December 4, 2022
In this Spartan Scoop:
- Progress Reports: Details for Accessing Progress Reports
- Picture Highlight: Bus Driver Thank You Bags
- PTO: Staff Appreciation (Looking for Donations) + PTO December Newsletter
- Tips for Middle School Parents- From Strong4Life
- Washington, D.C. Deadline Reminder
- Spartan Pride Award Winners-
- Community Fitness Opportunities
- Cell Phone Reminder
- Thank-A-Teacher Opportunity
- Information from Previous SMORE
DETAILS FOR ACCESSING YOUR CHILD'S PROGRESS REPORT CARD
Here are the steps you will follow to access your child's second quarter progress report:
Login to Family Access
Click on the Portfolio Folder for your student
Find the report called Second Quarter Progress Report November 22, 2022
Click on the download arrow to download a PDF of the Progress Report
Once the Progress Report has been downloaded, you may view and/or print a copy
If you have more than one student, you will need to follow the steps for each child. If you are experiencing a technical difficulty, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you.
Thank You Notes to Bus Drivers
PTO Shows Staff Appreciation
PTO has created a sign-up genius for the November and December staff appreciation events. December's treat will be coffee and cookies. If you would like to sign up to help contribute, please use the signupgenius link below.
Tips for Middle School Parents
3 Keys to Connecting with your Preteen (or Teen)
Listen. When your child is ready to talk, be available. Listen Actively. Be there with an open mind and hear what they are saying. It may be difficult, but try not to interject. Just listen.
Don’t be afraid to have hard conversations. Parenting a middle schooler is a tough job. Not only are you dealing with changing emotions in a developing preteen, but you are also confronted with conversations that may make you uncomfortable. It’s important, however, to create a space where your child feels safe to report anything going on in their life. Let them open up; it will set a great precedent for the future.
Don’t judge or overreact to things your child tells you. This can be difficult, but if you react harshly or judgmentally in the moment, your child will be less likely to open up to you in the future.
Here are 4 Things you can do to Help your Middle Schooler Succeed:
Be OK with your child’s mistakes. “Let your child manage their own agenda and calendar,” says licensed therapist Jody Baumstein, LCSW. “It might be tempting to do it for them, but the only way they will learn is to try themself. It’s OK if they fail! Experiencing failure, and learning from it, is an important part of building resilience.”
Help your child learn from their mistakes. Baumstein says, “Once failure occurs, have a sit-down and talk it through together: ‘What happened? What can we learn from this experience?’”
- Set firm limits and boundaries, and stick to them. It may not seem like it to your child, but children (even at this age) thrive with rules and limitations. The limits you set create a sense of predictability and comfort, and they can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Enforce rules consistently. Although it can be uncomfortable at times, consistent enforcement of rules teaches kids to respect order and authority, and it gives them “ground rules” for how to behave as adults.
*Tips taken from the article, Tips for Middle School Parents, published by Children's Health Club of Atlanta.
Washington, D.C. Deadline Reminder
For eighth grade students traveling to Washington, D.C., the second payment for your trip is due to HemisphereTravel.com by December 14.
Spartan Pride Awards
Please help me celebrate the following students:
6th Grade- Beckett Fini
7th Grade- Lucy Dunham
8th Grade- Pierson Faas
Make a Difference:
6th Grade- Ethan Blest
7th Grade- Rebecca Kollar
8th Grade- Eva Kungu
Set the Bar High:
6th Grade- Jackson Wells
7th Grade- Jocelyn Huber
8th Grade-Sean Njorge
Cell Phone Reminder
22. Possession of electronic equipment and cell phones; the school supplies most electronic equipment necessary in school. While students may possess cell phones and electronic devices on school property, students are prohibited from turning on their personal devices or allowing them to be visible during the school day without permission of a staff member
Community Fitness Opportunities
As the weather quickly shifts from fall to winter, the school district is happy to pilot free fitness opportunities for the P-H-M community. This will take place four (4) days per week at the sites listed below.
Who is eligible to participate: The P-H-M Adult Community and Staff (no students). This includes residents of the school district and non-resident parents/guardians of attending students.
What: Access to walking/jogging tracks, open gym/basketball courts, and weight room.
When: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the sites listed below. Note: The fitness centers will be closed during designated school recess dates.
P-H-M teachers and staff are known for excellence. As a way to say THANK YOU, consider a
donation to the P-H-M Education Foundation’s Grant Fund. This tells your child’s “Special Person” that you honor him/her and value education at P-H-M. Your contribution to the Grant Fund will be returned to the schools in the form of TEACHERS GRANTS for programs and projects that cannot be funded through school budgets.
Your child’s “Special Person” will receive a special note with your message, a pin for their lanyard, and name of the donor (not the amount given). The first 100 employees to be recognized will receive a free Gold Carwash at Drive & Shine ($17 value)! We will also be doing weekly drawings for a chance (for nominees) to win gift cards!
A “Special Person” can include a teacher, aide, librarian, bus driver, custodian, or any other
All contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible, please contact the office if you would like a tax receipt.
Information From Previous SMORES
Order Your Yearbook Now
Early Bird Intraumurals
COVID Home Tests
Parent Involvement Opportunities & Employment
PTO Members & Volunteers:
Educational Assistant: If you or someone you know has a passion for helping students succeed and feel yourself to be a life-long learner, problem solver and collaborative team member, then this is the position for you! Please reach out to me (KMartin3@phm.k12.in.us) if you would like to talk about the details regarding this position.
Universal Substitute: If you or someone you know loves being in the classroom, and collaborating with teachers and students, then please reach out with interest or questions to me at (KMartin3@phm.k12.in.us). The daily rate for this position is $115 and there is flexibility within the schedule.
Give Back with Amazon Smile
Please look for Schmucker Middle School in Amazon Smile. With all of our online shopping, it's an effective way to easily give back to our SMS PTO.
Box Tops for SMS
Box Tops are going digital! Simply download the Box Tops app from the Apple app store or Google Play. Create an account for yourself & associate it with Schmucker Middle School!
Approved PE Shirts
Please remember that shirts from last year and this year are acceptable for PE! **Please note that yellow PE shirts from the previous year are available in the main office for $10 if you missed the ordering window.
Give Back with Amazon Smile
Box Tops for SMS
Pay School Fees Online
Safety Update: How Can Parents Monitor On-Line Activity
Families have the option of receiving weekly emails outlining your students online activity while using Chromebooks. This online service is free and it gives parents an opportunity to maintain a safe learning environment at school and at home. Please click on the attached links to learn more about how Securly can help you.
Click to read and download a copy of the parent letter that provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Securly Parent Portal.
SAFE SCHOOL HELPLINE
If you see something, hear something, say something! The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at any P-H-M school or building. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying or threats. All calls are completely confidential.
800-418-6423 (800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359)
TEXT: 66746, TIPS
Chromebooks- Lee Riley (email@example.com )
Attendance- Linda Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Textbooks and Fees- Ashley Kirkpatrick (email@example.com)
Special Education Teachers
6th grade- Courtney Heck (firstname.lastname@example.org )
7th grade- Meaghan Donahue (email@example.com )
8th grade- Allie Chrise (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Multiple Grades- Chiffon Williams (email@example.com)
Jenny Shaw (Last Names A-G) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cara Watt (Last Names H-N) (email@example.com)
Andrea Hoover (Last Names O-Z) (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Athletics- Jim Modlin (email@example.com )
Enrollments/Withdrawals/Address Changes- Aly Abel (firstname.lastname@example.org)