SMS Weekly Update 12/7-12/11

“One school, One voice, One family ~ All Together”

Mission, Vision, Core Values & Smart Goals

SMS Vision Statement:

“Sedgefield will be a premier middle school that produces globally competitive leaders.”

SMS Mission Statement:

“Our Sedgefield faculty is committed to providing rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe and personalized learning environment.”

SMS Core Values:







2015-2016 EOG GOALS

40% 4/5 - ELA

35% 4/5 – MATH

55% 4/5 –SCI.

Weekly Meetings

Monday- Data meetings are cancelled. (Leadership Team will be attending ILT

meeting at Coulwood)

Tuesday- Department Planning Meetings

Wednesday- Monthly Professional Development Training (7:45-8:30)

Grade Level Meetings (as determined by GLA)

Thur. & Fri- 1 on 1 Check-ins with facilitators or GLA) Personal planning time

Quick Note From Principal Turner

Good evening SMS Family,

I would like to start this week's newsletter with thanking Mr. Bloom, Ms. McCoy and our testing team for their leadership and guidance with our Winter MAP test administration. This data checkpoint is an essential component of our school improvement efforts. Several teachers have shared with me their results and are already strategizing on how to move forward with instructional interventions to support their scholars' academic progress. I've also visited many classrooms in which teachers were sharing MAP results with their scholars and I watched as scholars beamed with pride as they learned of their progress towards their goals. I also watched other scholars manage disappointment as they learned that they have not made the growth or progress they had anticipated.

We have 10 instructional days left before we get a much needed break for the winter holidays. I'm urging you to see the importance of ensuring that our scholars experience structure, consistency, engaging lessons, challenging and relevant instruction, and loving guidance from 100% of the adults on our campus. It may not seem like it, but 4:30 pm on December 18th will be here before we know it. Let us seize the moment and the opportunity to use our platform as educators to motivate and inspire our scholars to aspire for the excellence and greatness that lies within each and every one of them. Let your teaching, your guidance and your creativity be a change agent that transforms our campus to a culture of achievement in every classroom.

I appreciate you and I look forward to serving alongside of you this week on our campus.

Press onward Spartans!!!

Differentiated Professional Development Facilitated by Teacher Leaders

On Wednesday morning we will have our first differentiated professional development series that will be led by teacher leaders throughout our campus. Please respond to the email that was sent out by Mr. Bloom on Thursday to select the session you would like to attend. Team members who do not select a training via the email that was sent out by Mr. Bloom will be placed into a PD session by their grade level administrator.

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Book Fair December 7th-10th

Our school-wide book fair will be held Monday-Thursday of this week. Please review the email that was sent from Ms. Flash regarding times that our scholars are allowed to come to the book fair.
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Progress Reports and Winter MAP Test Results Distributed to Parents on Friday, Dec. 11th

Progress reports and Winter MAP results will go home with scholars on Friday. More information will be shared on Wednesday with each individual grade level and instructional team (electives, ESL, EC).

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HOUR of CODE on Friday, December 11th

This Friday all of our scholars will participate in the National Hour of Code of event. Mr. Mervin and Ms. Flash have worked hard to bring this wonderful learning opportunity to our scholars. This event will take place during our regular club time on Friday afternoon and will later become a club that is offered to scholars that are interested in learning more about coding.

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2015 Spelling Bee Update

8th grade scholar, Jamilah Pettis did a great job of representing our campus during Friday's West Learning Community Spelling Bee. Jamilah finished 3rd out of 8 contestants and made it to the 5th round of competition. I'm proud of how confident and poised Jamilah was as she competed against scholars from Morehead STEM Academy, Baringer Academic Center, Reid Park and others.
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Girls & Boys Basketball This Week

This week our boys and girls basketball teams and our cheerleaders are back in action. On Monday we have a home game versus Eastway and on Thursday we have a home game versus McClintock. Our girls will play first and the start time is 5:00pm. Come on out and show your support of our talented scholar athletes this week.

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