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Metro Parent Updates

November 30, 2020

Ways to Give this Holiday Season

Annual Fund Drive: All families should have received aletter from Superintendent Pacelast week encouraging you to participate in our Annual Fund Drive, going on through Dec. 31. Gifts of any size can go a long way in supporting our student programs! Metro received a matching gift challenge from Sumithra Jagannath, Metro parent and founder/President of ZED Digital, for up to $5,000! We are thankful for her support of quality programs at Metro and invite you to join in giving!

Giving Tuesday Dec. 1: Metro is participating in Giving Tuesday tomorrow, a day you're encouraged to support your favorite non-profits. We have partnered with The Columbus Foundation to make online giving easy! Visit https://columbusfoundation.org/the-giving-store and enter Metro Schools in the search bar to donate. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Metro Students Create Toys for the Holidays

Students from the Metrobots team and the Design Learning Center teamed up with IC3D Printers to create toys for the Toys for Tots program. IC3D supplied the design and material and students ran printers from home. A total of 681 toys were created, part of a larger effort to provide 15,000 toys for the holidays. Thanks to MECHS students Gabe Elliott, Aaron Buergenthal, Omar Osman, and John Long for their work!

Moved Recently or Moving Soon?

Please help us keep accurate records by notifying our office if you move at any point in the school year. Simply submit the Address Change Form with a new proof of residence. Be sure to list the names and grade levels of all of your students attending Metro.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

M.S. Schedule

Science MAP Testing

Middle School students will participate in MAP testing during Science classes this Thursday & Friday. Please review the MAP Testing at Home information for helpful details and the testing link and call Mrs. Anthony (ext. 1210) if you experience any difficulties during testing. The password will be posted each test day.

M.S. J-term Info Session Dec. 10

There will be a J-Term Information Session for middle school parents Dec. 10 at 6:30pm to review plans for January courses. All families are welcome to join the session online. http://metrohs.adobeconnect.com/mecmsfamilysessions/

Mighty Metro Masters

Congratulations to this week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by teachers for outstanding displays of the Metro Habits: Samara Polen, Ayah Azrak, Johnathan Beyl, Iman Agha, Sai Prem Kumar, Sonia Malik, Akhila Ramachandran, Mouhammad Sow, Ishaq Uddin.

BalletMet Offers African Dance Classes

The Education Department at BalletMet will offer Soar on Saturdays classes this winter/spring for children ages 8-12 not already enrolled at BalletMet. A free six-week Africa Dance class will be available online Jan. 9 - Feb. 15. Space is limited, so please see the Information Sheet and Registration Form if interested.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Finish Strong!

The end of the semester is quickly approaching, so please encourage your student to complete all remediation and communicate with teachers for assistance now. Final exams will be the week of December 14. (H.S. Schedule)

H.S. J-Term Information Session

There will be a virtual J-Term Information Session for high school parents on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6pm; a meeting link will be provided next week.

Mid-Year Student Presentations

MECHS 9th-11th grade students will present a mid-year Roundtables in February, a review of their progress during the first half of the school year. This will be a video recorded "Student-Led Conference" that includes at least one parent. Requirements will be reviewed in Advisory and can be found here.

OSU Offers Veterinary Program

Veterinary Explorers is a program for high school students interested in veterinary medicine. Members will meet once a month for a Zoom lecture focused on veterinary education. If interested in participating, click this link to read more and submit your information; you can direct any questions to vetexplorers.ots@gmail.com.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 12/8: High School J-Term Info Session, 6pm
  • 12/8: PTSA Meeting, 7pm on WebEx
  • 12/10: Middle School J-Term Info Session, 6:30pm
  • 12/11: Governing Board Meeting, 8am
  • Week of 12/14: Fall Exams
  • 12/18: Teacher Work Day; No School
  • 12/21-1/1: Winter Break; Building Closed
  • 1/4-1/15: January Term (all virtual classes)
  • 1/18: Martin Luther King Day; No School
  • 1/19: Spring Semester Begins (hybrid classes)

November 23, 2020

All-Virtual Classes after Fall Break

Metro will be closed Nov. 23-27 for Fall break. Best wishes to each of our families for an enjoyable Thanksgiving! Starting Nov. 30, students will participate in all-virtual classes for the rest of fall semester; there will be no onsite classes. M.S. Schedule & H.S. Schedule

COVID Updates

We encourage you to follow safety protocols during the holidays to ensure your family remains healthy. Should your Metro student test positive for COVID, please notify your child's principal - Mr. Alston (alston@themetroschool.org) or Ms. Krista (miller@themetroschool.org) - as we are required to track any cases in our school community. You are welcome to visit Metro's website for COVID updates and resources. (COVID-19 FAQ for Schools)

Join the Fall Giving Campaign!

Metro's Annual Fall Fund Drive is Nov. 23 - Dec. 31. Consider making a gift through the Columbus Foundation Giving Store to benefit our student programs. In addition, you can select Metro Early College H.S. as your charity on http://smile.amazon.com, and we'll receive a donation when you shop online!

PTSA Active Autumn Challenge

Metro’s PTSA invites you join their Active Autumn Challenge. Add your name to theActive Autumn Challenge tracker, get outdoors, and record your activities. Email ptsametro@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Tech Updates

Students should plug in their Metro iPads/laptops on Fridays after school to receive any updates being pushed out to devices by our tech office.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

MAPs Testing

Middle School students will participate in MAP testing to monitor their progress. Testing will take place during content classes on the following days:

  • Science: Dec. 3 & 4
  • Reading: Dec. 7 & 8
  • Language Usage (Social Studies): Dec. 10 & 11
  • Math: Dec. 14 & 15

J-Term Info Session & Parent Engagement

The middle school will host a J-Term information session for parents Dec. 10 at 6:30pm; the link will be provided closer to the meeting date. If you'd like to share an area of expertise with our students in a J-Term class, see the J-Term Parent Partnership letter and contact Mrs. Anthony to get involved!

Mighty Metro Masters

Congratulations to this week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by teachers for outstanding displays of the Metro Habits: Nikita Joshi, Isaiah Parker, Catherine Pierce, Broder Russo, Liban Guled, Waala Cusmaan.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 11/23-27: Thanksgiving Break; No School
  • 11/30-12/11: All Virtual Classes
  • 12/8: PTSA Meeting, 7pm on WebEx
  • 12/11: Governing Board Meeting, 8am
  • Week of 12/14: Fall Exams
  • 12/18: Teacher Work Day; No School
  • 12/21-1/1: Winter Break; No School
  • 1/4-1/15: January Term (all virtual classes)
  • 1/18: Martin Luther King Day; No School
  • 1/19: Spring Semester Begins (hybrid classes)

November 16, 2020

Fall Break Nov. 23-27

Metro Schools will be closed next week for Thanksgiving/Fall Break. We hope students enjoy the time off! The Ohio Department of Health has developed a Holiday Celebration guide with tips to stay safe and healthy during the upcoming holidays.

All-Virtual Classes after Fall Break

In light of COVID stats in central Ohio, Metro Schools will be taking an additional safety measure by moving to an all-virtual platform for the rest of fall semester through the close of J-Term (Nov. 30 - Jan. 18). This will allow for a natural quarantine period after holiday celebrations. We plan to resume our hybrid/blended model on Jan. 19 with the start of spring semester. Families will have an opportunity to select all-virtual or blended instruction for spring term.

Key Club Movie Fundraiser Friday

Metro’s Key Club is hosting a Virtual Movie Night this Friday, Nov. 20 on Netflix Party. The featured movie will be The Grinch (rated PG). To participate, you must have a Netflix account and download the Google Chrome Netflix Party extension. A minimum donation of $5 is requested, which will benefit pediatric cancer patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Visit our MetroThon team page to donate; students should sign up using their first name, last name and Metro email “dot number” to ensure the Netflix Party invitation is sent to the correct person (Ex: John Brown.25).

Join our Fall Giving Campaign!

Metro's Annual Fall Fund Drive is Nov. 23 - Dec. 31. Consider making a gift to benefit our students! The easiest way to give is through the Columbus Foundation Giving Store. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated. In addition, by selecting Metro Early College H.S. as your charity on http://smile.amazon.com, you can benefit our students when you shop online!

PTSA Active Autumn Challenge

Metro’s PTSA invites you to get moving and join their Active Autumn Challenge! Simply add your name to their challenge tracker, get outdoors, and record your activities. See the linked flyer for Active Autumn Challenge details or email ptsametro@gmail.com to learn more.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

M.S. Virtual Schedule Starting Nov. 30

This is the last week of hybrid classes for fall semester. After fall break, we will move to all virtual classes, but will keep the hybrid schedule (Mon=A, Tues=B, Wed=C, Thurs=A, Fri=B).

J-Term Info Session Dec. 10

The middle school will host a J-Term information session for parents on Dec. 10; more details to come. If you'd like to share an area of expertise with our students by participating in a J-Term class, we invite you to review the J-Term Parent Partnership letter and email Mrs. Anthony to get involved!

Mighty Metro Masters

Congratulations to this week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by teachers for outstanding displays of the Metro Habits: Grayson Spence, Reagan Johnson, Loic Poirier.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Parent Webinar Tomorrow

The ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences) Institute invites parents to a webinar on "Tips for Talking to Girls about Consent and Other Tough Topics," on Nov. 17 at 2pm.Click here for an event flyer and registration link.

NHS Induction Ceremony Wednesday

Metro's 2020 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be this Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6:30pm. Families of new inductees are encouraged to join us online to celebrate with our students. Click here for the Zoom Meeting link. Meeting ID: 984 9599 5695, PW: 001801

H.S. Virtual Schedule Starting Nov. 30

We will move to all virtual classes after Thanksgiving break but will continue with the current hybrid schedule (Mon/Thurs: P1&P3, Tue/Fri: P2&P4, Wed: P1-4 & Office Hours).

Important Dates:

  • 11/23-27: Thanksgiving/Fall Break; Building Closed
  • 11/30-1/15: All-Virtual Instruction
  • 12/8: PTSA Meeting, 7pm on WebEx
  • 12/11: Governing Board Meeting, 8am
  • 12/18: Teacher Work Day; No School
  • 12/21-1/1: Winter Break; Building Closed
  • 1/4-1/15: January Term (virtual classes)
  • 1/18: Martin Luther King Day; No School
  • 1/19: Spring Semester Begins (hybrid classes resume)

Superintendent's Update 11/12/20

In light of where we stand with COVID cases in central Ohio and the coming holidays, we will be taking an additional safety measure and moving Metro classes to an all-virtual platform starting Thanksgiving/Fall Break and ending at the close of J-Term (November 23 - January 18).

  • We will resume our hybrid/blended model on January 19 with the start of spring semester. At that time, families will have an opportunity again to select virtual or hybrid for their students.
  • J-Term will take place virtually January 4-15, with remediation and unique class opportunities.

While Metro has done a great job following the COVID protocols, we realize that with increased community spread and the pending holidays, we all must do our part to keep everyone healthy. We are hopeful that with the natural quarantining periods after the holidays in November/December, students and staff will be ready to resume hybrid instruction for the spring semester.

Thank you for your continued support as we work through this together. We have been thrilled to have students back in the building and look forward to resuming this option spring term.


November 9, 2020

PTSA Meeting Tomorrow

Join Metro parents and staff for the monthly PTSA meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7pm on WebEx; Mtg #171 735 3147, PW: MetroRocks. Hear updates about the start of blended instruction and all things Metro! Visit the PTSA webpage for more about getting involved.

Mastery Survey

Help us identify growth areas for mastery learning this year by answering a few questions. We request that parents complete the parent survey and that students complete the student survey below, which should take only a couple of minutes. Your input is appreciated!

Dress Code & Health Survey Reminder

Students reporting for in-person classes are reminded to abide by the Metro Dress Code policy. Please review this with your student, including the middle school Wellness section and the new face mask policy for fall 2020. In addition, please ensure your child submits the Health Survey in PowerSchool before arriving at Metro for in-person instruction; see below for helpful links.

School Meals

Grab & Go breakfasts and lunches are being provided to students who are at Metro for classes. If your child is in the building, they are welcome to eat meals, which are currently free. The daily menu is available on our website or at the following links: November Breakfast Menu & November Lunch Menu (please note that options may deviate from what is listed).

2020 Volunteer Service Award

Congratulations to Metro's 2020 recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award: Ali Reza, Miqdad Hussain, Tina-Marie Tanner, Aaron Buergenthal. The PVSA is a non-partisan, national recognition of the impact made through community service. Students interested in applying for next year should submit a volunteer log by 8/31/21. Visit The President's Volunteer Service Award website for more information.

Give Through Amazon Smile

Consider using Amazon Smile to benefit Metro Schools. By selecting Metro Early College H.S. as your charity onhttp://smile.amazon.com, our school can receive a donation when you shop, at no added cost to you!

Helpful Links:

Important Dates:

  • 11/10: Virtual PTSA Meeting, 7pm
  • 11/23-27: Thanksgiving Break; Building Closed
  • 12/8: Virtual PTSA Meeting, 7pm
  • 12/11: Governing Board Meeting, 8am
  • 12/18: Teacher Work Day; No Classes
  • 12/21-1/1: Winter Break; Building Closed