Sedgefield Middle School PTO
Important Dates
Monday, March 16 - Friday, May 15: State-wide school closures mandated by Governor Cooper in response to COVID-19. All events, before- and after-school programs suspended.
 
News and Information During
COVID-19 School Closure
A Message from SMS PTO During School Closures
With schools closed through May 15, CMS and NCDPI began permitting new class instruction via remote/online learning on Monday, March 30. Beginning Monday, April 6, Sedgefield Middle will begin providing fourth quarter academic instruction . Scholars may access lessons online using Canvas. Lessons and activities will focus on learning new content and mastering grade-level standards. Students should expect to receive teacher feedback and informal grades on classwork, such as quizzes, virtual group work and in-class tasks, and virtual notebook checks. Please continue to have your scholars check Google Classroom and Canvas for updates and assignments. Need help as a parent with Canvas? Click here for a complete Canvas tutorial.

A second Chromebook distribution was completed at Sedgefield Middle last week. Should your scholar still need a Chromebook or an Internet hotspot, please reach out directly to your child's teacher, counselor and/or school principal.

Vital functions at the school are being provided by a rotation of support staff and administrators, who are also monitoring phones remotely and responding to email. Rest assured, SMS teachers, support staff, administration and social workers continue to check in on our scholars to make sure their needs are being met - for everything from food distribution to Chromebook and Internet access. This has been a huge team effort and we can't thank our amazing Sedgefield family enough!

Please continue to check your e-mail for both CMS and SMS communications. Additionally, please consider the following sources for regular updates and helpful information:




A Message from Ms. Sheena Miracle, Principal of Sedgefield Middle School, 3/30
Dear Sedgefield Parents and Guardians,

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Sedgefield Middle School. I am honored to have the opportunity to support the growth of the school and further develop a middle school environment that best prepares students academically, socially, and emotionally for success in high school and beyond the classroom. I have been dedicated to the field of education for fifteen years. I have worked with a variety of students ranging in age from Kindergarten through college. My most recent administrative experience was at Cabarrus Charter Academy, where I supported students, teachers, and families in creating a comprehensive K-12 school to support the academic, social and emotional growth and development of students. I am excited and eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to Sedgefield Middle School and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.

A Message from Dr. Furr, Interim Principal, 3/30
Dear Parents and Guardians of Sedgefield Scholars:

I wanted to touch base with you today, although I may not have met you personally, to express my gratitude for the opportunity to work for your scholars since late February. Having recently retired from my 13-year principalship at South Mecklenburg High School, it has been a significant change for me and one that I have enjoyed immensely. 


Student Self-Care Tips for Virtual Learning
As your scholars work to get organized and create a schedule for the week, click here for some useful self-care strategies from our school counselors, Ms. Means and Ms. Sherer, that will help them get the most out of their virtual learning experience.

Have questions, or need help? Contact Ms. Means or Ms. Sherer .
Mental Health Crisis Resources
If you are in need of mental health support while at home, please access our SMS school counselor's page . There, you'll find information on how to contact our school social worker, Ms. Bowens, as well as our school counselors, Ms. Means and Ms. Sherer.

Additionally, Ms. Means has office hours Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Scholars may request time for a one-on-one or a group Zoom with friends. E-mail Ms. Means for the meeting ID and personal appointments.

To access additional mental health crisis resources, please click here ( English or Spanish ) for helpful information.
CMS School Meal Information During Closure
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will provide grab and go meals while schools are closed. Lunch (and breakfast for the next day) will be served in participating school’s - including Sedgefield Middle School - parking lots. Meals are free for anyone 18-years old and under. 
Meals will be distributed Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. The district will review the meal distribution plan weekly and communicate each week to media and the community.

Families are welcome to take advantage of food distribution at their nearest participating school; services are not school-specific and anyone may go to any of the grab and go sites, regardless of the school they attend. For families interested in utilizing Sedgefield Middle, p lease enter at the front of the school and pull past the front entrance to the door between signs for gymnasium and cafeteria. All food will be packaged to be picked up from that location – no one will be permitted to enter the building. 

State Texting Tool to Access Food for Children
Governor Cooper announced last week parents who need food assistance for their children may text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.

After entering their address, parents will receive a text with the location and serving times for nearby pick-up and drive-thru free meal sites while schools are closed. Sites have been set up across the state for families with children ages 18 and younger, including preschool children, who rely on free and reduced-price meals at school.

Additionally, No Kid Hungry NC has created a map of local school sites, community organizations and food assistance programs across North Carolina where families can access food. The interactive map can be viewed at  nokidhungrync.org/covid19/  and is updated daily.
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
Loaves & Fishes food pantry is offering food to anyone who needs it. If you need a referral to take advantage of this program, please e-mail Ms. Sherer, Ms. Means or Ms. Bowens.

Don't have a need, but would like to help? Please consider making a donation of food to Loaves & Fishes to help our school and greater Charlotte communities. Loaves & Fishes anticipates the need for emergency food to spike with the economic impact on our community.
School Closure Grab-n-Go Food Distribution
Following is a list of community organizations offering lunch and breakfast food distribution during the school closure:
How to Login on Your Chromebook from Home
Below are directions to login to Chromebook from home. Should your scholar need technology assistance during the closure, please complete this online request form.
Free Spectrum Internet Access
Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.