SMS Bulletin 2.29.16

Show Respect-Make a Difference-Set the Bar High

Mission and Vision

Schmucker Middle School strives to cultivate a thriving learning environment that promotes academic excellence, socially responsible and productive citizenship, and lifelong learning. At Schmucker, we are a community of learners committed to showing respect, making a difference and setting the bar high.

State Champs!

Please join me in congratulating Kristi Ulrich on this wonderful accomplishment. Way to Set the Bar High, Kristi. #StateChamps
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To do list

1. Pay attention to every detail with respect to ISTEP testing

2. Be mindful that your next door neighbor could be testing and activity in your room should be relatively quiet.

3. Do not give any HW to be completed at home to students this week.

4. Remind students to not bring their cell phones or Chromebooks to Math or Language Arts on a testing day.

5. If you are administering ISTEP, please complete the breathing exercises with students prior to testing for 2 minutes.

6. PE teachers should encourage all students to complete some type of physical activity at home during each day of the week.

7. No Staff Meeting on Tuesday Morning.

ISTEP Dates and Schedule

Advisory Period

Week 27

2/29: Flex Day, Mindfulness Breathing Exercise (5 minutes)

3/1: Read Day, Mindfulness Breathing Exercise (5 minutes)

3/2: Flex Day, Mindfulness Breathing Exercise (5 minutes)

3/3: Read Day, Mindfulness Breathing Exercise (5 minutes)

3/4: 5 Star: Week 5 Money Upgrade

Please access the link Advisory Resources for information regarding our 2nd quarter Advisory curriculum. This folder is shared with all teachers.


Brendan Hess is a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Schmucker. He has lived in Mishawaka all his life and attended St. Joseph Grade School in Mishawaka for grades 1-8 and then graduated from Marian High School in 1987. At Marian, he played football and wrestled for four years. He then went on to Ball St. and student-taught for the legendary Wally Yeoman at Penn High School his last semester. After Ball St,, Brendan was hired at Schmucker in the summer of 1991. He taught 8th grade history his first 6 years before having to take an involuntary transfer to Penn when a third middle school was built. Brendan was able to transfer back to SMS after one year and has been teaching 7th grade ever since. Brendan has been coaching football at Shmucker for 25 years, first as an assistant, and then as head 7th grade coach for the past 16 years. Until 3 years ago, he also coached wrestling and academic super bowl.

Brendan considers himself the most fanatical USC football fan east of the Mississippi River. He became a fan in 1974 when, as a six year old, he remembers watching USC beat ND 55-24 after falling behind 24-6 at half. Other sports teams he roots for include the Chicago Cubs, Indianapolis Colts, and IU basketball.

Brendan made an appearance on the old Hoosier Millionaire Show in 2004 and won $8000 and two airline tickets. In his spare time, Brendan likes to golf, watch sporting events, listen to rock and roll, jog the Mishawaka Riverwalk, work around his home, and spend time with his family. He is still waiting for a former USC cheerleader to move to Mishawaka to marry!


Shelly is a sixth grade social studies teacher and athletic director and is currently in her 29th year of teaching. She grew up in a small rural farming area two hours southwest of Mishawaka where she was a three sport athlete in grades 6-12. In true farm fashion, Shelly worked in the fields (detassling corn) for six summers, showed cattle in 4-H, drove tractors and had a dirt bike. Shelly graduated from Purdue University in 1987 and began her teaching career at Mary Frank Elementary School that same year. She taught the following year at Walt Disney and in 1989 helped open Prairie Vista Elementary School where she spent two years and also started coaching 8th grade girls basketball here at Schmucker and freshman volleyball at Penn High School. After spending four years in the elementary schools, Shelly transferred to Schmucker where she has spent the last 25 years teaching. Shelly has been married to Joe (who teaches math at Penn) for nearly 28 years and has two children Tiffani (20) and Trevor (16), both former Schmucker Spartans! In her leisure time, Shelly enjoys anything outdoors, traveling, watching basketball, playing golf, and listening to music, especially classic rock.

Cheers for Peers

Don't forget to cheer for your peers.

Cheers for Peers

Sporting Events

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