Scarborough Middle School

Family Newsletter for 10-22-2021

Hello Scarborough Middle School Families,


Parent conferences will be held from Monday, November 8 to Wednesday, November 17, with all teachers being available until 7 pm on either Tuesday, November 9 or Tuesday, November 16. This time is another way for you to get additional feedback about your child’s learning, aside from PowerSchool, and any individual communications that you might have with teachers throughout the school year. Scarborough Schools use an online format, Conference Manager, to schedule conferences. Although time to sign up online does not open until Monday, November 1st, 6:00 AM, we wanted to share this information with you now for your planning.


Key points in regards to conferences:


  • Conferences are set for 15 minutes each.

  • Students are expected to attend with parents, as they are critical participants in their learning.

  • Conferences will be held using Google Meets and there will be a link to the meeting in Conference Manager. If you would like to schedule an in-person conference, please make arrangements directly with the teacher.

  • Time constraints allow for families to sign up with one core subject teacher (Mathematics, ELA, Social Studies, Science) from your team. All teams work together in advance to collect feedback to share with you from all core classes.

  • You may also sign up with Encore (Wellness, Art, Music, Band, Technology) or World Language teachers.

  • Special education teachers, counselors/social workers, and support teachers are also available to meet during this time.


I strongly encourage you to reach out to school personnel ANYTIME, not just at conferences. Staff are always available by email, and would be happy to talk via phone call or a Google Meets meeting at a mutually agreed upon time as well. We want to make sure that, as parents and guardians, you have the information that you need. We are committed to partnering with you towards your child’s benefit.


Respectfully,

Kathy Tirrell, Principal

David Currier, Assistant Principal

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Important Upcoming Dates

October 27 - Wednesday

  • Picture Retake Day - 8am - 9:30am

October 28 - Thursday

  • Influenza Clinic at SMS - starts at 7:30am

November 5 - Friday

  • End of Quarter 1

November 11 - Thursday

  • NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
November 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Late Nights are Tuesday, 11/9 and Tuesday, 11/16

November 17 - Wednesday

  • Early Release - 12:55pm

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Student Absence Reporting

Families should report their middle school student's absence from school by calling the SMS main office at 207-730-4800 or by email at msoffice@scarboroughschools.org. A reason for the absence must be stated, otherwise SMS office staff will reach out to determine the reason for the absence.


Excusable reasons for an absence:


  • illness
  • appointment
  • religious holiday
  • family emergency
  • planned absence


For Planned Absences (a day out of school which is not illness or medical appointment related), families should fill out the Scarborough Middle School Planned Absence form, which is found here.


For questions about attendance, please contact the Scarborough Middle School main office at 207-730-4800 or email us at msoffice@scarboroughschools.org

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SMS Spirit Week - October 25 through 29

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Studio Art Club

Studio Art Club, an Open Studio opportunity for SMS Artists will start on Tuesday, November 2, from 2:40pm - 3:40pm.


This club is a safe and supportive environment where exploration and creativity are encouraged. Some techniques and concepts will be taught, but this is primarily a place for SMS Artists to develop their own ideas and art style - together!


Studio Art Club will take place in room 194 with Mr. White. Sign up on FamilyID!


For questions about Studio Art Club, please email Mr. White at gwhite@scarboroughschools.org.

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SMS Storm News Club

The SMS Storm News Club will begin meeting on November 2nd! If you are interested in joining the news team, please sign up using FamilyID!


If your student has any questions they can reach out to Mr. Huntington in Room 253, or email him at ehuntington@scarboroughschools.org.

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SMS Flu Clinic 21-22

October 1, 2021


Dear Middle School Families,


The Middle School will be having an influenza vaccination clinic on Thursday, October 28th at 7:30 a.m. We will be partnering with Northern Light Home Care & Hospice to provide this clinic for our students. Please click on the link below and complete the consent form by October 21st. You must type something into all highlighted fields, so please use NA if it doesn’t apply. Although the vaccine is provided at no charge, there is a cost to administer the vaccine. We appreciate it if you include accurate insurance information. Children presenting with an incomplete form will not receive their vaccine. There is no out of pocket cost and those without insurance will be vaccinated with the appropriate form completed.


Scarborough Schools Influenza Consent

Vaccine Information Sheet

Vaccine Information Statement


You will be notified if there is a change in the planned dates of school flu clinics. The Vaccine Information Sheets are included in the link after the consent form. Please take a minute to read these.


If you need a translated form or are unable to complete an electronic form, please let the school nurse know and we will send a paper form home.


For information about flu and the vaccine go to www.maineflu.gov. For questions about the flu vaccine, call Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention (Maine CDC) at 1-800-867-4775, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.


For questions about the vaccine clinics at your school, please call your school nurse at (207) 730-4800.


Sincerely,

Diane Nadeau, Ph.D.

Assistant Superintendent

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SMS Picture Days - RETAKES!

The SMS school picture Retake Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27. Families can order pictures for the upcoming picture day through MyLifetouch, using the SMS picture ID EVTZZR3C8.

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Maine Integrated Youth Survey 2021-2022

On Monday, October 25th students in our school will be taking part in an anonymous survey. An anonymous survey is when the students do not give us their names. About 96,000 Maine students have been asked to take the survey. The survey will take about one class period. Below are the answers to some questions you may have about the survey.


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