Stallion Pride News

Week of October 16, 2022

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Our students deserve the best education and will receive one through respect for one another, pride in our school, and giving our best even when no one is looking.

A Note from Ms. Wallace

Good day SEMS Family!

It is a great day to be a Stallion! Congratulations to our Boys' soccer team for their 9-2 victory against Central Middle School Friday.


The staff of SEMS will continue to remind all students of the Stallion expectations. We ask that you support our efforts at home. Before learning happens, we must have structures in place that support a learning environment. Our school is an amazing place to learn, and our students are exceptional in their talents and abilities. It is up to us as adults to remind them of what learning looks and sounds like because children do not reach their potential without knowing how to get there.


We will continue to focus on the following expectations:

  • No headgear (Ex. hoods, hats, hair scarves, hair bonnets, bandanas...etc.)
  • No open-toe or open-back shoes (Ex. slide-on, flip-flops, bubble crocs, slippers...etc.)
  • No sagging pants or revealing clothing (Ex. halter tops, too-big pants without a belt, torn/ripped pants above the knee...etc.)
  • No profanity
  • No cell phones or phone accessories in the classroom or hallway
  • No fighting, posturing to fight, instigating a fight, or recording a fight (zero tolerance)
  • No weapons or dangerous objects brought to school (zero tolerance)


These are non-negotiable expectations. Students who are not following these expectations will receive a consequence ranging from a loss of privileges to out-of-school suspension.


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, do not hesitate to email, call, or come by SEMS. I can be reached at mwallace@hazelwoodschools.org or call at 314-953-7700.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Academics:

Science Unit Assessment Window: Oct. 12-18

Social Studies Assessment Window: Oct. 10-19

ELA Assessment Window: Oct. 24-26 and 31

End of Quarter 1: Oct. 20

Parent Teacher Conferences: Oct. 27 & 28

Sports:

Tickets are $3 at the door. A parent or guardian must accompany all students. All students must have a student ID.

  • See below

Wednesday Early Release Days:

Students are released at 1:00 pm on November 9

NO SCHOOL:

October 21 - Staff Professional Development and Records

Community Event:

HSD Board of Education Meeting Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30 pm

Volleyball Game

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 5pm

12834 Missouri Bottom Road

Hazelwood, MO

SEMS vs. NWM

HSD Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 6:30pm

15955 New Halls Ferry Road

Florissant, MO

If interested but cannot go in person, HSD will send an email with a Youtube Live link soon.

SEMS Parent and Community Virtual Meeting

Monday, Oct. 24th, 6pm

This is an online event.

You are invited to a virtual information meeting. During this meeting, we will share what it means to be a Title I school. We will also allow you time for questions.


Please use this link to join our meeting. (SEMS Parent and Community Meeting)

The link will also go out again on October 24th.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

STALLION PRIDE

Mission: Hazelwood Southeast Middle School is a collaborative community that ensures responsible 21st-century learning through a growth mindset.

Vision: Hazelwood Southeast Middle School will actively engage students to become global problem-solvers through critical thinking and innovation.

Values: SEMS community members (students, staff, parents, visitors) will commit to living and working with Stallion STYLE:

  • Show respect in words and actions
  • Take initiative
  • Yearn to learn
  • Lead with purpose
  • Exhibit a positive attitude

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • School Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Students can enter the building at 7:50 a.m. (There is no supervision for car riders and walkers before 7:50 a.m.)
  • Lockers: The sharing of lockers is not permitted at SEMS.
  • Backpacks and Purses: All SEMS students must store their bags in their lockers during the school day. Students are allowed to carry one small purse throughout the school day. The expectation is that purses are no larger than an 8.5x11 inch sheet of notebook paper.
  • SEMS uniforms are no longer required for students; however, students are expected to follow the HSD Dress Code Policy. CLICK HERE for specific guidelines regarding appropriate attire for your student.
  • Water Bottle: Students can bring a refillable water bottle to school.
  • Early Dismissal: We know that sometimes students need to be picked up early from school. We ask that if you need to pick up between 2:30 pm and 2:50 pm, please contact the school office by phone (314-953-7702).
  • Lunch Menu: Click here to access the lunch menu.

Picture Day

Picture day is coming soon.

Your student will receive their picture package information the week of October 24.

PTSA

Southeast Middle School needs your help. We are looking to re-establish our PTSA. With your help, we can and will have opportunities for support through your voice for our students and staff. If interested in meeting regarding our PTSA, please email Ms. Wallace at mwallace@hazelwoodschools.org.
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NO WEAPONS IN SCHOOL

  • We encourage families to discuss why guns and other weapons (pellet/bb-guns, toy guns, knives, or any item that could be considered a weapon) are not allowed at school or on the bus. We want our students to learn in a safe environment!
  • Students bringing weapons or toy weapons can be suspended for up to 180 days or expelled.
  • Students should immediately report any concerns about a gun (including pellet/bb-guns, toy guns, knives, or any item that could be considered a weapon) to a staff member or use the student concern form or HSD's Safety Tip Line.

Saftey Tip Hotline

If you become aware of anything that threatens the safety of our learning community, immediately alert an administrator or file a report through the anonymous HSD Safety Tip Line.

The HSD Safety Tip Line is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year online by emailing tipline@hazelwoodschools.org or calling the phone line at 314-281-4584. The tip line is an element of the district's No Guns in School Campaign.


All reports and calls are evaluated immediately and handled confidentially. For more information, please visit https://www.hazelwoodschools.org/Page/9193.

UNDERSTANDING THE MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADING SYSTEM

In middle school, grades are calculated differently than in elementary school. Progress and Term grades consist of two categories.

  • Formative: 30% (Examples include but are not limited to Class activities, Do Now/Warm-Ups, Notebook/Journal entries, Participation, and Homework.)
  • Summative: 70% (Examples include but are not limited to Quizzes, Projects, Presentations, Essays, Speeches, Tests/Assessments, and Labs.)

Students must be attentive in class, and complete in-class activities and homework, as those activities prepare students for the Tests/Assessments. Students are expected to study for Tests/Assessments. Teachers typically provide a study guide to assist students in preparing for Tests/Assessments.

Examples:

Student A: The student earned 100% on four in-class assignments but only 60% on the test. Their final grade for the progress report would be 72%.

Student B: The student earned 75%, 82%, 85%, and 90% on their in-class assignments and 85% on the test. Their final grade for the progress report would be 84%.

Student C: The student earned 80%, 60%, 0%, and 100% on their in-class assignments and 75% on the test. Their final grade for the progress report would be 71%.

Please remember...it is crucial that students are prepared for and take ALL assessments seriously.

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CELL PHONE POLICY

If a SEMS student brings a cell phone or headphones to school, they must be silenced and placed out of sight from the beginning to the end of the instructional day.

  • Silenced: Ringer and notification sound off.
  • Placed out of sight: Stored safely in the student's assigned locker, purse, or pencil pouch.
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STUDENT-PARENT HANDBOOK/BEHAVIOR GUIDE

Please review the HSD Handbook/Behavior Guide