Smithsburg Middle School April 2015 Volume 1, Number 9 Dates & Details From the Principal’s Desk… April 1-6 – Spring Break – Schools closed April 7 – Professional Day – No school for students April 14 – PTSA Mtg. – 6:00 PM April 14 – Charity Volleyball Game @ SHS – 7:00 PM April 15 – Student Council Meeting-3:30 PM April 16 – Art Show, History Day and Science projects Exhibit Night-5:30 PM April 21, 22 – Grade 6 SSL Project April 22 – Chorus and Band Recruiting trip to SES April 23 – Grades 6, 7, & 8 To Maryland Theater April 24 – Music recruitment Trip to Old Forge & Cascade April 29 – Grade 6 SSL Project Dear Parents/Guardians, Our students were focused during the administration of the PARCC Assessments in Mathematics and Reading. Our results should demonstrate the time and effort put into instruction and preparation for the tests. When we return from Spring Break the Science th MSA will be administered to 8 grade students. Later in the spring we will be administering the end of year PARCC Assessments and the MAP Assessment. Our students did an excellent job winning a number of events at the History Day Competition. The results are included in this newsletter. Remember, PTSA can always use your support. Your membership is greatly appreciated but we also need people to participate in our meetings and to volunteer to support the activities sponsored by the PTSA. Please become an active member of our PTSA. Finally, we are all ready for spring and warm weather as the staff looks forward to finishing the year strong and continuing to serve you to the best of our ability. We still have to keep students focused. There is a lot of course work they will need for next year that teachers are continuing to deliver daily. Enjoy the warm weather. Dr. Stephen Tarason, Principal e…students at a minimal a. SMS Vision Smithsburg Middle School is a professional learning community where all students feel valued, safe, and will become life long learners 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 Dan Brennan, 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 I LEOPARD’S PRIDE Archery Team Congratulations to the SMS Archery Team who placed third in the state at the 2015 Maryland State NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) Tournament held recently at the ARCC at Hagerstown Community College. Top Shooters for boys: Tyler Mullins – 268 – 2nd in State Dawson Rinehart – 264 Parker Malcolm – 262 Top Shooters for girls: Abby Kittel – 234 Paige Egupov – 227 Olivia Vetter – 216 Tyler Mullins and Parker Malcolm qualified and will compete in the National NASPS Competition in Lousiville, Kentucky May 7 – 11, 2015. Good Luck Tyler and Parker Pictured from bottom left: Tyler Mullins, Joel Martirano, Dawson Rinehart, Babby Ryder, Olivia Vetter, Abby Kittel, Andrew Mentzer, Abby Whittington, Reece Lehaman, Parker Malcolm, Devon Gross, Coach Ocasek and Coach Greszler Important Notice to Parents PTSA News DON'T DELAY! GET YOUR VACCINATION TODAY! Happy Spring!! The PTSA has been busy planning our “Spring Training” Activity Night which will be held on May 1. If you are able to chaperone and/or donate snacks, please let us know. th State vaccination requirements for students entering 7 grade for school year 2015-2016 have been revised. Your child must have the following: If you are home during spring break, please join us on March st 31 at The Greene Turtle for our fundraiser from 11:00 AM – midnight. Mention you are dining for SMS PTSA and we will receive 20%. Help celebrate spring and make tax day a little th sweeter by bringing your family out to Sweet Frog on April 15 . If you mention you are with SMS PTSA to the cashier, we will receive 20%. We have had several requests for more Spirit Wear. Order forms will be sent out via email. If you are interested in a hard copy of an order form, please let us know and we will be happy to send one home with your child. Are you interested in holding a PTSA position next year? If so, please contact us to let us know. Elections for next year’s executive board will take place at our May meeting. nd Our meetings are held the 2 Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Media Center. Please join us April 14 for our next meeting. • Single dose of Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) • Single dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MCV) The Washington County Health Department is holding an th immunization clinic on Monday, April 6 from 1:00 PM to— 4:00 PM at the Health Department at 1302 Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown, Maryland. No appointment is necessary. Take your child now and avoid the rush. After your child receives the vaccination, please take the vaccination documentation to your child’s school as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the new vaccination requirements, please contact your child's health care provider or your child’s school nurse. We wish everyone a relaxing, fun, and safe spring break! National Junior Honor Society Smithsburg Middle School PTSA Presents Exhibit Night Mark your calendar now for April 16, 2015 – 5:30-7:30 PM. Join us as we present exhibits of student art work, National History Day Projects, and Science activities. Watch for more exciting information to come! Reminders to Parents Sixth and Seventh grade applications for membership in the National Junior Honor Society are due no later than Friday April 10, 2015. Student must have an overall GPA of 3.5 (Distinguished Honor Roll). Return applications to Miss Wintle (in media center next to Gold Lab) or Mrs. th Kelley, room 126, in the 8 grade area. FFA News for April th th th Club meeting dates in April are: 13 , 20 , 27 , 3:30-4:15 PM. (please note ending time) From the Cafeteria Please be sure to keep your child’s lunch account up to date. You can check your lunch balance on the Parent Access to Meal Account site at the below address. Quick Reference number for Parents: Food/Nutrition Services – 301.766.2890 Parent Access to Meal Accounts – www.mynutrikids.com Online FARM Application – www.schoollunchapp.com Special Diets Requests – Mike Embly – 301.766.2896 Refund Requests – Cherrie Williams – 301.766.2892 From the Office nd Walkers and car riders are dismissed on 2 wave. Any walker or car rider leaving on first wave without permission will be sent back to class. Members are busy planting and preparing outside flower beds for spring. Thanks for buying movie tickets. Members will have another sale again soon! Box Tops for Education We have collected over $950 this year. Please keep clipping for the remainder of the year so we can try and hit that $1000 mark. We will continue to reward ice cream sandwiches to those students that bring 30 box tops in a baggie but when we run out of ice cream, that’s it for the year so send yours in today. The PTSA thanks you for your support and your student thanks you for their treat. Kudos … Congratulations to Zach Wandalowski who qualified and will represent SMS at the state level of the National Geographic Bee. The state Bee will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Theater on the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, MD. GOOD LUCK ZACH MathCounts Team Congratulations to the MathCounts Team who finished third in the recent competition. Ryan Goodmansen, Katie Li, and Aidan McCoy move on to the State level of competition. Congratulations to the PE Department for raising $319 during the Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. Proceeds went to “Friends of Veterans Park.” Congratulations to Lindsey Draheim, grade 8, Abigail Kittel, grade 7 and Nick Bono, grade 6, for being named Carson Scholars. Each year the Carson Scholars Fund recognizes high achieving students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities. Students receive a $1,000 college scholarship award and the honor of being named a Carson Scholar. Lindsey, Abigail, and Nick are among over 2,600 gifted students from across the country who, have been named Carson Scholars. Their academic achievements and service to their communities are what make them stand out as future leaders. Miss Krietz, Advisor, Megan Goodmansen, Katie Li, Zach Wandolawski, Aidan McCoy, Abigail Kittel. Back row: Ryan Goodmansen, Trinity Burdette, Mrs. Kelley, Advisor History Day Winners: Congratulations to the following Middle School History Day Winners: st nd Individual Documentary – 1 Place – Sydney Scott, 2 Place – Michael Rowan st Group Documentary – 1 Place – Jacob Robison and Adam Tice nd Group Exhibit – 2 Place – Nick Bono, Riley House, and Austin Smith st Group Website – 1 Place – Hannah Lund, Zach Brown, and Alicia Proctor nd Individual Website – 2 Place – Ryan Franklin Left to Right: Nick Bono, Lindsey Draheim, Abigail Kittel Middle School Boys Basketball League Congratulations to the SMS boys basketball teams for winning the 2015 1A Varsity Championship and the 1A Jr. Varsity Runner - Up Pictured: L to R: Nick Bono, Ryan Franklin, Austin Smith, Hannah Lund, Zach Brown, Michael Rowan, Sydney Scott, Alicia Proctor, Riley House, Adam Tice, Jacob Robison 5th Annual Benefit Concert th The SMS Music Department presented their 5 Annual Benefit th Concert recently. The concert featured music by the 8 Grade th Chorus, 8 Grade Band, and Festival Orchestra. Each group performed selections they had prepared for the Washington County Large Ensemble Adjudication Festival. Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, a check for $2,426.50 was presented to Breast Cancer Awareness Cumberland Valley. Orchestra Music Notes Chorus The SMS Music Department invites you to the upcoming spring concerts: th Chorus Concerts – Tuesday, May 12, at 6:00 PM – 6 Grade th at 7:00 PM – 7 Grade th at 8:00 PM – 8 Grade SMS Marching Band-Smithsburg Pride Day Parade th Band Concert – Monday, May 18, at 6:30 PM – 6 Grade Band th Band Concert – Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 PM – 7 Grade Band th at 8:00 PM – 8 Grade Band th th Orchestra Concert – Tuesday, May 26, - 7:00 PM – 6 , 7 , & th 8 Grade Orchestra Band Solo & Ensemble Festival Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Washington County Solo & Ensemble Festival which was held th on March 7 at North Hagerstown High School. ALL students represented Smithsburg Middle with excellence and pride! Trumpet Trio: Rachel Keller, Edey McDougal, Kassidy Mislan Clarinet Duet: Emma Chandler, Olivia Vetter Flute Solo: Hannah Babylon Piano Solo: Bethany Hovermale Finale Student Council News Reflections of Ultimate Pi Day Advisor for this year’s Student Council: Mrs. Lisa Waters [email protected] Pride Schedule Friday, April 10th Friday, April 24th Smithsburg Pride College Pride Day Important Dates Tuesday, April 14th WCASC Meeting @ CES Permission Slips can be obtained from Mrs. Waters and must be signed and returned by March 5th. Please indicate whether or not you are buying lunch on your form. 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. No parent notes accepted! “I Love Pi Day” Ultimate Pi Day By Megan Goodmansen On Saturday the 14th of March was a very memorable day. It was ultimate pi day. That’s right pi day. Not the pie you eat on Thanksgiving. It’s a math term. Pi is the circumference of any circle divided by the diameter of the same circle. The number fourteenth pi day? March is the third month of the year. 3 is the first number of pi. The next two digits are 1 and 4. The fourteenth looks like 14. That is the first three digits of pi, 3.14. This year it’s ultimate pi day. We have the next 7 digits of pi. The 3rd month of the year, the 14th day of the month and the 15th year.3/14/15. It still goes on. It is also at 9:53:26am. This day will only happen in a life time. So all of the staff and students celebrated this extraordinary day on Friday the 13th. The amazing Mrs. Kretsinger (a six grade merit math teacher) had a brilliant idea. She gathered three sixth grade math classes. She also gathered the two seventh grade math classes, and the three eighth grade math classes. She gathered over 344 of us in the gym!! Each student had a plate that they decorated with a digit of pi. The first number digit, 3, stood in the very middle of the gym. Everyone spiraled around her in their order. When we were all finished we showed everyone that pi is never ending, it has a spiral effect. At the very end we held up our pi plates and, “3, 2, 1, I LOVE PI DAY!!!” Shouted everyone in the gym. A special thank you to Mrs. Kretsinger and all of the Smithsburg Middle math teachers. Thank you students for also helping show how pi works and for cooperating. I hope nobody will forget that miraculous day. Wednesday, April 15th SMS Meeting @ SMS There will be a meeting in Mrs. Waters’ room after school; 3:30-4:30. Plans for an Earth Day themed Week (Color Wars) will be discussed. Various end- of- the-year events including the 8th grade dance will be discussed. All members need to attend! Wednesday, April 22nd Earth Day All Students including Students Council Members will participate in Earth Day activities during the week of April 20th-24th. Looking Ahead Sunday, May 10th Annual Mother’s Day 5k The race will be held on Mother’s Day in Marty Snook Park on. We will be looking for students to help us get sponsors and plan and staff the race. We will be holding an open officers meeting in March for anyone interested. Anything you or your student government organization can do to support this county wide event would be appreciated. Looking Ahead THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING BOGO is Back Pi Day 3.14.15 9:26:53 By ~Kaitlyn Payne On March 13, 2015, over 300 kids were gathered in the Smithsburg Middle School gym to celebrate the ultimate Pi day. In case you didn’t know, Pi Day is the only day with the first ten digits of pi in the date and time. Everybody in the middle school decorated their own plate. All the students were arranged in numerical order. They all were a specific number of pi. The kids were lined up in a spiral. It seems incredible right? You are probably wondering: how did the staff at Smithsburg get all of the kids to cooperate? Well, that was the tricky part. It was very loud. It was hard for the teachers to get the attention of every student. Once everybody was calmed down, the staff was able to get almost every student to hold up their plate and smile. Even though it may sound like that day was a mess, everybody had fun celebrating Pi Day with pi, pie, and more pie. In loving memory of Albert Einstein, the greatest mathematician to ever walk the earth. May 4 - 8 Family Night – Wednesday, May 6th from 5 PM to 7 PM Smithsburg Middle School’s Spring Book Fair is heading your way! During the week of May 4th, all students will visit the book fair in the Library Media Center through their Language Arts classes. While at the fair, students will be given a chance to look at the books and other items. Starting Wednesday, May 6, students will be permitted to visit the fair a second time only if they plan to purchases items. A “Family Night at the Book Fair” is planned for Wednesday, May 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Library Media Center. The Family Night allows parents and other family members to visit the fair and buy books. And what makes this book fair so special? It’s a BOGO, a buy one and get another one FREE* ! So mark your calendars now and join us at the Scholastic Book Fair. *Applies to all items, not just books. Cost of the free item must be equal to or less than the item purchased. Claire Seibert’s Pi pie VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Our spring book fair will be held May 4th to May 8th and volunteers are needed to help with the fair. On Monday and Tuesday (May 4 and May 5), volunteers are needed to help students find the books they are looking for. On Wed – Friday (May 6 – May 8), volunteers are needed to run the cash box. Volunteers are also needed on Wednesday evening (May 6) from 5 PM to 7 PM, during Family Night at the Book Fair. If you can give just an hour or you would like to stay for half a day or more, please contact Mrs. Aughinbaugh at 301-766-8357. Any help will be appreciated.
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