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Important Info for Grades 9-12

Midlakes High School Pupil Support Office has compiled a guide to some of the more commonly asked questions at the school of new school year. Families are encouraged to contact a counselor at (315) 548-6310 or use one of the following emails:

Grades 9-12 Frequently Asked Questions

Material Pick-up Information
Midlakes Secondary School has scheduled several pick-up times for materials from September 14-18. Daily times are scheduled from 7:30 – 10 a.m., noon - 2 p.m. and 3 – 5p.m. Pick-ups are scheduled by grade, according to the following schedule:

  • Monday, Sept. 14: Grade 9 (Freshman will swap iPads for new iPad Pros).
  • Wednesday, Sept.16: Grades 11/12
  • Thursday, Sept.17: Grade 10

Parents/students are asked to drive to the Athletic Loop, where they will be greeted by a staff member who will retrieve their items. Students are highly encouraged to pick up materials on their designated days. Alternate times are available. Call ahead.

Block Schedule Times
Instead of the traditional eight -period day, classes will be offered in a block format with only four classes per day. Blocks 1, 2, and 4 are each 88 minutes. Block 3 is 122 minutes, leaving 88 minutes for class, 30 minutes for lunch, and 4 minutes for class/lunch transition. More details on lunch can be found below.

The blocks correspond to the traditional eight periods students experienced in the past. Log in to SchoolTool to vire your schedule. A typical week will look like:

Monday (same as Thursday)

  • Block 1 (7:30 a.m. – 8:58 a.m.: 88 minutes) – 1st period
  • Block 2 (9:04 a.m. – 10:32 a.m.: 88 minutes) – 2nd period
  • Block 3 (10:38 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.: 122 minutes) – 5th period (5E or 5L) plus lunch
  • Block 4 (12:46 p.m. – 2:14 p.m.: 88 minutes) – 6th period (6E or 6L)

Tuesday (same as Friday)

  • Block 1 (7:30 a.m. – 8:58 a.m.: 88 minutes) – 3rd period
  • Block 2 (9:04 a.m. – 10:32 a.m.: 88 minutes) – 4th period
  • Block 3 (10:38 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.: 122 minutes) – 7th period plus lunch
  • Block 4 (12:46 p.m. – 2:14 p.m.: 88 minutes) – 8th period

Wednesday
No regularly scheduled classes. More detail about Wednesdays can be found further down this page.

Thursday (same as Monday)

  • Block 1 (7:30 a.m. – 8:58 a.m.: 88 minutes) – 1st period
  • Block 2 (9:04 a.m. – 10:32 a.m.: 88 minutes) – 2nd period
  • Block 3 (10:38 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.: 122 minutes) – 5th period (5E or 5L) plus lunch
  • Block 4 (12:46 p.m. – 2:14 p.m.: 88 minutes) – 6th period (6E or 6L)

Friday (same as Tuesday)

  • Block 1 (7:30 a.m. – 8:58 a.m.: 88 minutes) – 3rd period
  • Block 2 (9:04 a.m. – 10:32 a.m.: 88 minutes) – 4th period
  • Block 3 (10:38 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.: 122 minutes) – 7th period plus lunch
  • Block 4 (12:46 p.m. – 2:14 p.m.: 88 minutes) – 8th period

A/B Rotation
Instead of it changing each day, the A/B rotation will change by week. This week (9/14-9/18) is an “A week.” If you have a class that changes based on A/B (which will be primarily Phys. Ed, science labs, and study halls), you will only have the “A” classes this week. Next week you will only have the “B” classes. The following week will be the “A” classes again (and so on).

Study Halls
If you have a study hall in your schedule, you do not have to log in to a Zoom or check in with a teacher. If you have a supported or structured study hall, you are expected to log in to Zoom and check in with your assigned teacher. It is essential that students use all study hall time slots (regular, supported, and structured) to go over all information/content you may need help with. This will ensure that you are better prepared to go over with teachers exactly what you need assistance with.

Lunches
As you may have noticed, that lunch time(s) may look a bit different this year. With a block schedule, lunches are built into your class times during your third block of the day (which is your 5th period on Monday/Thursday and 7th period on Tuesday/Friday). The third block of the day is longer than the other blocks (122 vs. 88 minutes) to accommodate class time and lunch. You will still have the same amount of class time as your other blocks.

We have received numerous questions from students who have different lunches each day. This is not a mistake. Your lunch time is based on the classes you are in. You will take lunch with your entire class, and therefore will not miss any instruction.

If you have A lunch, you will not need to log in to your class until lunch is over at 11:08 a.m. Your lunch will go from 10:38 a.m. to 11:08 a.m. You then have class from 11:12 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. You do not need to sign into your class before lunch.

If you have B lunch, you will have half of your class before lunch, take a 30-minute break for lunch, and then finish your class. The first half of class will go from 10:38 a.m. to 11:22 a.m. You will have lunch from 11:24 a.m. to 11:54 a.m. You will then finish your class from 11:56 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

If you have C lunch, you will have class from 10:38 a.m. to 12:06 p.m. You will then have lunch from 12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Wednesdays
Students do not have scheduled classes on Wednesdays, therefore there will be no direct instruction on this day. However, teachers will likely assign independent work so it is imperative that you monitor Schoology. Wednesdays can also be used for connecting with teachers, and other school staff, to help with whatever students may need. This includes academic work as well as social-emotional check-ins.

Physical Education Classes
Students are expected to sign in to Zoom for virtual PE classes at the time specified on their schedules.

Schoology
Some students have reported issues with accessing Schoology via the app on their iPad. If that is happening try logging on to the web-based version. Students can access that at: https://midlakes.schoology.com. Student log-in information will be the same (firstname.lastname for username and your Student ID number for your password). Those unable to access Schoology via the app, but were able to access it via the web, please let a school counselor know. Those unable to access Schoology via either method, should reach out to the Midlakes HelpDesk by emailing techhelp@midlakes.org.

Other Technology Issues
Those having trouble with any technology issues, should check the resources available on the Technology & Digital Learning Assistance page (https://www.midlakes.org/Page/4292). If none of the suggestions there solve your issues, please reach out to the Midlakes HelpDesk by e­mailing techhelp@midlakes.org.

Juniors Attending FLTCC
You will attend your FLTCC program Monday-Friday, from 12:20 p.m.-2:40 p.m. – this INCLUDES Wednesdays. Due to limitations of SchoolTool, your Midlakes schedule is unable to

fully reflect your Midlakes campus schedule and your FLTCC class time. Some of you may need to leave your 3rd block (5th period) class early on Mondays and Thursdays to get to FLTCC. Your teachers are aware of this and will work with you on covering the material. You do not have a 3rd block class scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays, so you are free from the end of your 2nd block class (at 10:32 a.m.) until you go to FLTCC.

Seniors Attending FLTCC
You will attend your FLTCC program Monday-Friday, from 9:05 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. – this INCLUDES Wednesdays. Due to limitations of SchoolTool, your Midlakes schedule is unable to fully reflect your Midlakes campus schedule and your FLTCC class time. Some of you may need to leave your 1st block (1st period) class early on Mondays and Thursdays to get to FLTCC. Your teachers are aware of this and will work with you on covering the material. You do not have a 1st block (3rd period) class scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays, so you are free before you go to FLTCC. After your FLTCC program, you will arrive late to your 3rd block (7th period) class on Tuesdays and Fridays. Again, your teachers are aware of this and will work with you on covering the material. Lastly, you do not have a 3rd block (5th period) class scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays, so you are free until the start of your 4th block (6th period) class at 12:46pm.

College Applications
In the near future, the Pupil Support Office will start dispersing information on the college application process. Information will include applications, financial aid, transcript releases, letters of recommendation, etc., to help successfully navigate these steps. Stay tuned for more information, but please reach out to your counselor if you need help prior to this information being sent.