In August, the Daily Herald and the Altoona Mirror will publish first period/homeroom lists. Your child will receive his/her schedule on the first day of school or you can print it ahead of time from the Sapphire parent portal (schedules are still being worked on and are subject to change). If you have not yet signed up for Sapphire access, please click on the Sapphire portal icon above to sign up.
Change in backpack policy: Middle School students in any grade will not be permitted to carry backpacks during the school day. One of our district and building goals is to make our school as safe as possible. Backpacks have been linked to back problems in pre-teen and teen-age children- They also create more crowded hallways and lead to student rnjury when students are knocked into by someone's backpack. The desks are not big enough to accommodate a backpack underneath, so they usually end up in the aisle, which is a danger to anyone walking through the aisles and would impede a safe exit in the event of an emergency. Your child's teacher will work with him/her to practice opening the locker and to create a time management plan according to his/her schedule,classroom location, and materials needed for each class.
Change in agenda provided by school: School planners/agendas will be provided for all Middle School students this year.
Change in dismissal time: Middle School Students will now be dismissed starting with parent pick up, walkers,and the buses at 2:55. The in-town shuttle bus run (buses 4B and 7B) will leave with all of the other buses and then return to the school and pick up the out of town students at 3:24.
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