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Weekly Update from CKMS

Friday, March 27, 2020


Hello Central Kitsap Middle School Families. As we finish our second week at home, the CKMS staff truly wishes you the best. We miss working with your students and are excited to find opportunities for interaction in the near future!


Next week, March 30 - April 3rd, is spring break for Central Kitsap Schools. This means that all students and staff will be taking a break to relax and recuperate. This means there will not be a weekly update next week. We hope you are able to spend some quality time with your family. 


This week we sent out communication regarding course selection for our current 6th and 7th grade students. We would like your assistance in getting this completed by Monday April 6th. More information on this process is listed below. (Please note that class selection will not be available from Friday evening (3/27) through Sunday evening (3/29) due to server maintenance.) Information regarding transfer acceptance and class selection for current 5th grade families will occur in the weeks that follow spring break. 



Registration

Even though we aren't in school together right now, we are still moving forward with our plans to help current 6th and 7th grade students register for next year's classes! You should have received a phone message from Mr. McDaniel and an email with directions earlier this week. You can view the directions on our school website, too!

Class selection directions for current 6th grade students here:

https://ckmiddle.ckschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=90091&pageId=41782572

Class selection directions for current 7th grade students here:

https://ckmiddle.ckschools.org/news___events/school_news/current_7th_grade_class_selection_instructions



CKSD Providing Food

Although our school is closed, we are offering free meals to all children age 18 and under. We are also providing free meals to students up to age 21 who receive special education services. Each meal will include breakfast for the next day.


Each week you can pick up meals from 11:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, in the parent loop of Central Kitsap Middle School. Due to spring break, our meal distribution sites will be closed on Thursday (April 2) and Friday (April 3). On Wednesday (April 1) we will give each child a bag with meals for Thursday and Friday. 


You are not required to pre-order to receive a meal. However, ordering can help us plan to provide the right amount of food at each location. Please completed the meal request form HERE *each day.* The form will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m.  


Check out a great news story about our Lunch Program HERE. You can also watch a video HERE. 



Next Steps for At-Home Learning

Although we are in the midst of an extended closure and cannot provide traditional in-person instruction, education must continue.


We are excited about the work we are doing to prepare new learning activities for our students. This week, our teachers have been collaborating virtually in teams to create Google Classrooms. After spring break, we will be sharing more information about how we will manage and monitor student learning moving forward. We expect more information to be available on Monday April 6th. 


Until then, we know you want to keep your child learning while our schools are closed. We have compiled this list of at-home learning resources for all ages.



CKMS Counseling Corner

Thank you for your patience and hard work you have done so far as we adjust to learning from home. Currently, students are expected to review materials they have already learned and seek out learning opportunities provided by teachers. Our focus is to have students “Review, Refresh, and Practice.” We hope these five strategies to maximize your learning will help you experience success as we keep our minds prepped and ready until we can return to school as usual. 


Create a Comfortable Learning Environment

  • Designate a place at home to do school work and learn. 

  • Choose a place free of distractions (away from TV, loud noises, etc.) in order to help you stay focused and on task. Avoid areas of the home that are most used, such as the living room. 

  • Make sure you have enough space for all your necessary equipment: chromebook, textbooks, notebooks, writing tools, and other learning materials. 


Make a Daily Learning Schedule

  • Wake up and go to sleep around the same time every day

  • Designate times each day to complete school work. Choose times that you are most alert and can be the most productive for your school work. Also consider times that your teachers will be available (8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.) in case you need assistance with an assignment. 

  • Take breaks! Taking a 5-15 minute break every hour and a longer (30 minute) break every 2-4 hours is healthy for your brain!


Have the Right Mindset

  • Wake yourself up with a shower. Getting dressed (not wearing your pajamas) before you start learning will help you stay motivated to learn. 

  • Stay organized. Sort your learning materials by subject, and make sure you have everything you need for learning. 

  • Tackle your hardest activity first. Utilize the time when your brain is the most energized and able to focus. 


Keep Moving

  • Use breaks to engage in a physical or creative activity to keep your body and brain energized. 

  • Try going for a walk, stretching, tidying up your bedroom, dancing, exercising, playing with your pet, or doing jumping jacks. 

  • Spark your creativity by coloring or drawing a picture, painting, playing a board game, or playing a musical instrument. 


Stay Connected

  • One positive that has come out of learning virtually is the opportunity to spend time with your families. Take time to connect with one another by making a meal, playing a game, or trying a new activity at home together. 

  • It is also important for students to stay connected with their friends since they are not able to see them every day. Here are some ways to connect while social distancing: Write a note or draw a picture and send it to your friend, record a video message, plan a video call, or play games together online. 

  • Don’t hesitate to reach out to your teachers and counselors. Check your emails and the school website for updates and ways to connect with your school community. 



Office Hours

If you would like to pick up medications or forgot something at the school, we are happy to help. Due to limited staff, as of Monday, March 20 our office was closed until further notice. If you have a pressing need, please email scottmcd@ckschools.org or mikip@ckschools.org for assistance. 



From the staff at Central Kitsap Middle School, we hope that you are doing well. We look forward to seeing you soon.



Scott McDaniel
Principal






General Information

Attendance

Call the attendance line at 360-662-2330 to:

  • Request bus passes
  • Report tardies
  • Report absences
  • Request early dismissals.  

Voice mail messages are checked throughout the day, so feel free to leave a message 24/7. To speak with an adult, call the 360-662-2300 between 8 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.

Early Dismissals

If your child needs an early dismissal, please call early in the day.  This will minimize classroom interruptions and will also help ensure that your child will be waiting for you when you arrive.  

Bus Passes

If your child will be riding a bus other than his or her normal bus, please send a note early in the morning. Students should bring the note to the main office before the start of school or during lunch.

Buses

Do you have questions or concerns about bus routes?  You can call Transportation at 360-662-8800 or select the following hyperlink to e-mail them:  CKSD transportation website

​Parent Access

Have you checked out Parent Access?  If you did not receive Parent Access information, please contact the Main Office.  This program allows you to check grades, assignments, and hyperlink directly to your child's teachers. Find more information and help on our PowerSchool Parent Access page.   If you are still having difficulties, please send a message to PA Help.

Report Cards

We will send report cards home with students at the end of first semester, and mail them home at the end of the year. Please check Parent Access often to see how your child is doing in school.  

Student Safety

For the safety of all students and staff, please do not drop off students at the school earlier than 8 a.m. daily. Also, please drop students off at the curb, and not in the parking area.  

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirement information can be found on our website, under the Academics section. Click Graduation Requirements.

Kitsap Regional Library

The Kitsap Regional Library is offering an online tutoring program.  Please visit or call the library at 692-2779 for additional information.

Community Partnerships

Information about nonprofit community groups or non-school sponsored activities that may be of interest are emailed to all families via a service called PeachJar. Please visit the Community Notices page of our website, under News & Events, for more information.