Getting Started at Taft

Whether it is the beginning of the school year or you are joining Taft mid-year, please complete the following items to make your transition smooth!

Step 1: Complete the online E-registration process through PowerSchool

During the registration process you will be asked to update your records concerning family, emergency information and permissions/authorizations.  The information collected through this online registration process will be used by authorized personnel only. CLICK HERE TO GO TO POWERSCHOOL.

Step 2: Pay School Fees

Consumable material fees for the 2017-2018 school year are $54.00.

Option A: Pay fees online using SchoolCashOnline with a credit card. This service is free.

Option B: Pay fees in person at Taft. Make checks payable to Taft Middle School, and include your student’s name, grade and ID number in the memo area. Summer office hours are Monday - Thursday, 8am-noon excluding holidays. You may also pay in person during either of the August Open Houses.

The 2017 August Open Houses are both on Monday, August 21, 2017
6th Grade Open House is 5:00 - 6:30 pm - Please start with us in the gymnasium.
7th and 8th Grade Open House is 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Option C: Mail fees to Taft. Our mailing address is 5200 E Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405.

Step 3: Deposit money into your student’s Lunch Account

The Lunch Account is separate from the Consumable Materials Fee.

Option A: Deposit money into your student's Lunch Account with a credit card using the SendMoneyToSchool online service. There is a small fee for this service.

Option B:  Lunch money can also be dropped off during the Open Houses.  Make checks payable to Taft Middle School, and include your student’s name, grade and ID number in the memo area.  Please make sure that the cafeteria check is separate from the school consumable material fee check. 

Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived.  This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.  The waiver form is available on the E-registration and here on the District Website.  Hard copies will also be available at Taft during the Open Houses.

Step 4: Know your child’s Homeroom (HR) teacher

Your student's Homeroom teacher is listed on your child's schedule in PowerSchool. This information is also on the mailing label on the front of the envelope that is sent to families in August. Your student will report to Homeroom on the first day of school to start the day.  7th and 8th grade Homeroom teachers will be in their classrooms.  All 6th grade Homeroom teachers will meet their students in the Auditorium.

Step 5: Make sure you have a completed Physical Examination and Concussion Fact Sheet

This is only required for 7th and 8th grade students who plan to participate in athletics. Check out our many options for boys and girls here. Physicals are NOT required for participation in 6th Grade Intramurals. 

Hard copies of both forms are available in the Main Office and will also be available during Open Houses or use the links below to print out a copy for yourself. 

Physical Form: Physicals are required for participation in athletics in 7th and 8th grade and must be completed before an athlete can begin practice.  

Concussion Form: In addition, the Iowa Legislature passed a law that requires all students in grades 7-12 who participate in athletics and their parents, to sign and return to school a Fact Sheet, “Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports”.   

Metro Care Connection will be providing free physicals at Taft for any student who is uninsured, underinsured or has Medicaid. Please call the Metro Care Connection office at 558-2481 to set up an appointment.  

Step 6: Acquire the necessary school supplies for your grade

2017-2018 Supply List

 

School supplies are an important part of each school year. For those of you who like to shop online, we are trying something new and have created grade level lists using AMAZON’s IDEA LIST maker. We realize that the items selected may not be the exact amounts listed on our school supply list, but we were attentive to the best, current deals at the time the list was created. There are also many personal preferences for some of the items. For example, the zipper pencil pouch listed is a simple blue one. There are many more online that might reflect more personal style choices. We hope you find this venture helpful!

6th Grade Supply List at Amazon

7th Grade Supply List at Amazon

8th Grade Supply List at Amazon

 

Step 7: Sign in to Canvas

Canvas is our online tool to communicate with families about course work. Each course has its own space in Canvas managed by the teacher. You can expect that assignments, quizzes, and tests are listed there for each of your student's classes. It is an excellent way to stay in touch with your student's course work. 

Students have their own Canvas logins they access regularly while at Taft. Students are encouraged to access their Canvas accounts anywhere they have internet access.

Parents have their own logins. As a parent, you can connect to each of your students' accounts if you have more than one child enrolled in a CRCSD school. 

To sign into Canvas, please follow the directions provided by CRCSD here.

 

Step 8:  Check out Taft's Activity Calendar

The SCHOOL ACTIVITY CALENDAR is a click away at the top of this website under CALENDARS. Our calendar allows you to search and choose the activities that are important to you. You can import them into your own calendars. 

 

Step 9: Complete these forms. All forms can be returned during Open House or the Main Office.

Plagiarism Policy - Everyone must complete and return this form. Parents and each student sign this form every year.

Over the Counter (OTC) Pain Relief Medication Form - This is not a required form. Please fill out only if you need it. 

Medication Administration Permission Form - This is not a required form. Please fill out only if you need it.

Step 10: Get the Microsoft Office Suite Software for your home.

Through the secure CRCSD network, each CRCSD student has an Office 365/OneDrive account. As a member of CRCSD, each student has access to 5 desktop and 5 mobile copies of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher (PC only), etc.) to download for FREE. 

Please follow these directions to download your FREE copies. This will help your student complete work at home if necessary. 

 

We also invite you to connect with Taft in the following ways:

1. All parents are invited to become a part of the Taft PTA 

We are firmly convinced that students’ interest in school closely parallels that shown by their parents.  We encourage you to actively support the Taft PTA through your membership and service. 

All completed forms can be turned in during the Open House. 

Membership and SCRIP Forms
Joining the PTA is the easiest way to keep in touch with developments in the school and to have input into decisions that affect the Taft Community.

Taft PTA Volunteer Sign-Up Form
Taft has a dedicated group of members who have volunteered to be on the PTA Board and chair committees;  however  PTA-sponsored activities can only be successful with the support of volunteers. Please take time to think about how you can help and complete the volunteer sign-up sheet.

Taft PTA Student Phone Book
This is an OPT-IN Student Directory. Please complete the form if you want to be IN the phone book. 

 

2. Follow us on Twitter at Taftnotify

Taftnotify is a great way to see what's happening at Taft as well as get up-to-date information on things like weather-related event cancellations. 

If you do not have a Twitter account and would still like to receive text messages, follow these simple steps:
1. Send a text to 40404
2. The message needs to read follow taftnotify

Standard text messaging rates apply per your own smartphone contracts.