Future SMS Spartans

Elective Information for the 2016.2017 school year

Future Spartan Families,

This newsletter contains updated information for parents and students. Please reference the important dates and deadlines for applying for science and social studies honors classes as well as instrument selection night details.

Check out our website for important information about our school and please visit out our social media outlets. We look forward to welcoming current 5th grade students and their families to SMS next school year.

Have a safe Spring Break. Go Spartans!

Sean Galiher


Website: https://schmucker.phmschools.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SMSSpartanPride

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schmuckermiddleschool/


3/28 and 3/29: Instrument Selection Night: appointment only


3/31: Elective sheets due to elementary buildings

4/15: Science and Social Studies Honors applications are due at SMS

5/24: 5th Grade Walk Around, 6:00-7:00

8/17: Schedule Pick-Up, 2:00-6:00

8/18: Schedule Pick-Up, 10:00-1:00

8/22: 6th Grade Meet and Greet, 6:00-7:00

8/24: 1st Day of School

Elective Sheets

6th grade elective selection sheets will be sent home with students on Monday, 3/28. Please complete these forms and return them to your child's 5th grade teacher before Spring Break.

6th Grade Electives

The video below highlights the different electives that 6th grade students can select. Students can choose to either take Band, Orchestra, Choir, Art or PLTW.


Art: Maximum of 60 students

PLTW: Maximum of 30 students

If Art or PLTW is a student's first choice, students will be randomly selected for these courses.

Schmucker 6th Grade Electives

6th grade honors science and social studies application process

Students with a passion for science and social studies are encouraged to apply for these courses. Applications are posted on the SMS website and available at the elementary buildings. Applications are due April 15th. Below are printable versions of these applications.

6th Grade Honors Science Application

6th Grade Honors Social Studies Application

New Full Year Elective Offering for 2016-17: PLTW (Project Lead the Way)

All 6th grade students get to experience a class called Design and Modeling for 4.5 weeks at some point during the school year. Please watch the video below to learn more.

New for 2016-17. This course will be offered as a full year elective choice for 6th graders who have an interest in engineering and technology. Students will use the design process to explore topics including computer aided 3D design, mechanical systems, and automation through programming. This full year course is only offered at the 6th grade level. A maximum of thirty 6th grade students will be able to take this course. Students are randomly selected. If a student takes this course as a 6th grader, they can move into an exploration course as a 7th grader or choose to take band, choir or orchestra.

PLTW Gateway at Schmucker Middle School

Math and Language Arts Remediation

A remediation course is recommended for students who did not pass their most recent Math and/or English/Language Arts ISTEP+ exam. Consideration will also be given for other standardized tests (SRI, Acuity) and classroom performance. Final decisions are made on an individual basis. Please indicate on the elective sheet which subject your child may need support with.

Identification process for Math and Language arts classes

SMS offers the following classes for Math and Language Arts. Students are identified for the appropriate classes based on several indicators. We look at placement test results, ISTEP and Acuity scores and teacher recommendations. Parents will be notified near the end of the school year which classes we have enrolled students in. Parents are encouraged to contact us with questions.


6th Algebra 1 (full year algebra course)

6th Honors (pre-algebra and half of algebra 1 course)

6th Accelerated (pre-algebra and grade-level standards)

6th Regular (grade-level standards)

*each class will cover grade level standards and teachers will differentiate accordingly to meet the expectations of the Indiana grade level standards.

Language Arts

6th Honors

6th Accelerated

6th Regular

Growth Mindset at SMS

We educate all of our students about the idea of a Growth Mindset and its impact on learning. We will teach lessons to students during their advisory class throughout the year and encourage students to apply this mindset to the lives. If you want to learn more, please click on the link below.


Learn the SMS Fight Song!

SMS Fight Song