FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) - Updated on 8/19/19
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We will have a locker program to support students with their backpacks. This week (Aug 19) we will roll-out the Locker Buddy Program Option to 6th graders.
6th graders who are interested in having a locker must:
- Complete this form which asks them to identify a “Locker Buddy”
- Bring a combination lock to our 6th grade assembly on Thursday, Aug 22. From the assembly 6th grade students will be dismissed in small groups to review locker rules, and receive their locker.
- Keep lock combination PRIVATE. Violation of privacy will result in loss of locker.
- Request a locker by Friday, Aug 23 - this is the last day to request a locker.
7th & 8th Grade
- On Monday, Aug 26 we will begin this entire process for 7th grade students. Any lockers remaining after 6th & 7th grade students have received theirs will be available for 8th grade students.
**Parents, please have a conversation with your child about completing the form, identifying their buddy, and the importance of keeping their lock combination private.
PE lockers are forthcoming and will be installed this school year. Details will be shared as soon as I receive them from our Facilities & Construction Team.
We are aware that laptops add to the weight of student backpacks and are monitoring the situation and developing a plan. Details to follow.
You may have already received information from your teacher about signing up for a Parent Account in Schoology with an access code. For those of you who did not receive an access code, please refer to the email sent by Dr. Bernadette Lucas on Aug 19 with information on how to find your access code in Aeries. It is important to note that not all teachers are using Schoology at this time. Staff is in the process of being trained on this new platform, with the goal of full adoption by January 2020.
Hallways and Stairwells
We have opened the emergency stairwell on the southeast corner of the school to students which will alleviate congestion on the atrium stairwell between the 2nd and 3rd floor. Mr. Allen hosted the Beverly Hills Fire Marshal to observe and provide feedback. His exact words were “this looks like a functional middle school”. We will continue to monitor the situation as the year progresses.
The BBQ grill cart has proven to be popular beyond our expectations and lines were long during the first two days. We now have a new system of scanning ID badges to pay for lunch which reduced the lines dramatically. Twenty minutes into lunch, there were no lines at the BBQ station! We will continue to monitor and make adjustments as necessary.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Our Drop-Off in the morning has been smooth and successful! Traffic is moving and students are getting to class on time. Please note that students are never to be dropped off on Rexford, south of Charleville. We have noticed that there is almost no traffic on Charleville east of Maple Drive. If you are driving west on Charleville from the Horace Mann area, you may want to consider dropping your child off just before Maple Drive and turning south onto Maple Drive to either Olympic or eastbound Gregory to exit the area and avoid our traffic.
Entrances / Exits
Students can enter the school at two locations: the main gate which is open at all times and the Bell Tower which is open from 7:30 - 8:05. Students arriving after 8:05 must use the main gate. Parents can only access the school via the main gate. To ease the flow of students exiting for dismissal, we have opened an additional gate on the field to exit the campus. There are now 3 exit gates: Main, Bell Tower and Field.