SMS Raider News

Newsletter for the staff and families of Sunnyvale MS

RISE...Relate, Inspire, Serve, Excel

SMS Raider Family,

What a fast start to the school year. Many great things have already happened here at SMS and there are more awesome things in store. Our hope is that you and your student have enjoyed the start of the school year. We certainly have!

Also, make sure you are keeping a thumb on the pulse of our campus through our Twitter and Facebook pages. Don't forget to check them out often, as we are posting and tweeting out amazing things that your students and their teachers are doing.

We are now past the half way point of our first quarter. This quarter (9 weeks) we have decided to focus on the first word of our mission statement: Relate. We hope that your child has come home talking about things going on, in and around campus, in regards to Relate. A prime example was the recent Hello Week. Where we had lessons, games and activities throughout the week to promote kindness and acceptance of others. It starts with Hello! An upcoming event that continues our focus on Relate is the Hello Parent Night, Oct. 8th. Make sure to check out the info below on the Hello Night. We hope to see you there!

Have a great week! Go Raiders!

Brandon Tunnell


#smsRISE @smslearns

Upcoming Events

Hello Parent Night, Oct. 8th

We are excited to offer an upcoming parent night. We will be having a performance by our SMS Choir to start off the night in the gym. Then we will transition into a come and go style night. Where you can attend some of the following activities with your student.

  • Theatre Skits
  • Photo Booth
  • Positive Notes to make someones day
  • Amish Friendship starter bread
  • and many more fun and engaging opportunities to Relate to others!

Make sure to check the info below. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Oct. 10th Early Release Schedule, Pink Out Pep Rally, and Student vs. Staff Volleyball Game

Parents...feel free to come and enjoy the pep rally and volleyball game. Please remember to allow for time to sign in and out. We will hold parents in the foyer until 9:40am and then we will usher you down to the gym.
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AIM for Success Assemblies

On October 19th we will be having assemblies for each grade level throughout the day. See below for more information in regards to what is covered in the assemblies. We have phenomenal students here at SMS and we want to continue treating others with respect, honor and kindness.

There will be a parent meeting for these assemblies on Oct. 15th @ SMS @ 6:30pm. If you would like to hear from the company and hear more about the topics being discussed, please join us.

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Donations for Terry Middle School

As you know we have a neighboring middle school, Terry MS in Mesquite ISD, that suffered a tragedy on Oct. 3rd. Our students and staff immediately started thinking of ways to let them know we are thinking of them. How awesome is that? So we wore Black & Blue on Oct. 4th to show our support for them during this tough time. See pictures below.

Here is something else that we are doing for them. Mrs. Connel is collecting Hershey Hugs from both staff and students until Wednesday, Oct. 10th. If you would like to donate a bag or two of Hershey Hugs please do so. The more the better. You can drop them off in the front office or in Mrs. Connel's room. We will be taking these "hugs" and placing them in large jars with notes to the students and staff at Terry Middle School (such as "Sending hugs to the Tigers from the Raiders", etc.).

Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers over these next several weeks. Thank you.

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5th and 6th grade

Cool Things Happening @ SMS

Traffic Flow (Drop off and pick up)

Traffic Flow

Drop Off:

There will be two lines to drop off your students as depicted in the picture below. Please have your student ready to exit the vehicle when it pulls up in front of the cafeteria. This will help in keeping the traffic flow moving. Please stay in line and do not pull out to the "middle lane". We want our students to be safe and it helps us to ensure this if you stay in the two lines.

If you need to come inside to the office you must park in the parking lot. Do not park in the drop off line.

Students will need to enter into the cafeteria doors every day. The cafeteria doors will open at 7:20am. If you drop off your student after 7:50am they must enter through the front doors to sign in tardy.

Pick up:

School will be out at 3:11pm.

Please form two lines as depicted in the picture below. Students will be coming out and finding their cars, walking between cars and going to both lines. Please be cautious when pulling up.

The afternoon is when it is ok to drive in the "middle" lane, ONCE you have picked up your student. Please be careful driving through as you are exiting the pick up line.

If you can please help us by reminding your child to be looking for your vehicle when they get outside...this will greatly increase the speed of the pick up line after school.

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Upcoming Spirit Days

Spirit Days for the Fall...let's have some fun!

We want SMS to show their school spirit! We encourage everyone to dress up for the specific Spirit Days!

Please remember that the costumes/outfits still must be school appropriate. If costumes/outfits are not, the student will be required to change. A student's face cannot be covered (meaning no masks that cover the entire face while in the building).

Hope to see everyone having fun on the following dates!

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How can you help @ SMS?

There are many ways you can support our campus, staff and students here at SMS. Below are a few ways and opportunities.

  1. Campus events. If you would like to be help during campus events in the evenings, field trips, celebrations, etc. please fill out the volunteer form that will be in your student's folder at Meet the Teacher.
  2. Another way to support SMS is through sponsorship. If you or your business/organization would like to sponsor student incentives, staff rewards, and campus events all you need to do is fill out this short form We will be happy to include you and/or your business/organization information in our social media and other newsletters... just like this one.
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Ensure you are seeing and hearing the amazing things happening at SMS by following us:

*Twitter: @smslearns and @BTunnell_SMS