Sebastian River Times

November 2022

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Dear SRMS Families,

Please continue to be an active role in your child’s educational and personal growth. Every family should have a FOCUS account to stay informed about their child’s academic progress. It is an online web-based program that can be accessed from a computer and the FOCUS app can be downloaded to handheld devices. Visit our district website at www.indianriverschools.org, under the “I Want To” section to the right select “Add Student or Register for Focus Account, then follow the instructions for registration.


After-school activities are in full swing at SRMS. There are many clubs and activities available for your child to be involved in at school. I would like to thank the many teachers who give their time to make these activities available. If your child is in Advanced Science classes, you should have seen paperwork regarding the Science Fair projects and deadlines. Please work with your child to ensure your child is meeting the deadlines for these projects. Simply check their science grade to see if they are up to date. There are many requirements for the project and our Science Department has planned an easy-to-follow schedule for students.


This a reminder to parents that the School District of Indian River County implemented an ID Badge program last year. In short, ID Badges are required to get on and off school buses, worn visibly while at school, scanned for attendance, at Media Center book check-out, and in the cafeteria line for lunches and snacks. Replacement badges are available for $5 from Mrs. Giordano in the Guidance Office.


We are pleased to announce a few of our upcoming events:

  • We will be honoring our local Veterans on Tuesday, November 8th with a Veteran's Day Breakfast!

    The schedule will be as follows:

    7:15 Flag raising led by the SRHS ROTC

    7:30 National Anthem sung by the SRMS Choir followed by breakfast for veterans compliments of Marsh Landings

    8:05 Veteran's Day Essay/Poetry Winners presentations and a few words from Mr. John Teske

    8:15 Walk of Appreciation: All students line the hallways as our veterans walk through each wing

  • See the "Calendar and Upcoming Event" section for more events


In the meantime, please visit our school website at www.srms.indianriveschools.org as well as our school Facebook and Twitter pages to stay current on all the SRMS announcements and happenings.




Sincerely,

Mr. Todd Racine
The Proud Principal of Sebastian River Middle School

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Attendance Matters!

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School Start Time

Our school day begins at 8:00 a.m.


Supervision of students begins at 7:30 a.m. Please do not drop students off prior to 7:30


From 7:30-7:50, students may eat breakfast in the cafeteria or wait in their holding area (gym for grades 6 and 7, Cowboy Courtyard for 8th grade)


At 7:55, Mr. Racine will offer the morning announcements, and at 8:00 a.m. classroom instruction begins. Your student's daily, on-time attendance is very important to his/her success at SRMS.


If you need to call to excuse your student's absence, the number is 564-5123. Absences must be called in within 48 hours. You may also send a note in with the student, or email the school secretary, April Gehrke at april.gehrke@indianriverschools.org.

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Chromebooks

ALL SRMS students were issued a Chromebook the first week of school. The Chromebooks and chargers were labeled with the student's name. This year, students are provided a hard shell case for the Chromebooks. This case is to remain on at all times. Students should not remove the case. Hopefully, this will assist in keeping the devices in "like new" condition.


Please encourage your students to take care of these devices as they would any piece of valuable electronic equipment. There is a financial obligation attached if the device is damaged, destroyed, or lost, so this is an excellent opportunity to promote responsible care for borrowed items.


If you have questions at any time during the year about your student's device, please contact Assistant Principal, Jeramy Keen at Jeramy.Keen@indianriverschools.org.

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Student Email Access

Did you know that your student has an @sdirc.org email account through Microsoft Office? Here's a quick video tutorial on how to access their email account.
How To Access Student Email 2
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School Supplies

Back to school can be a really expensive time of year. If you are in need of school supplies, please complete this form. We have many generous benefactors who have donated items to school for our families with financial need. The only thing they ask in return is that you pay it forward when you have an opportunity.

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SRMS Dress Code

AT SRMS, we follow the School District of Indian River County Student Dress Code as published in the Student Code of Conduct.


In the interest of student safety, students may not wear ANY backless shoes or slides. This includes flip-flops. Crocs may be worn ONLY if the strap is firmly in place across the heel.


A few items to take special note of:


  • Pants should be worn at the waist.
  • Shoulders should be covered.
  • Abdomen should be covered.
  • Sleepwear (pajamas) should not be worn.
  • Skirts/shorts etc. should extend beyond finger length or mid-thigh.
  • Hats/hoods are not permitted.
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Breakfast and Lunch Menus

*A family application for school meal benefits must be submitted this school year. Parents, please be advised of the following important information:


  • Parents are to fill out ONE APPLICATION PER HOUSEHOLD.
  • The completed paper application may be returned to the front office or the cafeteria of the school.
  • Online applications can be completed using the website, https://family.titank12.com. Applications completed online will be processed within 5 business days.
  • Students who received free or reduced-priced meal benefits last year will begin the new school year with the same meal status.
  • A new application must be submitted and processed prior to the September 21st expiration date in order for meal benefits to continue.
  • It is highly encouraged to complete this form as it provides additional benefits to you and the district such as grants, program funding, athletic waivers, and textbooks assistance, among others.
  • Please call (772) 564-4983 with any questions you may have.


Visit this link to see what's served each day. *** Be sure to select Sebastian River Middle School from the drop-down menu at the top.


Our cafeteria opens daily at 7:30 a.m. After finishing breakfast, students should move directly to either the gym (6th and 7th grade) or the Cowboy Courtyard (8th grade). Students should not be in the halls or visiting teachers' classrooms at this time.

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Did Your Student Forget Lunch?

If your student forgets their lunch, you can drop it off in the front office. We will be more than happy to ensure that they receive it at the start of their lunch time. Any items dropped off for students during the school day are delivered during lunch.
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UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS:


  • iReady Reading Standards Mastery: Wednesday, November 2th
  • iReady Math Standards Mastery: Friday, November 4th
  • Veteran's Day Breakfast: Tuesday, November 8th at 7:15 am (see details below)
  • NO SCHOOL: Friday, November 11th
  • IRC Substance Abuse and Awareness Classes: November 14th
  • Subject area aptitude will be given in 7th grade- Thursday, Nov. 17th to Friday, Nov. 18th
  • 8th grade- Tuesday, Nov. 15th Wednesday, Nov. 16th to Friday, Nov. 18th

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Honoring Our Veterans...

We will be honoring our local veterans on Tuesday, November 8th with a Veteran's Day Breakfast! Please invite any veterans in your family to join us and email April McCoy or Christine Sturgeon to let us know who is coming. We will be asking all students to do the same and to fill out the attached RSVP form. Students may join their family members for breakfast.


The schedule will be as follows:

7:15 Flag raising led by the SRHS ROTC

7:30 National Anthem sung by the SRMS Choir followed by breakfast for veterans compliments of Marsh Landings

8:05 Veteran's Day Essay/Poetry Winners presentations and a few words from Mr. John Teske

8:15 Walk of Appreciation: All students line the hallways as our veterans walk through each wing


Please share the information with your students as we would like as many members (retired or active) of the Armed Services as possible to attend. Some RSVP forms will be placed in each of your mailboxes for students who need them.

Starting in October...

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TRIO Educational Talent Search Program

The TRIO Educational Talent Search Program is a 100% federally funded program by the US Department of Education, designed to encourage students in grades 6-12 to complete secondary school and explore college and career opportunities.

The ultimate goal of the ETS Program is to assure that our participants graduate from high school, apply to and enter the college of their choice, secure financial aid/scholarships to pay for their college education and graduate with a postsecondary educational credential.


Click here for more information. Please email Nichole Garrick with the names of potential candidates for this program. See the informational flyer below.

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T-Dap

Incoming 7th graders need to have their T-dap Immunizations before starting 7th grade. Please check with your health care provider to find out if your child needs their immunization and to get a copy of their Immunization Record to turn in to our school's Health Assistant. Your Health Assistant is Mrs. Jennifer Shoepef. She can be reached at 564-5198 or jennifer.schoepf@indianriverschools.org. If you need to discuss your student's medical needs with Nurse Schoepf, please call or email to make an appointment. Walk-in meetings will not be allowed.

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Report Cards

This year, Progress Reports and Report Cards will not be printed, therefore, it is very important that all parents have a Parent FOCUS account. See the attachment below to get started!
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Download the PBIS Rewards Parent App!

If you're the parent of a 7th or 8th grader, you may have heard your student talking last year about PBIS Rewards. This is where they can earn Cowboy Credits for modeling what we call the 4 R's: Ready, Righteous, Responsible and Respectful behavior. We have prizes they can buy with their credits - everything from candy and snacks to school supplies, wireless earbuds, beauty products, and gifts and small trinkets.


You can download the app and see how many credits your student is earning, and from which teacher, and what they are buying with their credits. If you've ever struggled to come up with some dinnertime conversation, this is a great way to engage your student..."I see you earned 25 Cowboy Credits today in Mrs. Dotson's class...what did you do to get those?' Or, "Are you saving up your Cowboy Credits to buy something big?"

PBIS Rewards - Parent Education Video
PBIS Rewards - Video educativo para padres
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Code of Conduct Forms

You can sign Code of Conduct forms electronically in FOCUS, or you can print them out and send them back to school with your student. These will be sent home with all students on the first day of school.


Below are all of the Code of Conduct forms you need, in English and Spanish.

How To Access and Sign Code of Conduct Forms in FOCUS (students)
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GET INVOLVED!

If you are interested in joining our PTSA, contact holly.sequera@indianriverschools.org. We are looking for members for the 2022-23 school year.


If you are interested in joining our SAC, contact meredith.tatro@indianriverschools.org. SAC membership needs are dependent on student enrollment demographics.


If you are interested in volunteering at SRMS, contact Nichole Garrick with your areas of interest and availability.

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