Can you believe that it's October? It has been an amazing two months! We had over 250 parents and students attend Curriculum Night on September 12th, behavior referrals for the months of August and September were down almost 50% compared to last year, and yes, there is more! Athletically, we started off the year with a BANG! Our football team finished the season 8:1 and our softball was UNDEFEATED! And, our PTO "Cookies and Canvases" event was TOTALLY AMAZING!
Another noteworthy accomplishment is our PBIS implementation at SCMS! It’s working BIG TIME because our focus is identifying and glorifying the positive! Every month we host several events for the 99% of our students who consistently “DO THE RIGHT THING!” From “snack and chats” to “Dodge-ball Tournaments” to school-wide attendance raffles, we are consistently encouraging positive behaviors through our PBIS Stamp and recognition system! As a result of our diligent focus on the positive, our state RESA School Climate Specialist, who conducted our site observation on October 12th, was so impressed that he is interested in featuring OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL AT THE STATE LEVEL! WOOOT WOOOT!!! This is an amazing honor that we will proudly accept! Our kids are amazing and our school is amazing and I am so proud and honored to be in The Circle!
Yes, greatness is happening at Social Circle Middle School because The Circle is truly the BEST PLACE TO BE! Moving forward, please continue to enjoy this monthly newsletter which will provide you with school-wide updates, recognitions, and overall SCMS information. Parents, thank you for all of your amazing support! Teachers, thank you for providing outstanding instruction to our wonderful students. Students, thank you for being amazing learners. Other staff members, thank you so much for keeping everything in order so that teachers can teach and students can learn! I am so happy to be in the CIRCLE where... TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK!
I am loving The Circle and I am absolutely loving our SCMS!
6th Grade Summer Readers!!!
SCMS ACHIEVERS OF THE MONTH!
INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER OF THE MONTH:
August- Annette Bennett
September- Angel Spikes
October- Charles Reynolds
TEAM PLAYER OF THE MONTH:
September- Phillip Ivey
October- Christy Thornton
REDSKIN OF THE MONTH!
August- Haleigh Milligan
September- Dashon Hyman
Carmen Crowell has been selected as the 7th grade Redskin of the Month of October for a number of reasons. She has perfect attendance this year, earned straight A's on her progress report, is an excellent role model and friend, and takes her education seriously. We appreciate Carmen's dedication to her success and look forward to more greatness from her!
August- Morgan Chambers
September- AJ Harris
October- "Reid Murray is an extremely hared worker and excellent student-athlete! I'm very proud of Reid and it has truly been a pleasure coaching him!" ~ Coach Farber
(98 students qualified!!!! WOOOT WOOT!!)
"Attendance matters because it will impact the career that I choose in the future!"
~ Tess Morrow
AT SCMS... ATTENDANCE MATTERS
Starting November 1st, every home room that has PERFECT attendance will be awarded a DONUTS AND DRINKS breakfast! In May, the homeroom with the most PERFECT attendance awards will win a pizza party!
In order to qualify for the PERFECT attendance raffles students must meet the following criteria for the month:
- No absences
- No tardies
- No check-outs
At SCMS ATTENDANCE MATTERS!
Did you know....
Chronic Absence = Missing two or more days per month
Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress.
By sixth grade, a chronically absent student is shown to have a significantly higher chance of dropping out of high school.
Excused Absences Hurt Tools
Excused absences also impact student achievement!
Every Minute Matters
If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.
~ The American Graduate
FIELD TRIPS! !!YEEEEEEEEEESSSS!!
We are so happy to announce some of our upcoming field trips!!
October 19: Fernbank and Varsity
February 10-12, 2017: Jekyll 4-H Center
November 17TH: Civil Rights Museum, World of Coke, and Varsity
March 2017: College/ University Tour
May 26 - June 3, 2017: Social Circle Serves, Camp Symonette in James Cistern, Central Eleuthera, Bahamas
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AND CHAPERONES!!
If you are willing to chaperone one of our amazing 2016-2-17 experiential trips, please stop by the front desk and ask for a volunteer/chaperone packet. Please note that if you are interested in chaperoning an overnight trip, you will need to complete the packet and schedule an appointment to get fingerprinted at the BOE with either Rosie Giddings or Debra Didier. The current fingerprint fee is currently $42.50. For safety reasons, all volunteers/chaperones must have a background check.
DONATION SHOUT OUT TO NANCY BARDY!
Please know that Mrs. Bardy "attempted" to donate this money "silently!" She was not looking for a shout out or spot light! Her donation was given from that special place where altruism resides! Mrs. Bardy gave because her heart called her to help those who are less fortunate!
Mrs. Bardy, it is people like you who make all the difference! Because of you, two children, who otherwise would not be able to participate in the 7th grade field trip, will be heading to the Fernbank on Oct 19th! Thank you for making a huge difference for two of our children! Mrs. Bardy, thanks for sharing... because sharing is caring!
DONATION SHOUT OUT TO ERICA ALLEN!
Thank you Erica Allen for your compassionate heart and willingness to share... because sharing is caring!
2016-2017 SCMS GOALS
Focus Area: Student Achievement in the academic areas of ELA and Math
Measurable Goal: 5% increase on the Spring 2017 MILESTONES
Focus Area: School Climate
Measurable Goal 1: Decrease student discipline referrals by 15%
STAY IN THE LOOP
TEACHER WEBSITES (PLANBOOK.COM)
SOCIAL CIRCLE EVENTS CALENDAR
- Present and Prepared
- On Task
- Winning Attitude
PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)
- DnD Days (Donuts and Drinks)
- Snack and Chat
- Dodge-ball Tournament
- Fall Festival
- AND SO SO MUCH MORE!!! At SCMS... BEHAVIOR MATTERS!
BEHAVIOR MATTERS AT SCMS : UPCOMING PBIS ACTIVITIES:
Yes, on Friday, October 14th, Lisa and Jennifer pushed a snack cart to every classroom to say, "THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE" to our teachers! WHAT AN AWESOME AND THOUGHTFUL WAY TO SAY THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING TEACHERS! Thank you teachers for being awesome and a special thank you to our PTO for recognizing all that our educators do for our children and community!
Thursday October 13th????
Did you make it? Did you go?
Did you attend the INCREDIBLE... AMAZING... ABSOLUTELY "ARTASTIC" .... "Cookies and Canvases" show?!!!
Have no fear, wipe your tears, grab some tissues out the sack....
In the spring "Cookies and Canvases" will be back!
Special thanks to all of our students and families in The Circle who participated!
- T-shirt orders will continue through Oct 31st.
- Currently selling PAJAMA PANTS AND TIE DYE TEES!
We NEED your HELP:
- Parent volunteers for Fall Festival and Lunch-A-Palooza
- Candy for Fall Festival
STAY IN THE PTO LOOP!
Like us on Facebook: Social Circle Middle School
Special thanks to our generous and awesome PTO:
Lisa Callahan- Co-President
Jennifer McConnell- Co-President
Mindy McQueen- Treasurer
Kayln Peppers- Secretary
Mary Hupp- Media and Marketing Coordinator
Deanna Bruce- Sales and Fundraising Coordinator
On behalf our staff, students, and community, thanks Lisa, Jennifer, Mindy, Kayln, Mary, and Deanna... YOU TOTALLY ROCK!
SPORTS CENTRAL: TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
We finished our softball season... UNDEFEATED.. YES, YOU REPEAT IT.. UNDEFEATED! And, we finished our football season 8:1! What an awesome end to an absolutely awesome season! Congratulations to all of our highly competitive student-athletes!
And, a special SHOUT OUT to our phenomenal coaching staff:
Softball: Coaches: Jessica Hester and Angel Spikes
Football: Coaches: Todd Farber, Mapp Ivey, Larry Cross, Brent Moore
Coaches, please know that the entire Circle Nation is incredibly grateful to your leadership and commitment to our children! Our behalf of our children, school, and community, thank you for being our Coach... and thank you for being our #1 fan!
As our coach we just wanted you to know how much
We appreciate every sacrifice you have made.
You have helped us grow as a team and as individuals.
We have learned that hard work really does pay off
and that excellence can be achieved.
You have been our biggest fan during our most triumphant moments,
and our rock when we came up short of our goal.
We can only hope that we have touched your life
as profoundly as you have touched ours.
Thank you for making a difference.
Competition Cheer Schedule for October
10/22 @ Loganville Fear to Cheer
10/29 @ Winder Barrow
IT'S TIME FOR.... (drum roll please......)