Sonora Middle School

STUDENT WEEKLY REPORT November 9-13, 2020

Sonora Middle School

Dr. Martha Dodson, Principal

Kimberly Bowerman, Assistant Principal

Brett Unger, Assistant Principal


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Principally Speaking- Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher


By Terry Heick

Back-to-school content is usually focused on teachers and students, and as these two groups will have the largest workload ahead of them, that makes sense.

But for students, the ultimate support system is not an expert teacher, but an informed and supportive family. One of the most significant challenges facing formal education in the United States is the chasm separating schools and communities. The more informed a family is, the more seamlessly they'll connect to so many other edu-constructs, from extracurricular activities and tutoring to reading programs and school-related events.



While schools (hopefully) work to update themselves and the way students learn within them, many parents have to work with what's available to them. With the exception of in-depth content like Edutopia's guides, much of the "parent stuff" you'll find through Googling is decent enough, but it can be surface level or otherwise completely unrelated to process of learning. Some common examples:

  • "Ask them what they did today."
  • "Help them with homework."
  • "Help them with separation anxiety."
  • "Talk to them about their struggles."
  • "Get them a tutor."

But these kind of topical interactions aren't always enough, nor do they do anything at all to create transparency between schools and communities.

So, in pursuit of that transparency, below are some questions to better clarify what's happening in the classroom, and then help you decide on the kind of non-superficial actions you can perform at home to truly support the learning of your child. Many of the questions may seem a bit direct, but I don't know any teachers who would take offense to them. In fact, most of my colleagues would welcome the kind of added capacity that questions like these could lead to. Many of these questions are rarely the subject of parent-teacher interactions, but -- well, that's kind of the point.

Just don't ask them all at once. In fact, maybe pick two and hope for the best.

19 QUESTIONS YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER WOULD (PROBABLY) LOVE TO ANSWER

  1. What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?
  2. How will you respond if or when my child struggles in class?
  3. What are the most important and complex (content-related) ideas my child needs to understand by the end of the year?
  4. Do you focus on strengths or weaknesses?
  5. How are creativity and innovative thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
  6. How is critical thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
  7. How are assessments designed to promote learning rather than simple measurement?
  8. What can I do to support literacy in my home?
  9. What kinds of questions do you suggest that I ask my children on a daily basis about your class?
  10. How exactly is learning personalized in your classroom? In the school?
  11. How do you measure academic progress?
  12. What are the most common instructional or literacy strategies you will use this year?
  13. What learning models do you use (e.g., project-based learning, mobile learning, game-based learning, etc.), and what do you see as the primary benefits of that approach?
  14. What are the best school or district resources that we should consider using as a family to support our child in the classroom?
  15. Is there technology you'd recommend that can help support my child in self-directed learning?
  16. What are the most common barriers you see to academic progress in your classroom?
  17. How is education changing?
  18. How do you see the role of the teacher in the learning process?
  19. What am I not asking but should be?

And when you get interesting or surprising answers to these questions, please share them in the comments section below.

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Mrs. Trevino's Artists Perform the Lion King Song

Song Lion King

Christmas Book


I am trying to raise money to be able to send a book home with every SMS student by Christmas break. If you know anyone who may be interested in donating, please feel free to copy, paste, and share the message below with your contacts and/or on social media. Here is my link as well:


https://support.firstbook.org/smslibrary


Mrs. Lynsey Moats

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Monday, November 23 & Tuesday, November 24

Springdale Schools will be practicing how to pivot to Remote Learning on both of these days. BOTH DAYS ARE SCHOOL DAYS. Students will have assignments in their Google Classrooms for Monday and Tuesday.THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL ON CAMPUSES BUT TEACHERS WILL BE AVAILABLE BY EMAIL FOR QUESTIONS.
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THANKSGIVING BREAK

Wednesday, November 25th will begin the Thanksgiving Break. Students will return to school on Monday, November 30th.

Competition runs November 9-20 Winning advisory wins a lunchtime pizza party

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ALL PROCEEDS TO TO SHOP WITH A COP

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MONDAY -THURSDAY 3:30-5:30

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Fellowship of Christian Students

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 7:30am

Room 304

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Lunch Account App

Create an account to manage your child's lunch account or fill out for FREE/REDUCED LUNCH.

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From the Desk of Mrs. Moats

Check out the Media Center Newsletter

https://www.smore.com/jwez7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsLcQwDE1HE

Spartan Birthdays


11/09 Makroro, Lektak

11/09 Benjamin, Fiona

11/10 Elizalde, Alyssa Marie

11/12 Castro, Jonathan

11/13 Doshier, Isaiah Thomas Joe

11/13 Mendoza-Carrillos, Leslie Nayeli

11/15 Tibies, Joseph Junior

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LOST YOUR I.D.?

YOU MUST WEAR YOUR ID AT ALL TIMES. If you need a new ID, request from: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccHZMbQSfsBD0Metx5ZK35eOPg099_3jJIyYu3YVfABy1N_w/viewform

25 points will be deducted from your PBIS points for new ID. 50 points will be deducted for ID & Lanyard.

Our Counselor want to hear from you

Students, we want to make sure that you are doing well socially and emotionally, as well as academically, during this time. Please don't forget to check in with your counselor every week. The class codes are below for Mrs. Zega.


Mrs. Zega's class code: kosi6im


*You must be logged into your sdale account to access the google classroom.



If you are having a problem and want to talk to us about it, please submit a counselor referral on our school website or use the following link:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFfRefVUV3E-pKff7uOuoMskE4MxQWDK5j6sOWVrP52p-KPw/viewform


Please take care of yourselves and let us know if you need our help!

Mrs. Zega

Meals Served for Virtual Students

Meals are available at the SMS bus entrance at 9:30-10:00 for SMS students who have chosen VIA DTSOI or who have chosen blended options. Meals will be served Grab & Go style which will include a breakfast & a lunch.

Quiere recivir informacion importante sobre SMS en su telefono? Llene la forma con el enlaze.

Fill Out Your link: http://bit.ly/2lMTkKc


Sign up today!

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Update Your Child's Information Today

In Registration Gateway, you must sign the AUA (Authorized User Agreement) for your child to have access to a school provided Chromebook.

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FAMILY RESOURCES

SMALL FOOD PANTRIES AVAILABLE IN THE COMMUNITY FOR YOU!

KIDS THERE WILL BE FOOD ITEMS AVAILABLE IN REPURPOSED NEWSPAPER BINS AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS, EVERYDAY OF THE WEEK:

SONORA MIDDLE SCHOOL-SMS

COMMONS PLAYGROUND-SMS

MONTECITO SPRINGS PLAYGROUND-SMS

CHAPEL RIDGE, BEHIND THE OFFICE-MONITOR/CROSS CHURCH SMALL GROUP

RANDAL WOBBE OUTSIDE THE OFFICE-MONITOR/CROSS CHURCH SMALL GROUP

COVID QUARANTINED? NEED FOOD DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME?

FREE OR REDUCED RATES FOR INTERNET FOR STUDENT'S FAMILIES

Cox is giving free internet to homes needing it for children whose classes are going online now . . . Call for enrollment 1-800-234-3993. Throughout the pandemic, Cox has implemented several programs to help families connect from home during the pandemic. Recently, the company announced a new offer for new qualifying families who sign up before September 30 to receive Connect2Compete free for 2 months including free remote technical support just in time for back-to-school. Families can qualify for Connect2Compete easily from their mobile device or desktop by visiting www.cox.com/c2c.
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FREE PHONE SERVICE

Cellular Phone Resource

Free cell phone service to qualifying families.

https://www.safelinkwireless.com/Enrollment


ARKANSAS READY TO LEARN GUIDE

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Need to Report a Positive Covid Case?

This is the Springdale reporting site for student or staff members for reporting of Positive COVID-19 cases. Keep us in the know so we can better support you.

Please take a moment to fill out the Springdale Parent & Family Engagement Survey

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Bring your box tops to your advisory teacher to earn $ for PBIS school store

Chromebook Repair Request

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ca514xL5GaNE92dkdZb3sxcrtB1aFk7V9WdhK-dwriQ/edit Click the link to request that your chromebook be repaired by Robin McDonald.

Attention 6th Grade Girls