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Sartartia MS -- Exemplary Education Every Day --2.21.2020


Hello Jag Families,

We are excited that this week brings our fifth grade parents to campus for our Fifth Grade Parent Night on Monday, February 25th, and the fifth graders will visit campus in the following days. Please read more about that below or on our campus web page. This is always an exciting time!

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  • Friday, February 21-Theater Spring Show 6:30pm
  • Monday, February 24-5th grade Parent Night @ 6pm
  • Tuesday, February 25th-CSE 5th grade visits; TENNIS MATCH
  • Tuesday, February 25th-Choir Concert 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, February 26-BBE and WSE 5th Grade visits; Students Wear College Gear for a Raffle during Lunches
  • Wednesday, February 26-TRACK MEETS (Schedule Attached)
  • Friday, February 28-Spirit Day-Wear SMS Gear
  • Friday, February 28-SMS Spring Dance Show 6:30pm
  • Saturday, February 29-Band Master Classes; Robotics at IFly Stem Event; STEAM Fest
  • Monday, March 2-STUCO Talent Show Auditions
  • Tuesday, March 3-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

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

Check out this article on: Survive Your Middle Schooler's Changing Behavior


Course selection information

All students now have their course selection worksheets for the 20-21 school year.

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

Current 6/7th - All course selection worksheets are due to your grade level counselor by February 21st. This is also the last day for your child to change any of their course requests in SKYWARD.

Current 8th - High school counselors will be on campus the week of February 17 to help students input their 4 year plan and course selection into Skyward.

Please complete these items by February 21 at 4pm:

  • Students choose and sign for their endorsement
  • Parents approve endorsement in Skyward
  • All 4 year plans/course selection in Skyward

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.

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


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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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.


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!


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.


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 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


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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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Important Allergy Information

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

Student Spotlight

Ethan Lee is currently an exceptional 8th grade SMS student. Ethan loves to read and always has a book in his hand. He is one of the founding members of the SMS Harry Potter Club and an active member of the Gaming Guild. He is passionate about theater and will be helping out in the SMS play this Friday. Outside of school for fun he does martial arts and loves to play with his dog, Maxx. Ethan Lee is a wonderful leader at Sartartia!!

Staff Spotlight

Megan Wallace has been teaching Theatre at Sartartia Middle School since 2009. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and a minor in Communication Studies She has taught hundreds of students and produced a countless number of plays that push students to refine their ideas into the best performance possible. Mrs. Wallace loves teaching theatre because it helps equip students with skills for life. Mrs. Wallace and her husband have two kids, Spencer and Lillian. They love doing things as a family and exploring new places and ideas. Mrs. Wallace is an invaluable member of our staff and is always the first to try new ideas and come up with innovative solutions for her class and our school.

Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal



Brandi Goodly-Counselor



7th grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal



Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor



8th grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal



Kat Friedel-Counselor