The Pirate Messenger

October 30, 2022

What is happening this week?

  • Wrestling practice 2:30-5:00 in Annex Gym


  • Girls basketball interest meeting after school
  • Odyssey of the Mind Practice 2:30-4:00
  • Wrestling practice 2:30-5:00 in Annex Gym
  • Fall Art Show in the Media Center 4:30-6:30
  • Piano Performance in Media Center during Family Night
  • Family Night 4:30-6:30 come early for the book fair and other events then stay late for the last football game
  • Last Home Football Game vs. Southwest Middle 6:00


  • Wrestling practice 2:30-5:00 in Annex Gym
  • Boys basketball interest meeting 3:00-3:30 in main gym (any boy in Grade 6, 7, or 8 interested in being a manager should attend too)
  • Cheer Practice 2:30-4:30


  • Odyssey of the Mind Practice 2:30-4:00
  • Wrestling practice 2:30-5:00 in Annex Gym
  • Cheer Practice 2:30-4:30
  • Wrestling @ Dixon Middle 4:00
  • Girls Soccer @ Dixon Middle 4:00


  • Report Cards Go Home
  • Wrestling practice 2:30-5:00 in Annex Gym

Gum and Cell Phone Reminders

  • We have been having an issue with students chewing gum in class and not disposing of it properly. Students have been putting gum under seats and desks, in classroom printers, and in the carpets. Each classroom/grade level has different rules on gum. Please remind your student to abide by these rules and dispose of the gum properly.
  • Swansboro Middle School has a "See it, hear it, take it" policy on cell phones. If students need to communicate with parents during afternoon dismissal, students should alert an adult near them who will allow them to communicate with their parent. The phone should then be put back away.

Battle of the Books

SBMS will have Battle of the Books tryouts on November 7, 2022 from 2:30-4:00. Interested students should see Mrs. Mohr in the Media Center as soon as possible to pick up permission forms.
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Girls Basketball Interest Meeting

An interest meeting for girls basketball will be held after school on Tuesday, November 1st. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please see Ms. Taylor or Ms. Haigh later in the week for the information you missed.

Boys Basketball Interest Meeting

The boys basketball interest meetings will be on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 3:00-3:30 in the main gym. Any student staying after must come sit in the gym and wait with Coach Hunter. Any boy interested in being a manager this year should attend as well (managers can be in grade 6,7, or 8). See Coach Hunter with any questions.

News from the Media Center

The library was a busy place this last week, Mrs. Clark's ELA classes enjoyed a breakout EDU on The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. Mrs. Imhoff's students came in for a book tasting to help them try new genres and fall in love with reading. Later in the week students from Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Synan, Mrs. Imhoff, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Pinkerton & Mrs. Taylor collaborated with the library to have a mini blitz, rewarding students who had all their work done for the first 9 weeks.

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Reminders from our School Nurse...

It is cold and flu season. Please keep your student home if they have a temperature of 100 degrees or over, have had diarrhea or vomiting. Per OCS policy they must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school or NO vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours.

The best way to prevent illness is handwashing, covering you coughs/sneezes, not drinking after one another and vaccines.

Visit Nurse Mollie's webpage for more information about illness prevention and OCS illness policies/procedures. School Nurse / School Nurse (

Upcoming Events...

  • Battle of the Books Tryouts November 7
  • Cheer will practice each day 11/7-11/10 until 4:30.
  • Cheer will have Saturday choreography from 9:00-4:00 on 11/12 (lunch provided)
  • SBMS Annual Food Drive will be November 14th-18th.
  • School Based Enterprise "A Pirate's Touch" Expo at WOHS December 1
  • SBMS Penny Drive will be December 5th-9th
  • Winter Formal Dance December 9 6:00
  • Orchestra Concert December 12 6:00
  • Band Concert December 13 6:00
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North Carolina Compulsory Education Laws

Every state requires children within a specified age range to attend some form of structured schooling, which may include homeschooling or private school instead of public school. North Carolina's compulsory education laws require children between seven and sixteen to attend school, unless they are deemed mentally or physically unable to attend or have immediate needs at home.

Here are some most important details of North Carolina compulsory education laws:

Code Section:

· North Carolina compulsory education laws are found in General Statutes section 115C-378.

Age at Which School Attendance is Required:

· Children between ages seven and sixteen must attend school.

Who Must Make Sure a Child Attends School:

· A child’s parent, guardian, or custodian who has control and care of the child

What Type of Attendance is Required?

· A child must attend school continuously for a period that is equal to the session at the public school where the child is assigned.

· School principals, superintendents, and other designated individuals may excuse students for illness or other unavoidable reason. Attendance records must be maintained by schools and after three unexcused absences in a year, a school must notify a child’s parent or guardian.

Exceptions to Attendance Requirements:

· Exceptions to the attendance requirements must be approved by state board of education. Examples of reasons an exception may be granted include the child’s inability to attend due to mental or physical capabilities or the immediate demands of the home.

Home School Provisions:

If parents choose to home school their children, they must maintain the same minimum curriculum standards as are required of public school, be recognized by Office of Non-Public Schools, and meet conditions of Article 39 of Chapter 115C (including requirements regarding standardized testing and keeping attendance and medical records)

Penalties for Parents for Noncompliance:

· Court, Charges- Parents who fail to follow compulsory education laws may be charged with a misdemeanor and or serve time.

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School Based Enterprise Expo At White Oak High School

SBMS students will be participating in the OCS School Based Enterprise Expo at White Oak High School on December 1, 2022. The SBMS School Based Enterprise is "A Pirates Touch". Students design and sell various greeting cards. Every student in the adaptive classes has a role in the process from cutting and gluing to painting, stamping and preparing them for sale. Students practice life and social/communication skills during the Expo by greeting customers, assisting with their needs and making necessary change. The public is welcome and invited to attend this event!

Traffic Reminder

All traffic entering the school should use Norris Rd. No traffic will be allowed to turn into the school at the Queens Creek Rd. traffic light.

We anticipate a lot of traffic on campus during the first few weeks of school. Please be patient and kind while driving on campus. Remember SAFETY IS A PRIORITY!

2022-2023 School Hours

School Hours--7:15-2:25

Car riders may begin unloading at 6:50 a.m. *Please do not drop students off before this time*

First bell rings at 7:10

Tardy bell rings at 7:15

Students will be dismissed at 2:25

NC School Bus Law Reminder

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Please Keep Your Contact Information Updated

Swansboro Middle School, and the Onslow County School District frequently use email, text message, and automated calls to communicate announcements and important information to our families. We would like to encourage all parents to provide their most updated phone numbers and email addresses to the school. To update your information, you may visit SBMS and speak with someone in guidance, or you may download the student contact form. UPDATE FORM
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