SMS Bulletin

5.4.2015

Teacher Appreciation: May 4-8

This is a special week to celebrate all of the wonderful teachers at SMS. I want to thank all of the teachers for the encouragement and guidance you provide for our students every day! I feel blessed to work with an outstanding group of teachers and am honored to be your colleague.


To celebrate, our PTO is providing a treat in teacher's mailboxes on Monday and a delicious luncheon on Thursday. On Wednesday there will be a COFFEE CART set up in the staff lounge from 8:00-10:00 am. Stop by and enjoy a cup or two!

ISTEP

We continue with Language Arts and 6th grade science testing this week. Please stay on top of any communication from Andrea and Lee and remember that students and staff cannot have cell phones in the testing rooms. We appreciate your help.

4 Star Status

I want to provide an update regarding our status as a 4 Star school. We did not receive this distinction for the 13/14 school year from the Indiana Department of Education. A 4 Star distinction is awarded to schools if a school's ISTEP results are in the top 25th percentile in six different categories when compared to all middle schools in the state of Indiana. The categories used are; total combined passing percentage for math and language arts and percentage of students who passed both tests, for each grade level. We missed this distinction in one category (6th grade combined passing percentage). This is our current groups of 7th grade students.


Schmucker is an "A" rated school, thanks to the excellent partnership between our parents, teachers and students.

Advisory

5/4: One Book/One School, ISTEP (ELA) Periods 1,2,3

5/5: One Book/One School, ISTEP (ELA) Periods 4,5,6

5/6: One Book/One School, ISTEP (ELA) Periods 1,2,3

5/7: One Book/One School, ISTEP (ELA) Periods 4,5,6

5/8: No Advisory (Regular Schedule): 6th Science ISTEP


Please complete this anonymous survey. We are considering adding advisory days and are seeking staff feedback.

https://docs.google.com/a/phm.k12.in.us/forms/d/1_a4tfFFMuIcG3sp64aayrw7lsDM4Fcbnnz7cJKgpifc/viewform

Using Technology to Enhance Instruction

We will soon communicate when we will be providing 1/2 day PD for the different content groups.


Also, please sign up to attend the PHM Technovation this summer if you are able.

http://phmtech15.phmschools.org/

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