Sunday, January 13, 2019

Jan. 13 Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you well.  As you may know, this past Tuesday evening Superintendent Evans delivered her presentation on the FY 20 budget and the proposed Proposition 2 1/2 override process during the School Committee meeting held at the High School.  She discussed in detail the vision for McCall and the entire district as well as how we are planning to meet those goals.  Since both the school district as well as the entire municipality are currently facing significant budgetary challenges, Dr. Evans outlined the consequences that will occur if the town and the district do not receive an influx of revenues.  The PowerPoint presentations she used during the School Committee meeting are posted on the district website, and you can also access it here.  Dr. Evans will also be attending the monthly McCall Parent Association (MPA) meeting to be held this Tuesday at 9:00 am in the McCall Cafeteria to discuss the FY20 Budget.  I highly encourage all of you to attend this meeting so you can stay informed about McCall as well as the entire district.

Here are some reminders about two upcoming events.

Parent Conferences – Please do not forget Parent Conferences will be held in the afternoons of Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, January 25.  All four days are early release days with dismissal time scheduled at 12:00 pm.  You should have received the conference sign up information from your students’ teachers through email by now.  If you cannot locate those messages, please contact the Team Leaders directly (please click here if you do not know who your students’ Team Leaders are).  Please also note that we will not be able to meet all conference requests during those four afternoons due to the limited amount of slots available.  If the teachers are unable to schedule a conference during the week of January 22, they may suggest that your students’ progress be discussed through phone conferences, email reports, or meetings with specific teachers as opposed to the entire team.  Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

Semester Schedule Change – Please note that the first day of Semester 2 will be Monday, January 28.  Since some of your students’ Exploratory Classes are semester courses, your students’ schedules will change that day.  The school is not planning to print out paper schedules for your student in order to conserve valuable resources, so we ask all parents and guardians to access your students’ schedules through Aspen’s Parent Portal.  You can do so by taking the following steps after you log in to the Portal:

  • Click on the “Family” top tab.
  • Click on the student’s name if you have multiple students in the district.
  • Click on the “Schedule” side tab.
  • Select “S2” on the drop down menu located right above the student’s schedule.
Please see the attachment below if you need clarifications on the above instructions.

Please note that most of your student’s schedule will not change for Semester 2.  Only the semester-long Exploratory Classes will.

Thank you and enjoy the upcoming week.

James Lin


McCall Middle School

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