Smithsburg Middle School November 2014 Dates & Details Nov. 2 – Daylight Saving Time Ends Turn back your clocks one hour Nov. 3 & 4 – Professional Learning Day for teachers – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS Nov. 5 – Picture Retake Day – 1:00 PM Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Nov. 11 – PTSA Meeting-6:00 PM Nov. 14 – Grade 6 WEB Dance 3:30-5:00 PM Nov. 17 – Grade 8 IB Presentation 11:00 AM Nov. 18 - American Education Week Parent Visitation Day Nov. 19 – Mega Event – 3:00 – 4:30 PM (Gym) Nov. 21 – Student Council Activity Night – 6:30-8:30 PM Nov. 26 – 28 – Thanksgiving Break Schools Closed for students November is: Aviation History Month National Novel Writing Month Native American Heritage Month Peanut Butter Lovers Month Volume 1, Number 4 From the Principal’s Desk… Dear Parents/Guardians: The first marking period ended on October 31st. Grades will be sent home the first week in November. I hope you are using ParentVue to see your child’s grades and attendance. This is an excellent tool to keep up with your child’s progress. If you are having difficulty accessing ParentVue please call the front office for support. It is my expectation the overwhelming majority of our students will earn very good to excellent grades. Many of our students will achieve the honor roll and distinguished honor roll. The Student Service Team (SST) meets weekly to review students’ grades and attendance. The SST will identify strategies to use to address the needs of individual students and if necessary meet with parents to develop a home and school plan. I encourage you to check ParentVue at a minimum weekly to make sure your child has completed all of the assignments and to check on grades. The success of every student is our goal at SMS. Staff has continued to participate in staff development activities to improve their delivery of instruction and to implement the new Common Core State Curriculum (CCSC). Communication between the elementary schools, middle school and high school communities is a goal of the cluster principals this year. On October 22nd we held our first Parent Night on the Common Core Standards. On November 19th the cluster principals will conduct a second informational meeting on the Common Core at 7 PM at Smithsburg High School. As part of the CCSC students were administered the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test again this Fall. You should have received MAP results for your child in October. Understanding each student’s academic level gives teachers the power to help them excel. MAP computerized adaptive assessments are the tools that make it possible – providing educators with the detailed information they need to build curriculum and meet their students’ needs, one child at a time. The results of this test will allow staff to identify objectives for clusters of students in their classes and to differentiate instruction for individual students in mathematics and English Language Arts. I continue to enjoy working with you and your children. It is an honor to serve the Smithsburg Middle School community. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. e…students at a minimal cost. Dr. Stephen Tarason, Principal Some of the activities student council offers include: a. Any h events. If you are able to help please contact Mrs. Izat by email. SMS Mission [email protected] The mission of Smithsburg Middle School is to develop self-directed learners who take responsibility for their behavior and learning as they are prepared for career and college. Our School Newsletter is now available on our school website Go to www.wcps.k12.md.us Schools, Middle, More Info Contact Us Stephen Tarason, Principal Kyle Lingg, Asst. Principal Phone – 301-766-8353 Fax – 301-824-5147 Address: 68 N. Main Street Smithsburg, MD 21783 The Board of Education of Washington County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, size, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services. If you have a question about this policy, call the Director of Human Resources at 301-766-2808. www.wcboe.k12.md.us LEOPARD’S PRIDE Seeing Double/Triple! Multiple births are not uncommon but what are the chances of having seven sets of multiples in one school at the same time? Fun Facts: Worldwide there are at least 125 million living multiples Up to 22% of twins are left-handed Multiples have been known to develop their own “language” that only they understand Identical twins exhibit almost identical brain wave patterns This year at SMS we have six sets of twins and one set of triplets! What fun! Pictured at Left: Front row: Triplets, Jack, Gabrielle, and Olivia Brown Middle Row: Madison Gearhart, Morgan Sigler, Ryin Spessert, Davin Spessert, Sara Barnes Back Row: Mitchell Gearhart, Madison Sigler, Aliyah Newberry, Asher Newberry, Derek Seeders, Donavon Seeders, Rachel Barnes STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS Advisor for this year’s Student Council: Mrs. Lisa Waters [email protected] Pride Schedule for November Friday, November 7th Smithsburg Pride Friday, November 21st College Pride Day PICTURE RETAKE DAY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH – 1:00 PM Picture envelopes are available in the front office Important Dates November 3rd - 25th Community Service for the Hagerstown VA Outpatient Clinic in Hagerstown We will collect Pre-Packaged Snacks for Veterans who have appointments at the VA Clinic in Hagerstown during the month of November in honor of Veteran’s Day. SGA members will take the collected snacks and Thank You Signs/Cards to the Clinic and participate in a tour of the facility. The date for the tour in December will be announced ASAP. Help is needed with transportation to the facility. This is an Outpatient Veterans Clinic with 4,000 patients having 200 visits a day. The following snacks are appropriate: Individually wrapped snacks: granola, fruit snacks, pretzels, hard candy, or other items. Hot cocoa or powdered drink pouches like Crystal Light. Tuesday, November 11th - WCASC Meeting for Student Council Members @ CES All Members may attend. Permission Slips can be obtained from Mrs. Waters and must be signed and returned by November 6th. Mrs. Waters will need to know if you are purchasing lunch. You must let your teachers know that you will be absent from class that day, and you are Responsible for any work that you miss. Saturday, November 15th - Fall Leadership Conference Location: Huntington High School in Calvert County. Registration Closes: November 8th. Costs: $25 per person. A bus will be provided for transportation. Tuesday, November 18th - National Education Week PTSA NEWS We hope that everyone has had a smooth start to their school year and is enjoying the change of season! The Smithsburg Middle School PTSA has been busy planning some fun events for the middle school students: • A fundraiser will take place at Misty Meadows on Thursday, November 18, so bring the family and friends to enjoy some goodies and 10% of the purchases will be donated back to SMS. • On December 12, the PTSA will sponsor a holiday activity night in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. We hope that the students will help us come up with some fun activities by submitting their own ideas in our suggestion box, soon to be located in the Media Center. • Spirit wear will soon be available for purchase at SMS! Clothes sporting the SMS logo are fun to wear and make great holiday gifts. This is not a fundraiser and prices will be kept as low as possible. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon! The Smithsburg Middle School PTSA is always accepting memberships and would welcome your involvement. The fee is $6.00 per membership and multiple family members can join. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the Media Center. Students are also welcome to attend the PTSA meetings and take an active part in planning for their school! Happy November, Jennifer Ashbaugh, Mary Glessner, Amy Woodward, Jen Keller, and Anne Jessop PTSA Executive Board Student Council members will escort, direct, and or aid parents during this week as they attend or participate in their children’s’ education. Wednesday, November 19th SMS Meeting There will be a meeting after school in Mrs. Water’s classroom from 3:45-4:45 PM. All members need to attend. The Activity Night for Friday, November 21st will be discussed. Activities for December will be discussed as well. Friday, November 21st - SGA Activity Night Student council is sponsoring an Activity Night from 6:30-8:30 PM. The admission is $5.00 and includes a snack and drink. Music, karaoke, and games such as bowling, Wii Just Dance, Basketball, Limbo, and Hula Hooping will be provided. Student council members are encouraged to bring desserts; cookies, brownies, etc… Volunteers are needed in order to make this night a success! Please contact Mrs. Lisa Waters, Student Council sponsor, at [email protected] or at 301-766-8353. Box Tops for Education Please clip all box tops from all of those Holiday items you use for baking. Another contest will take place beginning in December through January. Each person to collect 30 box tops (please include your name on the baggie) will receive one ice cream coupon. Let the clipping begin! American Education Week American Education Week – November 17 – 21, 2014 – presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Please feel free to visit your student’s classes during the day of Tuesday, November 18, 2014. It is suggested that you check your student’s schedule for that day. (It will be an “A” day) KUDOS… Kudos to the Smithsburg Middle School Staff for collecting $400 for BCA CV (Breast Cancer Awareness – Cumberland Valley) during a recent Pink Casual Day to honor one of our staff members. Gabby Johnson, Katie Li, Sara Ritchey and Caitlin Boswell performed recently with the Smithsburg High School Orchestra. These selected students learned “Brandenburg Concerto #3” and “The Billy Tell Overture”, and after two rehearsals joined the high school during the Autumn Concert. Congratulations! th th To the following 7 and 8 grade students who participated in the All County Chorus Concert held on th Tuesday, October 16 at North Hagerstown High School: Taylor Bassler, Tory Halsey, Abigail Hebert, Paige Howard, Hannah Jones, Josh Kebe, Hope Kemmerer, Leah Lindsay, Joel Martirano, Aliyah Newberry, Asher Newberry, Emily O’Brien, Tiffany Ohler, Nicole Prather, Emily Schaeffer, Elizabeth Watkins, and Ryan Wetzel. Congratulations to the following SMS staff members who will be honored this month at the Celebration of Service Recognition Dinner for their years of service to Washington County Public Schools: Five Years – Jessika Krietz Ten Years – Jessica Lindstrom, Stacy Maginnis, Susan Palmer Fifteen Years – Sonya Gjurich, Lynn Izat, Jennifer McCallion Twenty Years – Nancy Souders Twenty-five Years – Vicki Reed Thirty-five Years – William Collins, Barbara Jones Student Life The concert was spectacular! The Smithsburg Music Department invites you to the upcoming winter concerts: Heading to Rec December 9, 2014 – Chorus Winter Concert – Grade 6 – 6:00 PM, Grade 7 – 7:00 PM, Grade 8 – 8:00 PM December 16, 2014 – Band Winter Concert – Grade 6 – 6:00 PM, Grade 7 – 7:00 PM, Grade 8 – 8:00 PM December 18, 2014 – Orchestra Winter Concert (held at Smithsburg High School) – 7:00 PM Red Ribbon Week “Jersey Day” COUNSELOR’S CORNER The counselors have been busy doing classroom lessons with grades six through eight in the academic and personal/social domains. They have covered topics about learning styles (grade 6), study skills (grade 7), and work ethic (grade 8). Currently, counselors are working on empathy with sixth grade student to help develop conflict resolution skills and in seventh grade looking at how understanding our own perspectives as well as others can help improve out interactions within our school community. Eighth grade students will focus on positive decision making skills to improve the climate in the classroom. Counselors continue to offer individual and small group counseling as needed for all students. Please contact the counseling center if the counselors can assist you in any way. th Attention 8 Grade Students: Please look at upcoming open houses for the variety of programs available in Washington County. You can access this information through the WCPS website. BIFSA (Barbara Ingram School for the Arts) presented to all eighth grade students recently and will host several open houses in November. Anger Management Group Attention 8th Grade Parents A field trip to the Maryland Theater is planned for eights grade students on December 11, 2014. Students will enjoy plays presented by Chamber Theatre Productions from Boston, Massachusetts. Please mark your calendar! Cost will be approximately $20. Watch for more information. REMINDER FOR PARENTS If you email your child’s teacher, please remember to put your child’s name in the subject line. This will make it easier for the teacher to recognize the email if it is caught by our spam filter. After-School Tutoring Don’t forget – after school tutoring is available for students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 PM. Please be advised that students must have homework or work from their teachers when they stay. FFA News for November FFA will meet from 3:30- 4:30 PM on November10 and 17. Our focus will be repotting our school plants. Where: Robert W. Johnson Community Center 109 W. North Avenue, Hagerstown When: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 PM For more Information, please call Holly Veith, (301)697-4725 or email at [email protected] Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART) Curriculum Participants will learn: 3 coordinated components: Social Skills Training Teaches participants what to do, helping them replace antisocial behaviors with positive alternatives. Anger Control Training Teaches participants what not to do, helping them respond to anger in a nonaggressive manner and rethink anger-provoking situations. Moral Reasoning Helps raise participants’ level of fairness, justice, and concern for the needs and rights of others. At Pressley Ridge, “we do whatever It takes to create success for children and families”. A big THANK YOU to everyone who purchased movie tickets during our recent sale. An order form for those interested in purchasing fruit can be found in the front office. REMEMBER OUR VETERANS November 11, 2014 This Veterans Day, we offer our deepest appreciation for your selfless service to our great nation. Your strength and valor kept us safe and free; now all Americans thank you sincerely!
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