SMS Newsletter: September 27-October 1, 2021

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Principal's Message

This week is October already?! Students are engaged in their learning and teachers are commenting on the high motivation they are seeing from students in their classes this year! Please ask open ended questions to your students about their learning. Some ideas:

  • What activity did you do in (name a class) today?
  • What has been the best part of school this week?
  • Which one of your classes do you like the best and why?
  • What is different this year about school? The same?

A reminder that if you need to pick up your child during the day, please do so before 3:00pm. If you are needing the child after, you will need to wait until 3:35 when school dismisses. This is to ensure our students remain safe and accounted for during the end of school day procedures.

We value parent and community involvement as educating our students is a team effort. Feel free to reach out any time! We are Simon Strong!

Ms. Laura Briones, M. Ed.


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What is Title I?

Simon is a Title I campus and you have a right to know!

Please click here for English.

Haga clic aquí para inglés.

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Remote Conferencing for Temporary Absences

Hello Hays CISD Students and Staff! We have a new program this year, approved by the state, called Remote Conferencing. This program serves those students who have tested positive from COVID 19 or need to quarantine due to a close contact. We know that everyone reacts differently to this virus, and want to be able to provide some continuity for our students when they start feeling better!

Now that you are feeling better, but still have to stay home, you are welcome to start catching up on the work that’s been assigned to you in your Schoology Courses. We have teachers that are available to assist you in those courses.

To access those teachers, you will need to start off in Classlink and find the Remote Conferencing app. It should be towards the end of the buttons on your dashboard. When you click on this, it will take you to the Remote Conferencing Website. There will be a schedule of when teachers will be available to assist you.

A few reminders:

  • Remote Conferencing Instructional Support begins at (9:05 a.m. for Middle School) (9:45 a.m. for High School) and attendance will be taken at 10:20 a.m. each day.

  • To meet attendance requirements, students must be logged on and participating at 10:20 a.m. each day. Attendance policies will be enforced.

  • Four hours of instructional support is offered each day.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out!

Remote Conferencing Orientation Videos

Wolverine Readers

We are working hard to promote fluent readers at Simon and need your help! Please ask your student about what they are reading in class and encourage them to read for 20 min daily at home. Access to the SMS online library is available on the Simon website if that is a preference. If your child still says they have nothing to read, they can always log into Reading Plus on the school issued chromebook for more practice!
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Dress Code and Uniform Color Information:

  • 6th Grade - Red Polo Shirt, Khaki or Navy Bottoms, Close Toed Shoes
  • 7th Grade - Blue Polo Shirt, Khaki or Navy Bottoms, Close Toed Shoes
  • 8th Grade - White or Grey Polo, Khaki or Navy Bottoms, Close Toed Shoes


  • Grade Level Shirts (can be ordered at schedule pick-up)
  • Jeans (NO Rips, Tears, or Holes)
  • *No Uniform Polos Allowed With Jeans


  • College, SMS, or Hays CISD HS Shirt
  • Jeans (NO Rips, Tears, or Holes)
  • *No Uniform Polos Allowed With Jeans

Only SMS or Solid Colored Hoodies are Allowed

Face Masks - Face masks for students, staff members and visitors on campus continue to be highly recommended but not required. The majority of the SMS staff and students use their masks on campus on a regular basis. We have extra masks on campus. If a student requests a mask we can provide them a mask.

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Marquee Shout Outs only $10

We have made it even easier to wish your Wolverine Happy Birthday with a shout out. Simply go online by clicking the HERE and we will display your message on the SMS Marquee. Please do not select shout outs on Sundays or during school Holidays. All proceeds from Marquee Shout Outs will fund incentives for the SMS Positive Behavior Support Program.
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Cassandra Trevino, Girls Athletic Coordinator -

Jonathan Wilson, Boys Athletic Coordinator -

Grief Support

In light of the recent student tragedy at Simon, we have extra counseling support available in room 102 all week. Students may request to see a counselor at any time during the week by asking a teacher. We are in communication with the district about coordinating some additional counseling support before or after school moving forward and will pass along more information as we know it.
For Counselor Questions Please Contact:

Mrs. Spinder - Student Last Names A-K:

Mrs. Perez - Student Last Names L-Z: