SMS Weekly Update 01/19-01/22

“One school, One voice, One family ~ All Together”

Mission, Vision, Core Values & Smart Goals

SMS Vision Statement:

“Sedgefield will be a premier middle school that produces globally competitive leaders.”

SMS Mission Statement:

“Our Sedgefield faculty is committed to providing rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe and personalized learning environment.”

SMS Core Values:







2015-2016 EOG GOALS

40% 4/5 - ELA

35% 4/5 – MATH

55% 4/5 –SCI.

Weekly Meetings

Monday- No School ( MLK Holiday)

Tuesday- Department Planning Meetings

Wednesday- No General Staff Meeting (Early Release Day)

Thur. & Fri- 1 on 1 Check-ins with facilitators or GLA) individual planning time

Quick Note From Principal Turner

Good afternoon SMS Family,

This week is a week of endings and new beginnings. Our first semester ends on Wednesday and the 3rd quarter and 2nd semester begins on Thursday. As we prepare for the transition, we're going back to our basics of emphasizing quiet, orderly and safe class-to-class transitions, data-driven instruction and effective PLCs that support teacher communication, skill development and ultimately student achievement. The consistency of our protocols & procedures and the gradual increase of our expectations for ourselves and our scholars will fuel our progress towards the goals that we have set for this year.

Please review the information that is included below and feel free to contact any of our leadership team members with questions you may have regarding the contents. Also, please do not overlook the attachments that were included in the email that contained this link. These attachments will help you to plan for Wednesday's early release day, Tuesday & Wednesday's ESL parent night and for our teacher workday on January 25th.

Thank you for being amazing leaders and continue to press onward Spartans!!!
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Wednesday Early Release Reminder

Wednesday is our 2nd early release day of the year. Scholars will be dismissed at 1:15. Our schedule for the day is attached to the email that contains this link. We will not have our weekly staff meeting on Wednesday morning.
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3rd Quarter starts on Thursday. New schedule distribution and procedures.

Thursday is the first day of the 3rd quarter. Homeroom teachers will receive printed schedules for their homeroom class. Please give these out to our scholars during homeroom & first period. Our guidance team will provide a form for teachers to fill out with any scholars who do not have a schedule or who problems with their schedules. Please do not send scholars to the office for schedule changes or adjustments.
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Kickboard Kickoff to Support our School Culture

Below is a portion of the email that Ms. Dick sent out to our staff on Friday. If you have not setup your classes Kickboard, please do so this week.

As of this morning, we only have 12 educators who have set up their classes in Kickboard. It is imperative that we have everyone on board in order to provide our scholars with the opportunity to earn positive rewards. If you have not yet done so, please take some time this weekend or during your planning to get your classes set up! We want to hit the ground running when 2nd Semester begins! The flipped PD is available below, and as always, Mr. Johnson and I are ready to help you any way that we can!

Please find the link below for our Kickboard Flipped PD! You may copy and paste the link or type it directly in to your browser.

PD Link:

Important Points:
1.) When you click the link, you will be prompted to enter your name. Enter your name, then click send to get started.
2.) It's best to open the PD in one tab and Kickboard in a second tab so you can follow along as you build your groups.
3.) Groups should be built before we return from break!
4.) If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to either Mr. Johnson or me!

Nearpod Lessons: Download ready-to-use content for education

No mobile devices in your classroom? No worries! You can enjoy Nearpod from any web browser :) Create, engage, and assess your students in every lesson!

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Please Congratulate our December Scholars of the Month & Most Improved Scholars

The following scholars have earned Scholar of the Month or Most Improved Scholar for the month of December. They will enjoy lunch with Mr. Turner on Friday, January 22nd at Honey Tupelo Cafe. Please congratulate them and encourage them to keep up the great work.

Scholars of the Month

Arliya Bennerman (6th)
Jhonathan Escobar (6th)

Anjeli Pancholi (7th)
Jessica Suarez (7th)

Ana Zentino (8th)
Nasaiah Rumley (8th)

Most Improved Scholars
Iyana Thompson (6th)
Kevin Morales (6th)

Estephany Hernandez (7th)
Jonathan Bates (7th)

Ana Zentino (8th)
Heaven Little (8th)
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Kona Ice Social Committee Fundraiser & Clubs on Friday

On Tuesday & Thursday of this week $3.00 tickets for Kona Ice Cups will be sold during lunch time. The money that is raised will go towards our school social committee. Scholars who purchase tickets will receive their Kona Ice Cups on Friday before clubs. The schedule for each grade level is attached to this email. Please review the schedule and coordinate transitions with your grade level teams to help us make this fundraising event safe and successful.
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Carmel Middle School 3rd Annual Black History Quiz Bowl

SMS has been invited to compete in Carmel Middle School's 3rd Annual Black History Quiz Bowl. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 20th, 2016. If you are interested in coaching or supporting our scholars to prepare for the competition, please contact me.
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January 25th is a Required Teacher Workday

Monday, January 25th is a required teacher workday. We will begin the day in the media center with a brief overview of our Winter Insight Survey Results. Afterwards, team members will be able to complete their CIA 2 data analysis and 4-6 week instructional action plans they have not been completed already.

Girls & Boys Basketball This Week

This week our undefeated boys and girls basketball teams and our cheerleaders are back in action. We have one game this week, on Thursday. On Thursday we have an away game at Eastway. Our boys will play first and the start time is 5:00pm. Come out and show your support for our talented scholar athletes this week.

PD Corner

Below is our weekly professional development tip from the Teaching Channel. This week's tips center around best practices for reviewing student work samples. Also included in the PD corner is The Marshall Memo. The Marshall Memo is a weekly summary and synopsis of education related articles from our country's top educational magazines, chronicles and journals. I hope you enjoy & find the information useful!!