Intermediate School Newsletter
Information for Intermediate Families
Math Assessment Date Change - The NYS Math Assessment this week will be Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 4
Due to a shortage of tests shipped to us, we have to shift the dates that we are giving the NYS Math Assessment this week. We will now be giving the assessment on Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4. This is a shift of one day, and it will allow us to get the missing assessments needed.
We will still be celebrating Star Wars Day on Thursday, and recognizing Cinco de Mayo on Friday this week.
Sodus Intermediate School - Principal Gene Hoskins
All digital newsletters for Sodus Intermediate School are posted in the left margin of the Intermediate School page of the Sodus website. The link to the Intermediate school page is listed below.
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Todos los boletines digitales de la Escuela Intermedia Sodus se publican en el margen izquierdo de la página de la Escuela Intermedia del sitio web de Sodus. El enlace a la página de la escuela intermedia se encuentra a continuación.
Star Wars Spirit Day - This Thursday, May 4
May the 4th Be With You!
This Thursday we will celebrate Star Wars Day in the Intermediate School. Students and staff members are encouraged to wear Star Wars gear or costumes this Thursday!
Erin's Law Presentations in the Intermediate School
Sodus Intermediate Families,
In accordance with New York State law, over the next few weeks, we will be educating students on Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law is a yearly presentation to K-8 students to help bring sexual abuse/sexual assault prevention awareness to all public-school students. This instruction will occur in your child’s Healthy Habits class with Mr. Soliday. Part of the presentation will include information on safe touch/unsafe touch, safe/unsafe secrets, and who to tell if it happens to you or to someone you know. We are using a resource developed by Second Step to provide age-appropriate instruction presented in a non-threatening way in an effort to empower children to know what to do when faced with an unsafe or unwanted touch. Second Step is
Here is a link to New York State Education Department website that answers frequently asked questions about Erin’s Law: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/curriculum-instruction/erins-law-faqs.pdf
The objectives of these presentations include:
- Identify safe and unsafe touches or behavior by another person, even another child
- Know how to set healthy boundaries with friends and family using “I” statements
- Identify safe adults to be able to confide in, knowing the difference between safe and unsafe secrets, abuse is never the victim’s fault, and no one deserves to be abused.
If you have any questions, please contact the main office at 483-5242. It may be important to follow up with some conversations at home with your child to reinforce the importance of the above safety principles. You can also check out www.erinslaw.org. You can also go to SecondStep.org and log in with the Activation Key CPU5 FAMI LYG5 to get more information about what your child is learning in the Child Protection Unit. Thank you for helping us make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.
If you do not wish your child to have this instruction for Erin’s Law, please contact Mrs. Bucenec, School Counselor, by phone at 483-5242, or through email at email@example.com.
Gene Hoskins Jacob SolidayIntermediate Principal Healthy Habits Teacher
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School districts must teach students personal body safety. How to speak up and tell if they are being abused. Learn More About Erin's Law Childhood sexual abuse survivor Erin Merryn is lobbying every state to pass Erin's Law, which requires all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program.
Cinco de Mayo
On Friday we will be recognizing the significance of Cinco de Mayo for our students of Mexican heritage during our morning announcements.
"One School, One Book" at Sodus Intermediate begins this month!
Sodus Intermediate School is once again embarking on a special project, an all-school book club called One School, One Book. Every student will receive a copy of the same book – Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. Crenshaw tells the story of Jackson. In the past, Jackson and his family lived in the family van for 14 weeks before moving into an apartment. Now they are facing homelessness again. And though both his parents are loving and supportive, Jackson is naturally worried.
Which is where Crenshaw comes in. Crenshaw is a large, imaginary, talking cat who likes purple jellybeans – just like Jackson. Can Crenshaw magically solve all the problems in Jackson’s complicated life? No. Can Crenshaw provide unexpected support, and ask sassy, challenging questions that help Jackson think differently about the life-isn’t-always-fair nature of his childhood? He surely can.
Teachers will be reading the same chapters with students during the school day, and we are hoping that your child can re-read those same chapters with family members at home each night. At the conclusion of the book, students will be able to take the book home to add to their home libraries. Please take the time to talk to your child about this special activity.
With the One School, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at Sodus Intermediate. Everyone – students, teachers, families and administrative staff – will be participating, and we will all reap the many benefits of this program. We have exciting plans to bring the story and its lessons to our students. These activities will encourage and reward attentive reading and listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. Throughout the program, everyone will be engaging in a shared conversation.
Staff and students will read the book in school, have the chance to participate in daily trivia questions, activities and discussions from May 9 – May 26. One School, One Book is a unique program in that children at all grade levels will all be listening to, and interacting with, the same book. It makes sound educational sense! As part of a balanced literacy program, reading professionals recommend that you read aloud on a daily basis. We believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. Reading aloud builds interest as well as fluency by modeling appropriate pace, intonation, and phrasing. We have selected a title that can be followed, understood, and enjoyed by younger students, but will still captivate and stimulate older children.
We hope everyone will be talking about the characters and the big ideas from the book. “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.” With your support, we can build a community of readers at Sodus Intermediate School.
The Sodus Intermediate Team
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association and ESL Federal Credit Union to offer sailing scholarships to Sodus Central School District students. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis, so please apply as soon as you can. SBJSA’s sailorship committee will determine the recipients and contact families.
Information about Spring and Summer Sailing Camps
Sodus Student Scholarships Available
Step 1 Complete this form: Scholarship Form
Step 2 Complete the registration form: https://www.sbjsa.org/scholarships
Community Boating Information for Families:
If you have question regarding any of these programs, contact Laurie Alverio at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have questions or need help completing the application? SBJSA will join us on Friday, April 7, 2023, from 3:30-5:30 pm, at the Sodus Intermediate School pool lobby.
Your Health Matters! The April Edition!
Please find attached the April 2023 edition of Your Health Matters.
We are excited to share this with you and hope that you will find value in it and will share it with your families and collaborating partners.
If you prefer an online electronic version, one can be found on the links below.