Sunday, September 1, 2019

Saura Weekly Updates - September 1, 2019

First Week Complete!
It was a great first week back at South.  Be sure to check out our social media pages to see pictures of what our students did in class this week.  We look forward to seeing students back at school on Tuesday after the Labor Day Holiday Monday. 

Dismissal Traffic Changes!
There have been several complaints with cars parking on the public road coming into the school parking lot at dismissal time.  The backup in the afternoons is also a hazard because several people are crossing the double yellow lines to get around the traffic and we do not want people to receive tickets from the NC Highway Patrol.  Starting Tuesday, the car rider line will be directed to the bus parking lot where there will be double lines for cars waiting on dismissal.  Bus riders will begin loading buses in front of the school.  We anticipate this may cause additional delays, but after consulting with the Sheriff's Department and district leaders we determined this is the safest way to address potential hazards and maintain the safety of students.  Please enter the parking lot on the right in the curve before the spirit rock if you are picking your child up in the afternoon at dismissal.  If you would like to avoid the traffic in the afternoons, arrive around 3:25 or 3:30 pm which should allow you to drive through quickly as most of the incoming traffic is thinning out by that time.  People waiting to pick students up at dismissal in the front of the school will be asked to move their vehicles to the car pick-up line.  Morning drop off will continue to be at the front of the school.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to eliminate traffic violations and maintain student safety.

Update Student Information
SnapCodes and links to update student information went out this week in emails to families.  Please review your student's information and make any necessary updates as soon as possible to help us keep our records up-to-date.   Enter your SnapCode at the Returning Student link HERE.  New students who have already filled out paper registration forms for this school year do not need to complete the online registration.  If you did not receive a SnapCode, please contact the school and speak to Jill Tuttle who will be glad to help you with the code.


Parking permit applications are available on the school website under the student section. All past fees must be paid to obtain a parking pass.  Please double check to make sure your application is filled out completely, including the parent signature. Checks must include a phone number.  The priority deadline is Wednesday, September 4 at 4:00 pm.   Parking spots will be assigned beginning on September 5th in the order that applications were received with seniors receiving first priority for front lot parking spots followed by juniors.  Applications submitted after 4:00 pm on September 4th will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis with no further priority given to grade level.

Chromebook Pick-up

Students who have not picked up their Chromebook are encouraged to pick them up as soon as possible.   Students and parents/guardians who have already had training at South Stokes are not required to attend another training, but all students will need to turn in an updated Chromebook Agreement Form (last page) and the insurance/maintenance fee to receive their devices.  New students and their families may schedule training by contacting Mrs. Himmelspach or Mrs. Campbell in the media center.  The Chromebook Agreement Form (last page) and $25 insurance/maintenance fee are due at time of pick-up.  If you would like information on a payment plan for the insurance fee, please contact Mrs. Cheek.

Accident Insurance

Student accident insurance is available to Stokes County Schools students through a group accident insurance policy.  Students participating in athletics, internships, and many other school activities are required to have accident insurance through the group plan or comparable coverage.  Visit the Student Accident Insurance webpage for more information.

Fall Pictures
Fall pictures for 9th-11th graders will be taken on Thursday, September 5.  Students will receive information about pictures in homeroom this week.  Also, seniors who did not have their pictures taken during the summer can have their pictures made for the yearbook on Friday, September 6.  There is no charge for having pictures made for the yearbook, but seniors wishing to have proofs sent to their home should bring a $20 sitting fee.

Drivers Education
Registration for the next drivers ed class is now available on the South Stokes website on the Drivers Ed Page.  The class will be held beginning September 23 from 3:30-6:30 pm and end on October 7 (no class October 4).  Students born on or before March 23, 2005 are eligible to register for the class.  To register, read the information and complete the online registration form at the bottom of the Drivers Ed Page.  

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

Child Nutrition Information - Lunch menus, pre-payment options, nutrition and allergy information and more

Athletic Handbook

Here Comes the Bus App to track your bus

Student Accident Insurance

Update Student Information (SnapCodes went to parent/guardian email or contact Jill Tuttle for code)

PowerSchool Access
Be sure you have access to PowerSchool to review student grades and attendance!  You can set notifications to receive text messages or emails about grades and attendance as well as see individual assignment grades and more.  If you need assistance accessing your child's account, contact the school and speak with Mrs. Jill Tuttle.

Upcoming Events
Monday, September 2
Labor Day Holiday - No School

Tuesday, September 3
4:30 pm - Tennis @ WS Prep
5:00 pm - Volleyball @ NC Leadership Academy (Varsity Only)

Wednesday, September 4
Last day for priority parking applications (4 pm deadline)
4:30 pm - Tennis @ Rockingham
5:00 pm - Volleyball @ Rockingham
6:00 pm - Soccer vs. West Stokes

Thursday, September 5
Fall Pictures
8:00 am - Beta Club Officers Meeting
4:00 pm - Tennis vs. Mount Airy
4:30 pm - Cross Country @ Yadkin Park or Fischer River
5:00 pm - Volleyball @ Glenn
6:00 pm - Soccer vs. North Surry
7:00 pm - JV Football @ Trinity (CANCELED)

Friday, September 6
Fee Waiver Forms Due
Senior Portrait Makeups
SGA Elections
7:30 pm - Football vs. Trinity

In the weeks ahead...

Monday, September 9
4:00 pm - Tennis vs. North Surry
4:30 pm - Volleyball @ Alleghany
6:00 pm- Soccer vs. East Wilkes

Tuesday, September 10
4:00 pm - Tennis vs. Bishop McGuinness
5:00 pm - Volleyball vs. Reagan (JV) & NC Leadership Academy (V)
6:00 pm - Soccer @ Walkertown

Wednesday, September 11
Start collecting fall semester fees
8:00 am - SGA Officer Meeting
5:00 pm - Volleyball vs. Parkland

Thursday, September 12
Club Rush (During lunch)
Cross Country vs. North Forsyth (Time TBD)
4:00 pm - Tennis vs. East Surry
6:00 pm - Soccer @ West Stokes
7:00 pm - JV Football vs. McMichael

Friday, September 13
Homecoming Nominations 
8:00 am - SGA Meeting (Mandatory)
7:30 pm - Football @ McMichael

Monday, September 16
6:30 pm - Athletic Boosters Meeting

Wednesday, September 18
3:30 pm - School Improvement Team Meeting (F2)

Tuesday, September 24
5:00 - 7:00 pm - Family / Teacher Conferences

Link to 2019-2020 Stokes County Schools Calendars

 Sports News

Sports schedules can be found on the 
South Stokes Calendar and the front page of the websiteYou can find additional information on players and more at  We are also adding sports schedules to the  as we receive schedules.

Sports Physicals:  Student athletes all must have a current sports physical on file to participate in workouts, practices, and competitions.   Your doctor will need to complete the sports physical form  and should be signed by the student's parent/guardian.

Regular Bell Schedule
8:00 – 8:25 Smart Breakfast (Tutoring)
8:30 – 10:00 1st Period (90 min)
10:05 – 11:40 2nd Period (95 min)
11:45 – 1:40 3rd Period (90 min) & Lunch
1:45 – 3:20 4th Period (95 min)

11:45 – 12:10 1st Lunch: C Building
12:15 -12:40 2nd Lunch: D, E, & F Buildings
1:15 – 1:40 3rd Lunch: PE, JROTC & Outer Buildings