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Mustangs in the Middle: Dec 20, 2018

In This Edition:

  • Monday (Jan 7) is a GREEN DAY
  • PTA Update
  • SMS Gives Back
  • Book Drive
  • Speakers Needed: Career Cafe
  • Grief Supports at SMS
  • School Fees
  • Student Email Alerts for Parents
  • Harlem Wizards Visit Strongsville
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Band Performs For Students Upon Arrival

PTA Update

Happy holidays and a big thank you to everyone who helped make this winter’s Staff Appreciation gift a fantastic one!! We were able to gift three K-cup carousels, along with stacks and stacks of K-cups, and beautiful trays of bakery from Divine Delights. Thank you Mary Bender and Kelly Clark for organizing! Great job as usual!

SMS PTA would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered, bought baskets and purchased candy grams. 100% of the money went to SMS Gives Back. With this money we were able to raise $6,100 that will be given back to several of our SMS families. Without the help of all of you this would not be possible. We would especially like to thank Mrs. Gundlah , Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Gizzi, Mrs. Blackman and our PTA mom Mrs. Macejko. Their guidance made this years SMS Gives back amazing. This is truly the spirit of the holidays!

Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year!

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Book Drive Results Are In!

***Kids’ Book Bank BOOK DRIVE 2018***

We collected 1,441 books!

OUR GOAL to have one book to represent every student in our building (1,281) was met and exceeded!!

Mrs. Randall’s and Mrs. van Besouw’s Literacy in the Community classes, as well as NEMO, completed the BOOK DRIVE on Thursday, December 20th. We are thrilled with the results.

It’s like a Christmas miracle! We dreamed that we might reach 500 books, and then we dreamed about 1,000, but then we dreamed our biggest dream yet....1,281 books, one for each student in our building. Well, we did it. You did it, plus some.

We have collected 1,441 books!

NEMO the small but mighty, stinkin’ cute, lil fish boy depended on the students and staff to dive deep to meet our goal, and we came through.

This was our very first book drive at SMS! Thank you to everyone who dove in to help with this great cause. Thank you for cleaning out your bookshelves and donating to help others.

A special thank you to the 9th period Literacy classes for creating the slideshow for the cafeteria, hanging posters, running Spirit Week, collecting books, making bookmarks, and writing inspirational quotes inside many, many, many books.

Be proud of helping others. The spirit of giving is alive and well at our school.

We know that your generosity will bring smiles and joy to a lot of children! 1,441 children, to be exact! Well done.

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1440+ Books.... Wow!!!

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Looking for Speakers for the Career Cafe

At the middle school, we believe it is never too early to begin exploring career interests with our students. One way in which we hope to encourage student career exploration is through the SMS Career Cafe. Throughout the school year, we would like to provide opportunities (during Lunch/IE times) for students to meet with speakers from different careers to learn about their occupations.

If you are interested in coming to SMS to speak to students about your career, please take a brief moment to fill out the Career Cafe Volunteer Sign Up form. Speakers need to be available from about 10:00AM-1:00PM. Please fill out this form by December 21st if you are interested. Thank you in advance for helping to inspire our students!

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Hammin' It Up At Lunch!


When: Saturday, February 9, 2019 6pm-12am

Where: Michaud's Town and Country

Tickets: $45 each or $320 for a table of 8

Tickets are now available for purchase for Night at the Races! Contact Ann Roff , karoff@att.net 440-503-2890, or you can purchase online: https://strongsvilleboosters.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/1299

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SMS Art Show: We Have Extremely Talented Artists!

Grief Resources at SMS

School-Based Grief Support Groups

Has your child experienced the death of a loved one? Do you feel like they could benefit from being part of a grief support group at SMS? The school counseling department will be offering grief support groups starting in January. Please click on the following links for additional information and the group permission form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the 7th grade school counselor, Mrs. Gastaldo, by calling (440) 268-5924 or emailing kgastaldo@scsmustangs.org.

SMS Grief Group Information

Permission Form

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Candle Lighting Remembrance For Students

School Fees

This is a reminder that all student fees for this school year are due Thursday, Dec 20. Access to student PASS accounts will be turned off by the 2nd week of January for those who still owe fees at that time.
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Makerspace Education

Email Alerts for Parents

Our school uses Securly to keep students safe on their school-issued devices. As part of the solution, we have given you access to the free SecurlyHOME app. On December 14th, you will receive a “Welcome Email” from Securly, and you will be able to download the App. You’ll also start to receive a weekly email report each Monday containing a sample of your child’s online activity over the previous week.

Here is a letter explaining the app and how to access information. Please note that you will need to activate the account.

  1. Parent Letter Home
  2. Securly Support: How do parents sign into the Parent Portal? (website)
  3. Securly Parent Portal Walk Thru (video)
  4. Parent Video for SecurlyHome App (video)
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AFJROTC Cadets From SHS Visit Our 8th Graders

Harlem Wizards

The Harlem Wizards basketball team is making a tour stop in Strongsville! Get ready for a fun-filled family event on Thursday, January 31 at 7pm in the Strongsville High School Main Gymnasium. Online tickets are now available HERE - click on the January calendar and the game on 1/31. Tickets make great holiday gifts for the family!
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SMS Website: Click Here

Academic Rolls: Academic Rolls Q1

PTA Form: PTA Membership Form

Athletic Boosters: https://strongsvilleboosters.membershiptoolkit.com/Join

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Important Dates

  • Dec 21-Jan 4: Winter Break
  • School Resumes Jan 7