Sunday, April 26, 2020

Saura Weekly Updates - April 26, 2020

Remote Learning Continues Through June 3, 2020

As you know by now, last week there were several important announcements that impact schools across North Carolina.  Even though the school building will remain closed as an instructional space through the remainder of the school year, our teachers will continue providing instruction to students remotely through the end of the year.  

We hope all students will continue to stay in touch with their teachers and complete assignments.  Due to changes in grading for the semester, some students may be reluctant to continue completing work, but please help us encourage students to remain engaged with coursework.  Students will need the knowledge and skills from these courses to help them in future high school classes and beyond and learning during this time can only help improve their grades.

The new grading information allows students to take the highest grade from the end of 3rd quarter or an improved grade earned during 4th quarter.  Students and families will also be able to choose a "pass" rather than a numeric grade if desired in courses they pass.  Students who did not have a passing grade at the end of the 3rd quarter and who do not earn a passing grade during the 4th quarter will receive a "withdrawal" for the course.  If the withdrawal is in a course required for graduation, the student would need to take the course again to earn the credit needed for graduation.  Additional resources can be found below.  

North Carolina Statewide Grading Policy
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Grade Changes

I will be communicating additional details in the near future.

If you have questions about any of these recent announcements, please call the school between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and we will be glad to assist you.

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.)

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.

AP Exams
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)

Remote Instruction
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.  

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.

How Can I Help Students With Online Learning?
We've gathered several resources to help families determine what online learning should look like in their homes and where to find help when needed.  Below are several websites with information about remote learning and how to cope during this time of uncertainty.  Some of the tips we find over and over are listed below along with links to resources.

Best Practices for Learning from Home

1)  Establish a routine

  • Get up at the same time each day
  • Check email when you get started and then again later in the day

2)  Set up a work space
  • Gather all the materials you may need in one space (pencils, paper, calculator, etc)

3)  Communication is VERY important
  • Stay in touch with teacher!
  • Be sure to ask questions
  • If you are not sure how to communicate, check email or call the school 336-994-2995
4)  Use videos like those on YouTube to learn how to navigate online tools if needed

Learn More:

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

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 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

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