Switzerland Point Middle School
Message From Mrs. Brunet
Dear SPMS Community,
As we look to round out what has been a dynamic and unique school year, we are also busy preparing for state assessments and planning for our upcoming school year. We have everything in line to make 2021-2022 an amazing school year for the students that will be continuing at SPMS. Even in the face of a global pandemic, SPMS has accomplished so much this school year.
- - We were one of only 39 middle schools in the state of Florida to be recognized as a PBIS Gold school.
- - Our school remained open for all students who desired face-to-face instruction for the entirety of the school year.
- - We were able to minimize exposure and risk of Covid-19 because of carefully thought out and implemented safety procedures.
- - Our staff was trained on high-yield, research-based strategies to provide the highest quality of instruction to students.
- - Social-Emotional learning lessons were woven into instructional time.
- - Throughout the 2020-2021 school year students were provided access to a variety of programs to mitigate possible learning loss. These included two EOC boot camps, a Saturday Academy and distance-bridge tutors.
- - We participated in a pilot program with the ESE office to increase our ability to meet our “striving” students within the general education setting.
- - We created and implemented a strategic three-year plan to reduce the opportunity gaps which exist for some of our student sub-groups.
- - This summer SPMS will be offering for the first-time a (free to students) grant funded PBL passion-based and hands-on STEM summer academy dealing with the essential question “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse.”
I am so excited for all Swiss has accomplished and all that we are on track to continue in service of our students.
As Swiss continues its journey of greatness, I will be taking a step back as school leader. While I have always placed my career at the forefront of so much of what I do, recent changes in my life have necessitated that I place family above all else. I have sat with so many of you, for hours, as you have navigated the challenges and curveballs that life sometimes throws our way, and I appreciate your understanding as I do the same.
With that said, and what I know with certainty Is that the trajectory for Swiss transcends any school leader. This is THE MOST amazing school that I have ever led. The plan which has been laid out for the few weeks following my departure is both smooth and seamless. I have appreciated the opportunity to serve this amazing community and I look forward to our paths crossing again.
8th Grade Events
We look forward to several upcoming events for our 8th grade students in order to celebrate the 8th grade class.
We will be hosting a parade, a picnic, a sporting event and a field day. While we want to celebrate all students, we also need to know that students involved in these events are able to exhibit the qualities of character that we have come to expect from our 8th graders. For a student to qualify for these activities, they must not have obtained more than 2 demerits in the month of the event, nor received any consequences in the dean's office. Examples of dean's office consequences would include lunch detention, bus suspensions, in school suspension (including single period), or out of school suspensions.
Continue to monitor the Raider Rap for updates on 8th grade events.
The Band Parents Association (Band Booster) needs YOUR HELP!
ALL of the Executive Board positions are OPEN for next year! Time commitment is minimal but VERY important! The BPA secures and dispurses funding for your band program! The role of the BPA is to support the Directors in running the SPMS Band Program here at Switzerland Point Middle School! The SJCSD funds the Directors but the Directors rely on YOUR Fairshare Payment to run the program! PLEASE consider lending your time to the program so SPMS continues to have an amazing program that is highly regarded in the St. Johns County community!
Want to know more??? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org TODAY!
Special Message on the Marquee
SPMS National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring an opportunity to send a special birthday or congratulations message to your student via the marquee in the front of school. Cost is $25. Complete the form here to submit your request (there's a separate link in the form to pay via Schoolpay upon submitting your request). Requests are due the Friday prior to the event and will display the following week (Tuesday through Monday).
SPMS PTSO Updates
MEETING: APRIL 19th, 10 AM hosted via Zoom
Feel free to join us to see what PTSO is all about.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 764 8463 8229
MEETING: APRIL 20th 6:30 PM
8th Grade Event Planning Meeting
Topic: SPMS 8th grade Field Day
Time: Apr 20, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 738 6186 5822
PTSO MEMERSHIP - IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN PTSO
Please support our students and teachers by joining the PTSO. Memberships are only $20 per family. Memberships are a donation and do not require volunteer hours. Your donation helps fund many important things that take place during school like the PBIS Rewards Raider Store, Teacher Classroom Grants, and Teacher Appreciation.
Thank you to the 85 Raider Families who have joined the PTSO to date.
Sign up here:
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT PTSO
AmazonSmile - Shop through the PTSO link on AmazonSmile!
Click this link to find out more! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3741022
Now while you do your regular shopping on Amazon thru AmazonSmile, .5% of your purchase will be donated to SPMS PTSO! It is that EASY! Thank you for your support!
Box Tops – Please download the Box Tops app and start scanning your receipts for SMPS PTSO to get Box Top credits. Please turn in any valid paper box tops to the front office.
Keep an eye on the PTSO website, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on what is coming up throughout the year!
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Check the PTSO website for all the latest news! http://www.swisspointptso.com/
A Note About SJMSAA
The St. Johns Middle School Athletic Association (”SJMSAA”) middle school sports program is not operated or sponsored by the St. Johns County School District. SJMSAA is an independent, private non-profit corporation, which uses District middle school names and facilities under a license agreement with the District, and which is solely responsible for the operation of the SJMSAA middle school sports program and its individual teams.
Students need to register through the SJMSAA website prior to tryouts. Once a student(s) makes a team, he/she will be provided with more information on paying and filling out the required forms.
Sports listed under SJMSAA are not operated by Switzerland Point Middle School.