SMS Scoop

April 6, 2018

Early Dismissal Wednesday, April 11th

All SCSD2 students will be dismissed early on Wednesday, April 11th. This is the fourth of five planned schedule adjustments to provide district-wide professional development for staff. At SMS, students will be dismissed at 12:55. Normal bus routes will run at that time.

Several sports matches/games will be held that evening. Students in those activities can go home and return or they can attend a study table in the SMS Media Center from 1-3 PM that day. Students that cannot go home by car or bus at 12:55 are also invited to stay for study table but must have a car pick up at 3:00 P.M.

Teachers will learn together about ISTEP+ Part 2 proctoring, Common Sense Media (digital citizenship, etc.), and NWEA data analysis. The fifth and final professional development session is Wednesday, May 16th and it is also an early dismissal.

Spring Pictures Next Week

All SMS students and staff are invited to participate in our spring portrait event on Thursday, April 12. Students will be called to the Great Room by homeroom that morning. Students are invited to include non-living props in their portrait (no live pets or friends). All students will receive a flyer with background choices on Monday in homeroom. If you would like a specific background, please bring the completed flyer with you when you report to have your photo taken. Students who do not have a completed flyer will receive the default background.

There is no need to send money on picture day. In the spring picture program, students will be allowed to review their pictures at school a few weeks after picture day. If students like them, they can sign them out and take them home to parents and guardians. If a student signs out a package there are three choices-

  1. Return the entire, uncut package
  2. Keep all pictures and return a check or cash for the full amount.
  3. Keep some picture and return remaining pictures and money for those purchased.

Remember, if you sign out your portrait package you are promising to return the photos or pay for them. Students who sign out a portrait package but do not return money or the photos will not be able to participate in their team’s end of year celebration.

Students that did not return or pay for last year's packages will not be able to sign for packages this year. Parents of students with this unpaid debt can view (and purchase) pictures through the office.

Thanks to the Voyager team for organizing the spring photo event!

ISTEP+ Schedule

ISTEP+ Part 2 kicks off in just over a week! Please put these dates into your family calendars so you know when we'll be taking our FINAL STANDARDIZED TESTS OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!

Practice testing will be conducted in regular class periods. Operational (real deal) tests will be taken in mid-morning homerooms.

Friday, April 13 or Monday, April 16- Practice tests in regular class periods

Tuesday, April 17 AM- Math Section 1 and 2

Wednesday, April 18 AM- Math Section 3

Thursday, April 19 AM- ELA Section 1

Friday, April 20 AM- ELA Section 2

Tuesday, April 24 AM- ELA Section 3

Wednesday, April 25 AM- 6 Sci Section 1 and 2 // 7 SS Section 1 and 2

Good luck to all students and staff during our testing sessions! We'll be taking these tests on our iPads. Make sure yours is fully charged each day. Results from this these tests will be combined with results from our February ISTEP+ Applied Skills tests to produce results that will be available this summer.

Survey Says...

Thanks to all of the students that took the SMS Opinion Survey earlier this week. We appreciate the feedback about the varied topics addressed in the survey. We'll share results with you in the next few issues of the Scoop.

Today's results include school mprovement targets and dress code suggestions for the 2018-2019 school year.

School Improvement- The 570 students that responded to our survey found value in each of the ten pre-identified initiative topics. The blue chart below includes the percents of students that found HIGH VALUE in each of the topics. The top four selections were Bullying Prevention, Health & Wellness, Inspiring Creativity, and Trauma Care (support for peers going through difficult life circumstances.) Attention to these important social-emotional topics will be given in our upcoming school-wide plan!

Dress Code- See student responses about ripped jeans, sleeves, and leggings in the donut charts that follow. It appears that many students support minor (not major) changes. We will take this input into consideration for our 2018=2019 dress code.

Next week we'll look at other survey data regarding school climate, internet access, math preferences, and more!

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SMS Celebrates National Library Week

Next week is National Library Week. We invite all students to join the fun! We have games and challenges planned for each day. If you are interested in Sphero races, maker spaces, breakout challenges, and other fun activities, be sure to stop by the circulation desk, to visit the media center webpage, and follow our social media feeds to learn more. You do not want to miss out on the prizes and the fun!

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8th Graders READ THIS... AGAIN

THIS INFO IS VERY IMPORTANT! 8th Graders, did you see this article before break?

SMS 8th graders need to pay close attention to these two upcoming events.

The 8th-grade dance is Friday, May 18th. The dance will be held in the Great Room and is for SMS 8th-graders only. Admission is $3. Parents and teachers will chaperone. The theme is yet to be determined, but all 8th graders should know that the dance is NOT a prom or formal event. Prom gowns, tuxedos, and limousines are strongly discouraged. Instead, students are encouraged to wear anything in the spectrum from school clothing to spring dresses or dress pants with shirt and tie. Students must attend school all day so please hold any hair or nail events after school! If you have any questions, see Miss Nass.

Freshman Boot Camp will be held June 4th to June 21st. Class will be held from 8 AM to noon, Monday through Thursday, on the SHS campus. Transportation is not provided. Any SMS 8th-grader with more than one core subject F for semester 2, will be required to attend and pass Boot Camp. The program is staffed by SHS teachers and they will determine who is ready for high school and who should repeat 8th grade. Take promotion matters into your own hands! Do your work. Pass your courses. Don't get assigned to the program! If you have any questions about Boot Camp, ask Miss Nass. If you think you'll be a candidate, start discussing transportation options with parents and guardians NOW.

Next Week...

Mon. Apr. 9: B day, Tennis v. Immanuel Lutheran, Baseball Gold @ Southwestern

Tue. Apr. 10: A day, Archery 3-4:30, Art Club 3-4, FACS Club 3-4, Tennis @ Scribner, Talent Show tryouts 3-4:15

Wed. Apr. 11: B day, Cross 7:15am, Early Dismissal 12:55, Golf v. North Harrison, Track @ Crothersville, Tennis @ Shawe, Softball v. Salem, Baseball Purple v. Seymour, Baseball Gold @ Seymour, Scott County Spelling Bee @ SMS Great Room 7 PM

Thu. Apr. 12: A day, Spring Picture Day, Archery Celebration 3-4:30, Golf @ Jennings Co, Baseball Purple v. Henryville

Fri. Apr. 13: B day

Mon. Apr. 16: A day, Track @ Austin, Baseball Gold @ Corydon, Softball @ Austin