Welcome to Sequoia Middle School

We are happy to have you join our SMS Family!

Hello Future 2023-2024 SMS Giants!

Welcome to SMS! We have put information together here in a "one-stop- shop" to help you find important information including:
  • Choosing electives
  • Our virtual Parent Information Night on Zoom on April 18th
  • Summer Session interest survey for any rising 6th graders for Camp Sequoia offering current 5th graders a chance to acclimate to our middle school campus to ease their minds and prepare them for their new educational journey.

We know how excited you and your child are that they will soon either promoting from Elementary school and embarking on their 3-year middle school journey or just joining us as an incoming 7th or 8th grader. We are hoping to ease your mind and get you acquainted with SMS by holding a virtual meeting and sharing information with you about what to expect. We will record the meeting and share the video recording with you. We will also include it on our school's website for your viewing convenience.

Camp Sequoia is a 2-week Summer opportunity available to current 5th graders aka rising 6th graders. In order to properly plan for staffing, we need to know how many families would be interested in having their child attend and which session would be preferred. More details are provided on the Google Form (link provided below). Please fill out the Camp Sequoia Interest Survey. We are trying to determine how many sessions and classes to hold and need your help. Please know that the interest survey is not binding and that another will be sent at a later date to officially enroll your child.

For any incoming 7th or 8th graders, call the office at 925-934-8174 to schedule a time to come in and choose your elective classes.

Thank you for taking the time to review this Welcome Newsletter. Kindly RSVP and everyone please mark your calendars for our Virtual Parent Information Night on Tuesday, April 18th at 6pm on Zoom.

With appreciation,

Principal Keck

Incoming Sequoia Giants, it's time to plan for next year. We can't wait for your arrival!

The time has come for our students to submit their Elective Requests for the 2023-2024 School year. Our course selection process will be completed 100% through the Google Form attached to this newsletter for our Incoming 6th graders. We have visited with the rising 6th graders from Monte Gardens and Sequoia Elementary and while many families filled it out, many did not. We have included the updated form so please fill it out even if you did so prior so that we have the most updated and final version.

For MDUSD Lottery families whose students currently attend schools other than Sequoia Elementary and Monte gardens, we will explain the elective options in more detail during our Parent Information Night but the link is included in this newsletter for your convenience.

Elective Request form- MDUSD Lottery students ONLY

This is for current 5th graders only. Please DO NOT click here if your child attends Sequoia Ele. or Monte Gardens. This is ONLY for students from the other Elementary schools whose students were on the lottery and accepted to Sequoia Middle School.

Monte Gardens students only- Elective Request form

This is for current 5th graders only. Please ONLY fill this form out if your student is currently a 5th grader at Monte Gardens Elementary School.

Sequoia Elementary Students ONLY- Elective Request Form

This is for current 5th graders only. Please ONLY fill out this form if your student is currently a 5th grader at Sequoia Elementary School.

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Sequoia Middle School Virtual Parent Information Night Noche de Información para los nuevos Estudiantes de SMS

Tuesday, April 18th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Principal Keck is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

We will record the meeting for those who cannot make it but do not want to miss out!

You may choose to join the Zoom with your camera off if you feel as we will be recording the meeting to share out for those who could not attend or would like to review some of the information shared.

Topic: Incoming Family Info Night on Zoom

Time: Thursday, April 18th at 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 818 4627 6508

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RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Question and Answer opportunity will be done through the use of the chat feature!

We will have a Q and A opportunity during the Presentation by use of the Chat feature on Zoom andwill be held at the end of our Slideshow presentation. Our wonderful translator and Community School Coordinator Mrs. Sandoval will be participating as well to connect with our Spanish Speaking families via Chat. She will also be able to connect with families at a later date if needed to answer questions for incoming families in Spanish. 925-934-8174 ext 5619

Preguntas y Respuestas disponibles durante la junta por medio del chat!

Tendremos la posibilidad de hacer preguntas y respuestas durante la presentación utilizando el chat en Zoom. Mrs. Sandoval estará participando también para conectarse con las familias que hablen Español por medio del chat. También ella estará disponible para contestar preguntas que tengan las familias entrantes cualquier otro día si fuera necesario llamando al 925-934-8174 ext. 5619.

We will be recording our Zoom Presentation

For the convenience of the families who are unable to attend our Live Zoom Parent Orientation , we will be recording it. You may choose to have your camera on or off based on your preference however we will have all families muted during the presentation. You will be able to communicate and ask questions in the chat at the end of the presentation. We will do our best to answer as many questions as possible.

La junta de Zoom será grabada

Para conveniencia de las familias que no puedan asistir a la orientación en vivo por Zoom, esta será grabada. Puedes elegir prender o apagar tu cámara según tus preferencias, el sonido permanecerá apagado durante la presentación. Podrás comunicarte y hacer preguntas en el chat. Haremos todo lo posible para contestar las preguntas Además de que tendremos otra orientación en Agosto.

Meet our Community School Coordinator-Bertha Sandoval

Bertha is available to support Spanish speaking families and help answer questions and guide when needed. Her email is sandovalb@mdusd.org and her extension is 5619.

Bertha esta disponible para apoyar familias que hablan espanol.

Summer Session- Camp Sequoia 2023

For the past couple of years we have offered a Summer session for our Rising 6th graders. This enrichment opportunity provided our incoming 6th graders with the ability to ease into Middle school by spending 2 weeks on campus with SMS teachers doing enrichment activities throughout the day while making some new friends. This has really eased the minds of students as well as as parents as they transition to middle school. We will be offering this again and we need to know how many families are interested as we try to plan our staffing. Depending on the response we may have one or two sessions. Students attend one session.

Click on the link below to access up to date information on our SMS Website!

Check our our Sequoia Middle School Website.. Entra a nuestro portal de Sequoia Middle School…..

Want to learn a little more about us? Click on the link below, our Weekly newsletter - SMS GIANT Newsletter is added to the front page of our website weekly. Take a peek by clicking on the link below!

-SMS GIANT Newsletter esta agregada a la pagina de inicio cada semana. Echa un vistazo presionando el link abajo!

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We are excited to have you and your student join our learning community.

In partnership,

Vice Principal Schnee

Principal Keck