SMS Scoop

September 1, 2017

Ninja Warriors: What are they thinking?

Have you seen the show American Ninja Warrior? It's a competition show where individuals compete to complete a course of crazy, physical obstacles in the fastest time possible. Few individuals complete the course. It's very intense.

Prior to starting each course run, what do you think the competitors are thinking? Make a list of the things they might be focusing on before the event. And like the Wallendas from last week, how do you think the Ninja Warrior competitors got started? How do you think they got to the place where they made the national tv show?

Add these discussion notes to last week's homeroom discussion notes. We'll look at the Wallendas and the Ninjas again in next week's Scoop.

And where do you think we are going with this? Why are we talking about daredevil stunts and feats of amazing physical strength? Hmmm. Find out more in next week's Scoop!

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Helping Houston Challenge

Thanks to all of the students that came up with ideas about how to help Texas residents affected by the devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey. We're going to show some love and support by collecting monetary donations next week. A donation table will be set up in the main hall Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday next week. Donations in any amount will be accepted and appreciated! The Builders' Club will help organize the collection.

Based on the results of our school-wide vote this morning, we're going to support the American Red Cross with our donation! Our school vote was Red Cross 330, Texas Food Bank 173, and Houston area middle-school 117.

Our donation goal is to give the amount that you would have spent on junk food next week. Cut out all junk (food and drinks) for the week and give the savings to support Texans in need. Helping others sometimes involves sacrifice. Can we give up some extra snacks to help out Texans? Can we skip a run to Chillers or a Big Red this week? Please give!

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is the nation’s most exciting K-12 science competition and Scottsburg Middle School’s Science Olympiad will be attending the regional competition at Ivy Tech in Bloomington, Indiana on February 3, 2018. Mrs. Raichel and Mrs. Fryfogle are looking for 15-17 science-loving, dedicated, up-for-the-challenge students to represent SMS in this 23 event, all day competition. Events cover a wide range of scientific topics, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Students are welcome to stay after for an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 6 from 3:15-3:45 to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

SADD Chapter

Do you like to help others? Do you have creative ideas? Do you like to have fun? If you answered yes to any of these, then SADD is for you! The SMS SADD Chapter will have an information table set up in the cafeteria during lunches on Friday, September 8. Any student interested in learning more about Students Against Destructive Decisions can come talk to Mrs. Naugle during lunch that day. Permission slips to join will be available then.


Can you code? Do you enjoy challenge and teamwork? If so, BotWarriors may be for you. The SMS Robotics season is starting soon. If you are interested in being considered for the team, 1) fill out the application on the SMS Community page, and 2) attend the informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 3:15-3:45 in room 206. Robotics practices will be Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 at the Mid-America Science Park. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Copple or Mrs. Petty.

Other Clubs Starting Soon!

If you like taking pictures and working with friends to create a fun and important yearbook keepsake for your classmates, Yearbook Club is the club to join! Look for more info in next week's SCOOP! Ms. Shuler and Mrs. Boley are looking forward to working with you! Watch for info in next week's Scoop regarding call-out plans.

Cann u find the spellin misteaks in this sennence? If so, SMS Spell Bowl may be for you! The SMS Spell Bowl is starting soon. Tryout invitations will come out soon. If you have any questions, ask your language arts teacher or Mrs. Cox.

SMS is starting a brand new FACS Club in the next few weeks! This is a great opportunity to for our students! See Mr. Shoultz if you have any questions.

Drama Club will start soon. If you'd like to be involved with our fall play as an actor, set designer, stage crew member or sound and light crew member, get ready for your chance to try out!

Cross will start meeting on Wednesday mornings later in September. Archery Club starts in early November. And our brand new Academic Jr. Superbowl teams will be forming soon.

Whew! That's a lot of clubs, especially when you add in Pep Club, Builders Club, Art Club, and Student Council! Watch future Scoops for information.

One person cannot do everything, but every person should do something!!

Upcoming Highlights

  • No School Monday! Happy Labor Day! On Tuesday, September 5th, we will follow a Tuesday "A" schedule.
  • SMS is hosting CPI training for district educators in the Great Room (AM) and Band Room (PM) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • Wing assemblies will be held on Wednesday during homeroom. We'll be learning about our upcoming benchmark assessment program.
  • Friday, September 8th is Mid-Term Day. Can you believe we are almost half way through the first quarter? Parents and Guardians will receive a mid-term newsletter with their reminder to check grades in Harmony!!

The Week Ahead...

Mon. Sep. 4: Happy Labor Day - No school

Tue. Sep. 5: A day, 6th Success Skills in Skills (SSS), Art Club 3-4, Tennis v. Brownstown, CC @ Silver Creek, 7/8 Volleyball v. New Wash (Pep Club Trash Bag Night)

Wed. Sep. 6: B day, HELP HOUSTON, 6th Success Skills in Skills (SSS), 8th Roadmap to HS in SH, Wing Homeroom meetings, Science Olympiad Info Meeting 3-3:45, BotWarriors Info meeting 3-3:45, Builders' Club board meeting 3-4, Soccer v. Shawe, 6/7/8 Volleyball v. Henryville

Thu. Sep. 7: A day, HELP HOUSTON, 8th Roadmap to HS in SH, Tennis v. Christian Academy, Football @ Jennings County, 6 VB @ Scribner, 7/8 VB @ Crothersville

Fri. Sept. 8: B day, HELP HOUSTON, Student Council Applications due, Soccer @ South Ripley