CHS Chronicles: Week of 9-23-19

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

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8th Grade families:

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

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Here a the "deets" you need to know:


September 23

  • Smart boys soccer vs. Geisler @ Smart, 4:00
  • Smart volleyball @ Smart, 4:00

September 25th

  • Smart football @ Smart, 4:30
  • Smart cross country @ Richardson Center, 4:00

September 26th

  • Smart boys soccer @ Smart, 4:00

September 30th:

  • No school for staff or students


October 16th

  • Picture Retake day today: If you child did not have their picture taken at Smart Star,t or if you decide to do a retake, Lifetouch will be here all day on on October 16th for retakes.

    Please go to for retake and order information. Click on "order pictures" and Our school code for retakes will be LM729036Y1. If you are doing retakes, please have your student bring back their portraits on October 16th, the day of retakes.

October 22nd, 23rd, and 24th

  • Smart 7th and 8th grade boys basketball try outs, 3-5:30.
  • More information coming soon.
  • All athletes MUST have a MHSAA physical on file at Smart to try out.









Week of June 1st:

7th Grade Record Mimes

8th Grade Band and Orchestra Combined Concert

June 5th:

8th Grade party: 6:30-9:00 at Smart: Staff may sign up to help or donate!

week of June 8th

8th Grade Graduation, 7:00 @ Walled Lake Northern High School: Stay tuned for more details.

Locker clean outs this week:

6th and 7th Grade Orchestra Concert

  • 8th grade to Cedar Point - staff chaperones arrive@ 6:15am

    • students arrive @ 6:30-6:45am

    • students leave for CP @ 7:00 am sharp!

    • Check in procedures at CP

    • Depart Cedar Point @7:00 pm (meet at exit with group at 6:30pm)

    • arrive @ Smart 9:30-9:45 pm

6th Grade Com Arts Performance

Location: During Encore Classes

June 12th

Last day of school for students, 1/2 day dismissal @ 11:18

Please see the 8th grade Chronicles for "8th Grade Clap" plans and procedures

Smart Math Club every Wednesday starting 9/18

Math Club will be starting Wednesday, September 18th. Every Wednesday, students are welcome to attend in Room 100B across from the office from 3-4. This is a time to get help with your math homework, study for a quiz or test, or work on i-Ready Lessons. There will be a Math teacher and 2 NJHS volunteers available to help students. Please make sure you have permission to stay and you have a ride at 4:00.

Smart PTSA Fall Fundraiser.

CHS parents,

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year – the Fall Fundraiser!! You spoke and we have listened. We will not be selling Entertainment Books this year. Instead, we will be selling Hungry Howie’s and Biggby coupon cards. These come with a lower price point of $20, savings of over $150 on each card, the ability to purchase by credit card (with a $1 service charge), and the best part is the students will be bringing home order forms instead of books! There are not any books to lug to and from school and for the students to keep track of!!!

We will be having a presale at Smart Start, plus samples of the prizes for everyone to see.

Key fundraiser dates: 8/20 Presale at Smart Start 9/6 Fundraiser kick off 9/19 Turn in of order forms, money and hand out purchased cards (during lunch).

Students who turn in their order forms and money will receive a special treat!! 10/24 Prizes distributed to 6th hour. See the prize flyer below!

If the school sells 1500 cards students that have sold 3 or more will be invited to watch a special assembly. The top 10 sellers for each grade will have the opportunity to turn Mr. Tucker, Mr. Holland and Mr. Spickard into a human sundae!!!

Our goal for the fall fundraiser is to raise $10,000. Previous fall fundraisers have brought some great things to our school:

· New instruments

· New microphones

· Flexible seating in classrooms

· Refinishing gym floor

· Outdoor classroom

· Zen Den (coming Fall 2019)

Thanks for your support!

Walled Lake middle school football boosters fundraisers coming soon!

Dear Smart families,

. We are having a car wash on Sunday, September 15th at Clifford Smart Middle School from 11:00 to 3:00. Please have your players invite their friends, neighbors, relatives, teachers and anyone else they know. We are desperately in need of old towels and rags for drying cars. If you don’t have any at home you can go to thrift shops and pick some up there.

WE are also looking for volunteers to help: The link below will take you to the page for the Sign Up Genius where you can sign up.

On September 29th we will hold our second Golf Tournament at the beautiful Brentwood Country Club. See the attached flier for details. Please print out the flier and post it in your school, your office , your place of worship or businesses where you shop. This was our most successful fundraiser of the year and everyone who attended had a great time. Please join us if you can.

Finally, we have some good news to share. The Walled Lake School District has agreed to reduce the amount that we need to raise next year by $6,000. However, we still need to raise $18,000 by May 1, 2020 so we must still continue our fundraising throughout the year.

Many thanks to those of you who have supported us by selling pizza kits, attending our bowling and pizza party, attending our golf tournament, selling raffle tickets, donating and bidding on auction items and helping in so many other ways. We are very grateful for all of you.

The Walled Lake Middle School Football Boosters

Western Oakland County Parenting Fair

Dear Families,

The Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair is back. This excellent parenting opportunity will be taking place on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Walled Lake Northern High School. Registration is open now and costs $15 per person or $25 at the door on the day of the event.

We value our partnership with our families and believe that a home-school connection is key to a child’s success. We are continuing our partnership between Farmington Public Schools, Novi Community Schools, Oakland Schools, Oakland County Youth Assistance, Walled Lake Consolidated School District, and West Bloomfield Schools. Together we are hosting the Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Walled Lake Northern High School. We are very excited to have Brooks Gibbs joining us this year as our keynote speaker! Learn more about Brooks Gibbs by watching: The Resilent Parenting Style

The Parenting Fair’s purpose is to educate, inform, and provide resources for parents and caregivers. Topics include managing social media with your child, reducing stress and anxiety, strategies to help you with a child with ADHD, nutrition, character building, planning for college, and more. Child care is available for a reasonable cost ($3 for one child, $5 per family) and includes entertainment and lunch. Lunch for conference participants will be available for purchase from local food trucks during the event.

Below are helpful links regarding the Parenting Education Fair.

· Website

· Be A Sponsor

· Register Today

I hope to see you at the Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair Walled Lake Northern High School on Saturday November 2, 2019. Spread the word and bring a friend!


The Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair is coming to Walled Lake Northern High School on Saturday, November 2, 2019. We are very excited to have Brooks Gibbs joining us this year as our keynote speaker! Topics include managing social media with your child, reducing stress and anxiety, strategies to help you with a child with ADHD, nutrition, character building, planning for college, and more. Child care is available for a reasonable cost ($3 for one child, $5 per family) and includes entertainment and lunch. Lunch for conference participants will be available for purchase from local food trucks during the event. Please learn more about our keynote speaker, Brooks Gibbs, by watching: The Resilent Parenting Style and register online to attend. Registration is $15 per person or $25 per person at the door the day of the event.

Smart student behavior expectations assembly

Dear Smart families,

What a great first week of school! The students are excited to be here, are reconnecting with friends, and are getting down to business with their new teachers and classmates.

Today we had the opportunity to meet with each grade level as a whole to talk about our Smart student behavior expectations. In our assembly we discussed the following topics:

  • Walled Lake Schools Student code of conduct expectations
  • Refocus/ Responsibility Room/ Referral program for staying on task and monitoring student behavior
  • Smart cell phone policy
  • Smart class tardy policy

In addition, we discussed how being a kind, caring, and responsible student can make a positive impact on our school.

For your reference, I have attached an outline of what we talked about regarding cell phones, tardies, and our Refocus/ Responsibility Room/ Referral program.

Refocus- ResponsibilityRoom-tardies-cellphones.pdf

Thank you for having a conversation with your student about these topics. As you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call.


Dan Holland

Social Justice League

Social Justice League

-- Mahatma Gandhi

Social Justice League is a club at Smart for every student in any grade. Our goal is to create a group of advocates who support tolerance, diversity, and acceptance of all people. Our club got started last Spring and we can’t wait to have YOU join us!

We hope to keep building a group of fantastic and dedicated students with some BIG ideas! If you believe in the acceptance of all types of people and are passionate about being the change in our school and community, this is an opportunity for you to make a difference and to have your voice heard. We are seeking a diverse group of students with a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and stories to share.

If you would like to be a leader in the quest for social justice, please return the form on the back with a parent/guardian’s signature to the first meeting on September 5 from 3:10-4:00 in room 312.. We would love to involve everyone! See Mrs. Connell or Mr. Holland with questions

Please see the application below...

Smart Musical "The Wizard of Oz"

"The Wizard of Oz" (young performers edition)

Audition Workshops-- September 12 & 13, 3:10-4:00PM, room 312

Come to one of these to learn how to prepare, get materials and sign up for an audition time.

Auditions-- September 18 & 19, room 312

You will come to your specific time and can leave when you are done.

Callbacks-- September 20, cafeteria stage

Some will be called back to help us in casting. Not everyone is called back. Some are cast without callbacks.

The Cast List will be posted to this website by 8:00PM.

Mandatory Parent/Student Production Meeting-- September 23 & 24, 6:00-6:30PM in room 312

Select one that you will attend. Schedules, procedures, double casting, volunteers and more will be discussed.

Performance Dates

Thursday, December 5 at 7:00PM

Friday, December 6 at 7:00PM

December 7 at 1:00PM and 4:00PM

Color Run at Keith Elementary September 28th

Please see the flyer below for more information about this great fundraising community event!

Contact Ruby Mayville via email with questions or to make a donation.

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Smart Spirit wear is available for 2019-20

Below you will find the Smart Spirit Wear order form and logo example for the 2019-20 school year.

Check out the logo, down load the order form, and bring your order forms and money to turn in at Smart Start on August 20th.

Any orders turned in at Smart Start will be delivered to school for pick up in late September. Show your "Smart Style" and get your spirit wear for 2019-20!

After School student pick up and car line pick up information!

Families dropping off students in the morning before school: If you are dropping of your child before school please see the guidelines below.

  • 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.

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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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!

Volunteer opportunities for students

Check here on a regular basis for opportunities for students to volunteer in our school, school district, and surrounding communities.

Smart PTSA : UPDATES as June 2019


2019-20 Executive Board and committee chairs - Nominations

President - Jillian Moutafis

VP: Volunteers - Jackie Gurwin

Recording Secretary – Lisa Massat
Treasurer – Aimee Gurski
Membership Chair - Jackie Gurwin
Teacher Representative - Kim Quinn-Haver

VP Awards and Bylaws – Jackie Rosender

VP: Fundraising - Leslie Szalk
Corresponding Secretary - OPEN

Committee Chairs

Legislative Representative – Johanna Sechrist

Eighth Grade Party – Tracey Katzen

Open Chair Positions: Let us know if you are interested in being a chair or board member next school year. Incoming sixth grade parents welcome! See below for contact information.

Box Tops


Staff Appreciation


Book Fair – Fall and Spring

Health and Wellness

Please contact Kim Quinn-Haver or Jackie Gurwin if you are interested in being a chair or board member next school year. Incoming sixth grade parents welcome!

Smart P.T.S.A.

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

Join the Clifford Smart PTSA!


2019-20 meeting dates: All meetings held in the Smart main office at 7:00 pm

Meeting Dates

September 3rd

October 10th

November 14th

January 14th

February 11th

March 10th

April 14th

May 12th

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!

CLICK HERE to go the Smart PTSA webpage

Smart drop off and pick up reminders: Use the whole driveway!

Dear Smart families,

As the weather begins to change to more winter weather, it is always a good time to remember our drop off and pick procedures in the Smart parking lot. Please see the expectations and diagram near the bottom of this edition of the CHS Chronicles.

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

Hungry Howies Pizza Nights

On specific dates, when ordering from the Union Lake Road Hungry Howies, you can help earn money for Smart.

Present the attached voucher below at the the time of pick up or delivery and 20% of the price comes back to Smart! How awesome is that deal?!

Our next night is February 7th.

Smart National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

The Smart NJHS has a new website and coordinator this year. Mrs. Kristen Berry, Smart 7th/8th grade English teacher, is our coordinator and has created a new Smart NJHS website.

The 2019 induction ceremony takes place on Tuesday, September 11th, at 7:00. This will take place in the Smart gymnasium.

From the Smart Counseling Office:

Dear Smart families-

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

Please check back on a regular basis for more resources and information.


Mrs. Leshok, Ms. Hoover and Mr. Giolitti

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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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Please Click here for the a link to the 2019-2020 DISTRICT CALENDAR for all vacations, no school days, half days, parent teacher conference dates and more!

Listed below are the half day dates for the 2019-20 school year. These are half days for students. Teachers participate in professional development in the afternoon.

There are NO delayed starts at the middle school this year.

1/2 Days for 2019-20

(school dismisses at 11:40)

See PDF below for the bell schedule on 1/2 days

September 17th

October 31st

November 4th

November 22nd

December 4th

January 29th

March 3rd

March 18th

April 24th

June 12th (final day of school for all students)

Smart Administrative Team

Dave Tucker, Principal

Dan Holland, Assistant Principal

Steve Spickard, Dean of Students

Please contact us with comments, questions, or concerns