Spartan Herald May 2020

Show Respect - Make a Difference - Set the Bar High

Greetings Schmucker Families!

During this time of eLearning, I continue to be impressed by our Spartans! Their dedication to their academics and their commitment to our Schmucker community is astounding. They continue to learn and grow academically, and they are finding great ways to connect with their teachers and each other. Thank you to all our parents for the ways you are supporting our students. I hope you enjoy seeing the highlights of our students' work along with various updates and reminders. Please continue to check out our Monday eLearning updates too.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

With your child in mind,

Lavon Dean-Null

Reaching Families

Spartan Parents,

I hope that this message finds each of you well. Over these last few weeks, our leadership team along with our SMS teachers have been reaching out to families daily. These conversations have consisted of topics related to academics, mental health needs, and a variety of other supports that would normally be offered within our regular school day. While providing these supports virtually is not the norm, we are so proud of the quality of conversations and the positive interactions we have had with so many of our students and their families. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will continue to keep families updated on the progress of students and showcasing the wonderful things our SMS community is producing. Again, thank you for your engagement and support during these truly unique times. You are a valued member of the SMS Family!

Be Well,

Mr. Fry

Talking with your students

Hello, Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well as we welcome the month of May!

As we continue to work/learn from and stay at home it has become increasingly important to be intentional about self-care and mental health. Last week we explored self-care with our teachers emphasizing physical, social and mental self-care.

The CDC has offered some great resources and ideas for families and I wanted to share a few tips they recommend for parents to support their children:

  • Talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

If you would like other tips or information about warning signs of anxiety or how to cope with stress, feel free to explore the CDC website.

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility throughout this period of time!

-Mrs. Martin

Important Dates

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Food Service Professionals Day

Today is Food Service Professionals Day. We would like to give a big thanks especially to our wonderful SMS Food Services Staff Members!
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8th Grade Parents

Please read this letter for parents of 8th Graders. It has important immunization information for next year!

Note from the Counselors!

School counselors are still available for students for the remainder of the school year. We continue to work with students on a variety of things -- staying motivated, prioritizing work, developing a daily schedule, problem solving with eLearning roadblocks, personal struggles, questions about next year and scheduling, and the list goes on! Please contact your student's school counselor should a need arise. Mrs. Eck (Last names A-K) - or Mrs. Hoover (Last names L-Z) -

Naviance College and Career Day!

Check out this wonderful video created by our two Gold Star Counselors. All students participated in Naviance College and Career Day today!

P-H-M Thank A Teacher

Recognize & thank ANY PHM teacher or staff member (bus driver, custodian, principal, etc.) for their #PHMExcellence. Donate $25 to P-H-M Education Foundation & your favorite your PHM staff member will receive a $10 local restaurant gift card, a Chick-fil-A Main Street 'Be Our Guest' gift card, & HERSHEY'S bar. Bundles will be mailed to each recipient. "Thank-A-Teacher" program is going on now thru May 5. Thank your favorite PHM staff member TODAY, click The PHM Education Fnd. is dedicated to continuing to fulfill their mission of providing grants that support #PHMExcellence in our schools!

5-Star Update

Everyday, essential employees have risked contracting COVID-19 so the rest of us can continue to access the resources we've needed to shelter-in-place. Five Star Life is honoring our Frontline Heroes by serving their children, the silent heroes of this pandemic.

To those who are working tirelessly in the hospitals, nursing homes and health care facilities – both the seen (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, aids, medics, etc.) and the unseen (those who work in security, administration, janitorial, food service, labs, etc.) THANK YOU for all you have done, and continue to do to care for our community!

To the first responders such as police officers, firefighters, EMS, etc., THANK YOU for serving and protecting our community, especially during this time.

To the essential workers that keep us going by working in transportation, grocery stores, food banks, homeless shelters, sanitation, etc., we couldn't do this without you, THANK YOU!

Once this has lifted, we would like to serve your kids, the silent heroes, at Summit! Send your kids, grades K-12, to Summit for a Leadership Day at NO COST TO YOU! Experiences may include, but not limited to, High Ropes Course, Archery, Hatchet throwing, Rock Wall, Boating, Fishing, Nature Exploration, Arts and Crafts, Equine, Team Building AND MORE! These are opportunities for your kids to get out of the house and engage with Five Star Life’s experiential learning!

If you are a Frontline Hero, claim your voucher today!

21st Century Scholars

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR CURRENT 8TH GRADERS: You MUST register for 21st Century Scholars by June 30th of your 8th grade year to receive any benefits in the future! ANY student can register and even if you do not qualify at this time, your registration will allow you to be eligible in the future if your family situation (ie, income) changes in the years ahead. Register TODAY!

Free $$ for college!

The 21st Century Scholars program is need-based assistance which will help students have the ability to go to college who otherwise may not be able to afford it. The program can save you and your family thousands of dollars on higher education past high school, as well as connect you and your student to other great resources.

The deadline for this opportunity to enroll is JUNE 30 of a student's 8th grade year. Once this date has passed, students cannot enroll while at the high school. Please take the time to visit to learn more about the program and enroll your student right away before this opportunity is no longer available. Email or call your child's school counselor if you have further questions.

Field Trip Updates

Our treasurer is working hard to refund money that was submitted for the 6th and 7th grade field trip. Please be patient if you expect a return, as our building is not open for regular business yet. Thank you!

Submitting Assignments through Canvas

Please check out this reminder about how students can submit assignments on Canvas. Remember if your child has a problem with a submission, you can contact the teacher directly.

ELearning Accolades

Our teachers and students have been working hard during this trying time! Mrs. Hartford recently asked her students 'What made you happy this week?' From the responses received, she made this wonderful Word Art and shared it back with the students.
Mrs. Schuster's 8th Grade Social Studies students have been reading the novel Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen. As their final activity, they had several choices of projects to complete as a reflection on the book. Here are 2 wonderful submissions!

Where in the world is Mrs. Dean-Null?

Last week, Mrs. Dean-Null challenged students and staff members to a fun and exciting week filled with trivia from around the world. See here for her amazing answers!