Updates

Week of 10/19/2020

Mills High School 8th Grade Parent Information Night

Tuesday, October 20 | 6 p.m.

Zoom Link

Webinar ID: 990 4353 2242 | Passcode: 514894

Phone: 669-900-9128

For the schedules of the other high schools in the San Mateo Union High School District, refer to this doc.

8th Grade Parent Information Nights

Don't miss these Virtual Parent Information Nights, designed to help families of 8th grade students learn about the wonderful high schools in the San Mateo Union High School District.

Highlights:

Learn about academic programs, and extracurricular clubs and activities.

Meet the staff who will help to guide your soon-to-be 9th Grader.

Learn important pre-enrollment and registration dates.

Each school will have a unique and informative evening planned for you.

https://www.smuhsd.org/Page/3534

Principal Communication

Monday, October 19

Progress Reports Emailed to Parents/Guardians

If your student has a C- or lower in any class, you will receive an emailed student progress report on Monday, October 19 for Trimester 1. This will just be a progress report. There is still time to improve. Trimester 1 ends on Tuesday, November 24.

Tuesday, October 20

Deadline for student to submit Lion's Peace Poster

1:45pm-2:15pm - Coffee with the principals (Check your email for the Zoom Meeting link)

7:00pm - Board of Trustees Meeting

Friday, October 23

No School for students

See Updates for past updates.

Picture Day(s) are Coming!

Lifetouch will be taking school pictures at each elementary school this year. Taylor students will have their pictures taken at any of the elementary schools on the days and times listed below:

Green Hills - 10/26 from 12-5pm

Spring Valley - 10/19 from 12-6pm

Lomita Park - 10/19 from 12-6pm

Meadows - 10/19 from 12-5pm & 10/20 from 1:30-6pm

For Spring Valley please sign up through the Sign Up Genius here.

There will be one designated camera for Taylor students at each elementary. Lifetouch will schedule a retake day for Taylor students at Taylor in January.

More information will be coming soon to all families on ordering, etc. Everything throughout the process will be touchless and safe.

Week of 10/12/2020

MEF Annual Fund Drive and Blue Shirt Contest

Wednesday, 10/14

The Millbrae Education Foundation (MEF) Annual Fund Drive is under way! Please make your donation to the Millbrae Education Foundation (MEF) to support quality education in our district!

Our goal is to ensure every Millbrae School District student can

LEARN WITHOUT LIMITS

The MEF raises money for the District to hire staff and pay for educational/enrichment programming for all Millbrae School District students. This year and the year's to come, your Taylor parent organization AND the MEF need your help. It is essential that we come together to help our students get the best education and resources possible.

Let's get this MEF Fund Drive off to a GREAT start

Please make your contribution online by going to the MEF DONATE page and clicking on the link: MEF Donation Page.

In order to support existing programs and education positions, we need your help.

Donate what you can today!

Please have your child participate in this year's BLUE T-SHIRT CONTEST on Wednesday, October 14th!

Class prize for 100% of students (or highest % per campus) wearing blue shirts! ANY blue shirt counts!

PTA Math Night

Thursday, 10/15 at 7pm

The PTA is excited to host our first Parent Education event of the year. For this session, we will be joined by Ms. Wong (6th), Mr. Lee (7th) and Mr. Joyce (8th) to talk about math. Please check your emails for Zoom link.

Principal Communication

Here's the latest Principal Communication - 10/9/2020 PDF.

See Updates for past updates.

Taylor Spirit Wear “SWAG”

https://squareup.com/store/taylor-middle-school

All orders MUST be placed ONLINE through the TAYLOR STORE

By Monday, October 12, 2020

orders will arrive in approximately 3 weeks

Week of 10/5/2020

Principal Communication - 10/9/2020

Picture Day(s) are Coming!

Lifetouch will be taking school pictures at each elementary school this year. Taylor students will have their pictures taken at any of the elementary schools on the days and times listed below:

  • Green Hills - 10/26 from 12-5pm

  • Spring Valley - 10/19 from 12-6pm

  • Lomita Park - 10/19 from 12-6pm

  • Meadows - 10/19 from 12-5pm & 10/20 from 1:30-6pm

There will be one designated camera for Taylor students at each elementary. Lifetouch will schedule a retake day for Taylor students at Taylor in January.

More information will be coming soon to all families on ordering, etc. Everything throughout the process will be touchless and safe.

Lion's Club - Student Peace Poster Contest

Lion's Club - Student Peace Poster Contest Information that was emailed to student's earlier today. Please encourage your student to participate.

Please see the attached:

Peace Poster Contest information, rules & guidelines. Also attached is an example of last year's Taylor winning poster (also go to http://members.lionsclubs.org/EN/serve/contests/peace-poster-contest/ppc-grand-prize-winners.php for past winning examples).

Tuesday, October 20 is the Deadline for submitting your peace poster. You can drop it off in the office or take a photo of yours and email it to Mr. Stelle.

A helpful video about the Peace Poster Contest can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gib_ICTt8Sg.

It is important to read the attached Peace Poster Contest School Guide. The rules are specific and are important for the students to know before they begin (especially about size and format). The below rules are highlighted as follows:

1. Only a Lions Club can sponsor the Peace Poster Contest in a local school, organization or youth group;

2. Contest open to students who are 11, 12 or 13 years of age on November 15, 2020. Eligible birth dates are November 16, 2006 through November 15, 2009;

3. The contest theme is "Peace Through Service";

4. Artwork must be no smaller than 13 x 20 inches and no larger than 20 x 24 inches. Do not frame artwork.

5. Only one entry per student;

6. All artwork must be the individual student's original creation. Duplications are not accepted;

7. All media are accepted. Note: Chalk, charcoal and pastel entries should be sealed with a fixative spray to prevent smearing. Do not laminate entries;

8. Three-dimensional entries will not be accepted. Nothing may be glued, stapled or attached to the artwork in any way;

9. The use of lettering or numbering on the front of the poster, in any language, is not allowed. All artists signatures or initials should be written on the back of the poster;

10. Artwork should be done on a flexible material, so it can be rolled for shipping in a mailing tube. Do not fold poster.

TIP: The past international winning posters were completely filled in with color without any background, paper or canvas left exposed. It may be a good idea to use paint or watercolor instead of crayons (look closely at the attached international winner example from last year).

Grades

Thank you for your patience with grades. Teachers are not able to post grades in Synergy right now. We are working with Synergy to correct and fix the issue. It is taking longer than anticipated on Synergy's end to permanently fix the issue. We hope to be able to post grades sometime next week. You will receive an email from us when the issue has been resolved.

Week of 9/28/2020

Spirit Week

Next week, September 28 - October 2, will be our first Spirit Week!

  • Mon. 9/28 - Sports Day - Wear a sports jersey or cap

  • Tue. 9/29 - Pajama Day - Wear your favorite pajamas

  • Wed. 9/30 - Hat Day - Wear any type of hat

  • Thu. 10/1 - Monochrome Day - Wear only one color

  • Fri. - 10/2 - Taylor Spirit Day - Wear your Taylor Spirit Clothes, or just black and red

Students dress in spirit wear, take a picture of themselves and send it to the email below. Students will need parent permission before submitting photos.

Submitting a picture could give students a chance to be in the yearbook and the Taylor Leadership Good News Show!

Picture Submission : 907406@millbraesd.org

Information/Questions : 907343@millbraesd.org

Looking forward to seeing your Taylor Spirit!

Bob Stelle, Principal

Sarah Seaton, Assistant Principal

Attendance ROBO Calls

Starting on Monday, September 28, a daily ROBO call will go out to families if their student missed one or more class periods that day. The calls will go out each school day starting at 4:00pm. Here is the message families will receive:

Your student was marked absent from one or more classes today at Taylor Middle School. All absences must be "cleared" by calling or emailing the office within 48 hours. If the absence is due to lack of technology or problems with access, please let us know.

To "clear" an absence please call the office @ 650-697-4096. If you "clear" and absence with the office before the end of the school day, you will not receive the ROBO call.

Curriculum Pick Up Wednesdays

Teachers will contact parents/guardians directly when they have curriculum that needs to be picked up. If you can't make it on Wednesday, please call the office @ 650-697-4096 to arrange a time that is convenient for you. You can also stop by the office window located in the B Hall courtyard between 8:30am-3:00pm. Students are also allowed to pick up when not in class.

Not all teachers will have curriculum that needs to be picked up each week. If you have any questions about curriculum, please email the teacher.

Taylor Spirit Wear “SWAG”

https://squareup.com/store/taylor-middle-school

All orders MUST be placed ONLINE through the TAYLOR STORE

By Monday, October 12, 2020

orders will arrive in approximately 3 weeks

Week of 9/21/2020

Thursday 9/24 at 7pm: First PTA General Meeting

Taylor Bell Schedule - Distance Learning

Don't Miss... How to Zoom for Parents

The PTA will be offering parent info sessions throughout the year for our parents to engage and connect with one another and our kids. Our first session will be a No Stress Zoom for Parents presented by Taylor parent and past Green Hills PTA President, Dawn Lee Tu. Dawn is volunteering her time to educate parents on the basics of Zoom and how we can help our kids get ready for their classes. Two sessions were offered on Tuesday 8/25.

Here is the No Stress Zoom Guide for Parents.

Seeking Tech Support Volunteers for Our Teachers

As mentioned by PTA Co-President Vivian Chu during the Taylor Principal Welcome & Information Session on 8/20/2020, the Taylor PTA is forming a volunteer "help desk" to provide tech support to our teachers. We're looking for volunteers from our Taylor community who are comfortable trouble shooting and providing technology assistance to our teachers.