Welcome to Gentry Middle School! It is the end of July, and time to begin thinking about a new school year! I apologize for not sending you a message earlier, but I wanted to wait as long as I could so I could give you the most current information possible. As you know there could be more changes in the next couple of weeks and we will do our best to inform you of those changes.
We are excited to meet our new students and families and make you feel part of our Gentry family. Gentry has a proud history of developing students at the highest level, academically and socially, and we expect this year to be no different. At Gentry, you will work with one of the most talented and dedicated staffs, willing to do anything to help our students and families.
We know this year will be different. We will do everything we can to support our families, both inside the classroom and online. To make things easier on parents and families, while also keeping our safety and health in mind, we have decided to not assign lockers this year. Students MAY carry backpacks to each class with all their supplies.
This year we only ask that you bring:
- backpack (reasonable in size)
- water bottle (plastic please)
- back up battery or charger (It is VITAL that iPads are charged at home overnight – we will have no access to additional iPads OR chargers this semester)
- one pack of loose-leaf paper
- one 1-inch binder
- a few mechanical pencils
- a few pens (blue or black)
That’s it. With students’ iPads, there should be little need for anything else. However, students MUST bring a charged iPad. We have no opportunity for them to borrow a charger next year. We are limiting any items we share in a classroom. If you have concerns about your student forgetting their charger, or forgetting to charge their iPad at night, I would very strongly advise you to invest in a backup battery!
Schedule pick-up for all students has been moved to a VIRTUAL platform this year. That means NO SCHEDULE PICK UP day before the first day of school. To get access to your schedule, you must complete the parent portion of the virtual registration. We cannot release schedules without these completed forms. Please be sure to upload your proof of residence in the virtual registrations if you have moved over the summer. Acceptable forms of proof of residence include a lease agreement or utility bill in your name (within 30 days). Information on virtual registration was sent out by the district on July 24. Please see email for detailed instruction on how to register virtually.
We will NOT be taking school photos before the start of school.
We will NOT have a Back to School Night in September.
Next school year, all Gentry students will once again have access to an individual iPad to support instructional goals in the classroom and at home. Mobile technology is an essential component of the 21st Century Learner. In Columbia Public Schools Middle Schools, our mobile tool is an iPad. Mobile technology empowers students to maximize their full potential by allowing increased access to instructional resources in the classroom, create multimedia presentations, and collaborate easily with teachers and peers, utilizing a variety of programs but especially Schoology, our Learning Management System. Students will build a solid foundation in the areas of digital citizenship, technology readiness, and reading and writing in digital formats throughout school. All of these skills provide students academic advantages.
Get your incoming 6th grade student(s) ready for Jump Start Day on Monday, August 24th from 7:30am-9:30am. Jump Start Day will give students a chance to familiarize themselves with Gentry. Students will run-through their schedules to ease transition to a new school year. Buses will run. This is ONLY for incoming 6th graders.
Our AD will send a separate email about fall sports. Practices begin on Monday, August 17th. You will need a MSHSAA physical and paperwork on file before practices begin https://www.cpsk12.org/domain/4975
If you need anything or have questions, please feel free to call (573) 214-3240. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year and can’t wait to see our students, either in person or online!
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