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    Weekly News 11/16/2020 to 11/20/2020

     

    Upcoming Dates to Remember:  

    November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break

     

    December 8-9: Geometry EOC

    December 10: U.S. History EOC

    December 11: Biology EOC

     

    December 15-18: Final Exams

     

    NEW ATTACHMENTS:

    BCPS SEL and Mindfulness Activities of the Week

     

    PREVIOUS ATTACHMENTS:

    Balfour_Yearbook Pictures

    Daily Health Assessment Checklist

    Lunch Sign Up Directions_Quia 

    Transportation FAQ_10.01.20 REVISED

     

    NEW INFORMATION:

    BrACE NEWS:

    Each week, Ms. Lynn sends out updates to events, scholarships, and much more to students through Naviance. If you would like to see the most up to date message, it will also be posted on the BrACE site of the high school webpage for your review. To access it, you can go into DEPARTMENTS at the top of the page and under HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SERVICES, you will see BrACE. There you will find the newest update, and ones from past weeks. To make it easy, you can go straight there. 

    Additionally, Ms. Lynn is accepting brief appointments (25 minutes) and post-secondary planning meetings for the Class of 2021 (1 hour). To schedule your time to meet, please go to Ms. Lynn’s Bookings Calendar and make sure to use the student’s name if it is a post-secondary conference, so that she can prepare for the individualized meeting.

    SCHOOL LUNCH:

    In order to get lunch on campus, students must request it. At the moment, we do not have our McFatter College Culinary options available. Students are welcome to bring lunch to campus, or they can order through our Quia link daily by 9:30 am.

    QUIA CLASS LINK : https://www.quia.com/pages/cdixson19/page8

    PDF instructions to join are above under NEW ATTACHMENTS.

    Free/Reduced lunch application link: www.myschoolapps.com 

     

    School Menu for the week:

    This week's meals are as follows (Served with White Milk):

     

    Monday 11/16/20

    French Bread Pepperoni pizza

    Green Beans

    Frozen whole fruit cup

     

    Tuesday 11/17/20

    Grilled Cheese 

    Salsa cup

    Apple Juice

     

    Wednesday 11/18/20

    Turkey breast & Cheese Sub

    Fresh Broccoli

    Fresh Apple Slices

     

    Thursday 11/19/20

    Fish Sticks

    6" Tortillas

    Green Beans

    Blueberries frozen

     

    Friday 11/20/20

    Mozzarella Pinwheel

    Marinara sauce cup

    Fruit blend juice

     

    SCHOOL VIDEO UPDATE:

    In the most recent video, November 12th School Update, you get some information from our school counselors. (If you do not have a G Suite/YouTube Account, the alternative link is available through the McFatter High School Website)

     

     

    REMINDERS:

    ATTENDANCE REPORTING:

    As with every school year, attendance counts every day. Though we are in a virtual environment, student need to be in attendance during the scheduled times for class by logging into live sessions and participating in classroom activities. Teachers will be marking attendance in FOCUS daily, and students must be present during the live teaching session to be counted as Present for each class. Students who arrive late, leave early, or do not attend at all will be counted as unexcused. Please refer to the district website page on attendance for more information. To report an absence or, please call 754-321-5702 and leave a message or go to the high school attendance page at https://www.browardschools.com/domain/7570. School counselors, administration, or the social worker will reach out to parents should attendance become a major concern. Please remember that you must report absence/tardies/sign outs within 48 hours to have them excused, per SBBC Policy 5.5.

     

    BACK TO SCHOOL FORMS:

    Each year, parents are required to complete the Back to School documents within the first 10 days of school so that school personnel can update the records for all students. Thank you to the parents who have completed their forms already. This week, we will need all online forms submitted for all McFatter students. Please be advised that this is a multistep process.

    1. Go to the BACK TO SCHOOL FORMS WIZARD and complete the form.
    2. Go to your email and locate the confirmation form. 
    3. Sign and return the confirmation to your student's counselor or go online to safely upload.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's counselor.

     

    BELL SCHEDULE:

    The bell schedule will be as follows for “regular” eLearning days:

    1st Period: 9:15 – 10:46

    2nd Period: 10:50 – 12:21

    Lunch: 12:21 – 1:00

    3rd Period: 1:04 – 2:35

    4th Period: 2:39 – 4:10

     

    CHEERLEADING SIGNUPS:

     

    The sign-ups will be held Monday, November 16th and Wednesday November 18th from 5-6 pm.

    The link to join is:

    Microsoft Teams meeting

    Click here to join the meeting

    Or call in (audio only)

    +1 754-216-1864,,945715600#   United States, Fort Lauderdale

    Phone Conference ID: 945 715 600#

     

    FEA/TEEN TRENDSETTERS:

     

    The Future Educators of America club recently participated in the Fall Rally that was held virtually. Students were able to attend breakout sessions with great topics! The theme was scary movies and students dressed up for spirit. Teen Trendsetters has recruited new members and will be partnered with Nova Eisenhower Elementary school. Teen Trendsetters is a reading and mentoring program pairing a teen with a struggling reader in 1st, 2nd. or 3rd grade (virtually). We had a very successful training session virtually lead by our new Lead Teen Maika Andreus. Congratulations to Gabriela Muniz who the new secretary for the Broward County FEA Executive Board. We are participating the FEA Regional Conference hosted by FIU Nov. 20th and registration is still underway. The Winter Rally Dec. 2.

     

    FREE “GRAB AND GO” MEAL UPDATE” (For students remaining at home for eLearning):

    Good News!  The Food and Nutrition Services Department will provide an additional day of meals as part of the "Grab-and-Go" Meal bundles at all elementary, middle and high schools.
     
    Effective September 17th, a breakfast and lunch for Saturday will be included in the Thursday Meal Distribution bundle.  Previously published “Grab-and-Go” information and flyers remain unchanged.
     
    Meal Distribution remains as scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.   You can select any school close to your home, but the 3 technical colleges are not current distribution sites.

     

    FOCUS GRADEBOOK:

    First, I hope that the beginning of the school year has gone well for you. I want to remind you that the best way to stay up to date is to touch base with your students, log into FOCUS by going to broward.focusschoolsoftware.com/focus. If you have not already created a parent account, you can go to the focus website  to create one. For directions on the process of creating an account, the directions are found as an attachment: FOCUS Account for Parents. Parents can create a new account or add an additional student to their pre-existing account.

     

    SOCIAL WORK CORNER:

    Karrah Sterling-Fort is excited to be your new Site Based School Social Worker.

    Ms. Sterling-Fort tasked with supporting you and your family through each school year until you graduate from McFatter Technical College and High School. As barriers arise, I hope to support you in achieving academic and social emotional success by connecting the home, school and community.

     

    Role

    To work collaboratively with administration to partner directly with parents, students, and teachers to assist students in reaching their full potential. Through confidential consultation, I am available to assist our students and families in the following:

    *Crisis Intervention  

    *Mental Health Concerns

    *Grief and Loss Support

    *Family Supports

    *Community Resources referrals

    *Support Social Emotional Learning

    *Educational Supports

    *Attendance

     

    Universal Student Questions

    Q: Who are your school supports?

    A: School Social Worker, School Counselor, Family Counselor, Teachers, and Administrators.

    Q: When do I contact them for help?

    A: As soon as you have identified a problem or issue.

    Q: I think I will be a bother if I ask for help?

    A: Never. Students are the focus and no problem is too great or too small.

     

    After Hours Crisis Supports:

    *First Call for Help: Dial 211

    *Broward County Public Schools Mental Health Hotline: 754-321-HELP (4357)

    * National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    * For Immediate Assistance: Dial 911

     

    Contact me:

    Email address:

    karrahsterling.fort@browardschools.com

    Phone: 754-321-5700

    Fax: 754-321-5980

     

    Let’s have a great 20-21 school year and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. 

     

    SERVICE-LEARNING HOURS (VOLUNTEER HOURS):

    If you are interested in finding a place to complete service hours, please go to the high school web page dedicated to this topic to get the most up to date information. Additional documents have been added to the page. 

     

     YEARBOOK 2020-2021:

    We need your help. With the new academic environment, we are now in the 2nd marking period and have NOTHING for the yearbook. How can you help?? You can upload pictures that are reflective of activities that you have participated in by going to our 2020/2021 Yearbook App. Directions above under Balfour_Yearbook Pictures.

     

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    For the High School Calendar, events will be added on the McFatter Calendar as we receive them from various stakeholders.