Seymour Middle School Newsletter

March 2020

Principal’s Corner

Dear Owl Families,


I hope you and your family are doing well during these unprecedented times. First and foremost I want you to know that our staff greatly misses the opportunity to work face to face with your children. We are going to do our very best with E-Learning. Teachers are working hard to provide the best instruction they can through this mode. What is extremely important at this time is that our students are logging into Google Classroom each day and completing all of the tasks, activities, etc.. that their teachers assign. You will only get out of this, what you put into it.


If you have specific questions about your assignments or content in Google Classroom please email your teacher. They will be responsive to you between the hours of 9:00-3:00 pm.


Since the current health situation is fluid, changes may be coming quickly as circumstances change. Keep watching for more information to come out on our website and or through our school's Facebook page and Twitter Handle. You can check both of these by clicking the links under "Contact us" at the top of this newsletter.


Remember, we are all in this together. We look forward to the time when we can all be together again.


In the meantime, we hope that you are all staying safe and making the very best of this time you have together as a family.


Sincerely,


Dr. Danny Mendez

Principal

E-Learning Tips from Mrs. Wessel

E-Learning for Parents


Tips for parents navigating online learning with their children

  • Limit distraction- A “digital quarantine” might be necessary to keep your child’s attention focused on their schoolwork. You should limit their use of their devices, other than what is needed to complete their work, until their schoolwork is done. If you choose, you can allow your child to play on a device during a designated break, but make them aware that they only have a limited amount of time until they need to get back to work.


  • Make space for learning- Many adults have a specific area of the home in which they do work, and it’s important that you create a similar space for your child. Your children will achieve their best work in a quiet, comfortable, and dedicated space that is strictly devoted to learning. This space should be a different set-up than where they normally play games or watch television.


  • Maintain breaks such as snack time and recess- Routines and schedules are extremely important for children at school, and this is no different in their at-home school. Children will function best if they maintain their routine as close to normal as possible. Setting alarms similar to those they would encounter at school can be helpful for keeping them on a schedule. Around lunch time, encourage them to get up, stretch, and take a break so that they are not sedentary for the entire day.


  • Don’t let your children treat this as a vacation- This time at home might feel like a vacation for your child, but it’s important to remind them that their education still comes first.


Source: Jennifer Fabiano


Connectivity


  • Charter Communications announced on March 13, 2020 that for 60 days the company will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access to homes with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription. Installation fees will also be waived for these households. Enroll by calling 844-488-8395. Charter will also continue Spectrum Internet Assist, a program offering low-cost broadband internet of 30 Mbps for low-income households without school-aged children.




  • AT&T announced on Friday it would not cancel service and would waive late fees for any wireless, home phone, broadband residential or small business customer experiencing hardships because of the coronavirus pandemic and can't pay their bills. Qualifying low income households can apply for $10 a month internet access through the Access from AT&T program. Fixed Wireless Internet and Wireline customers can use unlimited internet data. AT&T will also keep public Wi-Fi hotspots open.

Source: doe.in.gov



Mrs. Loriann Wessel

Assistant Principal

Google Classroom Tutorial for Students and Parents

Google Classroom Tutorial for Students and Parents

Counselor Corner: Social and Emotional Learning

Feelings


We all have feelings and we all sometimes struggle to deal with them. We might not even be able to describe what feelings we are experiencing!


RULE 1


ALL FEELINGS ARE OKAY!

Whatever emotion you are experiencing/feeling, it is okay to have that feeling. Don’t get upset or mad at yourself for feeling the way you are. Instead, acknowledge the feeling and figure out a way to help.



So here are some tips and ideas to help:


  • Identify your feelings, whether it be anger, worry, sadness, or happiness, our bodies can help us identify them. Look for butterflies in your stomach or increased pulse.


  • Thoughts and feelings control our behavior and our behaviors can control our thoughts and feelings! It’s a chain! Break the chain by creating a plan whenever we are experiencing negative emotions.


For Example:

“I get angry at my mom and I yell and say things I don’t mean.”

My plan would be to wait 5 minutes before I say ANYTHING to her.


It can be as simple as that. Create a calm corner where you live and go there, (not slamming the door to your room!), until you have had a chance to calm down.


  • Feelings are not forever! Realize that feelings come and go.

Athletic News: Mr. Henkle

Did you Know that currently Seymour Middle School is in the lead for the Tri-County championship for the 2020-2021 school year.


To this point the following teams were crowned as the Tri-County champs:


  • 7th Grade Football
  • 8th Grade Football
  • 7th Grade Volleyball
  • 8th Grade Volleyball
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball


The total point breakdown for this school year is down below.

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SMS Basketball Teams Excel on the Court

7th Grade Boys Basketball Tri-County Champs

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