Sarracino

Middle School

Phone: (575) 835-0283

Please contact your student's Advisory teacher (2nd period) for help with Google Classroom. Use the link above for all other technology issues.

SMS goes online.....

Teachers will be contacting students on Friday, August 7 about classes, etc.

Student Supplies

Notebook paper, Pens, Highlighters, Pencils, Earbuds/headphones, sticky notes, binder or other folder to organize notes, colored pencils, 2 dedicated composition notebooks for math, additional composition notebooks, ruler, scissors, colored paper or construction paper

Students taking MESA will need a dedicated composition notebook

Students taking art will need drawing paper (notebook or pad), eraser, pencils

Students taking Band will need their own instrument as none will be available for check out.

Dear Parents -

Thank you for giving Sarracino Middle School the opportunity to serve your children. We are committed to providing the best education possible during these extraordinary times. Please contact us with concerns so that we can better facilitate student learning.

Here is an explanation of how the schedule will work for the students during virtual learning that begins August 10th.

Students will be following an 8 period schedule. The day for students is broken into 2 parts:

  1. Morning sessions consist of time for work completion, individual and small group meetings to touch base, ask questions about the lessons presented.. These work sessions are scheduled by the teacher in response to student requests and at teacher discretion to help students complete tasks.

  2. The afternoon sessions will be for "live" on line direct instruction. Students will have live teaching events to view between 11:45 am to 3:00 pm each day during which whole group instruction will take place according to the daily schedule.

Mon/ Wed Periods 1,2,3,4 will meet from 11:45-3:00 PM

Tue/ Thur: Periods 4,5,6,7 will meet from 11:45- 3:00 PM-

The split schedule allows for teachers to at least check in with every class every day, and provides times when conferences can be scheduled without overlapping onto another instructor's time.

The biggest difference between the online learning that will take place this year, and what was done last spring is that the assignments are not optional. Students need to complete work and participate as assigned by teachers.

Again, we thank you for sticking with us, and for your patience as we move forward!

Sincerely,

SMS Admin and Staff

These are the 6 tips offered by Guy Gunther, the senior director of fiber networks at CenturyLink:

1. Inventory: Check all the devices connected in your home. Remove any devices not in use.

2. Disconnect Streaming Platforms: Streaming services can eat up bandwidth while refreshing.

3. Set Up Shifts : Family members can use the WiFi when they need it most.

4. Disconnect Virtual Private Networks (VPNs): Gunther explained a VPN is required when getting behind a firewall/security system online. He said if you need to use a VPN, get the info and then disconnect. Gunther said a VPN can cut your bandwidth by half.

5. Place Your Modem in the Right Spot: A thick wall, refrigerator, or microwave could cause interference. Gunther said to keep your device as close to the modem as possible, or buy a cable from an electronics store to connect it to a desktop.

6. Check Package Prices Online: Gunther said some internet packages have been reduced in price, so families could probably get faster speed for the same amount they’re paying now.


Sonia Lawson

Principal

Holly Mayfield

Vice Principal

Jill Madrid

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Please call if your student needs to borrow a laptop. Families will need to schedule a time for the student to receive the device.


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