C.H.S. Chronicles

Clifford H. Smart Middle School: January 16th, 2023

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Dear CHS Families,

I want to thank you for a great 1st Semester at CHS. Your warm welcome and support is deeply appreciated. I've shared on multiple occasions with members of our school community that our goals this year are providing children quality differentiated instruction, creating a safe and positive school culture and creating a school environment conducive to learning.

The CHS Staff and Students have done a great job this past semester striving to meet those goals and it will only get better moving forward.

As we continue on our journey of not only being the best middle school in the area but being the best middle school in the state, I continue to ask for your support, to seek first to understand, and to assume the best of each other, our staff and our children. Please continue to ask questions, and bring your concerns to the appropriate people.

Thank you again for your support and we look forward to great rest of the school year!

Nayal Maktari and the CHS Staff


Please feel free to call our main office with any questions at 248.956.3500. You can also email us.

Counseling Secretary: DianeHosey@wlcsd.org

Principals Secretary: TerriSzymanski@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary: TonyaGray@wlcsd.org

6th Grade Counselor: KathleenHoover@wlcsd.org

7th Grade Counselor: MaureenBratke@wlcsd.org

8th Grade Counselor: JulieBraley@wlcsd.org

Important Dates at Smart

January 9th- Smart boys wrestling begins (more information below)

January 13th-End of 2nd Card Marking


January 16th-MLK Day Celebration at WLN High School beginning at 5:00 p.m.

January 17th-NO SCHOOL for students.

January 19th-CHS Student Activity Day 3:10-4:30 p.m.

January 19th-Choices Court for 8th graders. Additional information below.

January 23rd-Report Cards are posted in Skyward

Chromebook pick up dates next week. More information below



A reminder for students to check their schedules to make sure they know what new Encore Class they have second semester on Wednesday, January 18th.

We are very excited to announce that the Walled Lake Foundation for Excellence Tuition Expedition 50/50 raffle is quickly approaching, and we have 15 tickets available to sell to our Smart families! If you are interested in having a chance at some serious scholarship funds, please see below for all the info.

Message Andi Parel at andiparel@gmail.com, to purchase your ticket. Wishing you lots of luck!

50/50 Scholarship Raffle - 18th Annual

$50 per ticket or 3 tickets for $100

Only 1,000 tickets available!

Grand Prize: 50% of proceeds, when electing the Scholarship funds option.

In 2022, the scholarship amount was $10,321.

The Foundation for Excellence will hold these funds for up to 20 years, but they must be paid out within 4 years after the first payment. This means, if your child is an infant, the funds will still be available to you when they graduate!

If electing a lump sum payout, 40% of the proceeds will be awarded. Had the Lump Sum option been selected in 2022, the final payout would have been $5,842 after the required tax withholdings. Need not be present to win. Secondary Prize is $1000.

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MAKEUP MIDDLE SCHOOL Chromebook Distribution Next Week!

We will be offering a MAKEUP Middle School Chromebook distribution day at ESC in Room 900 on the days and times below:

January 17th 8:00 am-3:00 pm

January 18th 7:00 am-9:00 am & 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

January 19th 7:00 am-9:00 am & 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

January 20th 8:00 am-3:00 pm


What: Activity Night (DJ, games, arts and crafts)

When: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time: 3:10p-4:30p (with prompt pickup at 4:30)

Where: CHS Cafeteria

The cost is $5 per student. This is the price of admission and students will get a slice of pizza/drink OR a candy bar/drink.

There will be additional concessions for sale. We will have pizza, water, pop, candy, and chips.

Parent Chaperones/Volunteers:


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WLCSD to hold ‘Walk into Walled Lake’ interview day on January 19

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools hold its second of two Walk Into Walled Lake interview days this winter on Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Marc A. Siegler Board Room at the Educational Services Center (850 Ladd Road, Building D, Walled Lake, MI 48390).

Walk Into Walled Lake is a staff recruitment event where those in attendance will learn more about WLCSD and how they can support its students by filling important roles within the District’s 20 schools. Attendees will be able to apply and participate in walk-in job interviews for multiple positions in the District.

Available positions with pay information include:

· Bus Drivers - $22-$25 per hour (Dean Transportation)

· Custodians - Starting at $15.50 per hour (EnviroClean)

· Food Service - Starting at $12.28 per hour

· Lunch/Recess Monitor - Starting at $12.74 per hour

· Paraeducators - Starting at $13.33 per hour

· Prime Time Care (PTC)

· Assistants - Starting at $15 per hour

· Supervisors - Start at $18 per hour

· Secretaries - Starting at $15.68 per hour

· Substitute Teachers (EduStaff)

· Daily Subs - $105 per day

· Floating Building Subs (2-4 days per week) - $120 per day

· Permanent Building Subs (5 days per week) - $150 per day

Questions about Walk into Walled Lake can be directed to Nicholas Russo, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, by email at NicholasRusso@wlcsd.org.

Music Appreciation Club January Update

Happy New Year! Thanks to all the families that came out for the Music of the Beatles concert. We enjoyed learning some fun facts about the Beatles and the extended encore performance with the Beatles cover band artists was such a treat. The Concert ended with the entire audience singing and dancing in the aisles. It was a blast!

Here are the results from our poll of our top 3 Favorite Beatles songs:

1) While my Guitar Gently Weeps

2) Yellow Submarine

3) Something

Our next Meet is on Sunday, February 12th for the FRANK & THE GREAT LADIES OF SONG 3pm concert. We will be meeting at 2:30pm under the Cube sign inside Orchestra Hall. More information and activities about the upcoming concert will be emailed out the week of the concert for Club members.

Soundcard tickets will be available on January 29th. For the best available seating please reserve your tickets as soon as they are available.

If you are interested in joining, it is not too late. After attending only one concert, your student membership will have paid for itself. See attached PDFs for Club details and fill out this form to join:


We will be learning more about the music, the performances, the artists and attend concerts with the Music of ABBA, music of The Beatles, music from your favorite Hollywood movie, music of Sondheim, music of Star Wars, Star Trek, Aretha Franklin’s music, Jazz songbook classics performed by award winning artists, Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvořák and many more!

Upcoming Concert Dates

  • FRANK & THE GREAT LADIES OF SONG Sunday, February 12, 2023, 3pm
  • SONDHEIM & BEYOND Sunday, March 12, 2023, 3pm
  • HOLLYWOOD ROCKS Saturday, April 22, 2023, 8pm
  • RESPECT: A TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN Sunday, May 28, 2023, 3pm

Cost: $25 per student membership unlocks one free ticket for the student to almost every Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) 2022-2023 concert series, and up to two companion tickets (bring your parents/sibling/friend/teacher) for $5 each, access to the best seats, access to DSO Replay and online Live streaming performances.

Should you have any questions, see attached Sign-up PDF and FAQ PDF or feel free to contact: monique.levu@gmail.com , 248-301-1415.

I look forward to seeing the families who will be attending our upcoming Frank and the Great Ladies of Song Concert!



Thank you for making the transition to a new arrival and dropoff process go so smoothly! Below are a few friendly reminders:

  • Please use the visitor parking spaces if you are picking up your child after 2:00 p.m. for an appointment , due to an illness, etc. We want to make sure you don't get caught in the pickup line.
  • Please do not drive behind our school buses if you are entering our bus loop to pick up your child at 3:10 p.m. Students are boarding buses until roughly 3:10 p.m.

Thank you again for your support and help!

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Dear CHS 8th Grade Parents,

We are pleased to announce the Lakes Area Community Coalition is presenting a program in conjunction with the Walled Lake Consolidated School District called “Choices” the morning of January 19th to 8th grade students.

The program is designed to address the concerns surrounding teen use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. The program will include a live court session with Honorable Judge Travis Reeds from the 52-1 district court. The students will witness the consequences of choices that were made that involve alcohol and/or drug use and the real life impact of those choices.

Please take a moment to review the letter below for more information. If you do not want your child to participate in the Choices Program, please return the letter to the main office with your child’s name and your signature.

We look forward to hosting this impactful program for our students.


CHS Administration and Counseling


It is time to start thinking about the CHS Ski and Snowboard Club.

The club is open to all CHS students and their families. Please click on the Google Form link below for all of the information and how to sign up, get your Ski Club Card, and how to purchase discount tickets every week starting in January.

Ski Club sign up and information link CLICK HERE

You can also find them on FACEBOOK by seaching "WL CHS Commerce Dublin Ski Snowboard Group"

CHS Hall Monitor Position

Please contact the main office at 248.956.3500 if you are interested in learning more about our open CHS Hall Monitor Position. The position is 5 days a week and the hours are flexible.

Thank you!

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Clifford Smart is offering an after school academic opportunity called Homework Club . Homework Club is open to select CHS students and will meet on Thursdays from 3:10-4:00 p.m. starting on Thursday, November 10th

Please click on the tab below and join our newly created CHS Remind 101 text group. You will receive helpful reminders, time sensitive information along with other pertinent texts.


Student Activity Day will be after school on Thursday, January 19th and Student Activity Night will be on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
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COVID Policy update:

The current COVID-19 policy for the 22-23 school year is as follows:

Students and staff members that test positive are required to stay home for 5 full days from the date of symptom onset, or if asymptomatic from the date of the test. After 5 days have passed and there are no remaining symptoms, individuals may return to normal activities, but must wear a mask through day 10.

Personal or household contacts are not required to quarantine, however it is recommended and encouraged, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask and monitor for symptoms for 10 days.

Symptomatic students/staff will continue to be required to meet one of the following prior to returning to school/work:

· Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

· Provide documentation from a physician indicating a clear alternative diagnosis.

· Exclude from school for minimum of 5 days, mask for 10 days – must be fever free for over 24 hours, with other symptoms improving, prior to returning.

Building administrators and supervisors will continue to notify student families and staff members of possible exposure due to a reported positive case.

Visit the NEW Smart PTSA Website and JOIN PTSA

We have now made it easier than ever to join! Visit our new PTSA site to join: https://www.cliffordsmartptsa.com/shop

Please visit our NEW WEBSITE for all the information and to join SMART PTSA!

The Clifford Smart PTSA is involved and active. We purchase items and sponsor many wonderful projects each year for our students and staff. From the Gap Achievement Program to the Reflections contest and other events in between, we could not provide all of the opportunities or accomplish all of our goals without the generous contributions of time and money from our parent community. Last year, the raised funds were used to completely refinish the floor in the gymnasium – check it out! Please join! You can be involved as much or as little as you want – the choice is yours!


1st Marking period: Citizenship

2nd Marking period: GPA improvement

3rd Marking period: reading completion

4th marking period goal: community service

All students are to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service to qualify for the 4th marking period goal. Students can have accumulated the hours through out the entire year.

The full GAP goal information and recording forms can be found on the CHS GAP goal web page.

PTSA hopes to reward many students for achieving their goals!

Support our PTSA when you shop at Kroger or on Amazon

Please see the flyer below for instructions on how you can raise money for our school without spending an extra dime whenever you shop at these retails.


Have you heard about the GAP Program? This program allows your children to achieve one goal in citizenship, academics, reading and community service during each marking period. Students that complete all four goals during their three years at Smart are honored during their 8th grade year. The goal for each marking period is outlined below:

1st Marking period: Citizenship

2nd Marking period: GPA

3rd Marking period: reading completion

4th marking period goal: community service

**For the first two marking periods, students will automatically obtain their goal if they qualify.

For the last two marking periods, students will need to complete and turn in the forms by below by the dates listed.

Community Service Information:

All students are to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service to qualify for the 4th marking period goal. Students can have accumulated the hours throughout the entire year. Due to Covid-19 and our virtual learning situation, community service hours may look different this year. We will honor hours that involve household chores, assisting younger siblings with online learning/homework, helping around the house or yard, etc.

The reading and community service sheets are in PDF for below or can be completed in a Google Form electronically, here:

Reading GAP: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cRbMupBQqFUF2BgaeM8UqHdT3ZtBblBhPNavKwrYBlM/copy

Community Service: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_s3gySf5l3d8HJ8XRN9jQSKQfpezfIlBAQoZ7t5Klx8/copy

Please contact Jillian Moutafis (JILLYMSU@comcast.net) if you have any questions regarding this program.

Stay connected in GOOGLE CLASSROOM with the Smart Counseling Office:

Hello Smart Families,

The counseling department would like to announce the launch of our Google Counseling Center.This will be a great place to help us stay more connected. Sign up sheets for private meetings, links to office hours, and other resources will be available.

Classroom invitations will be sent out to all students through their student email. Please take a moment to check with your child to see if they have joined their counselor's classroom. Please see below for information on classroom join codes.

We will send the classroom codes out this fall.


Your Smart Counselors

Mrs. Braley, Ms. Hoover and Mrs. Bradke

6th grade counselor: Ms. Hoover- Kathleenhoover@wlcsd.org

7th grade counselor: Mrs. Bratke MaureenBratke@wlcsd.org

8th grade counselor: Mrs. Braley- juliebraley@wlcsd.org

Academic Resources

Family Resources

Attendance Policies for 2022-2023

Please CLICK HERE for the Smart Attendance Polices

Please CLICK HERE for the Smart Attendance Procedures

Please take a minute to read over these documents. They talk about our attendance call in procedures, what happens when students are tardy to class, and other important information regarding proper school attendance.

Please don't hesitate to call Dan Holland, Assistant Principal, with any questions or concerns.

Smart Administrative Team

Nayal Maktari, Principal

Dan Holland, Assistant Principal

Steve Spickard, Dean of Students

Please contact us with positive or constructive feedback, questions, and/or concerns.