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Mid Tri 3 and Updates 5/1/20

Dear Middle School East Families,

Thank you for your ongoing engagement with our school and your child’s education!  We appreciate all that you are doing to support your children and our school as we navigate new waters together.  We are at the midpoint of the third trimester of the school year.  We did shift this date back a couple of weeks to account for the transition time to distance learning.  This is a good time to take the opportunity to review ParentVUE with your child.  Thank you to Jill Lurie for creating a screencast for parents to utilize in navigating ParentVUE if you are needing assistance, please check out this link.  A couple of things I wanted to make sure we are all on the same page of:

  1. Google Classroom is a platform for us to utilize with school work, but wouldn’t be an accurate place to check students' grades or work completion.
  2. When in ParentVUE, be sure to look under Trimester 3 grades, not Final Grade.  It defaults to different views for people and again, want to make sure you are seeing how your child is currently performing during this trimester as the most updated accurate view currently.   
  3. Thank you for taking the time to view each of your child’s class grades to ensure that you have the most comprehensive view of their school day.

We had a total of 454 responses to our questionnaire regarding the Homework Helpline Hangout.  Thank you so much for your input!!  66.8% reported that they would or possibly would utilize that support.  Based upon these results, we are happy to be able to provide a staff member for students to access from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  The link for this resource will be on Tuesday’s Daily Agenda for students and will be added to our existing Middle School East Distance Learning Resources link on our school web page.  

A big thank you to our Counseling Department including Mrs. Mesna, Mrs. Knudson and Mrs. Buskey for collaborating with district departments in creating our own STMA Virtual Calming Room for students and families to access!  There is a wide variety of activities available so be sure to check it out when you have an opportunity to do so!

 If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out our new Facebook Page, please be sure to do so!  We will continue to work hard at utilizing this new tool to help all of us feel a greater level of connectedness until we can be back together again!



Jennie Kelly

STMA Middle School East Principal