MS Summer & Back to School Info

We look forward to having your child join us! Below please find some general information about health forms, academic resources, upcoming dates, technology information, and more as you prepare for the upcoming school year. Please bookmark this page, as information will be updated throughout the spring and into the summer. If you have questions about specific programs in the Middle School, please contact one of the staff below:

Middle School Office:
Erin Ryan, MS Administrative Assistant
301-774-7455 ext. 160
Patti Lemere, MS Learning Specialist
301-774-7455 ext. 116
Erin Rose, MS Counselor
301-774-7455 ext. 175

Welcome and Orientation Events

Please mark your calendars for the following activities and events:

  • Wednesday, July 25: Middle School Pond Night, 5:00-7:00 pm - Join MS families from 5:00-7:00 pm at the pond behind Scott House for an informal get-together with swimming and socializing before the school year begins.

Aftercare & Bus Services

Families can enroll in Middle School After Care and Bus Transportation services via MyBackPack > Program Registration. Information about bus routes can be found online here. For bus/transportation questions, please contact Cathryn Carnevale at cathryn.carnevale@ssfs.org or 301-774-7455 x177. SSFS continues to accept bus registrations until August 1st, or until routes are at capacity. Please note that some routes will fill to capacity before August 1st, so be sure to register to ride the bus as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. Directions for bus registration may be found online here.

Required Health & Permission Forms

Family health and permission forms that you will need to fill out for your child are submitted using Magnus Health. Families are asked to submit all required health forms for the 2018-2019 academic year by July 15. Parents should log in to the Parent Portal Page with the login information provided by the Technology Dept, and click the Magnus Health link to access your family account and download any forms that require a doctor's signature. View online instructions and FAQs.

MyBackPack

After enrolling, each family gets a dedicated MyBackpack account with a unique username and password. If you have submitted your enrollment contract and not yet received login information for (or need assistance accessing) your MyBackpack account, please contact the Technology department at tech@ssfs.org or 301-774-7455 x111. Your MyBackpack account will give you access to a number of services including:

  • Billing and student accounts
  • Student class schedules and grades/comments
  • School directory
  • Family contact information
  • Enrollment contracts

Please ensure that your contact information in your MyBackpack account is accurate. As a part of our continuing efforts to act in environmentally sustainable ways, SSFS rarely sends information by paper mail. All communications about events, grades, billing account status, re-enrollment, and other information are sent electronically through My Backpack using the email addresses you have provided. An emergency notification service is also available via text message, so please also provide a cell phone number where you may reached.

iPad, Technology, and Website Information

Grades 6 - 8: Middle school students have family-owned iPads for daily school use. New students to the Middle School are expected to purchase an iPad for school use (see iPad system requirements). You can find out more about purchasing and repair options here.

Website login information for families will be emailed in mid-July, when we roll the student class lists over to the 2018-19 academic year. The website login gives families single sign-on access to MyBackPack and online classrooms from the website, but you do not need a website login to access your MyBackPack account; you can simply login directly to MyBackPack.

You can find more information for new and returning families on the Technology website. Technology questions may be directed to the Technology Office at tech@ssfs.org.

Class Placement & Course Scheduling

Information about schedules and book ordering will be available in mid-July 2018.
The 2018-2019 Middle Course Curriculum is available here (you may download the PDF, or view the e-booklet online).

Summer Reading & Academic Resources

MS required summer reading, as well as language, science, and mathematics enrichment packets, are available online here.

For More Information/Questions

Middle School Administrative Assistant Erin Ryan is available to field questions or direct you to the appropriate contact. Erin's email is erin.ryan@ssfs.org and her phone number is 301-774-7455 x160.

2018-2019 MS Student Supply List

Photo Forms

Grades 6-8: Forms for school photos for grades 6-11 will mailed to all families in the August back-to-school packet.

Back to School Mailing

SSFS families will be mailed a folder with more detailed back-to-school information and resources in August 2018.