Springfield Middle School

Newsletter, First Edition 2021-2022 School Year

Principal’s Welcome—Jennifer Ruppenthal

Welcome back to the start of the 2021-2022 school year! I hope this newsletter finds you relaxing and enjoying your summer months. Student schedules will be available through Studentvue/Parentvue on Monday, August 16th at 4:00 pm. Please join us for Back to School Nights. Printed copies of student schedules will be distributed on Back to School Night and the first day of school. Bus schedules are available online at wcps.k12.md.us. On the first day of school your child will bring home some very important sources of information. Please make sure that you complete all forms including the emergency medical form and have your child return the forms the second day of school. I hope that you find the information provided in this newsletter to be helpful. Attendance to school is very important. Please try to schedule all appointments for students to be 12:30 pm or after so that attendance is not impacted negatively.

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Back To School Night is quickly approaching. Take time to meet your child’s teacher and learn about the exciting school year ahead:

6th Grade - Back To School Night, Thursday, August 26, 2021

5:00 pm -6:00 pm (last names A–L), 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (last names M-Z)

7th and 8th Grade - Back To School Night, Wednesday, August 25, 2021

5:00 pm -6:00 pm (last names A–L), 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (last names M-Z)

For anyone interested in a Virtual Option stay tuned! Our teachers will be recording their Back to School message - details coming soon.

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Briana Yurasits - School Counselor

Erica Conaughty - Math, Grade 8

Starsha Goforth - ELA, Grade 6

Heather Cheshire - Social Worker

Samantha Claman - Paraprofessional

Bradley Colliflower - Connections Teacher

Emily Dinsmore - Special Education Case Manager

Melissa Andrews - Reading Tutor

Madison (Madi) Straley - Math Tutor

Caitlin Myers - Equity Lead Teacher

Lauren Silkey-Parker - Pupil Personnel Worker

Brianna Weller - Math, Grade 8

Kristina Robinson - ELA, Grade 7

Jennifer Gregory - Special Education Teacher

Bethany Collins - ELA, Grade 7

Craig Shearer - Lead Teacher

Karen Lau - Orchestra


Did you know that SPMS was awarded a grant from the Education Foundation of WCPS to construct an outdoor sensory path? This path will be available for use by all students in late fall.

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School Hours: 7:20-2:20 pm

School Phone Number: 301-766-8389

School Fax Number: 301-766-8401

Arriving and Departing School:

1. Students should arrive at school no earlier than 7:20 a.m. Upon entering the building they should pick up breakfast and report to their homeroom which is the same as their 1st Period class.

2. Homeroom period (same as 1st period) will be from 7:20 a.m. to 7:44 a.m. In homeroom students may eat breakfast, complete any outstanding assignment, and listen to the morning announcements.

3. Parents driving students to and from school are to use the parking lot for drop off and pick up. BUS RIDERS are expected to leave the building by 2:30 pm. Parent pick-up and walkers will be dismissed at approximately 2:30 pm. No student may stay after school unless under the supervision of a classroom teacher.

4. In an effort to keep student absences to a minimum, please try to schedule all appointments for students after 12:30pm.

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Even though meals for all students are free this school year, we continue to collect and approve applications to remain eligible for special programs like Title 1; MMFA In-Classroom Breakfast; After School Meals; Summer Meals and P-EBT.

All students at any Washington County Public School can apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits. Previously, a paper application was sent home on the first day of school to all students and online applications were accepted. The online process has proven to be faster and more accurate and can be completed on a smart phone or computer.

We will continue to provide schools with a limited number of paper applications for parents without access to smart phones/computers.

Apply any time during the school year after August 1, 2021

  • All the information is confidential
  • Only complete one application for all your children who attend WCPS
  • Eligibility is based on family size and income guidelines developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • You will be mailed the eligibility status for your child(ren) once the online application is submitted and validated
  • Online applications are normally approved within a few days
  • Start your application today at www.schoollunchapp.com


Springfield Middle School students will again be expected to follow or COUGAR CODE OF CONDUCT:

The Three R’s –

• Be Respectful

• Be Responsible

• Be Able to Resolve Conflict


State law requires all incoming 7th grade students to be vaccinated against Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDAP) as well as Meningococcal Meningitis before starting the school year. Students who do not have up-to-date immunizations may be excluded from attending the first day of school unless you can show your child has an appointment for immunizations within 20 days. Immunizations can be obtained from primary care providers or from the Washington County Health Department. The Health Department has a vaccination clinic scheduled for August 19 - where 7th grade students will be able to receive the required immunizations free of charge. Vaccinations will be provided at the Washington County Health Department, located at 1302 Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown from 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on both days. Students must be registered in advance.

Appointments are filling fast. Please click here to register: https://www.marylandvax.org/appointment/en/reg/1502999600


Student insurance is being offered by Bob McCloskey Insurance Company for the 2021-2022 school year. If interested, please contact the insurance company directly at www.bobmccloskey.com/k12Voluntary or call 800-445-2136. Thank you!
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8.25.2021 - 7th and 8th Grade Back to School Night

6:30 - 7:30 pm

8.26.2021 - 6th Grade Back to School Night

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (last names A–L), 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (last names M-Z)

8.30.2021 - First Day of School

9.6.2021 - Labor Day, Schools Closed

10.14.2021 - No School for Students

10.15.2021 - No School for Students

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Masks are Required on all WCPS busses

All students are now required to wear masks on WCPS busses during the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Healthy Smiles in Motion

The Healthy Smiles in Motion mobile dental program provides dental services to students of Washington County Public Schools on-site at their home schools during the school day.

Dental appointments are scheduled for students with the consent of parent/guardian. Appointments are grouped by school, and each student is escorted between his/her classroom and the mobile dental unit, which is parked outside of the school.

Licensed dentists and dental hygienists, with the help of qualified dental assistants, provide dental exams, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, fillings, simple extractions, and oral hygiene education.

To set up a dental appointment for your child, contact April Stanton, Mobile Program Coordinator, at 240-500-0198 or click here for an application: https://familyhch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/DentalNewPatientPacketWebEnglishForHSIM.pdf


We are excited to announce that Springfield Middle School will be offering after school cougar tutoring! Students will be able to work with staff to receive additional academic support, complete homework, and review classwork.

Sessions will be offered Tuesday and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The first scheduled day will be on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Transportation is not provided and parent pick-up is required at 3:30 p.m. at the front of the school.

Please complete the form below and return it to the front office in school as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s administrator.

Kyle Lingg, 301.766.8398 - Grade 6

Nicole Paylor, 301.766.8399 - Grade 7

Elizabeth Rau, 301.766.8396, Grade 8

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Attendance Questions/Concerns:

Ms. Katie Stewart, Phone 301-766-8389 | Fax 301-766-8401, stewakat@wcps.k12.md.us

Assistant Principals:

6th grade Assistant Principal - Mr. Kyle Lingg, linggkyl@wcps.k12.md.us, 301-766-8398

7th grade Assistant Principal - Mrs. Nicole Paylor, paylonic@wcps.k12.md.us, 301-766-8399

8th grade Assistant Principal - Mrs. Liz Rau, raueli@wcps.k12.md.us, 301-766-8396

School Counselors:

6th grade School Counselor - Ms. Anna Lofton, loftoann@wcps.k12.md.us

7th grade School Counselor - Ms. Briana Yurasits, yurasbri@wcps.k12.md.us

8th grade School Counselor - Mrs. Jennifer Joyce, joycejen@wcps.k12.md.us


Due to ongoing completion of the wall project in the 6th grade area, new 6th grade lockers will not be available for the start of the school year. Students will be permitted to carry backpacks.

7th and 8th graders will be issued a hall locker in which to store coats, lunchboxes, and book bags, etc. You are required to memorize your locker combination AND keep it confidential.

Students may choose not to use a locker and may carry a backpack throughout the school day.

Please note there are scheduled times to visit lockers (after even-numbered classes as well as before and after school---NOT during class time.)

Gym lockers require a combination lock and will be assigned to students at the beginning of the year.