Sweetwater Middle School News

November 2021 Edition/ Native American Heritage Month

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A Message from Principal Johnson

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

I hope everyone is keeping your spirits up and staying safe. SMS has been making strides to keep improving our students' social, emotional, and academic needs. There are a lot of societal things that are great influences on our students, like social media. I continue to ask that you talk with your child about making positive choices. With the uptick in social media challenges, students continue to be persuaded into trying them at school. We have been able to counteract the social media challenges with swift discipline behaviors and my morning chats on the SMS News. However, it will take all of us working together to keep our students focused on achieving success and staying emotionally healthy. I ask that you continue to support our school-wide initiatives, clubs, volunteering, and sponsored activities.

As we get ready for the Thanksgiving Holiday, I want to wish everyone a festive time with family and friends. If you are traveling out of town or just resting at home, may you find peace and comfort.

Make sure to join us at our next "Evenings with Principal Johnson" on November 18th at 6:30 PM. This is when I get a chance to share with you (parents) the wonderful things happening in our school and encourage you to participate in some round-robin conversations.

Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Johnson,


SMS Students having fun during October Spirit Week!!


The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology is a unique high school that focuses on advanced and challenging studies in the fields of engineering, biosciences, and emerging technologies. Enrollment for the 9th grade class is open to all 8th grade students who are residents of the Gwinnett County school district attendance zone; who are successfully promoted to 9th grade by the end of spring semester, 2022; and who successfully complete an 8th grade math curriculum that is a full unit of Carnegie-eligible Accelerated Algebra I or higher. Students in Carnegie-eligible Algebra I will need to achieve a 1st semester grade of 90% or higher – AND – 1) earn a Milestones (EOC) score in the Distinguished category (minimum scaled score of 92) OR 2) earn a score of 550 or higher on the math portion of the PSAT 8/9 or SAT (test must be taken no later than January 21, 2022).

GSMST is now accepting registration applications for the 2022-2023 freshman class. The registration deadline is January 21, 2022.

Detailed information and the registration forms are available on the school’s website: http://www.gsmst.org/

Click on Admissions Informational Meetings will be held at GSMST at 7:00 PM on:

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 for the: Archer Cluster, Brookwood Cluster, Dacula Cluster, Grayson Cluster, Mill Creek Cluster, Mountain View Cluster, Parkview Cluster, Shiloh Cluster, South Gwinnett Cluster

Thursday, December 2, 2021 for the: Berkmar Cluster, Central Gwinnett Cluster, Collins Hill Cluster, Discovery Cluster, Duluth Cluster, Lanier Cluster, Meadowcreek Cluster, Norcross Cluster, North Gwinnett Cluster, Peachtree Ridge Cluster •

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 will be a make-up meeting date.

SMS Counselors' Corner/SMS Rincón de Los Consejeros

This month’s theme is “Attitude of Gratitude.” Giving thanks and expressing gratitude is one of the oldest concepts in society. It is especially important during a pandemic like COVID-19 when the world around us is unpredictable and sometimes even dangerous. Learning to practice gratitude every day can help bring some stability to your life by getting you to focus on what is good rather than what is uncertain or unpredictable. In addition, research shows that positive emotions like gratitude are closely connected to health and wellness. Some ways you can cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” include writing a thank-you note to someone, sending a text, or an email. Tell someone you appreciate them. Start a Gratitude Journal in which you write the things you’re grateful for each day. Ultimately, developing an attitude of gratitude makes you feel happier and more positive.

En espanol

El tema de este mes es "Actitud de gratitud". Dar gracias y expresar gratitud es uno de los conceptos más antiguos de la sociedad. Es especialmente importante durante una pandemia como COVID-19 cuando el mundo que nos rodea es impredecible y, a veces, incluso peligroso. Aprender a practicar la gratitud todos los días puede ayudar a traer algo de estabilidad a su vida al hacer que se concentre en lo que es bueno en lugar de lo que es incierto o impredecible. Además, las investigaciones muestran que las emociones positivas como la gratitud están estrechamente relacionadas con la salud y el bienestar. Algunas formas en las que puede cultivar una "actitud de gratitud" incluyen escribir una nota de agradecimiento a alguien, enviar un mensaje de texto o un correo electrónico. Dile a alguien que lo aprecias. Inicie un Diario de gratitud en el que escriba las cosas por las que está agradecido cada día. En última instancia, desarrollar una actitud de gratitud te hace sentir más feliz y positivo.

The Parent Center

Thank you parents and volunteers for helping make our first Trunk or Treat a success! Here is a list of events for this month. Click on the pictures below for more events in the month of November.

1) November 6th - Our fantastic JLC team will be performing in the Veteran's Day Parade downtown Atlanta

2) November 9th - A Digital Learning Day

3) November 9th - Zoom Academy - 6PM for English Speaking Parents, 7PM for Spanish Speaking Parents - Location - SMS Cafeteria

4) November 10th - Girl Scouts Meeting - 4:15 PM

5) November 12th - Local School Council Meeting via Zoom - 8AM

6) November 18th - Evenings with Mrs. Johnson - via Zoom - 6PM

7) November 20th - 28th - Thanksgiving Break

The following organizations will be assisting families with food during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Click on the organization's link to find out more information and requirements regarding their event.

Berean Christian Church Gwinnett

1465 Highpoint Road, Snellville, GA 30078

(678) 240-2213

November 23, 2021

Families must register


Christ the King Dacula

Thanksgiving Food Drive

258 Rabbit Hill Rd, Dacula, GA 30019

(770) 963-8447

Email: info@ctkchurchga.org

Gwinnett County Public Library-Drive Through Food Distribution

Lilburn Branch

4817 Church St NW, Lilburn, GA 30047

(770) 978-5154

November 23, 2021

Starting by 10:00 a.m. (until supplies run out)



Thanksgiving Gathering & Mobile Food Pantry

1770 Cedars Rd SE, Lawrenceville, GA 30045

(678) 985-9915

November 20, 2021

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Family must register


Transforming You Inc & Bridge The G.A.P. of GA

Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon

55 Buford Highway NE, Suwanee, GA 30024

November 25, 2021

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Reminder our Drive-Thru Food Pantry is December 10th at 9:30 AM in the Bus Lanes. Get your box of food for Christmas!

November Events in the Community

Connection News

From our Girls and Boys Basketball Coaches

October Reflections

Remembering October
Orchetra - Hispanic Heritage Month

Happy Thanksgiving

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