SSMS Weekly Update

October 29, 2021

Dear SSMS Families,

Thank you to all the parents that brought amazing soup and chili to feed our school staff today. The parent volunteers that set up, served, and cleaned up were amazing. We couldn't do what we do without outstanding volunteers. We have such incredible support from our families and our SSMS team is so appreciative.

Monday is a student holiday and staff development day. We look forward to seeing everyone back here at SSMS on Tuesday November 2nd. We hope you have an outstanding weekend. Go Tigers!

Dan Diehl

Sycamore Springs Middle School

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Support Team Sycamore As We Raise Awareness and Funding for Type 1 Diabetes!

Team Sycamore is a student-led team of SSMS students, families and friends who are fundraising and walking to raise awareness and end type 1 diabetes (T1D). As a team, we know that there is no way to prevent T1D and there is no cure–yet. Our team is supporting the JDRF One Walk this year as we know that JDRF is working hard to find a cure and we want this cure for our classmates, staff, family and friends living with T1D.

At SSMS, we strive to look beyond ourselves and know that together we have the power to make a difference. If you would like to support Team Sycamore reach our goals, please use the link below to visit our webpage where you can make a donation, join the team or check out our progress!

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions regarding Team Sycamore, please reach out to Mrs. McGilvray, SSMS NJHS adviser.

DSISD Council PTA's first Tiger Talk of the year

DSISD Council PTA’s first of this year’s series of Tigers Talks will be Thursday November 4, 2021. The presentation is “Understanding the Teen Brain”, or Parenting with Relational Neuroscience: How You and Your Teen's Brains & Nervous Systems are Key to Communication & Connection. TIGER TALKS are a series of seminars, workshops and presentations sponsored by the Dripping Springs ISD Council of PTAs. We look forward to learning and growing with you. Presented with Blake Norton and Tracy Tanner.

November 4, 2021 at 6pm, via zoom. Register here to receive the live link:

What is your child eating at school? Do you know? Parent Pro Tip

Did you ever wonder what your child eats at school? If you are using PayPams, the automated school lunch payment system, you can see every item your child purchases via the app. At SSMS we have 2 cafeteria lines. Line 1 is the traditional hot lunch, which includes a balanced and healthy meal. Line 2 is the a la carte line. Items for sale in this line include fried chicken fingers, pizza, cookies, chips, flavored drinks, etc. Students who regularly buy lunch in Line 2 spend more money. The food that students purchase in line 2 tends to be higher in fat and sugar. If you are concerned about what your child is eating at school, remember, you can see every purchase in the PayPams App.


Tryouts for the girls basketball team will be next week. If your athlete is a 7th or 8th grader in UIL Athletics and is interested in trying out, please see the dates and times below.

Monday Nov. 1st, 4:00-6:00pm
Tuesday Nov. 2nd, 3:00-5:30pm
Wednesday Nov. 3rd, 3:00-5:30pm

Please be advised that Monday is a student holiday. Athletes must have a physical on file with the coaches in order to tryout. To stay updated on further basketball information, please download the SportsYou app and join the SSMS Girls Basketball group with the code below.


Please contact Coach Childers with any questions.

News from SSMS PTA

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We are so excited to be sharing this opportunity with our students again this year! Because of the travel restrictions of the last couple of years, we are opening the trip to all 7th AND 8th graders. After this year, however, only 7th grade students will be invited to attend.

Here are Frequently Asked Questions about the trip - if you would like to sign up, there is a link at the bottom of the FAQ document. Your enrollment coupon will be sent home with your child beginning next week.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to or

Events of the Week

11/01 - Staff Development Day/No School for Students

11/01-11/03 - Girls Basketball Tryouts

11/06 - Band District and Region Competitions, Rehearsals and Concert

Upcoming Events

11/10 - NJHS Monthly Meeting 8:00AM & 4:15PM

11/11 - 11/12 - 6th Grade Field Trip to Pedernales Falls State Park

11/11 - Boys Basketball vs Hudson Bend MS (Away) 5:15PM

11/11 - Girls Basketball vs Hudson Bend MS (Home) 5:15PM

11/11 - SSMS Fall Musical - Matilda 7:00PM

11/12 - Battle of the Books

11/12 - SSMS Fall Musical - Matilda 7:00PM

11/13 - SSMS Fall Musical - Matilda 7:00PM

Staff Birthdays

10/29 - Kallie McIver

10/31 - Paula Cannon

11/02 - Dan Diehl

11/05 - Diane Bass

11/08 - Lori Rill

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