Friday, February 19, 2021

Saura Weekly Updates - February 21, 2021




Schedule for February 22 - February 26

This week, the schedule for on-campus attendance is


Monday, February 22 - Last Names A-K ("A" Day)


Tuesday, February 23 - Sophomores, Juniors & Select Seniors - State Testing


Wednesday, February 24 - Last Names L-Z ("B" Day)
Thursday, February 25 - Last Names L-Z ("B" Day) 
Friday, February 26 - Last Names L-Z ("B" Day) 


The calendar for "A" Day and "B" Day students can be found in the Stokes County Schools Relaunch Plan.  These dates have also been added to the South Stokes calendar as well.




State Testing - February 23
Tuesday, February 23 we will be administering several state required tests on campus.  All sophomores and juniors will need to be on campus on the 23rd to take the Pre-Act (10th graders) and the ACT (11th graders).  Select seniors will also be taking the WorkKeys Assessment on the 23rd and these seniors will be notified with additional testing information.  

PreACT (Sophomores)
Families of sophomores can learn more about the PreACT at https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/PreACT_info.pdf.

ACT (Juniors)
Juniors are encouraged to access study materials for the ACT to get familiar with the test questions and format at https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/state-and-district-solutions/act-info-for-examinees.html   


**  Students taking the Pre-ACT and ACT should bring calculators for the test if they have one.


WorkKeys (Select Seniors)
Select seniors will be taking the ACT WorkKeys which is a nationally recognized assessment of job readiness.  Students who take the test have the opportunity to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate verifying their workplace skills which may prove beneficial in obtaining employment in a variety of fields.  You can learn more about WorkKeys at http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workkeys-for-employers/assessments.html


Please encourage students to check their school email accounts for testing locations and reminders for February 23.

BUS FORM for students who will need bus transportation for February 23.





Homecoming & Sweetheart Court Ceremonies
Friday, March 12 be sure to tune in beginning at 7:00 pm to watch the crowning of our Homecoming Queen and Sweetheart King!  Nominations for each court were made last week and we look forward to hosting these modified events for our seniors this year!  You can watch the ceremonies online on the South Stokes YouTube channel.  Good luck to all of these students!







Athletic Boosters Cash Giveaway  - March 27, 2021

The Athletic Boosters will hold the $10,000 Cash Giveaway on March 27, 2021.  Tickets sold for the event that was postponed last March will be included in this year's drawing.  This event may be live online if COVID restrictions prevent meeting in person.  Details for the event will be forthcoming.  Tickets can be purchased from Boosters members or at school. Please consider supporting our Boosters and student athletes by purchasing a ticket.






Drivers Education
Registration for the next Drivers Ed class is now available.  The class will be held March 15-22 from 3:30 - 8:30 pm each evening.  Details and the registration form can be found on the South Stokes Drivers Ed Page of the school website.  Registration closes on March 3.




School Nutrition Updates
Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free for all students through the remainder of the school year.  The program will soon begin offering extras for sale in addition to distributing the meals.  Students must receive a meal before being able to purchase chips, snacks, cookies, and extras.  Students will only be able to purchase extras if they have money or there is money on their accounts.  No charging of extras will be allowed.  You can view your student's lunch account and add money to accounts at https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/.  You can also view the menu for the month on the Stokes County School Nutrition website.


Free & Reduced Lunch Applications!
Even though breakfast and lunch are free for all students this year, it is very important that families who qualify complete the free and reduced lunch application.  Free and reduced lunch percentages impact funding for our school district and several of our families who qualified in the past have not applied this year.  Please be sure to compete the application online ahttps://www.lunchapplication.com or contact the school for a paper application.


Pandemic Electronic Benefits Updates



North Carolina will be providing electronic pandemic food assistance benefits, also referred to as P-EBT, to help eligible families purchase food for their children. Households with children enrolled at South Stokes who are eligible for free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program and have been impacted by virtual or remote learning due to COVID 19 are eligible. If your child is eligible and you already have an EBT card, the benefits will be loaded on your existing card. If your child is eligible and you do not currently have an EBT card, a card will be mailed to the address you have provided to the school. 

If you have not completed a free or reduced-price meal application this school year, and think your child may be eligible, you can apply online at lunchapplication.com or get a paper application from school.





Yearbook Information!
Don't forget to reserve your copy of the 2020-2021 Yearbook!  Yearbooks will be delivered during the summer and will include most of the spring events.  Find information about ordering on the South Stokes website on the Order the Yearbook page under Students.



School Calendar Updates
Due to the weather last week, the last day of school will now be June 1, 2021.



Technology Assistance
If students are having problems with their Chromebooks, please submit a Tech Ticket on the school website and our staff will get in touch with you to help resolve the issue.









Sports Updates

Sports schedules have been add to the South Stokes Calendar and are aligned to the shortened seasons announced by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).  The amended sports calendar can be found below.  Contact coaches for information about any scheduled workouts. 



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Watch Saura Athletes Online!
Spectators at sporting events will be limited due to mass gathering guidelines.  Only spectators with player passes will be admitted to home events.   Home events will be broadcast over Facebook Live or on the South Stokes YouTube page and we will try to make sure as many away games are broadcast as well.  Watch social media on game days for broadcast information.


Upcoming Events

Monday, February 22
5:00 pm - Soccer @ Bishop McGuinness (Men's)

Tuesday, February 23
10th, 11th, & Select 12th Graders on Campus
Pre-ACT, ACT, and WorkKeys Administration
All other students work on assignments remotely
Early Dismissal at 1:00 pm for students on campus

Wednesday, February 24
4:30 pm - Soccer vs. East Surry

Thursday, February 25
4:00 pm - Soccer @ Millennium (Men's)
6:00 pm - JV Football @ Forbush

Friday, February 26
7:30 pm - Football @ Trinity (May be postponed TBD)


Looking ahead...

Monday, March 1
5:00 - Soccer @ Mount Airy (Men's)
6:30 pm - Athletic Boosters Meeting

Wednesday, March 3
5:00 pm - Soccer @ East Surry (Men's)

Thursday, March 4
5:00 pm - Soccer @ Bishop McGuinness (Men's)
7:00 pm - JV Football @ South Davidson

Friday, March 5
7:30 pm - Varsity Football vs. South Davidson

Monday, March 8
5:00 pm - Soccer vs. Millennium (Men's)

Tuesday, March 9
Soccer @ McMichael Scrimmage (Women's)

Wednesday, March 10
5:00 pm - Soccer vs. Bishop McGuinness (Men's)
5:00 pm - Softball vs. West Stokes (Scrimmage)

Thursday, March 11
7:00 pm - Varsity Football @ WS Prep (@ Atkins)

Friday, March 12
4:00 pm - JV Football @ Surry Central
7:00 pm - Homecoming Court Crowning Ceremony
7:30 pm - Sweetheart Court Crowning Ceremony

March 15-22 (Monday-Friday)
3:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Drivers Ed Class

Wednesday, March 17
End of 3rd Quarter

Saturday, March 27
Athletic Boosters Cash Giveaway






Helpful Links

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

LINKS:

BUS ATTESTATION FORM (required for morning bus riders)

Stokes County Schools

Stokes County Schools Re-Launch 2020-2021 (includes Hybrid A Day/B Day Schedule)

Stokes County Schools Student Handbook

South Stokes High School Student Handbook

Link to 2020-2021 Stokes County Schools Calendar (revised May 2020)





Class Schedule Plan B (Hybrid Remote/In-Person)

7:30 am                               Lobby doors open
8:00 am                              Report to 1st Period
8:30 am - 10:00 am        1st Period
10:05 am - 11:35 am        2nd Period
11:40 am - 1:45 pm           3rd Period 
(teachers will announce lunch break during 3rd period)
1:50 pm - 3:20 pm           4th Period


Reminders about Plan B
Students returning to in-school instruction should review some of the changes they will see on campus.  

  • Bus transportation (will need attestation form and mask)
  • Student drivers - park in front lot in numbered spaces (no permit required at this time) and exit vehicle and enter school when you arrive
  • Breakfast (free for everyone) available on the breezeway near the library
  • Where to report when arriving at school (the main lobby will not open until 7:30 am; report to 1st period at 8:00 am)
  • Social distancing (don't gather in groups, maintain space between students)
  • One way hallways (follow the arrowheads)
  • Lunches - free for everyone (delivered to classrooms - eat with 3rd period MENU)






GO SAURAS!!!