The Pirate Press

March 3, 2023

8th Grade Students to Take the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) is administered to all students in fifth grade, eighth grade, and high school. Our 8th grade students will participate in this assessment over four days specifically on Monday, March 13th, Tuesday, March 14th, Monday, March 20th, and Tuesday, March 21st. The MISA will be taken during your student’s normal science period. As this is an electronic assessment, a fully charged Chromebook is essential. Please be sure that your student has their Chromebook, charger and wired earphones/buds each and every day. It is important that your student make every effort to be at school on time and well rested to support their success on these assessments. Thank you for your cooperation and support during the administration of these state assessments.

We look forward to a successful test administration.


Stephen Rafter

Teacher Specialist

School Test Coordinator

Stevensville Middle School

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Please RSVP here for our family bingo night.

Letter for Parents about the Maryland School Survey

Dear Parent/Guardian:

State law requires that all public schools in Maryland survey students about school climate. The purpose of the survey is to gain valuable information about the quality and character of each school’s learning environment so that schools can promote a climate that supports student learning.

Students will take the Maryland School Survey during regular school hours on Friday, March 24, 2023 . The survey will ask students about topics such as student engagement, interactions with adults and with other students in the school, the school environment, bullying, and safety. The survey will not ask about a student’s personal experiences, and students will not be asked to provide any information that might violate their privacy.

The survey is confidential and school personnel will not have access to the responses of specific students. The responses your child provides will be combined with the responses from other students in the school, and results will be reported for each school and district.

We are eager to receive this very important information about your student’s school and about schools across the state.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Mr. Stephen Rafter.


Stephen Rafter

Teacher Specialist


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QACPS March Board of Education Report

Please find the minutes from the March 1 Board meeting linked here.

From our School Nurse, Mrs. Griebel


Any medications, such as Epipen or inhalers (that parents/guardians would like made available for all upcoming field trips) must be provided by the parent/guardian, with a pharmacy-labeled prescription and a doctor’s order before the field trips. No medications are to be carried by any students without a self-carry Drs order on file in the health room. Reminder: No medications will be available without the proper forms and meds supplied.


● Every effort should be made to minimize the administration of medicine in schools. If at all possible, parents are urged to administer medication before school and/or after the child returns home. If the physician deems it necessary for a child to receive medication during the school day, parents must provide the school with a completed physician’s medication order form and the medication(s) in a pharmacy labeled/original container.

● School personnel will not administer unlabeled medicines. Medications carried on school property without labeling information and/or a Drs order will be confiscated, and parents contacted.

** ALL 7th-grade students require a Tdap and an MCV4 vaccine BEFORE returning for the 23/24 school year. Please, see the attached letters from QACPS BOE.

PLEASE, do not send your child(ren) to school sick. Contact your private physician or clinic for guidance.

Support PBIS

Consider purchasing something off of our PBIS Amazon Wishlist. All donations will be used to stock our Pirate Shop or to our classroom raffles. Here is our wishlist.

Thank you for your support of STMS and our PBIS program. If you have any questions, please reach out to our school counselors: Mrs. Melissa Wright or Mrs. Charlotte Driscoll.

School-Based Health/Dental Centers Enrollment Form and Information

As a student in the Queen Anne’s County Public School system (QACPS), your child has access to the Choptank Community Health SCHOOL BASED HEALTH & DENTAL CENTERS at the following QACPS sites: Church Hill Elementary, and Sudlersville Elementary and Middle School.

The mission of the Centers is to improve the health of students and faculty, increase access to primary health care and decrease time lost from school by providing care within the school setting. We are a convenient source of quality health care that works in collaboration with your child’s doctor and the school nurse.

Choptank Community Health recognizes the connection between health and positive academic outcomes. CCHS is pleased to partner with Queen Anne’s County Public Schools and Queen Anne’s County Health Department to ensure that students are healthy and ready to learn.

Register using this form (Spanish version).

Welcome, Volunteers!

We are happy to welcome volunteers into our school! If you plan to chaperone a field trip, help with special projects, assist with band or choral performances, or give your time to support our school in any way, please review the Volunteer Handbook and submit this Volunteer Application and Certification of Training. We look forward to seeing you here soon!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

3/3: Early dismissal

3/10: Student of the Month @ 8:30 am

3/13: Extension classes begin fifth rotation

3/13 & 3/14: MISA given in 8th grade science

3/16: 8th grade field trip--Junior Achievement career exploration in Salisbury, MD

3/17: Gymkana Assemblies

3/20 & 3/21: MISA given in 8th grade science

3/22: 7th grade field trip--service learning

3/23: Bingo Family Night @ 5:30 pm

3/24: Maryland School Survey given to all students

3/29: Early dismissal

3/30: Early dismissal--Parent conferences

3/31: Early dismissal--Parent conferences

4/3 through 4/10: Spring Break

4/11: New schedule begins

4/14: Q3 Report Cards sent home

STMS Staff Recognition

Has a staff member gone above and beyond for you or your child? Let us know so that he or she can be recognized!

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

All students can enjoy free breakfast and lunch all year!