SCSD Blended & Virtual Learning Hub for Families
Please use this link for information and resources concerning blended and virtual learning. bit.ly/scsdfamilytechsupport
Please click on the links below for tutorials for canvas, teams, Office 365, and email:
Schedule time with one of our SCSD librarians if you need tech help or support in connecting to your online classes. This link is for middle and high school students. You can also contact the help desk if you need support for the device that you have sig:ned out from SCSD: 315-435-6274 (please leave message), or email: StudentTechSupport@scsd.us
Back to School 2020
Welcome back, families! The first day of school is Monday, September 14th. All students, Pre-K through 12th grade, will be learning remotely as the school year starts, and will continue remote learning through at least October 2nd.
To check your child’s class schedule, please log in to School Tool
and reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns.
GMS families, the SCSD 2020/21 COVID-19 Reopening plan is now available. Please click on the red Reopening Plan Graphic above or this link to see the plan.
Principal Primerano's News Update to the GMS Families
April 20, 2020
Good Afternoon Grant Gator Families. All SCSD schools will be closed at least through May 15, 2020, per Governor Cuomo and County Executive McMahon Our teachers update our learning padlet
(above) weekly. Please use the padlet as a resource for announcements and classroom assignments. Our teachers will be calling our scholars weekly to check on their school assignment progress and to problem solve issues that may be keeping them from being successful. Scholars with paper assignments may return the assignments to the appropriate box placed outside single point on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 - 12;00. If you have any concerns, please reach out to your child's teachers or to the main office at 315 435-4433.
April 13, 2020
Good Afternoon Grant Gator Families. I hope that you are all healthy and staying healthy practicing social distancing. Governor Cuomo and County Executive McMahon are assessing when schools and businesses can open again in two-week intervals. At this time, they are optimistically hoping for an opening on April 29. Until school reopens, our teachers and staff are using Padlet
as the portal to their instruction. Our Padlet is organized by academic disciplines. Scholars should go to the academic course and scroll down to find their teacher's name. Once they find their teacher, there is an agenda of what should be accomplished that week, as well as links to assignments. If you need help with the padlet, please contact our school librarian: Jean Van Doren (email@example.com). Click on the image below to access the padlet.
April 2, 2020
Good Afternoon Grant Gator families,
Our teachers and staff have been using a platform called padlet as the door to their classroom assignments. The link to the padlet is here
. There is also a link on the right margin of this page under the links tab.
We would like to share that there will be two community food pantry tables on Saturday 4/3/20 and Sunday 4/4/20. On Saturday, please go to 6099 Court Street. The food give away will begin at 10:00 AM and will continue until there is no food left. On Sunday, please go to 2323 South Salina Street. That event will begin at 11:00 AM until the food is gone. Please stay healthy during this unprecedented time.
March 27, 2020
Good Afternoon Grant families. As you know, our Onondaga County Executive announced that our schools will remain closed until April 15, 2020. Even with a closed building and social distancing, Grant is still a strong family and community. Our staff members and our families have been in contact throughout this historical time. To show our unity and community, Grant is having a School Spirit Week!
Monday, March 30: Pajama Day By now, most of us have all spent at least one day in our pajamas…let’s see your favorite ones!
Tuesday, March 31: Halloween Hoopla Bust out your favorite Halloween costume of all time & let us all see!
Wednesday, April 1: Family School Picture Day Pose for an animated, or otherwise, family portrait and share it with your Gator peeps!
Thursday, April 2: TikTok Dance Day Let see your dance skills! Make a TikTok video to share.
Friday, April 3: Covid-19 Hero Day Let’s salute the heroes that are on our front lines. Dress like a first responder or essential worker. Get creative!
And please continue checking out our padlet
for updates, announcements, and assignments.
March 18, 2020
Good Morning Grant Gator Families. Our GMS community is working to ensure that our students will have uninterrupted instruction during this unprecedented emergency. We are keeping in close contact with our families through talking points texting as well as robocalls. We will also use social media, this page, our facebook page and twitter feed to keep families informed. We appreciate all of our Grant community; teachers, staff, families and most especially our students. Together, we can successfully continue learning while keeping ourselves safe through social distancing.
Our staff is using a padlet page, GMS At-Home Learning, for resource sharing. Please go to: https://bit.ly/2WnvYLE to see our list of resources and teacher instructional materials. A link to the padlet is also on the right side of our GMS page under the links tab. Thank you for all that you do to make our GMS community successful.
March 15, 2020
Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon has announced that all schools in the County, including the Syracuse City School District will be closed at the conclusion of school on Friday, March 20, 2020. Should a positive test for COVID-19 come back before Friday all schools will close on Wednesday, March 18th.
In addition to school closing on March 20th all extra-curricular and non-essential programs have been cancelled effective immediately. This includes, athletics, field trips, concerts and any building permit requests.
We recognize that some of you may be uncomfortable sending your children to school. Please know that we respect your right as parents to choose what is best for your child.
More information will be forthcoming regarding online academic offerings and food service. We do have a page set up with information for Learning at Home and this will change throughout the week.
Administrative Supervision: We have assigned administrative offices to ensure Gator leaders are positioned around the building to support the needs of students and teachers: Principal Primerano will lead the entire building and work with our 8th grade scholars, Vice Principal Guertin will lead the 7th grade scholars, and Vice Principal Snihur will lead the 6th grade scholars. We will all support students in meeting the Code of Conduct. We believe these changes will allow for more clear communication between families and school because all stakeholders will know who to contact as issues arise.
Drop-Off/Pick-Up Location: All parent(s)/guardian(s)/families will be asked to drop off and pick up their students in the front of our school on Grant Blvd. This helps us maximize the safety and efficiency of buses arriving and leaving school. Cars will not be permitted to drop off or pick up students in the main school parking lot. Breakfast at school will begin at 7:35 a.m. and students should arrive at school by 7:45 a.m. with first period beginning at 7:50 a.m.
Grant Website: Please check out our school’s website http://www.syracusecityschools.com/grant for updates on the happenings and celebrations at Grant each month. Please also follow Grant on Facebook and Twitter to see all the great things that will be happening all school year.
Grant Academic Teams: We have restructured our teams to partner with SUNY Schools that will be accessible to Gator Scholars:
Team Cortland- 6th Grade, Team Leader Mr. Seidman
Team Oswego- 6th Grade, Team Leader Ms. Marcely
Team Geneseo- 7th Grade, Team Leader Ms. Vincent
Team Morrisville- 7th/8th Grade, Team Leader Ms. Kiley
Team Binghamton- 8th Grade, Team Leader Ms. Breh
Grant Attire: We are aware that many parents are shopping for school clothes. Please remember students can dress to express one’s personality as it does not distract/disrupt the learning environment. All students should wear pants or shorts that are knee length and below. Tank tops should have a strap that is at least two fingers in width. Girls can wear skirts that are knee length or below; no halter tops are allowed. Students can wear hats, scarves, sunglasses, and backpacks to school but these items need to be placed in a locker when they arrive. Students will not be able to wear these items throughout the school day.
Grant Gator Gear: We encourage our scholars to have pride in our school. The school will have special events where students and staff will be encouraged to wear their Grant Gator Gear.
Electronics: Scholars are encouraged to keep electronic devices at home; there are phones available for use with teacher approval. IF scholars bring electronics to school, they will be immediately turned off before entering the building. Once in class, all electronics must be kept in their locker following the district policy of Off and Invisible. We are asking parents to partner with us by reiterating these expectations at home to ensure a safe and orderly environment at school.
It is an honor to lead a new team and bring a new vision to Grant Middle School. We look forward to working closely with our families and community to ensure the success of our school and its students. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you throughout the year.
Click here for the Grant Middle School Supply List
Mission: To build, support and sustain a school community that provides all students with a high-quality education that prepares them to graduate as responsible, active, citizens ready for success in college and careers and prepared to compete in a global economy.
Vision: To provide a safe, collaborative, engaging learning environment where attention is given to individuals, and students are encouraged to take academic risks through the development of healthy relationships.
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