The SMS Weekly Update

Week of November 15-19

Here comes week 14 and Thanksgiving Break is right around the corner!


The 14th week of school brings us the second week of the 3rd six weeks. Basketball has their first game on Monday, November 15th. Report cards are uploaded into Skyward. Friday, November 19, is a regular school day and a hat day. Our varsity football team will battle Andrews in the Mustang Bowl in Sweetwater, Texas, at 7:00 PM. The week of November 22-26 is a much needed Thanksgiving Break for everyone. Please enjoy this week's newsletter and please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Congratulations to our SMS Region Band students!

From Mrs. Wells, our Head Director:

On Saturday, November 13, 29 SMS Band students competed at the ATSSB Region Band auditions at Alvarado Junior High. Of these students, 17 students made the Region Band and 2 were first alternates. A great big congratulations to all students that participated for going above and beyond to learn the advanced region audition music and a fantastic job well done to all who earned a spot in the prestigious ensemble!! You continue to make SMS and the Sound of Springtown proud with your talent and effort!


Way to go!!!

Group Pictures this Thursday!

Group Pictures Schedule

1st Period - NJHS

Jazz Band

Varsity Treble Choir

Treble Choir


2nd Period - Varsity Tenor/Bass Choir

Concert Band

Beginner Band

Yearbook


3rd Period - POJO Prime Team

Chess Club

Book Club

Crochet Club

Office and Library Aides


4th Period - Symphonic Band

Theater Production

Tenor Choir

FCCLA


5th Period - STUCO

PAL

Honor Band

Lunch Menu

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Discipline

Some behavior trends have started to develop over the last few weeks. 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. Thank you in advance for your support.

Blankets

We understand colder weather is starting to settle in and that our students who utilize the SISD buses might be cold. That being said, blankets are prohibited on campus, specifically in classrooms. Students will be asked to put them up in their backpacks or they can be folded up and stored in the office during the day. They have been a distraction the educational setting and they are also a safety concern. Thank you.

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:

Digital Safety Tips

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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.


Upcoming Hat Days

This Friday, November 5th, is a hat day. Make sure to purchase your wrist bands early!
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Lunchtime & Parents

As of now, SMS is not allowing parents to eat with students in the building. Parents may still drop off lunches for their students in the front foyer. Please communicate with your students that food is being dropped off and clearly mark the food with your child's name.

Librarian's Corner

Our Veteran's Day Project was a huge success! A huge thank-you to our Librarian Mrs. Elkins for putting it together.

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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.
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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

Ticketing information and this week's schedule are listed below! GO POJO!
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Big win on Friday, November 12th!

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SMS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

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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

Porcupines like munching on a variety of trees including fir, hemlock, and pine, as well as maple, beech, birch, oak, elm, cherry and willow. They also eat several kinds of woody shrubs.

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Tardy Policy

You can find our campus tardy policy here. Tardies will start on Monday, August 23, 2021.



SMS Campus Tardy Policy

Tardies 1-5 will be counted BY CLASS, and any discipline will be handled by each teacher.

Tardy 6 and beyond will be counted GLOBALLY, and addressed by the student’s Assistant Principal. (Mr. Kenny-7th/Mrs. Raj-8th)


SMS Tardy Policy:


1-3 Teacher warning - Student conference WITH TEACHER (no discipline)

4-5 Teacher assigned tutorials/detention WITH TEACHER (15 mins) – Parent Contact is made

*if the student fails to show, a discipline referral is entered into Skyward that will go to the corresponding administrator

6 3 days of lunch detention

7 1 week of lunch detention

8 2 hours of after school detention to be scheduled by admin

9+ 1 day of ISS for each tardy

HB4545 and You

Dear Parents and Guardians-


Over the past several weeks, numerous emails have been sent out regarding HB4545. This bill deals with students and STAAR scores. We ask that you please respond to the emails you receive from SIS, or SMS, as quickly as possible so we can develop plans of intervention for our students. If you have any questions you can call the school office (817-220-7455) or email the principal, Matt Scott, at mscott@springtownisd.net. Thank you in advance.


*SIS will conduct meetings for 6th grade students who moved up to 7th grade.

**SMS will conduct meetings for 7th graders moving to 8th grade and 8th grade students moving to 9th grade.


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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!!

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Facts about porcupines

Porcupines are nocturnal, which means they are active primarily at night. Porcupines like to sit quietly in trees, so if you spot one, you're should be able to get a good look at the animal. When porcupines are on the ground, they shuffle and waddle along. The long sharp quills provide protection from predators.

COVID and Attendance

If your student is symptomatic, please call the office and let us know the situation. We encourage students to reach out to their teachers to avoid getting behind in each class. We understand some students may not be able to access internet while at home. Students get a day to make up work for each day they are absent. For those students who are symptomatic during the school day while on campus, rapid testing is available with a parent and/or guardian's permission. Our nurse will reach out to you, or you can call the main office, and the campus will set up a time.

COVID Reporting

There is a link placed on the SMS webpage for COVID reporting. In addition to a call out, and/or email, our campus will report exposure on this link so students and parents can see if there student(s) might have been around someone with COVID.



We encourage you to monitor your student for symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or a runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If your student begins exhibiting symptoms or receives a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, please contact our school nurse or the front office.