C.H.S. Chronicles

2021-2022 school year

Important Dates at Smart



  • September 14: Smart Virtual Curriculum Night: 6:30 PM (Link will be active at that time)
  • September 15: PTSA Meeting: 7:00 PM @ Smart Media Center
  • September 16: No School

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  • September 28: 1/2 Day, Dismissal at 11:40
  • October 29: 1/2 Day, Dismissal at 11:40
  • November 11: Parent/Teacher Conferences (Details TBD)

September 20th


  • soccer team and cross country team pictures, see coach for details.



September 21st

  • volleyball team pictures, see coach for details


October 20th

Smart Student Picture retake day.

See the QR code below for Haphazardly Ever After streaming tickets!

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PTSA 2021 Fall Fundraiser — Our ONLY Fundraiser for the YEAR


The PTSA is offering Tropical Smoothie Coupon cards (over $70 in value) that include 4 FREE, no purchase necessary smoothies ($24 value) for a $25 donation to Smart PTSA. Your student will be coming home with information and order forms in early September.

To order cards for distribution, please email smartptsa@gmail.com.

Prize incentives for students collecting donations of $75 or more (distributing 3 cards) include the chance to earn a celebration assembly with a live entertainer, a personalized CHS water bottle, a waterproof bluetooth speaker, $50 or $150 Nike gift cards. The TOP FUNDRAISER will get to design a pair of Vans Custom Shoes! Prizes will be awarded in October at the close of the drive.

This is our only fundraiser for the year, and the goal is to raise $10,000 to cover all activities and expenses in the 2021-22 budget. If each student distributes (1) card for a $25 donation, we can easily meet our goal!

First day of school at Smart

Dear Smart families,

I hope this finds you well! With school starting tomorrow we wanted to give you some information about the first day and tips to help it go smoothly.

Tips and General information:

· Students getting dropped off will wait outside the main lobby until our first bell at 8:00. Please view our pick up and drop off guidelines in our CHS Chronicles.

· Smart staff members will meet all dropped off students at 8:00 to direct them. ( see “ Start of school Student Locations” below)

· Students riding the buses will be greeted by Smart staff members at 8:00 to direct them ( see “ Start of school Student Locations” below)

· Please have your student prepared with their schedule, locker number, and locker combination. This information can all be found in Skyward. If you are unable to access Skyward we will have schedules ready for students to pick up when they arrive in their “Start of School Student Locations” (see below).

· Band and orchestra students do not need to bring instruments. Students who ordered instruments will be given them by their teachers at a later date.

· To help give your student a sense of the building, a link to building map with classroom locations, can be found here.

· School is dismissed at 3:00. Please view our pick up and drop off guidelines in our CHS Chronicles.

Start of School Student Locations

· 6th graders will leave with Smart staff members from the buses or main lobby, and go immediately to the gym and not to their lockers. They will get more instructions and meet their 1st hour teacher there.

· 7th graders will leave from the buses or main lobby with a staff member, to go to the cafeteria and not to their lockers. They will get instructions and meet their 1st hour teachers there.

· 8th graders will go to their 1st hour class directly and not to their lockers. They will get more instructions once they are in their classroom. If your 8th grader has no schedule, they may report to the media center to pick one up.

· The entire Smart staff has created a very thorough schedule of activities scheduled to help orientate students to the building. This will be for all the students tomorrow. This includes finding, getting into, and setting up their locker, touring the building, getting to know their classmates and much more.

Athletics:

· Students who have signed up for our after school intramural athletics may report to the main gym after school to meet their coaches. Please see the attached handout for details about participating and signing up to participate.

We look forward to a great first day tomorrow!

Thanks,

The Smart Staff

Morning drop off : IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Morning drop off can be very difficult and Smart middle school could use everyone's help to make the morning drop off better for everyone.

1. Please don't worry about a student being tardy to first hour. We will not count a late student for the first class of the day when they are caused by our difficult drop off.

2. When you arrive at Smart please drop your student off. Have them wait outside the building until the bell rings at 8:00. I know many students would rather wait in a car but at this time we could really use their help by having them wait outside.

3. If you must wait with your child in the car please pull into a parking space and wait with them, DO NOT wait in the drop off line. At 8:00 please walk your child to the door and then exit the parking lot carefully.

I understand that this is a big inconvenience and quite a change from what our community is used to. Smart has a huge population of "drop off" students and we are positioned on a busy road. Thank you for your help and cooperation as we try hard to keep everyone safe in these changing times.

Sincerely,

David Tucker, Principal

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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 will wait outside the building until 8:00


  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 below) 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.


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.



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.

Ordering pictures with Lifetouch

Dear Smart parents,

As you know Smart Start is this Friday, August 20th, from 8am to 4pm, at Walled Lake Northern High School.

Remember, students will have their pictures taken as part of the process. If you choose to order pictures we encourage you to order them online prior to this Friday. This saves you time on Friday. The flyer attached will give you the website and picture ID order code for doing so. This is the same information that was sent earlier this week.


You can order online at www.mylifetouch.com with the portrait ID: EVT88RBF2


If you choose to order them in person on Friday, please print out the attached form, complete it, and bring it with you with either cash or check payable to Lifetouch.


Thanks,

Dan Holland

Student technology at Smart

TECHNOLOGY

If your child has a keyboarded device that they would like to use at school, they are welcome and encouraged to bring it! It MUST be a keyboarded device (laptop, chromebook, iPad or tablet with an attached keyboard). We will have limited chromebooks for students to utilize this year in the classrooms, but we will not be distributing them for home use. Students may carry their device in a small laptop or chromebook bag, but may not carry backpacks to their classes.

8th grade Washington DC 2022 Trip information

Please see the link below to get information and register for the 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip scheduled for March 15-18 of 2022.


https://www.smore.com/w7j1q-washington-dc

PTSA GOAL ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM (GAP)

PTSA GOAL ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM (GAP)

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) or Hillary Diskin (hillaryweil@yahoo.com) if you have any questions regarding this program.

Visit the NEW Smart PTSA website and JOIN PTSA


Haven't joined the PTSA yet? Join by 10/30 and be entered to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! You will also be included in the directory. Don't forget, although we aren't in person yet, joining the PTSA is important as the funds directly impact our students, staff and goes towards learning tools and resources.

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

Please visit our NEW WEBSITE for all the inforamtion 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!




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!

Stay connected in GOOGLE CLASSROOM with the Smart Counseling Office:


Dear Smart families,


Hello Smart Families,


The counseling department would like to announce the launch of our Google Counseling Center. While we miss seeing our kids in person, 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 have been 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.


7th Grade: Mrs. Braley join code: egc5api

8th Grade: Ms. Hoover join code: mynj2et


6th Grade: Mr. G. join code: djtozkr


We look forward to “seeing you” on Google classroom.


Sincerely,

Your Smart Counselors

Mrs. Braley, Ms. Hoover and Mr. Giolitti


8th grade counselor: Ms. Hoover- Kathleenhoover@wlcsd.org

6th grade counselor: Mr. G. Jeffreygiolitti@wlcsd.org

7th grade counselor: Mrs. Braley- juliebraley@wlcsd.org

"From the Smart Office" in Google Classroom

Be sure to join "From the Smart Office" in Google classroom. We will regularly post announcements, reminders, and resources here. The join code is:


https://classroom.google.com/c/MTQ5MDkyNzA0NDVa?cjc=cjni3jt


Please be sure to join and add it to your notifications!

Academic Resources

Family Resources

For the 2021-22 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:

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Attendance Policies for 2021-22

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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DISTRICT CALENDAR AND HALF DAYS


The calendar for 2021-22 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