We are off and running with a new year! I hope everyone had a chance to spend quality time with family and friends this past holiday season. Our third quarter is upon us, before I go into the many events and changes we have planned for the third quarter we need to take a minute and talk about some great achievements Sand Ridge enjoyed in second quarter.
How about that NAL team! Our NAL team competed for the district title for the first time in school history. It was quite a battle with Wahlquist and although we came out on the short end, our team represented our school with class and dignity. It was a classic match to watch. Congrats to our team, our coaches and our student body.
Sand Ridge was also able to break school records with donations to the quarters and cans program. Our students along with the help of parents, neighbors, friends and relatives were able to set school records for funds and food raised. We were able to donate close to 2 tons of food supplies to our local charities. We also had a coat drive for those in need, a toy drive for Primary Children’s Hospital and we were able to help those in our community spreading some holiday cheer this past season. It’s a testament to the charitable and helpful spirit our community has. I can’t thank you enough for all of your donations and help this past holiday season.
To kick off the third quarter I want to let you know of a change we are making. We have been able to provide a study table lunch for our 7th grade students during the 1st semester. Any student who was missing 5 assignments in a class was able to get their lunch a bit early and spend it with our student advocate working with assignments and getting caught up on their work. We were able to have tutors come in and work with our new 7th grade students to get them started right on their Sand Ridge careers.
This semester second semester, our study table will begin to work with our 8th grade population. Starting 3rd quarter we will be calling down 8th grade students to get extra help on their missing assignments and we will be able to track them each week as to the assignments they need to turn in. We were able to help jump start some 7th grade students’ educational careers and now we want to help our 8th grade students get ready for their 9th grade or freshman year in high school. We appreciate all of the support you have given us with our new study table lunch program.
Other events starting in the 3rd quarter will include our boys’ basketball season and our girls’ basketball tryouts and season. Our Science Fair will kick off in the third quarter and we will also have many more performances and show casings of talents with our performing and visual arts departments. Our parent teacher conferences will be held during the 3rd quarter.
Please put on your calendars February 18th as our PTC day, conferences will start at 1:00 p.m. Also I want to let you know that our SAGE writing exam will be held in February. Last year was our first year testing and we have some of the kinks and bugs out of the system but to allow for maximum testing time for our students we are going to cut the late starts for February. We will be running a regular schedule for the month of February to make every attempt to allow the proper testing time for our students.
We have a new and blank year in front of us, we hope and plan to fill it with quality work and great examples of the STING. Our students have rocketed us off to a great start to the year and we want make sure we finish our year as strong as we finished it. I hope you all have a great month of January!