SMS Raider News

Newsletter for the staff and families of Sunnyvale MS

RISE...Relate, Inspire, Serve, Excel

SMS Raider Family,

Happy New Year Raiders!

I hope this letter finds you well and ready for a fantastic 2019. Our hope is that you and your families were able to spend some quality time together over the break.

I wanted to do a quick follow up to something that I brought to your attention in the last newsletter. As of this past Monday, Mrs. Dlabaj has now officially started in her new position at SES. Thus, we are were in need of an interim assistant principal here at SMS. We found someone that has the needed qualifications for the position, Mr. Ryon Thompson. He has previous interim administrative experience, is currently a behavior specialist here in SISD, and has been an inclusion and math teacher at the secondary level. He knows many of our students already and it will be a smooth transition for him to move into this new position. He looks forward to working with you and our wonderful SMS Raider families.

As we gear up for the third quarter, please remember to stay plugged in to what is happening at SMS. A great way to do this is to have the Sunnyvale ISD app on your phones and to be signed up for the parent portal for your student/s grades, attendance and other alerts. We are also active on our SMS Facebook and Twitter pages. So stay tuned for many amazing things coming up at SMS.

Have a great week! And as always...Go Raiders!

Brandon Tunnell


#smsRISE @smslearns

Upcoming Events

6th Grade AT&T Stadium ELU Field Trip on Jan 14th

We are excited for our second annual AT&T Stadium trip for our 6th grades students. Our teachers organize this event so that your student can learn about how math, science and other school related applications can be utilized in real world settings. They are able to tap into the math, science and history behind the planning and building of the stadium. Our students then reflect on the experience and write about their "ah-ha" moments. How cool is that?
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Extracurricular Activities

Jan 11/12- Girls bball tournament

Jan 19- Boys bball tournament

Jan 18/19- Band Region clinic/concert

Jan 25- 5th grade UIL

Feb 2- 7/8th grade Choir All Region Auditions

Feb 9- Boys bball tournament

Feb 22-24- FCA Weekend of Champions

Feb 23- DI Competition

Campus Events/Dates

Here are many of our upcoming events happening at SMS:

Jan 21- No school (MLK Day)

Jan 30- Aim for Success parent meeting (Achieve Success Assembly)

Feb 1- Achieve Success Assembly (grades 6-8)

Feb 1- Cheer interest parent mtg after school

Feb 6- Early Release

Feb 11-14- Book Fair

Feb 18- Student Holiday (No School)

Cool Things Happening @ SMS

Shout Outs!

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Results from UIL

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NJHS Food Drive

SMS students donated over 2400 items for the NJHS Food Drive benefiting Life Message in Rowlett.

Winning homerooms were:

1st - Fitzgerald: 321 items

2nd - Moorman: 283 items

3rd - Gunter: 281 items


Currently our girls 7A basketball team is undefeated. Way to go Lady Raiders!
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We are starting to see an increase in tardies. Please remember that the tardy bell rings at 7:50 am. This means students must be in their classrooms at this time. If they are not, they will be marked tardy. If tardies build, students can receive detentions and possible may have to attend Saturday school to recover the amount of time lost.

We look forward to seeing your students every day! See you all in the morning!

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PTA Box Tops

We still collect box tops everyone! So please help us to raise money for our school by cutting out those box tops and bringing them in to the front office. We are doing a blitz for box tops over the next two weeks and if a student brings in 100 box tops (not expired) they can earn a trip during lunch to the Rowdy Room (air hockey, ping pong, video games, puzzles, karaoke, etc.).

Remember to bring in those box tops by the week of Jan. 22nd. Thank you!

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