MSD Parent Portal
MSD Parent Portal
Reopening of School Details
as of 9.25.20
We know that many of you have questions related to the re-opening of school next month and what that will look like at MSD. This serves to provide you with some detailed information related to these questions.
Our school schedule will revert to our standard schedule of 7:40 am until 2:40 pm, starting on October 14th for ALL students.
According to current school board recommendations, our school schedule will revert to our standard schedule of 7:40 am until 2:40 pm, starting on October 14th for ALL students. We will have a phased reopening with 9th graders being offered the opportunity to return to campus to continue their e-learning, and grades 10-12 will be offered the opportunity to return to campus on October 20th.
Students will start their first class at 7:40 and will follow their regular class schedule. Students who are on campus will change classes and rooms every period.
Students on campus will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of time on campus. Additionally, if your child utilizes Broward County School transportation they must wear a face mask during the duration of their transit.
Students on campus will eat lunch in the cafeteria and individual seating will be available.
Due to CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements, classrooms will only be able to house 12-14 students per class period. Because of the complexity of the high school schedule, some classes may be larger than others and necessitate the use of an “overflow” room, where students will be removed from the regular classroom to adhere to CDC guidelines. They will continue their e-learning in this overflow room for that specific class period only.
All students, whether continuing e-learning at home or on MSD’s campus, will have the same learning opportunities and experiences. We will continue to deliver instruction via TEAMS and Canvas. There will be no activities or learning experiences conducted on campus that cannot or are not conducted at home. The learning between on-site and at-home students will be synchronous.
Students who opt to return to MSD’s campus will be required to bring their school-issued or personal laptop and charging cord every day.
Please know that because of our size, the number of students requesting to return to campus may require us to host multiple sessions, where groups of students are only able to return to campus on specific days and other groups are able to return on alternate days.
Students who have selected on-campus learning but do not adhere to the guidelines and requirements, will return to e-learning at home for the remainder of the semester and no longer be afforded the opportunity to attend e-learning on campus.
The re-opening survey is open and available on your child’s SSO launchpad. You must complete this survey for EACH child in your home attending a Broward School no later than 9/29. Failure to complete the survey will lock your child into e-learning at home for the semester.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s administrator. More information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
How to Access the Survey to Indicate Your Intention (Screenshots Below)
1. Go to Clever at sso.browardschools.com
2. Click on the Survey (as pictured below) in the language you prefer
3. Enter your StudentID@my.browardschools.com and password to Log In
4. Read through the information and indicate your choice, then click submit
Evening Academic Support
Back to School Required Online Forms
It is more important than ever that parents complete the online back to school forms. You must submit the forms for each student enrolled in the district. The BTS (Back to School) wizard provides forms in English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole and Portuguese.
IMPORTANT: By submitting your back to school forms and emergency contact card through the BTS wizard, you are updating your contact information in the school database. If you do not update your contact information in the online forms, you will not receive school calls, emails and texts.
Join Your Grade Level Remind 101 Groups for Up To Date Info from MSD
Either download the Remind 101 app or simply sign up via text and receive announcements as texts directly to your phone.
Text the appropriate code below to the number 81010
Class of 2021 Code: @2021MSD
Class of 2022 Code: @2022MSD
Class of 2023 Code: @2023MSD
Class of 2024 Code: @2024MSD
Teacher Remind Groups:
Each of your child's teachers may have established a remind group to communicate important announcements and updates. You can find the Remind 101 codes for each teacher/class on their canvas page.
Other Methods of Communication
We use many methods of communication at Stoneman Douglas. Make sure you know how to access each medium linked/listed below:
The Pinnacle Gradebook
Link to Pinnacle
The grade you see in Pinnacle is your child's current grade for the quarter. All assignments and grades populate into Pinnacle. Canvas has a course progress tool that lets you see grades for assignments graded only within Canvas. Any other assignments that are completed on a third party site like USA Test Prep, Khan Academy, Math Nation, etc. are scored and put into Pinnacle. It is important that you understand that the course progress grade in Canvas does not factor in any assignments from third party sites like the ones mentioned. If you want to know your child's current grade in a course, you look at Pinnacle.
Set Up Notifications
Go to the Pinnacle Gradebook
Link to Pinnacle
Default Student Login:
1. On the homepage, click on "Options"
2. Add the Email Address(es) and Phone Number(s) you'd like to receive information sent to
3. Click "Notifications" and add the types of notifications you want (recommendations below)
Important Notification Options to Choose
Weekly grade summary
Provides a detailed assignment list for each class so you can see grades on each assignment - choose the day you'd like to receive the report.
Select to receive the unexcused and excused absence notifications so you know if your child is reporting to their live sessions.
Sends email notification if a grade in a class drops below a certain level. The default is 90% but you can adjust it to have any threshold you want.
REMEMBER TO CLICK SAVE ONCE YOU'VE MADE YOUR SELECTIONS!
Become an Observer in Canvas
You can become an observer in your child's class on Canvas to be able to see everything your child sees in their Canvas courses without disrupting any announcements or "unread" items. As an observer, you have your own log-in so there's no fear of being locked out of Canvas if your child changes their password.
Disclaimer: the Canvas parent app has limited functionality. For this reason, we encourage all parents to use their internet browser to access canvas. You can log into canvas as a parent observer in this link.
Print Directions: How to Become an Observer
How to get Parent Access to Canvas:
This allows you to be an observer in Canvas. Logging in on a computer, as opposed to using the Parent App on your phone allows you to view a lot more than the app does. You can see assignments, their directions, upcoming due dates, announcements. You can also email teachers through the Canvas Inbox. Parents that work for BCPS need to set up their observer accounts with a personal email address.
Video Directions: How to Become an Observer
Period 1/5: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Period 2/6: 10:05 AM - 11:35 AM
Lunch: 11:35 AM - 12:05 PM
Period 3/7: 12:05 PM - 1:35 PM
Period 4/8: 1:40 PM - 3:10 PM
Parent Teacher Conferences:
- Contact your child's guidance counselor to set up a PTC (Guidance Counselor Breakdown) using the School Staff Directory.
- PTC may be set up during the 8:05 - 8:25 am window
Note: We will only be able to accommodate changes related to academic misplacements. No requests for changes because of teacher preference will be afforded.
PROFESSIONAL STUDY DAYS
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
8:30 A.M – 9:20 A.M. PERIOD 1/5
9:25 A.M. – 10:15 A.M. PERIOD 2/6
10:20 A.M. – 11:10 A.M. PERIOD 3/7
11:15 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. PERIOD 4/8
Student schedules are available in Virtual Counselor. You can access Virtual Counselor by going through your child's Single Sign On.
- Have your child email the teacher directly to answer any questions/resolve issues.
- Still have academic concerns? Contact your child's guidance counselor using the school staff directory.
- Issue still not resolved? Escalate to the assistant principal over the department and/or grade level (admin directory).
9th Grade: Michelle Chirichella
Department Chairs 2020-21
Mental Health Concerns
Contact your child's guidance counselor.
Contact your child's ESE facilitator or the ESE secretary, Gale Monahan.
Contact Amy Richmond, 504 Liaison.
Contact Holly Van Tassel (9th & 12th grade) or Lisa Hitchcock (10th & 11th grade)
Sports and Athletics
Visit the school website's athletics section for updated information.
Transcript / Records Questions
Contact Amelia Pena, Registrar.
Contact Matthew Winans, Testing Coordinator.
Clubs and Activities Interest
Use the navigation on the left hand side to go to the Clubs/Activities canvas page.
Contact the school's main line to be transferred to our microtech (754) 322-2150. We only have 1 microtech for 3400 students so please understand there will likely be a wait.
Contact Holly Van Tassel or Elisa Williamson, SAC Co-Chairs.
PTSO President: Chanda James
Virtual Open House
WELCOME EAGLE FAMILIES
Start by Watching Our Welcome Video Below
Open House Instructions
We want you to follow your child’s schedule (as seen on Virtual Counselor) starting with first period. Look for the teacher’s name from the list and click on the course name (you'll see the matching class period to the right). When you are done meeting with your child’s first period teacher, proceed to period two by finding your second period teacher’s name and course in the list. Continue this process until you’ve met with all of your child’s teachers. For study hall please refer to Mr. Wasserman’s personalization/study hall video at the bottom of the list.
One more thing – before you leave our open house, make sure that you vote to approve or deny the SAC family/community member slate linked below. Please contact SAC co-chairs Holly Van Tassel and Elisa Williamson with any questions. Upcoming SAC meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams – more information can be found under the students and parents section of the school website. Enjoy our virtual open house, Eagles!
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The syllabus page shows a table-oriented view of the course schedule, and the basics of course grading. You can add any other comments, notes, or thoughts you have about the course structure, course policies or anything else.
To add some comments, click the "Edit" link at the top.