Weekly Update

METRO PARENT UPDATES

April 19,2021

Metrobots Info Meeting Thursday

Rising 9th graders and current high school students interested in joining Metro's robotics team are invited to the Metrobots Information Session April 22 at 4pm. Parents and students are encouraged to join the online meeting here: http://metrohs.adobeconnect.com/metrobots3324/

$1 Jeans Day Friday

The Metro PTSA is hosting a $1 dress down day this Friday to raise funds for end of year senior celebrations. Students can wear jeans/t-shirts/hoodies for a $1 donation. All money raised will help fund class of 2021 year-end activities.


ODE Technology Survey

Help us gather data on student access to technology and internet connectivity during virtual instruction by completing this short survey: https://forms.gle/5x5X7PH4U3NqzBdM8. We'd like to hear from all families who have yet to submit a response!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Student Input: The M.S. Equity & Anti-Racism Committee would like input from students about their experience at school. Students will take an anonymous survey during Advisory; parents are welcome to review the Survey Questions here. The input received will be used to improve our school climate. (If you would prefer that your child not take the survey, have them let their Advisor know they will not be participating.) 

State Testing: Thanks to all parents for your promptness and patience with the arrival/dismissal process last Wednesday for AIR testing. It was a pleasure to have students in the building! The next middle school AIR test will be April 28 for math.

Save the Date: On May 5th, the Middle School will celebrate our wonderful 8th grade class with a party in the afternoon, following the 8th grade Science AIR test. More details to come!

Mighty Metro Masters: Congratulations to this week’s Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by staff for their outstanding displays of the Metro Habits: Pradnya Kannan & Hawa Ibrahim.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

State Testing: High school students who need to take the state AIR test for English Language Arts are to report to Metro on Wednesday by 8am. Testers will receive an email reminder tomorrow with instructions. In addition, students who missed the Government test can report to make up their test this Wednesday.

Class of 2022 Meeting: Current 11th graders and their parents are invited to meet with Ms. Mechling, Senior Class Counselor, to begin planning for 12th grade year. Join a virtual meeting April 20 at 1pm or April 22 at 7pm at this Zoom meeting link.

Fall College Access: Students ready to enroll in an Early College Pathway or take their first college class in the fall must submit a Metro/OSU application by May 1 or the Columbus State application by May 15. Families can review the Metro 2021 Pathways Presentation for details (click here for a video of the presentation). Contact Mrs. Kemp with OSU questions (kemp@themetroschool.org) or Mr. Boyer with C-State questions (boyer@themetroschool.org).

Spring Break 2022 Trip: Metro H.S. students and parents are invited to an information meeting for a trip to Ecuador being planned for spring break 2022. The meeting will be April 27 at 7pm on Zoom; please pre-register at bit.ly/3djmqbb to receive the meeting link. 

Mental Health Art Contest: May is Mental Health Awareness Month and BC2M invites students to participate in an art contest to bring awareness to this topic. Students can submit an art piece (painting, drawing, music, poem, etc.) that showcases what mental health means for a chance to win a gift card (Amazon, Target, or VISA). Submissions are due by May 2nd. Email Mrs. Farwig (farwig@themetroschool.org) & Ms. Barnett (barnett@themetroschool.org) for details.

April 12, 2021

PTSA Meeting & Officer Elections April 13

Metro's PTSA meeting and election of new officers will be tomorrow at 7pm. You can read the PTSA Board Descriptions here and read more about the PTSA on their website:https://ptsametro.wixsite.com/website

Meeting link: https://aep.webex.com/aep/j.php?MTID=mf2981635afca81cc7c2633bb3e047f92

Technology Survey

The Ohio Department of Education is gathering data on student access to technology and internet connectivity during virtual instruction. We would like to get input from all families, so if you have not already done so, please take a moment to take this short survey: https://forms.gle/5x5X7PH4U3NqzBdM8. Thanks for your participation!

Celebrate the Class of 2021

Metro's staff & PTSA are working to make the end of the year special for the graduating class of 2021, many of whom have been at Metro since 6th grade! To help, high school students are invited to participate in Dress Down/Jeans Day fundraisers on Friday, April 16 & 23. Middle school students can participate April 23. Students are asked to donate $1 to dress down; all funds will help support end of year senior celebrations. 

Need Help with Your School iPad?

If your child is experiencing problems with their school-issued technology, please have them submit a Help Ticket (from the icon on their device) or email helpme@themetroschool.org with a full description of the problem. We want all devices working properly for state testing.

AI for Social Good Summer Programs (M.S. & H.S.)

AI Scholars Live Online is a 10-session enrichment program that exposes high school students to the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and guides them to build a socially impactful project. Multiple options are available for Spring Semester and Summer Break programs. Students may apply here (inspiritai.com/apply) by April 30th for Summer and can read more on their website (see here for middle school offerings). Contact Aidan Goltra at arg2198@columbia.edu with any questions. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

State Testing: All Middle School students are to report in person on Wednesday, April 14 for the state AIR Language Arts test; there is no virtual option for testing. Please click to review the State Testing Letter from Ms. Krista that was sent to families March 30 for additional details and know that strict COVID protocols will be in place. Other Middle School AIR test dates will be: 4/28: M.S. Math (all students) & 5/5: M.S. Science (8th grade only).

Jeans Day Friday: Middle School students will have a dress down/jeans day this Friday, April 16 to celebrate the success of this year's Design Challenge! Students may wear jeans (no holes or tears) and t-shirts/sweatshirts/hoodies instead of regular dress code.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

H.S. Summer School: MECHS will host in-person Summer School June 1- July 2 from 8am-12pm. Cost is $50 per student. If you'd like to register your child to take a class, complete this form by May 1: https://forms.gle/6awAUtwaen9XWTez8 . Contact Mrs. Leslie if you have any questions (leslie@themetroschool.org).

State Testing: High School students who need to take a State AIR Test received an email with their required test/date/location. Reminders will be sent out before each test; non-testers will follow a regular Wednesday schedule (virtual). Remaining high school test dates are:

4/21: Language Arts, 4/28: Biology, 5/5: Math, 5/12: Make-up Testing

Spring Break 2022 Trip: As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is important for students to be more culturally aware, explore new ideas and grow their potential. That's why Metro staff hope to host a field trip to Ecuador during Spring Break 2022. Interested students/parents are invited to join an informational meeting on Tuesday, April 27 at 7pm on Zoom. You must pre-register to receive the Zoom link: bit.ly/3djmqbb. If you're interested but can't make the info session, pre-register and select “I can’t make it.”

NHS Projects: Metro’s National Honor Society chapter has created a Social Justice website to bring awareness to important issues and a "How to Succeed as a Metro Student” blog with information on study tips, college prep materials, scholarships, etc. Use the following links to take advantage of these resources: Social Justice Website and How to Succeed as a Student Blog.

March 29, 2021

No School Friday; Offline Learning Monday

  • There will be no school on Friday, April 2 for the spring holiday.

  • Monday, April 5 is a professional development day for staff. Students are to complete work posted on Schoology instead of attending their Monday classes. All teachers will be in training during the school day.


Family Technology Survey

The Ohio Department of Education is gathering data on student access to technology and internet connectivity during virtual instruction. To help, we are asking that all families complete a short survey on your child’s access to technology at home. Your answers will provide useful information to improve virtual instruction. Survey link: https://forms.gle/5x5X7PH4U3NqzBdM8.

PTSA Meeting & Officer Elections April 13

The next Metro PTSA meeting and election of new officers will be April 13 at 7pm. Candidates are wanted for president, vice president, secretary and treasurer for next school year. You can read PTSA Board Descriptions here. Information about PTSA can be found at https://ptsametro.wixsite.com/website

Join the April 13 meeting here: https://aep.webex.com/aep/j.php?MTID=mf2981635afca81cc7c2633bb3e047f92 Meeting #: 171 735 3147, PW: MetroRocks

Drone Training & Certification

The Ohio Department of Transportation's Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) offers free e-learning classes to students 16+ interested in the fundamentals of flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for work related applications. Read more on the ODOT website or email ltap@dot.ohio.gov

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

State Testing: Testing days are listed below. Dates are as follows:

  • April 14 – M.S. ELA (all students, including English 9). Adjusted class schedule

  • April 28 – M.S. Math (all students). Adjusted class schedule

  • May 5 – M.S. Science (8th graders ONLY). All other students, normal Wednesday schedule. 

Mighty Metro Masters: Congratulations to this week's Mighty Metro Masters, students recognized by teachers for outstanding displays of the Metro Habits: Tierra Tolber, Adam Esmail, Roman Cumpston.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

State Testing: Metro will be facilitate Ohio AIR Tests in April. Students who need to test will receive an email this week with their required test/date/location. Students not testing will follow a regular Wednesday class schedule from home. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Neugebauer (neugebauer@themetroschool.org).

  • April 7: H.S. History & Government

  • April 21: H.S. English/Language Arts

  • April 28: H.S. Biology

  • May 5: H.S. Math

  • May 12: Make-up Testing

Online IT Event: JPMorgan Chase is sponsoring a virtual GenerationTECH event on April 24th for high school students interested in IT fields. Registration deadline is April 9; click on the GenerationTech link to learn more or to register.

Summer Courses: In partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers, college professors Richelle Teeling-Smith and Chris Orban will offer two summer online courses on coding integration into high school science. The beginner course (Physical Science) will be June 28-July 9; the intermediate course (Physics) will be July 12-28. Read more here: https://www.aapt.org/K12/codingintegration.cfm or email questions to teelinri@mountunion.edu 

Yearbook Photos Wanted: Since individual and club pictures were not taken at Metro this year, students are encouraged to upload their own portrait or Metro club/activity photo to the yearbook website,TreeRing. Portraits must meet the guidelines outlined here; the Yearbook Club will make final selections/decisions regarding content. Students/parents can create an account to upload submissions at  https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1015505932283165 

March 22, 2021

State AIR Testing Dates

Metro will be facilitating the Ohio AIR Tests in person on Wednesdays starting April 7. All middle school students will take the ELA and Math tests; only 8th graders will take the M.S. Science test. If you have questions regarding what tests your high school student needs to take, email Mr. Neugebauer (neugebauer@themetroschool.org).

  • April 7: H.S. History & Government

  • April 14: M.S. English/Language Arts

  • April 21: H.S. English/Language Arts

  • April 28: M.S. Math, H.S. Biology

  • May 5: M.S. Science (8th graders), H.S. Math

  • May 12: Make-up Testing

H.S. Summer School Interest Survey

Metro plans to offer in-person summer school this year, which will be available for current 9-11th graders and current 8th graders who will attend Metro for 9th grade in the fall. If interested, please complete the following survey by March 24th to help determine the courses to be offered: https://forms.gle/u9MhVi2rVum4AjPb6. The survey should be accessed from student email accounts. Contact Mrs. Leslie with any questions (leslie@themetroschool.org).

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Spring Electives: This is the last week for current middle school elective classes. On March 29, students will begin their new spring electives as follows: 6th graders: Wellness, 7th graders: Art, 8th graders: Computer Science Discoveries

State AIR Testing Dates: 

  • April 14: MS ELA (all students, including English 9). Adjusted class schedule.

  • April 28: MS Math (all students). Adjusted class schedule.

  • May 5: MS Science (8th graders only); all other students normal classes.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

ACT for Juniors March 23: 11th grade students are to report in person tomorrow for the ACT. All other high school students should remain home for virtual classes so we can facilitate the ACT safely. Students were emailed today with their testing location and instructions.

Spring 2022 Ecuador Field Study: Plans are underway for a spring break field study trip to Ecuador next year. An initial recruitment meeting is scheduled for April 27 for students and parents interested in participating. Keep an eye our for more details in the coming weeks. 

Hypersonic Flight Video Contest: The Department of Defense is sponsoring a video contest on hypersonics. Interested high school students are to create a 2-minute video on the potential of hypersonic flight. Entries are due by April 18; visit the contest website for more details. 

Camp CAR: Applications are being accepted for Camp CAR, a summer day camp hosted by OSU’s Center for Automotive Research to educate 14-18 years old students on various aspects of engineering and mobility. Current plans are for an in-person camp July 19-23, but a virtual option will be offered if needed. Additional details and the application can be found here.

Art Symposium: Students ages 14+ are invited to participate in Ohio’s first-ever Urban Creative Arts Healing and Performance Symposium. This two-day virtual experience on April 16-17 will provide an opportunity to attend presentations, workshops, and performances led by professional speakers in the arts industry. Visit the UCA Symposium page to learn more.