CCSMS Wavelength May 31, 2020
A note from Mrs. Carmichael
Dear CCSMS Scholars and Families,
Today our community is filled with both heartache and hope. Our scholars give me hope every single day, yes, even from a distance over the past 2 and a 1/2 months. Our school was developed by citizens who believe that education can be part of social justice and who believed that having a diverse school in downtown Charleston with high expectations for educational attainment was needed. Our scholars graduating this year give me hope for our future as they have held themselves to high expectations and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow and have positive impacts as resourceful, mindful leaders and resilient, life-long learners.
We look forward to seeing you at the drop off and pick up times at school on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please remember to practice social distancing. We do request that everyone coming through the line wears a mask when your windows are down handing in items.
Please be mindful that only individuals who feel healthy should participate. Any individual that has a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, experiencing digestive issues, or who has taken a fever reducing medication; or that has been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days; should not participate. Please make other arrangements with: Mmelton@charlestonmathscience.org
This week we will have fun STEMester activities and we will launch summer Riptide Reads. We have modified our STEMester expectations for this week based on communication with teachers and families. The High School Outdoor Recreation scholars who are working on a full credit over two years will have the summer to document completion of their assignments as they work towards being a pathway completer in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management. All other scholars who have completed assignments in their google classrooms during April and Monday and Tuesday of this week will receive scholar suggested incentives upon our return for the 2020-21 school year including dress down days and other "perks." Scholars who have completed assignments will work with me to develop the incentives.
We are working on plans for next year. Our CCSMS admin team members are participating in meetings with CCSD staff along with gathering best practices and proposed plans from across the country and even around the world. We are committed to ensuring our scholars have a safe and supportive learning experience at CCSMS.
After this week our Wavelength communications will slow down to about once a month over the summer, but we will be in touch as decisions are made for next school year to keep you up to date. We are moving to have all of our back to school forms and payments made online and we look forward to launching that with you in June.
Thank you for making this school year the best we could. We are together, even though we are from a distance. Go Riptide!
Executive Principal and CEO
Class of 2021 Meeting
Families of the Class of 2021 - we are already planning for a successful Senior Year for your scholars! Join us on zoom Monday evening at 6pm: https://zoom.us/j/92976892085
STEMester Modification Updates
This week we will have fun STEMester activities. Information:
We have modified our STEMester expectations for this week based on communication with teachers and families.
High School Outdoor Recreation STEMester - These scholars who are working on a full credit over two years will have the summer to document completion of their assignments as they work towards being a pathway completer in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management. Their assignment for the summer will post in their google classroom on Monday.
All other STEMesters: We will post some fun STEMester related assignments this week and even a few over the summer. Scholars who have completed assignments in their google classrooms during April and Monday and Tuesday of this week will receive scholar suggested incentives upon our return for the 2020-21 school year including dress down days and other "perks."
Scholars who have completed assignments will be invited to work with Mrs. Carmichael to develop the incentives.
Welcome to Riptide Reads!
Visit our Riptide Reads Google Site and look through your choices, assignments, and resources: https://sites.google.com/charlestonmathscience.org/riptidereads
Rising 7th and 8th graders will take home a FREE copy of the book of their choice home with them during pick-up on June 2nd and 3rd. Be sure to fill out the survey linked on the site to reserve your book!
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Palumbo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminders about grading this semester
Final grades will start to show in PowerSchool this week. Report cards will post online and be mailed by the middle of June.
Please note that all assignments while we have been learning from a distance are coded for the date 03/25/2020. This is how the entire state must enter them during this time. Our teachers are following the guidelines from CCSD and SCDE.
If you have a concern about the grades entered, please follow up with the teacher first. If you are not able to resolve your concern with the teacher then reach out to your scholar's assistant principal, Mrs. Carter for middle school or Mr. Gaffney for high school.
Remember there was a re-weighting of quarter 3 and quarter 4 grades into one grade for the semester. There will be no final exams except for Advanced Placement courses and some dual credit and college credit related course options.
Information from an earlier email: https://www.smore.com/wpaes
CCSMS is responsible for following the directives of the State Department of Education (SDE) and Charleston County School District (CCSD) in regards to grading expectations during the current school closure. As such, we have begun to implement the following grading practices for second semester:
- Scholars will receive one combined final second semester numeric grade that will consist of a combination of students' in-school grades prior to school closing (Quarter 3 and the start of Quarter 4 at CCSMS) and the assignments completed during this eLearning period.
- No final exams or EOCs will be administered for second semester courses.
Please find the appropriate grade level of your scholar(s) below for a detailed description of how grades will be calculated for the spring of 2020.
Middle School (6th-8th)
Year Long Core Courses
- Q1 - 25%, Q2 - 25%, Q3 - 50%
Second Semester Elective Courses
- Q3 - 100%
8th graders taking High School courses (Biology, English 1, Spanish, Geometry, Algebra 1)
- Q1 - 25%, Q2 - 25%, Q3 - 50%
- No final exam or EOC will be taken or calculated into the final grade
High school (9th-12th)
Second Semester Courses
- Full Credit Course - Q3 - 100%
- Half Credit Course Q3 - Government course only - final grade completed in traditional Quarter 3 has been recorded and remains unaffected by changes.
- Half Credit Course Q4 - Economics course only - Quarter 4 grade will be calculated traditionally except there will not be a final exam.
Thank you again for your patience with this process. We will let you know once the majority of the re-coding and re-weighting is complete. If you see inconsistencies or errors at that point we will have a process in place to review and adjust as needed.
Please note that all information in this document is subject to change as more information/guidelines are provided by SCDE and CCSD.
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Meal Distribution Sites UPDATE
Please refer to the CCSD site for summer meal options in your area of the county.
CCSD is now offering a youth support line