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Teeland Middle School"Home of the Titans"Mrs. Jo Ann Hinds, PrincipalMs. Felica Pridgen, Assistant PrincipalMr. Charles Carté, Assistant Principal
Teeland Middle School is closed today, Wednesday, April 7th, due to a need to contact trace 2 positive cases of COVID-19 where the individual was contagious while in the building. We will follow up later today with a message regarding close contacts and when we will reopen.
An email will be also be sent with information about accessing Zoom sessions and Google classroom.
We apologize for the short notice and for any inconvenience this may cause your family. We are trying our best to keep students and staff safe during these trying times.
We will offer remote learning, but the school is closed today.
To Our Teeland Families:
A big thank you goes out to our families that supported our school during the mandated statewide PEAKS (Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools) testing requirement. The more students we have participate, the better our data is for planning as a school to serve our students. The testing information is also used to determine class placement and referrals for additional support. State testing is important. If students opt out it contributes to inaccurate information about our school and provides less information about individual students for class placement. This has an overall negative effect on our ability to provide the best education possible for every student.
We will have MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing in April. Again, this information is used to better understand our school performance. The more students that participate, the more information we have for decision making. Some master schedule decisions are made based on the results, as well as class placement for your individual students. MAP testing is equally as important as PEAKS. Thank you in advance for supporting us by having your student at school and doing their best on those days.
The next part of this letter is a repeat from last month due to continuing concerns about student progress. Please take advantage of the below opportunities if your student is struggling to keep up.
1. After school Study Hall, 2:30-3:30, every Tuesday and Thursday. The office has permission slips.
2. Friday school for students that have an IEP or 504 Plan. Contact your student’s case manager for more information.
3. Access to Moby Math or ALEKS, computer-based math programs for extra math support, not linked to grades, but available to all students. Seek out more information from your student’s math teacher if needed.
4. Sora, an online library, available to all Mat-Su students to check out e-books.
5. Contact your student’s counselor to develop a plan for success if your student is struggling.
The schedule for next year is subject to change, but at this time, we are planning on returning to our previous 7 period day. The last period of the day will be dedicated to a focus on Social Emotional Learning, Safety, Writing Enrichment, Effective Study Skill Strategies, and Relationship Building. This is similar to our previous Advisory class, but with an additional emphasis on writing. District Office is working with schools to create a clearer definition of what this will look like in all secondary schools.
Your students continue to impress and bring joy to our school! Every day, staff are grateful we can be in school with our students. Staff will continue to hold high expectations for students until the very last day of school to take full advantage of every hour they are present.
Mrs. Hinds, TMS Principal
After School Study Hall
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will have the opportunity to stay after school to complete homework and/or get additional computer time. Permission slips are in the office.
The class runs from 2:25 PM – 3:30 PM in the library.
With the COVID-19 outbreak [and subsequent break from school], Teeland would like to help students find new ways to learn while away from the classroom. The MSBSD has an exciting new online library available through Sora, a student reading app that provides free 24/7 access to eBooks and audiobooks. What better way to engage your student’s mind than through reading?
How does it work? Sora provides students access to hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks for virtually any device and has features that will be easy for any student to use. Students can simply log in using their Clever or Network ID (ab12345).
Get started today by downloading the free Sora app for Android or iOS at https://soraapp.com or go to Student Quick Links. For easy access, look for “Find our School” and select Matanuska Susitna School District. Here is a video with the steps to install Sora.
If you have trouble contact your school librarian or Robin Turk, the District Library Coordinator.
Jo Ann Hinds, Principal
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