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Parent Update

Parent Update

Dear SMMHS Families – Please find below our final scheduled Update communication of the 2019-2020 school year.  As such, we want to thank all of our families for all you have done to support your students and our school during this very different ending of the school year.  These were certainly unprecedented times and circumstances, but together, we were able to continue providing purposeful learning opportunities for our students.  This will be our final scheduled communication of the school year, so please be on the lookout for additional information and updates related to the summer and the 2020-2021 school year to be shared as needed.  Thanks so much, and we hope everyone has a great summer!

Updated Timelines

May 15 – Last Day of School

Celebrations

  • Congratulations to Jackson Cannon, Maggie Meller, and Gabe Williams as they have been recognized as National Merit Finalists!  Congratulations also to Ethan Fell, Ruston Shome, Caroline Cornett, and Keegan Perez as they have been recognized as National Merit Commended Scholars!
  • Congratulations to our cumulative winners for our HS Math League!  The winners were:  Logan Dapp – 1st Place, Jeffery Lin – 2nd Place, and Jake Stubblefield – 3rd Place!
  • Congratulations to Mia Sabatini as she was one of 25 National Runners-Up among nearly 3,500 submissions in the “Can you Find Mapman?” Junior Scholastic Incorporated contest!

Physical School Closing Updates

  • Equipment Turn-Ins – A big thanks to all of our students and families who participated in our Locker Clean-Out and Equipment Turn-In days!  Although locker contents have now been removed, students who have textbooks or other school-issued equipment to turn in can come by the main office beginning June 1 in the mornings Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.  Students will be required to exercise social distancing and wearing a mask is encouraged.
  • Chromebooks – As previously shared, all students in grades 6 through 11 will NOT turn in their Chromebooks and will keep them over the summer.  If a student in grades 6 through 11 is moving and will not be returning to SMMHS next year, they will be required to turn in their Chromebook and charger to the main office on the days and times listed above before withdrawing.  Students and families are responsible for continuing to take care of and keep up with their assigned Chromebooks and chargers throughout the summer so their device is functional upon our return to school next year.
  • Summer Academic Support – As we near the end of the current school year, please be on the lookout for information related to tentatively planned summer academic support being provided by the district.  This support may include optional online courses and review, optional tutoring and review sessions with select teachers, or other summer learning academy opportunities.
  • Rising 6th Grade Virtual Tour – Future Eagles, you don’t need to wait until the Fall to start finding your way around our SMMHS campus!  Mrs. Flowers and Mrs. Donen have put together an amazing virtual tour for our rising 6th grade students and families so your first few days on campus will be awesome!  Our 6th grade teachers, MS counselors, and administration are looking forward to seeing you next year, so click on https://youtu.be/zR69oeDzrQo to begin your tour!

Senior Updates

  • Graduation – The district has tentatively re-scheduled graduations with new June and July dates.  In regards to our SMMHS graduation, the tentative dates, times, and locations are:  Saturday, June 27 at 7:00 pm at Memorial Auditorium or Monday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Memorial Auditorium.  In addition, the district is also exploring the possibility of holding all graduations at an outside venue, so please be on the lookout for updated information as needed.
  • SMMHS Senior Night – Our virtual Senior Night was streamed and we want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this possible for our students!  If you missed it, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urvNGqd-g38&feature=youtu.be.
  • SMMHS Senior Signing Day – Our virtual Senior Signing Day was also streamed and we want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this possible for our students!  To watch, please click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6vc3snZcSQ&feature=youtu.be.

Athletics and Band

  • As of yesterday, HCDE has received guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) regarding guidance for starting summer athletics and activities for both high schools and middle schools.
  • Currently, there is a TENTATIVE Phase I start date of June 1.  With this being a tentative date, we will be meeting virtually with our coaches, band directors, and other summer activities staff to discuss our Phase I plans and logistics should we receive final confirmation of a June 1 start date.
  • As our plans and logistics are finalized, coaches, band directors, and activity teachers will communicate those plans with their students and parents along with an official announcement confirming the approved start date.
  • Although students and parents will receive more in-depth information from their coaches and directors next week, Phase I procedures will include all coaches/directors and students being required to go through a wellness check (laser thermometer temperature check and screening form completed) before being allowed to exit their cars for practices.
  • All coaches/directors and students will be required to wear their own mask each day and parents will also be required to sign a consent form for students to participate.
  • Coaches will only be able to work with students in small groups of 10 or fewer and those groupings must remain the same until further notice
  • Each sport or activity will have its own specific guidelines regarding equipment use (balls, not actually playing woodwind or brass instruments, etc.).
  • Students must bring their own water bottles, towels, etc. as the use of water fountains will not be allowed.
  • Per HCS, our track and fields will reopen this weekend with public access guidelines being posted.  All visitors must maintain social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart from each other, visitors cannot be on campus if they are sick or have a temperature of 100.4 or greater, and must follow all current Local, State, and/or Federal Health Guidelines.  All facility use will be regulated by Hamilton County Schools and these guidelines are subject to change at any time in accordance with Local, State, and Federal mandates. 
  • Per the TSSAA, the TSSAA requirements for student physicals are still in effect for students planning to participate in sports during the 2020-2021 school year.  Although we have not received direction regarding when Fall sports might be able to begin Summer practices, any student who plans to try-out for or participate in a Fall 2020-2021 sport must have a physical completed and uploaded to Dragon Fly before being allowed to tryout or participate.
  • Information regarding Dragon Fly can be found on our school website.
  • If you have questions about athletics or band, please contact your coach, director, or Bumper Reese at reese_michael@hcde.org.

Returning Student Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

  • To register a returning student, parents will have two parts to complete:  Updating student information in Power School, and providing 2 approved proofs of residence within the SMMHS zone.  Approved proofs of residency must be dated July 1 or after and may include mortgage or lease bills, utility bills, agency or court documentation (IRS, SS Disability, etc.), insurance statement (medical, life, auto, or home), or current bank statement or employment check stub.
  • To complete the requirement of updating Power School information for all students returning to SMMHS, parents will log into their Power School Parent Portal by clicking here.
  • Last year, parents were required to upload their 2 proofs of residence before student registrations could be completed and approved.  This year, parents will still have to submit 2 proofs of residency, but they will have to be submitted via email or provided in-person on registration day.
  • To avoid the lines on registration day, parents of returning students can begin on July 1 emailing copies of their 2 proofs of residency (dated July 1 or after) to Kim Adams at adams_melissa@hcde.org or Susan Patton at patton_s@hcde.org.  The documents must show the parent/guardian name and address within the SMMHS zone and parents must note their student’s name and grade level on the proof of residency copies or in the email.
  • Once received, Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Patton will review the submissions and will only reach out to parents if the residency submissions are not in order and if different or additional residency documentation is needed.
  • On registration day, we will have a list of all returning students noting whether or not their residency verifications have taken place.  If 2 proofs of residency have already been received and approved, then this will be noted and the student and family will move quickly along to complete their registration, pay fees, pick up schedules, etc.  If a family has not started, or has not completed the registration process including submitting 2 approved proofs of residency, we will have a designated area for families to complete the required online process and verification of 2 approved proofs of residency within the SMMHS zone.  Approved proofs of residency must be dated July 1 or after and may include mortgage or lease bills, utility bills, agency or court documentation (IRS, SS Disability, etc.), insurance statement (medical, life, auto, or home), or current bank statement or employment check stub.
  • If you have any registration questions, please contact Susan Patton at patton_s@hcde.org.

New Student Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

  • To register a new student, parents will have two parts to complete:  Completing online registration through Power School, and providing 2 approved proofs of residence within the SMMHS zone.  Approved proofs of residency must be dated July 1 or after and may include mortgage or lease bills, utility bills, agency or court documentation (IRS, SS Disability, etc.), insurance statement (medical, life, auto, or home), or current bank statement or employment check stub.
  • New student online registration will open on June 1, 2020 for students who will be new to SMMHS in the fall in grades 6-12.  To begin the online process for a new student, click here.
  • To avoid the lines on registration day, parents of new students can begin on July 1 emailing copies of their 2 proofs of residency (dated July 1 or after) to Susan Patton at patton_s@hcde.org.  The documents must show the parent/guardian name and address within the SMMHS zone and parents must note their student’s name and grade level on the proof of residency copies or in the email.
  • Once received, Mrs. Patton will review the submissions and will only reach out to parents if the residency submissions are not in order and if different or additional residency documentation is needed.
  • On registration day, we will have a list of all new students whose families have completed both the online registration process and has had their 2 proofs of residency approved.  If both steps have successfully taken place, then this will be noted and the student and family will move quickly along to complete their registration, pay fees, pick up schedules, etc.  If a family has not started, or has not completed the registration process including submitting 2 approved proofs of residency, we will have a designated area for families to complete the required online process and verification of 2 approved proofs of residency within the SMMHS zone.  Approved proofs of residency must be dated July 1 or after and may include mortgage or lease bills, utility bills, agency or court documentation (IRS, SS Disability, etc.), insurance statement (medical, life, auto, or home), or current bank statement or employment check stub.
  • Any family needing to apply for hardship consideration can contact Mrs. Patton for the application that must be submitted to the district before May 31, 2020.
  • If you have any registration questions, please contact Susan Patton at patton_s@hcde.org.

Sunrise Class

  • Signal Mountain High School will be offering a new option for our high school students for the 2020-2021 school year.  A Sunrise weight training class, which is currently being offered at other high schools, will be offered and will take place before school each semester from 6:20 am to 7:35 am three days a week. 
  • This will be a half-credit course that will meet each semester, and will allow male and female students who have traditionally had challenges with scheduling a Physical Education class during the normal school day to be able to satisfy this requirement before school. 
  • Please note that the Sunrise Class is an additional class with all students still being required to carry a full course load and to attend school from 7:35 am to 2:45 pm each day after attending their Sunrise class.  Students will not be allowed to arrive late to school, leave school early, or have an open block due to taking the Sunrise class.  
  • Grades, attendance, and tardies will be recorded just as they are in classes during the normal school day.  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be given preference, but the course will also be open to freshman, space permitting. 
  • If you have questions, please contact Dr. Dagnan at dagnan_s@hcde.org or Mrs. Sharpe at sharpe_l@hcde.org.

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