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Metro Parent Updates

September 28, 2020

Parent Resources for Online Safety

Parents are encouraged to make use of two applications to ensure students are focused on daily assignments and not accessing material that might be inappropriate for school devices. Take a moment to review the Jamf Parent Guide and the Securly Parent Portal Video to learn more and feel free to contact your student's Advisor or the Metro Tech Team if you have questions.

West Campus Science Festival

OSU’s WestFest has moved online! Science enthusiasts of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of activities Sept. 28 – Oct. 3. Find out more on OSU’s WestFest page.

Metrobots Host Mini Bot Competition

Metro’s Robotics Team is hosting the Central Ohio Mini Bot Competition, where teams can build and test mini robots for prizes. Students grades 6-12 can participate independently or in teams of up to three. Registrations are due by October 4 and are $30 per team. No experience necessary, but teams must have a computer that can program an Arduino; all components for the build will be provided. For more information and registration, visit the Minibot Competition webpage or email Mr. Hertenstein (hertenstein@themetroschool.org).

Virtual Learning Series from ODE

Students are invited to participate in a four-week series exploring the connection between science and agriculture. Visit the Ohio Department of Education website to learn more about the Feed and Fuel Your Future seriesthat begins next week!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Sixth Grade Supply Pick-Up Tomorrow

The OSU Design Challenge team has bags of materials that 6th grade students will need for their design challenge project. There will be a “rolling pickup” on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 6-7pm at Metro. If you cannot make it tomorrow, please arrange pick up in the front lobby between 8am-3pm this week. Email Mr. Westwood (westwood@themetrochool.org) if you have any questions.

M.S. Office Hours

Teachers are hosting weekly office hours to help students with remediation and missing assignments. Encourage your child to attend on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 2-3pm using their teachers classroom link. Take a look at the list here!

Mighty Metro Masters

Each week, Middle School staff select students for the Mighty Metro Masters recognition who have displayed the Metro Habits in their school work and behavior. This week’s students are: Alaura Meadows, Michael Burrs, Fartun Omar, Ridwaan Ahmed, Boston Dato, Sonya Beyl, Zaid Mohammed, Fareeha Nawaz and Roman Cumpston.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Math Remediation

Students who have a “P” grade on a math course or need to remediate math content from other semesters

(75% or above) must contact the corresponding teacher byFriday, Oct 2.

Algebra 1 – Ms. Linik (linik@themetroschool.org)

Geometry – Ms. Hwang (hwang@themetroschool.org)

Algebra 2 – Mr. Roberts (roberts.3@themetroschool.org)

Trigonometry – Ms. Demarest (demarest@themetroschool.org)

Pre-Calculus – Ms. Van Fossen (vanfossen@themetroschool.org)

Statistics – Ms. Swartz (swartz@themetroschool.org)

Application Deadlines for Spring College Coursework

Students who are eligible to Gateway this term and who will start their first college classes in the spring must complete an OSU or Columbus State application by the deadlines below (students currently taking college classes do not need to reapply).

October 15 deadline for Ohio State application

November 1 deadline for Columbus State application

Mrs. Kemp is offering OSU application help sessions Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 at 2pm via Zoom for anyone who wants assistance with the process (Zoom Link, Passcode = 048876), or you can email kemp.122@osu.edu with any questions.

Important Dates

  • October 14: Regular day (listed as a virtual day for the PSAT, which is being moved to January 26).
  • October 23: Teacher Work Day - No Classes.
  • November 6: Student Offline Learning, Staff Professional Development
  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break - No School

Final Items:


September 21, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES:

Sept. 25: Student learning offline; staff professional development (see below for MS and HS instructions)

Oct. 14: Regular online schedule (currently listed as a virtual day for the PSAT, which is being rescheduled to Jan. 26th)

Oct. 23: Teacher work day; students will NOT report.

Nov. 6: Student learning offline; staff professional development

Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving Break; No School

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Change of Schedule Friday

Friday, September 25 is a Virtual Day on our calendar to allow for staff professional development. Middle School students will be working on their own with assignments posted on Schoology. Students have until the end of each period (including Advisory) to submit posted work as check points of their learning and to facilitate attendance for each class.

Tips to Improve Distance Learning

  • Ask your child to get up and move during breaks. Increased movement improves focus.
  • Provide a stress ball or small fidget toy, which helps some students stay engaged.
  • Encourage progress by noticing what they have accomplished.
  • Create and print/post a schedule your child can track on his/her own.
  • Read more at consciousdiscipline.com

Parent Schoology & PowerSchool Accounts

If you need login information to set up your parent Schoology or Powerschool accounts, email burgett.2@themetroschool.org. A parent account allows you to see all of your child’s grades, pay fees and communicate with teachers.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Revised Schedule This Week

Sept. 25 is a Virtual Day on our academic calendar and will be a day of off-line learning for students and professional development for teachers. High school students should log in for Advisory at 9:10am for attendance, then complete work posted on Schoology. To accommodate this schedule change, P1 & P3 classes will meet Monday/Thursday and P2 & P4 classes will meet Tuesday/Wednesday this week. Sept. 21-25 schedule

Online Hackathon Oct. 3

High Schools students are invited to participate in a one-day hackathon sponsored by Root Insurance and OHI/O at Ohio State. The registration deadline has been extended to Sept. 26. Read more and sign up if interested at https://hack.osu.edu/hs/2020/

Financial Literacy Program for H.S. Girls

High school girls are invited to participate in a finance and investment program called Rock the Street – Wall Street, which will help develop skills in financial planning and career development. Metro students will meet Thursdays from Sept. 24-Oct. 29, then again in the spring. Please complete the online registration now and contact Ms. Hammond (Hammond@themetroschool.org) and Ms. Graham (graham.4@themetroschool.org) with any questions. Rock the Street – Wall Street information.

National Honor Society

Metro’s chapter of the National Honor Society is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.Students who qualify should submit the candidate information form by October 16.Email Ms. Ayala with any questions (ayala@themetroschool.org).

FINAL ITEMS:

  • If your child will miss class, a parent/guardian must report the absence. Parents may email attendance@themetroschool.org or call 614-259-6639. Students cannot excuse themselves from school.
  • Submit the 2020-21 Free/Reduced Lunch application if you qualify and pay the annual Student Fee.
  • Find previous Weekly Metro Updates on our website if you need information already shared. 

September 14, 2020

AN UPDATE FROM OUR SUPERINTENDENT

We greatly appreciate the support families have shown during our virtual learning schedule. We have continued to provide a rigorous, meaningful education while protecting the health and safety of our students and staff. As a school that sits on a college campus and enrolls students across central Ohio, we must be cognizant of what is happening in the surrounding districts, counties and with our college partners to ensure that decisions are made with safety as the first priority.

In watching all available data, it appears that COVID-19 numbers are trending downward. We will continue to watch the data until October 5th. If we continue on this trajectory, we will look at bringing students back into the building in a hybrid setting on October 19th. We hope that once a decision is made to bring students back into the building, a blended learning option can remain in place until the end of the semester.

We are in touch with our partnering school districts that have buses to Metro to ensure they will continue to provide transportation. We have no further details about how this will work, but anticipate that each district is in the midst of establishing protocols.

If the COVID-19 numbers begin to surge prior to October 5th, we will make the call to remain on an all-virtual model until the end of the semester and bring students back in January (as long as we have not peaked back to Level 3).

Thank you for your continued support through this unprecedented time.

Meka Pace, Superintendent

Metro Schools

PTSA School Supply Drive-thru Tonight

If you need of help acquiring basic school supplies, please plan to come by Metro tonight between 6-7pm for the PTSA's School Supply drive thru; limit one bag of supplies per Metro family. The PTSA will also have t-shirts and sweatshirts for purchase (limited supply) and PTSA membership registration.

Welcome 2020-21 PTSA Officers!

Thanks to the following parents for serving as PTSA officers this school year:

President: Terese Loudner, Class of 2021, 2023 & 2026 Parent

Vice President: Laura Herrold, Class of 2026 Parent

Secretary: Yoland Latta, Secretary, Class of 2026 Parent

Treasurer: Ahmednur Ibrahim, Class of 2021 Parent

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Sept. 14 Supply Pick Up for 8th Graders

Families of 8th graders are asked to come to Metro between 6-7pm tonight to pick up materials needed for Art and American History classes.

M.S. Parent Technology Bootcamp Resources

Parents can access information shared at the Middle SchoolTechnology Bootcamp at the links below.

Parent Tech Bootcamp Slide Presentation

Creating a parent PowerSchool Account

Video on Creating Parent Schoology Account

Securly - Check your inbox for an email from Securly.com and click on the link to create a parent account, which will allow you to track your child's online activity. See the Technology Bootcamp slides for details.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

H.S. Parent Technology Meeting Sept. 15

High School parents are invited to join us for a Technology Bootcamp on Tuesday, Sept. 15th at 6:30pm. Learn how to use our online systems to help your child succeed! The meeting will be hosted on Adobe Connect at this link.

NHS Applications

Metro’s chapter of the National Honor Society is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.NHS recognizes students who demonstrate the four national pillars – character, scholarship, leadership, and service. If your child is interested and qualifies, have them submit the candidate information form by October 16. The induction ceremony will take place in November. Questions? Email Ms. Ayala (ayala@themetroschool.org).

MECHS Student Council Officers 2020-21

Below are the new Student Council officers for this school year. Information regarding the election of Advisory Representatives will be shared with students later this week.

President: Rubi Martinez, Class of 2021

Vice President: Hadiyah Tayeb, Class of 2022

Secretary: Sophia Montejo, Class of 2021

Public Relations: Maia Walker, Class of 2021

All Advisory Days Coming Soon

On the following dates, high school students will log in to Advisory for attendance at 9:10am, then log into Schoology for assignments so that staff can participate in professional development: Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Nov. 6. On October 14, students will also log in to Advisory and complete assignments on Schoology so that Metro can administer the PSAT to all 11th graders.

PSAT Prep with Khan Academy

Metro 11th graders will be taking the PSAT on October 14. The PSAT offers great practice for college entrance exams and can lead to a college scholarship! Students who want help with test taking skills can take advantage of the Khan Academy PSAT/SAT Prep materials available online.

WEEKLY TIPS:


September 8, 2020

Hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend weather! Here's our first update of September.

PTSA Meeting Sept. 8

All families are invited to the Metro PTSA meeting tonight at 7pm. Agenda items include budget approval, ideas for social events, and the school supply drive.

Click here for the Meeting Link

Meeting #: 171 735 3147, PW: MetroRocks

Items Wanted for School Supply Drive

The PTSA is collecting pens, markers, composition notebooks, and headphones/earbuds for a supply drive on Sept. 14. If you’d like to participate, please drop off items at school by 12pm September 10. Bags of supplies will be available in a “drive thru” for families who need them on Sept. 14 from 6-7pm; limit one bag per Metro family. The PTSA will also have t-shirts and sweatshirts for purchase (limited supply) and PTSA membership registration.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Daily Announcements

Middle School students should be joining daily morning announcements at 7:45am. This is a great way to ensure they are up to date and have directions to log in for the correct classes daily (A vs. B days).

Parent Technology Bootcamp Sept. 10

The Middle School Tech Bootcamp for Parents will be this Thursday, Sept. 10 from 5:30-7:30pm on Adobe Connect. Parents are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions at this link: http://metrohs.adobeconnect.com/mecmsfamilysessions/.

  • 5:30-6:30pm – Account Troubleshooting: Receive help logging into accounts
  • 6:30-6:50pm – Schoology: Teacher materials and assessments
  • 6:50-7:10pm – PowerSchool: Mastery grading and student supports
  • 7:10-7:30pm – Securly: Keeping students safe online

Sept. 14 Supply Pick Up for 8thGraders

Metro is providing 8th graders with supplies for Art class and a book for Mr. Kennedy’s American History class. Families of 8th graders are asked to come by the school on Monday, Sept. 14 between 6-7pm to pick up items.

Student Needs Assessment

Middle School students will be participating in a survey to identify any areas where support can be provided. Parents are welcome to review the Needs Assessment to see what will be covered. If you have any questions or want to have your child opt out of the survey, email Mr. Latta (latta@themetroschool.org).

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Modified Schedule Sept. 8-11

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the high school class schedule will be modified this week. You can view this week’s High School Class Schedule here.

Student Council Elections

Elections for the H.S. Student Council president and vice president will take place this week. Voting will be open Sept. 8-10; students received the voting link at their Metro email address today. Any questions can be directed to studentcouncil@themetroschool.org

H.S. Parent Technology Meeting Sept. 15

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for the High School Parent Technology Bootcamp on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:30pm. Learn how to use our online systems to help your child succeed! The meeting will be hosted on Adobe Connect; the link will be shared next week.

Metro Student in the Dispatch

Metro Habits in action! MECHS student Antonio Davis was featured in a Columbus Dispatch story highlighting his creative problem solving and entrepreneurial skills. You can read about it at this online link.

REMINDERS:

  • Please help ensure your child is participating in classes daily and reporting on time. Set alarms and check in with your child when possible.
  • If you have not done so, sign up for your District's Bus Transportation to Metro. It is vital that you register in advance to ensure access to busing once in-person classes resume!
  • All families who qualify should submit the 2020-21 Free/Reduced Lunch application, even if your child will not eat school meals when we return for in-person classes. You may have access to additional benefits, but an application must be on file every year!
  • Don’t forget to pay the annual Student Fee. Fees are cut in half for families who qualify for free/reduced lunch.
  • The Weekly Metro Updates will be posted on our website, so you can access information you need from previous weeks!