Jag E-News

Sartartia MS -- Exemplary Education Every Day --2.28.2020

JAGS ARE ON THE MOVE!

Hello Jag Families,


I would like to remind you that even though we do not have FINAL semester exams (except for high school credit classes), we still have exams. The students will have a fourth major grade that could have an impact on their overall grade. I know that many of you plan trips and have other events going on, but these major grades, if not taken or completed when scheduled, can result in your child’s grade dropping significantly. In addition, the type of major exam given will not be able to made up and students will not have an opportunity to take these exams early.


Join the movement to make sure every child is counted in the 2020 Census by taking part in SIS Week: Everyone Counts! The U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program is sponsoring this week-long series of fun classroom activities from March 2-6 to educate students and the adults in their home about the importance of the once-a-decade count.

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SAVE the DATE

  • Friday, February 28-Sweethearts Spring Dance Show 6:30pm
  • Saturday, February 29-Band Master Classes; Robotics at IFly Stem Event; STEAM Fest
  • Monday, March 2-Talent Show Auditions 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 3-TENNIS MATCH; Sweethearts Dance Parent Meeting in Library @ 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 4- Students Wear College Gear for a Raffle during Lunches
  • Wednesday, March 4-TRACK MEETS (Schedule Attached); Cheer Parent Meeting in Library @ 5:30pm
  • Friday, March 6-Spirit Day-Wear SMS Gear or HERITAGE DAY-WEAR CULTURAL ATTIRE or GO TEXAN DAY-Wear Western Clothes

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  • SPRING BREAK-NO SCHOOL March 9-March 13
  • Tuesday, March 17-Tennis Match; Dance Parent/Student Meeting
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Hey Jag Parents!

We hope to see you at parent nights and other programs that we offer this year in order to establish and maintain a collaborative school/home partnership.

Tips from the team

Tips from the team


Weekly, we will send out an article to help with your child and their middle school experience.

Check out this article on: Parents, its your job to get in the way of cell phones

https://hisviewfromhome.com/tough-times-parents-its-your-job-to-get-in-the-way-of-cell-phones/

Course selection information

Course selection information

For more information on all things course selection, please visit the course selection tab our website at: https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/95207.

All students will have a verification period to check their requests from March 16-20. More information coming soon!

No Place for Hate


Mrs. McCune is looking for students/parents to serve on this years No Place for Hate committee. The committee will meet once a month to help plan 3 school wide activities to support acceptance by combating bias, bullying and hatred, and creating and maintaining a positive climate here at SMS. Details about our next meeting coming soon!

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Heritage Day

This year’s Heritage Day is scheduled for Friday, March 6th. We would like for all students to come dressed in attire that represents their culture to celebrate the diversity we have here at SMS.

**If you would like to volunteer for this amazing event, click here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c044fa4a729a1fc1-heritage

We will hold a dress rehearsal for all performances (students, parents, groups, troops, etc.) Thursday, March 5th at 4:15 in the SMS Commons. Please come with music, attire, and anything else you need for your performance so we can practice the show.


Parents - We are encouraging all students to pack a sack lunch on Friday, March 6th. Please plan accordingly. However, if your child still needs to purchase a lunch, it will be a sack lunch from our cafeteria.


**As always, for updates visit our website at https://www.fortbendisd.com/domain/2953.**

Thank you for your continued support of us and our program. We are enjoying to a fantastic year with your students!!

The SMS Counseling Team

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Every February across the United States, teens and those who support them join together for a national effort to raise awareness to teen dating violence. Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. By joining together every February, we can spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts. Click here for more info: https://www.loveisrespect.org/teendvmonth/

As always, for updates visit our website at: https://www.fortbendisd.com/domain/2953.

Thank you for your continued support of us and our program. We are enjoying a fantastic year with your students!!**


-The SMS Counseling Team

AVID

We are currently accepting applications from current 6th and 7th graders for the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID is a college and career readiness system that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. We focus on organization, time management, note taking and learning strategies. Learn about the AVID Program here.


AVID is an elective offered at Sartartia. All students interested must complete an application, which can be accessed here. The application closes on February 28th and we will begin student interviews on March 3rd.


Please contact Jessica Belt at jessica.belt@fortbendisd.com if you have questions.

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PTO NEWS

PAWS FOR CAUSE - JAG CASH DRIVE

Support the PTO by donating to our Annual Cash Drive. Our Goal this year is $25,000. This is the only cash drive for the entire year. With the funds raised, we have plans to build a shade for the bleachers, bring in new technology for our students, fulfill our Teacher Wish Lists, support the fine Arts department and many more. If every Household donates just $10 we will exceed our goal. Now you can donate online by simply clicking the following link or simply visit our website www.sms-pto.org and click on the Donate button on the main page.

Please donate:

SMS PTO Fundraiser


JOIN SMS PTO 2019-2020


It's never too late to join the PTO. There are no joining fees or forms to fill. We are still looking for enthusiastic parents for several positions. Please reach out to Lakshmi K @ koppolu.pto@gmail.com for more details.


AMAZON SMILE


Support Sartartia Middle School PTO while you shop! If you have an amazon.com account - you are eligible to help our school by simply linking your account to an Amazon Smile account. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases back to our school! And now its even easier, download the Amazon Prime Smile app on your phone and order from your phone, its that easy...


Visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0690034 to sign up! It's free!


BOX TOPS GRADE LEVEL CHALLENGE


Our next Box Top fundraiser is underway! The top winner of Box Tops for Spring will receive a pizza party in the courtyard with 3 friends. Turn in your Box Tops to the front office labeled with your name and grade level or scan your receipts. The winner will be announced when classes resume after the winter break.

Also every Friday in February and March, bring in at least 5 box tops to the front office and receive a Tootsie Pop.


SHUTTERFLY PASSIVE FUNDRAISER


A Great Way to shop Gifts for the Holidays and beyond and support your school all at the same time. We’ve made it super easy (and fun) to support us. Simply shop for your Holiday gifts or home Decor through our Shutterfly Storefront to create photo books, keepsakes, gifts, home décor and more—and Shutterfly will donate 8% to our school.


Please help us spread the word by sharing this post with your Family & Friends. Happy shopping!


Sartartia Middle School PTO

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Math-Letics During Spring Break

Dear All,


Math-Letics is returning this year during spring break. We are once again partnering with the Rice Athletics Department for a fun week of math and athletics over spring break March 16-20 for students of grades 6-8 at Rice Stadium and the R Room. You may find out more at rusmp.rice.edu (rotating slide) or to register go to riceowls.com/mathletics


Anne

-- Anne Papakonstantinou, Ed.D.Clinical Professor of Mathematics, Wiess School of Natural SciencesDirector, Rice University School Mathematics Project713-348-6076713-348-5428 (fax)http://rusmp.rice.edu

SARTARTIA SPRING OPEN HOUSE MARCH 19, 2020 @ 6PM

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AHS DANCE CLINIC

AUSTIN HS ANGELS HOSTING JR DANCE CLINIC ON 4/4/20. Registration is $25. For more information, visit https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/122986.

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JAG SPORTS

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Important Allergy Information

Please click this link to read more about our procedures for students with food allergies.

Student Spotlight

Miyanna Gray is a current 6th grader at SMS and she is level-headed and a problem solver. She has a positive attitude and leads others by example with her work ethic. Miyanna's teachers say that one of her best qualities is her heart for people—she takes time to interact with students of all ability levels and makes them feel noticed. Miyanna is the true definition of what it means to be a compassionate citizen in Fort Bend ISD.

Staff Spotlight

Ian Macintyre has been teaching at Sartartia for 15 years. Most people know him as Coach Mac and for many years he taught 8th grade science. Coach Mac is now our Computer Science teacher and he sponsors the Coding Club and Girls Who Code. He loves the real-world opportunities that these clubs and computer science provides for our students as he has seen groups of kids make a real impact in their communities. Coach Mac and his wife have three bouncy, fun, little boys that are 4, 8 and 9 years old. He is not only a big Sartartia Jaguar fan, but he loves the University of Houston. Go Coogs!

Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal

courtney.border@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6314


Brandi Goodly-Counselor

brandi.goodly@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6318


7th grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal

sunday.johnson@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6316


Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor

rachel.mccune@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6319


8th grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal

paul.wells@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6331


Kat Friedel-Counselor

katherine.friedel@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6320