Friday, September 25, 2020

Saura Weekly Updates - September 27, 2020


Schedule for September 28-October 2

This week, the schedule for on-campus attendance is

Monday, September 28 -  Last Names A-K ("A" Day)
Tuesday, September 29 - Last Names A-K ("A" Day)
Wednesday, September 30 - Last Names A-K ("A" Day)

Thursday, October 1 - Last Names L-Z ("B" Day)
Friday, October 2 - 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.

Conference Week - September 28-October 2
Teachers are updating grades and talking with students about any missing assignments.  We invite you to reach out to teachers anytime you have questions, but are designating the week of September 28 as Conference Week.  Please contact teachers during their planning periods (posted below) with questions about your students' progress.  If these times are not convenient for you, please call or email the teacher to set up a remote or in-person conference.

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)
  • 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)
  • 3rd Period begins at 11:40 am
  • Lunches (delivered to classrooms - eat with 3rd period MENU)

School Pictures
School pictures for underclassmen and senior makeups will take place in October.  The schedule can be found below.  Please note, there will not be a makeup day for underclassmen, so students who would like to be pictured in the yearbook will need to have their pictures made on one of these dates.

9th - 11th Graders

Tuesday, October 13
"A" Day Students (during 4th Period)
3:20 - 4:20 pm for Plan C students

Friday, October 16
"B" Day Students (during 4th Period)
3:20 - 4:20 pm for Plan C students

Senior Make-ups 
(last day for seniors who did not have pictures made during the summer to be photographed for the yearbook)

Wednesday, October 21
"A" Day Students (during 4th Period)
3:20-4:20 pm - "B" Day & Plan C Students 

Sophomores and juniors planning to attend a four-year college after high school are encouraged to sign up for the PSAT.  The test will be administered at South Stokes on Wednesday, October 14.  The cost is $17 and juniors may be eligible for a fee waiver.  See Mrs. Sawyer or Ms. Spargo to register by October 7.

Bus Information

Students boarding the bus will need to bring a signed attestation form each day.  You can get blank forms from your bus driver, in the main office or download a form HERE.   Please be patient with our drivers as they learn the new A Day / B Day routes.

Yearbooks on Sale!
Yearbooks for the 2020-2021 school year are now on sale.  The price is $55.00.  You can purchase yearbooks at school or online.  The link can be found on the school website under Students, click on Order a Yearbook.  Also, information about senior ads is on the school website.  Ads will be due in December.


Yearbook Contest!
The theme of the 2020-2021 yearbook is "Break Free".  Students are encouraged to share their ideas through an essay contest.  Write up to three essays using the prompts below for inclusion in the yearbook.  Winners will receive $50 and runner up will win $30 with a winner and runner up selected for each prompt.

1. What makes you feel free?
2. What do you do in your free time?
3. Free to be you: what makes you unique?

Any work submitted may be featured in the 2020-2021 yearbook.  Essays should be no longer than 350-500 words and share essays with Alyssa Smith by November 24.

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.

Class Schedule under PLAN B (Starting 9/14/2020)

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

Breakfast and Lunch
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the summer nutrition program through December 31, 2020 which allows all students to eat for free at school.  Students on campus will be able to pick up a free breakfast on the way to 1st period and lunches will be delivered to classrooms during 3rd period.  Lunches will be packaged and no extra items (chips, candy, soft drinks, etc.) will be available for purchase.  You can find the breakfast and lunch menus available on our website and at the following link:  SEPT LUNCH MENU.

Students working from home can still receive meals by picking them up at any elementary, middle or high school.  Elementary pickups are available from 10:00-11:00 am and Middle and High School pickups are 10:30-11:30 am.

Parking Permits
Applications for parking permits will be distributed once all students are back on campus.  While we are under Plan B, student drivers may park in any numbered spot in the front parking lot.

Sports Schedules
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).  Volleyball and cross country begin in November and basketball begins in December.  The amended sports calendar can be found below.  Contact coaches for information about any scheduled workouts. 


Upcoming Events

"A" Day / "B" Day Schedule Begins

Monday, September 28 - A DAY (Last Names A-K)

Tuesday, September 29 - A Day (Last Names A-K)

Wednesday, September 30 - A Day (Last Names A-K)

Thursday, October 1 - B Day (Last Names L-Z)

Friday, October 2 - B Day (Last Names L-Z)

In the weeks ahead...

Monday, October 5
6:30 pm - Athletic Boosters Meeting (Cafeteria)

Tuesday, October 13
Pictures (Underclassmen) - 4th period for "A" Day students
3:20-4:20 pm - Pictures for students on Plan C (All remote instruction)
Pictures must be taken in order to be featured in the yearbook

Wednesday, October 14
End of 1st 9-weeks

Friday, October 16
Pictures (Underclassmen) - 4th period for "B" Day students
3:20-4:20 pm - Pictures for students on Plan C (all remote instruction)
Pictures must be taken in order to be featured in the yearbook

Wednesday, October 21
Senior Make-up Pictures - 4th Period for "A" Day students
3:20 - 4: 20 pm - "B" Day and Plan C (all remote instruction)
This will be the last opportunity for seniors to have their pictures made for the yearbook

Helpful Links

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


Stokes County Schools

Stokes County Schools Re-Launch 2020-2021

Stokes County Schools Student Handbook

South Stokes High School Student Handbook

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