Information from WLCSD
At the Board of Education last night, regrettably a budget with $10.6 million in reductions was approved, though we have not yet been told by the State what dollars will be available for next year. This is the June 2020 Budget video that outlines the reductions. We respectfully request that you advocate for unrestricted federal funds for schools with our federal legislators as Michigan’s budget woes will result in significant cuts to schools’ budgets. Here are some important talking points about school funding. I want to remind all parents that bond funds may only be used for the specified, approved bond work. Finally, please log onto the WLCSD Citizen’s Committee Facebook page and Our Kids, Our Future – Contact Congress to help us send a message to our legislators.
- Superintendent Gutman interview with Civic Center TV (June 18)
- Superintendent Gutman interview with WDIV-4’s Paula Tutman (June 18)
- Gov. Whitmer says schools will reopen this fall for in-person learning (Detroit Free Press)
- Spinal Column: WLCSD cuts teachers and other staff positions. Makes budget cuts in anticipation of decreased school funding.
1. District honors 41 retirees: The Board of Education and WLCSD administration wish our retirees well in this video. List of 2020 Retirees
2. Winter sports recognition: The Board honored the WLCD winter student athletes with this presentation.
3. Athletic conditioning: As a result of the Governor’s recent orders, outdoor fall sports conditioning will begin Monday, June 22, for our high school athletes and programs. This document outlines the safety protocols that will be followed for safety. WLCSD Comprehensive Plan to return to Athletics & Activities
4. Chromebook Return, June 22 - 26: WLCSD encourages families to return devices to the District.
5. Class of 2020: Congratulations to the Class of 2020 who were honored at the Senior Celebrations last Sunday. If you did not get the Commemorative Edition of the Spinal Column last Sunday you can Request to mail the Class of 2020 Special Edition of the Spinal Column.
6. Walled Lake Schools Greater West Bloomfield student volunteer leaders will be honored at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, June 24, during a WB Civic Center TV broadcast. Michigan Week Award Winners
7. The 2020/21 WLCSD School Calendar.
8. Food Distribution will continue through Monday, June 22. Other food distribution sites include:
We are committed to communicating what we know, when we know it. Thank you for your partnership in supporting our children and each other. Please be safe and let us know how we can help you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a safe and restful summer,
Superintendent of Schools
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.
incoming 9th grade math placement information
As you are aware, your student is currently enrolled in 8th grade math (Course 3). Next year, students will either enroll in Algebra 1 or the Geometry Calculus Path. Placement has been determined by indication that students are in the upper quartile (top 25%) on several of the standardized assessments that have been taken throughout the year.
Next week, your family will receive a mailing that will include your student’s placement letter for the upcoming school year. Your child’s assigned counselor at Northern will take care of scheduling your child into his or her math course for the upcoming year. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Braley (8th grade counselor) or your child’s math teacher.
8th Grade Counselor
Clifford Smart Middle School
Summer online class opportunities for incoming high school freshman
Dear 8th grade families,
There are online summer school options available for 8th grade students entering high school. The district will be offering both 9 week and 18 week online classes for credit advancement.
For more information, please click on the link: https://wlcsd.org/programs/summer-programs/.
Registration will remain OPEN until June 17th, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Braley at email@example.com.
8th Grade Counselor
Clifford Smart Middle School
Attention Walled Lake incoming freshman, Class of 2024
Hi Incoming Freshman Familes!
All 3 Walled Lake High Schools are excited to welcome our incoming Freshman. We can't wait to have you as part of our high school communities and look forward to seeing everyone in the fall or whenever schools can open up.
Each WL high school is offering families the chance to purchase a "Welcome Class of 2024" yard signs to help celebrate your students' move to high school. The signs cost $15 and proceeds will go to support the PTSAs at each of the 3 schools. Photos of the signs can be found in the Google Forms linked below.
All signs must be ordered before June 1st and will be available to you by June 12th (Please see your schools specific information regarding pick up or delivery)
For Incoming WLC Freshmen:
For Incoming WLN Freshmen:
For Incoming WLW Freshmen:
Thank you and we hope the next 4 years are the best of your life!
The WLC PTSA, The WLN PTSA, and The WLW PTSA
Thank you for the great Staff Appreciation Video
Dear Smart families, Thank you for all the great pictures and kind words! We miss all of you! Please see the special video created by our families and the special thanks from the PTSA
Thank you for being YOU! You are the amazing, hardworking, and dedicated staff of Smart Middle School. We want you to know how much we appreciate all that you do each day. You have stepped up during this crisis in so many ways and shown us how much you care. Thank you for selflessly giving to the students and families of Smart. You are INCREDIBLE!! We miss you, love you, and will be forever grateful. Happy Staff Appreciation Week!
Love, The Smart PTSA
We hope you enjoy this special tribute to you:
Smart Middle School Yearbook Update
In an attempt to help families who have not yet placed an order for the 2019-2020 CHS Yearbook, Walsworth Publishing sent out one last email as a reminder. However, this email is NOT intended for families who have already purchased a yearbook. If you have purchased a yearbook and have your receipt of payment, your student will receive a yearbook once a distribution plan is in place.
If you have not ordered a yearbook, please purchase one directly through Walsworth at https://yearbookforever.com/
GAP ( Goal Achievement Program) forms due in Google Classroom on May 29th
G.A.P. – GOAL ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM (sponsored by the Smart PTSA)
If a student would like to submit a GAP form, he or she should join the Google Classroom for turning these in.
Here is the GAP Google Classroom code: X6s4l4q (lower case L)
All of the details regarding this program, forms, and requirements can be found in the GAP Google Classroom. The process to join is just like joining any other Smart Google Classroom.
Students who already turned a paper form into the office for their reading or community service work do not need to do anything.
The deadline for both will be May 29. Rewards will be distributed to 8th graders in June and the 6th and 7th graders when school resumes.
As you have questions, please contact Kim Quinn-Haver, Smart PTSA GAP program coordinator, or Dan Holland
Need a good book?
In case you are running out of good reads, the Commerce Township Community Library has increased the number of titles card holding library members may check out through their online platforms (Hoopla and Libby). In addition, the library is still issuing library cards during this time. Parents/guardians should contact the library at 248-669-8108 to obtain a card for students.
Tutorials to help with the check-out process are available at:
For additional information regarding library programs and services, families should contact the library directly.
Smart Middle School: Google Classroom and Family Resources
Dear Smart families,
Our Google Classrooms are up and running for ALL CLASSES with many great virtual learning opportunities. Our teachers are enjoying virtually interacting with your children on a daily basis! They are posting video greetings, messages and awesome learning opportunities daily
Please access our Smart Google Classroom class codes HERE!
Smart Middle School is closed through April 13th. The building will not be accessible until then. We are saying "it is time way, but not time off" :)
As you and your child get set up in Google Classroom (see all the information below), be sure to join the "From the Smart Office" classroom with the code cjni3jt. You will find resources and daily videos from both of us!
As always, please reach out to us or any staff member with any questions you have. Take care of yourselves and your families. Keep showing that "Smart Style"!
Please see the many resource tabs down below to help you during these uncertain times.
Dave Tucker and Dan Holland
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.
6th grade counselor: Ms. Hoover- Kathleenhoover@wlcsd.org
7th grade counselor: Mr. G. Jeffreygiolitti@wlcsd.org
8th 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
Smart and all WLCSD schools are closed for the rest of the year.
As you need assistance please give us or call or email us!
Dave Tucker, principal
Dan Holland, assistant principal
Click here for WLCSD information re: the COVID-19 situtation
All after school activities, sports, ceremonies and community education programs
are cancelled/ postponed at this time.
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Math course skipping information
Dear Smart families,
Our current math standards are more rigorous and demanding than ever. Students are expected to develop a deep understanding of concepts leading to fluency with facts and procedures, and the ability to clearly communicate their mathematical thinking. Further, students must pass a demanding sequence of high school math courses in order to meet graduation requirements. In response to the increased expectations for all students, we have adjusted the content focus and instructional approaches in all of our math courses.
Because of the higher standards and to ensure student success at all points of their mathematical education, we are using specific procedures to accelerate students. In order to skip a course in the math sequence, students must demonstrate proficiency in the content and skills of the course they are attempting to skip.
If you are interested in this process for your child, please read the acceleration process and procedures described in the PDF letter attachment below. This process applies to all students currently in grades 2 through 7.
Part of this process is a math course "skipping" test. The attached letter above will give directions on how to register online for this test taking place at Smart on April 23rd. A paper copy of this registration form is attached and can also be picked up from the Smart counseling office. Students must pre-register to take this test.The deadline to register for this test is March 23rd. Please see the PDF letter attachment below for the online application link .
As you have questions about this course skipping process please contact John M. Gregg Math/Science Coordinator John Gregg at JOHNGREGG@WLCSD.ORG or 248.956.2096. More information about the math acceleration process can also be found Math Acceleration website.
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!
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 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!
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
Steve Spickard, Dean of Students
Please contact us with comments, questions, or concerns