Congratulations to the staff at Standard Middle School for being selected as a 2020-2021 School To Watch! The Schools To Watch (STW) is a state program that focuses on school improvement efforts characterized by a continuous trajectory toward success. The reviewers of the program recognize the Standard Middle School for being developmentally responsive and socially equitable. The official STW reviewer, former Executive Director of the California League of Schools, Mr. Scott Steele, stated that he was impressed with the multiple student support programs in place, the extensive electives offered, and the caring and supportive culture of the campus. This is a very big honor for the staff at SMS, as well as validation and recognition of the many years of hard work the staff members have put in to create the plethora of student support programs, such as Circle of Friends, ATS, PBIS, MTSS, SSA, AAA Saturday, BOOST Club, etc. Standard Middle School is the only school in California receiving this initial recognition in 2020-2021. To maintain this recognition, SMS will need to reapply every three years. Well done, SMS!
Media headlines are misleading – schools are not reopening; they are transitioning to in-person instruction. We will continue utilizing Distance Learning as our instructional model for most students, continue to maintain in-person cohorts for special day classes, and continue to work with staff to bring back more cohorts of students on campus as can safely be implemented.
Congratulation to Mrs. Michelle McNamara, 3rd grade at Standard Elem, on her selection as 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year. School site Teachers of the Year are Mr. Clint McGill, Highland; Mrs. Sherry Shea, Wingland; and Ms. Caitlin Sanders, SMS #SSDWeCare
Wingland Elementary created this amazing 15 minute video, Silver Linings, illustrating the benefits of distance learning. I'm proud of our staff for stepping up to ensure students are receiving a quality education. #SSDWeCare https://youtu.be/AgWHgPmTNVI
FREE Covid-19 Testing – Kern County Public Health (KCPH) is encouraging individuals to get tested for COVID-19. Individuals can show no symptoms and still spread the infection. KCPH will be at Standard Park at 301 E. Minner St., (corner of E. Minner & Doyle Streets) on December 8, starting at 11am. Testing is FREE, no ID is required, and testing is done within minutes. No appointment necessary. If you have any questions, please call 211.
The new Stay Home Order will go into effect tomorrow, Dec. 5, but unlike the last state shut down, this time schools are exempted. Standard School District will continue to provide in-person instruction to students with disabilities in six established cohort classes.
Distance learning, Highland Elementary style! Please check out this virtual tour of distance learning, created by Assistant Principal, Richard Conolly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOrBY6Cjpcw&t=2s
Did you know you may complete the 2020 Census even if you rent your home? Learn more at 2020CENSUS.GOV #2020Census #SSDWeCare https://www.facebook.com/uscensusbureau/videos/2722022831349857/
June 1 through June 26, 2020 meal distribution will be from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Monday - Thursday at Standard Middle School, and the bus stop at West Day and Park Meadow Drive.