As we initiate conversations, I believe that we need to start the important conversations within the walls of our schools.  We need to make this conversation part of our mentoring programs.  These conversations need to be part of our churches and other organization.  Not after the fact, but before the action begins.

Right now, as we begin to transition back to a normal way of life, we need to prepare to explain and teach our youth about the actions they have seen all over the television the past couple of weeks. We need to have the discussions of how they can contribute to bridge this gap.

We need to bridge the gap between the generations.  We need to enhance teaching of love and togetherness.  Not only the conversation, but continue to build on the actions it takes to drown out the kinds of mistreatment and hatred we continue to experience.  Not only for one color of people, but for all people.  We must continue to make steps forward and not backwards.

Just a Thought!

I was thinking about a speech I did a few years ago.  It is amazing how things tend to come back around at you, then you realize how prevalent it is.  But I was thinking about the speech and the reaction it received afterwards for a paragraph in it.  It was something like this:

“Why are we in the space and place we are today?  How have we gotten lost in the shuffle of society, in the persuasion of those who refuse to make change, and who we are as a people?

If I asked you to walk into the room in the beginning and ask for all the young ladies to sit on one side and all of the young men to sit on the other side, then have all the lights turned off to a pitch black darkness.

Imagine everyone had their heads shaved, their eyebrows and lashes shaved, everybody had on the same type perfume.  Girls had their nails clipped down to the finger.  Nobody had any outside features that could be detected.

Then without talking to each other, walk around and try to find a friend.

Chances are—you couldn’t.

The point is, no matter how we look on the outside, no matter what our outside features are, no matter where we grew or were born, on the inside, we are the same. We all bleed the same blood, our hearts beat the same, our muscles are constructed the same, and we typically function the same..  Have we failed to understand that?

When you plant a flower, it will have roots while it is nourished in the ground and stabilizes its foundation, but when it begins to grow up top, it is still a flower though it may be different in sight.

Lets get back to the business of being the people God intended for us to be.”

Updated 7/28/2020
The revised First 15 Days of School Calendar has some important changes that warrant highlighting. Please note the following:

  • Preplanning is extended from August 3 through August 21.
  • Orientation dates and times are now as follows:
    • For families who selected the In-Person Instructional Model–Kindergarten, 6th grade, 9th grade, and students new to the Hall County School District: Orientation is scheduled at schools on August 17 (Last Name A-K) and August 18 (Last Name L-Z). Orientation will run from 3:00PM-7:30PM both days. *Please note the change made with regard to the split of the student body by alphabet.
    • All other students enrolled in the In-Person Instructional Model will receive orientation digitally and through zoom meetings on August 19 and August 20. Schools will determine times and student groupings. This information will be posted to school websites.
    • Students enrolled in the Virtual Learning Model will receive orientation information and class expectations from each of their virtual teachers. Additionally, they are invited to attend their respective schools’ digital/zoom orientations on August 19 and 20 to familiarize themselves with school practices and procedures.
  • The first day of school for students is now August 24.
  • The deadline for families to select either In-Person Instruction or Virtual Instruction is August 28.
  • Updated School Year Calendar
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EHMS Parents,

As we approach the beginning of the school year, there are certain questions that continue to rise. At this point, it is not mandatory for students to wear a face mask in school for the entirety of the day. Each student will need their own face mask, as of now it is mandatory to wear the mask on the school bus, during class change, and specific times during the school day when social distancing is not practical in order to extend safety to all students.

When in school, students are encouraged to wear the mask in order to continue to help us in protecting each other in this environment. Masks must follow the following guidelines:

  • Mask must have no negative or derogatory messages on it.
  • Mask must not have suggestive messages, drawings, or writing on it.
  • Bandanas cannot be used as mask.

We recommend students acquire a face mask that fits and allows them to be comfortable throughout the school day, if worn.

Students should also have a clear water bottle with them at all times. The water fountains will be turned off throughout the day.

We encourage students to bring their own hand sanitizer to school as we have a limited supply at the moment.

This year, we will be allowing students to take their computers home. We ask that if you are purchasing book bags that you should purchase one with a computer sleeve or something to protect the computer. Ear buds are also on the list of helpful items that kids need.

Suggested School Supply List

***Spanish***

Buenos dias padres

A medida que nos acercamos al comienzo del año escolar, hay ciertas preguntas que continúan aumentando. En este punto, no es obligatorio que los estudiantes usen una máscara facial en la escuela durante todo el día. Cada estudiante necesitará su propia máscara facial, a partir de ahora es obligatorio usar la máscara en el autobús escolar, durante el cambio de clase y en momentos específicos durante el día escolar cuando el distanciamiento social no es práctico para extender la seguridad a todos los estudiantes.

Cuando están en la escuela, se alienta a los estudiantes a usar la máscara para continuar ayudándonos a protegernos mutuamente en este entorno. Las máscaras deben seguir las siguientes pautas:

  • La máscara no debe tener mensajes negativos o despectivos.
  • La máscara no debe tener mensajes sugerentes, dibujos o escritos en ella.
  • Bandanas no se pueden usar como máscara

Recomendamos que los estudiantes adquieran una máscara facial que se ajuste y les permita sentirse cómodos durante el día escolar, si se usan.

Los estudiantes también deben tener una botella de agua clara con ellos en todo momento. Las fuentes de agua estarán cerradas durante todo el día.

Alentamos a los estudiantes a traer su propio desinfectante para manos a la escuela ya que tenemos un suministro limitado en este momento.

Este año, permitiremos que los estudiantes lleven sus computadoras a casa. Si compra bolsas de libros, le pedimos que compre una con una funda para computadora o algo para protegerla. Los auriculares también están en la lista de artículos útiles que los niños necesitan.

Lista de útiles escolares sugeridos

East Hall Middle Parents,

This is a reminder that East Hall Middle School will be conducting an in-person registration for new EHMS students on Tuesday, July 28th and Thursday, July 30, 2020. The event will go from 8:30 AM -1:00 PM both days.

Registration will be held under the breezeway at the bus entrance at EHMS.

Also, if you have chosen for your child to be a car rider for the semester, we will also have car rider registration and tag pick up at that time. Please wear a face mask and practice Social Distance during your visit.

As a reminder, we are asking that all students bring hand sanitizer, a clear water bottle and face mask when school begins.

If you have any questions, please call the school.

East Hall Middle School
770-531-9457

****Spanish****

Padres de East Hall,

Este es un recordatorio de que East Hall Middle School llevará a cabo una inscripción en persona el martes 28 de julio y el jueves 30 de julio de 2020. El evento se realizará de 8:30 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.

La inscripción se llevará a cabo bajo la vía de acceso en la entrada del autobús.

Además, si ha elegido que su hijo sea un conductor de automóvil durante el semestre, también tendremos el registro del conductor del automóvil y la recogida de etiquetas en ese momento. Use una máscara facial y practique la distancia social durante su visita.

Como recordatorio, pedimos que todos los estudiantes traigan desinfectante para manos, una botella de agua transparente y una mascarilla facial cuando comience la escuela.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame a la escuela.

East Hall Middle School

770-531-9457

All parents who have chosen Virtual Learning (or In-Person Learning) for the semester should still fill out a free or reduced meals application for their student. This can be done at https://schoolmeals.hallco.org

***Spanish****
Todos los padres que hayan elegido el Aprendizaje virtual (o Aprendizaje en persona) durante el semestre aún deben completar una solicitud de comidas gratis o de precio reducido para su estudiante. Esto se puede hacer en https://schoolmeals.hallco.org

 

Nutrition

Last night the Hall County School District released Back to School Guidelines for the upcoming school year. These guidelines can be viewed on the district’s Reconnect Hall web page. Please follow the link below to access the guidelines.

https://www.hallco.org/web/july-20-2020-back-to-school-guidelines/#tab-id-1

Stay up to date with current details at https://www.hallco.org/web/reconnect-hall/

 

 

***Spanish****

Anoche, el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Hall publicó las Pautas de Regreso a la Escuela para el próximo año escolar. Estas pautas se pueden ver en la página web Reconnect Hall del distrito. Siga el enlace a continuación para acceder a las pautas.

Español – https://www.hallco.org/web/july-20-2020-back-to-school-guidelines/#tab-id-2

Manténgase actualizado con los detalles actuales en https://www.hallco.org/web/reconnect-hall/

 

English Pages 1-2                       Páginas en español 3-4

Back to school guidelines English and Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions

-How do I sign my child up for Virtual Learning
(When you answer “yes” to virtual on the survey, we are going to automatically sign you up.)
-Once my child began Virtual, can they change back to in-person if they don’t like it?
(They will have until the end of August 21st to make their final choice.  After that, they will not have another opportunity to change until the end of the semester.)
-Can a student who chooses Virtual get a chromebook from the school?
(Yes, contact the school to arrange to sign out a chromebook for virtual learning)
-Can a student who chooses Virtual take pictures for the yearbook?
(Virtual students are still considered members of the school and are able to take pictures)
-Can Virtual students play sports?
(Yes)

 

Good Morning  Parents,

As we approach the beginning of the school year, there are certain questions that continue to rise about the wearing of the mask.  At this point, it is not mandatory for students to wear the mask in school.  It is only mandatory to wear the mask on the school bus.

When in school, students are encouraged to wear the mask in order to continue to help us in protecting each other in this environment.

Students who wear mask, must follow the following guidelines:

-Mask must have no negative or derogatory messages on it.

-Mask must not have suggestive messages, drawings, or writing on it

-Bandanas can not be used as mask

In preparation for the start of the new school year, we recommend students acquire a couple of masks that allow them to be comfortable throughout the school day.

Students should also have a water bottle with them at all times.  The water fountains will be turned off throughout the day.

We encourage students to bring their own hand sanitizer to school as we have a limited supply at the moment

Research shows that wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of COVID19. The Hall County School District is strongly encouraging students to wear masks in an effort to protect the health of staff and classmates. In preparation for the start of the new school year, we recommend students acquire a couple of masks that allow them to be comfortable throughout the school day.

 

La investigación muestra que usar una máscara puede ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID19. El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Hall está alentando a los estudiantes a usar máscaras en un esfuerzo por proteger la salud del personal y los compañeros de clase. En preparación para el comienzo del nuevo año escolar, recomendamos que los estudiantes adquieran un par de máscaras que les permitan sentirse cómodos durante el día escolar.