SMS Scoop

March 23, 2018

Spring Break

Spring break starts as soon as you get home after school today. YEAHHHHH!

Everyone stay safe and have a great time off. Enjoy extra time with family.

School will resume Monday, April 2nd. We will start on an A day.


Thank you to the students, staff, and parents that helped make our recent school dance and school dodgeball tournament a success! We could not have these events without great kids, great teachers, and great parents!

Dance Data

  • 457 students attended
  • 17 teachers and 74 parents chaperoned
  • 236 leis sold for Riley Children's Hospital
  • Best Grass Skirt = Mr. Smith

Dodgeball Data

  • 151 tickets were sold to students and parents
  • 10 teachers worked the tourney
  • 20 teams and nine coaches played
  • Builders Club sold 4 billion candy items
  • $1100 raised for the SMS athletic department uniform replacement fund

8th Graders READ THIS

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.

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Bonus App Package

The SMS Bonus App Package will launch on Monday, April 2nd. Students that met the requirement of zero disengagements on NWEA Part 3 or ISTEP+ Part 1 will find extra gaming, logic, and creativity apps in their app portals when returning from break. Students that did not stay engaged, did not complete all of the tests, or enrolled in school after the testing sessions will not have access to the bonus package.

In order for you to KEEP the apps, you must demonstrate maturity and restraint and use the apps only during personal time. You are not to use the apps during SSR reading time, class activity time, or study hall work time. If you are unsure, ask your teacher or supervisor. If you access a bonus app at an inappropriate time, the apps will be removed from your device.

Enjoy this opportunity to play, create, and explore, and this opportunity to demonstrate some maturity!

Art and Talent Show Reminders

Calling all artists!

The SMS Art Show is on April 27th, and all SMS students are welcome to enter one or many pieces of artwork. Students who are interested need to fill out the Art Show Participant Google Form that is linked to the Canvas Community Page. Awards will be given the night of the Art Show to Best of Show 2-D, Best of Show 3-D, People’s Choice Award, and Most Creative. Students will be expected to stay after school on Tuesday, April 24th to mat and prepare artwork for the show and on Friday, April 27th to set up artwork in the cafeteria. Please see Mrs. Owen if you have any questions or if you need to check out art supplies.

Calling all talented students!

Show off your vocal, instrumental, dance, comedy, magic, and other talents in the annual SMS Talent Show, also April 27th. Tryouts are being held on two nights. Tuesday, April 3rd and Wednesday, April 4th from 3:15 to 4:15 in room 703. Pick ONE night to tryout. Participants will be required to attend a dress rehearsal on Thursday, April 26th from 3:15 to 5:30 PM and then the REAL DEAL is Friday night, April 27th. More show details will be released in April.

Spring break is a GREAT time to create/prepare your art and a GREAT time to create/practice your talent.

I Have a Bright Idea!

Last Friday, over forty 8th grade students competed in the Bright Idea Competition. Teams brought their finely honed business plans before a panel of community judges. The top six teams were awarded cash prizes, with the top team earning $200.

Business plan ideas included building low-income tiny houses with crowdfunding; providing healthcare and day-to-day needs; solar panels and copper rods placed under roadways to melt snow and ice with the excess power used for cities; clothing made from environmentally friendly cloth and 25% of the profits given to help stop the loss of animal and plant habitat.

Award winners: 1st place - E. Kin: Jenna Buckner, Emily Justice, Chance Craig

2nd place - Med Tech Bracelet: Abby Doriot, Jaylyn Cross, Bella Diaz, Lily Walsh

3rd place - Heaven is for Real: Christi Tharp, Robert Tharp, Emily Evans

4th place - BBA Cafe: Courtney Shultz, Isaac Hutchins, Trinity Plance, Dylan Justice

5th place - Teed Up: Jake Ogle, Lauren Mayer, Caleb Turner, Anne Marie Meagher, Logan Howard

6th place - Multi-functioning Alarm Clock: Makeely Stidham, Lexi Dunaway, Brooklyn Watts

The three judges were Jim Gladden, Genesis Plastics; Josh Konkler, Thomas Plastic Machinery; David Collier, Hanover College. Mr. Collier commented, “To say I was impressed with the students, would be an understatement! I was thoroughly impressed and encouraged by their initiative, creativity, and collaborative spirit.”

The competition is part of the Dollars & $ense personal finance program sponsored by Scottsburg Middle School, Wesbanco, Genesis Plastics, The Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce and New Washington State Bank.

Spring Sports Update

Good luck to all of our spring sport athletes and coaches! Due to dynamic spring weather, it is very important for all spring sport athletes and parents/guardians to create Eventlink accounts to follow both the sport (meet/match info) and the sport practice (practices and messages from coach) calendars!

We hope to have lots of fans at our home sports events this year!

Track meets will be held on the SMS campus. Admission is $4.00 per person. SCSD2 students are free. Warrior Passes will be honored and available for purchase. Track admission will be on the road entering campus. Track fans stay outside the track and can be loud and proud. Only track athletes are allowed on the infield.

Tennis matches will be held on the SMS campus. Admission is free. Tennis is a quiet sport so fans are asked to applaud for quality play but refrain from shouting or running around outside the fence.

Golf matches will be held at Westwood Golf Course. Admission is free. Golf is a quiet sport. Spectators are encouraged to wear knickers, argyle socks, and jaunty caps.

Softball games will be held on the field just north of the SMS campus. Admission is $4 per person. SCSD2 students are free. Warrior Passes will be honored and available for purchase. Admission will be off the parking lot northwest of the field. Fans can be loud and rowdy during games!

Baseball games will be held on the Warrior baseball field behind SHS. Admission is $4 per person. SCSD2 students are free and can be loud and rowdy. Warrior Passes will be honored and available for purchase. Admission will be on the road as you enter the athletic parking.

Next Week...

Mon. Mar. 26-Fri. Mar. 30: SPRING BREAK

Mon. Apr. 2: A day, Track v. Henryville

Tue. Apr. 3: B day, Art Club 3-4, Talent Show Tryouts 3-4:15, Academic Superbowl @ Paoli Invitational, Tennis v. Seymour, Baseball Gold @ Jeff, Softball v. Henryville, Scott County Spelling Bee 7 PM @ SMS Great Room

Wed. Apr. 4: A day, Cross 7:15am, Talent Show Tryouts 3-4:15, Softball @ Charlestown, Baseball Gold @ Austin, Baseball Purple @ Lanesville

Thu. Apr. 5: B day, Student Council 7:15am, Golf v. Mad/SC, Tennis v. Christian Academy, Track @ Salem, Baseball Purple v. Corydon

Fri. Apr. 6: A day

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