Scarborough Middle School

Family Newsletter for 11-18-2022

Hello Scarborough Middle School Families,

We want to thank our middle school families for taking the time to attend our recent parent-teacher conferences and hope that your conference provided you with some valuable insight into your child’s progress in school. We look forward to our continued partnership throughout the remainder of the school year.

On another note, with a shortened week ahead of us, there will not be a newsletter next week. We want to take the opportunity now to extend our wishes that you are all able to enjoy the upcoming break from school with your families.


Kathy Tirrell, Principal

Angela Scully, Assistant Principal

SMS Yearbook, Pre-order today!

There is an early pre-order deadline of Tuesday, February 28th order ASAP through the Jostens website!

8th Grade Baby Pictures for Yearbook

It is time for families of 8th graders to submit a baby picture to be included in the Yearbook!

- Please upload your picture directly to the Jostens site at the following link:

  • There is no cost for submitting a baby picture
  • Recommended age: 0-3 years old
  • The due date for submitting a picture is Monday, December 12th, 2022.
  • See the SMS Yearbook Website for more details on the baby picture submission as well as the 8th Grade Student Recognition, if you want to get ahead of the game on that as well!

For more detailed information, please visit the SMS Yearbook Website. If you still have questions after reviewing the site, please reach out to Mr. Cabana (

Kiwanis Sock Drive

The Scarborough Kiwanis Club is pleased to partner with Scarborough Schools to collect adult socks, gloves/mittens, and hats for donation to Preble Street for distribution to persons experiencing homelessness. These clothing items can be used in good condition or purchased new. Collection bins will be available at each school and clothing items can be donated by students, faculty, and staff between Monday November 28th and Friday December 16th. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Laptop Updates

We are seeing an uptick in laptop damages at SMS. Repairs have totalled over $2700 at this time. We ask that families reinforce laptop expectations at home. Students should keep devices in their assigned bags, and in the straps, at all times. Bags must be zipped upon transport and should not be placed into other bags (ie, backpacks/duffle bags, etc). If a student forgets their laptop, they may borrow one from the library. They will be issued a bag with the loaner device and the same expectations apply. Students should know where their laptop is at all times.

Only accidental damage is covered by the use fee. Negligence is not covered and includes closing items in the laptop, any damage occurring when a device is left on the floor, etc. If the use fee was not paid at the start of the year damage, whether deemed negligence or accidental, is not covered. For more information, please review the Chromebook Care Guide under Forms in Powerschool.

Kindness Poster Contest

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Scarborough School Nutrition

If you would like to add money to your student's lunch account for the purchase of any "a la carte" items, you can either send in cash or check with your student, or load money onto their account by visiting the online payment portal Lunch Time.

Also, if you have not done so, please take a moment to complete the Free & Reduced Lunch Form even if you do not believe you would qualify. You may also complete the form online here.

WHY? Key federal funds are tied to data from these applications. Programs that are impacted from these include:

  • Federal Grants for academic support and professional development;
  • Federal IDEA grants for students with disabilities;
  • Summer programming funding, and
  • Fee waivers for student activities and testing.

If you have any questions, please call the Scarborough School Nutrition Office at 207-730-4700.

Student Absence Reporting

Families should report their middle school student's absence from school by calling the SMS main office at 207-730-4800 or by email at A reason for the absence must be stated, otherwise SMS office staff will reach out to determine the reason for the absence.

Excusable reasons for an absence:

  • illness
  • appointment
  • religious holiday
  • family emergency
  • planned absence

For Planned Absences (a day out of school which is not illness or medical appointment related), families should fill out the Scarborough Middle School Planned Absence form, which is found here.

For questions about attendance, please contact the Scarborough Middle School main office at 207-730-4800 or email us at


Thanksgiving Break- No School

  • Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25

Early Release Day

  • Wednesday, December 14

December 22- January 2

  • No School, Winter Break
  • Last full day of school before Winter Break is Wednesday, December 21st
  • Students return to school from Winter Break on Tuesday, January 3rd

Our SMS Daily rotation of A, B, C, D days can be found on our webpage: SMS Monthly Calendar. The District Monthly Calendar has additional information on upcoming events district-wide along with the District School Year Calendar (PDF).