James Cecil, Principal
  • Dear Sawgrass Springs Community,

    I am elated to welcome you to Sawgrass Springs Middle School for the 2020-2021 school year. We hope that everyone has had a wonderful and safe summer. Though we would like to invite everyone back to campus with open arms, the current pandemic has made that too challenging at this point. We will be starting our year 100% online when school begins on August 19th.

    Though there is no substitute for our incredible teachers in class, we are currently preparing to provide the best education to our students from a distance. Our teachers are attending and providing, training on the latest educational technology tools and we are planning to provide live teaching experiences for all our students every day. In addition, we will provide extracurricular activities including mindfulness exercises, clubs, social activities, and academic support opportunities from a safe distance beyond the school day. When the time comes, we will be ready to invite everyone back to campus in a safe way.

    We have always believed that our success stems from the hard work of excellent students, passionate teachers, dedicated staff, and the strong support for education from our parents and community partners. We will ensure that our students and teachers have all of the tools they will need to continue the fine tradition of excellence here at Sawgrass Springs Middle School. In the new E-Learning environment, it will be crucial for all of us to keep up the communication. We have dedicated ourselves to providing the most up to date information and helpful information through our website ssm.browardschools.com . Parents are asked to reference our website for upcoming events, helpful information, and current activities. Students will be asked to check into the Canvas Learning Management System for activities and assignments along with Microsoft Teams for live teaching experiences each day.

    In order to start this year off on the best foot possible, we plan to host events to provide an easy transition from summer and personalize your experience here at Sawgrass Springs Middle School. Please mark your calendars for the following events:

    -Tuesday, August 11th: Materials Drop-Off/Pick-Up: 9 AM-11 AM & 4 PM-6 PM
    -Staff will be available on campus during these times to accept laptops, textbooks, uniforms, instruments, library books, etc.
    - All students are asked to keep their laptops from last year if they are in good working order, but please bring them in for exchange on this day if they are broken.
    - If a student was not issued a school board laptop, and will need one, please come to campus on this day as well.
    - All interactions will be completed in the parent pick-up line on the south side of our building in the safest way possible.
    - In order to prepare our laptops and ease wait times, please complete the online survey at: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=y7Ws7nBTWEOpaqN4PJXUIri1TjT6k-FBpH2TtGR4sY5UQ1QwTDMxTzNFT0pWVDVKRE9SUlg3UktQTS4u

    - Thursday, August 13th: Incoming 6th Grade Virtual Orientation through Teams
    - An interactive orientation for all 6th grade families to provide information and answer questions.
    - Sessions
    - 1: Student Last Names A-G from 4 PM to 5 PM
    - 2: Student Last Names H-N from 5 PM to 6 PM
    - 3: Student Last Names O-T from 6 PM to 7 PM
    - 4: Student Last Names U-Z from 7 PM to 8 PM
    - More information to come through Parentlink

    - Monday, August 17th: Student schedules posted in Virtual Counselor

    - Wednesday, August 19th: First Day of School for students
    - Period 1: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    - Period 2: 9:35 AM –10:30 AM
    - Period 3: 10:35 AM -11:30 PM
    - Lunch: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    - Period 4: 12:00 PM –12:55 PM
    - Period 5: 1:00 PM -1:55 PM
    - Period 6: 2:00 PM -2:55 PM

    - Thursday, August 20th: Virtual Open House through Microsoft Teams
    - Parents will attend each class online from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    - More information to come through Parentlink

    We will continue to ask our parents and business partners for their invaluable support. Please go to ssm.browardschools.com, email our PTA at ssmspta4u@gmail.com, or call the school at 754-322-4500 to become a part of this incredible support system.

    I am thrilled to begin another successful year at our incredible school!

    Respectfully.
    James Cecil
    Proud Principal of Sawgrass Springs Middle School

     

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