October 6-13, 2023
Smithfield High School Homecoming Week-October 20th
Friday-October 20th-Panthers should wear their Spirit Wear!!!!
VFW Patriot's Pen Youth Essay
This year’s topic is
“How Are You Inspired by America?”
Entry deadline: October 31, 2023
Each year, nearly 68,800 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000!
The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
Download the rules and entry below, and be sure to check out VFW.org for more information.
Thank a Teacher
Get creative with the Virginia Lottery's Thank a Teacher Art Contest! Public school students in Virginia can enter their artwork for the chance to win individual cash prizes, money for their school's art department and the chance to see their winning design featured on thousands of thank-you notes across the Commonwealth as part of the 2024 Thank a Teacher campaign.
Join Our PTA ....
Arrival-Students should NOT arrive to our campus without being accompanied by their parent/guardian before 7:10 am. Our doors open at 7:10 am to all students. Parents are to remain courteous to other drivers while dropping off students. Students who are car riders should be dropped off at the curb in front of the school. Please pay attention to our staff directing traffic. Students arriving after 7:25 am are considered tardy.
Excused Absences: Students are only allowed 5 parent notes per semester.
Back to School Night-Mark Your Calendars for Wednesday, October 4, 2023 6pm-8pm. (All A's Ceremony, PTA Meeting, and Meet Your Child's Teacher)
Bus Information-Students should be at their assigned bus stop at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
Breakfast-Breakfast is served in the cafeteria 7:10 am-7:23 am. Students who bring breakfast from home or local eateries must eat breakfast in the cafeteria during breakfast time. Breakfast cost $1.35; milk only $0.50; unless approved free/reduced lunch.
Lunch is served during 3rd block classes. Lunch cost $2.85 unless approved free/reduced lunch.
1st lunch - 11:10 - 11:35
2nd lunch - 11:40 - 12:05
3rd lunch - 12:15 - 12:40
4th lunch - 12:45 - 1:10
Dismissal-Parents/Guardians should fill out a daily or an occassional pick-up form by Friday, 9/9. All teachers have the forms.
Staggered Dismissal beginning with car riders. Car Riders will be dismissed at 2:40 pm.
Parents may pull up to the curb for pick-up. Students are NOT to walk through the parking lot during dismissal to get into a parked car; unless accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Bus Riders will be dismissed with their teachers walking them outside.
Dress Code-Students are expected to dress appropriately for a K-12 educational environment. Any attire that inhibits the learning environment will be viewed as inappropriate. Inappropriately dressed students’ parents/guardians will be called to bring appropriate clothing before students can attend class. If a parent/guardian is unable to bring a change of clothes or an alternate, more appropriate outfit will be provided by the school.
Food-Students should not share/exchange food items.
Schedule-A lot of time has been spent on scheduling. We wish we could honor every scheduling change request, however, it could have a greater effect on other classes or the number of students enrolled in the class. Effective September 11th, we can no longer make schedule changes unless an error in original schedule. Exploratory classes are alternating classes each day. Tuesday, Sept. 5th is "A" day and Wednesday, Sept. 6th is "B" day following the alternating pattern.
How to read a student's schedule:
Period-Referred to as blocks. There are four periods followed by (A-B), (A), or (B). (A-B) are core content classes which students will attend daily. (A) is an exploratory class scheduled on "A" day. (B) is an exploratory class scheduled on "B" day.
Course Name-The name of the subject/core class/exploratory class.
Course & Section #-Only for admin to reference.
Term-22-23-Yearlong Course; S1-Semester 1; S2-Semester 2; Q1-Quarter 1 (1st Nine Weeks) ; Q2-Quarter 2 (2nd Nine Weeks); Q3-Quarter 3 (3rd Nine Weeks); Q4-Quarter 4 (4th Nine Weeks)
Teacher-Last Name of the Teacher assigned to the course
Room #-The location of the class.
School Visitors- All visitors must sign in at the main office. Visitors may not visit classrooms unless an agreed-upon date/time is scheduled. DoorDash, GrubHub or local deliveries will not be accepted for students.
Water Bottles Only-Students are welcome to have water bottles in class. Only bottles with a sealed lid/cap.
What I Need (W.I.N.) Block-A daily 25-minute alternating Panther W.I.N. block. The purpose of this block is to ensure that students do not lack the additional time needed in any class to get additional academic help, complete assignment, make up missing assignments, decompress, or apply a new skill.
Please adhere to our traffic pattern to avoid any further damage to our traffic cones.
MacBooks are a part of daily instruction. All SMS students will receive a MacBook (unless outstanding technology balance). Outstanding balances will have to be paid to Ms. Ashby, SMS bookkeeper before students will receive an IWCS-issued device.
Device Usage and Distribution Agreement must be signed signed and returned to the SMS media specialist before a student may receive an IWCS-issued device.
Isle of Wight County Schools continues to partner with Worth Avenue group which provides a full coverage option, including loss or theft of a device. The Worth Avenue form is available from each school and on the IWCS website. If you wish to participate in the optional accidental
coverage plan, send a check made out to Smithfield Middle School or SMS no later than September 20th.
Worth Ave. Group provides comprehensive insurance protection. Use the following link to access:
Any laptop repairs should be addressed with the media specialist or media specialist instructional assistant. Loaner devices will be issued to students only three times throughout the school year. Students who continuously forget their devices will have to meet with an administrator to devise a school-preparedness plan.
Military & Family Life Counseling
Active-duty military parents sign up yourchild/children up to participate in the Military Family Life Program and Anchor for Life. Consent forms are located in the SMS Counseling Suite. Also, if you are an active-duty member deploying or PCS'ing in the next six months, please contact SMS Ms. Frazier at firstname.lastname@example.org
Smithfield High School Booster Club
To fund the requests of the sport your child plays for, we need to have concessions open for every game. This requires parent volunteers to help work during the games. The easiest way for you to tdo that is to volunteer during the opposite game of what your athlete plays so JV parents work Varsity games and vice versa or just do a half of game if you have to sign up for your own games. This way you still get to see your child play.
Here are the links for you to sign up for a game or two: It takes a village and we have a great time serving the community.
Varsity/JV Field Hockey
Volleyball/JV & Varsity