C.H.S. Chronicles

Clifford H. Smart Middle School: March 13, 2023

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Please feel free to call our main office with any questions at 248.956.3500. You can also email us.

Counseling Secretary: DianeHosey@wlcsd.org

Principal's Secretary: TerriSzymanski@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary: TonyaGray@wlcsd.org

6th Grade Counselor: KathleenHoover@wlcsd.org

7th Grade Counselor: MaureenBratke@wlcsd.org

8th Grade Counselor: JulieBraley@wlcsd.org

Important Dates at Smart

March 13th-Kindergarten Orientation at each elementary school at 6:00 p.m.

March 13th-Chromebook Makeup Pickup Date (more information below)

March 14th-1/2 Day of school for students

March 14th-March 17th 8th Grade Washington DC Trip

March 23-CHS Student Activity Night 6:30-8:00 p.m.

March 23-Religious Diversity Journey Field Trip

March 24-End of 3rd Card Marking

March 27-31 Spring Break/No School

April 2-School Resumes

*Please note that several teachers, Dean of Students Steve Spickard, and Principal Nayal Maktari will be out of the building Tuesday-Friday on our 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip


Smart Start will be on Monday, August 21st from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Spring Testing- PSAT 8 & MSTEP

Following Spring Break students will begin taking the PSAT and MSTEP. Please emphasize to your the child the importance of trying their best and coming in with the right mindset to be ensure they are successful to the best of their ability.


Date: Wednesday April 12, 2023

Time: 8:10am- 11:40am

MSTEP Grades 6-8

Testing Window: April 10-May 19


Hello future CHS families,

We look forward to your child joining us at CHS for the upcoming school year! Below you will find a link to a Google Form titled 6th Grade Encore classes that will be used for scheduling purposes. Please take time as a family to carefully discuss the encore options. I will not be asking you to enter any requests in Skyward as I will take care of entering all requests for you.

The only thing you and your child will need to do for scheduling is complete the google form by Friday, March 17th.

Please remember that your child will engage in the middle school experience. While course preferences are important, it is not a guarantee that all top choices will be available. Our goal is for students to experience all of our encores classes during their three years at CHS.

Google Form-6th Grade Encore Course Selection: https://forms.gle/zbXLhSK4FrbSVyK16.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at juliebraley@wlcsd.org.

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It has been a great year for our children competing on our athletic teams and our 7th grade girl's basketball team continued that with winning the LVC Championship this past week!

Coach Ron Karbowski shared the following:

Clifford Smart seventh grade girls basketball team just completed a 11-1 season by beating Mason middle school for the LVC championship with the score, 24 to 18. The smart girls team avenge their only regular season loss by beating Mason . After a very hard fought first half the score was 10 to 9 smart heading into the second half at the start of the fourth period. The game was tied up at 14 to 14. Both teams were exhausted and giving an outstanding effort trying to take the lead. CHS girls never doubted themselves and continuing fighting on both ends of the floor. Coach Karbowski reminded them what we’ve been talking about all year. Play hard play together play for each other. This group of seventh grade girls bought into each word and achieve their goal of becoming LVC champs.

Principal Nayal Maktari shared the following:

This is a great team but even better children and students. We are extremely proud of the grit, resilience and effort they’ve shown in excelling in the classroom and on the basketball court.


Shepard, Maddy
Roose, Brooklyn
Shea, Emme
Emert, Addison
Raynish, Aspen
Dibra, Adea
Kresbaugh, Aubrey
Bridgeman, Avery
Fredrich, Eliana
Raynish, Peyton
Roden, Belle
Hunter, Morgan
Schafer, Sadie
Younes, Fatima
Younes, Zeinab

I also would like to congratulate our 8th grade girl's basketball team with a successful season and hope they take the resilience and grit they displayed each game next year as members of the Walled Lake Northern High School Girl's Basketball Program.


Walled Lake Schools will be offering a final MAKEUP High School & Middle School Chromebook distribution day at the ESC in Room 900 on Monday, March 13th from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for any secondary families still in need of a Chromebook.

After Monday, March 13th new students or students in need of a device after distribution is complete should contact their school office for forms, payment information and procedure for obtaining a device. PLEASE BE AWARE once forms and payment are received by the IT Department there is a 5 day turn around for delivery of a device to the building for distribution. We are not able to handle walk-in requests for a device after the March 13th distribution day. Students needing immediate access to a device should be referred to building loaner cart procedure.

Please call our main office at 248.956.3500 and speak to someone in our main office if you have any questions.

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Join us on March 13th for Kindergarten Orientation

Reflections Contest Update

Reflections Contest Update: Please join in congratulating the CHS artists whose entries in the National PTA Reflections Art Contest 2022-2023 ("Show Your Voice" theme) have now progressed beyond the District level and advanced to State. They are as follows:

Visual Arts:

Using My Voice by Ellison Brandon—State


Web of Connections by Nigel Levu —State

Echo Valley by Amelia Hamblin —State

Sunset by Nolan Levu —State

Music Composition:

The Song of the Butterfly by Zoey Toton —State


Sunset by Nolan Levu —State

The students above will be honored with a special luncheon at CHS during the school day later this spring!

These winning entries will proceed to a State level round of judging, which is currently pending. We will keep our eye on this process, and fingers crossed for advancement to the National level from there. A "great job" goes out to these Trojans!

Thank you!

Kate Tomasik,

CHS PTSA Reflections Chair


Music Appreciation Club February Update:

Thanks to all the families that came out for the Frank & the Great Ladies of Song concert. We enjoyed learning some fun facts about Frank and learned a little more about his Fan club and the American Songbook. The Concert ended with a montage of Frank's most memorable songs by the fabulous Tony Desare and Capathia Jenkins.

I am collecting photos from any concerts you may have attended for the yearbook. Do send them my way. I will be forwarding them to the folks doing the yearbook. Note, that not all photos forwarded may make it into the yearbook.

Our next Meet is on Sunday, March 12th for the SONDHEIM & BEYOND 3pm concert. We will be meeting at 2:30pm under the Cube sign inside Orchestra Hall for our Club meet. More information and activities for the upcoming concert will be emailed out the week of the concert for Club members.

Soundcard tickets will be available on February 26th. For the best available seating please reserve your tickets as soon as they are available.

Music Appreciation Club Upcoming Concert Dates:

SONDHEIM & BEYOND Sunday, March 12, 2023, 3pm

HOLLYWOOD ROCKS Saturday, April 22, 2023, 8pm


If you are interested in joining, it is not too late. After attending only one concert, your student membership will have paid for itself. See attached PDFs for Club details and fill out this form to join:


We will be learning more about the music, the performances, the artists and attend concerts with the Music of ABBA, music of The Beatles, music from your favorite Hollywood movie, music of Sondheim, music of Star Wars, Star Trek, Aretha Franklin’s music, Jazz songbook classics performed by award winning artists, Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvořák and many more!

Cost: $25 per student membership unlocks one free ticket for the student to almost every Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) 2022-2023 concert series, and up to two companion tickets (bring your parents/sibling/friend/teacher) for $5 each, access to the best seats, access to DSO Replay and online Live streaming performances.

Should you have any questions, see attached Sign-up PDF and FAQ PDF or feel free to contact: monique.levu@gmail.com , 248-301-1415.

I look forward to seeing the families who will be attending our upcoming Sondheim & Beyond Concert.

Monique Levu



Please remind your children to have their devices charged before coming to school and to bring their charger and headphones with them each day.

Thank you for your support!

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Clifford Smart is offering an after school academic opportunity called Homework Club . Homework Club is open to select CHS students and will meet on Thursdays from 3:10-4:00 p.m. starting on Thursday, November 10th

Please click on the tab below and join our newly created CHS Remind 101 text group. You will receive helpful reminders, time sensitive information along with other pertinent texts.

COVID Policy update:

The current COVID-19 policy for the 22-23 school year is as follows:

Students and staff members that test positive are required to stay home for 5 full days from the date of symptom onset, or if asymptomatic from the date of the test. After 5 days have passed and there are no remaining symptoms, individuals may return to normal activities, but must wear a mask through day 10.

Personal or household contacts are not required to quarantine, however it is recommended and encouraged, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask and monitor for symptoms for 10 days.

Symptomatic students/staff will continue to be required to meet one of the following prior to returning to school/work:

· Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

· Provide documentation from a physician indicating a clear alternative diagnosis.

· Exclude from school for minimum of 5 days, mask for 10 days – must be fever free for over 24 hours, with other symptoms improving, prior to returning.

Building administrators and supervisors will continue to notify student families and staff members of possible exposure due to a reported positive case.

Visit the NEW Smart PTSA Website and JOIN PTSA

We have now made it easier than ever to join! Visit our new PTSA site to join: https://www.cliffordsmartptsa.com/shop

Please visit our NEW WEBSITE for all the information and to join SMART PTSA!

The Clifford Smart PTSA is involved and active. We purchase items and sponsor many wonderful projects each year for our students and staff. From the Gap Achievement Program to the Reflections contest and other events in between, we could not provide all of the opportunities or accomplish all of our goals without the generous contributions of time and money from our parent community. Last year, the raised funds were used to completely refinish the floor in the gymnasium – check it out! Please join! You can be involved as much or as little as you want – the choice is yours!


1st Marking period: Citizenship

2nd Marking period: GPA improvement

3rd Marking period: reading completion

4th marking period goal: community service

All students are to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service to qualify for the 4th marking period goal. Students can have accumulated the hours through out the entire year.

The full GAP goal information and recording forms can be found on the CHS GAP goal web page.

PTSA hopes to reward many students for achieving their goals!

Support our PTSA when you shop at Kroger or on Amazon

Please see the flyer below for instructions on how you can raise money for our school without spending an extra dime whenever you shop at these retails.


Have you heard about the GAP Program? This program allows your children to achieve one goal in citizenship, academics, reading and community service during each marking period. Students that complete all four goals during their three years at Smart are honored during their 8th grade year. The goal for each marking period is outlined below:

1st Marking period: Citizenship

2nd Marking period: GPA

3rd Marking period: reading completion

4th marking period goal: community service

**For the first two marking periods, students will automatically obtain their goal if they qualify.

For the last two marking periods, students will need to complete and turn in the forms by below by the dates listed.

Community Service Information:

All students are to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service to qualify for the 4th marking period goal. Students can have accumulated the hours throughout the entire year. Due to Covid-19 and our virtual learning situation, community service hours may look different this year. We will honor hours that involve household chores, assisting younger siblings with online learning/homework, helping around the house or yard, etc.

The reading and community service sheets are in PDF for below or can be completed in a Google Form electronically, here:

Reading GAP: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cRbMupBQqFUF2BgaeM8UqHdT3ZtBblBhPNavKwrYBlM/copy

Community Service: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_s3gySf5l3d8HJ8XRN9jQSKQfpezfIlBAQoZ7t5Klx8/copy

Please contact Jillian Moutafis (JILLYMSU@comcast.net) if you have any questions regarding this program.

Stay connected in GOOGLE CLASSROOM with the Smart Counseling Office:

Hello Smart Families,

The counseling department would like to announce the launch of our Google Counseling Center.This will be a great place to help us stay more connected. Sign up sheets for private meetings, links to office hours, and other resources will be available.

Classroom invitations will be sent out to all students through their student email. Please take a moment to check with your child to see if they have joined their counselor's classroom. Please see below for information on classroom join codes.

We will send the classroom codes out this fall.


Your Smart Counselors

Mrs. Braley, Ms. Hoover and Mrs. Bradke

6th grade counselor: Ms. Hoover- Kathleenhoover@wlcsd.org

7th grade counselor: Mrs. Bratke MaureenBratke@wlcsd.org

8th grade counselor: Mrs. Braley- juliebraley@wlcsd.org

Academic Resources

Family Resources

Attendance Policies for 2022-2023

Please CLICK HERE for the Smart Attendance Polices

Please CLICK HERE for the Smart Attendance Procedures

Please take a minute to read over these documents. They talk about our attendance call in procedures, what happens when students are tardy to class, and other important information regarding proper school attendance.

Please don't hesitate to call Dan Holland, Assistant Principal, with any questions or concerns.

Smart Administrative Team

Nayal Maktari, Principal

Dan Holland, Assistant Principal

Steve Spickard, Dean of Students

Please contact us with positive or constructive feedback, questions, and/or concerns.