Scarborough Middle School

Family Newsletter for 10-1-2021

Hello Scarborough Middle School Families,

Please take a close look at this week’s Friday Family News. There are lots of important pieces of information included this week. First, we want to let you know that MEA testing at the middle school begins in two weeks. Please see the information below for the testing dates and the details for this year’s state assessment. Second, please see the updated Maine DOE Covid Pre-Screening Tool which has been updated to include “new cough” as a listed symptom for staying home.


Kathy Tirrell, Principal

David Currier, Assistant Principal


Important Upcoming Dates

October 11 - Monday

  • NO SCHOOL - Indigenous Peoples Day

October 20 - Wednesday

  • Early Release - 12:55pm

October 27 - Wednesday

  • Picture Retake Day - 8am - 9:30am

October 28 - Thursday

  • Influenza Clinic at SMS - starts at 7:30am

November 5 - Friday

  • End of Quarter 1

November 11 - Thursday

  • NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
November 8, 9, 10, and 12
November 15, 16 17
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Late Nights are Tuesday, 11/9 and Tuesday, 11/16

November 17 - Wednesday

  • Early Release - 12:55pm


MEAs for English/Language Arts and Mathematics

Please take a moment to read through the letter from the SPS Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Monique Culbertson, regarding the upcoming MEA's for English/Language Arts and Mathematics.

SMS MEA Testing Dates are as follows:

  • October 13: Mathematics

  • October 14: Reading

  • October 15: Language Use


SMS Flu Clinic 21-22

October 1, 2021

Dear Middle School Families,

The Middle School will be having an influenza vaccination clinic on Thursday, October 28th at 7:30 a.m. We will be partnering with Northern Light Home Care & Hospice to provide this clinic for our students. Please click on the link below and complete the consent form by October 21st. You must type something into all highlighted fields, so please use NA if it doesn’t apply. Although the vaccine is provided at no charge, there is a cost to administer the vaccine. We appreciate it if you include accurate insurance information. Children presenting with an incomplete form will not receive their vaccine. There is no out of pocket cost and those without insurance will be vaccinated with the appropriate form completed.

Scarborough Schools Influenza Consent

Vaccine Information Sheet

Vaccine Information Statement

You will be notified if there is a change in the planned dates of school flu clinics. The Vaccine Information Sheets are included in the link after the consent form. Please take a minute to read these.

If you need a translated form or are unable to complete an electronic form, please let the school nurse know and we will send a paper form home.

For information about flu and the vaccine go to For questions about the flu vaccine, call Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention (Maine CDC) at 1-800-867-4775, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

For questions about the vaccine clinics at your school, please call your school nurse at (207) 730-4800.


Diane Nadeau, Ph.D.

Assistant Superintendent


SMS Picture Days - RETAKES!

The SMS school picture Retake Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27. A new picture ID with Lifetouch for the Retake Day will be shared as we get closer to the event.

You can still order pictures from our most recent picture day through MyLifetouch, using the SMS picture ID EVTMKKSR6. However, this picture ID will close once LifeTouch begins to process the order.

Big picture


Maine Integrated Youth Survey 2021-2022

On Friday, October 29th students in our school will be taking part in an anonymous survey. An anonymous survey is when the students do not give us their names. About 96,000 Maine students have been asked to take the survey. The survey will take about one class period. Below are the answers to some questions you may have about the survey.