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.

Parents: We Need Your Help!

Parents: We Need Your Help!

As part of our continuous improvement process at Sparkman Middle School, we are conducting a Title I Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.
To access the survey, please use the following link:

http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/8422277


Please be assured that your response to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and your support of Sparkman Middle School.

SMS Parents who take the survey will have a chance to win one of 5, $25 gift cards! Email jdwhitt@mcssk12.org after you finish the survey to be entered in the drawing. Thanks.

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First Priority

  • Meets in the gym at 8:00 AM on Fridays.
  • All students, teachers, and staff are invited to attend.

MAY 2018

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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

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BUS REMIND

Join the Bus Remind group to get bus information. Text @smsbusr to 81010.

EMAIL

Join the Sparkman Middle School Parent Email Group

https://groups.google.com/a/madison.k12.al.us/forum/#!forum/smslist

TEXT MESSAGING

Join our SMS Parent Remind group.

Text @sparkmanm to 81010

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/sparkmanmiddle/

Twitter- www.twitter.com/sparkmanmiddle

Instagram- @sparkmanmiddle

New York Field Trip Facebook Group

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

House System Information

Students were sorted into "houses" at the beginning of the new semester. Throughout the remainder of the school year and their time at Sparkman Middle, this will be their team. Their team earns points for exemplifying good character, winning competitions, showing school pride, and many other things. Each house has a unique name, color, virtues, and character traits. Whenever a student earns points, those points are added to their house total. Houses will be rewarded periodically for having the highest point total. The purpose of house/ team concept is to build a sense of family and to positively reinforce good behavior through the tenants of the Cougar Creed.
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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/

Sign Up to Round Up

Your pocket change can add up for students in Madison County!! It might be a penny, it might be 25 cents, it might be 99 cents, but it will be no more than $11.88 a year. Sign Up to Round Up!

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!!
http://www.hsvutil.org/myhsvu…/checkbill/roundup/signup.html

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Want to See Your Business Ad in Our Newsletter?

Contact jdwhitt@madison.k12.al.us for details.

Disclaimer

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The Madison County School District does not discriminate in admission, treatment, or access to programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious preference, disability, age, gender, citizenship, non-English speaking ability, or homeless status. Students with disabilities will be provided with the same needed supports and services for extracurricular programs and activities that are provided during the school day, unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the program and activity.