METRO WEEKLY UPDATES

family updates

August 15, 2022

Welcome!

Our staff is looking forward to seeing new and returning students tomorrow morning! School begins August 16 at 8am and is in person. Students will be in Advisory activities the first few days and will receive their schedules before academic classes begin on Friday.

High School parents, please take five minutes to review the high school orientation video here: Metro Orientation Video

Picture Day August 17

LifeTouch will be at Metro on Wednesday, August 17 taking school pictures. All students should dress appropriately to have their photo taken for their school ID. Picture order forms will be sent home on Tuesday; you can review portrait package options here. Please note that student IDs are part of dress code and must be worn daily on the Metro lanyard provided last year or during summer bridge. Students who do not have a lanyard may request one.

M.S. Construction Meeting August 23

Superintendent Meka Pace will host a meeting on August 23 at 6pm to share information on upcoming construction in the middle school. To improve the learning environment, the HVAC system will be updated and classroom walls added later this fall. During the period of active construction (Nov. - Jan.) students will be on a hybrid schedule, with some days on site and some days virtual. A Zoom link will be provided closer to the meeting date for those unable to attend in person.

Middle School Survey

On September 1, middle school students will complete a needs assessment in Advisory to help our staff plan activities to address identified academic and emotional needs. Parents can review the survey questions here; contact Mr. Latta (latta@themetroschool.org) with any questions.

Parent Engagement:

  • Fall Curriculum Nights: Parents are invited to join us for Fall Curriculum Nights, where you'll follow your child's schedule to meet the teachers and learn about class expectations.

    • High School Curriculum Night is Tuesday, August 30 at 6:00pm at Metro.

    • Middle School Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 1 at 6:30pm at Metro.

  • Parent Group: Join the PTSA and stay connected throughout the school year. The PTSA meets each month to keep families engaged and informed. The $20 family membership is tax deductible and helps support student activities; click

     

    here to sign up!

     

    You can also help the PTSA raise funds  by volunteering to sell parking on our lot during OSU Football games. Sign Up here!

Transportation, Traffic & Parking:

  • District Buses: Hilliard families can find their bus route information on the district website. Columbus and South-Western students should have received their routes by email. We have not received information from Groveport. If you did not receive bus route information, contact the district transportation office for an update.

  • Parent Drivers: Please help us keep the flow of traffic moving during drop off/pick up by following the guidelines below and check the Parking Lot Traffic Flow Map for middle & high school directions.

    • Please be hands-free with phones, etc. while in our parking lot.

    • Be kind and responsive to staff members assisting with traffic flow. Safety and efficiency are our primary goals.

    • If your child is not ready to exit your car on arrival, pull into a parking space. If you arrive early or your child is not ready at pick up, pull into a parking space. Please be courteous and do not stop to wait at the doors!

  • Student Drivers: Students must register their vehicle with Metro to park on our lot. Please complete a Student Vehicle Registration form (paper copies available at the front desk) to be assigned a parking pass. Student parking is in the last two rows facing Kinnear Rd.

Links You May Need:

August 8, 2022

School Begins August 16

We are gearing up to welcome students for the first day of school August 16! Please ensure your child comes in dress code, has completed the Summer Reading assignment, and that you have submitted their annual student registration online. We will spend the first few days getting acclimated; students will receive their fall schedules before academic classes meet August 19.

Annual Student Registration 

In order to report to school August 16, students must have all registration materials submitted. You should have received an email in July with a link to complete the annual registration process online. Please note a current proof of residence is required each year (copy of a bill showing the parent name and address). If you are having difficulty completing registration, call the school this week for help.

Student Fees

Metro's annual student fee is $100 for middle school and $200 for high school (cut in half for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch). The fee can be paid by cash/check in person OR by credit card using PaySchools online (you will need your student's school ID#, found in PowerSchool). Parents can manage all school related payments and complete the free/reduced lunch application using PaySchools, so download their app (on the App Store or Google Play) to get started! #PaySchools Mobile: https://apps.apple.com/.../payschools-central/id1614493880

School Pictures August 17

LifeTouch will be at Metro August 17 taking school pictures. All students will be photographed for their school ID, which is required to be worn daily, so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately. Information will be provided if you would like to order portraits.

Construction Meeting August 23

Parents are invited to join us on August 23 at 6pm to hear more about upcoming construction in the middle school. To improve our learning environment, the HVAC system will be replaced and classroom walls installed on the MS side. During the period of active construction, we will use a hybrid schedule, with students on site and in person on assigned days. Join the August 23 meeting in person or on Zoom to hear more (Zoom link will be provided closer to the meeting date).

H.S. Travel Abroad: Health Sciences in the UK

High school students interested in health sciences are invited to join Metro on a trip through England and Scotland June 7-17, 2023. Journey back to a time when the plague was at its prime as you explore the underground streets of Edinburgh and try your hand at forensic sleuthing in London. Trace the innovations that shaped Britain’s modern healthcare landscape, and participate in hands-on workshops to discover how real-life medical careers operate. Visit the EF Tours website (http://www.eftours.com/2465944nf) or email Dr. Rothacker (rothacker@themetroschool.org) to learn more.

Links of Interest:

PTSA Information:

  • Join the PTSA: Join the Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) and help make our school community strong! The $20 family membership is tax deductible and supports student activities. Click here to sign up. 

  • Earn Funds While You Shop: Enroll your Kroger card in the Community Rewards Program and select Metro PTSO/PAST Foundation (code NS296) as your organization. You can register your card here and help us raise funds without impacting you personal rewards.

  • Football Parking Volunteers: The PTSA raises almost all funds through selling parking on our lot during home OSU Football games. Volunteer for a game and help us raise money for student activities (students can also earn volunteer hours). Sign Up here!


June 13, 2022

Bus Service to Metro

If you plan to use your district’s bus to Metro this fall, you must register NOW in order to have your child put on a route. Visit the Bus Transportation page on our website to see your district's requirements and complete the process before the end of June. Please don't wait! Districts will make busing decisions this summer and some will cancel bus service to Metro if there are not enough riders registered by the end of June.

Summer Office Hours

During June, Metro’s office is open 8am-1pm weekdays. If you require help from staff, please stop by during that time. If you need to drop off items after we close (something other than a school laptop/iPad), you may use the black drop box by the front door.

Student Devices

Current Metro students who will be in grades 9-12 this fall should have submitted their school device at the time of their Roundtable/Gateway (unless enrolled in a summer class). Devices are being replaced and must be returned! If your child is not in summer school, will be in high school this fall and still has their Metro device, please arrange to drop it off (with power cord) before the end of June. Otherwise, they risk not having a device assigned this fall.

Student Registration

You will receive an email soon with instructions to complete your child's annual student registration online. Please complete the process as soon as you receive the email. 

  • If Metro already has a copy of your child's birth certificate and updated shot records, you do not need to upload again. 

  • We do need a new proof of residence every year (a current bill showing the parent name and home address).

  • Please ensure the parent contact information you provide is correct and up to date.

  • If your child is NOT returning to Metro, notify us right away to avoid additional registration notices.

Summer Reading Project

Metro students are to complete a reading project which will be due in Advisory this August. Please check the links below for your child's grade level:

Summer Travel

If you will be traveling late this summer, please plan your return in time for our start of classes August 16. Under state law (House Bill 410), students missing school for personal travel will accumulate unexcused absences. Click here to access the 2022-23 School Calendar.