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Back-to-School Information

Dear Middle School Students and Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. All of us at the Middle School are excited to start another year of learning with students and engaging with your entire family. We have been busy preparing for multiple contingencies and believe we are ready to meet the challenges as well as take advantage of the opportunities presented.

This back-to-school mailing contains significant information your family needs to prepare for the coming year. Please take special note of the section explaining the Back to School/Family Connect Meetings scheduled for September 2.

In closing, on behalf of the entire staff, I want to thank you for choosing St. Louis Park Middle School and for entrusting us to provide enriching academic experiences, emotional support and co-curricular activities for your child this coming year.

Sincerely,         

Les Bork
Principal

Click here to view the following information as a PDF. 

Class Schedules

Individual Student Class Schedules will be mailed out the week of August 23. Below is the seven-period daily class schedule. Please note that we are returning to the A/B Day schedule.

Back-To-School/Family Connect Meetings

We strive to create an environment dedicated to the education and development of each person. An integral part of that development is making personal connections. We require all students/families to schedule a 20 minute in-person back to school session with their advisory teacher on Thursday, September 2.

You will be able to sign up for a time to meet with your student’s advisory teacher via a Sign Up Genius link that will be available on our website on August 27.
The link will also be included in a special edition of the Oriole Times newsletter.

This will be a time for teachers and students to:

  • Make a personal connection with their Advisor
  • Review class schedule
  • Receive Student Agenda
  • Ask Questions

In addition to your scheduled Advisor meeting you will have the opportunity to :

  • Pick up a school issued Chromebook. (See Chromebook Distribution Section)
  • Find your locker and walk your schedule
  • Learn about Sports/Activities and Clubs
  • Talk with someone about opportunities with our School Site Council
  • See our newly remodeled spaces including our Performing Arts Center

Please allow a minimum of 60 minutes to complete.

6th Grade Student Orientation

6th grade students are invited to come to the middle school on Friday September 3 at 9 a.m. for an orientation session. Even if you attended the Jump Start class, this orientation will be beneficial. Transportation will be provided for those students who are bus riders. The bus schedule is the same as the one used during the regular school year and will be available to you in your PowerSchool Parent Portal on August 24. Students who walk to school should plan to arrive at school by 9:00 a.m. on orientation day.

Upon arrival, we will direct you to your correct class location. Teachers will assign and help you operate your locker combinations as well as help you become familiar with the school and the daily schedule. At the end of that period, you will follow the remainder of your daily schedule, spending about 10 minutes in each class. During your designated lunch period, you will go to the cafeteria where the lunch procedures will be explained. At the end of 7th period, students will be dismissed to go home. Bus riders will leave at approximately 11:45 am. Please bring a pencil and your class schedule on orientation day.

New 7th/8th Grade Student Orientation

Students in 7th and 8th grades who are new to the school or who were in Cohort C last school year are invited to attend a special orientation session on Friday, September 3rd at 9 a.m.

Transportation will be provided for those students who are bus riders. The bus schedule is the same as the one used during the regular school year and is available to you in your PowerSchool Parent Portal on August 24. Students who walk to school should plan to arrive at school by 9:00 am on orientation day. Please bring a pencil and your class schedule on orientation day.

PowerSchool/Schoology Parent Guardian Account is now PowerSchool Parent Portal

STEP 1:
PowerSchool Parent Portal

The PowerSchool Parent Portal provides families a convenient way to access student information and to make online updates.

On August 20 all families will be mailed information about Required Forms to begin the new school year. In this mailing you will receive your PowerSchool Parent Portal access ID and access password. When you have your student’s information, you can go directly to PowerSchool Parent Portal at slpschools.powerschool.com to create an account.

If you created an account and forgot the username or password you chose, click the Forgot Username or Password link found on the PowerSchool Parent Portal sign in screen. If you do not receive a reset email from PowerSchool, contact your child’s school for assistance.

When you have your username and password, move on to Step 2.

STEP 2:
Annual Student Update Form

Within the PowerSchool Parent Portal, families will have access to complete the Annual Student Update for your student. This replaces the paper form to update important items such as parent/guardian contact information and emergency contact information. Guardians can only submit ONE annual update per student.

PLEASE NOTE: If your student requires medication during the school day, you will need to click on the link to download and print the medications form for your child’s doctor to complete and sign. The form must be returned to school annually for any prescription medication to be administered during the school day.

Attendance

If your student will be absent from school for any reason, please report that absence to the attendance office by emailing msattendance@slpschools.org or calling 952-928-6394 by 11 a.m. on the day of absence. Please be prepared to report the following information: student name, grade, date of absence, reason for absence and your name/relationship. See Attendance Policy located in the Student Handbook on the SLP Schools Middle School website Student section.

Picking Up Students During the School Day

We encourage you to schedule your child’s appointments (doctor, orthodontist, etc) before or after school hours. However, if you are unable to do so and your child will be coming late, please send a note with them explaining the absence from class. If you are picking up your child early, please come to the main entrance and your child will be excused from class. If someone other than a parent/guardian will be picking up your child, we require written authorization. Please be specific, including the name and relationship to your child (sibling, grandparent, friend etc.) as well as a phone number where you can be reached to verify. In accordance with our visitor policy, visitors may be asked for identification.

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phone use will NOT be allowed during CLASS for the 2021-2022 school year. Students can have their cell phone out during passing time and at lunch. Any student who has their cell phone out during class will be required to to give it to their teacher until the end of the school day. If a student has their phone out in class after lunch, that student will be required to turn in their phone into the teacher of that class beginning of the next school day and will lose their phone for all of that following day.

School Rules and Guidelines

During the Family Connect/Advisory meeting, each student will receive a student planner for their use. The planner is designed to help students keep assignments organized as well as provide students with a variety of information about our school. Such information includes school rules and a daily schedule. Included in the student planner is the Student Rights and Responsibilities document, which outlines student conduct. We encourage students and parents to review all rules and guidelines together at the beginning of the school year.

Health Services

In accordance with Minnesota Immunization Law (M.S. 121A.15), student immunization records must be up-to-date and on file with the Health Services Department. For a list of immunization requirements, go to www.health.state.mn.us/people/immunize/basics/readykidswhento.pdf

Students entering 7th grade for the 2021-2022 school year are required to provide proof of immunizations received for TDaP and meningitis vaccines. Mail or fax your clinic records to the Middle School Health Office or 952-928-6383 (fax).

Immunization requirements can be waived only when a legal exemption is on file with the school. Medical exemptions must be signed by a healthcare provider. Non-medical exemptions must be signed by a parent and notarized. A legal exemption form is available in the Health Office.

If you do not have a primary clinic, health insurance or finances are a concern, your child may be eligible to receive immunizations at the Central Clinic.

The Central Clinic will re-open for in-person visits on August 10, 2021 from 1-4:30 p.m. The clinic holds limited clinic hours, typically one to two afternoons a week. Please call ahead to verify hours at 952-993-1100 or email centralclinic@parknicollet.com for assistance.

Emergency Contact as well as Student Health History Information can be updated through the PowerSchool Parent Portal Annual Update Form.

School Lunch

Student Meal Accounts

During the 2021-22 school year, ALL STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE FREE MEALS as part of the federal COVID relief funding. However, this will only include the regular breakfast and lunch lines and does not include extra milk or Ala-carte items at the Middle School. Students will need to purchase these items from their meal accounts.

School Nutrition will not accept cash or checks on the serving line. We are asking parents/guardians to deposit funds in the family meal account prior to your student purchasing Ala-carte items. You will have access through your PowerSchool account to add funds for purchasing the Ala-carte items.

Powerschool Parent Portal provides a link to each student’s Wordware meal account where families can view student meal accounts and make payments online. Again this year, the School Nutrition Department cannot accept cash or checks, so online payment is the only way to add money to student meal accounts.

Application for Educational Benefits

Students in households that meet the free or reduced-price meal income guidelines will generate compensatory revenue for the school district from the State of Minnesota. Schools must use compensatory revenue to meet the needs of students in such areas as remedial instruction, instructional materials including digital learning and technology, bilingual programs and additional teachers and teacher aides.

Every eligible meal form equals additional dollars for St. Louis Park Public Schools to provide students with free or reduced:

  • Sports & Activities Fees
  • Internet Access
  • School Meals
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Tests for potential college course credit
  • College Application Fees

Chromebook Distribution

St. Louis Park will be providing Chromebooks to each student in grades 6-12 this year. We invite you to pick up your student’s device in Field House #3 at our Back-to-School/Family Connect time on September 2. A significant component that must be completed prior to receiving the device is the Digital Device Agreement.

The Digital Learning Device Agreement is an online form that is accessible through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. By August 20, St. Louis Park Public Schools will send all Middle School families PowerSchool Parent Portal Access ID and Passwords for each student and detailed instructions. All parents/guardians must check the box and type their name in the space provided on the agreement. A form must be signed for each student before they can receive their Chromebook.

School Pictures

All Students will be photographed on Wednesday September 29. A picture retake day has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 3.

Oriole Times Newsletter

The Oriole Times Newsletter is a weekly email newsletter designed for staff to communicate to parents and families timely information regarding schedules, events and news. We send this electronic communication weekly based on the email address you provided to the school district.

Phone Blast

When families need to be contacted in a timely manner, we will send a message via the telephone and/or email. Ensuring that we have your current phone and email address will enable you to receive any messages sent by the school district. Changes to your contact information can be made through the Annual Student Update in PowerSchool.

Bus Routes

Within the PowerSchool Parent Portal students and families can view bus stop information, including location and morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off times. This information will be available by August 24.

Activity Bus

An afterschool bus will be provided for those students who normally ride a bus who wish to participate in sports, or stay to meet with a teacher. This bus will leave the Middle School at 5:30 pm. Please note that there is not an activity bus on Fridays.

Yearbook Cost

$37 (If purchased by September 24, 2021). If your family decides to purchase one, all sales will be done on the Jostens website at https://bit.ly/MSyearbooks. 

Fridays After School

No student activities are offered after school on Fridays.

Middle School Athletics

Middle School athletics offers a wide variety of sports this fall. Registration opens in July for all fall sports which includes Boys and Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis, Girls Speed Swimming, Girls Volleyball, and 7/8 Grade Football. Practices for fall sports will begin on September 9th with the exception of 7/8 Grade Football, which began on August 9th. Visit the Middle School Athletics website by clicking on activities, then athletics, for complete information.

Physical Education Sport Wear

6th, 7th and 8th grade students must wear a t-shirt or sweatshirt, athletic shorts or athletic pants and tennis shoes to every gym class. Students are not allowed to wear jackets, jeans, cargo shorts, shirts with inappropriate wording or pictures or any shoes other than tennis shoes to gym class. Students are assigned a gym locker the first week of school and it is highly recommended they keep Phys. Ed clothes in their gym locker.

Visitor Policy

Parents/Guardians are always welcome and encouraged to visit and/or volunteer at SLPMS. Please note the following procedures used to make sure the school provides a safe environment. Student guests are not allowed.

1. All visitors must enter the main door (#1) and come directly to the front office.

2. Once at the office, visitors will be asked the purpose of their visit and be required to provide identification.

3. Visitors will then sign in, and if remaining in the building, they will be given a visitor identification badge. The badge must be worn in a visible location.

4. Any visitor wanting to meet with a teacher should make arrangements in advance.

Also, check the St. Louis Park Middle School website for any additional COVID-19 Safety Protocols or updates to our Visitor Policy.

Appropriate Dress

Students are responsible for dressing in ways that are appropriate for school. Students should avoid attire that is disruptive, a health/safety hazard, obscene, sexually explicit, discriminatory or associated with hate groups. Clothing which displays references to alcohol, chemicals, tobacco or other products which are illegal for use by minors is not permitted. All students must wear shoes when in school.

Electronic Report Cards

The Middle School utilizes an electronic report card format that can be accessed anytime through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, thus we will not mail home report cards for students. If you do not have access to technology, please contact us at 952-928-6300 and arrangements will be made to send you information on an individual family basis.

Consent for Release of Student Information

For additional information or to Opt Out of Public Directory information, please go to the Annual Update form in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Student Insurance

The school does not carry individual insurance coverage for students.

Spirit Week

St. Louis Park Middle School Spirit Week is September 20-24.More information is forthcoming.