I am happy to report that today was a successful first day. While a few kinks still need to be worked out, the students were able to open their lockers, find their classes, meet their teachers, and engage with their peers – success! Our goal, over the next five days, is to accustom our students back to Mannion Middle School.
As students transition back to the building, we need to ask our parents to do the same. I realize that we experienced unprecedented traffic on Paradise Hills, Skyline, and Greenway today. For that, I apologize. Not sure if this was due to a significant number of parents taking students to school on the first day, but I think we can make some improvements for tomorrow. Here are a few reminders:
- Skyline must remain clear for busses. The street is narrow, and the No Parking Red Zones allow busses to access the back of the school. Please do not park along Skyline in the red zone so our busses can easily access the school.
- Paradise Hills is problematic when parents going east want to turn left onto Greenway. If the left turn lane to Greenway backs into the lane of cars looking to go straight to College Drive, we have a traffic jam. Please consider going straight to College Drive instead of turning onto Greenway. This will reduce the traffic for everyone.
- Finally, the front driveway of the school is single lane. Please do not pass cars on the left who are waiting to exit out of the school’s driveway. Traffic Control will not grant us a double turn lane, so we are not permitted to make one on our own. If the traffic exiting the school proceeds straight to College Drive, and does not wait to turn left onto Greenway, the front driveway does not back up like it did today.
As for the rest of this week, we will continue to familiarize our students with our campus, procedures, and expectations. Starting on Wednesday, all students will take the MAPS assessment. The purpose of the Maps assessment is to identify the learning gaps that have taken place over the past year and a half. The test is not for a grade, but does require the use of the ChromeBook. The test will take place for approximately two hours a day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and we build the schedule so students will have a mix of testing along with opportunities to interact with classmates and teachers (Ms. Hargraves will release the testing schedule tomorrow). By completing the MAPs assessment this week, the academic instruction and learning can begin next week.
Your students were amazing today, and it was great to see them back again. We will continue to update you throughout the week and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Todd C. Petersen, Principal
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