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We will collaboratively create an environment that provides challenging experiences with reading, mathematics, writing, science, and technology interspersed throughout the curriculum in order to accomplish our mission of building a brighter future.




 The mission of James A. Shanks Middle School is to empower students to

become critical, creative thinkers who are destined for global success.





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 Remote Learning Behavior Expectations Matrix




 Greetings Parents and Guardians of our Remote Learners,

Let me start by congratulating you for selecting our new innovative learning environment. We are excited about the opportunity to reconnect with our students! We are planning to provide rich and meaningful learning opportunities in a safe and effective way. Although we may face "growing pains", please know that we will do our absolute best on behalf of our students! 
This year, we will be using the Google Classroom as our primary instructional platform and by now, teachers should have emailed each student an invitation to join their classes. Many of our students are familiar with this system because we used it last school year. Nevertheless, if you are experiencing technical difficulties with accessing the computer or platform, please try the following steps:
Log in Directions for Laptop
1st Time Computer Log-in

Step One

Student must connect to Gadsden County School’s WiFi

Go to any Gadsden County School and connect

Step Two

Log-in using information from last year.

            Username: first name.last name  (ex. John.Doe)

            Password: First initial of first name, First initial of last name and student id # (ex.  JD222222)

Step Three

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Step Four

Stay connected until the computer downloads the student information and updates.

Step Five

After update finishes, students should sign out and shut down the computer.


Logging in at Home after the student has logged in on Gadsden County School WiFi

Step One

Log-in using information from last year.

            Username: first name.last name  (ex. john.doe)

            Password: First initial of first name, First initial of last name and student id # (ex.  JD222222)

Step Two

Click the Arrow.

Step Three

Click on Windows Start up at the bottom left corner of the screen.

Choose Settings

Choose Network & Internet

Choose WiFi

Connect WiFi

PLEASE NOTE: If you continue to experience issues after attempting these steps, please email the individuals below:
*Parents of students in grades 4-5 and Self-contained ESE should contact
  Mrs. Abbye Zanders at
*Parents of students in grades 6 should contact Ms. Nahketah Kirkland
*Parents of students in grades 7-8 should contact Mrs. Germaine Kirkland
Kind Regards,
Maurice D. Stokes


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Parent Resource Guide


Free Resources for Families and Teachers


Free and Discounted Internet Access




Skyward Family

Parents and Guardians,

Click the link below and complete to gain access to skyward.

Skyward Family Access





James A. Shanks Middle School Tigers will R.O.A.R!


                    Respect Myself and Others

                    Own My Choices

                    Accept Meaningful Challenges

                    Reach My Goals





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