School Year 2020-2021

East Windsor
Middle School

Re-Opening Updates

Parent Update, 10/30/2020

Updating you on in-person learning, travel during the upcoming holidays, and inclement weather.

Parent Update, 10/22/2020

This week, we discuss a ramp-up in in-person learning, contact tracing, mask hygiene, and more.

Parent Update, 10/09/2020

As we move into mid-October, I am very pleased to share that we have been able to remain in school so far. Staff and students continue to follow our protocols and the nursing staff has been doing an amazing job supporting our students and staff who present with any...

Parent Update, 10/2/2020

We have completed the first month of school so far and thank everyone for continuing to support the school community with mask wearing, hand washing and following our COVID 19 related school protocols. We are seeing some students come to school with vented masks....

Parent Update 09/25/2020

School schedule updates, Open Houses, and COVID testing

Parent Update 09/18/2020

Updates about food services, masks, and a big thank you to everyone

Travel Advisory

Families that are traveling out of state or internationally should review guidance from the CDC and the state of Connecticut regarding self-quarantine.

School Opening Update (8/30/2020)

Updates to transportation, drop-off, pick-ups, athletics, and more.

School Opening Update (8/21/2020)

Emergency Contacts for Students needed, updates to scheduling, protocols, transportation, and more.

Update about starting school (8/13/2020)

Student information needed and updates about the learning model, athletics, and more.

Schedules for students at East Windsor Middle School will be available on the Portal. Please review the schedules and contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have any questions.

EWMS students will rotate through classes with the students from their homerooms.

All students in the cohort will have the same special every day for one quarter.

STEM will not be offered for the first semester due to a leave of absence.

Performance Lit and Math O are planned for second semester.

Students will receive support services during Academic Enrichment within their cohort.

Important Dates

September 3, 2020

First Day of School for students in grades 1-12 with last names beginning with L-Z

September 8, 2020

First Day of School for students in grades 1-12 with last names beginning with A-K

Supply List

  • EWMS agenda/planner

  • Headphones that plug into a computer

  • Access to a computer – one can be requested from the EWPS

  • Internet access

  • Graph paper

  • Pencils

  • Pens

  • Notebooks

  • Calculator

  • Whiteboard with dry erase markers

  • Rulers

  • Highlighters

  • Sticky notes

  • Erasers

  • College-ruled notebooks

For PE/Health

  • Materials to create posters 
  • Access to eBooks

For Art

 

  • Markers – Fine and broad point

  • Crayons

  • Colored Pencils 

  • Scissors

  • White paper or sketch pad (Recommend Neena bright white cardstock white loose-leaf paper)

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Glue – White glue or glue stick

  • Watercolors and brushes

  • Clip board

  • #2 pencil or drawing pencils

  • Large plastic envelope / portfolio to house material 

How will students be grouped?

Students will be split into groups alphabetically once we have final numbers of how many students are returning in person. Siblings with different last names will be taken into account from all schools so we can keep families on the same schedule as much as possible for child care reasons. As a general rule,  grouping will follow these guidelines:

  • Students whose last names begin with letters A –K will attend in person classes on Monday and Tuesday
  • Students whose last names begin with letter L—Z will attend school in person on Thursday and Friday
  • Students will be expected to check their email, watch recorded lessons, complete online assignments, and even log into virtual meetings with their teachers when they are learning from home
  • The days students are not physically in class will “count” and their learning will be important

Families have been sent the demographic update form which includes questions about returning to school and riding the bus — please check your email.

If you have not received this form, please contact: frodriguez@ewct.org

What the hybrid instructional model looks like

 As of today, the plan is for teachers generally to deliver “typical” instruction to students Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We are referring to it as “typical instruction” because it will not be the exact same instruction each day.

Teachers will deliver new lessons on those 4 days — lessons won’t be repeated or identically duplicated for each group. When group A is in person, group B will access the class remotely. They will log on for the primary instruction — that may be a lecture, a model, a mini-lesson, a read aloud, or some other lesson, depending in the goals of the day. Whether teachers require students to stay on for the whole class period will depend on what the lesson involves.

The students who opt out or miss class will be expected to watch the recording of critical parts of the instruction if they are not able to log in live. We do not anticipate entire class periods being recorded daily.

The role of online resources will be shared in more detail — however, we are looking at continuing to use SeeSaw at the elementary school. The middle school and high schools will continue to use the Portal as one resource.

All of this will require some patience from all of the staff and families, as well as quite bit of trial and error. No one has re-entered school after a multiple month closure in a worldwide pandemic and tried to learn or teach in a hybrid model so this is a new world for staff and families alike.

This information will continue to be updated as teachers participate in professional development and do more specific work on their planning.

Transportation and Drop-Off

Arrival

Morning

All students must wear a mask when entering the building. 

Bus students will be dismissed from the bus into the school starting at 7:55. Two buses can unload at a time. 

Doors will open at 7:55 and close at 8:10. 

Students that are getting breakfast will enter the building from the outside cafeteria door. 

Students not getting breakfast:  

  • Seventh and Eighth Graders will enter the building using the Main Entrance.
    • Seventh Graders will go straight to B wing.
    • Eighth Graders will go down the M hallway and then E hallway to A hallway. 
  •  Fifth and Sixth Gradera will enter the building using the front side entrance.
    • Fifth Graders will go straight to D wing
    • Sixth Graders will go straight C wing.  
Driving Students to School  

The driveway leading to the front of the school building is designated for school buses only during arrival or dismissal times (7:45-9:00 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m.)

Prior to 8:10 a.m., parent/guardians may drop off students in the circular area in the parking lot and allow the students to enter the building. Seventh and Eighth Graders will enter the building using the Main Entrance. Fifth and Sixth Graders will enter the building using the front side entrance. 

Arriving after 8:10  

Students that arrive after at 8:10 will enter the building using the main entrance. Parents/Guardians will not be able to walk the students into the building.

The students will go to the Main Office and get a late pass and go to their class.

Dismissal

All students must wear masks when dismissing and dismissal will be staggered to prevent all students from entering the hallways at one time. This will be done by calling one front and one side bus at a time. 

Students will be dismissed to their buses at approximately 2:45 p.m.  

Parent/guardians who pick up students are expected to park in the front parking lot. The driveway leading to the front of the school building is designated for school buses only during arrival or dismissal times (7:55-9:00 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m.).  

Students who are being picked up at the end of a regular school day will report to the cafeteria at dismissal. Parent/guardians are expected to sign their child(ren) out. Only after the buses in the front of the school have been dismissed will the parents/guardians be able to line up outside of exterior cafeteria door. Parents/guardians will not be allowed to enter the building 

After School Activities

Students who stay after school will wait in their last period classroom until dismissal is completed. They will then report to the location of their after school activity.  

After school activity dismissal is at 4:00 p.m.  Students being picked up by parent/guardians are expected to wait outside and will not be allowed in the building.  

Students Walking/Riding Bicycle To and/or From School

Any student who wishes to walk or ride his/her bicycle to and/or from school must have a signed note on file in the main office from his/her parent/guardian providing permission. The note must be updated each school year. Administration reserves the right to revoke this privilege at any time.  

Signing Out of School Early 

Parents/guardians who need to sign their child out of school early should provide a note to the school in advance of the dismissal. The note should be provided to the Main Office.

The student will be called down when parent/guardian arrives and will dismissed. Parent/Guardian will need to show identification through the intercom camera and will not be allowed in. 

Welcome Videos

Procedures and Protocols Videos