January 16th - 20th

Volume 1, Edition 1

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Welcome to the SSMS Weekly Family Newsletter

We hope this newsletter enhances the communication between school and home. This newsletter will share important information for the week ahead and friendly reminders/updates for upcoming events in the near future! If you have questions about anything shared in the newsletter, please don't hesitate to contact us!
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Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King - Monday, January 16th

In observance of the Martin Luther King holiday, there will be no school for staff or students on Monday. King was an influential civil rights leader — best known for his work on racial equality and ending racial segregation in the United States. His life and achievements are remembered and celebrated on this day. So this Monday, make the holiday more than just a day off and take time to reflect, remember and celebrate this genuinely inspirational hero!
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End of Quarter 2 Teacher Workdays

This Friday, January 20th, will mark the end of the second quarter. Students will NOT have school due to Teacher Workdays NEXT Monday, January 23rd, or Tuesday, January 24th.


It is hard to believe that we are already HALFWAY through the school year! Where does the time go? Before we know it, our 8th graders will be high schoolers, and our 6th graders will no longer be tackling their first year in middle school! It is incredible how fast time flies - be sure to enjoy and appreciate every moment along the journey!

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STOP BULLYING ON THE SPOT!

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior, they send the message that it is unacceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.

Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by discussing it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.


SSMS teachers, staff, and administrators will not tolerate bullying. All students deserve the right to come to school feeling safe and ready to learn. Parents, for us to tackle this issue, WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please talk with your child(ren) at home about the impacts bullying can have on peers. Moving forward, this will be a school-wide focus as Mr. Huneycutt and I have had conversations with students and parents about these concerns since I arrived at SSMS only a short time ago. There is one Golden Rule ALL of us can follow...


TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT


Nobody should be mean to others.

  • Stop and think before you say or do something that could hurt someone.
  • If you feel like being mean to someone, find something else to do.
  • Talk to an adult you trust. They can help you find ways to be nicer to others.
  • Keep in mind that everyone is different. Not better or worse. Just different.
  • If you think you have bullied someone in the past, apologize. Everyone feels better.
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Attendance Matters

Parents, we have many students with absences exceeding 20+ days. We all know how difficult it can be to get pre-teens/teens to school, but attendance is critical to ensure our students receive the best education possible. So unless your student is throwing up, has a fever, or has other documented medical concerns, please make it a priority to get them to school on time!