SSMS Weekly Update

JANUARY 28, 2021

Dear SSMS Families,

We've had another excellent week at Sycamore Springs Middle School. We're seeing a positive trend in attendance for both students and staff. During the first semester we hit an all time high for our annual attendance rate at 98.4%. This is an amazing accomplishment and we look forward to outstanding numbers for the spring semester now that we are getting past the peak of the Omicron variant. For students who have been out recently, please be sure to see the note below about making up assignments. Have an outstanding weekend!

Dan Diehl

Sycamore Springs Middle School

Making Up Work from An Absence

Canvas is a powerful tool that provides students and teachers access to course assignments on a 24/7 basis. When students are not able to attend school, they still have access to their coursework if they have internet access. We also understand that some students have been sick and not feeling well. When students are really sick, keeping up with classwork from home may not be possible. Our make up work policy allows students one day per day absent to turn in work after returning from an absence. For example, if a student misses 8 days of school for a quarantine, when they return they have a total of 8 school days to submit the work that was assigned during that timeframe. The student is responsible for communicating with each teacher to determine which assignments need to be completed and submitted. Teachers are available each morning from 8:30 - 8:55 in tutorials to assist students. Of course, we recommend keeping up with assignments in real time if students are well enough to do so. The pacing of many of our classes is fast, so just a few days out will put a student behind, and catching up is much harder than staying caught up.
Congratulations to all of our students of the term

Click here to see all of our students of the term for the 2nd quarter

Pageantry in the Springs

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Tiger Belle Dance Team Tryouts

Calling all 5th, 6th, and 7th-grade students!!! Are you interested in trying out for the 2022-2023 Tiger Belle Dance Team? Come to the mandatory tryout meeting Wednesday, February 2nd at 5:00 pm in the SSMS Cafeteria. Each tryout candidate must have a parent or guardian present at the meeting to be eligible for tryouts. Have questions? Reach out to Mrs. Fife-Marr at

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SSMS Cheer - Mandatory Tryout Meeting

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Rising 9th Grade Showcase

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Get a Yearbook Today!

Hey Tigers! We're halfway through another school year, and that means you don't have much time to purchase a yearbook! Visit today to reserve yours.

While you're there, you can order a yearbook ad for your student! All ads must be purchased, designed and submitted by Feb. 4.

Do you have a 6th or 7th grader who would be interested in working on next year's yearbook? You'll also see a link to apply for yearbook staff!

Thanks for supporting your 2021-2022 SSMS Yearbook Staff!

PTA Announcements

SSMS Staff Valentine Luncheon

Parents, Patrons, and Caregivers! We've survived Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the winter holidays, but we've entered the post New Year doldrums. Please help us show our SSMS teachers and staff some well-deserved appreciation! Let's fill their hearts and bellies by showcasing your favorite warm dishes and desserts.

Sign up here ( to bring in something in a Crockpot / Instant Pot or dessert on February 11th! Lots of smaller items too…

Please also consider a plant or flower arrangement that will be drawn for at the end of the day (the staff and students LOVE this - the lucky names will be called over the intercom!). Donations can be brought in during drop-off, or before 9:30am and hardware / leftovers can be picked up after 1:30pm. This will truly put a little pep in their steps, and we sure do love our SSMS!

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Pride Paw Cart

PRIDE PAW CART is in need of items for the students to purchase with their pride paws ("cash" that is given to them as a reward). Below are some popular items that are requested:

  • Hot Cheetos
  • Pringles
  • Takis Chips
  • Mini Stress Balls

Please bring to the front office and let them know it’s for the Pride Paw Cart!

Or you can check out the wish list on Amazon. Items purchased from the wish list will be automatically sent to Ms. Caroselli.


SSMS News | January 27

Upcoming Events

01/29 - Boys Basketball - A Team District Tournament (Bee Cave Middle School)

01/29 - Girls Basketball - A Team District Tournament (DSISD)

02/02 - Dance Team Tryouts Meeting 5:00 PM (SSMS Cafeteria)

02/03 - SSMS Bands at DSHS for band tour

02/03 - Boys Track & Field - SSMS/DSMS Run Only Meet (SSMS) 4:15 PM

02/03 - Girls Track & Field - SSMS/DSMS Run Only Meet (DSMS) 4:15 PM

02/05 - SSMS Choir - Region Concert

02/09 - NJHS Monthly Meeting 8:00 AM & 4:15 PM

02/10 - Boys Track & Field - SSMS/DSMS 4:15 PM (DSMS)

02/10 - Girls Track & Field - SSMS/DSMS 4:15 PM (SSMS)

02/11 - SSMS PTA General Meeting 8:15 AM

Staff Birthdays

01/29 - Catherine Phillips

02/06 - Kristin Wright

02/08 - Meg Steiner

02/08 - Tara Lindley

02/09 - Amy Hop

02/11 - Madison Evans

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