SMS Scoop

March 9, 2018

NWEA - The FINAL Chapter!

All SMS students will take their third and final series of 2017-2018 NWEA tests next week. The assessment results will give us feedback on instruction and will help us make decisions about promotion, retention, and class section placement for next fall. Student performance on these exams also directly impact teacher evaluation. Thanks for giving us your absolute best on each test. Besides helping our school, your effort will also impact your access to the bonus app package right after spring break.

Engagement expectations: Listen to instructions. Don't rush. Persevere until the test ends (remember many of you will answer 50-53 questions!). Use scratch paper for calculations. Read thoroughly. Make your best, educated guess. Embrace the challenge! SHOW YOUR GROWTH!

Test Schedule:

Monday- Language Usage - 8:50-10:05 / iPad

Wednesday- Math - 8:45-10:15 / iPad

Thursday- Reading - 8:45-10:15 / iPad

SMS. Here. We GROW.

ISSMA Contest This Weekend

Good luck to our 7th and 8th grade band students and to our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choir students. Bands will be participating in an ISSMA contest at Highland Hills Middle School tonight and choirs will perform at Highland Hills tomorrow. Have a great trip and enjoy the experience!

Vickers Heads to State

Zackary Vickers has qualified for the state Geography Bee in Indianapolis! After winning our SMS Bee, Zack took an qualifying test to try to secure a spot in the State Bee Final. And Zack made it!! Zack and 99 other Indiana middle school students will compete on April 6, 2018 at the IUPUI campus. The state winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. Good luck, Zack!

We're rooting for you!

Archers Head to State

Good luck to Luke Stidham and Jason Tillison! Both boys will be competing at the Indiana State Archery Finals tomorrow in Indianapolis. These gentlemen qualified for the tourney at our recent SMS qualifying event. Good luck, guys! We're proud of you!

Hawaiian Dance Next Friday

The SMS Student Council invites all SMS students, staff, and parents/guardians to a Hawaiian Dance on Friday, March 16th. The dance starts at 6:30 PM and ends at 9:00 PM. Admission is $3. Light refreshments will be available. Students can purchase pictures for $1. You'll definitely want to grab a friend or two and pose in front of the Art Club's Hawaiian Sunset backdrop. The council will also be selling leis for $1. Lei proceeds will go to Riley Children's Hospital!

The dance is for SMS students only. Students must attend school all day (don't go home sick and don't get removed from class!) Dress is casual - and school dress code rules apply. Students cannot wear tank tops or bikinis. Eighth graders will be admitted at the West Gym door. Sixth and seventh will be admitted at the Cafe/GR door. Pick up will be split to each side of the building. Any car picking up an 8th grader should pick up on the office side at 9:00. Any car not picking up an 8th grader will pick up on the cafe side. [So if your car is getting an 8th grader and two 6th graders, all of those students should be on the office side at 9:00 sharp!]

The parent chaperone meeting will begin at 6:15 sharp. We cannot have dances without parents so make sure you bring one Friday night!! Thanks!

Things to Do!

If you want to enter a Dodgeball team for our March 20th fundraiser, pick up your form and get your team and your money to the office by Friday, March 16th.

If you want to pre-order your SMS Yearbook, go online and order from the SMS website or turn in your $12 cash (or check to SMS) on Tuesday or Thursday next week. The absolute order deadline is Friday, March 23rd. No yearbooks will be available for purchase after they are delivered. Plan ahead. Order now!

If you want to submit one or more pieces of art for the SMS Talent and Art Show, fill out the art planning survey on the Canvas Community Page. Mrs. Owen would like to know how many artists will be participating and what types of art participants plan to submit! Also, pick up an Art Show info flyer in the office today!

If you want to play baseball or softball with the Scott County Little League (ages 3-14), pick up a flyer in the office. Registration dates and times are on the flyer.

A Matter of Time

We've got two important TIME events coming up!

Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend. Before you go to bed Saturday night, turn your clocks AHEAD one hour. We lose an hour of sleep! Remember Fall Back/Spring Ahead. It's spring so we move the clock forward!

Time is running out for this quarter. Our grading period officially ends next Friday, March 16th. Is your academic life in order? Are all things complete and submitted? Does Harmony look right? Grading Period report cards will be created on Tuesday, March 20th.

Spring Sports - Are you in Eventlink?

Spring weather is really exciting. So is scheduling for spring sports!

If you are in baseball, girls tennis, golf, softball, or track, you need to make sure your parents and guardians add your sports calendars on Eventlink. Open "Manage Calendars" and add both the SPORT and the SPORT PRACTICE calendars. The calendars include different information. Example: The GOLF calendar includes golf meet info. The GOLF PRACTICE includes practice info as well as messages from the coach. If you have any questions about Eventlink, call Mr. Smith!

Next Week...

Mon. Mar. 12: B day, NWEA Language Usage test (AM), Archery 3-4:30, Yearbook 3-4

Tue. Mar. 13: A day, Yearbook sales, FACS Club 3-4, Archery 3-4:30

Wed. Mar. 14: B day, NWEA Math test (AM), Cross 7:15am, Archery, 3-4:30, Builders Club 3-4

Thu. Mar. 15: A day, NWEA Reading test (AM), Yearbook sales, Student Council 7:15 am, Archery 3-4:30, Builders' serve at Kiwanis Spaghetti dinner (PM)

Fri. Mar. 16: B day, Bright Idea Competition Finals, SMS Dance 6:30-9 PM