Sartartia Middle School

Quarterly Update - Spring 2020

Words from the Principal

It is hard for me to fathom that I am sitting here composing a note that signifies the wrapping

up of our fall semester. What an amazing and fast-paced semester we have had! The great

thing about a new year (and a new decade) is that it gives us all an opportunity to have a fresh start -- to hit the reset button, if you will. It is my hope that you and your family had a safe and enjoyable winter break.

Our Athletics, Fine Arts Departments, and extra-curricular activities are still shinning bright.

Congratulations again to our football and volleyball teams! Our Wind Ensemble Band and

Symphony Orchestra received the Mark of Excellence National Honors and were recognized at the FBISD Board Meeting in October. The Theatre Troop went to Bi-District for Agatha Rex in the One Act Play. Our Girls Who Code club continue to be recognized nationally. 1st district

Cross Country teams competing in FBISD. 8th grade Boys “B” Team just won the Championship game at the West Houston Middle School Tournament. Jessica Smith is advancing in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Contest. Our Kickstart students participated in an exhilarating Winter Belt ceremony.

As you know, we started the school year with an 8 period instructional day to encompass a

blending learning focus. I would like to inform you of some changes that will be coming for the Spring Semester. We will be moving back to a 7 period day with 1 advisory period per week. We feel that our students and teachers have improved incorporating blended learning into their lessons. We also know that extending each instructional period by 5 minutes will provide teachers with additional time to meet the varied needs of all students. Beginning January 13, 2020 students will begin doing their middle of the year REN360 universal screening through their math and ELA classes. The information gleaned from these screeners will help students know where they are in their learning and enable them to do some goal-setting, and it will help teachers know where to focus their efforts in the coming weeks.

Lastly, you will be hearing more soon about the significant changes to FBISD Board Policy EIC

(Local), a part of which governs the reporting of class rank, including changes to class rank

reporting for students in “Programs of Choice” (i.e. academies). These changes go into effect at the start of the 2020-2021 school year with our current 8 th grade students, the Class of 2024. You may wish to view a copy of the revised board police EIC (Local), passed at the December 16 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Thank you for helping to cultivate such a spirit of positivity. Thank you for sharing your

beautiful, smart, funny, precocious, kind children with us. It is what makes our community

Sartartia strong!!!

Cholly Oglesby

Math Solutions

6th grade math will be learning the coordinate grid: locating, naming, and plotting ordered

pairs on a coordinate grid. Next, they will study multiple representations of equations (linear)

in other forms such as tables, graphs, and word problems.

6th grade Pre-AP math will be learning the coordinate grid: locating, naming, and plotting

ordered pairs on a coordinate grid. Next, they will study multiple representations of

equations (linear) in other forms such as tables, graphs, and word problems.

7th grade math will be learning the following concepts: similarity in shape, circumference

and area, volume and surface area, probability, statistics and financial literacy.

7th grade Pre-AP math will be learning the following concepts: circumference and area,

volume and surface area, probability, statistics and financial literacy.

8th grade math will be investigating scatter plots and using them to make predictions,

then we will move into building equation-solving skills so that we can solve multi-step

equations and inequalities, including applying those skills with geometric applications.

Geometry will be doing a animation project and kite project this semester. They will use what they know about translation, reflection, rotation and dilation to create an animation flip pad. Bonus is offered if they want to take it to the next level by creating the animation using PowerPoint. Geometry kids will also be designing, creating and flying a kite this semester after the Quadrilateral unit.

In Math Contest we cover a wide range of mathematical topics which are required by various of math contests. The topics include number theory, counting and probability, pre-algebra,

geometry, and Algebra.

Good news from the Mathleague Math Contest. Sartartia Middle School Math Contest Team received the 2nd place in the contest.

In the 8th grade individual contest: SMS Students received the 4th place, 6th place, 7th place, 8th place and the 9th place.

In the 7th grade individual contest: A SMS student received the 10th place.

In the 6th grade individual contest: A SMS Student received the 8th place.

ELA Adventures

Happy New Year from 8th grade ELA! We are excited to start our new semester and work our way towards the end of the year. In the 3rd 9 weeks, we will be focusing on informational text and persuasive writing. This will include reading and discussing articles, speeches, and advertisements. We will continue our focus on writing and analysis, while diving deeper into research. It looks to be another stellar term in 8th grade ELA!

PTO News

Its hard to believe that we are half way through the year. Hope everyone got to enjoy the time with your friends and family this holiday season. I would like to thank all of our parents who have volunteered in so many ways this year already. It is not too late to get involved.

Many things have happened at our school in the last couple of months:
- August - Jag camp, where we welcome our new 6th grade students and our returning 7th and 8th grade students
- September - Open House and Fall Picture Day
- October - Shared Dreams Canned Food Drive, SMS Fall Dance, which was a huge success,
PSAT for 8th graders, Choir, Orchestra, Band and Theater Concerts, Red Ribbon Week

- November - Veterans Day Assembly, where we had our Band, Orchestra and Choir students perform and honor our Veterans, Pep Rally and the SMS Movie Nite at the Library
- December - We saw plenty more things happening including but not limited to Winter Band, Orchestra and Choir Concerts and KickStart Belt ceremony

Our incredible committee chairs have been hard at work helping SMS run smoothly. I truly appreciate all of them.

We have many more things to look forward to this year including, Spelling Bee and Geography Bee. Our much anticipated Career Day on January 31st 2020 is a wonderful opportunity for our 8th graders to learn about career and employment opportunities. SMS Talent Show and Field Day for 7th grade, In House Field Trip for 6th Graders, End of the Year Field Trip for our 8th Graders and the much awaited JAG Dash. There is plenty more happening at SMS in 2020 which we are super excited about.

We encourage every parent to become a member of the PTO and help us in any way possible.
There are no annual dues to join. I would like to thank all of our parents who have helped in many ways already this year and we are looking forward to starting the new year with an increased parent involvement.

Support Sartartia Middle School PTO while you shop! If you have an 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, it's that easy - Visit to sign up! It's free!

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 and click on the Donate button on the main page.

Please donate: SMS PTO Fundraiser

Counselor's Corner

Hey Jag Parents!

Welcome back to our 2020 addition of helpful information from your SMS counseling team!! Below are the services that we have provided in the 2nd 9 weeks:

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Parent information nights

6th/7th grade course selection: February 5th, 2020 in the commons from 6-7

8th grade course selection and PSAT: February 5th, 2020 in the library from 6-7

College and Career Readiness: April 8 at 6pm in the library

Course Selection

Your child’s grade level counselor has already started the course selection process for next school year. In the first session with their counselor, they will receive their course selection sheet and all information about all of the fantastic courses that we will offer in the 2020-2021 school year.

During their second session, your child’s grade level counselor will help them input their course requests into Skyward family access.

Important Course Selection Dates:

· January 20-February 21 - Skyward Family Access open for course selection

· Wed, February 5th – 8th grade course selection worksheets due back to grade level counselor

· Mon, February 10th – 6/7th grade course selection worksheets due back to grade level counselor

Thank you for your continued support of us and our program. We are looking forward to a fantastic year!!

The SMS Counseling Team

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 school wide activities to support acceptance by combating bias, bullying and hatred, and creating and maintaining a positive climate here at SMS.

Heritage Day

This year’s Heritage Day is Friday, March 6th here at SMS. We are so excited about this huge school wide event to promote cultural awareness and inclusivity amongst our staff, students, and community members.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help us with the following centered around cultural awareness:

- Be a guest speaker and teach our students about your culture/heritage; why diversity is important in our lives; how does your personal exposure to other cultures has shaped your life today (30 minutes)

- Do a dance/musical performance or a reading in another language (3-5 min)

- Set up a booth to represent your country; this can include – food, clothing, games, religion, sample name writing in specific language, etc. (commitment is 11-4pm with snacks and drinks provided)

SMS Band

The Jaguar Bands were in “full swing” for the second quarter, holding numerous performances for the student body and community. Members performed with the THS, AHS, and CHS Bands at football games during the fall semester, as well as the fall pep rally, Veteran’s Day Program, and Winter Concert.

In October, several band leaders from Wind Ensemble attended the Board of Trustees meeting with Mrs. Amos to be honored for their “Commended Winner” award in the National Wind Band Honors competition, which is hosted by the Foundation for Music Education. This is the second time that the band has received this national recognition, and we are so proud of their accomplishments!

We are also very proud of our thirty-two students that earned a place in one of the Region bands in early November. These students performed in a clinic and concert at Bush High School later that month and represented SMS beautifully!

This semester will be equally busy for all four bands, as we are preparing for Solo and Ensemble in February, Pre-UIL in March, UIL Concert and Sightreading in April, and numerous other performances at festivals as well as concerts throughout the semester. Stay “tuned” for great things to come from the Jaguar Band this semester!


The Sartartia Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society is happy to be back for another semester of service and student excellence! We ended last semester with our Pet Supply Drive benefiting the Fort Bend Animal Shelter. Together, we ended up donating 10 boxes of supplies and over 300 pounds of food! This term, we are looking to continue our focus on servicing our community and inspiring future generations of student leaders.

Library News

The library is moving and shaking! In January in the library we had an author visit from Kate Milford on January 15th, the annual Sartartia Spelling Bee on January 9th, and LED Nametag night where students were able to create their own LED nametag on January 14th. Upcoming in February we will have our Book Fair on February 3rd-February 7th and Friendship bracelet making night on 2/13. Thank you so much for always support the library!

Got Sports

The SMS Jaguar Basketball Season has come to an end and we are proud of our teams for a hard fought season. The Basketball season has been one of tremendous heart, strength, and success. We are proud of our all the effort our athletes have used in every movement on the court.

Track season is beginning in February and continues through March. All students interested in participating must have a current physical and RankOne paperwork on file.

Tennis tryouts will take place starting February 3rd. All students must have a current physical and RankOne paperwork completed prior to tryouts.

Soccer season will begin April 1st. All students interested in trying out will need a current physical and completed RankOne paperwork before they can tryout.

SMS Theater

SMS Theatre had a successful One Act Play Contest Season! The cast and crew of AGATHA REX by Lindsay Price performed at Zone, District and Bi-District and took home multiple awards at each level. Congratulations!

The spring semester will bring our spring play and annual class plays. Join us for THE AUDITION by Don Zolidis on Friday, February 21 at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $3 at the door.

All Theatre classes will produce a class play during their class period. Each class will perform during their class period in April and an All Star Cast will be selected to perform in the Class Play Showcase on April 29.

Thank you for supporting FBISD Fine Arts! Act well your part, for there all honor lies!

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