What's Happening @Faiss MS
Important information for members of the Faiss MS Commuity.
Dear Faiss Community,
We are off and running with the start of second semester. We are so proud of our basketball teams for their participation in the Gunderson MS MLK Basketball tournament. And a special congrats to our boy's team for bringing home third place! Also proud of our student council/broadcast/journalism students who did a lock-in this weekend where they worked on their leadership skills and planned activities for our student body. I know both groups made some amazing memories with friends. As much as middle school students want to be beyond grownup, they are still kids, and it's fun to see them still enjoying being goofy and having fun with each other.
We have a 4 day week this week and another one next week, as our staff will be particpating in our third of four staff development days on Monday, January 22.
Questions, comments, compliments...please feel free to reply to this email or contact the school at 702-799-6850.
Important Dates for future planning...
JAN. 22: NO SCHOOL for Staff Professional Development Day
FEB. 19: NO SCHOOL for Presidents’ Day
MARCH 11 to MARCH 15: NO SCHOOL for Spring Break
MARCH 29: NO SCHOOL
APRIL 1: NO SCHOOL for Staff Professional Development Day
APRIL 26: NO SCHOOL for Contingency Day
MAY 20: HALF DAY DISMISSAL @ 12:30pm for Last Day of School
MAY 21: START SUMMER BREAK
AUG. 12: FIRST DAY OF THE 2024-2025 School Year
HEALTH AND SAFETY TOOLS (Public Service Announcement)
Dream...Believe...Soar to Achieve!
Roger West, Principal
Melissa Giannantonio, Assistant Principal (Curriculum/Testing/Attendance/MTSS)
Amanda Skrogstad, Assistant Principal (6th grade/School Safety/Activities)
Joe Vespo, Assistant Principal (7th Grade/Athletics/Facilities)
Shirley Cunningham, Assistant Principal (8th Grade/Special Education/Transportation)
Learning Management Tools- Canvas and Infinite Campus
We have two learning management systems that are of importance for students and parents. The first is Canvas- think if Canvas as like the windshield of your car, when you look at Canvas with your child, you will be able to see what assignments or assessments are upcoming for the week. Infinite Campus on the other hand, is like the rearview mirror. It will show you what has been graded or what has been turned in but may be missing.
Faiss MS Home Basketball Games
Our basketball season begins this week! Student tickets cost $1 and adults are $3. Faiss students must have their school ID or their 5 Star App on a mobile device to be scanned upon entry.
MS Parenting Newsletter
After School Clubs and Activities
Questions, please contact Ms. Skrogstad at email@example.com or 702-799-6850 Ext. 4500
Social Media Issues and Concerns
Parent and Students...social media is an incredible force in our society today. It can and is used for so much good, but can also be incredibly dangerous and abused, especially by young people that are not aware of how addictive and controlling it can become mentally and physically. We urge families to monitor their children's use of social media/texting/messaging. See what and who your kids are talking to and what they are talking about. Below is some infomation and resources we wanted to share. If you see something inappopriate on social media, you can report it and get it removed.
Social Media Concerns and Issues
The internet, both the greatest invention and biggest threat for society today. One population that is mentally affected more than any other are our children. That’s why Thursday, CCSD and the Clark County School Board of Trustees voted to approve lawsuits with social media giants TikTok and Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta in its crosshairs.
At the board meeting Thursday, they gave the greenlight for law firms to go after the social media giants.
Why is CCSD clearing the way for these lawsuits?
This is not a decision that CCSD came to on their own. Nationwide, multiple school districts, cities and states have taken aim against the industry. Between unrelenting bullying that happens on the platforms, algorithms that (inadvertently, perhaps) put some of the worst content into the minds of our kids and more. In “the day,” bullying would stop when your kid walked into their home. Now? Not quite. Terrible body images advertised at the check out counter would stay at the grocery store. Now they follow your kid and bombard them with swipe after swipe, falling deeper into the algorithm that makes the services more addictive than nicotine.
The CDC points to data that shows from 2011-2021, the average female in particular has seen a rise in considering attempting suicide. In 2011, that number was a mere 19 percent. By 2021 that had risen dramatically to 30 percent. Obviously COVID and shut downs didn’t help, but the numbers in 2019 were a fairly large jump. Suicidal thoughts for boys stayed flat from 2011-2019, with a slight uptick by 2021. Thoughts of hopelessness also rose dramatically between both boys and girls during the same eight year time frame.
Mental health issues that arise from social media use result in kids acting out in school, which makes it near impossible for educators to educate effectively.
What happens now?
Now law firms will be free to seek lawsuits against the social media powerhouses, like dozens of districts before them, to see not only a monetary award but potentially significant and meaningful change to the service as a whole. It is worth noting CCSD has dealt with social media issues as recently as last week that had the district and CCSDPD scrambling.
Chromebooks at Faiss
Chromebooks at Faiss Middle School
Reminder students must bring Chromebooks, Chargers, and Case everyday to school.
If a student looses their Chromebook please notify the office immediately and/or complete the lost device form so the Chromebook can be locked.
Student activity is monitored using Go Guardian.
Failure to bring their Chromebooks to school everyday will result in progressive discipline.
Lunch Options at Faiss MS
For the 2023-2024 school year, breakfast and lunch are available at no cost to all students.
The Clark County School District participates in the Community Eligibility Provision of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act districtwide and will provide free school meals to all students during the 2023-2024 school year.
Other options for lunch:
- Students can bring lunch from home
- Student store has snacks/drinks for sale, cost is between $1-$2 per item. There are also vending machines that sell snacks/drinks that take cash/card/mobile pay.
- Mondays we see Chick-Fil-A sandwich for $5, Wednesdays we sell Panda Express Bowls for $7, and Fridays Canes 2 finger combo for $7.
- We accept cash and card at the student store. Cards require a minimum $5 purchase.
Faiss MS and CCSD Student Conduct Expectations
On Tuesday 8/8/23, our grade level administrators and teachers spent time reviewing our student handbook with students. Here are just a few important reminders for students after being away on summer break, especially concerning cell phones/earbuds/headphones and dress code. The CCSD Code Of Conduct is availabe for review by all CCSD members at this LINK.
CCSD policy requires that students be allowed to use cell phones before school, during lunch, and after school. This year at Faiss, we are going to stick to just those times. Though phones can serve as a powerful tool for providing quick access to information, they have also equally proven to be a major distraction. The focus of their time at school will be instruction and learning the important content and conversational skills necessary to be successful in our ever-changing economy and world.
If a student is caught using their phone or listening to music between classes, their phone/headphones will be confiscated by a Faiss staff member.
The student will be allowed to pick up their item after school. After the third offense, a parent/designated adult will have to pick up the item.
We understand that schedules, pickup, and family emergencies happen. Though we do not deliver personal messages to students, if an emergency occurs, we are happy to call a student down to the office to contact their parent.
We also know that many students do not have a cell phone, please remember that you can also email your child on their CCSD account if you have a reminder to share with them.
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Faiss Middle School opened its' doors to the Clark County School District community in the 2007-2008 school year. Since its initial school year, Faiss has been a part of large community changes including the construction of Wet 'N Wild Las Vegas (right next door) and neighbors to Shelley Berkley Elementary School.