COUGAR NATION

STRONG. INNOVATIVE. FEARLESS.

Sparkman Middle School

Principal: Russ O'Rear- rorear@mcssk12.org

Assistant Principal : Rhonda Booth- rbooth@mcssk12.org

Assistant Principal: Jennifer Whitt- jdwhitt@mcssk12.org

Mission: The mission of Sparkman Middle School is to educate each child to his or her highest potential.

Motto: I will be an independent learner who is self-motivated, disciplined, and committed to achieve.


Our plan for continuous improvement at SMS is located on our website. We invite parents to submit comments or suggestions in writing to administration.


Sparkman Middle Student/ Parent Handbook

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Our Parent & Student and Bus Remind Groups for the 2018-2019 school year have been created. Please join today for your chance to win a $25 gift card to Zaxby's. The drawing for this gift card and the survey gift cards will be held next Friday, 5/18.
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Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders

6th Grade Summer Reading Challenge

The challenge is on: Ready...Start...Read! SMS challenges you to read as many of the following books as you can this summer. You will be recognized when school starts for what level you reached according to how many different genres you read. Are you up for the challenge?


Realistic Fiction:


Schooled by Gordon Korman

Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has always been home schooled on a commune until his teacher and hippie grandma, Rain, falls out of a tree. Suddenly he finds himself enrolled at Claverage Middle School. Cap initially has no idea how to navigate the complex world of middle school, but eventually the students there realize they have as much to learn from Cap as he does from them.


Mystery:

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The game is "Who Killed Sam Westing," and the winner receives his estate, worth millions. Sixteen people, all residents of Sunset Towers --- an apartment building on Lake Michigan --- are named as heirs to the fortune. They are split into eight unusual pairs and given clues to solving the murder.


Fantasy:

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Always trouble-prone, the life of teenager Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) gets a lot more complicated when he learns he's the son of the Greek god Poseidon. At a training ground for the children of deities, Percy learns to harness his divine powers and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime: he must prevent a feud among the Olympians from erupting into a devastating war on Earth and rescue his mother from the clutches of Hades, god of the underworld.


Non-Fiction:

Because They Marched by Russell Freeman

For the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newberry Medalist Russell Freedman has written a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights. Illustrated with more than forty photographs, this is an essential chronicle of events every American should know.




Adventure:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Thomas wakes up in a strange elevator, with memories lost and no idea what is going to happen. He is accepted into a glade full of other teenage boys who call themselves "Gladers." After learning about the Maze that surrounds them all, Thomas becomes obsessed with finding a way out, which could mean certain death.


Historical Fiction:


Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Out of the Dust is a story that uses verse to tell the story of Billie Jo Kelby's life on a farm during the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. After Billie Jo’s mother dies, she dreams of leaving home but realizes she will never overcome her struggles if she doesn’t stay and face them.


Science Fiction:


The Giver by Lois Lowry

Jonas lives in a highly controlled society of the future where individual identity does not exist. He receives the memories of humanity, good and bad, from the current Receiver, a wise old man called the Giver. When Jonas realizes that people in the past had freedom, choices, and emotions, he devises a risky plan to restore society to the way it once was.




Rising 7th grade Summer Reading Challenge


The challenge is on: Ready...Start...Read! SMS challenges you to read as many of the following books as you can this summer. You will be recognized when school starts for what level you reached according to how many different genres you read. Are you up for the challenge?


Realistic Fiction:


Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Considered by many to have a cognitive disability, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy is trapped inside her body, determined to make a mark in the world in spite of her physical limitations.


Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.


Historical Fiction:


Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded-for-life for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving obituaries, molten wax, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, and countless bloody noses.


Fantasy:


Powerless by Matthew Cody

Daniel Corrigan and his parents have just moved to Noble's Green, Pennsylvania, when Daniel (who's a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and therefore a careful observer) notices something odd about his neighbor Mollie and her friends. While they may look like ordinary kids, all of them have superhuman abilities that they use to keep the town safe.


Non-Fiction:


Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown. This is a Graphic Novel.

Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Property damage topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—but also of the darker side of humanity.


Adventure:


Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Pax, a fox, and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own.


Mystery:


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

This is the story of two young children who run away from home to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art...and find themselves in the heart of a mystery.

Science Fiction:


Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Kira, who has a deformed leg, is orphaned and must learn to survive in a society that normally leaves the weak or disabled exposed to die in the fields. However, Kira begins to learn an art that spares her life, but she also learns more about the truth of her village and its terrible secrets.


Rising 8th grade Summer Reading Challenge


The challenge is on: Ready...Start...Read! SMS challenges you to read as many of the following books as you can this summer. You will be recognized when school starts for what level you reached according to how many different genres you read. Are you up for the challenge?


Realistic Fiction:


Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck faces many challenges, including an abusive father, a brother traumatized by Vietnam, suspicious teachers and police officers, and isolation, but when he meets a girl known as Lil Spicer; he develops a close relationship with her and finds a safe place at the local library.


Historical Fiction:


Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child.


Fantasy:


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.


Non-Fiction:


The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century's most important trials -- one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination. The Nazi Hunters is the thrilling and fascinating story of what happened between these two events.


Adventure:


Girl, Stolen by April Henry

When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.

Mystery:

Trash by Andy Mulligan

A group of fourteen-year-old boys, who make a living picking garbage from the outskirts of a large city, finds something special and mysterious that brings terrifying consequences.


Science Fiction:


The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Jackson Opus has always been persuasive, but he doesn't know that he's descended from the two most powerful hypnotist bloodlines on the planet. He's excited to be accepted into a special program at the Sentia Institute -- but when he realizes he's in over his head, Jackson will have to find a way to use his powers to save his friends, his parents, and his government.


Printable Versions by Grade Level

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August 1st- First Day of School

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Sparkman Middle MERGE DAY 2018

OUR FIRST EVER MERGE DAY was a huge success! Thank you to the many people and businesses who helped make this happen for our students! Publix, SMS PTO & Diana Lindsey, MXR PTO, Shababy's, Max Barkley Livestock, First National Bank, House of the Harvest, Flowers Bakery, Faculty & Staff from SMS, HES, and MXR, Cougar Senate, Student Volunteers from SHS!


Merge Day Video:

https://www.facebook.com/sparkmanmiddle/videos/1987829684624915/


News Coverage:

WHNT 19- http://whnt.com/2018/05/15/fifth-graders-ease-their-fears-about-entering-middle-school-with-a-merge-day/


WAAY 31- http://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Sparkman-Middle-School-hosts-Merge-Day-for-elementary-students-482732301.html

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Dear Parent/ Guardian,


I hope you and your family are settled in after the holidays. This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Bad weather, car trouble, etc. can keep parents from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and illnesses that often come with the winter months.


These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class. These absences can result in lower test scores and grades. There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.


  1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can help out when you are in a bind. If you’re stuck, call the school. We can connect you with other parents or staff members who can help.

  2. Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they have hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor or the school nurse about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return. The attached handout offers some tips about when children are too sick for school.

If your child has 8 or more absences (excused or unexcused) for this school year they are considered chronically absent. Please let us know how we can help. We want all of our students to succeed, and that means attending school every day possible.


Sincerely,

Jennifer H. Whitt

Assistant Principal/ Attendance POC

Outside Drink Policy

Drinks may only be brought on the bus or in the school building if they are in a sealed container and in a lunch bag or backpack. Students may not walk the halls with drinks or food in hand. Students may only take them out in the classroom during break or in the cafeteria during lunch. Teachers may make exceptions for special classroom activities.

Students may use refillable water bottles during after-school, extracurricular activities.


NOT ALLOWED: fast food drinks or coffees, open water, open sodas, open drinks of any variety, mugs, Yeti- style cups, refillable bottles or jugs


Items not meeting these guidelines will be confiscated by school staff.

DRESS CODE FAQ

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Dr. Henry Griggs

Thank you for your continued support of Sparkman Middle School!


Monrovia Orthodontics

1047 Jeff Rd., Suite 3
Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: 256-489-3065

http://www.griggs-orthodontics.com/

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By rounding up your utility bill to the nearest dollar each month, you help invest in the future of students in Huntsville City, Madison County and Madison City school systems. The Round Up Program was started by The Schools Foundation and Huntsville Utilities to support local public school systems.

Visit this link to sign up and then tell your friends! Talk about an easy way to support education!!
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