APRIL 2021

From the Desk of Mr. Dixon

I am elated to have our wonderful learners at SAMS back in the building for Plan A! Seeing so many of our students four days a week will prove to be beneficial socially and academically. Health and safety is always my chief concern. All adults and young people will be held to the highest of expectations for safety at all times. My vision for our learners is that every lesson designed for them is relevant and engaging. Our teachers are learning how to empower all students in order to prepare them for success in college, a career, and citizenship. We believe in the potential of each student and want to help them be great! Together, we can finish strong and make our last quarter count!

Mr. Dixon and the SAMS Administration Team

6th Grade

Spring has arrived and 6th grade science is in full bloom!!! It is hard to believe that we only have one quarter remaining in this school year. As we look ahead at our final weeks of instruction we are exploring the concepts of Matter and Energy Transfer. Some of the topics that are related to the next concepts may have been covered in elementary. It is our goal to work towards helping the students gain a better understanding of the concepts. In science, we have prided ourselves on hands-on learning. However, with the nature of the pandemic we have navigated our way towards other resources that help us achieve those hands-on learning outcomes. We will continue to engage our students through the use of resources such as explore learning, quizlet, socrative, quizizz, nearpod and many others to help facilitate 21st century learning in science. Our students are blooming into critical thinkers and problem solvers while building a strong digital literacy foundation.

7th Grade

Spring has Sprung! We were all excited to be back in the building after our break. Please remember to send your child with a water bottle and a fully charged Chromebook!

Below you will find notes about 7th grade!

Math: During Quarter 3 the students worked hard to sharpen their math skills. The students were plunged into the world of negative numbers. They used their positive attitudes to master all four operations involving negative numbers. The students then took those skills and applied them to solve multi step equations as well as inequalities. Now that we are sure the students' math skills are "greater than" they used to be we will move into geometry and probability to finish out the school year.

Science: Seventh grade science students have been learning about genetics and heredity this quarter! We began by studying how genes for traits are passed down from generation to generation, and are now completing pedigree charts. Next up are mutations and environmental and lifestyle choice factors before we move on to the physics content. We also did a cool experiment where we tested whether or not a plant would respond to verbal bullying. The answer was a huge YES!

ELA: Seventh grade language arts students just wrapped up their reading of the novel Tangerine by Edward Bloor. Throughout the novel students have focused on various standards related to reading fiction. These standards include identifying main ideas and theme, making inferences, and summarizing. Students will now be completing a writing project focusing on choices made by characters and how these choices impacted Paul, the novel's protagonist.

Social Studies: 7th grade has covered a very challenging unit, WW II. This unit was packed with sensitive historical information and was handled with great respect by our students. We were able to engage students in discussions, projects and PearDecks. A special thanks to Mr. Martinez for his knowledge and personal experiences he was able to share. We are moving on to the Cold War, Korean War and Vietnam. Stay tuned!!

8th Grade

The 8th graders continue to be rockstars! We have been so excited to have them back in the building and learning face to face! We had a lot of fun at our last PBIS right before Spring Break. Students made slime, watched movies and ate trail mix, and even participated in karaoke. We are continuing to use Class Dojo. Students earn points by being on task, participating, completing their iReady work, and joining Google Meets (for our ACCESS ED students). Students can save up their points and earn prizes each week. We look forward to finishing out the year strong and continuing to prepare them for high school. Please continue to check Powerschool to keep up to date with your student’s grades and let any of the teachers know if you have any questions.


We are so excited to have students on campus for in-person learning under Plan A. Exploratory classes in Plan A meet twice a week. Students’ first exploratory class meets on Monday and Thursday, while the second exploratory class meets on Tuesday and Friday. Assignments and schedules are posted to Google Classroom on Wednesdays for remote learning.

AccessEd students should be attending class and regularly checking Google Classroom for assignments and Google meet codes.

Here are some pictures from our first week in Spanish, BioTech, and Band class!

Welcome Nurse Wicker!

About Me:

I graduated from Northeastern University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Before coming to SAMS as a School Nurse, I worked in the Emergency Department. I love to travel and be outside, a goal of mine is to visit as many National Parks as possible. I have a 5 year old lab/blue heeler mix named Bryce after my favorite National Park: Bryce Canyon.

COVID Update:

Remember the 3 W’s: Wear a Mask, Wash your Hands, and Watch you Distance

It's important to keep your child home if they are sick. We do not want students or staff to spread illness and lose any time from school or work. Students cannot attend school if they have more than 2 episodes of vomiting or diarrhea in 24 hours, or a fever greater than 100 degrees. Students may return once symptoms have been resolved without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.

Staff, if you have received your COVID vaccine, please let me know or fill out the GoogleDoc to help me keep up with vaccinations.

Please contact me if you are not feeling well or have any questions.

Katie Wicker, RN