Week of January 23, 2023
Our Spring Semester is in full swing as we prepare to wrap up our first Progress Report (PR 5) this Wednesday, January 25th. We are also preparing to kick off Course Selection this week and we hope that you will spend some time reviewing the information provided in this newsletter and by your student's counselor for all of the important updates and timelines.
Last week our girls and boys basketball teams wrapped up their seasons at the end of season tournament. Congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches on a great season. I want to give a big shout out to Coach Lee and the 8A Boys Basketball. The team played with heart and determination through double overtime, but fell short in the last few seconds. It as an incredible game and we are so proud of the team. Way to go Jags! Tennis and track season are right around the corner!
Throughout the week, our counselors have been busy preparing our students for course selection, we hosted our campus spelling bee, continued TELPAS tutorials, and our students are continuing to take their middle of year Ren360 assessments in reading and math to help us prepare for student learning that will take place throughout the rest of this semester. It's been a great few weeks and we are looking forward to the one ahead.
WEEK AT A GLANCE
Monday, January 23rd
Tuesday, January 24th
SMS Spirt Gear on Sale at Lunches
Renovate Your Mind Workshop @ 4:15pm (SMS Commons)
Clements HS Elective Info Night @ 6:00pm (Clements HS)
CTE Office Hours @ 7:00pm (Microsoft Teams)
Wednesday, January 25th
College Shirt Wednesday
End of Progress Report #5 (PR5)
Focus on the Future Community Night @ 6:00pm (Elkins HS)
Thursday, January 26th
Girls Track Practice Begins @ 7:00am
Parent U: CRASE Training @ 6:00pm (SMS Library)
CTE Office Hours @ 7:00pm (Microsoft Teams)
Friday, January 27th
Jaguar Spirit Day
8th Grade Career Day
Book Fair (through February 3rd)
Last Day for PALS Popcorn Fundraiser
January 28th: Saturday Intervention 9:00am-1:00pm
January 30th: Tennis Tryouts
January 30th: Boys Track Practice Begins
January 30th-February 3rd: Scholastic Book Fair
Andrew Shen: 1st place (8th Grade)
Alex Sun: 3rd place (8th Grade)
Eric Zang: 4th place (8th Grade)
Kevin Hu: 8th place (8th Grade)
Kavish Mehta: 6th place (7th Grade)
Renee Qiu: 14th place (6th Grade)
Spelling Bee Finalists
EVENTS & UPDATES
Student ID Badges
- Wear your ID badge every day (it must be visible and around your neck at all times)
- Store your badge in the same place every to help remind you to bring it to school
- Keep the photo ID inside of the plastic sleeve and keep the lanyard attached
- Do not mark on, cut, bend, or punch a hole in the ID badge or plastic sleeve.
- Do not borrow or trade ID badges with other students.
- Do not cover your picture with paper
If you forget your ScholarChip ID badge once or even a couple times every it’s okay. We all forget sometimes. If you keep forgetting, there will be consequences:
1st-3rd time: Student will be given a temporary wristband.
4th time: Office Referral issued (SV); Parent contact; $5.00 replacement
5th time-and beyond: Office Referral Issued(R1); Lunch Detention-One LD/After School Detention for each subsequent offense
Consequences will be reset every 9-weeks. Replacement ID badges can be purchased through RevTrak (the current student picture on file will be used)
CTE Office Hourse
Coach Mac will be holding online office hours for parents and students that are interested in learning more information about Career and Technical Education (CTE). The meeting will provide an overview of programs and address parent/student questions regarding Computer Science courses, CTE pathways, and industry certifications. Please use the link below to RSVP for the meeting.
Tuesday, 1/24 @ 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursday, 1/26 @ 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Anyone that registers here will receive the Teams meeting link in email: https://forms.office.com/r/cSUERqigM4
Get Ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way. Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. Every book they buy earns rewards for our school. If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. The countdown to more Bookjoy is on! Catch you at the Fair!
SMS Book Fair
Monday, January 30th-Friday, February 3rd
8:20 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:
Course selection for the 2023-2024 school year has started at Sartartia Middle School. On Thursday, January 12, the SMS Counselor's hosted Parent University, which was dedicated to course selection. If you were unable to attend, please use view the attached presentation for all of the information. Please use the video links below for further guidance once the Course Selection window opens on Monday, January 23rd.
Course Selection Grades 5-7
Endorsement Grades 8-11
Ren360 MOY Testing
As you may already know, FBISD uses Renaissance Star 360 Assessments (Ren360) to help teachers understand what students know and what they are ready to learn next. These assessments are administered during the fall, winter, and spring to monitor student growth and progress. The MOY Ren360 assessment window is January 17th – February 3rd. Students will be tested at school by their teachers in their ELA and Math classes. To support your child on this assessment, please:
- Encourage them to do their best;
- Eat a healthy breakfast each morning;
- Get plenty of sleep at night.
Thank you for your partnership with us through this assessment process. Results of the Ren360 assessments will be available in Skyward at approximately the beginning of March. For more information about Star Assessments, visit the Renaissance parent webpage.
Campus Assessment Coordinator
Melissa Ford, Melissa.Ford@fortbendisd.com, Office: 281-634-4070
Gifted & Talented Updates
The new semester has begun, and we have a lot going on to get the year started! The January Edition of the Gifted and Talented newsletter is now available. Please click here to read the newsletter and get more information about events including our monthly meeting and our NEW summer camp!
The Spring Referral Window is Open: January 5 - January 31, 2023
Eligibility for referral during this window:
- Fort Bend ISD students who enrolled after the the closing of the fall referral window (after September 30, 2022)
- Fort Bend ISD students who are identified for GT services and wish to be re-evaluated to add an area of service (fee assessed for re-evaluation)
Please visit the Spring Referral Window Web Page for full details
SMS Tardy Policy
Tardies officially reset at the beginning of each 9 weeks and semester. Students that have repeated tardies will be called to the office and assigned consequences based on number of tardies they have accumulated.
1st Tardy—Teacher Warning
2nd Tardy--Student Conference with Administrator
3rd Tardy—Parent Contact from Administrator
4th Tardy—Lunch Detention & Parent Call
5th & More—Lunch Detention, After School or Saturday Detention
Focus on the Future Community Night
The Social-Emotional Learning and Comprehensive Health Division will host a Focus on the Future Community Night at Elkins HS on Wednesday, January 25, from 6:00pm-8:00pm. This event will be geared towards our current 3rd-8th grade families with the intent to drive exposure and understanding of all our FBISD high school programs and CCMR pathways. We are seeking to provide families an opportunity to identify their students’ post-secondary interests, and offer tools to help them achieve this path. This college-fair-style event will showcase FBISD programs and allow you to meet their leaders.
Attendance Boundary Process
Fort Bend ISD will engage the community in the attendance boundary planning process in the northwest and southeast areas of the district through a virtual public hearing process detailing three boundary scenarios. The virtual public hearing information will be released to the public on Friday, January 20, at 6 p.m. and remain available and open for public input through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 27. The public hearing video link and Thoughtexchange discussion links can be accessed at www.fortbendisd.com/attendanceboundaries beginning Friday, January 20, at 6 p.m.
All district stakeholders will be provided the opportunity to share feedback online through Thoughtexchange, a discussion management software tool, intended to bring people together to engage in dialogue in an anonymous fashion. The Thoughtexchange platform will open at 6 p.m. on January 20 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 27. Once all feedback has been reviewed, district staff will take into consideration the meaningful public comment before a final proposal is made to the Board of Trustees.
PTO Business Sponsors (2022-2023)
A special thanks to our:
Texan Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
GOLD SPONSORS: Orthodontique
SILVER SPONSORS: Goosehead Insurance, Sweetwater Pulmonary, Lukin Family Dentistry, Healthy Teeth Pediatric Dentistry
BRONZE SPONSORS: Sugar Land Swim School, Next Level Urgent Care, Innovative Allergy Clinic, KRB Dentistry
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IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
Assistant Principal: Courtney Border
Counselor: Amy Melby
Associate Principal: Dr. Sunday Johnson
Lead Counselor: Tanya Johnson
Assistant Principal: Paul Wells
Counselor: Kat Friedel
Attendance: Cynthia Gonzalez-Trevizo firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar: Courtni Turner email@example.com
Nurse: Michelle Middleton firstname.lastname@example.org
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