SMS Scoop

December 10, 2018

It's Spirit Week!!

The SMS Student Council will be holding a Spirit Week this week. All students and staff members are invited to participate. As announced last Friday, today was Christmas Sock Day. Check out the rest of this week's events!


  • Tuesday = Christmas Pajama day. This will be a special fundraiser for Riley Children’s Hospital. Buy your PJ permit for a donation of $1 or more! Participants can wear any PJ pants or onesies. For safety, please wear normal school shoes (no slippers).
  • Wednesday = Christmas Cap day. Celebrate the season with any Christmas or holiday-themed cap/hat. No permits are required.
  • Thursday = Ugly Christmas Sweater day. The uglier the better!
  • Friday = Christmas Character day. Choose a holiday-based character and dress to impress! Hats may be worn in conjunction with character costumes.

We are excited to see your Christmas spirit!

Details, Details

We've got a lot going on in the next two weeks! We've got to finish up our semester, tidy up and turn in our iPads, listen to some beautiful music, and celebrate the season! Make note of all of these details.


  • Friday, December 21st is the final day of our grading period and semester. Anticipate teachers announcing clear and firm deadlines for work. Be sure you complete all work to the best of your ability.
  • Need to do some last minute shopping? The SMS Art Club will be selling ornaments and cards on Dec. 19, 20, and 21 before school in the main hall. See next week's Scoop for more info!
  • SMS will be collecting iPads for break. Homerooms teachers will be collecting them at the end of next week. Bring your iPad and cover. You can leave your charger at home. Students will be given an iPad wipe at check-in. Students are encouraged to clean up their Drives by foldering critical work. iPads will be re-distributed in a homeroom our first day back in January.
  • SMS students will be giving us all the gift of music next week. The 6-7-8 bands will perform Monday, December 17th at 7:00 PM in the SMS west gym. The middle and high school choirs will perform on Tuesday, December 18th at 6:00 PM at the SHS McClain Hall.


January Details


  • SMS students will return to school on Tuesday, January 8th. This will be a "B" day. All students will start in a brief homeroom (to pick up iPads.)
  • Sixth- and seventh-graders will start new related arts rotations. Ignite will have Art/A and FACS/B. Tribe will have FACS/A and Art/B. Cool Rays will have PE/A and SH/B. Dream Team will have SH/A and PE/B.
  • First semester report cards will be available in Harmony by Wednesday, January 9th.

Late Start Wednesday

SCSD2 will have a two-hour late start on Wednesday, December 12th. School will start at 10:05. Buses will run two hours late. The office will open at 7:30 for students that must be dropped off early due to parent work schedules. SMS teachers will be studying our new NWEA data and will be learning about two more Close Reading signposts.

Quick Notes

The state highway department is planning to close Highway 356 at the railroad crossing near Vienna-Finley on December 11th and 12th in order to continue work on the side track. If your path to or from school includes that area, make plan for a few extra miles and minutes!


fUNdraisers earning the Pizza Partner lunch will eat on Friday, Dec. 14th. Pizza earners and their designated guest should report to the Fishbowl during lunch. All pizza participants are responsible for their own beverage that day.


Elective course change request forms are due in the office by Thursday, December 20th. If you need a form, pick one up in the office.


SHS Guidance Counselors will be visiting 8th-grade study halls this week to meet with individual students and complete freshman course request sheets.

Meet Mrs. Pelaez

SMS is pleased to welcome Mrs. Tiffaney Pelaez to our team! Mrs. Pelaez is serving with Americorps, specifically helping with the 8th grade Life Literacy program. She'll also be providing support with 8th-grade guidance activities in Study Hall. Welcome, Mrs. Pelaez.

This Week...

Mon. Dec. 10: B day, Bot Warrior League Event, Yearbook, Builders Club Board, Pep Club Ugly Sweater Night at basketball games, 6 BB v. Brownstown, 7/8 BB v. Seymour, 7/8 GB @ Austin

Tue. Dec. 11: A day, Archery, Science Olympiad, Winterguard, 6 BB v. Seymour, 6 GB (A only) v. Seymour

Wed. Dec. 12: B day, Cross, 2-Hour Delay, 7/8 GB @ Southwestern

Thu. Dec. 13: A day, Student Council am, FACS Holiday Party, Science Olympiad, Builders Club Cradle Project, 7/8 BB v. OLPH

Fri. Dec. 14: B day

Sat. Dec. 15: 7/8 GB v. Scottsburg Invitational, 6 BB @ Holiday Tourney, 6 GB @ Holiday Tourney