Maneuvering the Middle
Weekly Updates from SMS- May 19
Hello Scranton Families,
As we enter the final weeks of this academic year, we want to take a moment to express our heartfelt appreciation for your ongoing support and trust in our school community. It is our goal to foster strong partnerships between home and school, and we believe that open and effective communication plays a vital role in achieving this. So, without further ado, let's dive into this week's edition and discover the fun events planned for 7th and 8th grade, ways that you can support the Brighton downtown community, and reminders about the dress code and how you can help.
Enjoy the weekend,
Mr. Renner and Mr. Borg
Deadline to Register is May 19th!
7th grade Detroit Princess Riverboat Cruise
The 7th grade Detroit Princess Riverboat Cruise will be on Tuesday, June 13. This 7th-grade end-of-year celebration includes a lunch buffet and DJ entertainment. We will provide transportation from SMS during the day and then return in time for students to either take the bus home or be picked up by a parent at 2:45 p.m. The trip costs $50 per student, including the cruise, lunch, and transportation.
You can prepay for this event on Parent Connect. Sign on to your account and select your student. Select “Accounts” on the left side of the screen. This will take you to the section where you can select “Online SBA Payments” on the right side of the screen. From there you can select your student again and the “Item” to pay for. If you have any questions, you can call Scranton School Office at 810-299-3700.
The permission forms for this event is linked here: https://forms.gle/YyqfEA4HRY47tEjW6
8th Grade Visit to BHS: Our 8th Graders will be visiting Brighton High School on Thursday, May 25th. They will be heading over after lunch and spend the remainder of the day at the high school. Shuttles back to Scranton will be provided, however we ask that any parents who are available to pick up their child from BHS are encouraged to do so. The school day ends at 2:20.
Honors Night: 7th and 8th Grade Honors Night will take place in the Scranton Gym on Thursday, June 8th at 6:00 for 7th grade and 7:00 PM for 8th grade. Student invitees will have their names posted and be receiving invitations. Parents will also be receiving email invitations. More information to come.
Clap Out: 8th Grade Clap Out will be held on Wednesday, June 14th at approximately 10:45. Parents are free to join us for this celebration. More information to come.
Believe in Brighton Day!
June 1st is "Believe In Brighton" day throughout Brighton Area Schools. Everyone is encouraged to wear a "Believe In Brighton" shirt or Brighton spirit wear to show our collective support to our Main Street businesses that are dealing with the construction that is impacting their livelihood. Many of these businesses do so much for our schools, sports teams and communities. It is time for us to give back. All proceeds for sales of Believe In Brighton merchandise goes back to marketing efforts for Downtown Brighton to support all the small businesses. Another way to show our support is to continue to go downtown & support all of Main Street. Order your Believe In Brighton tee or sweatshirt here: https://www.ivoryvines.com/collections/believe-in-brighton Deadline to order has been extended to May 24th
Scranton's Handbook Highlights
We believe that enforcing a dress code policy is crucial for maintaining a positive and focused learning environment for all students. We kindly request your support and cooperation in upholding these guidelines.
The purpose of our dress code is to promote a respectful and conducive atmosphere where students can concentrate on their studies and feel safe and comfortable in their school environment. We have outlined the key points of our dress code policy, and we would like to emphasize their importance:
Disruptive Clothing: Dress or grooming that is disruptive to the educational process is not permitted. This includes excessively revealing or distracting attire that may divert attention from academic pursuits.
Prohibited Endorsements: Clothing or accessories endorsing tobacco, alcohol, or other controlled substances are strictly prohibited on campus. We believe it is essential to maintain a healthy and substance-free environment for our students.
Footwear and Hats: Proper footwear must be worn for safety reasons. Hats are allowed in hallways and common spaces and are at the discretion of the teacher in classrooms. We encourage students to follow these guidelines while respecting the teacher's decision in the classroom.
Decency and Respect: Our administration and staff interpret and enforce standards of decency, which are intended to ensure an atmosphere of mutual respect among students and staff members. Maintaining a sense of dignity and propriety is paramount to nurturing a positive learning environment.
Appropriate Attire: Halter tops, mesh shirts, midriff-exposing shirts, tank tops, short skirts, short shorts, shorts with slits or cutoffs, and other types of suggestive clothing are not permitted.
Undergarment Coverage: Exposing undergarments, including over leggings, is not allowed. We believe it is essential to maintain modesty and uphold a professional atmosphere within our school community.
By adhering to these dress code guidelines, we aim to create an environment that fosters respect, focus, and an appreciation for appropriate dress and grooming. We firmly believe that maintaining these standards will contribute to an enhanced educational experience for every student.
We kindly request your assistance in reinforcing these guidelines with your child. Encourage conversations about the importance of appropriate attire and the impact it has on their education and the overall school environment. Together, let us instill values of respect, self-expression within appropriate boundaries, and a commitment to academic excellence.
During Advisory, our dedicated SMS staff provides activities that aim to engage students and create a sense of community within our school. These activities are carefully planned in advance on a month-to-month basis, with detailed information and instructions shared by Mr. Renner and Mr. Borg. By following this structured approach, we ensure that each Advisory session is meaningful and impactful.
Advisory Schedule for week of May 22
NHS Senior Survivor Activities All Week
Monday - Senior Survivor Day 1 Activities
Tuesday - Senior Survivor Day 2 Activities
Wednesday - Senior Survivor Day 3 Activities
Thursday - Senior Survivor Day 4 Activities
Friday - Senior Survivor Day 5 Activities
Children's Entrepreneurship Fair in downtown Brighton
Calling all K-8th grade entrepreneurs! Sign up for your FREE spot at The Children's Entrepreneurship Fair in downtown Brighton! Kids – Create a product or service, design your booth, set your pricing, and then sell to real customers at this one-day public fair on Saturday, June 3, 10am - noon. Sign up your budding entrepreneur for their free booth at www.KidFair.biz
Mental Health and Wellness
As a district we are increasing our efforts to support the Mental Health and Wellness of our students, families and the community by focusing on Relationships, Student Wellness, and Increasing a Mindset for Learning and Growth. Each week we will share a Tip/Resource.
Additional resources and information can be found on BAS Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on our BAS Wellness & Mental Health website.
BAS Parenting Supports
The county launched a program to offer free parent coaching through the Cook Foundation. As we all navigate the daunting but amazing role of being a parent, this is a resource that we could lean on for support and/or advice. If you are at all interested, this link will remain on the district's main page through the remainder of the school year. Parent Coaching Sign-up Link