CHS Chronicles Week of 3/11/19

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Here a the "deets" you need to know:



March 5th

  • 8th grade band concert, 7:00 @ Walled Lake Northern

March 6th:

  • Smart Girls basketball @ Walnut Creek, 4:00
  • Smart wrestling @ Smart vs. Pierce, 4:00
  • 6th and 7th grade band concert, 7:00 @ Walled Lake Northern.
  • Smart PTSA meeting.

March 7th

  • Smart girls basketball @ Smart vs. Banks, 4:00
  • Hungry Howies Pizza night, see below for details
  • Girls soccer information meeting for 7th and 8th grade girls during lunch with Mrs. Quinn Haver

March 8th

  • Smart wrestling @ Banks, 4:00

March 11th:

  • Smart activity night, 3:00-4:30. This open to all students. Tickets on sale the day of the activity night during lunches for $5.00. Ticket includes one food choice, DJ and more! Additional food and drinks available for purchase for $1.00
  • Incoming 6th grade parent night @ Smart, 6:30

March 13th:

  • PTSA meeting, 7:00 Smart Media Center

March 14th:

  • Smart wrestling @ White Lake Middle School, 4:00
  • Smart girls basketball @ Smart, first game of LVC tournament, 4:00

March 16th

  • LVC Conference middle school wrestling tournament, Lakeland High School
  • LVC Conference girls basketball tournament @ Northern.

March 19th-22nd

  • Smart 8th grade grade trip to Washington, D.C.

March 22nd:"

  • 1/2 day of school, staff professional development, middle school dismissed @ 11:18

March 25th

Smart 7th/8th grade girls soccer try outs begin today

March 29th

  • Spring Break: final day of school for students


April 8th:

  • School resumes for all students, full day of school

April 9th:

  • 8th graders take the PSAT test at Smart. Contact Kathleen Hoover, Smart 8th grade counselor for details.

April 15th:

  • MStep testing begins for 8th grade. See the article below for test schedules for 6th, 7th and 8th grades

April 17th:

  • Real Life Choices- Dangerous Consequences" - Panel discussion sponsored by Lakes Area Youth Assistance. See flyer below for more details.

April 19th:

  • No school for staff our students


May 24th:

  • 1/2 day of school for students and staff, middle school dismissed at 11:18

May 27th

  • No school for students or staff- Memorial Day Observance


June 13th

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

Buildings, Infrastructure & Equity Bond election on May 7th

For information on the Buildings, Infrastructure & Equity bond election taking place on May 7th, visit the Buildings, Infrastructure & Equity website.

Smart will have a bond information meeting on April 9th in the Smart Media Center. This meeting will include general bond information as well as the specific projects proposed for Smart.

Smart boys and girls track for 7th and 8th grade

Track for boys and girls in 7th and 8th grade will be starting on March 18th.

Please visit the Smart track team sign up page for more information regarding practice times and coach information.

Smart girsl soccer try outs

7th and 8th grade girls:

If you are interested in playing soccer at Smart this spring, please plan on attending an informational meeting with Coach Quinn-Haver on Thursday March 7th in the cafeteria near the stage-- during your last 10 minutes of lunch.

Try out information will be available at this meeting. Try outs start on March 25th. Please email Coach Kim Quinn-Haver at with questions.

Orchard Lake Country Club: Caddy Round Up!

If you are 12 years of age or older, and you are looking for work this summer, you are invited to come out on Tuesday March 26, 2019

at 6:30 p.m. for our annual Caddy Round-up Night.

Due to construction at Orchard Lake Country Club,



Why choose Caddying at Orchard Lake Country Club?

· Excellent pay

· Work outside

· Opportunity to earn College Scholarships

· Learn the game of Golf

· Learn about responsibility, etiquette, and courtesy

· Earn golf privileges on Mondays

If any of this sounds like what you are looking for,

Orchard Lake Country Club is looking for YOU!

See the flyer below for information!

You must sign up ONLINE in advance

to attend the Caddy Round-up Night.

To sign-up for Caddy Round-Up 2019.

Please visit :

John Gilbert, Golf Services Manager

(248) 682-5340

Orchard Lake Country Club

5000 West Shore Drive

Orchard Lake, Michigan 48324

Lakes Area Youth Assistance "Real Life Choices- Dangerous Consequences"

Please see the flyer below about this informational panel discussion. This event will take place in the Smart Media Center on April 17th from 6:30-8:30

Visit the LAYA website for information about all that LAYA has to offer our school community.

MStep testing begins in April

Dear Smart families,

MStep testing starts at Smart on April 16th. Please see the schedule below for each grade level.

Each test will be given during their normal class times with their regular classroom teacher.

8th grade:

April 15th: science section, part 1

April 16th: science section, part 2

April 23rd: social studies section, part 1

April 24th: social studies section, part 2

7th grade:

April 30th: language arts section, part 1

May 1st: language arts section, part 2

May 6th: math section, part 1

May 7th: math section, part 2

6th grade

May 8th: language arts section, part 1

May 9th: language arts section, part 2

May 14th: math section, part 1

May 15th: math section, part 2

As you have questions about the test schedule or the test itself, please contact your child's counselor.

Join the Smart Robotics/ First Tech Challenge team!

We are the robotics team at CHS Middle School. Our team, S.M.A.R.T. FIRST Tech Challenge Team 12520, held a Parent & Student Information Meeting in the Media Center at Smart Middle on Tuesday, January 29 at 6:00pm for current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders interested in robotics.

We will talk about FIRST, FIRST Tech Challenge, demonstrate our robot, and describe the candidate evaluation process for students interested in joining the team.

If you were unable to attend the meeting and want more information, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. See the flyer below for more details and information.


FIRST Tech Challenge Team 12520





Smart donates over $5000 to Lakes Area Youth Assistance programing

During our Smart Caring Community fundraiser in December, our school community raised just over $5000. This money was raised to help fund student assistance programs organized by Lakes Area Youth Assistance. Thank you to all of our staff, students, and families for their commitment and dedication to making this the most successful community fundraiser ever.

A special thanks goes out to Smart staff member Kristen Berry, Smart NJHS coordinator, for organizing and steering this fundraiser.

Below is a special letter of thanks from Nancy vanLeuwen, LAYA president. She greatly appreciated all of our efforts.

Mrs. vanLewen stated that our donation was the LARGEST, single donation ever made in the history of LAYA.

Way to go Smart!!!



The second quarter has come to a close. Grade point averages will be calculated soon. All students who reached the goal of achieving a 3.0 GPA in the second quarter, or of raising a first quarter GPA by 0.5 or more, will be rewarded with a free pass to the March after school party. The goal achievement program is sponsored by the PTSA.

As we start the third quarter, the goal is to independently read 400 or more pages, complete the reading goal form, and turn it in to the office by the end of the third quarter. The reward for meeting the goal is a gift certificate to the April book fair.

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

PTSA hopes to reward many students for achieving their goals!

Smart Ski and Snowboard Club is done for the season!

The Smart Ski and Snowboard Club is done for the season.

Thank you to all the skiers and snowboarders who came out this season!

I guess that means that spring is right around the corner!

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

Smart Math Pentathlon Team

Mathematics Pentathlon Practice:

If your son/daughter is interested in participating in the Division IV Math Pentathlon tournament on May 11, 2019, please contact Wendi Corteville at (248) 921-9088 or She is looking to provide game practices starting in January with her daughter Holly. Please contact Wendi for more information.

Walled Lake Middle Schools Football Booster Club 2019-2020

We are pleased to announce the new Walled Lake Middle Schools Football Boosters Board! Please see the flyer below to access names, contact info, next meeting invite, and meeting agenda.

We are well on our way to raising the funds for the 2019-2020 season. This new board is energized and ready to roll, they continue to need your support!!

Please contact any of the new board members if you would like to get involved and volunteer

Cyberbullying Assembly with the Oakland County prosecutors office

Dear Smart Families,

On Tuesday, November 13th a representative from the Oakland County prosecutors office will be presenting an in school assembly to our students about cyber safety, cyber bullying and cyber crimes. This important information is presented to the students each year. Last year our presenter was from the state Attorney General's office. This is a difficult topic and some families may want to keep this discussion at home and opt their child our of the school wide presentation. Each grade will have a separate presentation that is age appropriate. Attached is a flyer, designed to provide information to parents about the topic. Please let the office know if you would like to opt your child OUT of the presentation.

The presentation was recorded in two segments and can be found on You Tube: Social Media and Students:

Smart Cyberbullying Presentation part 1 Social Media and Students:

Smart Cyberbullying presentation part 2


Dave Tucker, Principal

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 Math Club

Math Club will be starting this Wednesday and will be every Wednesday from 3 to 4 after school in Room 100B. Math Club is for students who may want a little help with their math homework, get caught up with your math assignments after being absent, or to get help studying for a quiz or test. A math teacher will be there to help you with all your math needs. Please make sure your parents are aware you are attending and that you are able to be picked up at 4:00. Hope to see you there.

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 2018 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

Smart P.T.S.A.

Please see below for a copy of the preliminary budget for the 2018-19 school year!

Volunteers needed for the 2018-19 school year

Believe it or not, this school year will be done before you know it. At the end of this school year, the PTSA team will be losing several volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer,contact Lisa Farabi at

Join the Clifford Smart PTSA!


2018-19 meeting dates: All meetings held in the Smart Media Center at 7:00 pm

Meeting Dates

September 4th

October 9th

November 13th

December 11th (as needed)

January 8th

February 12th

March 6th

(this one will be fun, it’s the president’s and the treasurer’s birthday)

April 9th

May 14th

All meetings are from 7pm until 8pm in the Media Center. This year, we are going to do something new and fun… “Principal, President, and Pizza”. A few times this year, starting with the September 4th meeting, parents are invited to come in between 6pm and 7pm to have pizza and light conversation with our principal and PTSA president, then stick around for the meeting. Come and join us!

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 complete the attached form (CHS PTSA Membership Form 2016-2017) and bring it with you to Smart Start! Please contact Sarah Klein, Smart PTSA membership coordinator at with any questions.

CLICK HERE to go the Smart PTSA webpage

CLICK HERE for a printable PTSA membership form

CLICK HERE for a printable information sheet on the Smart PTSA

UPDATE! 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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Attendance Policies for 2018-19

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 2018-2019 DISTRICT CALENDAR

Listed below are the middle school late start and 1/2 day dates for 2017-2018.

1/2 Days for 2018-19; school dismisses at 11:18

September 18th

October 31st

November 8th

February 7th

March 22nd

May 24th

June 13th (final day of school for all students)

Delayed Start Dates for 2018-19: school starts at 10:00 with late bell at 10:10

October 23, 2018

November 13, 2018

February 5, 2019

March 26, 2019

May 14, 2019

School hours on Late Start Days will be from 10:10 AM to 3:00 PM.
Bus stops will be delayed by two hours. For example, if your bus stop is normally at 7:30 AM, the pick-up time on a Late Start Day will be 9:30 AM.

  • Students not riding buses on these delayed start dates may be dropped off no earlier than 9:30. Please remind students that all "morning drinks" (lattes, mochas, etc.) must be consumed prior to going to going to their first class

Smart Administrative Team

Dave Tucker, Principal

Dan Holland, Assistant Principal

Steve Spickard, Dean of Students

Please contact us with comments, questions, or concerns