Maneuvering the Middle
Weekly Updates from SMS- February 3
Hello Scranton Families,
Happy second semester! We began new classes this week, and things are going great.
In this week's edition, we have four things a pencil can teach us, BAS Parent University opportunity, advisory updates, handbook information about lockers, SMS Swim and Dive parent meeting, and Practice SAT info. Don't forget; grades will be posted: on 2.6.23
Enjoy the weekend,
Mr. Renner and Mr. Borg
8th Grade BHS STEAM Academy
Hello everyone! We still have spots available for the after school STEAM Academy that is held at Brighton High School. Spots are first come, first serve and are for 8th Graders only. Any questions can be sent to Mr. Borg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"4 Things a Pencil Can Teach Us" HERE Sharpening: Experiences (some painful) are a part of life, they shape us and can mold us into something better Eraser: Mistakes are a part of life, some can be corrected and some can't, learn from our mistakes Lead: The most important part of ...
Mental Health and Wellness
As a district we are increasing our efforts to support the Mental Health and Wellness of our students, families and the community by focusing on Relationships, Student Wellness, and Increasing a Mindset for Learning and Growth. Each week we will share a Tip/Resource.
Additional resources and information can be found on BAS Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on our BAS Wellness & Mental Health website.
BAS Parenting Supports
The county launched a program to offer free parent coaching through the Cook Foundation. As we all navigate the daunting but amazing role of being a parent, this is a resource that we could lean on for support and/or advice. If you are at all interested, this link will remain on the district's main page through the remainder of the school year. Parent Coaching Sign-up Link
Pro Tips from Middle Schoolers
What is Advisory?
Our daily Advisory time is a fifteen-minute touchpoint scheduled after the second hour. The SMS staff will provide activities for our students that focus on fostering connections, student wellness, and growing our positive building and district culture.
Advisory is set in advance on a month-to-month basis with the activities sent out by Mr. Renner and Mr. Borg. In addition, Advisory is where we will do our daily announcements and building/district-wide community service projects, as well as structured activities such as grade checks and goal setting.
Advisory Schedule for week of February 5
Monday: Are You A Bucket Filler?
Tuesday: What Are Indicators of Compassionate People?
Wednesday: Compassion Activity
Thursday: Grade Check Day!
Friday: Random Act of Kindness Bingo
Scranton's Handbook Highlights
Each student will receive the use of a locker and combination. This locker is for the storage of the student’s property and school material. Under no circumstances should a student give his/her locker combination to another student or tamper with the locker so that it is accessible without a combination. Lockers are property of BAS and are subject to inspection when deemed necessary. Inappropriate use of a locker may result in the loss of locker privileges. Only small band instruments can be stored in lockers. Large instruments must be kept in the band room to avoid breaking or damaging the locker doors. No oversized book bags or bags with wheels will fit in the lockers without damage. If a locker needs to be repaired, or if it cannot be opened, the office or custodian should be informed. Students are expected to keep their lockers locked at all times to prevent vandalism or theft.
Other Helpful Information
Youth Preparedness Council
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now accepting applications for the Youth Preparedness Council, a national effort to bring together youth leaders interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally. Students in grades eight through 11 are eligible to apply.
Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for emergency preparedness.
During their one-year term, council members will collaborate virtually with each other to develop projects that promote preparedness on a local and national scale. Members will also attend the council summit in July and engage with top leaders within FEMA, the federal government, and national non-profit organizations.
Students interested in applying to the council must submit a completed application form and provide two letters of recommendation. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. PT, March 6, 2023. New council members will be announced in June.
Click HERE to access the application materials, read about the current council members, and for more information about the Youth Preparedness Council visit
There are two upcoming informational webinars on the Youth Preparedness Council and the application process: January 30, 2023 at 8pm EST, and February 28, 2023 at 8pm. You’ll find the registration information at the link above.
Please mark your calendars to join us for our Scranton PTO meetings this year. They will be held at Scranton on the following Fridays - 9:00 am: 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12. If you cannot attend meetings or would like to find out additional ways to become involved, please email email@example.com.
President: Deanne Ferrell
Vice President: Lin Miller
Treasurer: Cay Pinchen
Secretary: Bill Rockwell
The 2022-2023 BAS Calendar
Registration for the 2023 Brighton Girl's Lacrosse Spring Season is now OPEN! Please see the attached flyer and visit our new website through TeamSnap at https://brightongirlslacrosse.teamsnapsites.com/ for details about the season, or click the link below for direct access to our registration page.
The Registration Deadline is Midnight on Monday March 6
New for 2023 - we have added shorts to the overall uniform. Registration includes Brighton Girls Lacrosse shorts at no additional cost (sizing details found on the registration page). We will be using the same jerseys as last year, meaning returning players will not have to purchase new jerseys unless they no longer fit. New players or returning players needing a new jersey will need to purchase a jersey directly from Kensington Valley Varsity shop (KVV) by March 6th. You can order online here, or if you would like to try them on, orders can be made directly from the store. Uniform Orders cannot be accepted after March 6, 2023. Please, no requests for particular jersey numbers.
FIELD STATUSDue to the new indoor facility at Maltby and restoration of the grass fields behind Scranton Stadium, we will be changing fields again this year. Practices will again be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and occasional Sundays for 7/8 grade) beginning April 4 from 6:00 - 7:30, but we will be at Hilton Elementary School. As the season progresses, head coaches may extend practices until 8:00 to take advantage of the extra sunlight. We are working with BAS and BARC to determine where home games will be held.
A Parent Meeting will be held at the Scranton cafeteria on Thursday March 2, from 7:00 - 8:30. Details about the upcoming season will be provided, and you will have an opportunity to meet your player's coaches and ask questions.
Brighton Girls Lacrosse is hosting a Learn-2-Lax clinic for any new player interested in learning about girls lacrosse. This 90 minute clinic will be held at the the new indoor facility at Maltby Middle School on Sunday, February 12, from 1:00 - 2:30. Our coaching staff will focus on teaching the fundamentals of lacrosse, including shooting, passing, catching, scooping, and cradling. There is no charge for this event, and registration is not required (just show up!). Please help us spread the word by letting any interested friends and family know. This clinic is open to all new players, Grades 3-8. If you have a lacrosse stick and googles already, please bring them. We do have a limited number of sticks for use if your player needs one, though.
WINTER SKILLS CLINIC
Registration is open for our annual Brighton Girls Lacrosse Winter Skills Clinic.
This 4-week clinic, led by Coach Laurie Merian (Head Coach at Alma College), is intended for returning players Grades 4-8 who are looking to hone their fundamental core skills in a fun but challenging environment. The sessions will focus on shooting, dodging, footwork, speed/agility, defensive positioning, off-ball movement, and stickwork, and are designed to get the girls out of their comfort zone a bit while learning new techniques. It should prove to be a great lead up to the spring season in April.
The clinic will be held on Sunday afternoons at the indoor facility at Maltby Middle School (4740 Bauer Road in Brighton), running from February 26, 2023 thru March 19, 2023. Each 90-minute session will be split up according to the following age groups:
Grades 3 - 6: 1:00 - 2:30
Grades 7/8: 2:30 - 4:00
Cost is $75.00
Full equipment is required
Space is limited, please register by February 25 by using the link below:https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/349265
That's all for now - we realize there's a lot of information packed in to this email. Please visit https://brightongirlslacrosse.teamsnapsites.com/ for additional details, contact us at our new email address firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Jeff Bridgland at 810-986-5949.
Scranton CoEd Swim and Dive
Parent meeting is at Brighton High School Pool on 2/6/23 at 6:30pm. First day of practice is 2/7/23 at 5:00pm. Coach is Samantha Pinter email@example.com. All required documents must be signed by parent and student in FinalForms and a sports physical signed and dated on or after 4/15/22 must be uploaded and approved prior to tryouts or first day of practice.
All student athletes must register in FinalForms and upload a completed physical and consent form from your mobile device or computer. The uploaded physical and consent form must be signed and dated by the examining physician on or after 4/15/22. The physical will show as "expired" until it is approved by the BAS Athletic Department. Physicals uploaded at the last minute may not be reviewed in time for tryouts. Please review your student's profile in FinalForms to ensure all documents are signed by the parent/guardian and the student and that the physical has been approved prior to attending tryouts.