The following is a message for Draper Principal Mr. Arket:
“Hello, Draper Families,
Well, we have almost made it. If your family is anything like mine, summer cannot arrive soon enough. My boys’ motivation to participate in online learning seems to have lessened with each passing day. Even though their teachers have put a near herculean effort into engaging distance learning lessons, it just isn’t the same. They miss being in school, seeing their teachers in person, and spending time with their friends. I have gotten this same sense from our Draper families and staff. I do believe that all of us have tried our absolute best during this extremely difficult time, and for that, I am thankful. While I do not yet know what the future holds, I am hopeful that school can return to some semblance of normalcy in the fall. Here are a few important end-of-year items as we enter the home stretch:
Last Day of School
The last day of school is Wednesday, June 17, which will be a half-day of distance learning.
All student lockers that were not emptied during our cleanout week have since been cleared by our monitors. Student belongings have been bagged, labeled, and are organized by grade level/homeroom in our cafeteria. Families may come on Monday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to noon, or Wednesday, June 17 from noon to 4 p.m. to pick up student belongings and return school-issued supplies like library or textbooks. Those who enter the building will be required to socially distance and wear a mask.
Students will keep their Chromebooks over the summer with the intent to use them next year.
I have attached the Quarter 4 Grading Philosophy / Plan that was sent home in May. I added a section on grade reporting for special area classes. Quarter 4 report cards will be posted on SchoolTool and mailed home on Friday, June 19.
Grade 8 Moving Up
In lieu of our normal Moving Up Ceremony and Celebration, we plan to post a Moving Up Ceremony video on the district website by Monday, June 15th. Eighth-grade families have also been invited to a Moving Up Drive-Thru on Tuesday, June 16 to celebrate our wonderful group of eighth-graders.
You may still order a yearbook online using this link (search for Draper Middle School). Yearbooks will be delivered to Draper over the summer. I will communicate the pick-up plan once I know the exact delivery dates.
We have partnered with Supplies Made Simple to create a one-stop-shop for school supply ordering for next school year. Student supply bundles can be ordered through SMS, who will deliver the bundle to Draper so it is ready by the first day of school. Attached is an informational flyer:
Summer Reading Contest
Our ELA department has put together a really fun school-wide reading contest for the summer. Here is a link to a promotional video. The contest flyer and bingo card will be mailed home with report cards.
Next School Year
Superintendent Shine will communicate any updates regarding next school year over the summer. I plan to mail out a summer informational letter to all Draper families in early August.
In closing, I am deeply appreciative of your support, flexibility, and patience as you were forced to wear one more proverbial parent hat — homeschool teacher. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and relaxing summer.