Week of October 19, 2020
Students - Be a Leader at YOUR School - Join the PTSA
Students - Be a Leader at YOUR School - Join the PTSA
If you are interested in joining this student group with Mrs. Quinn-Haver, Club Advisor - our first meeting is Monday, November 9th from 3:00 - 3:45.
Help with the PTSA GAP (Goal Achievement Program)
Help with the Box Tops Program
Help Spread a Little Sunshine
Here is the link to join the PTSA google classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/MTk0MTY4MTAzOTkz?cjc=rvxtb2e
Join the “class” and then use the MEET link in the header to join the meeting on Monday, November 9th.
Come have some fun and meet some new people.
Future meeting dates: November 23, December 7, December 21
Smart Materials Pass out nights on October were 13th and 14th
If you missed our pick up nights last week the lobby will be open from 4-7 pm this week. WE will have a math book check out soon, when our internet network is back and running.
As we are working to resolve the network issues going on throughout the district, we need to modify our material pick up process
As we are unable to check out our math books, All students still have a math supplement packet to pick up.
In addition, other teachers may have materials for you to pick up as well. They will let you know through a post in your child’s Google Classrooms. As this will be set up “self serve” please know your child’s schedule.
October 9, 2020
Dear WLCSD Parents:
As you know, the WLCSD Board of Education approved an Extended Continuity of Learning plan that includes the option for K-5 students to return in-person, all day, five days per week, beginning to transition back the first week of November. The original health and safety plans and protocols created by the Return to Learn subcommittee will be implemented, including students and staff wearing masks. Elementary parents will choose from in-person, Our Path, and My Path.
Further, Pre-K to 26 students with IEPs in self-contained classrooms will have the option to return in person. These programs include ECSE, EI, CI, ASD, SXI, Cross Categorical, and Adult Transitions. Additionally, students with IEPs, but not in one of these programs, can be referred to in-person drop-in services by the IEP team; these drop-in services will be housed at Geisler Middle School.
A K-5 Return to Learn Parent Information Meeting is set for Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 7-8 p.m. via Zoom and it will be live streamed so as many parents who are able to can participate. Parents may also submit questions in advance. To participate and submit questions, review the information in this link: K-5 Return to Learn Parent Info Session. This meeting will be recorded so parents who cannot view it live may watch it at their convenience. Many parents already know what selection they will make. For parents who want to make their selection now, you may complete the surveys below, by Friday, Oct. 16.
- K-5 Return to Learn Survey (Please complete one survey for each of your elementary school children.)
- P-26-Special Services Return to Learn Survey (Please complete this survey for children who are in self-contained Special Services programs.)
Thank you for the many questions we have received regarding the K-5 and P-12 Special Services Return to Learn option. We are currently compiling and responding to the many, many questions we have received. A Frequently Asked Questions document will be available soon. After the parent surveys are completed, we will send parents who select the in-person option an In-Person Safety Etiquette form to sign.
I assure you that your concerns are our concerns as well, and we will work with you to make this safe and educationally beneficial for all. While additional communication will be forthcoming, please review this PPE Return to Learn Video as well as the original Return to Learn plan. We will be sharing the Oakland County Health Department guidance that we plan to implement when COVID-19 cases arise. As always, all information will be on our website in the Return to Learn link. To view the Board of Education meeting click on the following link.
We appreciate your continued support.
Superintendent of Schools
Smart PTSA Reflections Contest
Re: Reflections Contest!
It is that time of year again when we ask Middle School parents to help to encourage students at Smart Middle school to participate in the PTSA sponsored Reflections Contest!
WHY PARTICIPATE?? Creativity is a critically important muscle for children to develop. As they grow up, students will find themselves using their creativity skills in business, engineering, social sciences, medicine and more. The Reflections program is a great way to encourage and reward kids for putting in extra effort in this area!
MORE WORK?? No! Students are able to use projects from their art class, writings from their literature classes or any other projects they are working on in school that would apply to the theme. Many teachers at the school have offered to help out by reviewing work prior to submission!
This year's theme is: I matter because......
Due Date: Nov 13, 2019
Submission location: Electronic at Google Forms - create and analyze surveys, for free.
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The theme gives a lot of room for interpretation and creativity!
As offered in previous years, students can submit art in several different categories. Kids can submit art in as many categories as they would like but only one piece per category.
Students are also encourage to submit ideas for the 2021-2022 Reflection Contest Theme! Upload ideas to: http://bit.ly/PTSAthemesearch
Due October 20, 2020!
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!
If you would like to volunteer,contact Lisa Farabi at email@example.com
PTSA GOAL ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM (GAP) NEWS
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!
The Smart Social Justice League is back!
The Smart Social Justice League is back!
Our after school club is starting once again. We will meet on Tuesday at 3:00PM in Mrs. Connell’s Google Meet. https://meet.google.com/bph-kimj-hsu
In the past, our club has worked to share kindness and positivity around school and the community with bulletin boards, birthday announcements, posters, activities at the after school parties and our super-successful “Kindness Week” in February. Even though we are in virtual school, we can still make a difference and look for ways to include all students.
Please join us to make plans to spread happiness, kindness and good vibes! All grades are welcome. We need you, so see you ”there!”
Technology Information and Remote Learning Resources for students and parents
Dear Smart families,
the Walled Lake Remote Learning Resources website is packed with all sorts of videos, tutorials and other resources to help teachers and families during our current remote learning. Some of the most recently updated pages worth browsing and sharing:
These resources can help answer many of your day to day questions that you and your student may have in regards to their remote learning experience.
One resource in particular is the Family Chromebook Resource page. This could answer many questions you may be having in getting your child's chromebook connected and online.
On our Google Classroom for Students page we have posted a tutorial for Downloading and Using the Google Classroom App. It is highly recommend any student with a smart phone or even an iPad to load this app. They will get notifications of your assignments, announcements, class comments, etc. they can also very easily take a picture and turn it in. If students are using a school Chromebook, I also have a tutorial for Taking a Picture/Video Using a Chromebook. This tutorial walks them through the process of taking the picture and navigating to it to turn it in.
In addition, please be sure to submit a technology assistance request form online if you are have difficulty troubleshooting technology problems. A member of our tech department will help you as soon as possible. Please find that link below.
In case you missed Smart Curriculum Night...
As you know, we had our first ever "virtual" Smart Curriculum Night on September 17th. . In the event you were unable to "attend" or if you would like to review the teacher's presentations again, please see the link below:
In this Google Doc Sheet, you will find the teachers organized by last name with each class hour across the top. Under each hour you will find a link to their video presentation, describing their class and curriculum. You can also access the video links in each of your child's Google Classrooms.
I have always loved curriculum night. It has been my chance each year to meet new families and renew friendships with families I have know for years. I get a chance to brag about Smart middle school and families get a chance to meet the teachers they have begun hearing so much about. This year curriculum night, like so many other things, will be different. Our teachers have created videos to introduce themselves to the families of their students and talk a little bit about the classes they love to teach. I hope you sit down with your child(ren) and "walk" through their google classrooms. Take the time to stop and watch the videos. If you have questions please email me or the teachers. Enjoy Smart curriculum night. If you would like you can begin with a brief hello from Mr. Holland and myself.
Our video is linked here and is called Welcome to Smart
Dave Tucker, Principal
Smart Middle School.
"From the Smart Office" in Google Classroom
Please be sure to join and add it to your notifications!
FREE meals are available every Monday in Walled Lake
On August 31st, the USDA announced that they have extended free meals for all kids under the age of 18 to go through as late as December 31st regardless if they are an enrolled student or not. This is effective immediately and will undoubtedly help our community during these unprecedented times!
Please join us every Monday at each of our high schools to pick up meals from 12:00PM - 1:30PM. If school is closed on Monday, we will be serving the next open school day.
Regardless of this exciting announcement, we still need families to complete their free and reduced application. Having these applications completed will ensure a more smooth transition for families when the federal funds are depleted. You can complete the application by logging onto your family access and going to the registration packet.
Please visit the Walled Lake Schools Food Service website for more information and resources
Still need a Chromebook at home?
After completing the form, you may pick up your Chromebook from 8-4 pm this week and next, through September 18th at the Walled Lake Educational Service Center in Walled Lake.
Taste of the Lakes Virtual Event
Win an iPad, TV & more with LAYA's Non-Taste of the Lakes
Due to COVID restrictions, this year's Taste of the Lakes will be a virtual "non-event" with special door prize drawings including a 40-inch Big Screen Smart TV, an iPad, a Social Membership to Walden Woods (a value of $1,300) and two separate Adirondack chairs (note: one chair per drawing, the winner can select either the University of Michigan or Michigan State logo to be applied) to support the work of the Lakes Area Youth Assistance.
Lakes Area Youth Assistance (LAYA) is a non-profit organization designed to help at-risk children and their families who live in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District. Oakland County, local municipalities and volunteers work together to provide services and programs, which assisted more than 600 students in 2019.
To support our kids, please consider purchasing one ticket for $25 or you can buy four tickets for $100 and receive one more free. Tickets may be purchased now through Friday, October 9, 2020, at www.wlcstickets.com.
The drawing will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020, and you will be notified via phone if you are one of the lucky winners. Thank you for your support of our children.
Thank you so much for your help with this request. Take care and have a great day.
Barb Sprunk, Admin. Assistant
Lakes Area Youth Assistance
850 Ladd Rd., Bldg. D
Walled Lake, MI 48390
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- firstname.lastname@example.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
Returning books to Smart
Dear Smart families,
We have received many emails recently from families still needing to return textbooks and media center books from last year. If you still have textbooks or media center books to return to Smart and are not sure how to return them, you are in luck!
Starting August 13th, our red and yellow book return box will again be placed outside our main doors daily. We will have the drop box available through next week, so you can drop them off. This includes books from last year's 8th graders.
Thanks for your help in getting these books back to Smart.
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!
Video Version of Eighth Grade Clap Out – Smart Middle School – June 12, 2020
Google Slides Version of Eighth Grade Clap Out – Smart Middle School – June 12, 2020
Have a great summer!
The Smart Staff.
For the 2020-2021 School Year....
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Attendance Policies for 2019-20
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.
DISTRICT CALENDAR AND HALF DAYS
The calendar for 2020-2021 is still a work in progress... Stay tuned.
Smart Administrative Team
Dan Holland, Assistant Principal
Please contact us with comments, questions, or concerns