Smith's Knightly News
September 16th, 2022
Smith Middle School
Mission: The purpose of Smith Middle School is to ensure learning for all members of our school community.
Vision: Smith will be a safe environment where diversity is embraced, and the needs of the whole child are met through innovation and collaboration. With the resources available, the Smith community will strive to provide an engaging, challenging academic experience, while promoting a balance between emotional, academic, and social needs, contributing to the success of all students.
Smith's New Administration
A NOTE FROM MR. BRINKS
Hi Smith Families,
It has been a great first week for me at Smith! Thank you for the warm welcome. I’ve really enjoyed being able to visit classrooms and get to know your students. It was wonderful to connect with so many of you as well at our PTO meeting and Curriculum Night this week.
If you attended either of these two events, you had the opportunity to hear about the exciting Troy Schools Bond that is on the November 8 ballot. This bond proposal will address infrastructure upgrades district-wide and provide modern learning environments for all students, with the goal of increasing opportunities and enhancing teaching and learning.
One significant component of this bond will be to design and build a brand-new Smith Middle School to replace our current building and better meet the needs of our students and staff! We will be continuing to share more about the bond proposal in the coming weeks, but please take a few minutes to watch the message below from Dr. Machesky and you can read more about the bond on the Troy School website at: https://www.troy.k12.mi.us/bond-2022
Have a great weekend,
A NOTE FROM MRS. CONATON
We had a fantastic full week of school here at Smith Middle School. Students are beginning deep learning inside the classrooms with their teachers and peers. Last week I visited classrooms to discuss building wide expectations, emphasizing SAFETY as a driving factor for our discussion. We connected the core Smith values of Responsibility, Respect, Perseverance, and Compassion to common expectations and interactions with one another throughout the school day. I am really looking forward to a great year working with our Knight family!
Thank you for your presence during Curriculum night this week. It was refreshing to see so many of you in the building connecting with your student’s teachers. It will be important for you to access your student’s Schoology page to monitor coursework. If you are having any trouble accessing Schoology, please reach out to our Schoology Parent/Student liaison, Mr. Gareth Eve at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDIA CENTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
The Smith Media Center needs your help!
We are looking for parent volunteers to help monitor our media center this year during lunch time on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:15 am to 1 pm. The primary responsibility is to be an adult presence in the Media Center to supervise students, to shelve books, and to use the computer to check out books. We will train you on the computer and how to shelve library books.
If you would like to volunteer, please use this link to sign up to attend our volunteer training session on Thursday, September 29, from 10 -11 am: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FACA92DAAFA7-smith1
Please bring with you a copy of your driver’s license and a completed Volunteer Background Form, which you can find here: https://www.troy.k12.mi.us/community-links/volunteer-background-form.
Any questions, please email Mrs. Chatel at email@example.com. If you are interested but can’t make the training, please let Mrs. Chatel know.
If you haven't already made your $25 per student donation to support our PTO activities, please consider doing so.
You can make your donation via School Pay, Venmo (@SmithKnightsPTO) or by making a check out to "Smith PTO" and turning it into the Main Office.
Smith's PTO appreciates your help.
LUNCH INFORMATION...IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ!!!
- Lunch is not free for all students this year. Families who qualify for free or reduced meals, must complete the 2022-23 application, which is available on the district's website or by clicking this link https://www.troy.k12.mi.us/departments/food-service/free-reduced-lunch-program.
- If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you may begin depositing money into your student's account at any time via SchoolPay. They can also pay with cash and the cash will be deposited into your student's lunch account at the register.
- Breakfast: $2.00 Lunch: $3.50 - $4.00
- STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR ID'S ON THEM IN ORDER TO PURCHASE SCHOOL LUNCH.
JOIN CROSS COUNTRY!!
Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students interested in participating in Cross Country this fall. Our first practice is Thursday, September 8th from 3:05-4:00 pm. Please bring clothes to run it. We will hand out the practice calendar and begin our training for the IM Cross Country meet in October. Forms and important information will be available in room 15 and on the Schoology Group. See the flyers in the hall for more information and the Schoology Group code.
We will practice twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday until 4:00. Please arrange for your ride to pick you up immediately after practice. If you have questions, see Mrs. Lerdahl or Mrs. Glab.
JOIN ROBOTICS CLUB!
Enrollment for Smith Robotics club is currently open. Smith has 5 Robotics team competing in First Tech Challenge https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc.
This program is open to all middle school students. If interested in joining an existing team or forming a new team please enroll using the provided link below. Smith Robotics will host an open house next week. More information will be send via E-mail.
SMITH DROP OFF CART PROCEDURES
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