION FORM FOR ALL STUDENTS:  This form is found under Quick Links at the bottom of the MENDENHALL WEBPAGE (ß or click here). 
    • If you are able, please consider alternate ways to transport your child to school.   😊

     

    SCHOOL DAY AT MMS

    • Middle school scheduling is already incredibly complex.  There are many factors that affect both the master schedule and individual student schedules that don’t affect other levels of schooling in the same way. 
    • However, we will work diligently to ensure that our schedules honor safety guidelines for our students and staff, abide by classroom capacities, follow the curriculum and instructional needs of our students, and much more! 
    • In the coming days, we will update you but I wanted to let you know now that our students will be set up in cohorts – meaning groups that are similar to elementary classrooms – with the teacher teams switching to teach their curriculum instead of students changing classrooms or mixing with other groups. 
    • Additionally, at this point, it looks like there will only be one elongated offering of Encore per day for each student, also limiting the mixing of groups.  It may be very similar to what we have in place now in order for students to take all of their Encore classes in a more concentrated format.  More on this to come! 

     

    REOPENING DOCUMENTS

    • You can also check out www.gcsnc.com/reopening on our main Guilford County website for additional “reopening documents” that are being updated on a regular basis. 
    • We look forward to having your child back in the building!

     

     INTERIMS

    • Mendenhall Middle School will have interim grades ready for parents to view in PowerSchool on Tuesday, September 29th.  
    • If you have any questions regarding your child’s grades or work, teachers are happy to answer questions.  Please reach out to your child’s teachers through email, Canvas, the Remind app, or by phone.  We want to help support you and your child’s learning! 

     

    YEARBOOK NEWS & COVER CONTEST EXTENDED

    • YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST EXTENDED:  If interested in creating a design for this year's yearbook, contact Mrs. Hafley or your homeroom teacher. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, October 6th.  The winning artist will have their design placed on the cover of the yearbook AND will receive one free yearbook!  😊
    • ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK NOW:   It's not too early to order your yearbook!  If you order now, you can get four FREE icons when you personalize your cover.  Check out the information posted on the MMS webpage or go to jostensyearbooks.com
    • PERSONALIZE YOUR YEARBOOK 8th GRADERS:   You can celebrate your 8th grader with a personalized ad in the yearbook.  See the information on Canvas, on the MMS webpage, or go to jostensadservice.com

     

    MANDATORY 7th GRADE VACCINES

    • Attention all 7th graders! You are required to have a tetanus booster and meningitis vaccine to attend the 7th grade.
    • Please submit proof of the vaccines to the front office ASAP.

     

    FREE MEALS OFFERED

    • Curbside meals are available for students ages 0-18 from 11 am-12 noon daily in the bus parking lot at MMS but families can visit any school to pick up meals - which include a hot lunch and breakfast for the next day.  
    • Need assistance?  If you are having trouble picking up a meal due to transportation or other circumstances, please call the school at 336.545.2000 to see if we can help!  

     

    FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION

     

    Thank you for your support! 

    September 21, 2020

    PTA News:

    • The Mendenhall PTA is excited to announce its first event of the 2020 school year.   They have partnered with Homeslice Food Truck to offer a treat for teachers and staff on Friday, Sept 25, in the bus parking lot from 12-2 pm. Teachers and staff will be given a voucher for their lunch and can enjoy a socially distant meet and greet.

     

    • Families are welcome to “drive-by” to support PTA and sign up for membership, link Vic cards, drop off any Coke tops/Coke boxes that have been collected, and grab a bite from Homeslice before heading out!   Although we need to remain diligent about safety protocols, we hope you will come out for just a little while and support the PTA & MMS during this lunchtime event as we would love to see our Mendenhall family!  😊

     

    Attendance Button:

    • For ease of use, all classes will now have an Attendance Button on their main page.  😊
    • However, students only need to click ONE attendance button each day - choose ANY class!
    • At 2:45 pm each day, logging in for the Attendance Button system will cut off and attendance will be recorded for the day. 
    • However, the teacher can still manually correct attendance for the next week according to work completion/submission.   If you have questions, please reach out the HOMEROOM TEACHER. 

     

    Nurse News:

    • Attention all 7th graders! You are required to have a tetanus booster and meningitis vaccine to attend the 7th grade.
    • Please submit proof of the vaccines to the front office ASAP.

     

    Yearbook News:

    • Are you interested in designing the yearbook cover?  If so, the yearbook cover contest is happening NOW. 
    • Deadline for entries is Monday, September 21st so email Mrs. Hafley at hafleym@gcsnc.com for more information.

     

    Free Meals Now & Free/Reduced Application:

    • Curbside meals are available for students ages 0-18 from 11 am-12 noon daily in the bus parking lot at MMS but families can visit any school to pick up meals - which include a hot lunch and breakfast for the next day.  
    • Need assistance?  If you are having trouble picking up a meal due to transportation or other circumstances, please call the school at 336.545.2000 to see if we can help!  
    • To sign up for continued free/reduced meals upon return to school simply go to https://www.lunchapplication.com/

     

    Band News:

    • Instruments will start on Monday, September 21st for band students.
    • If students have questions, please contact Mr. Davis through Canvas and parents can use the Remind app for questions or information.

     

    Chorus News:

    • Chorus meets LIVE every day Monday through Thursday.
    • If you have a schedule question, please message Mrs. French through CANVAS or REMIND.  We will begin loaning instruments soon.

     

    Interim News:

    • Mendenhall Middle School will have interim grades ready for parents to view in PowerSchool on Tuesday, September 29th.  
    • Students and parents may log on anytime to view grades as directions for how to access are on our website and will also be included in detail in next week’s Mustang Message.

     

    Student Work Each Day:

    MMS is committed to limiting unnecessary screen time for students while striving to provide consistent instructional support outlined in GCS’ Guidelines. 

     

    • MMS follows the GCS Guidelines in our Master Remote Learning Schedule:
      • This equals 30 minutes for each Core class
      • This equals 30 minutes for each Encore class (students attend 2 per day)
      • This equals 30 minutes for each ELA and Math class
      • This equals 15 minutes for all other classes (Core and Encore classes)
      • 3 hours of Synchronous Instruction (Teaching / Class Time) per day 
      • 2 hours of Asynchronous Instruction (Independent Work Time) per day

     

    • What does this look like EACH DAY?  Like our Remote Learning Schedule.   😊 

    Broken down into a daily middle school schedule, this is what our students should receive: 

     

      • 30 minutes daily of Teacher-Directed Instruction
        • Occurs in each class daily (M-TH) – both Core and Encore classes
        • Teacher is live each day but part of the lesson may be pre-recorded
        • Lesson is recorded and posted daily (please contact the teacher or call the school if you have trouble accessing recorded lessons)
        • This may be called “Synchronous Instruction” as it can occur together
        • Schedule is according to posted schedule on the website, Canvas, & messages
      • 30 minutes daily of Independent Work / Instruction for Math & ELA classes
      • 15 minutes daily of Independent Work / Instruction for all other classes
        • This may be called “Asynchronous Instruction” as it occurs independently
        • Fridays are completely asynchronous – students work independently

     

    September 7, 2020

    Academics:

    We look forward to seeing you in classes on Tuesday!  Remember that Monday is Labor Day and we aren’t in school. 

      

    Tech Difficulties:

    • Remember, if you get stuck or your computer is giving you unexpected difficulties, try visiting our Remote Learning page on the Mendenhall website – it has many of the answers needed!  Also, if this doesn’t work, call the school so we can help you. We are happy to do so.

    Assignments:

    • The only way to ensure that you will see your assignments every day is to click on each of your BOXES (Class Courses) every single day.   Canvas posts assignments on the outside of classes but please do not use this list – it is almost always incomplete.  Click into the CLASS BOX, CLICK the MONTH, CLICK the WEEK, and your assignments are in the chart every day. 

    Spirit Wear:

    • The MMS online Athletic Booster Club store is selling spirit wear until Tuesday, September 15th and will offer order pick up in the front office the following week.  We will notify you when your order is ready for pickup.  Please go to our website and click the link on our scrolling pictures or access the link in the follow-up email:  https://mendenhall-middle-school-athletic-booster-club.square.site

     

    Yearbook News:

    • Mustang Community:  It's not too early to reserve your yearbook!  If you order now, you can get four FREE icons when you personalize your cover.  Check out the information posted on the MMS webpage or go to jostensyearbooks.com

    • Also, 8th-grade families, you can celebrate your 8th grader with a personalized ad in the yearbook.  See the information on Canvas, on the MMS webpage or go to jostensadservice.com

    • Are you interested in designing the yearbook cover?  If so, the yearbook cover contest is happening NOW.  Deadline for entries is Monday, September 21st to Mrs. Hafley.  Email Mrs. Hafley at hafleym@gcsnc.com for more information.

     

    Band News:

    • Selecting an instrument to play will start for 6th-grade students beginning Monday, September 21st. 7th and 8th-grade students will start playing instruments on Monday, September 21st.
    • Band students will not need to purchase a book this year.  “Smart music” materials will be free for student use and there will be a GCS permission slip for students/parents to sign to gain access to Smart music.
    • All band students please use Canvas to ask Mr. Davis questions or concerns. All band parents please use Remind (the Remind App). You can find the code for Remind on the front of the Band Canvas page. If you cannot use Remind, please contact him at davisb3@gcsnc.com.

     

     September 1, 2020

    Materials Pick Up:

    Parents, please drive through our bus parking lot between 9 am – 3 pm on Wednesday, September 2, and pick up books for your student’s remote learning.  If you cannot make the drive through time on Wednesday, no worries!  You may drop by our front office any time after Wednesday for pick up.  

     

    Spirit Wear:

    The Athletic Booster Club is excited to announce a new website for online Mendenhall Spirit wear purchases.  We want to encourage our students and parents to help boost our school spirit and the feeling of togetherness while we’re apart!  The online store will be open for purchases from Sept. 1 – Sept. 15 and will offer order pick up in the front office the following week.  We will notify you when your order is ready for pickup.  Please go to our website and click the link on our scrolling pictures or access the link in the follow-up email:  https://mendenhall-middle-school-athletic-booster-club.square.site

     

    Thanks so much for your partnership!

    August 31, 2020

    This week looks just like last week with live instruction beginning next week, Tuesday, Sept. 8.  See last week’s message (Aug. 23rd) below if you need easy reference to the schedules 

     

    Academic Updates:

    Core classes, which are Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies, are attended daily and will remain the same times for all nine weeks, while Encore classes have a special schedule this week and then change to a different schedule for weeks 4-9.   Because teachers are not live this week, students can log in and complete assignments at times of their choice but starting next week, Sept. 8, if students want to attend live instruction or interact with their teacher, they will need to be in class at the times noted on the schedule given in the Remote Learning Document posted in the follow-up email and on our website under Remote Learning.  Due to multiple reasons, this schedule is different than times noted in PowerSchool.    

     

    Materials Pick Up:

    Parents, please drive through our bus parking lot between 9 am – 3 pm on Wednesday, September 2, and pick up books for your student’s remote learning. If you cannot make the drive through time on Wednesday, no worries!  You may drop by our front office any time after Wednesday for pick up.  

     

    Spirit Wear:

    The Athletic Booster Club is excited to announce a new website for online Mendenhall Spirit wear purchases.  We want to encourage our students and parents to help boost our school spirit and the feeling of togetherness while we’re apart!  The online store will be open for purchases from Sept. 1 – Sept. 15 and will offer order pick up in the front office the following week.  We will notify you when your order is ready for pickup.  Please go to our website and click the link on our scrolling pictures or access the link in the follow-up email:  https://mendenhall-middle-school-athletic-booster-club.square.site

     

    Thank you for your partnership!

     

    August 23, 2020

    Instructional Expectations for our Mustangs

     

     

    Accessing Schedules on PowerSchool, Courses on Canvas, & Times of Classes

    On Friday, Aug. 21, the MMS Advisory Course in Canvas walked students through the process of finding and following their schedule in PowerSchool.  Detailed log in info is on the last page of this document but students find their schedules by clicking on PowerStudent instead of Canvas when logging into my.NCEdCloud.org.  All courses will be present on Canvas when students log in on Monday, Aug. 24.  Please refer to your child’s schedule and plan to have them logged in at the beginning of each class period for maximum engagement Weeks 4-9.  Class Schedules are posted in each student’s PowerSchool but TIMES students attend classes are outlined in the “Daily Class Period Schedules,” seen on this document & our website under both Connect Ed & Remote Learning sections.    

     

    Meet Each Teacher

    On Monday, Aug. 24, teachers will hold Orientations for each class, sharing expectations for remote learning, exploring canvas, and explaining how to access both daily lessons and recorded lessons, in the event of an absence.  Due to county-wide security and privacy concerns expressed with some “live platforms,” teachers will be “live on computer” at Orientations but participants won’t see one another.  Some schools are still using these platforms but we, along with GCS, are exploring more safe & reliable “live interactions” and plan to have these safeguards in place when beginning daily ‘live interactions’ in each class period on Week 4, Sept. 8.

     

    Core & Encore Canvas Instruction (Weeks 2 & 3)

    During Weeks 2-3 (Aug. 24-Sep. 4), students will attend class Orientations and work in Core & Encore instructional Canvas courses.  Just like Week 1, there are assignments to complete even though most classes will contain pre-recorded content according to the GCS timeline.  Although we are gradually increasing expectations, assignments are tied to each Core & Encore class.  Weeks 2-3 will help provide stability and consistency so students may acclimate to schedules and become accustomed to logging in to each course daily. 

     

    Core & Encore Canvas Instruction (Weeks 4-9)

    During Weeks 4-9, teachers will be live in each course every day, providing in-class support along with office hours at other parts of the day.  Office hours for teachers are posted in the Weeks 4-9 Student Schedule.  Teachers may pre-record parts of their daily lessons in order to avoid potential technical problems and potential background interference.  However, during Weeks 4-9, the teacher will be ‘live’ in each period, each day, on their computer, engaging with and providing support for students during class time. 

     

     

    Core Schedule for Weeks 2-9

    Core Schedule times, as shown below, will begin Monday, Aug. 24, and will remain consistent while students are learning from home.  

     

    Encore Schedule for Weeks 2-3 & Weeks 4-9

    Encore Schedule TIMES of classes will be consistent, but DAYS will be different from Weeks 2-3 & Weeks 4-9.  Please see the info below.    

     

    Important:  While students are attending virtual classes, they will have a simpler Encore schedule to follow and will not switch back and forth each day between A/B classes.   Students will find their specific Encore CLASSES on their schedule in PowerSchool, then find the TIMES of classes on the “Daily Class Period Schedules” below, and the DAYS they will meet for A/B day classes are explained in the info below.  If students accidentally attend the wrong class, Encore teachers will help students understand which one they should attend. 

      

    ENCORE SCHEDULE Weeks 2-3 (Aug. 24-Sept. 4) ONLY: 

    • Only during the first two weeks, students will go to A day on Monday and Wednesday & B day on Tuesday and Thursday. 
    • Teachers will be live with their A day class on Monday, Aug. 24th and B day class on Tuesday, Aug. 25th.

     

    ENCORE SCHEDULE after Weeks 2-3:

    • Students in ESL and in Music Dept. will attend ESL, Band, Orchestra, or Chorus classes every day for the whole quarter.
    • Students in Art, PE, Spanish, or one of the 3 CTE classes (Ms. Ivey, Ms. Wiggins, & Ms. Shaw) will follow this schedule:
      • Weeks 4-6 (Sept. 8-25): Students will follow A day schedule every day and will NOT go to B day classes.  
      • Weeks 7-9 (Sept. 28-Oct. 16): Students will follow B day schedule every day and will NOT go to their A day classes. 

     

    Daily Class Period Schedule

    Weeks 2 & 3:  Aug. 24–Sept. 4

     

    *This schedule (times classes are held) will remain consistent but Teacher Office Hours will be included to Weeks 4-9 (see next page).

     

    ENCORE SCHEDULE Weeks 2-3 (Aug. 24-Sept. 4) ONLY: 

    • Only during the first two weeks, students will go to A day on Monday and Wednesday & B day on Tuesday and Thursday. 
    • Teachers will be live with their A day class on Aug. 24th and B day class on Aug. 25th.

     

     

    6th GRADE

    9:00-9:40

    Core 1

    9:45-10:10

    Encore

    10:15-10:40

    Encore

    10:45-11:25

    Core 2

    11:30-12:30

    Lunch/Physical Activity

    12:30-1:10

    Core 3

    1:15-1:55

    Core 4

                                                          

    7th GRADE

    9:00-9:40

    Core 1

    9:45-10:25

    Core 2

    10:30-11:30

    Lunch/Physical Activity

    11:30-11:55

    Encore

    12:00-12:25

    Encore

    12:30-1:10

    Core 3

    1:15-1:55

    Core 4

                                                          

    8th GRADE

    9:00-9:40

    Core 1

    9:45-10:25

    Core 2

    10:30-11:10

    Core 3

    11:15-12:15

    Lunch/Physical Activity

    12:15-12:55

    Core 4

    1:00-1:25

    Encore

    1:30-1:55

    Encore

     

    Go Mustangs!


     

     

    Daily Class Period Schedule

    Weeks 4-9:  Sept. 8–Oct. 16

     

    *This schedule (times classes are held) will remain consistent but Teacher Office Hours are included in Weeks 4-9 (see below).

     

    ENCORE SCHEDULE

    • Students in ESL and in the Music Dept. will attend ESL, Band, Orchestra, or Chorus classes every day for the whole quarter.
    • Students in Art, PE, Spanish, or one of the 3 CTE classes (Ms. Ivey, Ms. Wiggins, & Ms. Shaw) will follow this schedule:
      • Weeks 4-6 (Sept. 8-25): Students will follow A day schedule every day and will NOT go to B day classes.  
      • Weeks 7-9 (Sept. 28-Oct. 16): Students will follow B day schedule every day and will NOT go to their A day classes. 

     

    6th GRADE

    8:00-8:45

    Teacher Office Hours for Conferences/Support

    9:00-9:40

    Core 1

    9:45-10:10

    Encore

    10:15-10:40

    Encore

    10:45-11:25

    Core 2

    11:30-12:30

    Lunch/Physical Activity

    12:30-1:10

    Core 3

    1:15-1:55

    Core 4

    2:00-3:00

    Teacher Office Hours for Conferences/Support

     

    7th GRADE

    8:00-8:45

    Teacher Office Hours for Conferences/Support

    9:00-9:40

    Core 1

    9:45-10:25

    Core 2

    10:30-11:30

    Lunch/Physical Activity

    11:30-11:55

    Encore

    12:00-12:25

    Encore

    12:30-1:10

    Core 3

    1:15-1:55

    Core 4

    2:00-3:00

    Teacher Office Hours for Conferences/Support

     

    8th GRADE

    8:00-8:45

    Teacher Office Hours for Conferences/Support

    9:00-9:40

    Core 1

    9:45-10:25

    Core 2

    10:30-11:10

    Core 3

    11:15-12:15

    Lunch/Physical Activity

    12:15-12:55

    Core 4

    1:00-1:25

    Encore

    1:30-1:55

    Encore

    2:00-3:00

    Teacher Office Hours for Conferences/Support

     

    Go Mustangs!


     

     

    Student Log In Instructions for PowerStudent Schedule & Canvas Courses:

     

    1. Go to https://my.ncedcloud.org/ to sign in to your NCEdCloud account.
    2. Start of the year passwords are Mustangs2021 – your teacher may assign another at some point but all students are starting with this password.

     

     

                 

     

     

     

    August 21, 2020

     

    Hello Mustang Families!  This is Kris Vecchione, Principal of Mendenhall, calling with the latest updates.

     

    What a week with all of the technology glitches across the state!  I am so proud of our students for all they have accomplished this week!   Starting Monday, Aug. 24, we will start a new schedule.  Here are some of the details.  You can also look at the ConnectEd email message that will come after this call or go to our website by clicking here for the full document in the MMS Principal’s Messages or Remote Learning website pages.

     

    Accessing Schedules on PowerSchool & Classes on Canvas

    On Friday, Aug. 21, the MMS Advisory Course walks students through the process of finding their schedule in PowerSchool and following their schedule.  Login info on the last page of this document.  All courses will be present on Canvas when students log in on Monday, Aug. 24.  Please refer to your child’s schedule and plan to have them logged in at the beginning of each class time for maximum engagement.  Times for students to log in to classes will be different than times noted in PowerSchool.  Please use the times on the schedules seen below. 

     

    Meet Each Teacher

    On Monday, Aug. 24, your child will have the opportunity to meet their teachers in each class period.  Teachers will share expectations for remote learning, explore canvas, and model how to access both daily lessons and recorded lessons, in the event of an absence. 

     

    Core & Encore Canvas Instruction (Weeks 2 & 3)

    During Weeks 2-3 (Aug. 24-Sep. 4), students will work mainly in Core & Encore instructional Canvas courses.  Just like Week 1, there are assignments to complete even though most classes will contain pre-recorded content according to the GCS timeline.  Although we are still gradually increasing the expectations, assignments are tied to each Core or Encore class.  Weeks 2-3 will help provide stability and consistency so students may acclimate to their schedules and become accustomed to logging in to each course daily. 

     

    Core & Encore Canvas Instruction (Weeks 4-9)

    During Weeks 4-9, teachers will be live in each course every day, providing in-class support along with office hours at other parts of the day.  Office hours for teachers are posted in the Weeks 4-9 Student Schedule.  Teachers may pre-record parts of their daily lessons in order to avoid potential technical problems and potential background interference.  However, the teacher will be ‘live’ in each period, each day, on their computer, engaging with and providing support for students during class time. 

     

    Core Schedule for Weeks 2-9

    Core Schedule times, as shown below, will begin Monday, Aug. 24, and will remain the same while students are learning from home.  

     

     

    Encore Schedule for Weeks 2-3 & Weeks 4-9

    Please the important information below regarding Encore Schedules.   See all times for classes outlined in the schedules below. 

     

    Important:  While our students are attending virtual classes, they will have a simpler Encore schedule to follow and will not switch back and forth each day between A/B classes.   Students will first find their specific Encore classes on their schedule in PowerSchool.  Students will meet in classes according to the schedules shown below.  If a student accidentally attends the wrong class, Encore teachers will help students understand which one they should attend. 

     

    Students in the Music Department will attend Band, Orchestra, and Chorus classes every day for the whole quarter.

     

    Students in Art, PE, Spanish, ESL, or one of the 3 CTE classes (taught by Ms. Ivey, Ms. Wiggins, and Ms. Shaw) will see their classes listed as A day/B day alternating classes schedules on their PowerSchool Schedule.  However, students who are scheduled in one of these classes will follow the schedule below:

     

    Weeks 2-3 (August 24-September 4): 

    • Only during the first two weeks, students will go to A day on Monday and Wednesday and B day on Tuesday and Thursday. 
    • Teachers will be live with their A day class on Monday, Aug. 24th and B day class on Aug. 25th.  Friday will be a flex day. 

     

    Weeks 4-6 (September 8-25): 

    • Students will follow their A day schedule every day.  They will NOT go to their B day classes.

     

    Weeks 7-9 (September 28-October 16): 

    • Students will follow their B day schedule every day.  They will NOT go their A day classes. 

     


  • August 16, 2020

     

    Good afternoon Mustang Families!  This is Kris Vecchione, Principal of Mendenhall, calling with the latest updates. 

    I have also included Friday's message below this email just in case you need to reference how to start Remote Learning at Mendenhall on Monday, Aug. 17th.   

     

    SchoolMint Email:

    • You should have received an email from Guilford County Schools/SchoolMint Program in the past 2 days asking for you to fill out an Opening School Year Packet, along with instructions on how to complete this process - due by Sept. 8.
    • SchoolMint is the Program used now by GCS for enrollment OR for parents to (more easily) update their child’s information. 
    • If you already have a SchoolMint account, you should be able to see the green YEAR OPENING button under your child's name when you sign in to SchoolMint.
    • If you have not yet created a SchoolMint account, please refer to the email you received with instructions on how to complete this process. 

     

    Password Reset:

    • All of our newly reset passwords were kicked out of the PowerSchool system temporarily BUT have been restored to the new password:  Mustangs2021
    • If your child tried logging into Canvas within the last 24 hours, they may have been blocked or may have been able to use last year’s password.   
    • All has been repaired now so please use the NEW PASSWORD!  😊
    • Please remember that schedules are not accurate due to staffing changes & we are working very hard to revise them this week.  We will let you know when they are ready!   

     

    PowerSchool Schedule, Canvas, & Access to Courses:

    • The MMS Advisory Course will be accessible on Monday, August 17th.   
    • At this point you may not be able to see the MMS Advisory Course.
    • Even if you see other courses prior to Monday, please note that this may have occurred due to a system override and the additional courses shown may not be accurate while schedules are changing. 
    • This happens because students are automatically placed by the PowerSchool program in Canvas courses that coincide with their present schedule in PowerSchool.  Since we are having to rework schedules, due to the staffing changes we have noted before, our Canvas courses are also affected.  

     

    First Week:

    • For the first week, students will only log in to ONE COURSE IN CANVAS THE FIRST WEEK:   “MMS ADVISORY”
    • ALL Information, Orientations, and Coursework that students need to access for the first week will be found in:  “MMS ADVISORY.”
    • Please check this site daily for updates and any additional instructions or assignments.  
    • There will be a gradual progression of assignments, expectations, and live interactions over the first three weeks with teachers going “live with instruction” on week 4 as outlined according to GCS timeline.
    • The first week is crucial for generally orienting our students and ensuring that all students are logged in properly, showing up online, and are “getting the hang of” simple remote learning processes.
    • During this first week, our teachers will also reach out to your family, making personal connections by phone, email, or online.  They will also ensure that we have all of the most up-to-date contact information.   

     

    We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your understanding and patience during this time!  I am so proud of our Mustang community and honored that you are trusting us with your child’s education.  We will continue to update you with changes as soon as we can and greatly appreciate your support during this time!   


  • August 14, 2020

     

    Good afternoon Mustang Families!  This is Kris Vecchione, Principal of Mendenhall calling with the latest updates about how to start Remote Learning at Mendenhall on Monday, Aug. 17th.   

    We know that the start of the year may feel less steady than any other years in the past.  This is the case for us too.  However, we want to let you know that we will always have your child’s best interest in mind and we will work through this together.  Team Mendenhall, we know it is easier said than done but please don’t worry!  We will update you with changes as soon as we can and greatly appreciate your understanding!   

     

     Schedule Update:   

    • Your child will not need a schedule for the first week of school.  😊  For the first week your child will attend orientations and complete other coursework housed in ONE CENTRAL CANVAS COURSE. 
    • Due to enrollment shifts and staffing changes occurring in every middle school across the whole county over the past few days, student schedules will change this coming week. 
    • If you log in to NCEdCloud today, you will see a schedule but please note that this schedule is the one that is likely to change due to our shifts in enrollment and staffing. 
    • Yes, all previously considered factors will still remain in place to create new schedules such as Encore class preferences, math course levels, etc. 

      

    Timeline to Receive New Schedule:

    • We will let our students & parents know when new schedules are finalized. 
    • We have all hands on deck working both remotely and onsite today, throughout this weekend, and into next week to expedite this process as quickly as possible so that our students will have ACCURATE SCHEDULES with the staff we now have at Mendenhall. 
    • To give a context, it normally takes the entire summer to schedule our students, ensuring they are placed in the correct Core and Encore classes, ensuring that our classes are balanced, diverse, and cohesive. 

      

    First Day & First Week:

    • Students will only log in to ONE COURSE IN CANVAS THE FIRST WEEK:   MMS ADVISORY
    • ALL Information, Orientations, and Coursework that students need to access for the first week will be found in:  MMS ADVISORY.”

     

     LOGIN INFORMATION for NCEdCloud / PowerSchool / Canvas:

     

    1. Open Google Chrome. 
    2. Click in the white bar at the top and type my.ncedcloud.org (click link or be sure to put a period between my and ncedcloud if you are typing in address)
    3. Enter the student ID number as the username

                     The student ID number is the same number as a student’s lunch number/library number, etc.   

    1. Enter the new password- Mustangs2021
    2. Once you are logged in then you will see your homescreen. 
    3. On your homescreen you will see multiple applications.  In the top left corner you should see the red app that says Canvas. 
    4. Click on Canvas and you will be taken to your Canvas Homepage. 
    5. Once you are on your Canvas Homepage, if you scroll on the left hand side of your screen you will see a link titled “Courses” 
    6. Click on Courses and you will see a Course titled “MMS Advisory”
    7. Click on “MMS” Advisory and you will be taken to that homepage. 
    8. On the MMS Advisory page please click on the link for your grade level. 
    9. Please check this page daily as you will receive important updates and assignments.

          

    Please contact the school at 336.545.2000 for assistance if your student is not able to log in. 

     

    We look forward to seeing you there!


  • August 9, 2020

     

    SCHEDULES:  Typically, we mail schedules home the week before school begins.  However, as you know, this is not a typical year!  Due to multiple options for enrollment this year, schedules may continue to change throughout this week.  Later this week we will communicate how you will be able to log in and access your child’s schedule and other important documents.  We want to get this right and not cause unnecessary confusion with changes in schedules – we appreciate your patience! 

    ORIENTATION:  Mendenhall will hold TOWN HALL ORIENTATION SESSIONS hosted by Grade Levels & Encore Staff on August 17.  We will continue to update you this week with specific details regarding times for each grade level’s session and how to log in.  The sessions will also be recorded for all to accommodate varying schedules.    

    SUPPLIES:   In terms of supplies, we are not asking for students to have specific supplies while working remotely but do encourage families to think about setting up a workstation to help students focus while they are “in school” so they have a way to organize themselves. 

    WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:  The GCS Academic Department has provided us with templates and schedules that our staff will personalize this week during workdays, according to their own team’s schedules.  We will notify you this week as decisions are made and daily schedules are posted on our website.    

    NEED A LAPTOP:   Great news!  Eventually, we will be a 1:1 district with all students receiving devices.  However, these devices aren’t available at this time.  In the meantime, there are some laptops in the district that can be shared within families.  If you do not already have a device checked out from the district (1 per family at this point) and need a device, please visit our website to sign up.  The signup page is one of the large scrolling pictures at the top.    

    ENROLLED IN VIRTUAL ACADEMY BY ACCIDENT? If you have enrolled your child in the Virtual Academy accidentally, we need your help urgently!  It isn’t too late to re-enroll your child back at Mendenhall Middle School.  To un-enroll you must e-mail the Student Assignment Office at studentassignment@gcsnc.com and also vecchik@gcsnc.com if you would like for us to follow up with the Student Assignment Office to ensure your request is processed.  Remember that you don’t need to enroll in any online learning if you are a Mendenhall student.   Today, according to all emails received from parents, we followed up on any students not yet back in our system. 

    I am so honored to be the principal of Mendenhall Middle School and look forward to this year despite all of its unusual challenges!  Please know we are here for you and your family and will continue to update you throughout this week. 


  • August 6, 2020

     

    Good evening, Mustang Family! 

    This is Principal Vecchione with some important updates for our Mustang community.  Welcome back to our new school year! 

    Throughout the next few days, you will begin to receive multiple messages regarding updates and new information that I would like to share with you as information has now formalized for us regarding Open House orientation sessions, remote learning, technology needs, and more!  Some of you have registered your Middle School Virtual Academy for the 2020-21 school year.    Here some facts that you may be unaware of regarding the virtual versus remote learning processes.

     

    WHERE IS MY CHILD ENROLLED?   The Virtual Academy is housed at Jackson Middle School.  This means that your child will be unenrolled from Mendenhall Middle School and enrolled at Jackson where they will have different staff, administration, and student body. 

    COMMITMENT:   Once the school year begins you will not be able to transfer your child back to Mendenhall until the end of the 1st semester or at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

    ENROLLED BY ACCIDENT?    If you have enrolled your child in the Virtual Academy accidentally, we need your help urgently!  It isn’t too late to re-enroll your child back at Mendenhall Middle School.  We have just been notified that our staff/teacher allotments at Mendenhall will be adjusted on Monday, August 10 according to our enrollment.  For this reason, we are asking for your help and support!   We are gently asking that you please help us by un-enrolling tonight or tomorrow if you have made a mistake and didn't intend on enrolling. 

    HOW TO UNENROLL:    To un-enroll you must e-mail the Student Assignment Office at studentassignment@gcsnc.com and vecchik@gcsnc.com so we can help follow up with the Student Assignment Office to ensure your request is processed. 

     

    MMS STUDENTS DON'T NEED TO REGISTER?  All students enrolled at Mendenhall are already automatically registered in remote learning - you do NOT need to enroll in any online learning.  If you have enrolled in online learning, but want your child to be in the Mendenhall online learning, then you have accidentally enrolled in the Virtual Academy and your child will be transferred to Jackson Middle.

    REMOTE LEARNING:   As of right now, all students in GCS will be working remotely for the entire 1st 9 weeks of school.  This means that you will have current Mendenhall administration, teachers, and counselors available to assist you while working from the comfort of your own home.

     

    TOUGH DECISION:  

    I just want to take this time to say that you and your child are extremely important to the Mustang family and we don’t want to see even one child leave the herd!  Our student population affects our staff allotment which means that we could possibly lose some of our great teachers here at Mendenhall Middle School.  I understand that this is a confusing and difficult time for everyone so I just wanted to provide you with some clarification.  At the end of the day, I know that you will make the best decision for you and your family based on your specific needs.  If you have enrolled in the virtual academy intentionally and want to move forward with this decision, we understand and support your family - please know we will miss you all very much!  If you are still undecided, the deadline to enroll for the Virtual Academy is September 15th.  However, if you have made the decision accidentally, we also wanted to make sure you were fully informed.

     

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 336-545-2000.

    Thank you so much for your help and support!