The SMS Weekly Update
Say goodbye to MARCH! One last week and April finally makes an appearance. We have ZONE TRACK MEET this week, UIL Band competition, and several unit test this week. Several students are recovering hours for attendance to gain credit back and avoid summer school. Make sure you are checking your grades daily and scheduling tutorials if needed to help you succeed this year. We have a lot going on so check emails, ask questions, listen to announcements and do your best each and every day Porcupines! STAY SHARP!
Quote of the week:
Every action you take is a vote for the person you wish to become.
Monday, March 27
SISD Board Meeting
8th Math “3-Dimensional Figures” Unit Test (finish from Friday if needed)
Tuesday, March 28
SMS Track @ Lake Worth (Big 5 Meet)
Wednesday, March 29
7th Math “Probability” Unit Test
8th History “Civil War” Unit Test
Thursday, March 30
Honors Band UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest performance will be at 5:45pm on March 30th in the Glen Rose High School Auditorium. Click here for the Itinerary for the day
Friday, March 31
Below is a link to a lot of data that our very own Ms. Hall was gracious enough to organize. The slides basically let everyone see where we started and where we are now. There are also STAAR projections based on numerous data points that have been collected since September 2, 2022. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Scott (email@example.com) and I will be happy to answer any questions. Thank you!
2023-2024 Registration Presentation
The registration/course selection presentation is available for viewing below. We will cover all of this information on Tuesday, March 7, immediately after OPEN HOUSE at 6:35 PM.
Color Guard Information for 2023-2024
We made it through Spring Break, now it's time for the final push!
We hit it quick this week. The SMS Pojo Relays are Tuesday. I hope you did something over the break or Tuesday might be rough! We get to run in our house this week! It makes it easy because we know where everything is. We will start field events at 4:00 this week so follow the schedule closely. The schedule is below.
You will not have to sign out your athlete this week since we are at home, but we will need them to tell us when they are leaving so we can make sure they are done with their events.
I am working on a meal (sandwich, chips, and water) to purchase. I will have more details Monday.
SMS Pojo Relays Schedule
4:00 FIELD EVENTS
SHOT PUT Ring 1 - 8B, 8G
Ring 2 - 7G, 7B
DISCUS Ring 1 - 8G, 8B
Ring 2 - 7B, 7G
LONG JUMP 8G, 8B, 7B
TRIPLE JUMP 8B, 8G, 7G
JUMP PIT 3 7G Long Jump
7B Triple Jump
HIGH JUMP Mat 1 - 8G - 4’2”
8B - 4’6”
Mat 2 - 7B - 4’4”
7G - 4’0”
POLE VAULT 8B - 7’0
8G - 6’0”
7B - 6’6”
7G - 6’0”
4:30 2400 M Run 7G, 8G, 7B, 8B
6:00 RUNNING FINALS
7G, 8G, 7B, 8B
4 X 100 RELAY
4 X 200 RELAY
300 INT. HURDLES
4 X 400 RELAY
* We will do our best to finish field events, outside of pole vault, before we begin running.
We will be starting boys soccer practice this week. I will have more information on Monday. Practice will only be after school. I will get a schedule to your you as soon as I get it.
8th Grade Off-Season will stay the same
We will be using the Sportsyou Athletics groups by grade to get information out. If you are not a part of those, please join them.
Here are the codes for each group. You must get the app to join a group.
7th grade girls - YCWH-68WK
8th grade girls - E2MY-CUQD
7th grade boys - F5KR-2R35
8th grade boys - MSEF-KFBJ
If you join a group, please make sure you friend request the coaches so that you can send messages directly to them.
The track schedule is posted below.
Have a great week and ...
Stay Classy Porcupines!
SMS TRACK SCHEDULE
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS
Parents/guardians are prohibited from approaching, speaking to, and/or driving up to any child that is not their own. Should your child have any conflicts or problems with another student, it is imperative to inform the administrative team so they may conduct a thorough investigation and deal out consequences, if any are needed. If a student reports a parent/guardian of another student has approached them in the parking lot, we will refer any incidents to our School Resource Officer, and possibly the Springtown Police Department, for further action. Thank you for your cooperation.
This Week's Weather
21-22 TEA SCHOOL REPORT CARD
Below is the link for the official TEA School Report Card for SMS. Overall we have a B and we are working extremely hard for the A that we believe is obtainable. Our teachers are working extremely hard with your students to fill gaps and help our kids achieve success. Please reach out to Mr. Scott if you have any questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
STAAR Performance Rates at Approaches Grade Level or Above (All Grades Tested) STAAR Performance Rates at Meets Grade Level or Above (All Grades Tested) STAAR Performance Rates at Masters Grade Level (All Grades Tested) Academic Growth Score (All Grades Tested) - Indicates there are no students in the group.
What? Some 8th graders were notified this week by Mrs. Gomez, the Counselor, that he/she needs to make up hours for either, Professional Communications or Touch Systems, for the fall semester. Why? The Attendance Committee reviewed absences for your child and decided to provide him/her with an opportunity to regain credit by making up seat time hours.
SMS BAND Newsletter
The SMS Express-Curriculum and Instruction Newsletter
The SMS Express
What are students learning at Springtown Middle School? Thank you for supporting your child to achieve success in school. We value your input and active participation in your child's education. This newsletter is designed to help you understand the work your child brings home and the academic expectations of Springtown Middle school and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
As a result of universal screening, students may be identified as needing supplemental instruction (a Tier II or Tier III level of support) in addition to the high-quality instruction they are receiving in Tier I. Research-based interventions are used to support students in the area of need.
SMS TITLE I NEWSLETTER
SMS TITLE I
Parents are the first and most important teacher for their children. Research demonstrates that students whose parents are actively involved in school activities have greater success in school. When school personnel and parents work together, student academic achievement increases. Our vision is to have a partnership with Springtown Middle School.
Lately, we have had students make the poor choice to say racist comments to several student groups. Name calling and racism do not have a place at SMS and absolutely will not be tolerated. Consequences will be swift and as severe as they need to be to correct the problem. All students should feel safe and accepted at SMS each and everyday. Student safety and wellbeing is our number one priority at all times. Please talk to your student, or students, about this issue. Thank you.
Tardies are piling up for several of our Porcupines. The building isn't that big but yet there can be 50+ students in the hallways after the final bell to go to class. The tardy policy will become more punitive as the semester moves forward. Being on time is important now, in high school, and in life. If a student accumulates a lot of tardies, days in ISS is a distinct possibility.
Vaping has reared its ugly head again at SMS. Vapes are being found daily, some with THC. Not only are vapes ILLEGAL, but the ones with THC are possible felonies AND we don't know what is in them. Some vapes have been found in surrounding districts with synthetic fentanyl. Not only can this cause a serious medical emergency, it can also kill someone instantly. Please, please, please....if you SEE something, SAY something. The campus administrators will check every report. Our number one priority is to keep every Porcupine safe every day.
Keeping your hands to yourself
Keeping our hands to ourselves has become an issue lately. More reports are flooding the office about inappropriate touching, kicking, licking in some instances, “kneeing” someone from behind, the “finger” game, etc. All of this behavior is unacceptable. Each and every student has the right and privilege to come to SMS each day without the fear of being harassed in any form or fashion.
Some of the aforementioned actions are more than harassment; some are criminal and will also result in charges being pressed along with a DAEP placement. The “finger” game that many boys seem to think is funny is actually sexual harassment and can be sexual assault. The “knee” game can cause serious injuries. All of this can be avoided by simply keeping our hands to ourselves. There is absolutely no reason to touch other students. In this day and age, the old mantra of “kids will be kids” is a thing of the past.
It is written in the Student Handbook that all absent notes are to be turned in within three days of returning to school. The front office staff will put the date it was received on the top right hand corner and then deliver to the PEIMS office. To help parents out, I have created a google form and QR code that can be used to enter absent notes as well. These will be date and time stamped and you will also receive an email with your response, for your records. Please utilize this feature if you are worried about your student losing their notes. If your student has more than three unexcused absences, truancy letters will be posted to your family access account. Please send your student to school every day and if they must miss school because of sickness, doctor/dentist appointments, a funeral or court, please send an absence note to essure that we do not have to file truancy on your child.
Contact Mrs. Jessica Cannon
SMS Bell Schedule 2022-2023
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- Student Handbook 2022-2023
- Student Handbook 2021-2022 (Spanish)
- 2022-2023 Student Code of Conduct
- 2021-2022 Student Code of Conduct (Spanish)
- "Acceptable Use" Guidelines for Technology
- Bullying, Sexual Harassment, Dating/Sexual Violence Guidelines
- Dyslexia Handbook
- 2022-2023 Gifted & Talented Plan
- Student Grievance Contacts
Grading Guidelines 22-23
Did you know?
Their fur ranges in color from brownish-yellow to black, and they sport white highlights in their quills.
The porcupine's most famous feature—the quill—is hollow, 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7 centimeters) in length, and lightly attached to the porcupine's skin. Porcupines are covered in about 30,000 quills. Quills are not thrown or shot, as popularly conceived. Because quills are so lightly attached, they come off easily when a predator encounters them. When the quills enter the skin of a predator, they work their way further into the skin at a rate of 1 mm an hour. Porcupines are more likely to flee predators, but if cornered, it will erect its quills, turn its back to the attacker and lash its barbed tail.
While porcupines spend most of the time on the ground, they are good climbers and regularly climb trees in search of food (and occasionally are found to build nests in trees.) They are also good swimmers.
The North American porcupine is one of the largest rodents found in North America, coming second to the North America beaver. They weigh around 20 pounds (9 kilograms) and are 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters) in length.
North American porcupines are native to the coniferous and mixed-forest habitats of Canada, the northeastern and western regions of the United States and northern Mexico. Besides forests, porcupines can also be found in grasslands, desert shrub communities and even tundra.
Porcupines are generalists, eating a wide range of plant material. Their diet changes seasonally. In the winter, they primarily eat evergreen needles and the inner bark of trees, often feeding heavily on a single tree causing damage or death to the tree. In the spring and summer, porcupines shift to eating berries, seeds, grasses, leaves, roots and stems.
At the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the porcupines eat herbivore pellets and a variety of fruits, vegetables and greens. Their favorite food item is corn on the cob. They also get browse several days a week and chew on the tree bark in their exhibit.
Reproduction and Development
Breeding season is fall and early winter. They conduct an elaborate courtship involving extensive vocalizations, a courtship dance, and the male usually showers the female with urine before mating. Gestation lasts 205 to 217 days. Young (called porcupettes) are born in the spring/early summer. There is generally one porcupette per litter—twins are rare.
In the wild, they are known to live as long as 18 years.
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