St. Michaels Middle/High School

December Updates

SMMHS Families:

I hope this update finds you well. It is hard to believe we are approaching the interim for quarter 2. This is a difficult time of year for some students to remain focused as we near the winter break and holiday season. Please continue to monitor your student's grades on powerschool and reach out to their teachers/guidance counselors if you have any concerns. The interim ends on December 15th. Interims will be emailed out on December 21st. Semester one ends on January 20th.

Winter sports are under way and our boys and girls basketball teams are working hard. Unfortunately we did not have enough interest for wrestling and we had to cancel the season for this year. Games begin on December 6th. Reminder that in order to attend a game you must have a ticket. All students on the team will get 4 tickets for each home game and 2 tickets for away games. Tickets will be given to players on Friday's for the following weeks games. In order to get into a game you must have a ticket from a player/coach and pay $5.00. Masks will also be required. Please contact Mr. Femi with any questions.

Attendance- TCPS strongly discourages families from scheduling vacations during the school year. If a student will be absent due to a vacation, the principal must be notified of the dates in advance. While those absences will still be coded unlawful, prior notification will eliminate them from being counted towards potential court action. This applies to five days per school year as long as the student has not exceeded the attendance standards prior to the request. The TCPS attendance policy (10.2 AR) are in effect for all students. Please remember every 6 tardies adds up to one day absent. If your student(s) is a car rider/driver please make sure they are arriving on time. Doors open at 7:35 and students must be in class by 7:45. Reminder- Too many tardies will impact participation in extra curricular activities.

Illness-We appreciate those that have been in contact with us when your student is sick. Due to all of your help, our numbers have drastically decreased. THANK YOU for being cautious to keep everyone safe. Please let Tracy Batley, our school nurse know if your child is awaiting a COVID test result. They must remain home until they receive a negative test result. A copy of the test result should be sent to Tracy Batley. To keep everyone safe, TCPS follows strict guidelines from the Talbot County Health Department on quarantine procedures when a student is sick or exhibits COVID symptoms. Please make sure to provide a doctor's note or parent note (only 5 parent notes per semester) to Ms. Kelly (kschlesner@talbotschools.org) if your child is absent for any reason. If your student is quarantined, please have your student check their FROG page for work and stay in contact with their teachers via email. Teachers can set up a ZOOM with your student if they need assistance.

Test to stay- Parents will have the option of test to stay for unvaccinated students who are considered to be a close contact to a positive case but were masked. You will be notified by the school nurse if this is an option for your child. Please make sure you have read the updated quarantined guidelines that were sent out on 11/22. Guidelines are attached below.

Calendar for 2021-2022- Please note the changes approved at the last BOE meeting to this years calendar:

  • December 22 will be an early dismissal day for both students and staff.
  • January 21 (Transition Day) will now be an early dismissal day for staff, with no school for students.
  • February 18 will be an early dismissal day for students and staff.
  • March 18 will be an early dismissal day for students and staff.
  • May 27 will be an early dismissal day for students and staff.

Calendar for 2022-2023- TCPS is looking for feedback on the proposed school calendar for next school year. Please click the link TCPS 2022-2023 Calendar Comment Form Your input if important!

Yearbook- Please see the attachment below for important SENIOR yearbook deadlines. Anyone can order your yearbook now for only $55.00. Price will increase as the year goes on. Checks/cash can be sent in with your student and given to Ms. Kastel. Please contact Ms. Kastel if you have any questions.


As always, I greatly appreciate your support and hope you have a wonderful and restful holiday.

Theresa Vener

Principal

December/January Events

12/4- Easton Holiday Parade- 6:30- SMMHS band will be marching

12/6- Girl's/Boy's basketball @ Washington- 4/5:30

12/9-12/22- HOLIDAY SPIRIT DAYS- see flyer below for daily themes. We encourage ALL students to participate.

12/9- PSAT's for all 9th graders

12/9- Girl's/boy'd basketball @ Colonel Richardson- 4/5:30

12/13-Senior deadlines for yearbook- See attachment below

12/13- Boy's/girl's basketball- HOME vs Kent Island- 4/5:30

12/15- NHS children's toy drive and clothing swap- See flyer below for more information.

12/15- BOE meeting- 7:00pm- Can be viewed online from the TCPS website

12/16- Interim for quarter 2 ends

12/16- Choir Concert in the courtyard- 6:00

12/16- Girl's/Boys' basketball @ Easton-4/5:30

12/21- Quarter 2 interim emailed to parents/guardians

12/22- 1/2 day of school- early dismissal 11:30- Winter Break begins!

12/23-1/2- No School-Winter Break- Enjoy your holiday!

1/3- School reopens after winter break

1/4-Girl's/boy's basketball- HOME vs Cambridge-4/5:30

1/5- Girl's/boy's basketball @ Gunston- 4/5:30

1/6-Girl's/Boys' basketball- HOME vs North Dorchester-4/5:30

1/10- More senior yearbook deadlines- see attachment below

1/10-Girl's/Boy's basketball- @ Queen Anne- 4/5:30

1/11-Girl's/Boy's basketball- HOME vs North Caroline- 4/5:30

1/13-Girl's/Boy's basketball @ Mardela- 4/5:30