SMS Scoop

January 21, 2019

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Geography Bee Finalists

Congratulations to all SMS students that participated in the preliminary round of the National Geographic Geography Bee. Hundreds of students battled it out on paper and these eleven students posted the highest scores: Caden Richardson (7), Leslie North, Zachary Taylor, Sydney Craig, Isaiah Foster, Mason Hall, Ben Craig, Sarthak Patel, Jace Schexnayder, Alex Spaulding, and Peyton Preston. These folks will compete in the finals on Friday! Good luck and thanks to the SS department teachers for offering this academic challenge!

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Give What You CAN

Our local food bank, the Scott County Clearinghouse, is low on donations and family need is growing! Therefore, from January 28th through February 1st, SMS and SCSD2 will hold a canned food drive to benefit the Clearinghouse. Bring canned or non-perishable boxed foods to your homeroom any or every morning next week. All schools in our district will be participating.

At SMS, the homeroom with the most cans donated will win a pizza party courtesy of our Student Council. Everyone can start bringing in their canned goods on Monday, January 28th! The council will be collecting all of the canned goods on Friday, February 1st.

Please donate to help those in our community who need it most! Give what you CAN.

Climate Survey Executive Summary #2

Check out the second segment of SMS Climate Survey HERE. This segment includes student perceptions of respect, collaboration, character, and negative activities. Here are some quick points:

  • Respondents reported high degrees of respect for the administration and teachers but much lower levels of respect for supervision aides and subs. WHY IS THIS? Respect should not be connected to title or role. Warriors should respect EVERY adult in our building!
  • Respondents report that staff members get along well at SMS. We are glad that you see staff collaborating and enjoying our work.
  • Only 62% of respondent students report that they get along great or good with each other. Another 29% reported that students got along 'fair' and 10% felt that students did not get along well. WHAT CAN WE DO TO IMPROVE THIS FOR STUDENTS?
  • Students report hearing profanity and gossip at a high rate. They also report ignoring as their primary response. They report seeing vandalism and cheating at a very low rate. HOW DOES PROFANITY AND GOSSIP IMPACT SMS?
  • Students feel connected to parents, teachers, and peers at a relatively high rate. CONNECTION is important at SMS!

We'll be discussing these data points in HR starting in February. Start thinking now about how we can improve these climate deficits!

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ILEARN Readiness Test- Monday

SMS will join schools across the state next Monday morning by participating in the ILEARN Readiness Test. This 'test' is not about student performance. Instead, it is about infrastructure performance. Does the app work? Can the testing company network handle the volume of student answers at one time? Each wing will take the short test during a special 45-minute homeroom session Monday morning.

Early Dismissal January 30th

All SCSD2 schools will operate on an Early Dismissal schedule on Wednesday, January 30th. SMS students will be dismissed at 12:55. Teachers will participate in professional development activities. SMS teachers will take their required ILEARN proctor training and will learn another signpost for Close Reading. Even though this event is over a week away, it's not too early to start planning for your early dismissal!

Recyclers Need You!

As you know, SMS has a recycling team! This important group of students helps our school and our environment by helping us recycle paper and cardboard. You've likely seen these students emptying containers in your classroom. Now the team is ready to up their game! They would like us to do more bottle and can recycling! We put a lot of our bottled and canned drinks in the trash instead of in the can/bottle recycling containers.

The recyclers would like to know you support them and their cause. Please sign the recycling banner in the lunch room tomorrow or Friday. We'll then hang the banner and we'll learn more about recycling from our team!

FACS Club Fundraiser: Let's Get Pampered!

Do you need any new cookware or tools for the kitchen? If you answered yes, the FACS Club fundraiser might be for you! From now until February 15th, your family can order through Pampered Chef. If you decided to order, a portion of the total sales will be donated to the FACS Club to help offset the cost of food for club activities. To support our club, go to and place your order. All orders are shipped directly to your home! If you have any questions feel free to ask Mr. Shoultz. Thanks for your support!

Spring Sports

Even though we have snow on the ground, spring sports are just around the corner! SMS offers Baseball, Coed Golf, Softball, Boys/Girls Track, and Girls Tennis in the spring. All students will need a sports physical on file and will need to be academically eligible in order to tryout for a team. Specific start dates and signup information will be announced soon.

  • Baseball - may have cuts, open to 7th and 8th grade - no weekend games

  • Golf - may have cuts (not usually) coed, open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade

  • Softball - may have cuts, open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade - no weekend games

  • Tennis - may have cuts, open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls

  • Track - no cuts, open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Smith or Mrs. Manns in the office.

This Week...

Mon. Jan. 21: SNOW DAY (Make-up day is February 18th)

Tue. Jan. 22: SNOW DAY (Make-up day is Monday, March 18th)

Wed. Jan. 23: A day, Cross, 6/7/8 BB v. Charlestown

Thu. Jan. 24: B day, Student Council, Archery, Science Olympiad, Winterguard, 7 BB @ MSC Championship, 6 BB v. Southwestern, 7/8 GB @ Highland Hills

Fri. Jan. 25: A day, Yearbook Group Picture Day, Geo Bee Finals 2 PM,

Sat. Jan. 26: Bot Warrior VEX Competition, 7/8 BB v. Scottsburg Invitational, Wrestling v. Lil Warrior Rumble (at SHS McClain Hall)