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Hello NFMAA Families,                                                                                                                           9/16/2020                                           

It’s hard to believe we are in our third week of school already!  I would like to thank all of you for working with our teachers and staff to make this a smooth opening in Covid-19 times.  Our teachers and staff have been working hard with all of you to provide a safe, secure, art-minded, academic environment.  Please read through all of the important information and updates in each of the school-wide focus areas.


Safety/Security

Thank you to all our families for following our new guidelines for the parent drop off/parent pick up.  This going smoothly because of your diligence and flexibility.  Please also note that we are following the districts sanitizing protocol procedures daily in our building to ensure everyone is as safe as possible.  We are also training our students on all drill procedures, so they will be comfortable in any emergency situation we may have in our building.  


Academics-All students:

Instructional Face to Face and Home Connect Model switching ended last Friday September 11, 2020.  Students in both of these models need to remain in their current model until the end of the first quarter, October 30th.  If you are considering sending your student back at the end of the quarter please fill out the Google Form, which will be posted on our school website out the week by October 12th.  This Google Form needs to be completed by October 16th to ensure we have a schedule for students for the 2nd quarter.


Home Connect Student and Parent Reminders: 

Student Expectations

  • Utilize a school-issued device (Chromebook) during school hours

  • Make sure your device is charged and/or continuously plugged-in during instruction

  • Prepare your device and all necessary materials before the school day begins

  • Ensure that your background is appropriate and is not distracting from learning

  • Student’s webcam should be turned on to display the student, and the microphone should be muted unless otherwise instructed by the teacher

  • Attend the entire period of instruction, just as if you were in the class face to face.

  • Open only web browser tabs that pertain to instruction

  • Audio or visual recording is strictly prohibited

  • Use academic language when communicating through school technology platforms (Google Classroom, Zoom, etc.)

  • Students should be in school appropriate attire while attending their zoom classes.

Parent/Guardian Expectations

  • Provide a quiet, appropriate, and optimal work environment near an outlet for charging the District device.

  • Ensure background is appropriate and does not distract learning

  • Honor the school day hours and bell schedule

  • Allow virtual classroom students to learn uninterrupted and without distractions

  • Communicate and/or meet with the teacher outside of the class periods and schedule a meeting with the teacher during school hours.

  • Ensure students have breakfast and lunch. Please see Grab and Go location information on the District website leeschools.net

  • Should your student need to miss a class due to an appointment please call or email the school to have their attendance marked accordingly.

  • If your student is having technical difficulties (no internet, Chrome book issues, etc.) please contact the school so they are not marked absent. 


Elementary

Teachers have been busy administering baseline assessments to be able to plan for enrichment and intervention opportunities for students.  Teachers will be analyzing the data and focusing on what each student needs to be successful.  It is very important that all students, Lee Home Connect and Face to Face students attend school each day so teachers can meet their educational needs.  

Middle School

Some schedule changes are being made to properly place students in the correct reading levels based on benchmark and I-Ready assessments.

 By now students should be enrolled in google classrooms for all of their classes.

 Arts

We would like to congratulate Dr. Douglas Santini, one of our former principals and the Executive Director of Arts in the District, on his retirement, after 56 years.  Dr. Santini was the principal at the time Suncoast Elementary/Middle School transitioned into North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts.  His leadership and vision have been pivotal to the success of our school and district in the Arts.  We wish him the best!


Sports

At this time, the district is making last minute preparations for some Middle School Sports to ensure the safety of all participants.  Cross Country will be the first sport to be announced.  Stay tune for more information.


Get Involved


Please help! We have many opportunities to get involved and still support our students and school even in these virtual times. 


PTO - At this time we are looking for nominations for officers to run our PTO.  This is a very important parent/teacher organization at our school.  PTO supports students, teachers and families. Thursday September 21, 2020 @5:30 PM https://leeschools.zoom.us/j/93611257079?pwd=T0t6Sk9pbWxUalJ6RWhDN29GblpFZz09


The nomination ballot for PTO is: 

President-Jessica Rose
Vice President- needed

Secretary-Francine Holtz

Treasurer-needed


Please reach out to me if you can help.  Please volunteer. The meetings at this time are by Zoom.


SAC-School Advisory Committee-Representative/Lead-Needed 

The School Advisory Council is responsible for final decision making at the school relating to the implementation of the provisions of the annual School Improvement Plan (SIP). The SAC assists in the annual preparation and evaluation of both the SIP.  Meetings are once a month by Zoom, after the PTO meetings.


DAC- District Advisory Committee-Representative/Lead-Needed The purpose of the District Advisory Council is to provide an open forum for parents, school staff and district administrators, to discuss issues affecting our students and classrooms.  Meetings are once a month on the district Zoom at this time.


Arts Foundation-Please get involved in supporting our students in the Arts!  Our zoom meetings will start Tuesday October13th.  We will be having virtual performances and still need volunteers.  Please plan on getting on the Zoom.


Out of Field Statement

Florida State Statue 102.42 recognizes that teachers at times must be assigned duties in a class outside the field in which the teacher is certified.  The following teachers at North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts are certified, but may be assigned one or more classes outside their area of certification and are required to take appropriate steps to comply with the Statutory regulation: Desiree Schools – ESE K-12

In addition, the following teachers are engaged in training to add English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to their certificates: Tiffany Davila, Tracy Fishler, Gillian Johnson, Jessica Joslin, Jill Moreland, Karla Schippel, Desiree Schools, Mark Stanzione, and Courtney Staley.


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