This week was full of ups and downs like most weeks this school year have been. Our varsity football team played Wadena-Deer Creek in the section playoffs on Tuesday, defeating them 20-0, and will play their final game tonight versus West Central. You can stream the game live here. My heart is with our volleyball teams that had to wrap up their season abruptly. You ladies played well this season and I am proud of your hard work and dedication!
As we continue to work on our long-range facilities planning, we have released a new website – https://www.smtimetorise.com/ – dedicated to informing our families and community members about our facilities goals and planning process. Please take a moment to check out the site, and feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
The COVID-19 activity in our area is still creating some challenges for us in the district, especially when it comes to having adequate substitute bus drivers. If you might be interested in getting your bus endorsement on your driver’s license and substituting for the district, please reach out to Scott Engebretson, our Transportation Director. He would be happy to help you navigate the process. You can reach him at 218-894-5400 x3020 or at email@example.com.
With the governor’s most recent executive order, all our youth sports in both the middle/high school and community education are on “pause.” We hope to be able to resume activities in the new year. Please do your part to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 so our students can resume their normal activities after the holidays.
On Wednesday, November 25th, we will make a decision whether to extend distance learning for grades 9-12 and reduced hybrid for grades 7-8. Thank you for your patience as we evaluate the data daily to determine the best learning model for our students after Thanksgiving break.
Regardless of the learning model upon return from Thanksgiving break, students will notice a small adjustment in their daily schedules to accommodate the requirements in Executive Order 20-95 for teacher prep time. For middle and high school students, you can see the updated bell schedule here. Arrival and dismissal times are unchanged, and supervised student learning support will occur during these teacher prep times.
Lastly, I’d like to take a moment to thank our staff. It’s American Education Week and here at Staples-Motley Schools, we’re especially grateful for the staff that have continued to educate and support the education of our students in extraordinary circumstances. If there’s a particular staff person that has made an impact on your child’s educational experience this fall, we want to hear about it! Feel free to respond to this email, or reach out via phone 218-894-5400.
Have a great weekend, and don’t forget – next week is a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday!