Meigs News


Map of school highlighting new office location: Text beside picture states: Summer office hours 8 am to 1:20 pm. Office closed July 3; 2020-2021 registration: The registration portal can be found on the district's website in the parents/students section or on our school website under guidance. once the form has been submitted to us, we will give you a call.  If you have any questions, please give us a call at 850-833-4301, New office procedures for entering: Push door bell, someone will greet you through the intercom and will then unlock the door, once you hear a 'click' please pull door to open"

 


 

Required vaccination for 7th graders

Students entering, attending, or transferring to seventh grade in Florida schools are required to have:

One dose of tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine (Tdap).

When your student has received his/her immunizations, please bring in the immunization certificate on Florida Form 680 to the front office prior to the first day of school, August 11th.

Students will not be able to receive their schedule or start school without proper immunization documentation.

For questions, feel free to call the Front office at 833-4301.

 

Free Immunizations available at the Health Department (Appointments required)

Back to school immunizations. Vaccinations provided at no cost for children 18 years and younger at DOH-Okaloosa. Appointments are required Call 850-833-9246 to schedule and appointment.  HealthOkaloosa.com

 


 

Join the Band 2020 - 2021

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It's time to secure your spot and your future with the Meigs Middle School Wildcat Band Program. Be sure to book your appointment today! Appointments are available to meet the new band directors and select your instrument for the 2020- 2021 school year.  Not enrolled in band yet, it's not too late. Make an appointment and we can work with you to get band added to your schedule. Appointment slots are available on June 29th and 30th from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Meigs Band Room.

Schedule an Appointment

 


 

 

 

 

Superintendent Update about 20-21 School Year

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June 15, 2020

Dear Parents,

Long before the 2019-2020 school year ended, we began considering what Okaloosa Schools would look like next fall for students, families, and staff. Many variables exist with some of these certain to change over the next two months. We’ll be reviewing all of the guidance on reopening schools that has come from the Governor, the Florida Department of Education, and the Department of Health. And, we realize that our best plans for school next fall will be developed using not only this guidance, but also with input from you.

To that end, we recently conducted a survey of our parents that brought in over 5,000 responses. Based on guidance from the Florida Department of Education and your feedback, we’re making plans to open schools next fall on our scheduled start date of August 11th. However, we’re still studying all of the details involved with safely re-opening our schools, and we respect that families have wide-ranging opinions about what that means. Many families will be eager for their children to return to school as normally as possible while others will be more hesitant and may prefer an online option. This is a new environment, and there is no right or wrong, only what works best for your child.

Here are some things that we are planning to have in place this fall:

  • School campuses will be open for a traditional start to the academic school year on August 11th with health and safety precautions in place.

     

  • A full-time online option will be available for those who do not wish to return to their school building at the beginning of the year. The plan right now is for online students to stay connected to their school and to be taught by teachers from that school, if feasible. In order to manage our staffing and scheduling, we would require families who choose an online option to remain with that model likely through the end of a semester.

     

  • Recognizing that now is too soon for many parents to make a final decision, we will publish a “decision date” in July for parents to let schools know what option they’ve chosen.

     

  • Prior to the “decision date”, we’ll provide you with more specific information plans about what we’ll be doing inside our school buildings so that you can make an informed decision.

     

Many factors are being considered by our Reopening Schools Work Group that is studying this issue, and we will continue to work closely with the local health department and our community to seek input. I wanted to be sure to share our current thoughts with our parents so you know what we are considering at this time. Some of the things that will be addressed include the following:

  • What will bus transportation look like? We know that we do not have enough buses or drivers to space students six feet apart. Most of the parents whose children ride school buses who responded to our survey said they would permit their children to ride a bus with safety precautions taken, understanding that current levels of social distancing would be impossible to maintain. Hand sanitizer is already located on every bus, and masks, either voluntary or mandatory, and some level of health screening, could be part of the plan.

     

  • What about lunch? One option to reduce the crowds in a cafeteria is to let students eat in the classroom, but it’s not as simple as that. Students have to be supervised at all times. In a cafeteria, we can supervise a larger number of students with fewer adults. In classrooms, we wouldn’t typically have enough staff to monitor students while still allowing school employees time to eat their own lunches, so we are looking at creative ways to address the issue.

     

  • What about cleaning and sanitizing our rooms and classroom materials? Classrooms and common areas will receive enhanced, more frequent cleaning. We’re working now to stockpile effective, student-friendly cleaning supplies and wipes for classrooms and other areas. Everyone will likely need to play a role in keeping the classrooms clean, and we’re evaluating the best ways to do that throughout the day. Of course, hand sanitizer will continue to be available in all classrooms and school buses, and we’ll always encourage regular hand-washing at school for students and employees.

     

  • How will schools control large group gatherings? We could limit assemblies at the beginning of the school year, to include pep rallies at middle and high schools or move them to outside venues if appropriate. We intend to have sports and extracurricular activities as part of the school year and will monitor information from the Florida High School Activities Association (FHSAA) and other state groups for guidance to ensure the safety of our students, coaches and supporters. In certain schools, hallways can get crowded during class change. We can’t simply let students walk on the outside of buildings to get to the next hallway due to student safety concerns. Staggering class change times and creating hallway patterns could provide some relief.

     

  • What about masks? Parents should have the right to choose whether or not their child wears a mask. Employees will have that ability as well. By August, will state or local officials mandate they be worn in schools? That’s not the case at this time, but things could change. Instruction would certainly be impacted by the use of masks. Could face shields or barriers between desks be used if needed in some instances?

     

  • What about a possible “second wave” of COVID-19 later in the fall? If we’re directed to shift back to a virtual model later in the fall, we’ll have to be prepared to distribute devices and provide internet access as we did in the spring. We have the time to evaluate curriculum now to identify the best options for our students should the need arise.

     

These are just a few of the challenges that we will be developing solutions for in the coming weeks. We are committed to keeping you up-to-date as plans are further developed so that you can make an informed decision for your student. For now, I hope that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer, and I look forward to welcoming each of our students back safely this fall.

 

Marcus D. Chambers, Superintendent


Interested in the Dance Team???

 

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Students who are interested in our Meigs Goldenettes Dance Team, our online application is now available.  

Online Application

 


 

Interested in Wildcat Football???

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Students interested in participating in football activities must have an active Sports Physical and permission packet on file with Meigs Middle School front office. The athletic packet is required for any student before attending any conditioning or tryouts. 

 


Summer Bridge Activities

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The Okaloosa County School District's Curriculum Department has compiled optional activities and resources to assist students in practicing skills and activities throughout the usummer.  These materials should be completed over time and students may need assistance in completing some items or actvities.   

Summer Bridge Activities Website

 


 

Summer School - June 8th from July 10

* Students who participave in Summer School Course Recovery may keep their district-issued device through the completion of their summer courses.  

* Summer School will be completely online.  Students will complete work from home with support from their teacher who will provide his/her office hours.

* Students must complete 20% of their course work per week to stay on track to recoved failed course segments.  For students needing to recover multiple courses, their teacher will provide information of required work completion.

* Any student using a district issued device must return the device to the front office at Meigs no later than July 15th. 

* For questions or concerns about Summer School, please contact Mrs. Barrow at 833-4301. 

 


 

Device Drop Off 

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If you missed our device drop off window on June 1st, you may still return computer devices, chargers, and hot spots that were borrowed from our school.  Please contact the front office at 833-4301 to notify office staff when you will be returning your device. 

 

 


 

2019 - 2020 Yearbook - Available for pickup at Front office

 

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Yearbooks ordered this year are ready for pickup at the front office.  Didn't order a yearbook?  There are a limited number of extra yearbooks.  Yearbooks can be purchased by bringing $50 cash or check made out to Meigs Middle School to our new front office. 

 


 

2020 Academic Awards

Congratulations to all of our Wildcats for their academic achievements! Because we could not have the traditional awards night, a video was created to recognize and honor the achievements of our students. 

 

 


Virtual Military Family Life Counseling (MFLC) Available

Meigs military families and students, virtual counseling services are available from our Military Family Life Counselor, Mrs. Joanna Davis.  For more infomation, please contact her at jdavis7@magellanhealth.com or at (850)-417-4406. 

 


 

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Meigs Office Hours

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Please call for an appointment at 833-4301. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. 

 


 

 

Parent Satisfaction Survey

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Our district is on a continuous journey to make our schools the best places for students to learn, staff to work and parents to send their children for a great education. In this effort, we appreciate your support. It is important to gather feedback from you to celebrate successes and identify areas for growth. Please take a few minutes and complete this Parent Satisfaction Survey to help provide this feedback.

Once the survey is complete, the results will be analyzed by an outside organization. The data from the survey will be returned to the District to be shared with each school, its parents and the community.

The survey can be accessed online at OCSD Parent Satisfaction Survey.

Our school may also provide you with a paper copy to complete.

Thank you for your interest in and support of your child’s education with us. Please contact your school if you have any questions concerning the survey.

 

 


 

 

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