SMS GIANT News
Thanksgiving Edition Nov 18th -Nov 26th
This is a two week edition, next Newsletter on Dec 3rd
Take a moment to thank an SMS staff member if you would like. Click on the + sign on the bottom right hand side once you get to the Gratitude Wall to leave a post.
Want to get involved in supporting our school? Not sure how? Contact one of our PFC parents.
Digital Awareness For Students and Parents- IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ!
We have noticed that students' online activity after the school day has negatively impacted many of our students. We realize that when on lockdown, many students utilized the online platform to maintain their friendships and connectivenss with their friends and others.
Parents, teachers, and other adults may not be aware of all the digital media and apps that a child is using. The more digital platforms that a child uses, the more opportunities there are for being exposed to potential cyberbullying.
We need your support in helping to positively support our students with understanding the impact of their words not only verbally when in person but when online. There are many resources to support families in this area. A related article is below:
A wonderful parent resource is the Common Sense Media Website. Included below.
Please take a moment to review this very informative website to help you support your child in their online use and establishing their digital footprint.
Science Career Fair
The MDUSD Education Foundation Student Advisory Committee is hosting a Science Career Fair which is open to all MDUSD high school and middle school students!
This event will occur Monday, November 29th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm via Zoom.
Students will have the opportunity to listen to and ask individual questions to scientists working in a variety of different fields such as medicine, animal sciences, education, and research.
Please register by Saturday, November 27th at https://tinyurl.com/MDUSDScienceCareerFair
Virtual ELAC Meeting- 2nd Quarter 11.16.2021
Upcoming Leadership events for students- Time sensitive
6th/7th graders only:
Our next SMS Social is for 6th & 7th Graders ONLY! It's the Annual Cookies & Cocoa Social on Friday, December 10th from 3pm-4pm! There will be cookies, hot cocoa, fun games, and a special visit from a special visitor! Permission Slips are now available AFTER SCHOOL at the B-Side of the office! Get them now before they run out! No late permission slips will be accepted after Monday, December 6th!
8th graders only:
Not to be left out, another SMS Social is for 8th Graders ONLY! It's the Annual Blacklight Blowout Social on the same day- Friday, December 10th from 5pm 'til 6:30pm! Wear your neon and wear your white because it's a BLACKLIGHT & DISCO LIGHT DANCE PARTY! Permission Slips are also now available AFTER SCHOOL at the B-Side of the office as well! Get them now before they run out! No late permission slips will be accepted after Monday, December 6th!"
Leadership event Permission slips...see PDF's below
Black Light Blowout- 8th grade only
Submit by deadline
SMS Campus Happenings...
Gold Card Lunch
Celebrating student achievement at Pleasant Hill Park. THANK YOU PFC for funding this wonderful event!
Black LIght Blowout for 8th graders
Cookies and Cocoa for 6th/7th graders
Please help our Homeless Outreach Program...
OTHER IMPORTANT RESOURCES TO REFERENCE...
MDUSD Food and Nutrition Services- Lunch menus
Support for K-12 Teens & Families by MT. Diablo Adult Ed. Did you know that Adult Ed offers support for K-12 teens and families? Please see the attached flyers for:
Teen alcohol, vaping, and drug use workshops for teens/parents to attend together. Offered on Saturdays. See schedule on flyers. Offered in English and in Spanish. Referrals welcomed. (Let us know if you need it translated into another language.) Flyer English HERE Spanish HERE
Anger management workshops for teens/parents to attend together. Offered on Saturdays. Offered in English and in Spanish. Referrals welcomed. (Let us know if you need it translated into another language.)
For more information, feel free to email Parent Ed secretary, Dee Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org /ext. 6720 or for Spanish (or English), email Irma Toman, Parent Education Coordinator, at email@example.com /ext. 6722. You can also contact Paige Endo, firstname.lastname@example.org /ext. 6706.
Dates for Workshop- Jan 22nd, Mar. 19th, May 21st
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself and your student with our updated Dress Code.
Grab your popcorn and the rest of your family and learn about all of the wonderfully cool and exciting events taking place at SMS. See the creative ways our students broadcast important messages and happenings at Sequoia Middle.
Please check this link periodically for the most up to date information regarding the FREE MDUSD Testing sites for our MDUSD families.
Dec 5th- 8:15 Coffee with Keck on Zoom (will be recorded)Join Zoom Meeting
Dec 17th- Early Release Day- End of 2nd Quarter
Dec 20-Jan 4- Winter Break
Jan 5th- Beginning of 3rd quarter- 2nd Semester
MDUSD Title IX Non- Discrimination Statement
The Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, facilities and practices shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identify, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, actual or potential parental, family, marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics (Governing Board Policy 0410).
Contact Us / How to File a ComplaintFor questions, concerns or complaints regarding student harassment, discrimination, intimidation and bullying, please contact Jennifer Sachs, Chief of Educational Services, at email@example.com or by phone at (925) 682-8000 x4016.