Jag E-News

Sartartia MS -- Exemplary Education Every Day -- 1.31.2020

Jags are on the Move!

Hello Jag Families,

The Career Day for 8th graders at the James Reese Center was a huge success! Thank you Mr. Paul Wells, Ms. Alyson Garza, and SMS PTO for all your hard work to make this day happen for our students. Course Selection Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th...see you Wednesday evening.

Progress Report 5 is now view-able in Skyward Family Access. National School Counseling Week 2020 is Feb. 3th–7th. Take an extra moment to email a thank you or a note of appreciation to our school counselors.

Mrs. Friedel-8th Grade

Mrs. Goodly-6th Grade

Mrs. McCune-7th Grade, Lead


  • Friday, January 31-8th GRADE CAREER DAY
  • Saturday, February 1-KickStart Demo Competition @ Dulles MS 9 am


  • Monday, February 3-Tennis Tryouts Begin
  • Wednesday, February 5-Students Wear College Gear for a Raffle during Lunches
  • Wednesday, February 5-Course Selection Info 6 pm in Commons; Track Begins-Girls AM, Boys PM
  • Friday, February 7-Spirit Day-Wear SMS Gear
  • Friday, February 7-PM Activity Schedule: Staff vs. Student Basketball Game


Cholly Oglesby


Sartartia Middle School

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Student Spotlight

Trisha Botcha is an incredible example of what it means to be a student leader at Sartartia Middle School. She is involved in various clubs and activities at school, excels in all of her classes, treats people kindly, and always has a smile on her face. Trisha is a stand out Spanish student and has participated in the Girls Who Code each year she has been at SMS. As a 7th grader, Trisha was awarded the Jag Award for her grade level and she continues to be an examplary student leader as an 8th grader this year.

Staff Spotlight

Andreana Grall has been teaching middle school science for 14 years in Fort Bend ISD, Houston ISD, and Aldine ISD. This is her first year at Sartartia Middle School and she is teaching 8th grade science and serves as the sponsor of Science Olympiad. Mrs. Grall and her husband, Andy, have been married for three and a half years. Andy is a musician and they have a sweet cat named Callie. Mrs. Grall graduated from Stanford University and completed her masters at Lamar University. In her free time, she loves to read and she is part of a book club that has been meeting for 11 years!

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Hey Jag Parents!

We hope to see you at parent nights and other programs that we offer this year in order to establish and maintain a collaborative school/home partnership.

Below are the services that we have provided for the 2nd 9 weeks:

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Parent Information Night

Course selection parent information night – February 5th in the SMS commons (6/7th grade)/library (8th grade) at 6 pm.

**This meeting will be the only time we have set up to give you details about what courses are being offered next year at SMS/and our feeder HS and help with any course selection questions you may have. We cannot accommodate one on one meetings for all students, so please do your best to attend.

Reminder: 8th grade students need to choose and sign for their endorsement in SKYWARD by Wednesday, February 5th.

*All students now have their course selection worksheets for the 20-21 school year.

For more information on how to fill this out with your child, please visit the course selection tab our website at: https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/95207.

All course selection worksheets are due to your grade level counselor by February 10th.

For our online course selection guide, please visit: https://www.fortbendisd.com/courseselection

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School Counselor Tip

Weekly, we will send out an article to help with your child and their middle school experience.

Check out this article on: 10 ways to help your child succeed in middle school https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/school-help-middle.html

No Place for Hate

No Place for Hate

Mrs. McCune is looking for students/parents to serve on this years No Place for Hate committee. The committee will meet once a month to help plan 3 school wide activities to support acceptance by combating bias, bullying and hatred, and creating and maintaining a positive climate here at SMS. Our NEXT MEETING IS February 7th at 8:20 am in Room #316

This year’s Heritage Day is scheduled for Friday, March 6th. We would like for all students to come dressed in attire that represents their culture to celebrate the diversity we have here at SMS. Please be on the lookout for more information from Mrs. McCune directly regarding parent volunteer sign ups J


We are currently accepting applications from current 6th and 7th graders for the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID is a college and career readiness system that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. We focus on organization, time management, note taking and learning strategies. Learn about the AVID Program here.

AVID is an elective offered at Sartartia. All students interested must complete an application, which can be accessed here. The application closes on February 28th and we will begin student interviews on March 3rd.

Please contact Jessica Belt at jessica.belt@fortbendisd.com if you have questions.

8th Grade Parents

4 Year Planning

If you missed the 4 year planning sessions – NO WORRIES Please visit our counseling webpage below for 8th grade/transition information

As always, for updates visit our website at: https://www.fortbendisd.com/domain/2953.

Thank you for your continued support of us and our program. We are enjoying a fantastic year with your students!!**

-The SMS Counseling Team

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Support the PTO by donating to our Annual Cash Drive. Our Goal this year is $25,000. This is the only cash drive for the entire year. With the funds raised, we have plans to build a shade for the bleachers, bring in new technology for our students, fulfill our Teacher Wish Lists, support the fine Arts department and many more. If every Household donates just $10 we will exceed our goal. Now you can donate online by simply clicking the following link or simply visit our website www.sms-pto.org and click on the Donate button on the main page.

Please donate:

SMS PTO Fundraiser

JOIN SMS PTO 2019-2020

It's never too late to join the PTO. There are no joining fees or forms to fill. We are still looking for enthusiastic parents for several positions. Please reach out to Lakshmi K @ koppolu.pto@gmail.com for more details.


Support Sartartia Middle School PTO while you shop! If you have an amazon.com account - you are eligible to help our school by simply linking your account to an AmazonSmile account. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases back to our school! And now its even easier, download the Amazon Prime Smile app on your phone and order from your phone, its that easy...

Visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0690034 to sign up! It's free!

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Yearbook Ads!!!

The best way to say farewell to your 8th grader is by purchasing an ad in the yearbook! Don’t miss out on this opportunity, the very last day is February 1st, you will not be able to order one after this date. Create yours now at Balfour.com!

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Special Event February 4, 2020

Description: Attachment provides information regarding an HBCU Special Event scheduled for February 4th, 2020 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Reese Center. Student sign up and additional information will be sent soon.

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FBISD Board Literacy Tour

Pecan Grove Elementary, Feb. 10

Literacy Tour at 5:00 pm

Board Workshop at 6:30 pm

Public invited!

Math-Letics During Spring Break

Dear All,

Math-Letics is returning this year during spring break. We are once again partnering with the Rice Athletics Department for a fun week of math and athletics over spring break March 16-20 for students of grades 6-8 at Rice Stadium and the R Room. You may find out more at rusmp.rice.edu (rotating slide) or to register go to riceowls.com/mathletics


-- Anne Papakonstantinou, Ed.D.Clinical Professor of Mathematics, Wiess School of Natural SciencesDirector, Rice University School Mathematics Project713-348-6076713-348-5428 (fax)http://rusmp.rice.edu


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Important Allergy Information

Please click this link to read more about our procedures for students with food allergies.

Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal



Brandi Goodly-Counselor



7th grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal



Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor



8th grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal



Kat Friedel-Counselor