SMS Raider News

Newsletter for the staff and families of Sunnyvale MS

RISE...Relate, Inspire, Serve, Excel

SMS Raider Family,

We are now well into our second quarter and going strong at SMS. This time of the year becomes really busy with multiple events happening both on and off campus. Please make sure to read and look below for all the things going on in and around SMS.

As many of you have probably heard there are some exciting changes coming to SISD this year. Our bond projects are coming along nicely and we look forward to opening the Auditorium at SHS in the coming weeks. We also have announced that Mrs. Staley (current Elementary Principal) has been named the Sunnyvale Intermediate Principal. Our very own Mrs. Dlabaj has been named the new Sunnyvale Elementary Principal and will be taking over in January. We will miss hear dearly at SMS but we are excited for her and her family for this amazing opportunity. So when you see both of them around please congratulate them and wish them well.

Due to the above changes we will be hiring an interim Assistant Principal, from within SISD, for the remainder of the school year. This will allow things to continue as always, which is to focus on the needs and support that our students, staff and families have here at SMS.

As we get closer to the end of the first semester, it is hard to think that we are already getting close to the midway point of the school year. While many amazing learning opportunities and experiences have already happened, it is exciting to know that we will continue to grow, learn, explore new things in the upcoming year.

We hope that you all have a wonderful December and a fantastic Winter Break!

Have a great week! And as always...Go Raiders!

Brandon Tunnell


#smsRISE @smslearns

Upcoming Events

Academic UIL (Dec. 5th)

We are excited to host UIL at SMS this year. We have three other schools coming to our campus to compete in all of the UIL events. Our students have been working hard, along with their coaches, to prepare for this competition.

With us hosting this year, our PTA is asking for some help in providing the approximate 150 teachers, coaches and workers that will be running the UIL meet on December 5th with food and refreshments. If you are interested in helping out, please see this sign up link to help.

If everything fills up and you still want to help please email Mr. Tunnell at

5th grade presents "Holidays Around the World" on December 13th

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End of Semester

We are having many upcoming events here at the end of the semester. Below are some of the major events that are happening at SMS.

Nov. 29th- SMS Band All Region Auditions

Nov. 30th- SMS Theatre One Act Play competition

Dec. 5th- UIL Meet at SMS

Dec. 5th- Early Release

Dec. 6th- SMS Choir Winter Performance

Dec. 7th and 8th- SMS Theatre One Act Play public performances

Dec. 11th- SMS Theatre Holiday Carol Plays

Dec. 13th- 5th grade "Holidays around the world", SISD Auditorium Grand Opening

Dec. 18th and 19th- MAP testing

Dec. 20th- Early Release, Pep Rally, Holiday Parties

Dec. 20th through Jan. 8th- Holiday Break

*Different this year is we will not be having Semester Exams for 7th and 8th graders (except for High School level courses). During the last week of the semester we will be having our Unit Assessments, MAP testing, and end of semester projects, etc. The bell schedules will be sent out soon for December 18th, 19th and 20th.

Cool Things Happening @ SMS

Shout Outs!

SEF Grant Award Winners!

There were 42 grants submitted from SISD staff and teachers this year for the SEF Grants. After looking at all the grants, SEF has awarded $89,844 to SISD! Isn't that amazing! This will impact so many classrooms and students! We want to thank SEF for working so hard for our students and district. Thank you!

SMS received a record setting amount of grant money this year, $39,771!!! Thank you to all the sponsors and community members that have donated to SEF to make this possible for our teachers and students!

Congrats to SEF Grant recipients:

Mrs. Hallam

Mrs. Teel

Mrs. Henderson

Mrs. Miller

Mrs. Connel

Coach Prince

Mrs. Walker

Mr. Camacho

Mrs. Cowden

Mr. Tunnell

Mrs. Huchingson

Mrs. Harvill

Mrs. Baker

Mrs. Wester

Dr. Stovall

Mrs. Rinestine

Mrs. Neff

Mrs. Clayton

Mrs. Monaghan


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Attendance Laws and Guidelines

There are two main state laws—one dealing with the required presence of school-aged children in school, e.g., compulsory attendance, the other with how a child’s attendance affects the award of a student’s final grade or course credit—that are of special interest to students and parents.

Parents will receive communication from the school, in the form of mailed letters, when a student begins to accrue too many absences that may place them in danger of violating one of the above mentioned laws.

Bottom line: Attendance is vital to a student's education and we must abide by state and local attendance laws.

PTA Write One Check

If you haven't contributed yet through the "Write One Check Campaign" we ask that you consider doing this. The PTA does a lot for our students and staff around the district. So if you are able and willing they would greatly appreciate your support. Please visit this link to get more information and to donate.
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