C.H.S. Chronicles

summer 2020

Smart Updates: August 7, 2020

2020-2021 Online Registration Process - Began August 1, 2020

Even as we begin the school year remotely, online registration MUST BE COMPLETED by ALL families.

· All parents/guardians will need to login to Skyward Family Access using their Parent ID (this ID has letters and numbers) and complete the online registration.

· You must ensure you complete the registration for all of your children enrolled in WL Schools.

· Parents should ensure they update their email in Skyward to receive our weekly Parent Email News.

· All past due fees and fines must be paid prior to the end of August. All of these are in your Skyward Family Access account and can be paid through eFunds.

· For more information about the Online Registration Process, please visit the District Online Registration Website

Smart Start: (Registration Day)

At this time, we have cancelled our in person Smart Start Registration Day. Information about recieveing student schedules, textbooks, and the taking of school pictures, etc. will come at a later date.

Athletic Information

More detailed information regarding athletics will be sent home later in August. Mr. Dan Holland, assistant principal, will oversee all athletics for Smart. He can be contacted at DanHolland@wlcsd.org with any questions. We will communicate ALL updates as we learn them from both the MHSAA and WLCSD.

Yearbook distribution from the 2019-2020 school year

We apologize for the delay in distributing our yearbooks. As the start of the school year will be done remotely, we need to modify our plans to distribute yearbooks. Expect an separate email next week with all of the details.

Back to School Packet to be completed.

Dear families,

As you know, the Walled Lake Consolidated School district will start the year remotely online. As there is more information to come, please read the most recent information below from Mr. Gutman in the "Information from WLCSD" and to view links of the WLCSD Return to Lean Plan and to get more information about the start of the 2020-21 school year.

Even though we are starting the year REMOTELY, your Back to School packet in Skyward still needs to be completed.

. Please click here to go the the Back to School Packet, Skyward website. This process must be completed for ALL Walled Lake students, regardless of choosing face to face or remote learning in Walled Lake.

Information from WLCSD

August 7, 2020

Dear Parents,

We know that Tuesday night’s decision to begin the school year with remote learning was supported by some and disliked by others, and we appreciate the feedback you continue to provide us at info@wlcsd.org. Please continue to share your thoughts with us as we do take them to heart.

Because we now have an approved plan to move forward, we can spend our time focused on refining the plan for remote instruction. To that end, we must collaborate with our staff and associations before we hold informational meetings so these meetings can provide you with the most accurate information. Therefore, the parent-info sessions and staff info sessions that were scheduled for this week and next will be rescheduled. We are committed to rescheduling as soon as possible and to communicating this information to you as soon as it is available.

Pam Cole on behalf of:

Judy L. Evola, APR

Director, Community Relations

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

850 Ladd Road, Building D

Walled Lake, MI 48390

248-956-2017 – office

248-756-5022 - cell

Summer Academic Practice is available.

Visit the Think-a-Palooza website to prevent the summer slide and for more information!

Visit the the Walled Lake Schools Summer Academic webpage

Visit the Smart math practice website for more practice links.

Optional Summer language arts and math practice with iReady

i-Ready Instruction: i-Ready provides students digital instruction that meets them where they are–at their level. It allows them to work independently on their own personalized online instruction plan, in lessons that are assigned based on the results from the i-Ready Diagnostic test.

The lessons include three parts, consisting of a tutorial, guided practice, and a graded activity. This exciting format and engaging content draws students in right away. Students get supportive, real-time feedback on their progress in each skill; they see motivating messages and earn credits after completing lessons, which builds their investment in learning

Students are encouraged to practice their math skills over the summer. One great way to do this is to log in to i-Ready using the students' credentials. Once a student logs into their i-ready, they will be given lessons designed around the diagnostic test they took at school. It will start them at the level they are at with lessons and assessments along the way. This program is designed to help fill any gaps in concepts they may have.

iReady login link:


Students login with the same ID and password as their Walled Lake network login ID and password.

iReady student support link:


iReady parent information link:


This guide provides instructions on how to use i-Ready during the summer.

8th grade celebration videos

Dear Smart families,

The 8th grade celebration ceremony video and "staff clap out" video are ready and linked below! We hope you enjoy both of them as you celebrate the end of the year!

We wish all of our 8th grade students the best as they move on to high school!

8th Grade Celebration Ceremony 8th Grade Celebration Video or https://rb.gy/tmof3w

Video Version of Eighth Grade Clap Out – Smart Middle School – June 12, 2020

Adobe Spark Video - Eighth Grade Clap Out - Smart Middle School - June 12, 2020

Google Slides Version of Eighth Grade Clap Out – Smart Middle School – June 12, 2020

Presentation Mode - June 12, 2020 - Congratulations and Best Wishes From the Smart Staff

Have a great summer!

Best Wishes,

The Smart Staff.

incoming 9th grade math placement information

Dear Families,

As you are aware, your student is currently enrolled in 8th grade math (Course 3). Next year, students will either enroll in Algebra 1 or the Geometry Calculus Path. Placement has been determined by indication that students are in the upper quartile (top 25%) on several of the standardized assessments that have been taken throughout the year.

Next week, your family will receive a mailing that will include your student’s placement letter for the upcoming school year. Your child’s assigned counselor at Northern will take care of scheduling your child into his or her math course for the upcoming year. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Braley (8th grade counselor) or your child’s math teacher.


Julie Braley

8th Grade Counselor

Clifford Smart Middle School


Smart Middle School: Google Classroom and Family Resources

As you and your child get set up in Google Classroom (see all the information below), be sure to join the "From the Smart Office" classroom with the code cjni3jt. You will find resources and daily videos from both of us!

As always, please reach out to us or any staff member with any questions you have. Take care of yourselves and your families. Keep showing that "Smart Style"!

Please see the many resource tabs down below to help you during these uncertain times.


Dave Tucker and Dan Holland

Stay connected with the Smart Counseling Office:

Dear Smart families,

We wanted to reach out and say that we’ve been thinking of you and hope that your family is doing well and staying healthy! With all the changes that have occurred so quickly, we recognize that disruptions to routines and the adjustments to digital schooling can take some time to get used to. Please know we are still here to support you and your student through this time of change and uncertainty.

We will be checking our email daily throughout the week and respond to emails in as timely a manner as possible. Below is a breakdown of the Smart counseling department.

7th grade counselor: Ms. Hoover- Kathleenhoover@wlcsd.org

8th grade counselor: Mr. G. Jeffreygiolitti@wlcsd.org

6th grade counselor: Mrs. Braley- juliebraley@wlcsd.org

Please share our emails with your student too! We welcome communication from both you and your child. We truly miss them.

Lastly, we wanted to share a few strategies to use for helping your child adjust to the sudden changes in their daily life. Children tend to do better and feel better with some level of predictability- therefore, we encourage the following:

  • Help your child develop a new daily routine.
  • Provide a rhythm to the day (i.e. set alarm to get up, set a nightly bedtime)
  • Set a daily/weekly goal
  • Provide opportunity to talk about their worries, thoughts & concerns

Take care of one another and please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions or concerns.


Your Smart counselors

Please visit The Smart Counseling office website for resources and information to help your student be their best.


Mrs. Braley, Ms. Hoover and Mr. Giolitti

Academic Resources

Family Resources

For the 2020-2021 School Year....

Visit our Smart Daily Announcements for day to day information

Visit the Smart Middle School Calendar which includes other Walled Lake Schools district events

Visit BigTeams.com for the most up to date Smart athletic schedules.

8th Grade families:

Please see the "8th Grade Only" CHS Chronicles Special Edition

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter!

Did you know that CHS has an Instagram account?

We would love to have you follow us and know what is happening #instagram. And don't for get Twitter!

Here a the "deets" you need to know:

From the Smart P.T.S.A.

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!

Please see below for a copy of the preliminary budget for the 2019-2020 school year!

If you would like to volunteer,contact Lisa Farabi at lisafarabi@yahoo.com

CLICK HERE to go the Smart PTSA webpage

Join the Clifford Smart PTSA!



1st Marking period: Citizenship

2nd Marking period: GPA improvment

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!

Smart National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)


We will publish more information for students interested in joining for the 2020-2021 school year when it is available.

After and before school student pick up and car line pick up information!

Families dropping off students before school:

  • Morning drop off line: Parents may join the pick up line that starts at the driveway entering the lot on the east side of the school. This line has been slow, tedious, and dangerous as of late. To ensure a safe and speedy line please follow these guidelines:

  1. Students: You MUST be ready to get out of the car QUICKLY! (have your bags, coats, instruments, etc. ready) once in the DROP OFF ZONE. Please say your "good byes", etc. sooner so the line can continue to move.
  2. Drivers: Please only drop off in the "DROP OFF/ PICK UP ZONE" (see map at the bottom of this CHS Chronicles) and pull all the way up to the front of the "ZONE" as marked in the map (near the flag poles). PLEASE do not stop at the door, as doing so backs up the line , slowing it down.
  3. Drivers: After dropping off, please drive slowly out of the lot. As we may be in a rush to leave, we have had some near misses in car to car accidents when pulling out of the drop off line and pedestrians walking across the parking lot. Please drive slow and with caution.

Following these morning guidelines will help improve the safety, pace and pleasantness of our busy morning drop off routine! Thank you!

Families picking up students after school:

School is dismissed daily at 3:00. If you choose to pick up your child after school instead of using the bus or if bus service is not provided to your address, we need you to follow the guidelines below:

  • Afternoon Car Student Pick Up line: Parents may join the pick up line that starts at the driveway entering the lot on the east side of the school. Students will be waiting to get in your car in the pick up area by the main lobby. Students may not get picked up in ANY other area besides the marked pick up and drop off "zone" located in the front of the building and may not cross the driveway to join you in a parked car. Please See the map located at the bottom of the CHS Chronicles This is for the safety of the students getting picked up. We ask that you plan accordingly and be patient as the line can take time. We will help student be efficient in getting to you and in the cars quickly.
  • If you choose not to get in the pick up line: Please park your car in one of the many parking spots in the east lot (not in the driveway, pick up area, driveway isles, etc). Parents/ guardians must then cross the parking lot to meet their child in the student waiting area located outside and in front of the main lobby. For your child's safety, students may not meet you in the lot. YOU must come and get them and walk with them to your properly parked car.

For all drivers, please use the whole drive way during drop off and pick up.

In addition, it is important that drivers use the ENTIRE driveway (meaning the section near the north end of the parking lot bordering the fence near the football field) and NOT cut through the last lane of the parking lot during the drop off and pick up of students.

This causes unnecessary traffic back ups and congestion during these busy times of the day.

Please be on the look out for cones in the near future blocking the east end of this parking row to help with traffic flow

We have a large volume of cars picking up students after school. We barely escaped many car to car and pedestrian to car accidents last year. Please help us protect your child, you, and your vehicle by following these guidelines.

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Attendance Policies for 2019-20

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.

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The calendar for 2020-2021 is still a work in progress... Stay tuned.

Smart Administrative Team

Dave Tucker, Principal

Dan Holland, Assistant Principal

Please contact us with comments, questions, or concerns