The SMS Weekly Update

April 11-15

Week 14

We are entering the last grading cycles of the year. The last 6 weeks of 7th grade for some and the last 6 weeks of 8th grade for others. This year has FLOWN by at times. We still have 6 more weeks to go. Remember to check out Skyward DAILY and keep up with missing assignments. If you are absent, turn in notes. Check your emails frequently too!

Recent Issues

We have had a rash of two issues these last two weeks: vandalism and racist comments directed at certain groups of students. Both of these issues are serious and will come with consequences. Our goal is to provide a safe learning environment. Vandalism in both bathrooms with profanity does not help that goal. Making certain groups feel unwanted also doesn't make our students feel safe. Each instance will be investigated thoroughly. We all have a duty to respect each other to make this world a better place. There is enough negativity in society as it is. We encourage our Porcupines to do their best to eliminate these issues. We need your help. Please talk with your students about these issues and reach out to an administrator if needed. Thank you in advance.

NO CELL Phones in POJO

In order to focus on grades, interventions and tutorials, POJO Period will be CELL PHONE FREE. If a device is SEEN or HEARD, it will be taken up and given to the office. Students will be able to retrieve cell phones at the end of the school day. Thank you.

This week is A Week for POJO!

This Week @ SMS

A WEEK for POJO Period


Monday, April 11

  1. SMS Dance Clinic/Tryouts 4:00-5:30 PM

Tuesday, April 14

  1. SISD Percussion Concert Dress Rehearsal @ SHS Auditorium 4:00-6:30 PM
  2. SMS Dance Clinic/Tryouts 4:00-5:30 PM

Wednesday, April 13

  1. SMS Dance Clinic/Tryouts 4:00-5:30 PM

Thursday, April 14

  1. SMS Dance Clinic/Tryouts 4:00-5:30 PM
  2. SISD Percussion Concert @ SHS Auditorium 7:00-9:00 PM

Friday, April 15

1. NO SCHOOL!

Attention 8th Graders!

Do you like fishing? Well, the Springtown High School Bass Fishing Team would love to hear from you. If you are interested in joining you can reach out to Jason Eustace at (817) 271-1717. You can also follow their Facebook page for more information on joining the team. Here is the link to their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Springtown-High-School-Bass-Fishing-Team-380870895760730/about/?ref=page_internal

CONGRATULATIONS SMS FCCLA!

Way to go FCCLA!

Well, San Diego Here We Come!

Springtown Porcupines FCCLA

All three teams qualified.

National Programs in Action - Savannah, Dakota and Rylen 1st place

Professional Presentation - Skylar, Kallie, and Wesley - 1st place

Chapter Service Projects - Portfolio-

Aubrey, Faith and Kylie -2nd place

So proud of these kids!

#itsagreatdaytobeaporcupine

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2022 TMSCA Season Update

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YEARBOOK INFORMATION

SMS Yearbook Information

Yearbooks will be delivered the final week of school.

Don't miss the opportunity to get your copy before they are gone.

Yearbooks are $40.00 Until April 12th.

After the cost will be $45 Until May 10th.

After that they will be $50.00 each and only available if we have any extra copies,

So Order Now using this link!

https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1080719/Springtown-Middle-School/

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3rd Period POJO Changes

Third period will be a time for history and science study hall and targeted math/reading intervention. We are also adding some academic vocabulary practice, financial literacy enrichment, and digital citizenship courses. Students will not be allowed to be on their phones during this 35 minute focused academic period each day. Students not following this policy will have their device turned into the office until the end of the day.

ATTENTION 8th GRADERS!

Click on this link about uploading your 4-year plans in EDUTHINGS. If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Burtnett or Mrs. Lund at SHS.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1si3pZAmfwTuRBQ9llLR3nLjEmI3oBMpOr4htWyNBLYc/edit?usp=sharing

From the SMS Counselors

Just a friendly reminder to those students that have yet to bring back the blue course request forms. It is extremely important to ensure we have your form for classes next year. In order for your class selections to be considered complete, you and your parents/guardians must sign the bottom of the form. If you do not bring your form back, you may not get the courses you selected due to classes filling up.

MTSS and YOU (Updated 4/11/22)

To support our district vision that every Springtown Middle School student is unique and capable of achieving their own academic and life goals, our district provides high-quality core instruction for every student, as well as additional learning opportunities for those who may need more support.


A three-tiered system of intervention, referred to as Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), is designed to help teachers focus on providing high-quality learning opportunities that are matched to students’ needs and monitored on a frequent basis to ensure successful outcomes. Tier 1 consists of core instruction delivered to all students. Tier 2 consists of targeted group intervention for students not making adequate progress with core instruction alone. Tier 3 includes customized, more intense interventions, delivered in addition to core instruction.


The last cycle for MTSS intervention is 3/21/22 - 5/26/22. Our Springtown Middle School MTSS Team consists of classroom teachers serving students, administrators, counselors, and intervention specialists. Students are placed in intervention or moved out of intervention based on a variety of factors.

1. Is the student showing measureable growth in class and on assessments?

2. Did the student get "Meets" or "Masters" on the benchmark?

3. Is the student passing core classes WITHOUT correcting the work?

4. Is the student achieving "Meets" on ALL unit tests?

5. Did the student pass STAAR last year? Previous years?

6. Is the student meeting the SISD standard on the universal screener? (NWEA or iSIP) If not, are they close? Are they showing measurable progress on the screener?

7. Does the classroom teacher feel that the student would benefit from remaining in intervention?


If your student is currently in Math or Reading intervention, progress will continue to be monitored every 2-4 weeks in intervention. Additional assessments may be completed in order to guide instruction and intervention. It is our goal to provide the best instruction and materials to help your student succeed.

MENUS

APRIL MENUS

Breakfast

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7/8 LUNCH

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$1 Hat Days are BACK!

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Discipline

During the first semester, certain behavior trends across campus. Profanity, vaping, classroom disruptions, defiance towards adults, and skipping classes have been on the rise. Cell phones have also become a major distraction in our classrooms.The learning environment is a sacred place, and we want every single student to have the opportunity to learn in each and every class. The above actions will not be tolerated at SMS. We want to best for all of our Porcupines each and every day. We ask that parents and guardians talk to your students about being respectful and demonstrating acceptable classroom behavior. Distractions in the classroom setting will not be tolerated. Every student has the right to learn and receive instruction. Students will always have freedom of choice, but there isn't freedom from consequences. Thank you in advance for your support.

Another Big Issue: INVASIVE VISUAL RECORDING

Cell phones are becoming a huge problem. It is not just an SMS problem, or an SISD problem, but a nationwide problem. Part of the issue is using cell phones appropriately. Recording or taking pictures of other students is forbidden on campus due to privacy concerns. Taking pictures of other students in restrooms or locker rooms is against school policies and it also happens be be illegal. Generally, the Texas Education Code refers to this as INVASIVE VISUAL RECORDING and it is very serious. This is an automatic placement in DAEP and could bring on criminal charges. As serious as it is, it is completely avoidable. Please have a talk with your students about using cell phones responsibly on campus. Cell phones and social media are not a healthy combination in this day and age. We want all of our students to stay safe and act responsibly. Thank you.

Digital Safety Tips

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Is it BULLYING?

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See something, say something

Student safety is our NUMBER 1 priority. When our students step on campus, the safety of our students, staff, and everyone at SMS is always priority. That being said, students see a lot more than adults. If any students see something that may not seem right, please tell someone immediately. We are here to grow together and get our Porcupines ready for high school. If you see something that doesn't seem right, or feel right, let an adult know. If any student feels uncomfortable going to the office or talking to a staff member in front of anyone, do not hesitate to email Mr. Scott (mscott@springtownisd.net). I work for our teachers, our staff, our students, and our parents. We are all a team and our students' safety is my first priority each and everyday.


Below is SISD's StayALERT reporting information. We encourage anyone to use this at any time there is an incident of bullying, harassment, violence, drugs, or if something just doesn't feel right. Stay safe Porcupines!

The StayALERT School Safety Program is a 24/7 bilingual reporting program designed to help provide a safer school environment. Report bullying, vandalism, drugs & alcohol, unsafe or violent behavior, harassment, weapons, teacher/student conflict, or other safety concerns. Make a report by the following ways listed below:

Washington, D.C. Trip

See the information below for an exciting opportunity offered to our current 8th grade students.

We are happy to bring back the educational trip to Washington D.C. Open to all 8th grade students, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience our nation's history upclose. If you are interested click on the link below for more detailed information about our first parent meeting, trip dates, pricing, and financial assistance. For any questions please email Shaun Heise at sheise@springtownisd.net or call the front office at (817) 220-7455.


Steps to See the Counselor

Steps to See the Counselors

  1. Go to the Springtown Middle School webpage.

    1. https://www.springtownisd.net/Domain/196

  2. Hover over the “ADMINISTRATION” link.

  3. Go down to the grade appropriate counselor.

    1. Rachel Moreno- 8th Grade

    2. Lydia Gomez- 7th Grade

  4. Click on the “REQUEST TO SEE COUNSELOR” link on the left side.

  5. Open the google form and fill it out.

  6. Do not go to the counseling office and wait to be seen.


OR


Scan the QR Code and complete the form

to request to see your Counselor

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Counselor's Corner


  1. If there is ever a time your student needs to meet with their respective counselor, please have him/her follow these steps. Go to the SPRINGTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL webpage and hover over the ADMINISTRATION tab. Go to the appropriate counselor for the grade level and click on her name to access her webpage - Lydia Gomez (7th Grade) and Rachel Moreno (8th Grade). On the left-hand side, you will find the REQUEST TO SEE COUNSELOR tab. Please click there to access the link to a Google form. Complete the form and it will go directly to the counselor.
  2. Counselor's emails: Mrs. Gomez (lgomez@springtownisd.net) and Mrs. Moreno (rmoreno@springtownisd.net)
  3. You and/or your child may also find easy access to our StayALERT system on each of the counselors' webpages. The StayALERT School Safety Program is a 24/7 bilingual reporting program designed to help provide a safer school environment. Report bullying, vandalism, drugs & alcohol, unsafe or violent behavior, harassment, weapons, teacher/student conflict, or other safety concerns. The tab is titled STAYALERT REPORT BULLYING.

Crochet Club

Are you interested in learning how to crochet? If so, we have the club for you!

The SMS Crochet Club will meet before school on Mondays and Wednesdays in the library. See Mrs. Elkins for more details.

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The Coaches Corner

SMS WAG

SMS Athletics Webpage

Click here for the sports SMS has to offer. GO POJO!

High School Sports

A link to high school athletics schedules can be found here. Ticketing information for all SISD athletic events is listed below.

SISD Ticketing Information

Here is the link to ticketing information for purchasing tickets for all athletic events.
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Facts about PORCUPINES

Did you know that porcupines communicate with each other by making grunts and a series of high pitched noises?


Like beavers, porcupines live in woodlands and forests where they eat wood and bark. Sometimes they even sneak into campgrounds to chew on canoe paddles or other wooden items. Porcupines also eat soft plants and fruits.


Porcupines are covered in quills all over their body except their belly, face, and feet. On average, a porcupine has 30,000 quills. The quills stand up when a porcupine feels threatened and detach easily when touched. If a porcupine loses a quill, it grows a new one.Their quills come off easily when touched, and their sharp tips and overlapping scales or barbs that make them difficult to remove. Even so, porcupines are preyed upon by co-adapted predators including lynx, bobcats, coyotes, wolves, wolverines, great horned owls, mountain lions and fishers.

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SMS Bell Schedule

Springtown Middle School

20212022 Bell Schedule


Students released to 1st period starting at 7:40 a.m.


**First Official Bell 7:55am**


1st period... 8:00 8:50

2nd period... 8:55 9:45

3rd period POJO... 9:50 10:25

4th period... 10:30 - 11:20


“A” lunch

11:20-11:50

“5A”

11:55-1:00


“B” lunch

11:55-12:25

“5B”

11:25-11:55

& 12:30-1:00


“C” lunch

12:30-1:00

“5C”

11:25-12:30


6th period... 1:05 - 1:55

7th period... 2:00 - 2:50

8th period... 2:55 - 3:45

GO POJO!!

2022-2023 SISD Calendar

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