SMS Bulletin 9.28.15

Show Respect-Make a Difference-Set the Bar High

Mission and Vision

At Schmucker Middle School we strive to cultivate a thriving and safe learning community that promotes academic excellence, lifelong learners, and socially responsible and productive citizens.

To do list

1. Read student-led conference directions. Directions will be sent out on Monday.

2. Watch Hapara video to learn how to share documents. This video is posted below. All teachers will be sharing SMART goal documents with students.

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Thank you Andrea and Elizabeth for organizing the activities for #CollegeGoWeek. Also, thank you to all of the teachers who participated in the door decorating event. Feel free to post a picture of your door to the SMSSelfie account.

Advisory Period

Week 7

9/28: SPARC. Internet Safety Lesson 2.

9/29: Complete Internet Safety Lesson 2

At the end of the internet safety lesson, students will open up a Google slide presentation, name it (Smith, John SLC 2015), and make sure the presentation is saved in their advisory folder.

9/30: SPARC. Read Read Expectations

During this class, advisory teachers should share the SMART goal template and the Google slide template using Hapara. Click on this link ( to learn how to share.

10/1: Begin SMART Goal Setting (follow directions posted on Monday)

10/2: SPARC: Advisory visit and Team 1 meeting. Finish SMART Goal Setting

Please access the link Advisory Resources for information regarding our 1st quarter Advisory curriculum. This folder is shared with all teachers.

SLO (Student Learning Objectives)

Please click on the link below for a timeline and a list of approved assessments for SLOs.

Choices for SLO

Cheers for Peers

It’s back!!! For the 2015-2016 school year we can continue to use this document linked below to congratulate and cheer on staff members at SMS. For those new to the building, if you ever want to make everyone else aware of the great thing(s) a colleague has done, please share it here. Just add it to the top of the page.

Cheers for Peers

Staff Bio

Tara Curless is in her second year at Schmucker as an 8th grade Wellness teacher. Before coming to Schmucker, Tara taught preschool-8th grade PE/health at Queen of Peace. Tara received her education from School City of Mishawaka (Go Cavemen and Kingsmen :), is that possible?!) and Bethel College. While at Bethel Tara was a member of the softball team that made it to the NAIA national tournament all four years. Also, while at Bethel she met her husband, Garrett, who was on the baseball team. Tara and Garrett have been married since June 2013. They have a bucket list to attend every major league baseball stadium together. Eleven down and nineteen to go! Garrett and Tara have two dogs, Wrigley and Rockne. (Go Cubs and Go Irish!) They will be welcoming an addition to their family in six short weeks with the arrival of their son! They are beyond excited and blessed to start this journey as parents. Other than her husband, dogs, and soon to be son, Tara loves spending time with her family (especially her 7 year old nephew), doing anything that involves being active, and attending any and all athletic events. She is very thankful to be in a profession that she loves waking up for every morning and even more so being at a school that makes enjoying that profession even easier!

Staff Bio

Holly lived in Hawaii for 25 years of her young adult life, fell in love and married Tom Clemans from South Bend, Indiana. Tom and Holly have two beautiful girls that are now young women. She moved to Granger in 2000 and her girls started school at Horizon Elementary. Holly started volunteering at Horizon and did such a great job that she was hired as an ESP employee in 2001. Holly continued at Horizon for a year then she transferred to Prairie Vista for 8 years and then to Schmucker since 2010. Their daughter, Jackie, has a career in Gemology and is employed at Jared's The Galleria of Jewelry. Their 2nd daughter, McKenzie, just finished at IU Bloomington with a degree in Telecommunications. They recently moved her to West Hollywood CA to work at a film studio. Tom and Holly are very much looking forward to empty nesting and beginning the next phase of their journey together.
Sharing Documents with Hapara
Hapara Basics

Sporting Events

Click her to see our school calendar of events.

Click here to see who is signed up to work sporting events.

SMS Sports Sign-Up

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