Scarborough Middle School

Family Newsletter for 8.25.2023

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Hello Scarborough Middle School Families,

Welcome back to school! We are excited to begin school next week and are looking forward to meeting our new students as well as getting reacquainted with our returning students.

Scarborough Middle School is committed to promoting a positive and productive environment that is both physically and emotionally safe for our school community. We will be spending time during the first couple of weeks on team building activities and learning key procedures and protocols. We will also continue to teach, model, and practice SMS PRIDE across all learning environments and recognize students who are demonstrating SMS Pride in a variety of ways as the year unfolds.






Please take a moment to review the announcements and attachments listed below for our families.


Kathy Tirrell, Principal

Chris Murphy, Assistant Principal

Student Drop-Offs:

Morning Drop Off: Please note if you are dropping your student off at school, building doors will open at 7:40am. If there is an occasion where you need to drop your student off prior to 7:40am, they may wait directly outside the doors or in the Main Entrance vestibule.

Bus Drop Off: Our buses will drop off students using the bus loop lane closest to the Main Entrance doors. They will line up upon arrival in those lanes and dismiss students from the bus at 7:40am.

Car Pool Drop Off: If you are dropping your child off in the morning, please enter the middle school campus and move to the left traffic lane upon arrival. You will turn into the visitor parking and outer loop. There will be staff there directing traffic to assist you and to support your child in safely crossing the crosswalk to the Main Building where doors will open at 7:40am.

To ensure the safety of all, please adhere to the following:

  • Do not pass other cars in the lane.

  • There will be no parent traffic allowed behind the 6th grade portables, between the middle school and the 6th grade portable, nor in the lot between Wentworth School and the Middle School.

  • Due to safety concerns, 6th grade students are not allowed to be dropped off in front of the 6th grade portable. Please only drop off 6th grade students in the designated area above.

Google Map for Traffic Pattern:

To ensure the safety of our students, staff and families, please use extra caution and patience when dropping off students. You can view a copy of the arrival and dismissal map here.

Thank you for helping to ensure that all students are dropped off safely at our school.

When students enter the building, students will go directly to breakfast or their CREW. Any student arriving after 8:00 am will need to stop at the Main Office to check in.

We understand that the start of the year involves new routines being set and we will work to support students.

Afternoon Dismissal:

In the afternoon, students who are riding buses will be dismissed first, beginning at 2:20pm. We ask that parents and guardians who are picking up students do not arrive until 2:30pm so that we can safely manage traffic patterns. Once buses have departed, both traffic loops will be open for parent pick up. Students being picked up will wait at the entrance of the main building for their parents to enter the traffic loops.

Dismissal Plan:

2:20pm - Bus Students

2:30pm - Walkers & students being picked up

2:40pm - SMS Athletes and SMS Activities Participants

Your patience with the middle school dropoff and pickup is greatly appreciated!

Student Dismissal During School Day

If families need to dismiss a student at SMS during their in-school day, they should come to the main office lobby to contact the office staff. Anyone dismissing a student will be required to show identification before students are dismissed.

Late Student Drop Off During School Day

Parents/Guardians do not need to sign their students in. When students arrive late, have your student stop at the main office and check in with the office staff. Grade 6 students must come to the main office first before entering the 6th grade community building.

Drop off of Items During the School Day

Our expectation is that students come to school prepared for the day. We are asking families to refrain from bringing items to students during the school day unless it is an essential item. If an essential item needs to be dropped off, families should come to the main office lobby. Office staff will ask the name of the student and about the item being dropped off. Please clearly label items dropped off.

Schedule Information

We have had a number of staff changes this year, please see Powerschool for the teacher updates. All students will be provided a printed schedule, and their Powerschool login and passwords, on the first day of school.

In addition, please see below for the Crew assignments to help determine your child's teams.

SMS Learning Communities

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What is CREW?

CREW is the name given to our advisory groups here at Scarborough Middle School. This year each student will be part of a group of up to 13 students who will work with a staff member. The intent of this time is to provide all students with the opportunity to develop a relationship with a caring adult to support and encourage them, to foster positive interactions with peers, and to build a stronger sense of community and belonging for all. CREW takes place everyday from 8:00-8:10 and on Monday and Friday in the middle of the day.

Scarborough Nursing Communication

Medications to be stored in the clinic for the 2023-24 school year may be dropped off by an adult starting on August 28th 8am-2:30pm.

Linked here you will find the permission to administer medication at school form to be completed for the upcoming school year. Please remember that both you and your child’s physician must sign a new form/provide medication orders at the beginning of each school year.

Reminder; students may not carry, transport or use medications outside of the clinic with the exception of inhalers, EpiPens, and on rare occasions, certain other emergency medications. Written parental permission, approval of the school nurse, and a physician order indicating that the student may carry and self-administer such medications are required.

Medical orders may be faxed directly to the clinic at 730-4834.


Amanda Eason and Suzanne Kenney

Scarborough Middle School Clinic

Laptop Information

Students must complete the Chromebook Care, Use & Responsibility Guide prior to being issued a laptop. Students who have submitted their paperwork will receive laptops on Thursday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 5. Please note that all laptop paperwork needs to be completed by 11:00 pm the day before laptop deployment for your student to get their laptop on time.

This form has been made available to complete through the Parent/Student PowerSchool Portal. For more information regarding school laptops can be found on the Middle School website.

Cell Phones

Students are not allowed to use cell phones during classes or school activities. Upon entering school, cell phones must be turned off and out of sight. Each classroom has a designated cell phone holder (sleeves) where students must place their phone and/or ear buds upon entry to class. Cell phones cannot be used to take pictures on school property or at any school-sponsored event, including events that happen beyond the school day. If a student must make a call while at school, a phone is located in the office area for student use. Students are allowed to use cell phones at dismissal time (2:20 p.m.).
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Dress Code

The Board recognizes that responsibility for the dress and appearance of students rests with individual students and their parent(s)/guardian(s). The Board will not interfere with this right unless the personal choices of students create a disruptive influence, per the criteria outlined below, on the school program or affect the health or safety of others.

Students are encouraged to use sound judgment and reflect respect for themselves and others in dress and grooming. In keeping with the goals of the school unit to provide a safe, healthy and non-discriminatory environment for educating students for maximum academic and social development, the following restrictions on dress shall be enforced

The following are prohibited as it relates to clothing, footwear, and accessories:

  • Items that promote the use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs;

  • Items that are intended to identify the wearer as a member of a particular gang;

  • Items with displays that are sexual, vulgar, lewd, violent, indecent or include insulting words (e.g., racial/ethnic slurs). The school administration has the authority to prohibit other logos, pictures or messages which they determine to be in violation of the Board’s nondiscrimination or harassment policies, or disruptive to the school’s learning environment.

  • Items that are destructive of school property (e.g., cleats, pants with metal inserts that scratch furniture).

Students are required to wear footwear at all times. Footwear should be appropriate for the school setting.

School administrators or teachers may require special clothing for health and safety reasons for students participating in physical education, certain extracurricular activities, work with or around machines or other activities. However, no particular brand may be required.(Adopted and revised by the Scarborough Board of Education 07/21/22– Policy JICA)

What to Expect When Visiting Our Schools

Scarborough Public Schools uses the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and staff. Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system allows us to do that. The Raptor system assists in screening visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provides a safer environment for our students and staff.

What to Expect:

  • Upon being allowed through the exterior door of a district building, visitors will be asked to present a photo ID such as a driver’s license.

  • Your ID will either be scanned or manually entered into the system by office personnel at the transaction window.

  • Once cleared, you will receive a pre-printed badge with your photo on it.

  • You will then be directed to the appropriate location that you are going to.

  • This badge must be worn at all times when in the building.

  • When in the building, you are only approved to go to the specific location requested. You should not go to any other area of the building without returning to the main office for approval.

  • When leaving the building, return to the main office and sign out with office personnel.

What does the Raptor System do?

  • The Raptor system checks to ensure that registered sex offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. It checks the visitor’s name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded, and the information is not shared with any outside agency.

  • The Raptor system will check for court issued custodial orders, restraining orders and other custom alerts as established by the School District.

  • Once entry is approved, a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit will be printed and given to the visitor to wear.

The safety of our students is our highest priority, and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.


As a reminder, all breakfast and lunch meals for all students in Scarborough Schools are free for this school year 2023-2024. All existing students whose parents have an account will be able to order breakfast and lunch using the same procedure as last year, from the Nutrislice app on a device or at the Nutrition Program Menus page.

All new students to the district will have to make a Nutrislice account through the Nutrislice app or website before they can order breakfast and lunch. Parents will need the child's ID # before they can start the registration process.

To order lunch and breakfast:Go to the School Menus Page and click on the purple school menus image. (Nutrislice). At the middle school pre ordering breakfast and lunch is not required but highly recommended.

Extra Milks or Drinks to Accompany Home Lunch - Drinks will be available to purchase at all schools for any children that would like a drink with their home lunch. The options are white milk, chocolate milk, and 8 oz water. The cost for this is 50 cents.

To add money to an account: Go to School Payment Portal Information website.

Please email Brenda Franklin at if you have any questions or need assistance obtaining your students ID#.

SMS Picture Days

The SMS school picture days are Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20.

The SMS picture ID # is EVTM7QVJQ

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School Supply List 2023-24

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IMPORTANT DATES for the Start of the 2023-24 School Year


First Day of School - Grade 6

  • Wednesday, August 30

First Day of School - Grade 7 & 8, Day 2 for Grade 6

  • Thursday, August 31


No School

  • Friday, September 1 and Monday, September 4

Early Release - Wednesday, September 13

  • Dismissal at 12:55pm

Fall Open Houses at SMS

  • Wednesday, September 13 6:00-7 pm: Grade 6 and 8

  • Thursday, September 14 6:00-7 pm: Grade 7

  • More details will be shared closer to the event

Fall Pictures at SMS

  • Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20

  • During school day - more details will be shared closer to the dates

7th Grade Vision Checks

  • Tuesday, September 19


No School

  • Friday, October 6- STAFF ONLY DAY

  • Monday, October 9- Indigenous People Day

Early Release - Wednesday, October 18

  • Dismissal at 12:55pm

SMS Flu Clinic

  • Thursday, October 26 in am


6th Grade Dance-

  • Friday, May 3 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

7th Grade Dance-

  • Friday, May 17 from 5:00pm-7:00pm


8th Grade Celebration and Dance

  • Friday, June 7