• Principal's Connect Ed Message
     
     
     
    For Week of 10/26/2020
     
     
    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W., principal of Kiser Middle, with several announcements for the upcoming week. 
     
     
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    This upcoming week is Red Ribbon Week at Kiser and across the nation and we encourage all our students to participate remotely in the events we have planned.  Please see the attached flyer for more information about how your student can help raise awareness for drug abuse prevention during Red Ribbon Week.

     

    Kiser is working to create another email distribution list, in order to better communicate and provide all our families with the email version of the ConnectEd.  Please let us know if you are not receiving the email and would like to and we are happy to add your email address to our distribution list. 

     

    Again, we continue to work on our plans to potentially reopen on November 12th.  Please take time to review the Student and Parent Guide for Reopening as we will have some procedures that will be different and focus on the health and safety of our students and staff.  We have several groups who are going to work on putting together some brief videos to help our students and families understand what some of the processes may look like as we return to in-person learning.  One of the biggest changes will be the location of the car rider line.  The car rider line will be in the parking lot behind the A and B wing where the buses usually drop off.  The students will also have their temperature check and screening process completed before they exit the vehicle.  Once students have completed the temperature check and screening process the students will proceed to their assigned grade level hallway, and directly to their assigned first core classroom.  Please keep in mind that the temperature check and screening process is going to cause the car rider line to take a little longer than usual, and ask that everyone is patient as we work through the new procedure. 

     

    Tuesday, November 3rd is election day and there will be no live calls that day.  Also, because Kiser is a polling site the building will be closed for staff in order to deep clean on Wednesday, November 4th. 

     

    Also, we want to make sure that the school community is aware of several items on the local ballot that directly impact schools.  The local ballot will have a $300 million dollar bond referendum, which will be used to address the board approved Facilities Master Plan to improve the facilities within Guilford County Schools.  Secondly, there is a proposal for a ¼ cent sales tax increase which would potentially generate $19 million dollars for the district to address ongoing capital improvement for our GCS facilities.

     

    1st Quarter Report Cards are scheduled to be mailed to students and parents on Wednesday, October 28th.    

     

    Media Center book checkout form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H_vimqLeQ0yBlHYk_LuzDL8xZvHoaVRDsSy0-dsaHllUQTgyNUpRNVRZRzI4SVNIRlBOVjZXOVRCQy4u 

     

    Thank you, and have a great evening.    

     
     
     
    Special Message for 10/21/2020
     
    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W., principal of Kiser Middle School, with two announcements.

     

    First, tomorrow is Unity Day sponsored by the National Bullying Prevention Center.  We encourage Kiser students to wear and share your orange to show that we are together against bullying, and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.  Even though we are not in the building on Unity Day, I still challenge our Kiser students to wear your orange tomorrow for Unit Day!!  More information can be found here:  https://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp

     

    Also, a reminder for 7th-grade parents if your student still needs their immunizations there will be two clinics held this Saturday, October 24th from 9 am to 12 pm.  Morehead Recreation Center on Price Street in Hight Point and at Windsor Recreation Center at 1601 East Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro.  Please see the attached flyer below.

     

    Finally, we are in the process of gathering the last of the Parent Preference forms from our families.  If you still have not had a chance to complete the form please click here: Regular Form https://app.perfectforms.com/player.htm?f=ayImgAIn or visit the Kiser Website.

     

    Thank you, and have a great evening.      

     Teddy Wohlgemuth

    Principal

     
     
    Week of October 19th

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W, principal of Kiser Middle, with several announcements for the upcoming week.

     

    It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of the first grading period for 2020-2021 school year.  It has been a grading period that has seen many challenges and obstacles to overcome by all.  I want to say how much I truly appreciate the effort that is being given by the students, parents, and staff to make the most of the current situation.  I know it has not been easy for families to adjust to the remote learning this year as it has been much different than remote learning from last spring.  I applaud our 6th grade students for really stepping up and making sure they quickly learned how to navigate Canvas, use the different applications, and are learning skills we would normally expect students that are much older to perform.  I want to encourage everyone to continue to do your best, and make sure you continue to balance the school work and expectations as best you can so we are not experiencing unwanted stress and anxiety.  Our students and school community will be stronger and mitigate the potential learning loss through the efforts by everyone.  It truly takes both school and home working together in order to provide what your students need, and I extend my appreciation and gratitude to those who are making this happen for our students.

     

    Kiser will continue with the current remote schedule for the time being until the decision is made on November 5th about our potential reopening on November 12th.  The revised reopening plans would have all students in grades 6th through 8th grade returning together verse the staggered re-entry that was originally scheduled for middle school students.  Therefore, the students assigned to the Thursday/Friday cohort will be in the building beginning on Thursday, November 12th.  The Monday/Tuesday cohort would return to the building on Monday, November 16th.  Kiser is continuing to finalize our schedule for reopening, cohort groups, and revised policies and procedures.  I have attached revised the Student and Parent Guide for Reopening that includes additional information.  I will continue to send it out as we add information so you can be reading and preparing your student for some of the changes they can expect when we reopen.    

     

    We still have about 200 students that we need to receive a Parent Preference Form information from in order to continue to plan.  If you have not completed the preference form the link is attached here: https://app.perfectforms.com/PresentationServer/Form.aspx/Play/ayImgAIn?f=ayImgAIn

     

    Also, we only have 198 students registered for transportation for when we return.  If your student will need bus transportation please use the link here: https://app.perfectforms.com/PresentationServer/Form.aspx/Play/_2IGggMo?f=_2IGggMo

     

    A reminder that Monday, October 19th is a mandated teacher workday and there will be no live calls for students on Monday.

     

    November 3rd is quickly approaching and I want to remind everyone to make sure you plan to vote.  There are several items on the local ballot that directly impact the school district.  The items include the school bond referendum and the sales tax increase.  Please be sure to learn more about how each of these items may impact the school district.  Also, there will be no live classes on Nov. 3rd as it is a vacation day for staff for the election, and the building will be deep cleaned on Wednesday, November 4th since Kiser is a polling site.   

     

    Finally, for those interested in the travel opportunity in the summer of 2022 to Latin America, Mr. Myers will be conducting a zoom interest meeting on Tuesday, October 20th at 6 pm.  Please complete the attached Microsoft Form to let me know you want to receive the meeting invitation.  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H_vimqLeQ0yBlHYk_LuzDPeM4YxFyNNHtZ_0HaIYdO9UN1E4SUQ1N1YxQU84OEcyVTNTWVZVSThaUy4u

     

    Thank you, and have a wonderful evening. 

     

    Teddy Wohlgemuth

    Principal

    Kiser Middle School

    Week of Oct 12th 
     
     

    Here the connect ed for this evening….

     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W, principal of Kiser Middle School, with several important announcements for the upcoming week.

     

    First, a reminder that the end of the first grading period is Friday, October 16th.  Students should be working to attend all live classes, and complete all their work assigned in Canvas and during the live calls.  Students should communicate with their teacher through email or Canvas inbox to make sure all missing work and assignments are completed by Friday.

     

    The district is still working on finalizing plans to allow students to potentially stay remote at their home school after schools potentially reopen.  The parent preference survey deadline is this evening (Sunday, Oct. 11th).  If you still have not completed it please take a minute to tell the district your preference for the return to school.  As of yesterday we still have about 300 students still left to indicate their preference.  Regular Form https://app.perfectforms.com/player.htm?f=ayImgAIn

     

    Mr. Myers will be having another interest meeting for those who want to travel the summer of 2022 to Latin America.  The zoom interest meeting will be on Monday, October 19th at 6 pm.  Please complete the attached link to receive the zoom invite. 

    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H_vimqLeQ0yBlHYk_LuzDPeM4YxFyNNHtZ_0HaIYdO9UN1E4SUQ1N1YxQU84OEcyVTNTWVZVSThaUy4u

     

    8th-grade students should have completed their 8th-grade science benchmark assessment online this past Wednesday.  If your student has not completed please have them login to the Performance Matters website and complete the online benchmark.  If your student has issues or does not know where to access the assessment please have them contact their student's science teacher. 

     

    Finally, I have attached a preliminary Student and Parent Guide to Reopening.  Please keep in mind that we still have some items to finalize as we approach the potential return of students to the building.  The final version with more details will be sent later this week once we have all the items and details completed.  Also, keep in mind since we are still waiting to hear from the district about whether or not schools will offer a remote option we still have not been able to finalize all the details of the scheduling and placing students on cohorts.  We will send the information about cohort days later this week.  I appreciate everyone’s patience as we finalize our plans, schedules, and details to help keep our students and staff safe as we return to school. 

     

    Thank you, and have a great evening. 

     

    Sincerely,

    Principal W

     

     
    Special Message - Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W, principal of Kiser Middle School, with two important announcements.

    First, thank you to all those who took the time to complete the Parent Preference Survey last week.  

    The district has reopened and extended the deadline for those who still need to complete the Parent Preference Survey about your preference for your student in regards to the potential reopening of school.  Please take a few minutes and complete the survey, as the district is continuing to make plans based on parent preference and feedback.  The link for the survey is found on the Kiser website under Quick Links or you can click directly here: Regular Form https://app.perfectforms.com/player.htm?f=ayImgAIn 

    Also, it appears that some parents' responses did not get recorded, so please make sure you log in to check that your response has been completed.  If you go to enter your student id, it will not allow you to change or take the survey again so you will know your response has been accepted. 

    On Friday, I will send a brief reminder only to those parents who still have not completed the survey. 

    The results of the survey may determine whether Kiser will be able to continue with a remote-only option for our students and parents who are not ready to return to school but also do not want to switch to the Virtual Academy.

    Also, there is a new bus transportation form for those who may have missed the deadline.  If you have already completed the bus transportation form before the deadline last week you do not need to complete it again.  Be sure to visit the Kiser website or click here for the survey: https://app.perfectforms.com/PresentationServer/Form.aspx/Play/_2IGggMo?f=_2IGggMo

    Finally, I know as we get closer to a return to school there are many questions about different procedures, how do I know my child's cohort, etc...  We are quickly trying to finalize our plans, schedules, cohorts, and procedures and will communicate information as soon as we can. 

    Thank you for all you are doing to help support your student during this time. 

     
     
     
    For the Week of September 28th, 2020
     
    See the link below and also read below link message from Principal
     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W., principal of Kiser Middle School, with several important announcements for the upcoming week.

    Monday, September 28th is an optional teacher workday.  There will be no live instruction scheduled for Monday; however, students should use this time to continue to make sure they are caught up on their assignments and work.

    Parents, there are several ways you can help support your student during the time of remote learning.  First, if you have not signed up for the PowerSchool Parent Portal please take a few minutes to do so, which will help you monitor grades and assignments during the quarter.  Also, your student should have a “to-do list” on each of their Canvas modules as the assignments that are assigned get listed on the side so students can easily monitor what they need to complete and submit to their teachers.  Also, parents, you can log in with your student’s login credentials and click on “grade” on the right-hand side and go through and look to see which assignments have been completed, submitted, and graded right in Canvas.

    This past Thursday the Board of Education discussed the health metrics and scenario for returning to school potentially in October.  Please be sure to review the attached document for more information about the return to in-person instruction In October.  Also, it is important to help make sure we have appropriate transportation preferences for each student.  Please be sure to visit the Kiser website or click here for the transportation form Transportation Preference Form/Link.  The form needs to be completed as soon as possible.

    We will be working over the next couple of weeks to determine our schedule for the return to in-person instruction and will be communicating more details about which cohort your student will be in either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday.  I know some of you may have certain circumstances that require your student to be in school on certain days especially those who have school-age siblings both and Kiser and other schools and we will make an effort to accommodate those situations as we determine our schedule. 

    I want to remind our students and families of the opportunity to meet and engage with other students on Fridays during our live sessions with Kiser counseling staff as they talk about remote learning frustrations and how to deal with the different social issues that are currently going on along with the pandemic.  Students may access the live call links from the counseling Canvas page or contact your student's grade level counselor for more information. 

    Again, I want to thank everyone for their continued hard work and determination to get the school year off to a great start.  We will be sending much more information as we get closer to our potential return so students and parents understand all the safety and health measures we will have in place for a successful return to in-person instruction. 

    Thank you, and have a great evening. 

     
     
     
    September 21st, 2020
     
     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W., principal of Kiser Middle School, with several announcements for the upcoming week.

     

    It is hard to believe we are already halfway through the first grading period.  Be sure to review PowerSchool to check your student’s academic progress and grades to this point in the grading period.  If you have questions about grades or assignments please contact your student’s teacher.  I want to remind students to make sure they are attending all their live calls each week, or watching the recorded sessions and completing the Canvas assignments.  Also, it is important that students also are attending and participating with their encore classes as well.  Students should also be checking their Canvas inbox, addressing feedback from teachers, and reading alerts each day to stay informed of information that is essential to their progress while we are working remotely. 

     

    This upcoming week is Start with Hello week, which is the Sandy Hook Promise initiative that promotes kindness and inclusion within the school community.  Please visit the Counseling Canvas page or check the Kiser website for more information on how you can participate throughout the week in the different activities and how we can all help spread kindness throughout our Kiser school community. 

     

    The counselors will be offering several opportunities for students to meet and engage with them during the time while we are out for remote learning.  First, every Friday the counselors will be hosting two sessions that students can attend virtually.  The two sessions will be “Frustrated with Remote Learning” or “Worried about what is going on in the World.”  The counselors will use these topics to guide students through group conversations, and also provide students an opportunity to interact and meet new students.  I encourage our students to take advantage of these sessions.  Also, if you need an individual session with a counselor, please correspond with your grade level counselor by sending them an inbox message or email to schedule an appointment. 

     

    Families the deadline to complete the 2020 Census is coming up at the end of September, so please take the time to complete the Census if you have not already done so.  Click here to complete the Census https://my2020census.gov/.

     

    Again, I want to thank everyone for all they are doing during remote learning.  I know there are many challenges to using different applications and technology, but please continue to communicate with either your classroom teacher or the school so we can help support the work that is being done at home.  On the other hand, we have some students that need to engage more in completing work and attending calls in order to get the instruction they need.  If and when we return to instruction in the building teachers will be moving on to new content, and it will be hard for those who are not keeping up during remote learning.

     

    Media center library book checkout: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H_vimqLeQ0yBlHYk_LuzDL8xZvHoaVRDsSy0-dsaHllUQTgyNUpRNVRZRzI4SVNIRlBOVjZXOVRCQy4u 

     

    Chess Club Interest Form: Chess Club

     

    Go Far Interest Form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H_vimqLeQ0yBlHYk_LuzDNRBGx3ty8VKlDUI40NpZelUOUdQSVU3QUxEVFRBUEY3UzJMWjRIMlJPVS4u

     

    Any parent or student interested in finding out more information about a 2022 Summer Trip with Mr. Myers, 8th-grade social studies teacher, can use the attached form to be added to the distribution list.  Mr. Myers will be emailing those interested a link to a virtual meeting to learn more about the travel opportunity: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H_vimqLeQ0yBlHYk_LuzDPeM4YxFyNNHtZ_0HaIYdO9UN1E4SUQ1N1YxQU84OEcyVTNTWVZVSThaUy4u

     

    Free and Reduced lunch applications: www.lunchapplication.com

     

    Thank you, and have a great evening!

     
     
     
    September 14th, 2020
     
     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W, principal of Kiser Middle School, with several important messages for the upcoming week.

     

    A reminder that 7th-grade students are still required to have their updated immunizations completed by October 20th.  I will be communicating with families this week for those students who we still have not received documentation of the required immunization.  Please contact the front office if you have questions about the immunization requirements for 7th-grade students or you can send the documentation directly to our data manager at hayesc@gcsnc.com .

     

    Be sure to drop off, mail, or send us your completed Free and Reduced lunch applications or visit www.lunchapplication.com to completed the application online.  Also, the USDA continued its school nutrition waiver which allows students to receive a free lunch.  Students or parents may pick up lunches at any GCS school between 11 am-12 pm. 

     

    Again, I want to thank everyone for another great week.  I know we moved into the remote learning schedule that included more live calls, so I appreciate all the effort that is going into making sure your student is available and engaged on those calls.  Unfortunately, just like we are all learning new information and strategies working remotely we learned that we need to take steps to keep our student's information safer.  We had several live calls disrupted by individuals who gained access to calls by compromising other students' NCEDCloud accounts.  In order to prevent others from gaining access to our student’s accounts and disrupting our live calls, we have directed all teachers to walk students through how to change their own passwords.  If your student has not already changed their password directions can be found attached to this email or found on our school website.  It is also important that students do not share their personal login information with other students. ***See the above link to file demonstrating how to change password.

     

    Any parent or student interested in finding out more information about a 2022 Summer Trip with Mr. Myers, 8th-grade social studies teacher, can use the attached form to be added to the distribution list.  Mr. Myers will be emailing those interested a link to a virtual meeting to learn more about the travel opportunity: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H_vimqLeQ0yBlHYk_LuzDPeM4YxFyNNHtZ_0HaIYdO9UN1E4SUQ1N1YxQU84OEcyVTNTWVZVSThaUy4u

     

    Media center check-out form for library books click here https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H_vimqLeQ0yBlHYk_LuzDL8xZvHoaVRDsSy0-dsaHllUQTgyNUpRNVRZRzI4SVNIRlBOVjZXOVRCQy4u 

     

    Chess Club Interest Form: Chess Club

     

    Go Far Interest Form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H_vimqLeQ0yBlHYk_LuzDNRBGx3ty8VKlDUI40NpZelUOUdQSVU3QUxEVFRBUEY3UzJMWjRIMlJPVS4u

     

    Thank you, and have a great evening.

     
    Special Message  - 9/10/2020-  Kiser is a Sat/Sun Internet Hub 
     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W, principal of Kiser Middle School, with an important announcement about the internet hub opportunity.

     

    On Saturday, September 12th and September 19th Kiser will be open to the first 30 students who need to utilize the building for internet access from 9 am-12 pm.  Students will need to bring their own device to use while at school, and also note that there will not be teachers available for instruction just time and space to utilize the internet access.  Students should be dropped off in the car rider line, which is behind the office building along the sidewalk.  Students will need to answer the screening questions, have their temperature taken, sign-in, and have face coverings on before being directed down to the Auxiliary Gym.  Students will also need to show either their school OneCard or a copy of their schedule in order to be allowed to stay on campus. 

     

    Middle and High School students will be allowed to stay and work without adult supervision; however, elementary school-aged students will need to have a parent or older sibling stay with them during that time.

     

    Students should promptly be picked up at 12pm in the car rider line as well.

     

    Students who are not utilizing the time to work on assignments or not conducting themselves appropriately will be directed to call for their ride and asked to leave the building. 

     

    Thank you, and have a great evening. 

     
     
     
    September 7th, 2020
     
     

    Here is the connect ed for today….

     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W., principal of Kiser Middle, with several important announcements for the upcoming week.

     

    First, a reminder that tomorrow is Labor Day and there is no live or remote learning scheduled for tomorrow; unless, you still have assignments you have not completed from the first three weeks. 

     

    It was great to see many of you during our drive-thru material pick up the last two weeks.  A reminder that if you did not come to pick up your materials please call the office to schedule an appointment to pick up your student’s materials. 

     

    On Tuesday students will begin to use the remote learning schedule attached to the email.  It is important that students try to attend as many of the live calls as possible.  I know we are still working hard to get devices and broadband access to all our students, so the sessions will be recorded so your student can watch if you do not have access.  The sessions are not being recorded as an alternative to attending the live sessions for those who are available, so please make every effort to attend and participate in every live session beginning this week.

     

    Again, please consider joining the PTA this year.  Even though the year may be different, the PTA still intends to support the students and teachers with many of their initiatives they have planned for the year.  The information to join the PTA or make a donation to the Raise Your Paws Campaign can be found here https://kiser.new.memberhub.store/store.

     

    Please utilize the following link to reserve your media center book from the Kiser library here https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H_vimqLeQ0yBlHYk_LuzDL8xZvHoaVRDsSy0-dsaHllUQTgyNUpRNVRZRzI4SVNIRlBOVjZXOVRCQy4u.  Students who reserve a book by Friday will be able to pick it up the following Tuesday in the front office between 10 am-2 pm.

     

    If you intend to be a volunteer throughout the school year please visit the GCS website and complete the volunteer registration form.  As the year continues, we will work on finding ways for our awesome volunteers to continue to help support our students.  Click the link here https://www.gcsvolunteers.com/

     

    Kiser has two opportunities to join clubs virtually at the beginning of the school year.  The Kiser Go Far club and the Chess club are both open to all students to join.  If you are interested in attending the first virtual club meeting to get more information about either club please use the following forms to complete the survey.

     

    Go Far https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H_vimqLeQ0yBlHYk_LuzDNRBGx3ty8VKlDUI40NpZelUOUdQSVU3QUxEVFRBUEY3UzJMWjRIMlJPVS4u

     

    Chess Chess Club

     

    Finally, 8th-grade students and parents, be sure to text @kiser8thg to 81010 to receive reminders and alerts specific to 8th-grade students from our counseling department throughout the year.  This will be very important as the students begin to complete their high school registration and four-year plans.

     

    Thank you, and have a wonderful evening.

     
     
     
     
    Week of August 31st, 2020
     
     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W, principal of Kiser Middle, with several important announcements for the upcoming week.

     

    Students and parents, did you know that all students have access to Office365!  Office365 is a web-based software program that brings together OneDrive and includes access to Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more.  The students use their GCS email, which their studentid#@stu.gcsnc.com and then their date of birth as the password.

     

    8th grade Drive Through Materials pickup is Wednesday, September 2nd from 3-6 pm in the front circle.  Students will receive workbooks, student agendas, forms, and more.  Also, don’t forget to bring some canned food items as we are continuing to raise food donations for Backpack Beginnings. 

     

    Any 6th and 7th-grade students who did not come through the pick last Wednesday should call the office and make an appointment to come pick up their bag. 

     

    We continue to work on trying to distribute devices to our students.  We have quite a few students still on the waiting list, and we encourage those who have already called or emailed and have a device waiting to pick up the device by the end of the day Monday, August 31st.  After Monday, we will begin to distribute any devices not picked up to students on our waiting list. 

     

    GCS will begin to serve breakfast and lunch at each school between 11 am-12 pm.  Families may go to any GCS school to pick up a lunch.  Also, be sure to complete a free and reduced lunch application form at www.lunchapplication.com or return the paper copy that was in the material pick up bag.

     

    Finally, I want to thank everyone for their continued hard work and effort at getting adjusted to working remotely.  It is important that our students are attending their live calls and completing their work that has been assigned in Canvas.  The schedule for week 3 is attached to the email of the connect ed.  Parents, please help reinforce the importance of your student communicating and working to complete all their assignments.

     

    We will begin a new schedule beginning at Labor Day.  The schedule will be posted on our website this week and will be sent with next week’s connect ed.

     

    Thank you, and have a wonderful evening. 

     

    Teddy Wohlgemuth

    Principal

     
     
    Week of August 24th, 2020
     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W, principal of Kiser Middle School, with several important announcements for the upcoming week. 

     

    First, I want to thank everyone for a great first week of school.  I know we had some unexpected challenges with Canvas and Microsoft Teams throughout the week, but we will continue to work on making sure students have access to the instruction and live calls as we move into the next couple of weeks.

     

    We want to invite everyone to visit the Kiser PTA and consider joining the PTA and making a contribution to the Raise Your Paws campaign.  The campaign is looking to raise $10,000 for the PTA to continue to support the teachers and different programs throughout the school year.  The funds will be utilized to fund teacher grants, PTA projects, beautification, staff appreciation, and much more.  Visit here https://www.kiserpta.org for more information!

     

    6th and 7th-grade material pick up will be on Wednesday, August 26th.  Students will receive a packet that includes math workbooks, a student agenda, welcome information from teachers, and more.  The drive-thru pick-up will begin at 3 pm and end at 6 pm.  The materials for core classes will be available as parents drive thru the front circle, and select encore materials will be available in the back along the car rider line.  If you do not need encore materials the driveway will be open to proceed down to the exit.  Also, during the pick, we will be collecting canned and dry goods to help restock the shelves at Back Pack Beginnings!  Back Pack Beginnings is a non-profit organization that provides meal backpacks for students across Guilford County and at Kiser, as well as help stock local food pantries.  Their supplies are beginning to run desperately low, and we encourage you to bring a few items to drop off as you come through the line. 

     

    The 8th-grade material pick-up will be Wednesday, September 2nd from 3 pm-6 pm.

     

    I want to thank all those who participated in completing a GCS Summer Reading Log.  Be sure to click here form in order to enter your information to Mrs. Wasserman.  You can also find the form on the Kiser Media Center Canvas page.  Entering your information will put you in a drawing rewards and prizes from GCS and Kiser!

     

    During the time of remote learning, Kiser will continue to provide students access to the media center books for check out.  Students will learn how to use the Destiny during one of the Kiser modules with Mrs. Wasserman.  Students can use Destiny to check out books by Friday, and book pick up will be on Tuesdays between 10 am-2 pm. 

     

    Beginning September 1st Kiser will be offer lunch meal grab and go from the cafeteria.  It is important for students to be able to participate that they complete a free and reduced lunch application at www.lunchapplication.com

     

    I know some of our students are still having trouble accessing Canvas.  We are trying to get students access as quickly as possible, but please know that while it typically only takes about 24 hours for students to be able to access the NCEDCloud once they are in PowerSchool, that it is taking closer to 48 or 72 hours.  We will continue to work with students who are experiencing delays in getting logged in, so they are not missing a lot of the content.

     

    Finally, the Week 2 schedule is attached to the connect ed and can be used to find important information including answers to frequently asked questions or you can contact me directly at my email at wohlgee@gcsnc.com

     

    Thank you, and have a great evening!

     

     
     
    August 17th, 2020
     
     
     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W, principal of Kiser Middle, with several important reminders for the upcoming week.

     

    I look forward to seeing our students tomorrow morning on the grade level town hall meetings.  The schedule is attached to the First Three Weeks Schedule attached to the email and posted on the Kiser website.  Kiser grade will meet at 9 am, 7th grade at 9:20 am, and 8th grade at 9:40 am.  I ask students to enter the Teams meeting on mute so everyone can hear as I briefly welcome the students back to school.  Following the Town Hall assemblies, the students will meet with their homeroom teachers at 10 am.  It is important that students quickly get back into a routine and understand the expectations for this year during remote learning will be much different than the spring.

     

    We also have a document on the school website that will help students who may not have access to Canvas.  It has links that should help them get to the content that GCS has pre-recorded for the first three weeks. 

     

    We have finalized the student schedules, and students should have access to both PowerSchool and Canvas in order to check for their schedules and see their class modules.  There are few students who may have been transitioned back to Kiser over the weekend that we need to work on getting a schedule completed and we will do so as soon as possible. 

     

    Families should call the front office if they are still in need of a device for the school year.  We will continue to make appointments for device pick at the office between 10 am-2 pm, and will work to get them the same day if possible. 

     

    Please take a few minutes and complete the Free and Reduced Lunch forms for the school year at www.lunchapplication.com.  Also, be sure to visit the GCS website for more information about meal sites and where the smart bus hotspots will be located. 

     

    The office phone is being answered remotely, so you can also email me directly for assistance at wohlgee@gcsnc.com.

     

    I am looking forward to an outstanding 2020-2021 school year and seeing our students on Microsoft Teams tomorrow morning to get the school year off to a great start. 

     

    Thank you, and have a great evening. 

     

     
     
     
    Special Message- Wednesday, August 13, 2020
     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W, principal of Kiser Middle School, with some important updates for the opening of school.

     

    We have posted information about the first 3 weeks of school on the Kiser website this afternoon.  Please take the time to access the schedule, so your student will know what to do in the first few weeks as we get started. 

     

    Your student’s homeroom teacher will be posting important information on their Canvas page including a link for a grade level opening session on Monday, August 17th

     

    I will be meeting with each grade level for a few minutes on Monday morning on Microsoft Teams before each student meets their homeroom teacher on Microsoft Teams at 10 am.  The link to the grade level assembly can be found in the schedule attached to this email, school website, and will be posted in Canvas.  Homeroom teachers will briefly review the schedule as well on the first day.   

     

    The schedule for remote learning for Weeks 4 through 9 will be coming soon.   

     

    Also, we have attached a document to the school website to help students log in to the various applications students will use during remote learning, including Canvas.  It is important to note that we have reset each Kiser student’s Canvas password to reflect being at Kiser.  The password is on the document on the school website.  I encourage all students to take some time each day to log in to Canvas before Monday, so they can make sure they have access and get ready for the first day of school. 

     

    Teachers will begin to send announcements using Canvas, the Kiser modules will be posted on Canvas through the Kiser Media Center page.

     

    Students will use their homeroom tab to complete the pre-recorded material the 1st 3 weeks except for the day they do their math work they will click on their math course. 

     

    The Kiser modules for remote learning are required to be viewed by all students; however, the live Q and A session at 11 am is optional for parents or students to attend to get more information.

     

    We are excited to let you know we have received 200 devices to distribute to students who need a device to complete their remote learning.  Please call the front office before Thursday at 4 pm to schedule an appointment time for device pick-up.  We will be setting up appointments over the next few days to give out before the start of school.  As you call to schedule your appointment to get your device we ask that you provide student name, ID (if you have it), grade level, date of birth, and phone number.  We are going to have devices ready to just “grab and go;” however, it could take 5 to 10 minutes to log in to the device on the school network before it will work correctly on another hotspot. 

     

    Finally, I know everyone is waiting for their student’s individual schedule, and we are work to have them finalized as soon as possible. 

     

    Thank you, and have a great evening!            

     

    Teddy Wohlgemuth

    Principal

     
    Message for Week of  August 10th, 2020
     

     

    Good evening Tigers this is Mr. W, principal of Kiser Middle, with more updated information for the opening of the school year.

     

    First, please keep in mind that as we continue to finalize plans and receive information and guidance from the district we will continue to send information as quickly as possible so you know how to help support your student’s successful start to the school year.

     

    You will find attached below this message a welcome letter with important information.  The welcome letter will also be posted by the end of the day on the school website and on Facebook.  The welcome letter has important information specific to Kiser and also some general information from the district about the start of the school year and how to access other services for your student.    

     

    In order to maintain staff, student, and community safety and to stay in line with the state of North Carolina’s phase 2 gathering restrictions we will replace the Open House Night with individual student orientation sessions.  Your student’s homeroom teacher will be making contact with you to set up a time beginning August 24th through September 4 to have an orientation with your family.  Many of the orientation sessions will be conducted virtually, so be on the lookout for a virtual tour of the school and information about how to pick up consumable materials and resources. 

     

    I am excited to inform you that the district is in the process of purchasing a device to issue to all 4th through 12th-grade students during the year; however, due to increased demand across the country, we don’t expect delivery until well into the school year.  Therefore, we anticipate the technology department to bring us a limited number of devices to distribute to families who need one to access Canvas and other resources at the start of the year.  Once we have received the devices, we will send updated information about how to pick up a device.  Also, if you still have a device from last year, we highly recommend that you bring the device back to school so it can run updates on our network and can be checked out to you again. 

     

    During the 1st 3 weeks of school, we are focused on welcoming our students back to school, setting up a time to meet students and families, distributing materials, and having students complete the pre-recorded modules in Canvas..  After Labor Day the remote learning schedule will shift, and students will begin to receive their live instruction and assignments from Kiser teachers.

     

    On the first day of school, I invite all our students to join me on a Microsoft Teams call, so I can welcome everyone to the new school year, review the schedule, and get the year off to a great start.  A link to call will be available in Canvas and will be sent with the ConnectEd message next weekend.  As much as possible, we will be recording our live sessions this year for students who may need to view at a different time than scheduled for various reasons. 

     

    Again, I look forward to the opening of school and having a wonderful school year.

     

    Thank you, and have a great evening.

     

    Teddy Wohlgemuth

    Principal

    See Below Attached Welcome Letter