CHS Chronicles: Week of 10/14/19

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Here a the "deets" you need to know:


October 11th

  • Smart volleyball, City Tournament @ WL Central, games begin @4:00

October 14th:

  • Boys Soccer @ Western H.S. vs Walnut Creek, 5:00 approximate start.
  • Smart volleyball @ South Lyon Millennium
  • Smart football @ Waterford Mott, 6:00 kick off today!

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.

  • Smart Cross country at Island Lake State Park, 4:00

  • Smart volleyball @ Oak Valley

October 18th:

  • Smart PINK OUT, donate! make a donation to support cancer research and WEAR PINK!
  • Smart cross country @ Kensington State Park.

October 19th:

  • Smart volleyball in the LVC Tournament, all day @ Lakeland High School

October 22nd, 23rd, and 24th

  • Smart 7th and 8th grade boys basketball try outs, 3-5:30.
  • See article below for more information.
  • All athletes MUST have a MHSAA physical on file at Smart to try out.

October 26th- November 3rd:

  • Sign up for parent teacher conferences in Skyward starting at 6:30 am on October 25th. See article below for more details.

October 29th:

  • Smart Student PTSA meetings start, see below for details.


November 4th

Smart Parent teacher conferences: 12:30-8:30, see article below for more details.

November 5th: Election Day

  • No school for staff or students








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 Parent Teacher Conferences sign up in Skyward open October 26th @ 6:30 am

Parent teacher conferences are scheduled to take place on November 4th from 12:30-8:30.

Parents MUST schedule their conference times online prior to conferences. There are no drop in conference times available during this day.

The conference scheduling tab in Skyward will open at 6:30 am on October 26th and will close at 8:00 am on November 3rd.

Please view the "How to Schedule Conferences in Skyward" for directions on how to schedule conference online by CLICKING HERE.


The PTSA is creating a space for students called the ZEN DEN. The following items would be great to have if you are able to make a donation! We are looking for gently used or new items only. If you would like to donate, please see the sign up genius link. Then you or your student can drop off your item to the media center or Mrs. Quinn-Haver or arrange to do that. Items will be gathered the week of October 14th. Thank you in advance for any help.

Email Mrs. Quinn-Haver with any questions:

Sign Up Genius

Neutral or soft colors:

· Leather glider/recliner/rocker in good condition (2)

· Drafting stool – counter height (2)

· Comfortable office chair (3)

· Indoor swing with base (1)

· Natural wood shelves (1)

· Floor seating in neutral tones – game chair, bean bag chair…

· Decorative items in neutral or soft colors

· Zen items – white noise machine, table top water fountain, stress balls, framed art of nature in soft or neutral tones, rock garden, zen sand garden

· Green plants, succulents, bamboo

· Polished stones, decorative bowls, crystals

· Yoga mat

· Candle lights

· Lamps – neutral colors (4)

· Art pieces that fit the theme of a zen zone (3-5)

Smart/ Creek combined swim team for 7th/8th boys and girls

Our informational meeting will be on Friday, November 8th at 7pm at Walled Lake Northern.

This year we will be having our team evaluations on two days. The first day of evaluations are Monday, November 18th for letters A-M and Tuesday, November 19th for letters N-Z. The evaluations will be at Walled Lake Northern from 7-8:15pm. Please stick to your days unless otherwise communicated with myself.

Although swimming is a no cut sport, for safety reasons all swimmers must be able to swim 4 laps of the pool freestyle with attempted bilateral breathing. They must also be able to swim 2 laps backstroke. Swimmers must not be afraid to attempt a somersault in the water and try so without hesitation and must be able to attempt dive in from the side of the pool without hesitation. None of this has to be perfect, but these basic skills are a necessity with the size of our team if they can't do these skills it is a unsafe environment for our team. Again, we can not teach swimmers to swim and be safe in the water. They must have the above fundamentals to be able to safely move forward with the team.

Our first day of official practices will Monday, December 2nd at WALLED LAKE NORTHERN.

Here are some basic things that were covered at the meeting.

The team is for 7th and 8th grade, 6th graders can not participate.

We will practice at Walled Lake Northern Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7pm - 8:15pm. We will NOT be practicing on Thursdays to avoid not having practice on home meet dates for the boys swim team. There are a few weeks where there are exceptions to this due to pool conflicts so you will need to look at the schedule you will be given at the meeting.

Dual meets are on Wednesdays.

We do not practice when there is no school, OR on snow days.

On the first day of practice (Monday, December 2nd) I need team orders. On the first day of evaluations physicals must be on file at the middle school and I need the transportation form, if I contact the school and they are not, I can not let your child participate until the school says they have them. Suits can be tried on on by visiting Making Waves in Royal Oak, they are our suit vendor. Suits should be tight and not baggy. You are responsible for getting your Childs suit size, the coaches will not be able to guess that as it is unique to each athlete.

All orders will be due the first week of full practice. If you are unable to attend the meeting the information will be posted on the Smart and Creek websites on or after the meeting.

All paperwork must be turned in by the above deadlines. Absolutely no exceptions. If you would like to turn in your orders and transportation form you can do so attention to my name and drop off at Walled Lake Northern.


I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting.

Warm Regards,

Coach Jessica

Religious Diversity Journey opportunity for 7th graders

Attention all 7th graders-- Information and applications for the Religious Diversity Journey are available on the door to room 312. This program accepts 25 7th graders interested in traveling to 5 different places of worship to learn first hand about others religions and cultures. Our 7th grade social studies teachers will be showing a promotional video and you can see Mrs. Connell with questions. Applications are due on Tuesday, October 15th, and the selection committee will notify applicants of their admission to the selected group.

Smart boys basketball try outs coming soon!

Boys basketball season for is right around the corner. Try outs will take place after school on October 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Try outs will be for a 7th grade and 8th grade team.

All students trying out must have an MHSAA sports physical on file to be able to try out.

Please see the hand out below for more details from the 8th grade coaches.

7th grade hand out is available to players at lunch.

Please contact the coaches directly for more information . Coach emails can be found on the Smart Athletics website HERE.

Smart Athletics website

Find all your coaches contacts here

Smart PTSA Reflections Contest

Have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Look Within,” calls for your own unique interpretation through art, music and dance, writing, producing films or photography. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today by the school office, or ask a teacher for more information! All entries are due by Nov. 15th to the school office.

There will be announcements everyday with more information and reminders for students. Please see document below for all the announcements to take place over the next few weeks.

As you have specific questions, please contact the Reflections chairperson, Jennifer Ostroff

at 248.464.0000 or via email at


This year Mrs. Quinn-Haver will hold student PTSA meetings after school approximately twice a month. They are from 3:05 until 4:15. The meetings will start October 29th.

The club will be working on different projects. The group will be doing a lot of fun activities like the PTSA Reflections contest, forming a birthday club, planning and working at after school parties, making bulletin boards, planning volunteer and staff appreciation days, planning spirit days, and promoting Smart Style. Students do need to be a member of PTSA to attend meetings. It is simple to join. Pick up a note to take home from outside Mrs. Quinn-Haver’s room – she is in room 104. We hope to have many students joining in to help make Smart an even better place to learn and have fun.

Any student interested should see Mrs. Quinn-Haver with any questions.

Halloween costumes at Smart

Halloween costume guidelines at Smart

October 31st is Halloween and a half day of school at Smart. Students are permitted to wear costumes to school on this day. Below are costume guidelines and requirements.

These are in place for safety and student comfort while at school:

  • Costumes should follow dress code expectations

  • No masks of any kind

  • No weapons of any kind, fake or look a like.

  • No oversize/ blow up costumes

  • Face make up may be worn, but in moderation so as to still be able to identify the student

  • No excessive gore

Students may see Mr. Holland or Mr. Spickard with costume questions.

In addition, there will hold a Halloween costume contest ran by the Smart counseling department during 1st hour.

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,

Thanks for all of your help with our fall fundraiser. We are in the process of our final sales and are organizing all of the student prizes.

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!

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.

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

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