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Sartartia MS -- Exemplary Education Every Day -- 1.24.2020

2020 8th Grade Career Day

The Career Day for 8th graders only is January 31, 2020. The James Reese Center is the host campus and the event will last most of the day. Students have received a permission slip and it is needed to attend the event. (OVERDUE) Replacement permission slips can be picked up in the front office or the student center. Additionally, students are asked to dress in "Business attire". Lunch will be provided at the event (Chick fil a!) Vegan and Vegetarian options will be available.

Jags are on the Move!

Hello Jag Families,

All SMS staff and students have received their new ID badges. For general information about ScholarChip ID badges, visit the FBISD Police Department website, and read their F.A.Q.'s. All students will be expected to wear these badges at all times when on campus, on the bus, and at school-related events.

We've got a lot going on: course selection, high school course selection nights (for our 8th grade students), 5th grade parent night, games, events, and so much more! Come and check out all the great things your kids are doing!


  • Monday, January 27-Boys Basketball @ CHS vs. FCMS
  • Monday, January 27-Girls Basketball @ SMS vs. LOMS

  • Wednesday, January 29-Students Wear College Gear for a Raffle during Lunches
  • Wednesday, January 29--Spirit Day @ Mod Pizza--All Day!

  • Friday, January 31-8th Grade CAREER DAY; CHS Megaband
  • Friday, January 31-Spirit Day-Wear SMS Gear

  • Saturday, February 1-KickStart Demo Competition @ Dulles MS 9am


Cholly Oglesby


Sartartia Middle School

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Student Spotlight

Sahana Gadgil is a multifaceted student. She not only works hard in all her classes, but also participates in volleyball, basketball, and dance. All of which she excels in while keeping her teachers and fellow classmates/teammates smiling. Sahana has a Doberman Pincher named Kaya, pronounced kay-a to be unique! Currently, her favorite classes are Science where she had so much fun dissecting her frog and Texas History. Sahana is interested in being a Pediatrician someday because she likes kids and kids make her happy. She is just pretty much awesome!

Staff Spotlight

Todd Wasserman has been teaching Spanish for 22 years, half of his career has been at Sartartia. During his time at SMS, Todd has served as Spanish club sponsor and served on various school committees. He started his teaching career in Pennsylvania and then taught in Alief and Cy Fair before moving to Sugar Land and working at Dulles High School and SMS. Mr. Wasserman’s wife, Michelle, is an art teacher and they will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this summer. They have two children. Their son Ethan is 16 and is a sophomore at Travis High School and their daughter Abbie is 8 years old and attends second grade at Neill Elementary. They also have a dog named Maddy and a cat named Dash. Todd enjoys teaching Master Spy camp at HMNS downtown every summer. In his spare time, Mr. Wasserman attends kickboxing and cross fit classes at Lonestar Karate in Richmond.

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Hey Jag Parents!

Happy New Year!! We hope to see you at parent nights and other programs that we offer this year in order to establish and maintain a collaborative school/home partnership.

Parent Information Night

Course selection

February 5th in the SMS commons/library at 6pm

**This meeting will be the only time we have set up to give you details about what courses are being offered next year at SMS and help with any course selection questions you may have.

We do not have one on one meetings, so please do your best to attend J

The high schools also host their own parent nights, so please save these dates for your student’s zoned high school:




5th grade Parent Information Night-February 24, 2020

School Counselor Tip: Motivate your kid to be active!

Weekly, we will send out an article to help with your child and their middle school experience.

Check out this article on: Motivating your kids to be active!


No Place for Hate

No Place for Hate

Mrs. McCune is looking for students/parents to serve on this years No Place for Hate committee. The committee will meet once a month to help plan 3 school wide activities to support acceptance by combating bias, bullying and hatred, and creating and maintaining a positive climate here at SMS. Our NEXT MEETING IS February 7th at 8:20 am in Room #316

This year’s Heritage Day is scheduled for Friday, March 6th. We would like for all students to come dressed in attire that represents their culture to celebrate the diversity we have here at SMS. Please be on the lookout for more information from Mrs. McCune directly regarding parent volunteer sign ups.

8th Grade Parents

Reese Center Information Session

Course selection is coming soon! Current 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students and parents, please join us to learn more about the advanced career and technical education courses offered at the new James Reese Career and Technical Center on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. The building is located at 12300 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479. The night will run like a conference so please register for the Experience Night. More information attached below.

Click on the link to register for Experience Night: https://tinyurl.com/yx3bqdm2

Academies and P-Tech:

The online applications have been extended to January 24, 2020.

You can find all Academy information here: https://www.fortbendisd.com/Domain/70

4 year planning:

If you missed the 4 year planning sessions – NO WORRIES Please visit our counseling webpage below for 8th grade/transition information

As always, for updates visit our website at: https://www.fortbendisd.com/domain/2953.

Thank you for your continued support of us and our program. We are enjoying a fantastic year with your students!!**

-The SMS Counseling Team

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Our First Spirit night of the year 2020 is at MOD Pizza 19820 SW Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77479, January 29th. Its an All Day Event, so please bring your family and friends and enjoy some delicious pizza while helping to contribute to SMS PTO.

Sartartartia Middle School's GroupRaise Meal at MOD Pizza



Support the PTO by donating to our Annual Cash Drive. Our Goal this year is $25,000. This is the only cash drive for the entire year. With the funds raised, we have plans to build a shade for the bleachers, bring in new technology for our students, fulfill our Teacher Wish Lists, support the fine Arts department and many more. If every Household donates just $10 we will exceed our goal. Now you can donate online by simply clicking the following link or simply visit our website www.sms-pto.org and click on the Donate button on the main page.

Please donate:

SMS PTO Fundraiser

JOIN SMS PTO 2019-2020

It's never too late to join the PTO. There are no joining fees or forms to fill. We are still looking for enthusiastic parents for several positions. Please reach out to Lakshmi K @ koppolu.pto@gmail.com for more details.


Support Sartartia Middle School PTO while you shop! If you have an amazon.com account - you are eligible to help our school by simply linking your account to an AmazonSmile account. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases back to our school! And now its even easier, download the Amazon Prime Smile app on your phone and order from your phone, its that easy...

Visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0690034 to sign up! It's free!

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Yearbook Ads!!!

The best way to say farewell to your 8th grader is by purchasing an ad in the yearbook! Don’t miss out on this opportunity, the very last day is February 1st, you will not be able to order one after this date. Create yours now at Balfour.com!

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Special Event February 4, 2020

Description: Attachment provides information regarding an HBCU Special Event scheduled for February 4th, 2020 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Reese Center. Student sign up and additional information will be sent soon.

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School Nutrition: Student IDs

As of Wednesday, January 15, 2020, all students going through campus cafeteria lines will need to enter a number zero, 0, before their student ID number. The Child Nutrition software will not recognize a student’s ID number if they do not enter 0 before their ID number. For example, 123456 must now be entered as 0123456.

If parents are creating a new SchoolCafé account or adding another student to an existing SchoolCafé account, they must add a 0 before their ID number. If the student already has an account established with SchoolCafé, no action is required on the parents end. Students with the new District assigned ID badges will be able to scan their barcodes at their campus point of sale system (POS) gray PIN pads starting Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Child Nutrition at (281) 634-1855.

Math-Letics During Spring Break

Dear All,

Math-Letics is returning this year during spring break. We are once again partnering with the Rice Athletics Department for a fun week of math and athletics over spring break March 16-20 for students of grades 6-8 at Rice Stadium and the R Room. You may find out more at rusmp.rice.edu (rotating slide) or to register go to riceowls.com/mathletics


-- Anne Papakonstantinou, Ed.D.Clinical Professor of Mathematics, Wiess School of Natural SciencesDirector, Rice University School Mathematics Project713-348-6076713-348-5428 (fax)http://rusmp.rice.edu

Info from FBISD Child Nutrition Regarding Pork Products

The diversity of our school community makes it particularly important that we are as communicative as possible about everything that we do at SMS. Therefore, please take note about information recently received from FBISD Child Nutrition about which products prepared in our cafeterias contain pork. This comes up each year, and we wanted all parents to be informed about what does and does not contain pork. See list below of menu items and what they are actually made of:

  • Breakfast Sausage Pizza (turkey sausage)
  • Hot Dogs (beef hot dogs)
  • Sausage Patties (chicken sausage)
  • Ham Sandwiches (turkey ham)
  • Ham on Chef Salads (turkey ham)
  • Pepperoni Pizza (turkey & beef pepperoni)
  • Mega Meat Pizza (PORK)
  • Sausage on a Bun (PORK)
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Health Tips from Nurse Ferguson

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Important Allergy Information

Please click this link to read more about our procedures for students with food allergies.

Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal



Brandi Goodly-Counselor



7th grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal



Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor



8th grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal



Kat Friedel-Counselor