Sunday, May 3, 2020

Saura Weekly Updates - May 3, 2020

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 4 - May 8 is Teacher Appreciation Week across the country.  At South Stokes, we are thankful to have a wonderful group of teachers who recognize that students have individual needs and who work diligently to meet those needs, whether in the classroom or, now, remotely.   In addition to our teachers, we recognize the role each staff member plays in teaching students each day.  Not only our teachers, but our bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria staff, counselors, assistants, and administrative professionals in the office all recognize their impact on students each day as we work with our Sauras to attain their goals.  Please join me in acknowledging the contributions of our community of teachers this week and every week!  We are truly blessed with the BEST!

Remote Learning Continues Through June 3, 2020
Please continue to encourage students to log in and complete assignments through the remainder of the school year.  Most of our high school courses build on one another and/or contain content students will need later in the workplace or college.  If students or families have questions about the coursework in a class, please contact your teachers.  Our teachers all want students to be successful during this time of remote learning and will be glad to assist you.  You can also call the school between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and we will be glad to assist you.

Senior Updates

Seniors should have received an email invitation to a Class of 2020 meeting for Tuesday, May 5 at 3:00 pm.  They were sent a link to the online meeting so we can discuss updates at this point.  We are planning many ways to recognize our seniors and would like to update them on the details we have at the moment.  

As you know, seniors throughout the county voted for their preference for graduation this past week.  Results of these votes are below and more detailed information can be found on the Stokes County Schools Facebook page.  We will talk about the results and more in the meeting this week.

** Option 1 - Virtual (recorded) ceremony
** Option 2 - Drive thru Graduation
** Option 3 - Social Distancing Graduation
** Option 4 - August 1 Graduation
(Click for details about each option)

Class of 2020: 
Class Motto, Song & Flower
While we know this year's graduation will look different than in the past, we are working on our plans to recognize and celebrate our seniors.  Ms. Spargo and Mrs. Patterson need seniors' help in selecting the Class of 2020 motto, song, and flower.  Ms. Spargo sent an email to seniors last week and we ask that seniors continue checking their email as we have lots of planning to do and will need their input!  Seniors can provide input through the Google Form located on the Senior Page of the school website. (If students have trouble viewing the form, refreshing your webpage and clearing your cache and cookies should help you access the page.)

AP Exams
There will be a meeting for AP students through Google Meet on Wednesday, May 6 at 3:00 pm.  An invitation was sent to their school email with the link to the meeting.

CollegeBoard has been working to make sure all students will be able to take AP exams from home if needed.  AP students can find all of the AP updates online (link below) which includes the testing schedule.  Exams are scheduled for May 11-22 with a specific day and time for each exam.  The exams will be much shorter than previous exams and AP teachers will continue to share updates with students as well.  We anticipate we will soon have an online meeting with AP students to make sure they are prepared for exam administration.

AP EXAM UPDATES (Including schedule)

9th - 11th Graders' Grades

Last week I sent an email about the state's guidance on grades for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students.  You can view the presentation below.  If you have questions, please call the school and speak with Mrs. Cheek or Ms. Gallimore.  

**  I did not cover grades for yearlong courses in the video.  We will talk with students taking yearlong classes during the AP meeting on Wednesday.

Registration for 2020-2021
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors should complete their registration for the 2020-2021 school year as soon as possible.  Students received instructions in their email and counselors are available remotely to assist in this process..

We need all students to chose their courses so we can begin constructing schedules for next year.  You can access the Stokes County School 2020-2021 Course Selection Guide online for a list of courses available.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact your counselor.

Counselor Contact Information

Current 10th graders
Jennifer Spargo -

Current 9th and 11th graders
Christina Sawyer -

You can also call the school to leave the counselors a message and they will return your call.

Remote Instruction Resources
As remote instruction continues, be sure to reach out to teachers if you need assistance.  You can find email addresses for our teachers on the school website's staff page.  

A complete list of where teachers are providing instruction can be found is on our website under Remote Instruction Information.  If students are unsure about how to check their email, information about how to log into all student accounts can be found in the Saura Tech Center recently created on our South Stokes website under Students.  

Need paper materials?
We know some students have little or no access to internet.  While we prefer students get materials online as we are able to communicate with them more easily live, if students have limited access to remote instruction, please call the school and talk to administrators about paper/pencil options for students.  

Ms. Gallimore and I are usually in the office at school from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday through Friday if you would like to call for more information 336-994-2995.  

Learn More:

Use Your Chromebook Offline (Helpful if you have internet sometimes, but not others)

School Nutrition Information
The district hopes to continue offering meals as long as possible.  Meals will continue to be available the week of Spring Break.

“Free, To-Go Meals” service for all children ages 0-18 are available Monday through Friday from 11:00-1:00 at the following locations:

South District
London Elementary School - 609 School St, Walnut Cove, NC 27052
Southeastern Stokes Middle School - 1044 N Main St, Walnut Cove, NC 27052
Palmyra Church - 5076 North Carolina Hwy 8 S, Germanton, NC 27019

North District
Piney Grove Middle School -
3415 Piney Grove Church Road, Lawsonville, NC 27022
Sandy Ridge Elementary School - 1070 Amostown Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046
Brown Mountain Church - 2269 North Carolina Hwy 66 N, Westfield, NC 27053

West District
Chestnut Grove Middle School - 2185 Chestnut Grove Rd, King, NC 27021
Poplar Springs Elementary School - 223 Hobe Kiser Rd, King, NC 27021
Quaker Gap Church - 2265 Flat Shoals Rd, King, NC 27021

Internet Access Points
There are many places throughout our county where students can access free wi-fi if needed.  The district has put together a list of access points in a Community Internet Access Option list.  

Chromebook Help
If students are having problems with the Chromebook, please complete a Tech Support Ticket on the school website or call the school.  We do have a scheduled time for students to have tech support on campus if needed.  Completing the form or calling ahead will allow you to schedule a time for assistance if needed.  Mrs. Campbell also has "Office Hours" each day when students can participate in a Google Meet with her.  If students need to speak with Mrs. Campbell, have them call the school and we will send them an invitation to her office hours.

Athletic Boosters Cash Giveaway - POSTPONED
The Athletic Boosters will hold their annual Cash Giveaway, but the event is currently on hold.  Originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020, we will let everyone know when a new date is established.  Tickets are $100 and include dinner for two and a chance to win $10,000.  See any Athletic Booster member or call the school to purchase a ticket.  Thank you for your patience as we work to find a new date and for supporting our Saura athletes!

Yearbooks - Sold Out!
We are sold out of pre-order yearbooks.  If additional copies are available at delivery, we will let you know.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 5
3:00 pm - Senior Meeting (Invitation to Google Meet sent to senior emails)

Wednesday, May 6
3:00 pm - AP Meeting (Invitation to Google Meet sent to AP students' emails)

In the weeks ahead...

Tuesday, May 12
2:00 pm - AP Calculus Exam

Thursday, May 14
2:00 pm - AP Chemistry Exam

Friday, May 15
2:00 pm - AP US History Exam

Monday, May 18
4:00 pm - AP Environmental Science Exam

Wednesday, May 20
2:00 pm - AP English Language Exam

Thursday, May 21
2:00 pm - AP World History Exam

Friday, May 22
2:00 pm - AP Statistics Exam
4:00 pm - AP Spanish Exam

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day Holiday

Wednesday, June 3
Last Day of the School Year

Helpful Links
Check out the links below to access for much of the information you'll need this school year!


Stokes County Schools Student Handbook

South Stokes High School Student Handbook

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications
 - Apply for Free and Reduced Lunch

Update Student Information (Contact the school if you need to update student/guardian contact information)

Link to 2019-2020 Stokes County Schools Calendars

Link to 2020-2021 Stokes County Schools Calendar