SMS Jag E-News

Week of March 15, 2021

We hope that everyone has a safe and restful spring break. Jumping ahead to T4 (Term 4), our incredible counselors are currently proofing the adjustments they made to students' schedules and we will update you next week on when your child's schedule will be viewable in Skyward Family Access. It is possible that some students who did not request a learning model change may experience an adjustment to their schedule. It is no small task to make these adjustments, and we recognize the importance of keeping any kind of disruption limited to what truly has to happen to accommodate all students' scheduling needs. If your child will be F2F (Face to Face) for T4, you will receive a separate email as we get closer to March 29, 2021 with important information regarding F2F expectations. Have a wonderful week!

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March 15-19

Spring Break

March 22-24

ACES Intervention (select students)

March 25 & 26

Student Holiday/Staff Professional Development

March 29

Students Return/T4 Begins

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Science Olympiad

Congratulations to Mrs. Grall and our Science Olympiad team They placed 1st overall at the regional tournament and will be moving on to compete at the state tournament later this year. Way to go Jags!

Math Club

  1. Kevin Hu and Alexander Sun qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) competition this year! was hosted by Mathematical Association of America. Only the top 2.5% of all scorers across the nation qualified for AIME. Good luck Jags!
  2. Alexander Sun advanced to the State MathCounts Competition. by having one of the five highest-scoring students from the Greater Houston Mathcounts Chapter. Congratulations & go Jaguars!

Science Fair

Congratulations to Angi and Anni Tong (7th grade) who placed 2nd in the Science Fair category of Civil/Electrical & Mechanical Engineering. Jackson Swords (6th grade) placed 3rd in the Earth and Space Sciences category. We are so proud of all our students that competed this year!

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Course Selection Updates

Be sure to check out all of the course selection information on our counselor webpage. All of the updated information, including presentations, dates and applications, can be found here.

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Standards Based Grading @ SMS

FBISD Grading Philosophy

The Board believes in developing students as owners of their learning. To promote student ownership and ensure academic integrity, grades communicate first to students and second to parents and other educational partners each student’s progress toward fulfilling the District’s Vision. To align the grading philosophy and curriculum supports, in 2018-2019 FBISD launched a Grading Pilot in grades 2 - 8. The initial pilot led to a refinement of Standards-Based Grading in PreK-1st grades. For PreK-1st grading guidelines, visit PreK-1st Grade Standards-Based Grading website.

What is the FBISD Grading Pilot?

Campuses engaged in the grading pilot are the first in FBISD to implement a Standards-Based Grading system in grades 2-8. This system changes the way that teachers give feedback related to student progress. Instead of using percentage grades, teachers will provide feedback on competencies that reflect grade-level standards. Students’ report cards clearly communicate academic progress.

For more information please click here.

Standards-Based Grading Video
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Wellness Screener & Contact Tracing

During the week of Spring Break, contact tracing will continue, with team members working every day of the break to monitor and follow up with any cases entered into the wellness screeners. Additionally, community communication about cases will be paused over Spring Break, from Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. until Sunday, March 21, at 5 p.m. School and building leaders will send one cumulative communication on March 21 after that time for all cases that were reported over Spring Break. Daily communication will resume over the following week (March 22-26).

Secondary Student Support Portal

In an effort to enhance our technology support, Fort Bend ISD has given secondary students (Grades 6 - 12) the ability to report application and hardware incidents using the FBISD Support Portal via 1Link. Students will select Student Application Support or Student Hardware Support to request assistance.

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SMS 2020-21 Yearbook

Be sure to check out our yearbook webpage where you will find all of the info on how to get your pictures and ads submitted for the 2020-2021 school year.

It's also not too late to buy your yearbook. It has definitely been a memorable year and we are excited for what is to come!

Everything You Need To Know!

Click here for the latest updates on everything you need to know for the 2020-2021 school year

Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th Grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal


Kat Friedel-Counselor


7th Grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal


Brandi Goodly-Counselor


8th Grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal


Jo Wells-Lead Counselor


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