M 'n M

Mustangs in the Middle: Jan 6, 2017

In This Edition:

  • MakerSpace
  • Winter Formal
  • School Fees
  • Snow Day/ 2-Hour Delay Procedure
  • Spring Track Season
  • PTA Update
  • Career Cafe
  • Monday is a GREEN Day
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Makerspace is Ready To Go!

All SMS students attended an orientation in December, and Makerspace is opening this week!

What is a Makerspace?

A Makerspace is a place where students gather and often work collaboratively to "make things." Materials and resources are provided. Materials may be "high-tech" such as 3-D Printers, digital cutters, electronic circuitry kits, and video production materials "Low-tech" materials available include craft supplies, fabric, and building toys just to name a few. Emphasis is placed on creativity, collaboration, innovation, and problem solving. Maker activities support learning targets in all content areas.

As we begin our Makerspace creation as Strongsville Middle School we are looking for donations of materials you may have available in your home.

Makerspace Wishlist:

  • Legos
  • K'NEX
  • Other Building Toys/Materials
  • Craft Supplies
  • Colored paper, scrapbook paper, and cardstock
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Paint and Markers
  • Plastic Containers for Storage (with or without lids)
Thanks in advance for your donations! Materials can be sent in with your student (have them drop off at the media center), or you may drop off donations in the school office and tell them it is for the Makerspace.

Additional Makerspace Information and Video Example.

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Winter Formal Dance

SMS will hold its first ever Winter Formal on Fri. Jan 27 from 6:30-9:30 in the gymnasium. Cost is $10 and is open to any SMS student. More details to come in next week's M 'n M.
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School Fees

This is a reminder for those who still owe fees, that the deadline has been extended to Wednesday, January 31, 2017 as we realize some parents were not aware of the original December 21 deadline. Payment can be made through PayForIt via our website, by mailing a check to Strongsville Middle School, or by sending in payment with your child to the main office. You may contact Patti Bendzuck @ 440.572.7088.

Inclement Weather

Please access this link to view information on snow/calamity days as well as our 2-Hour Delay procedures and start/end times. Snow / Calamity Days

Interested in Running Track

Is your child interested in participating in track? Please fill out the quick survey. Please check with your child, as some of them already filled it out at school. Track Sign Up 2017
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PTA Update

Our next SMS PTA General Meeting on Monday, January 9th, at 1:15pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you to everyone who participated in anyway with the SMS Gives Back program. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to give back over $5600 to SMS families in need during the holiday season. A special thanks to Carol Mancuso for spearheading this effort for SMS PTA.

All Reflections entries have been extended due to an incorrect email address sent out previously. The entries are now due to Lynne Rotundo by Tuesday, January 10th. This year's theme is "What is Your Story?" For more information about Reflections, please visit www.http://www.ohiopta.org/PROGRAMS.aspx and click on the Reflections tab near the top. Questions about the SMS Reflections can be directed to Lynne at sparklynne102@gmail.com. Submissions can either be sent to Lynne Rotundo via email at sparklynne102@gmail.com, or can be dropped off at the SMS office by Tuesday, January 10th. Thank you!

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Career Cafe

On January 13th, we will be having our next SMS Career Cafe. At the career cafe, students are invited to drink some hot chocolate and learn about careers.

Our speaker for this month is Rob Whitbred. Rob Whitbred is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Cleveland State University. His Bachelor degree is from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees are from the University of Illinois. Rob teaches classes in statistics, group communication, interviewing, organizational communication, research methods, strategic communication, and consulting, and his research interest focuses on the role of informal communication networks in effective organizational functioning. Rob has presented and published dozens of pieces in outlets such as Strategic Management Journal, Advances in Strategic Management, Human Communication Research, and Journal of Communication and Media Research, and been awarded four top paper awards by international associations. Rob will be speaking about that daily activities of a college professor, the positives and negatives of this career, and how to pursue such a path. He will also gladly talk about any other topics related to selecting and applying to college.

If your child is interested in hearing Mr. Whitbred speak about his career during I/E time on Friday, January 13th please have your child sign up using the following link: Career Cafe Sign Up, 1/13/16

Any student that attends Mr. Whitbred's presentation will be entered into a raffle to win a prize!

There are a limited number of spots available for students per I/E time, so please encourage your child to sign up right away.

The last day for students to sign up is next Wednesday, January 11th. (Students must be signed up in advance to attend.)

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Ray at eray@scsmustangs.org.


SMS Website: Click Here

District Fees: Click HERE

PTA Form: PTA Membership Form

Important Dates

  • Jan 9: 1:15 PTA Meeting in Media Center
  • Jan 11: 7:00 in SMS Auditorium: Susan Fee Presentation
  • Jan 13: End of 2nd Quarter
  • Jan 16-17: No School MLK Day & Records Day
  • Jan 27: 6:30-9:30 Winter Formal