METRO WEEKLY UPDATES

family updates

November 22, 2021

Thanks for your Cooperation!

A huge thank you to all of our families for being flexible and responsive to the early dismissal need on Friday! We know that last-minute changes are an inconvenience and are grateful for your help in ensuring a timely dismissal before streets were closed for the Vice President's visit.

Thanksgiving Break

There will be no Metro classes November 22-26 for Thanksgiving Break. Our building will be closed and staff members will be on break along with students.

January Term Guest Instructors Wanted

We are actively planning for J-Term 2022. If you (or a friend or colleague) want to share your skills/expertise with our students by being part of a J-Term course, please see the attached high school or middle school J-Term letters for details. 

Metro Enrolling for January Start

Know families looking for a school for a current 6th or 9th grade student? Encourage them to apply to Metro NOW for second semester enrollment! Visit the Admissions Information page of our website for the application link.

Parents interested in 2022-23 enrollment are invited to join us for an Information Session November 30 at 6pm at Metro.

BoxTops Program

Metro is registered for the General Mills BoxTops for Education program and you can help us earn funds for student programs by downloading the free BoxTops app on your phone (select Metro Early College H.S. as your school). When you purchase a product with the BoxTops label, just scan your receipt and Metro will receive a credit!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

  • M.S. J-Term Info Session: Save the date! Parents and students are invited to join a virtual J-Term Information Meeting Tuesday, Dec 7 at 6:30pm. The Zoom link will be shared closer to the meeting date.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

  • State Testing: Twice a year, high school students take Ohio’s State Tests (OSTs) for English 9 (seniors only), English 2, Algebra 1, Geometry, American History, Government, and Biology. Fall testing is scheduled for next week (Nov. 30-Dec. 3). We will have a modified schedule, but all students should report by 8am as usual, whether or not they are testing. Students who need to take a test will receive further information about their specific test/date. The schedule will be as follows:

  • OSU Research StudyMetro HS students are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by OSU Doctoral student Mitchell Shortt exploring the academic, social and emotional impact of online racial discrimination. To participate, students must have a completed Parent Consent Form on file. Participation will include sharing views on an online questionnaire and some students may be invited to share their views in a personal interview. All participants will be entered into a raffle for $20 Amazon gift cards. Parents can read more about the study here: OSU Research Study Letter

  •  Tech Internship: TECH CORPS is accepting applications for the 2022 Computing to Career Internship Program. This is a paid opportunity for seniors who want to learn about technology and careers in the technology industry. Interested seniors can find additional information here: bit.ly/C2CInternship.


Upcoming Dates:

  • 11/22-11/26: Thanksgiving Break; No School

  • 12/2: PTSA Meeting at 6:30pm

  • 12/10: Metro Governing Board Meeting, 8am

  • 12/15-16: Fall Term Exams

  • 12/17: Teacher Work Day

  • 12/20-1/3: Winter Break; No School


November 15, 2021

Thanksgiving Break

Metro will be closed next week (Nov. 22-26) for Thanksgiving Break. There will be no middle or high school classes; students with college courses should attend on Monday/Tuesday as scheduled. Please note that the Metro building will be closed and staff members will be on break along with students.

BoxTops Program

Metro is registered for the General Mills BoxTops for Education program and you can help us earn funds for student programs! Simply download the free BoxTops app on your phone and select Metro Early College H.S. as your school. When you purchase a product with the BoxTops label, just scan your receipt and Metro will receive a credit! It's a simple way to earn funds for our school.

Ski Club Registration

The Metro Ski Club will be closing its member registration soon. If you have a student interested in participating, email Ms. Sander (sander@themetroschool.org) or Dr. Rothacker (rothacker@themetroschool.org) before the end of November. The Ski Club will take six after-school trips to Snow Trails during January/February. 

 January Term Guest Instructors Wanted

We are actively planning for J-Term 2022! If you (or a friend or colleague) want to share your skills/expertise with our students by being part of a J-Term course, please see the attached high school or middle school J-Term letters for details. 

PowerSchool Translation

If you log into your parent PowerSchool account, you'll notice a new place to select the language you prefer. Click here for Instructions to change language in PowerSchool if interested!

  MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

  • Mighty Metro Masters: Congratulations to this week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by staff for going above and beyond in following the Metro Habits: Amina S. & Aidan W. 

  • M.S. Spirit Week: The M.S. is celebrating Spirit Week with fun daily themes. Students are welcome to participate or come in regular dress code. The daily themes can be found here.

  • J-term Info Session: Mark your calendar! There will be a J-Term Information Session on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30pm on Zoom. Interested parents are welcome to join; the meeting link will be shared closer to the date.

 HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

  • H.S. Spirit Week: The H.S. is celebrating Spirit Week will special themes each day. Students can participate or wear business casual dress code. Click here for the daily Spirit Week themes.

  • Talent Show Friday: High School students will have a modified schedule this Friday (11/19) for the annual talent show. This will not be an early release day; dismissal will be at 2:30pm as usual.

  • NHS Induction: National Honor Society candidates for the 2021-22 school year received their application results last week. There will be an Induction Ceremony Dec. 1 at 6:30pm for new members. Email Mrs. Farwig (farwig@themetroschool.org) with any questions.


    Upcoming Events:

  • 11/22-11/26: Thanksgiving Break; No School

  • 11/30: Giving Tuesday; visit The Columbus Foundation to give to Metro!

  • 12/2: PTSA Meeting, 6:30pm

  • 12/7: J-Term Information Session, 6:30pm on Zoom

  • 12/10: Metro Governing Board Meeting, 8am

  • 12/15-16: Fall Term Exams

  • 12/17: Teacher Work Day

  • 12/20-1/3: Winter Break; No School


November 8, 2021

Today is National STEM Day!

November 8 is National STEM Day and Metro celebrated with a visit from Battelle CEO Lou Von Thaer and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, who have been strong supporters of STEM education. You can join the celebration by posting your favorite STEM photo online with the hashtag #IChooseSTEM

Virtual Day November 10

Metro will have a Virtual Day this Wednesday to allow for staff training in the afternoon. The class schedules are included in the Virtual Day Information for Families presentation. 

January Term Guest Instructors Wanted

We are actively planning for J-Term 2022! If you (or a friend or colleague) want to share your skills/expertise with our students by being part of a J-Term course, please see the attached high school or middle school J-Term letters for details. 

PowerSchool Translation

When accessing your PowerSchool account, you'll notice a new space on the login page to select a different language. Take a look at this short guide of Instructions to change language in PowerSchool if interested.

Metro Accepting Applications for January Start

Know families looking for a school for a current 6th or 9th grade student? Encourage them visit our Admissions Information page to complete an application. Students selected through a lottery will begin classes at Metro in January. The 2022-23 application will be available soon.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

  • Mighty Metro Masters: Congratulations to this week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by staff for going above and beyond in following the Metro Habits: Raky Deme, Aandrea Peavy, Carmen Kimmel, Sonya Beyl, Mounia Meddad, Rana Merah, Hudson Penn, Sully Santiago, Zeyad Boyce, Jack Salvage, Abdullah Choudhry, Sadie Bugnitz, Billy Sumling, Joe Seasor.

  • 7th Grade Wellness: 7th graders are in Wellness (gym) class the rest of the semester, which will include outdoor exercise. Please send students with jackets, hats, and gloves as the weather turns colder.

  • 8th Grade Washington DC Trip Meeting: The first informational meeting for this year's 8th grade trip to Washington DC will be Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 5pm. Interested 8th grade families can attend in person or online; a Zoom link will be sent by email. Topics will include the cost and payment schedule, important dates, tentative itinerary, and current COVID protocols. Contact Mr. Kennedy if you have any questions (kennedy.3@themetroschool.org).

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

  • Spirit Week: The H.S. will celebrate Spirit Week November 15-19 (next week). Students may come in regular dress code or participate in the daily themes listed here: Spirit Week Themes

  • Ecosystems of Ecuador Field Study: High school students are invited to explore Ecuador and the Galapagos during spring break of 2022 with Educational Tours. To learn about the trip, visit www.eftours.com/2412031xf or contact Dr. Rothacker (rothacker@themetroschool.org) or Mrs. Sander (sander@themetroschool.org). ¡Viajemos! 

  • OSU Research Study: H.S. students can take part in a research study conducted by OSU Doctoral student Mitchell Shortt exploring the academic, social and emotional impact of online racial discrimination and the best ways to combat it. Parents are encouraged to review the attached OSU Research Study Letter for a full explanation and a link to the Parental Permission Form that must be completed for students interested in participating. 

November 1, 2021

New State Guidance for COVID Quarantine

The Ohio Department of Health has released a new COVID quarantine guideline called "mask to stay" in an effort to help reduce the number of out-of-school days for students. Students who are exposed to COVID in the school environment may continue to attend classes if they wear a mask and monitor for any symptoms. You can read more about the Ohio Department of Health Guidelines here.

Virtual Day November 5

Metro students will have a Virtual Day this Friday, which means they are to log in for classes from home starting at 8am. You can review the Virtual Day Information for Families presentation for Friday's middle and high school schedules. 

Metro Enrolling Students for January Start

Know families looking for a school for a current middle school or 9th grade student? Encourage them to apply to Metro! We will be conducting a lottery this month for second semester enrollment. Visit the Admissions Information page of our website for the application link.  The 2022-23 application for next school year's enrollment lottery will be posted to our website soon. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

  • Mighty Metro Masters: Congratulations to this week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by staff for going above and beyond in following the Metro Habits: Noah A., Izzy H., Haboon S., Chase W., Aiden B., Kristen J., Tasmi D., Rabia K., Christy M., Isaiah B., Kara F., Michael B., Zahraa Q., Jusange B-F., Yahye A., Teanna T., Lauryn W.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

  • College Applications: November 1 is the early action deadline for many colleges and universities. Congratulations to all Metro seniors who completed and submitted their application materials on time! 

  • Principal's Newsletter: High school families should have received a newsletter today from our administrators. You can access a copy of The Metro Link newsletter here.


October 25, 2021

Virtual Day October 29

Metro middle and high school students will have a Virtual Day this Friday, which means they are to log in for classes from home starting at 8am. You can review the Virtual Day Information for Families presentation for the class schedules. The next virtual day is Friday, November 5. See the 2021-22 School Year Calendar for other upcoming dates. (Please note that "8-12" beside virtual days refers to online class time, not to grade levels).

Metro Enrolling Students for January Start

Know families currently looking for a school for a middle school or 9th grade student? Metro will hold a November lottery for second semester enrollment, so encourage them to apply now to be considered for admission. Visit the Admissions Information page of our website for the application link. If you have friends interested in applying for next school year, the 2022-23 application will be posted next month.

Registration Emails

Some families received an email requesting copies of documents (shot records or birth certificate) that may already be on file at Metro. The registration system sent notices if documents were not uploaded by you, but did not account for those who brought in paper copies or already had copies on file. Our apologies; please disregard the notice if you already provided the paperwork requested.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

If your family qualifies for free/reduced lunch (based on income), please submit the form linked here now. You must apply each year to ensure your child has access to benefits (like reduced student fees) and that Metro receives appropriate funding. Return forms to the front desk or to Mrs. Fries (fries@themetroschool.org). 

Internet Assistance

The Federal Communication Commission's Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary federal program to help families pay for internet service during the pandemic. Households with children who qualify for free or reduced-price schools meals may be eligible. Read more about the program here.

2021-22 Yearbooks

Order the 2021-22 yearbook before October 31 and get 5% off the price! Go to www.treering.com/validate and use the passcode found on the M.S. Yearbook Flyer or the H.S. Yearbook Flyer to place your order.  

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

  • Conscious Discipline for Parents: Interested in learning more about the discipline structures used in the middle school? Explore the Conscious Discipline website to learn about strategies you can use at home: https://consciousdiscipline.com/about/parents/

  • Fall Fest: Special thanks to the Metro PTSA and the parents who donated items for the Fall party. The students had a great evening!

  • Mighty Metro Masters: Congratulations to this week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by staff for going above and beyond in following the Metro Habits: Obai S-B, Leeann B., Alicia C. O., Stefany G. M., Yahye A., Maggie B., Markana R., Hoda M., CJ S., Alexis S., Thomas C., Adam E., Aubrey H., Mohamed A-K, Yusra B., Kezia B..

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

  • Fall Fest: Special thanks to Ms. Demarest, Ms. Hwang and the H.S. Dance Committee for putting together a great fall party on Friday!

  • Office Hours & ClubsMECHS Office Hours & Clubs Fall 2021 information.

  • Dress Code: Some of our classrooms are cooler than others, so please ensure your child has dress code appropriate options to use as layers, like fleece pullovers, sweaters and jackets without hoods. While hoodies and hooded coats can be worn while outdoors, they should not be worn indoors. You can review the Metro Dress Code here.