Good Afternoon South Lake Community,This week students spent time in Homeroom reviewing their Report Card grades and comments. Students completed a reflection and identified areas of strength/growth. We hope you did this with your student too! Since the start of the school year, we established a schoolwide commitment to use the Planner as the essential organizational tool for our students. Every week, we complete a Planner Check in Homeroom to look for accuracy in the following areas: having all boxes filled out, highlighting assessment/project dates, goal for the week and something they are proud of. We keep track of this and our AVID team reviewed our Planner Check data. As a school we have 95% of our students who are consistently and successfully using their Planner…good work Sharks! Organization is an essential skill we would like our students to grow their proficiency in so that they feel confident in navigating their secondary school years and build their own student agency. Lastly, California Dashboard was updated in December and as a school we showed significant improvement in all academic and school climate areas. This is largely a testament to the tremendous work and efforts of our faculty and PLC teams focus on essential learning targets, frequent assessment and re-assessment practices, and strong intervention opportunities. As a school, we continue to use data to drive our processes and improvements.
The IUSD Annual Survey is open through Friday, February 2, 2024. I would like to encourage you to take a moment to complete this important survey. This is another valuable data point. Your responses provide feedback about our school’s climate and where resources that benefit South Lake are focused through the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process. The survey is available in multiple languages. Responses are anonymous and it only takes a few minutes to participate. South Lake has used survey feedback to adjust our homework and grading practices, address school climate issues, and strengthen the great work we do around building strong connections with students and creating engaging instruction. To take the annual survey now, click here. Thank you in advance for your participation. Your engagement and feedback are important and greatly appreciated.
Have a great weekend Sharks and stay dry!
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ASB SPIRIT WEAR: We have a limited supply of ASB spirit wear being sold on our webstore and all proceeds go to ASB. ASB Spirit Wear
SHARK SHOPPE: Our next Shark Shoppe will take place on Friday, January 26th. We are looking for donations to stock the Shoppe with snacks, candy, and drinks. Please order from our Amazon link SHARK SHOPPE WISHLIST or purchase from any store and drop off in the front office. We appreciate any and all donations. This is a great incentive for our students, so please consider donating.
Chromebook & Charger Reminders
Welcome back! We have seen an increase in missing/lost chargers and lost/damaged Chromebooks during the past couple of months. Just a reminder that Chromebook insurance only covers damage and does not cover lost chargers or lost Chromebooks. The fine for a lost charger is $25 and a lost Chromebook is $225. It is part of your child’s responsibility to charge their Chromebook each night and keep their charger at home. If you have any questions please reach out to our librarian Ms. Byars at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th Grade Parent-Guardian Notification Letter
Yesterday all 7th grade families should have received an email detailing the upcoming Health Unit for all 7th grade students. Please make sure to read the 2023-24 Parent-Guardian Notification Letter as it contains all information about resources and what will be covered. For specific questions please reach out to your students 7th grade Science teacher or Principal Averill.
Guys’ Singing Fest
Guys' Singing Fest will be on Friday January 26th, 4:00-8:00pm, at Woodbridge High School! Join 5th- 12th grade trebles, tenors, baritones and basses from across the district to sing together, with a focus on unchanged, changing and changed voices! You don't need to be enrolled in your school's chorus class to take part, and you don't have to audition or prepare anything in advance. $10 per student, which includes dinner and snacks. For more information, and to register, visit bit.ly/GuysSingingFest. This event is being hosted by Mrs. Montgomery (Jeffrey Trail MS) and Mr. Blackett (Woodbridge HS).
Youth Mentorship Program
Middle School Program through the city is offering an incredible opportunity for youth mentoring. This program is free. We have heard from about 16 of your students who participated that this was a really positive and valuable experience so we would like to expand this to more of our students. Students meet on Thursdays, currently the dates are 2/1, 3/7, 3/28, and 5/16. MSP Staff will pick students up here at South Lake to then head over to Northwood Community Center and then dropped back off at South Lake by 6pm. Please reach out with any questions, and/or go to YourIrvine.org and register with code #96739.
Middle School Program (MSP) at South Lake
If you are looking for great after school activities for your students, there are several events and classes to get involved with through our Middle School Programs hosted by the city of Irvine. Please contact Site Coordinator Karley Abeyrama at (949) 724-7190 or at KAbeyrama@cityofirvine.org for information.
As your student is getting going with their academics, please know that IUSD offers Paper Tutoring, a free resource, giving your student 24/7 access to chat with tutors for live help and assignment support. Paper helps parents and guardians avoid the cost, time, and stress of having to relearn geometry and poetry or hire a private tutor to help their child with classwork. Paper can provide support with homework help, writing feedback (i.e. editing essays), and study support. Help is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and French. Students can access Paper Tutoring directly from their class Canvas Page. Some additional resources are this informational video on Paper Tutoring: Paper for Parents & Guardians and Paper Website: Unlimited Tutoring, Anywhere & Anytime.
It is important to make every effort to have your student in school and on time. While attendance and success in school are positively correlated and directly linked, there are times when a student should stay home and absences are necessary.
OCTA Youth Ride Free Program
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is excited to announce the continuation of their “Youth Ride Free” promotional bus pass program. This free youth pass allows youth ages 6 to 18 to ride all OC fixed-route buses every day for free. The purple/orange Youth Ride Free passes are valid now through September 30, 2024 and require a new Parent Request Form for each recipient. For more information regarding the program visit: OCbus.com/YouthRideFree. To participate in the program, complete a new Parent Request Form, available using the below links, printed forms are also available in the front office. Return the completed and signed form to the front office to be issued a purple/orange youth bus pass for the 2023-24 school year.
Parent Request Form:
The 2023-2024 Bell Schedule includes all the minimum days and special schedules for the year. Please make sure to review the start and end times for these schedules.
Stay connected by checking your email for communication from South Lake and IUSD. South Lake is also on Instagram @southlakemiddleschool and our website is at www.southlake.iusd.org.