Friday, December 4, 2020

Saura Weekly Updates - December 6, 2020


Schedule for December 7 - December 11

This week, the schedule for on-campus attendance is

Monday, December 7 - Last Names A-K ("A" Day)
Tuesday, December 8 - Last Names A-K ("A" Day)

Wednesday, December 9 - Last Names L-Z ("A" Day)
Thursday, December 10 - Last Names L-Z ("B" Day)
Friday, December 11 - 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.

Winter Spirit Week
We hope students will join us in having a little fun before exams by participating in Spirit Week.  Whether students are working from home or here on campus we invite them to dress up each day to show their school spirit.  Themes for each day are below.

Exams - Fall 2020
Fall semester exams will be administered December 16-22.  State exams which include CTE Post-Assessments and End-of-Course Tests are required to be administered in person.  All teacher made exams will be administered remotely to students who are not exempt.  

We are making plans to ensure testing rooms have small groups of students to help provide for social distancing during the exam periods.  All students (including those on Plan C - All Remote Learning) who are taking courses with state exams should make plans to attend school on the day of their exam.  

Exams count 20% of students' final grades.  If you have questions about whether your courses have state exams, please speak with your teacher.  Information about exams can also be found in students' Homeroom Canvas Course.

Exam Schedule

Wednesday, December 16 - 1st Period Exams 
Thursday, December 17 - 2nd Period Exams
Friday, December 18 - 3rd Period Exams
Monday, December 21 - 4th Period Exams
Tuesday, December 22 - Make-up Exams

On-campus exams will be administered from 8:30 am - 12:20 pm.  Students who would like to leave when the building is finished testing should bring a note Teacher made exam details will be provided by students' teachers.

Students who need bus transportation on exam days should let their teachers know so we can make sure you are on a route for exam day.

If is important that all Chromebooks are updated for exams.  Teachers worked with students this week to update Chromebooks to make sure they are functioning properly.  Please check with students to make sure they have completed the process and report any broken keys or problems with devices to Mrs. Himmelspach and Mrs. Campbell.  A video for updating devices can be found below along with links to written directions and tech tickets for assistance.


Second Semester 2020-2021 School Year
Second semester will begin on Monday, January 4.  We will be giving students their schedules for next semester on December 11 and December 14.  We will mail schedules home to Plan C students.  Please review schedules for next semester and contact counselors with any questions.

Drivers Education
The next Driver's Ed class will be held January 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and February 1 from 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the auditorium at South Stokes.  Registration will open Monday, December 7 and close January 6.  Class size is limited and oldest students are served first.  Find complete information and the registration form on the Driver's Ed page of the school website.

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.

Also, senior ad information can be found on the Senior Page of the South Stokes website.  Senior ads are due by December 22 February 5 (Date extended!).

School Calendar Update
The Stokes County Schools Calendar has been updated to reflect the changes from October 30.  Monday, January 4 is now a student day and will be the first day of second semester.

Athletic Boosters Cash Giveaway  - March 2021

The Athletic Boosters are making plans to hold the $10,000 Cash Giveaway that was originally scheduled for March 2020.  After the meeting this past week, we have rescheduled the event for March 27, 2021 in hopes that we can have a similar event as in the past.  

The Athletic Boosters have some Saura apparel for sale.  Like the Athletic Boosters' Facebook page to see the items available.  Send a message to let the Boosters know what you'd like to purchase and they will make arrangements for pickup.  Thank you for supporting the Sauras!

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

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)

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. 


Watch Saura Athletes Online!
Spectators at sporting events will be limited due to mass gathering guidelines.  Only spectators with player passes will be admitted.  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

December 7-11 - Winter Spirit Week "A Time to Chill...Before Exams!"

Monday, December 7
Students with last names A-K attend (AP - A day classes)
Comfy, Cozy Day (PJ Day)
5:00 pm - Volleyball vs. East Surry

Tuesday, December 8
Students with last names A-K attend (AP - B day classes)
"Baby It's Cold Outside" Day (Scarves, gloves, hats, socks)
5:00 pm - Volleyball vs. North Stokes

Wednesday, December 9
Students with last names L-Z attend (AP - A day classes)
Fancy in Flannel Day (Wear flannel)

Thursday, December 10
Students with last names L-Z attend (AP - B day classes)
Ugly Sweater Day
3:30 pm - Cross Country @ Fisher River Park
5:00 pm - Volleyball @ East Surry

Friday, December 4
Students with last names L-Z attend (AP - A day classes)
Saura Sparkle Day (Maroon and Gold with a little sparkle)

Looking ahead...

Monday, December 14
6:30 pm - Athletic Boosters

Tuesday, December 15
5:00 pm - Volleyball vs. Mt. Airy

Wednesday, December 16
1st Period Exams (State exams in person; teacher-made remote)
Early Dismissal at 12:20 pm
1:30 pm - School Improvement Team Meeting (LINK)

Thursday, December 17
2nd Period Exams (State exams in person; teacher-made remote)
Early Dismissal at 12:20 pm
5:00 pm - Volleyball vs. WS Prep (Varsity Only)

Friday, December 18
3rd Period Exams (State exams in person; teacher-made remote)
Early Dismissal at 12:20 pm
5:00 pm - Volleyball @ Mt. Airy
5:00 pm - Basketball @ McMichael (Scrimmage - Ladies Only)
6:00 pm - Basketball @ West Stokes (Scrimmage - Men Only)

Monday, December 21
4th Period Exams (State exams in person; teacher-made remote)
Early Dismissal at 12:20 pm
4:00 pm - Volleyball @ Millennium (Varsity Only)

Tuesday, December 22 
Makeup Exams (State exams in person; teacher-made remote)
Early Dismissal at 12:20 pm
5:00 pm - Volleyball vs. West Stokes (JV Only)

Wednesday, December 23 - Friday, January 1

Monday, January 4
Students Return to School - First Day of 2nd Semester

Helpful Links

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


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)