SMS Jaguars: Weekly Reminders

The Final Month: Testing, Final Celebrations, Summer!

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5/20 and 5/21: 8th Grade Celebrations

Thursday, May 20: 8th Grade Picnic (9:30-2:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 21: Moving On Ceremony-Parade of Excellence (9:30 a.m.)

Email: 8th Grade Chairperson, Camille Crowder

Summer School Registration: Deadline is May 28, 2021 (REGISTER NOW!)

Final FCS Summer Learning Promo

5/5: Testing Updates

  • Session 2: Science/Physical Science will occur on Wednesday, May 5. The session was rescheduled due to inclement weather on Monday, May 3.

Jaguar's Quote:

“Is there a place you can go to break away for a little while? If you haven't yet built your tree house, it's never too late to start.”


Gina Greenlee

Principal's Note: May

5/2/2021


Hello Sandtown Family,


It's MAY! With only three full weeks, a few days of school remaining; we are well into our final days of the school year. Our scholars have 18 more days until we conclude the school year. This entire year has felt very different, but as I have repeatedly shared, I am very proud of the team's efforts to do their very best in and out of the classroom. I am also very proud of our scholar's and their resistance, and yes, parents, I am proud of you, as well. Change is very hard, mid-year adjustments are even harder, but WE have weathered the storm. Thank you for hanging in there and looking ahead to the light at the end of the tunnel!


There are many positive outcomes to pausing for a moment to regain your composure, pausing to take a deep breath, and sometimes pausing to simply think more clearly. Well, the pause is right around the corner. Hang tight, it’s coming!


The next 18 school days will be very busy for our scholars and teachers. Please be sure to review all of the happenings for this month. Your active engagement is appreciated. Our teachers are preparing to close out the semester by collecting final assignments, reviewing incomplete assignments with scholars, and pushing for a successful end. Parents, we need your help. Please take a moment to review Infinite Campus and peek at your scholar's grades, including missing work. Do not hesitate to reach out to your scholar's teacher(s) to garner more support. Let’s all commit to ending the year with a deeper understanding of how to improve over the summer!


We have a very busy 18 days ahead of us. Next week, we celebrate our teachers! It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, we also have close out activities, honors and recognitions, celebrations and retirements underway. Please stay tuned and connected by reviewing the monthly SMORE.


Teacher Appreciation Week: May 3-7; Teacher Appreciation Highlighted Sponsors

  • Sandtown Pub

  • Sandtown Middle School

  • Sandtown Middle School PTSA


A few important reminders:


  • A few important reminders:

    • The Georgia Milestones Assessments window is open: April 30 - May 13. Scholars will continue their normal school schedule during testing. On-site and remote scholars will continue with instruction, if they are not testing. Testing windows are scheduled to last 1.5-to-2 hours on the scheduled days for testing. Please note, we are unable to make any adjustments to the learning environment once the testing window has started.
    • Summer school letters were mailed out in April. Please review the letters and register your scholar for summer school. If you need assistance with summer school registration, please email our Curriculum Assistant Principal, and someone will follow up with you to assist you with registering for summer school.
      • A second set of letters for students who did not complete Reboot-Semester 1 successfully will arrive in May. Please follow the instructions for summer school registration.
    • New masks directives are highlighted in this month's newsletter. Please be sure to review the changes.
    • End-of-the-Year Celebrations are scheduled for each grade level. Eighth (8th Grade) is the only grade that will host an on-site event for 8th grade scholars: The 8th grade Picnic and the 8th Grade's Moving on Ceremony-Drive Parade. A fee of $20 is now due for 8th grade fees.


As we close out another successful year, thank you for your active engagement in your scholar’s learning experience and outcomes. It truly does make a difference! As I always remind our scholars, staff and community, we are continually seeking excellence and we cannot accomplish this task with you! Again, I am truly proud of this team! It’s definitely one that will go down in history as one of a kind. Leading and teaching through a pandemic is an accolade for all!


Please always remember: “You are so awesome! You are so amazing! Your students need you and you are making a difference in their lives. Keep on teaching, Teachers! Keep on leading, Leaders! Keep on supporting, Support Staff! Keep on parenting, Parents! Keep on making and being the difference!”


Again, and as always, thank you for all that you do to ensure we are normalizing excellence!


Your Partner,


Principal Miley


GMAS TESTING INFORMATION

Remote Learners: Arrival Times

All remote learners arriving for testing must be on site by 8:55 a.m. The sign-in process will begin at 8:30 a.m. daily., and conclude promptly at 8:55 a.m.


What time will testing start daily?

Testing formally begins at 9:00 a.m.. All students must be in place and ready to begin testing at 9:00 a.m.


What time will testing conclude?

The testing conclusion times are estimates based on no interruptions to the start and end of testing. If accommodations are provided, please note testing sessions could last longer for individual students. The times below are the most approximate estimate we are able to provide. Parents are asked to report on-time to pick-up all remote scholars, immediately after testing. Scholars are afforded a lunch break. All scholars will return to their normal schedule after testing.


  • April 30: Algebra I End of Course/All sections

    • Start Time: 9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

    • End Time: 12:00 p.m.

  • May 3: Science and Physical Science

    • Start Time: 9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

    • End Time: 11:30 a.m.

  • May 4: Grade 8 Social Studies

    • Start Time: 9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

    • End Time: 11:30 a.m.


  • May 5: Make-Up Session (Science/Physical Science-Part II)


  • May 6: Math-Part I
    • Start Time: 9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

    • End Time: 11:30 a.m.

  • May 7: Math- Part II

    • Start Time: 9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

    • End Time: 11:30 a.m.


  • May 10: Make-Up Sessions


  • May 11: English/Language Arts-Part I

    • Start Time: 9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

    • End Time: 11:30 a.m.

  • May 12: English/Language Arts-Part II

    • Start Time: 9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

    • End Time: 11:30 a.m.

  • May 13: English/Language Arts-Part III

    • Start Time: 9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

    • End Time: 11:30 a.m.


  • May 14: Make-Up Sessions


*NO ADJUSTMENTS TO TESTING ENVIRONMENTS ARE APPROVED. THE TESTING WINDOW HAS FORMALLY OPENED.

*Testing schedules may be adjusted for any school related matter: inclement weather, etc.

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Middle School: Read More to Learn About Summer School & Register!

Middle School ​Summer School is an opportunity for middle school students to clear incompletes from 2020-2021, accelerate, or recover credits during the time between school years. The summer sessions are condensed versions of content provided during the school year, and students must have their course requests validated by their counselor before being enrolled.


For summer 2021, students who have previously failed a year-long World Language course have the opportunity to retake the course for free through Fulton Virtual School. Students may take up to two credits at no cost. In addition, students who have Incompletes, WFs or F's from 2020-2021 will attend summer school at no cost in order to clear the incompletes, WFs, or F's. Students clearing an Incomplete or recovering credit for a WF or F can participate through

Face-to-Face Summer School courses will also be offered for special education students who require an adapted curriculum (those assessed on the Georgia Alternate Assessment 2.0) that need to clear incompletes, WFs, or F's from 2020-2021. The content will focus on the core content areas: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.


Face-to-Face Summer School from June 7 - June 24. Students who choose to accelerate through Fulton Virtual School during the summer will require tuition.


Sandtown Middle School will send formal invitations to all parents of scholars who are recommended to attend summer school. Invitations will arrive soon via email and mail.


Click here to learn more about Summer School options

Click here to Register

Student Device Return: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

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Congratulations to our new PTSA Board!

Last Thursday, PTSA held their final meeting of the year. During the session our new PTSA Board members were voted into office. Congratulations to our Incoming Board!

  • Thomas Morse, PTSA President
  • Anotinette Edwards, PTSA Vice-President
  • Monica Manning, Recording Secretary
  • Erika Thompson, Treasurer


Our exiting PTSA and SGC President/Chair and support members have served our council since their tenure as a parent at Sandtown Middle School. On Tuesday, May 25, the Sandtown Middle School Team will honor our exiting PTSA and SGC board members for their dedication and support of Sandtown Middle School. We encourage our parents and stakeholders to join us in the Rotunda to share their final farewell to supportive PTSA leader and exiting board members.

Farewell Celebration of Appreciation for our Exiting Board Members (PTSA and SGC)! Tuesday, May 25 (9:30-10:30 a.m.); the breakfast reception is for serving and exiting board members only.


  • Tara Surratt, PTSA President (FY18-FY21)-3 Years
  • Ericka Thompson, PTSA Vice President (FY19-FY20)-2 Years
  • Nicole Blue, Recording Secretary (FY18-FY20)-3 Years
  • James Simmons, Treasurer (FY18-FY20)-3 Years
  • Dionne Morse, SGC Chair; formally SGC Co-Chair (FY19-FY20)-2 Years
  • Kim Hartwell, SGC Chair (FY18-FY19)-2 Years
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8th Grade Celebratory Activities: Final Call for 8th Grade Dues! $20 Due NOW!

Parents: It's now time to engage and prepare for the final days of 8th grade! Yes, your scholar is moving on, and while we are sad to see them go, we are so proud of their development, and we know they will showcase excellence in the next phase of their educational journey! Capture all of the moments! Please see below for more information on the planned activities for 8th Grade Celebrations.


*Social distancing expectations are in place for each scheduled event.


Click here to pay for your 8th Grade Memorabilia Package. The deadline to pay for the package is Friday, May 07. Be sure to look for the OSP icon at the top of our website. Click here to submit your payment. OSP is the only accepted form of payment.


Click here to confirm your senior's (8th Grade Scholar) attendance.

Student Shout-Outs & Special Recognitions

We are so very proud of your efforts! Congratulations and we know you will represent Sandtown well!


  • Congratulations to our Technology Competition Winners! (Reference below for more information).
  • Honor Roll Recipients; We are looking forward to celebrating you on Friday, May 14, 2021

Congratulations to our Technology Competition Winners!

Congratulations to our scholars for their hard work and now they can advance on to Georgia State Competition representing Fulton County Schools and Sandtown Middle. You may visit all winners at the following link: Technology Competition / Technology Competition (fultonschools.org).


We are so proud of our teacher-leaders: Ms. Green and Ms. Bibbs-Hines and our scholars!


  • Congratulations to our TSA State Leadership Conference winners
  • There are 16 State Finalist categories and 3 of those categories advancing on to TSA Nationals.
  • Congratulations to our 2nd place winner which will be recognized by the Fulton County Board and two 3rd place category winners
  • Sandtown Middle School has received school trophies for those 1st-3rd placement winners & each student received their GATSA State Finalist pins
  • Sandtown TSA is recognized overall in the State of Georgia as 5th place in the Outstanding Middle School category for GA TSA for the entire state!

Sandtown Gives Back: Spring Into Action for NEWNAN!

Sandtown Middle School fully supports the rebuilding of the Newnan Community. Many lives were impacted, including one of our very own family members. So, in our true fashion of excellence, we are stepping up to Spring into Action for Newnan. Please join us in our efforts.


Let's come together to showcase our kindness and support to our very own SMS team member and the Newnan community. All donations may be delivered to the front office. All donations must be delivered to the school prior to the last day of the school year, Wednesday, May 26.


School-based contact: Maria Bibbs-Hines


Requested Items:

  • Non-perishable foods
  • Bottled water
  • Toiletries
  • Blankets/Pillows/Towels/Wash Cloths
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Undergarments/Socks
  • Clothing/Shoes for men, women, & children
  • Household kitchen items
  • Can openers
  • Air Mattresses
  • Diapers (Child/Adult) and wipes
  • Toothbrushes/paste
  • Plastic/Storage bins
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Soap
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Garbage bags
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Bottled Gatorade/juice
  • Pet supplies

No School Days!

Our scholars will not attend school on the following days:

***FCS Schools and District Offices are closed***

  • May 27: Post-Planning day for Teachers


*Please note the last day of the school year is Wednesday, May 26*

PBIS: Building Positive Behaviors

  • Final Close out Activities


Never forget a Positive Practice goes a long way!

P.B.I.S Coach: Arianne Warner

P.B.I.S Store Donations Needed: Click to see the list!

Our P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Committee needs your support: To keep our students excited in earning P.B.I.S. points and provide a fulfilling reward experience on Jag Store shopping days, we need your help.

Academic Focus: Check out grade level information, academic support and more!

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The Sandtown MS Counseling Team Newsletter

Check out the SMS Counselors Newsletter!

6th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level.

7th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level.

8th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level.

Sandtown Middle School: Instructional Lesson Plans

Lesson planning is a significant element of teaching-learning system. A lesson plan is a step-by-step guide that provides a structure for an essential learning. Before planning a lesson, it is essential to classify the learning outcomes for the class. It is important because it helps the teacher in maintaining a standard teaching pattern and does not let the class deviate from the topic. Pre-planning helps the teacher to be better equipped in answering questions asked by the students during the lecture. An effective lesson plan has three basic components; aims and objectives of the course, teaching and learning activities and, assessments to check student understanding of the topic.


Click below to request a copy of the current lesson plans


Parent (Student) COVID-19 Reporting Portal

As we return to face-to-face instruction, it is important that we ensure the safety of all students, staff, and visitors in Fulton County Schools.


Click here to report a COVID-19 Report


At this time we are asking that parents/guardians of FCS students submit a COVID-19 Report ONLY if your student fits into one or more of the following categories:


a) Has tested Positive for COVID-19 in the past 15 days

b) Currently waiting for the results of a test for COVID-19

c) Has been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the past 15 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

If your student fits into one or more of the above categories, please begin the form by clicking the "Next" arrow below. Your report will be sent directly to the Fulton County Board of Health.

If your student does not fit into any of the above categories, a COVID-19 report is not required at this time. Please monitor your child's symptoms and follow-up with your healthcare provider or contact the school clinic, if you have any concerns.


Please DO NOT send your child to school if he or she fits into any of the above categories or is otherwise ill or unwell If your student meets any of the above criteria or is ill or unwell, DO NOT send your student to school until you have spoken with your healthcare provider, one of the FCS Student Health Services School Nurses, or a public health official.

Are you new to Sandtown? Check out school information for new and incoming scholars!

Uniforms

Uniforms are highly encouraged, however due to COVID-19 and the associated financial implications, they are not required. Uniforms provide distinctive identification for grade levels and support uniformity throughout our school. We encourage our scholars to adhere to our norm! All of our scholars benefit from Spirit Wear on Friday's!

-We are returning in a Universal Remote Environment; Post-Return we do encourage uniforms


  • 8th Grade: Royal Blue
  • 7th Grade: Grey
  • 6th Grade: Black


Uniform Vendors: Walmart, Old Navy, Brandhouse Ink (School-Based Vendor

*All vendors are independent vendors

*Brandhouse Ink is a school-based business partner and offers our school logo. Orders are independently placed with the vendor.


Car-Rider Information: Only applicable for Face-to-Face (TBD)

All students who are currently assigned a car-rider number will retain their current car rider number for the new school year.

New car riders must have a registration form on file. This year, we kindly request all parents to complete the online form. The process is very simple and will allow for a more effective process. Please complete the car-rider registration form online and someone from our office will email you with your confirmed car-rider tag information within 24-48 hours.


Click here to register for a new car-rider number


Lockers: Parents may pre-pay, as deemed appropriate; lockers are distributed during Face-to-Face/On-Site Learning (TBD)

Lockers are available for purchase, beginning the second week of school. Locker assignments will adhere to social distancing guidelines. Lockers will be spaced out to ensure adherence to social distancing requirements.


Payments for lockers may be submitted via Online School Payment, beginning August 17, 2020. Students will begin receiving their locker assignments within 5 days of the submitted payment. The locker fee for all students is $12 for an annual locker rental. Please list your scholar's first and last name, and grade level when purchasing your locker online.


We highly encourage purchasing a locker shelf to organize items within the lockers for our scholars. The school does not sell the locker shelves, however, they may be purchased from Walmart or Target. See the link for an example: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lockermate-12-inch-Stac-a-shelf-Wire-Locker-Shelf-Pink/605020719

Universal Remote Learning (URL) Reminders: (Successful Tips Below)

Review the daily schedule bell schedule:
  • The URL Schedule includes a slight adjustment from the schedule in Infinite Campus; be sure to review the URL Bell Schedule.
Log-into your Class Link (need help, review the video below)
  • Watch the video on how to log-in to Class Link
  • Questions: Email your scholar's teacher using Class Link
Device Information: New Students and scholars without a device

Still need help?

  • Contact the URL Hotline
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Monday - Friday
Call: 470-254-2300
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Important School Documents

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Sandtown Middle School's Parent View Calendar

Click here to view school events!

Sandtown Middle School: VIEW the SCHOOL-FAMILY COMPACT

SMS students participating in the Title I, Part A program, and their families, agree that this compact outlines how the parents/guardians, the entire school staff, students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.

Sandtown Middle School: PRINT & SIGN the COMPACT

Review and print the signature page: All scholars who return the signature page will receive an incentive for their commitment to excellence! Parents, please help us ensure excellence for our school. Your agreement matters!

Sandtown Middle School: SIGN THE COMPACT-VIRTUAL FORM

Review and E-SIGN the signature page: All scholars who return the signature page will receive an incentive for their commitment to excellence! Parents, please help us ensure excellence for our school. Your agreement matters! *E-Signature Receipt

Parent Engagement Plan

Sandtown’s Parent and Family Engagement Plan describes how we will support the important role parents have in the education of their students. We build capacity for parent engagement by establishing an equal partnership.

FCS: Student Code of Conduct

This year, the District is making its Student Code of Conduct & Discipline Handbook (the Handbook) available online and via email. If you would like a paper copy of the Handbook, please contact Student Services.

Sandtown Middle School: Parent & Student Handbook FY21

The (Coronavirus) outbreak is an ongoing, rapidly developing situation. Sandtown Middle reserves the right to adjust information within our handbook to ensure adherence to federal, state/local health organization guidance and government mandates.

Access to Class Link

Q: What is ClassLink (Launchpad)? A single sign-on platform that will allow you to use your FCS username and password to access everything you need. Classlink (Launchpad) delivers instant access to your web resources from all your devices.

TAG and Continuous Achievement Information

The Fulton County Board of Education supports our mission statement that each child should be given the opportunity to reach his/her full potential.

SMS Athletics Department: Complete all required forms

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Community Resources: Please review our Community Resources Section

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#DEATakeBack National Prescription Drug Take Back Campaign (April 24, 2021) 30 sec CC
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