Weekly Update

METRO PARENT UPDATES

March 1, 2021

Hybrid Classes Begin

We were excited to welcome students today for the re-start of hybrid instruction. If your child will report in person, please review the Restart Protocols and remember the following: 

  • Students are expected to be in the building on their assigned days (Mon/Tue or Thu/Fri). Students who choose to remain home on their days of face-to-face instruction will be reverted back to the full virtual platform. 

  • Ensure your child submits the Daily Health Assessment through PowerSchool before arriving at Metro. 

  • Maks should be worn on buses and in the building.

  • Students on site should be in business casual dress code

  • Breakfast and lunch are being provided or students may bring a packed lunch. Please do not drop off or order food for delivery.

Metro Expansion Update

Metro families are invited to join Superintendent Meka Pace for a virtual meeting March 4 to hear about progress on Metro’s future expansion plans. The meeting will be hosted on AdobeConnect at 7:00pm.

Meeting Link: http://metrohs.adobeconnect.com/district_parentupdate/

PTSA Breakfast for Staff

To welcome back teachers and celebrate the start of hybrid classes, the PTSA is providing breakfast for staff this Thursday catered by Coffee Connections (from a Metro family). Parents are invited to contribute by making a donation on the PTSA PayPal account. Thanks in advance for your support!

Application Deadline Extended

As we prepare for the first round of our admissions lottery, remember that you must apply now for any child who will be new to Metro next year. If you have friends interested in Metro, encourage them submit an application. We will continue to accept applications for additional lottery drawings throughout the spring.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Free tutoring: Office hours are offered each week! Encourage your child to take advantage of the extra support on Tuesday and Thursdays.  

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Careers in Engineering: Students are invited to hear about the engineering program, clubs and majors at Ohio State from current college students at a virtual meeting March 4 at 1pm.  Link to attend: YouTube Live Stream. A recording will be available after the event.

ACT Tutoring: OSU students from the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers are offering free ACT tutoring Feb. 25-March 25 on Zoom. Sessions will be Thursdays from 4-5pm. Interested students should register here: https://forms.gle/dAv82d8v5RfFW7EQ7


FEBRUARY 22, 2021

Hybrid Instruction Begins March 1

A Note from Superintendent Pace:

Our Hybrid Restart will begin Monday, March 1. We have missed the interactions with students and are excited to welcome them back into the building. Please review the Restart Protocols on our website to familiarize yourself with expectations. Students should begin each in-person day by completing the Daily Health Assessment. If your child has more than one of the symptoms listed, please keep them at home and notify your school administrator of the change.

Students in hybrid cohorts are expected to be in the building on their selected days; please honor your selection for school participation! Students who neglect to show up on their assigned days for face-to-face instruction will be reverted back to the full virtual platform. If your family had previously decided to remain virtual and would like to make a change, notify your Principal right away.

We look forward to serving our students in a hybrid format!

Reminders for families selecting Hybrid Instruction:

  • Check PowerSchool to ensure your child's cohort placement is correct. If not, or if you have changed your mind, notify your child's Principal right away! (M.S. - miller@themetroschool.org; H.S. - davis.14@themetroschool.org)

  • If your child rides a bus, confirm their pick-up time/location with your district this week if you are unsure. Students must wear masks on buses as required by districts.

  • Parents can drop off students any time after 7:30am and should pick up by 2:30pm. Students enrolled in AfterCare will follow the same health & safety protocols after school as during the school day.

  • The Student Health Survey must be completed in PowerSchool before students enter the building.

  • Drinking fountains are closed, so we recommend students bring a water bottle. School lunch will be available or students may pack.

  • Review the Dress Code document, which includes guidelines for use of masks at school.

  • Students must report to Metro on their assigned in-person days. Those who show a pattern of staying home on days they should be in person will be switched back to the all-virtual option.

Parent Meeting

Metro families are invited to join Superintendent Meka Pace for a meeting on March 4 at 7pm to hear about progress on Metro’s expansion plans. The meeting will be hosted online; keep an eye out for the meeting link next week.

QED with Dr. B

Join COSI’s President & CEO Dr. Frederic Bertley for “QED with Dr. B,” a new science program airing on Wednesdays at 7:30pm on WOSU-TV. The show will highlight cutting-edge science topics with innovators from across the globe.Read more here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Offline Learning Tuesday: Middle School students will have an asynchronous learning day tomorrow (2/23). Students are to complete assignments posted on Schoology rather than log in on their regular class schedule. Please ensure your child checks in and submits assignments for all their Tuesday classes. (NOTE: This applies to middle school only!)

8th Grade Decision Forms: If you have a current Metro 8th grader, you should have received a survey by email last week to let us know whether your student will remain at Metro for high school. If you have not responded, please do so by Wednesday. Email Mrs. Burgett if you need the survey link.

Mighty Metro Masters: Congratulations to last week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by teachers for outstanding displays of the Metro Habits as Engaged Learners: Mumtaz Said, Esraa Haykal.

Congratulations to students who have maintained Perfect Attendance this year: Thomas Coleman, Fatima Mohamed, Evelin Ginez, Zamir Latta, Zacharie Rahman.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

ACT Tutoring: OSU students from the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers are offering free ACT tutoring from Feb. 25 - March 25 on Zoom. Sessions will be held each Thursday from 4-5pm. Students interested in participating should register here: https://forms.gle/dAv82d8v5RfFW7EQ7

Program for Teens & Moms:Teen girls and their momsare invited to join the free event “I Matter” on Saturday, March 13 from 10am-12pm. Experts from Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) and The Center for Family Safety and Healing will cover topics like healthyrelationships, confidence and self-defense. Participation is free but requires advance registration: IMATTER2021.eventbrite.com.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 2/26: Governing Board Meeting, 8am

  • 3/1: Start of hybrid instruction

  • 3/9: ACT for Juniors at Metro

  • 3/15-19:Spring Break; No School

FEBRUARY 15, 2021

Black History Month STEM Coding Activities

In celebration of Black History month, students are invited to try two activities based on the movie Hidden Figures and the work of Katherine Johnson to mathematically map John Glenn's reentry into Earth's atmosphere.

Spirit Wear Design Contest

The PTSA spirit wear design contest is still open for submissions! Students are encouraged to send a digital copy of their design to ptsametro@gmail.com; the winner will be announced at the March PTSA meeting. See contest information here.

NHS Requests Student Input

Metro's National Honor Society is developing a blog called "How To Succeed as a Student." Students are invited to submit their suggestions for material to be included on the website here: https://forms.gle/9B4fMyATtarG8Ppd6

Metrobots Host Donation Drive

The Metrobots are hosting a donation drive for the Huckleberry House, which serves homeless youth. The following items can be dropped off in a box outside of the PAST Foundation or the black dropbox by the Metro front door through March 13:

  • Clothing Items (Youth M – Adult XL): underwear, sweatpants, sweatshirts, shorts, t-shirts, socks

  • Hygiene Products: deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothbrushes/toothpaste, brushes/combs, feminine hygiene products

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Update

Students who are eligible for P-EBT based on their family's SNAP account should have received the benefits on the SNAP card last week. Cards for students not qualified from SNAP will be mailed this week and will take 7-10 business days to arrive at the household. Please keep these cards, as benefits will be added monthly.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Design Challenge: Metro Middle School's Spring Design Challenge has launched, with a focus on Social Justice. Tomorrow and Friday during Advisory, students will hear from professionals in the field of social justice.

Attendance: If your child will miss class due to illness or an appointment, a parent should notify the school by emailing attendance@themetroschool.org.

6th grade Applicants: If you or someone you know have a current 5th grader who would like to attend Metro next year, don't forget to submit an application by the Feb. 21 deadline to be included in the lottery. Visit our Admissions Information page for the link.

Mighty Metro Masters: Congratulations to last week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by teachers for outstanding displays of the Metro Habits: Markana Riordan, Nasra Mohamed, Jimmie Locke, Albert Basden, Ramses Kudolo, Khadija Abdullah.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Math Tutoring: Tutors will be assisting Metro H.S. students in their math classes from 8:00-8:30am and 2:00-2:30pm, and will be available during Wednesday office hours (1:00-2:30pm). Encourage your student to take advantage of math tutoring times and to attend office hours.

Linguistics Club: MECHS is starting a Linguistics Club in collaboration with OSU Student Organization UnderLings! Students will become familiar with basic elements of language, such as parts of speech and the pronunciation of new sounds, as a means of enabling them to effectively deal with problems in pronunciation, vocabulary building and sentence formation that often come up in foreign language study. You're invited to join! To learn more, email Ms. Hwang (hwang@themetroschool.org).

STEM Scholarship: Juniors and seniors are invited to apply for a $1,000 Believe in Ohio STEM Scholarship, which recognizes students for their contributions to STEM innovation and entrepreneurship. Applications are being accepted until March 31. Visit Believe in Ohio for more information.

FEBRUARY 8, 2021

Action Required: Verify Cohort Selection

As we prepare for the start of blended instruction March 1, we are asking that all families verify their cohort selection now. You will receive an email from your child's Advisor; please respond right away to confirm the cohort is correct.

  • Cohort 1: Attending in-person classes Monday/Tuesday (last names A-L)

  • Cohort 2: Attending in-person classes Thursday/Friday (last names M-Z)

  • Cohort 3: All virtual

Offline Learning February 15

Next Monday is a professional development day for teachers. Students will have assignments to complete posted on Schoology.

Huckleberry House Donation Drive

The Metrobots are hosting a donation drive to benefit Huckleberry House, which provides services and emergency housing to homeless youth. There will be a donation box outside of the PAST Foundation through March 13 to collect the following items:

  • Clothing (sizes Youth M to Adult XL) - underwear, sweatpants, sweatshirts, shorts, t-shirts, socks

  • Hygiene Products - deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, feminine hygiene products, body soap, toothbrushes/toothpaste, brushes/combs

Info Sessions for New Applicants

If you know families looking for a school for their rising 6th or 9th grader, invite them to join a virtual information session this week. Meeting links are provided on the Admissions Information Page of our website:

  • High School: Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30pm on Zoom

  • Middle School: Thursday, February 11 at 6pm on Adobe Connect

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Meeting for Rising 8th Graders: Metro 8th graders will have a chance to hear about the high school program this Tuesday during Advisory. Families of 8th graders will receive an email next week to confirm whether they plan to remain at Metro for 9th grade. Parents who want to hear more about the high school can join the new family information session; see the link above.

Reporting Absences: If your child will need to miss class due to illness or an appointment, a parent/guardian should email attendance@themetroschool.org as early as possible to report the absence. This will help avoid calls from the school and inaccurate attendance information.

Mighty Metro Masters: Congratulations to last week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by teachers for outstanding displays of Critical Thinking skills: Maha Nagarajan, Isaac Miller, Angel Buaful, Uziar Baseer.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Summer College Coursework: Students interested in taking their first OSU class this summer must complete the OSU/Metro application process by Monday, February 15. The Application Packet can be access from student emails.

ACT for Juniors Rescheduled: 11th graders will be taking the ACT at Metro on Tuesday, March 9. This is a change from the original date of Feb. 23. More instructions will be provided closer to the test date.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 2/9: New H.S. Applicant Info Session, 6:30pm

  • 2/9: PTSA meeting, 7pm

  • 2/11: New M.S. Applicant Info Session, 6pm

  • 2/15: Student offline learning; Staff professional development

  • 2/26: Metro Governing Board Meeting, 8am

FEBRUARY 1, 2021

Women & Diversity Virtual Events

Columbus State Community College is hosting a series of virtual events this month on Women and Diversity in Technology, Manufacturing & Logistics. Each virtual meeting will feature a panel of industry professionals and will offer a Q&A session. Click here for details or to register to participate. The first meeting is tonight!

Young Writers' Workshop Feb. 15

Middle and high school students interested in writing are invited to register for the Jack Bennett Virtual Young Writers' Workshop, taking place Feb. 15 on Zoom. Hear from award-winning poet Sierra Leone and learn from other young writers. Click here to register.

Spring History School

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is offering free History classes for students this spring. Courses are offered in the evenings on Zoom. You can visit the link here for class offerings; registration opens Feb 9.

Attendance Reminder

If your child will miss class for an appointment or illness, a parent/guardian should email attendance@themetroschool.org to report the absence. Students cannot excuse themselves from school.

Metro Accepting 2021-22 Applications

If you have a child who will be new to Metro next year, be sure to apply by Feb. 21 for fall admissions; this includes siblings of current students. If you have friends interested in Metro, invite them to join an information session Feb. 9 or 11 to learn more! Visit our Admissions Information page for meeting times and links.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Spring Schedule: You can access the Spring Term Daily Schedule here. Students should be participating in morning announcements at 8am daily.

Tech Assistance: If you experience problems with your child's school iPad or have damage to report, please send a screenshot along with a description of the issue to our tech team. Students can submit a request using the Help Ticket icon on their iPad or you can emailhelpme@themetroschool.org.

Mighty Metro Masters: Congratulations to last week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by teachers for outstanding Roundtable presentations: David Rake, Zacharie Rahman, Isha Joshi, Alex Bundy, Fartun Omar, Guisep Wong-Bullock, Abrar Akif, Alicia Carillo, Tasmi Dhoya, Aubrey Hood, Avelea Bachman, Bilal Ali, Fozia Eidarus, A'andrea Peavy, Rana Merah, Nasra Mohammed, Miranda Long.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Daily Schedule: High School students will have a normal class schedule this week; please ensure your child is online by 8am. You can access the H.S. Student Update Announcements here.

ACT for Juniors Rescheduled: 11th graders will be taking the ACT at Metro on Tuesday, March 9. Please note this is a change from the original date of Feb. 23. More instructions will be provided closer to the test date.

Summer AI Scholars Program: Inspirit AI offers high school students the opportunity to learn about artificial intelligence from graduate students at Stanford. Deadline to apply for this summer’s program is March 1. Visit Inspirit AI site for information and the application link.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 2/9: New H.S. Applicant Info Session, 6:30pm

  • 2/9: PTSA meeting, 7pm

  • 2/11: New M.S. Applicant Info Session, 6pm

  • 2/15: Student offline learning; Staff professional development

  • 2/26: Metro Governing Board Meeting, 8am