SMS Bulletin 2.8.16

Show Respect-Make a Difference-Set the Bar High

Mission and Vision

At Schmucker Middle School we strive to cultivate a thriving and safe learning community that promotes academic excellence, lifelong learners, and socially responsible and productive citizens.

To do list

1. Language Arts Teachers give Acuity C, February 8-10

Advisory Period

Week 24

2/8: Flex Day

2/9: Read Day (No CBs)

2/10: Flex Day

2/11: Read Day (No CBs)

Please access the link Advisory Resources for information regarding our 2nd quarter Advisory curriculum. This folder is shared with all teachers.


The first round of ISTEP will occur during the week of 2/29. Due to additional flexibility provided by the IDOE, we will be modifying our testing schedule. These details will be shared soon.

A reminder of teacher best practice

1. Maintain a positive outlook and grow continually

2. Use Positive Behavior Support

3. Collaborate and use data (Active PCL member)

4. Differentiate instruction and use RTI

5. Try new things and be creative

6. Have fun and smile

7. Teach and model digital responsibility

8. Share resources and be flexible

9. Be proactive, not reactive

Professional Reading

What Connected Educators Do Differently.

Staff Bio

Emily was born and raised in St. Joseph County. Her education began at Mary Frank Elementary School in Granger. She then attended the best middle school in the area, Schmucker Middle School, and graduated from Penn High School in 1998. After graduating she began her studies at Purdue University.

In 2003, Emily moved to Spring Hill, Florida and worked in various administrative assistant/inventory positions before pursuing a teaching career. Though she had not studied education, she came from a family of educators and felt education was where she belonged. In 2005 she participated in Florida’s Alternative Certification Program and began her teaching career at West Hernando Middle School in Brooksville, FL. She taught 7th grade math and math remediation in Florida for five years.

In the fall of 2010, she returned to Indiana with her beautiful daughter, Kirsten, and began teaching at Pierre Moran Middle School in Elkhart. There she taught 7th grade math and began a new curriculum for 8th grade students called Business/Marketing and Youth Philanthropy. In August of this year she was blessed with a position teaching Computers/Business in her favorite corporation (PHM of course).

Emily has a wide variety of interests from antique shopping to deer hunting. She loves to ride horses, make bead jewelry, cook and go to amusement parks. However, her favorite thing to do is spend time at Jean Klock Park on Lake Michigan searching for indian beads with Kirsten. Those wonderful summer days always end with a special trip to Dairy Queen for a mother and daughter afternoon ice cream treat.

Staff Bio

Carol was born on the south side of South Bend. She attended Forest G. Hay (K-6) Hamilton Junior High (7 & 8) Jackson (freshman year), then went on to graduate from James Whitcomb Riley High School.

She attended Ball State University (one year) and worked her way through Indiana University of South Bend (6 years). First, she worked at Brook’s Fashions as a retail clerk, and learned how to sell women’s clothing. Second, she worked at Castle Point Apartments as a rental consultant, and learned how to lease apartments. Before she started teaching, Carol worked for Campbell’s Soup Company as a sales representative. She learned to sell products to grocery stores.

Carol’s PHM part-time teaching career started at Grissom Middle School in 1980, working under the infamous, Don Quimby. She began as a part-time reading teacher for two years, until she was hired on at Grissom as a full-time reading teacher in 1992. Carol spent the next 18 years at Grissom, then transferred to Schmucker 6 years ago, with a total of 24 years at PHM. She also taught summer school for 4 years and enjoyed this experience.

Carol works at eating properly, and walks to stay healthy. One of her favorite things to do is decorate homes, especially hers. She grows different flowers and herbs during the summer. Her favorites are Lilys and Lavender. She enjoys making homemade candles, soap, and crafts. Movies and reading are a favorite past time. She is a true football fan of Notre Dame, and the Broncos.

Carol is her elderly parents primary caregiver. Her goal was to keep her parents in their home last year, after her father had a stroke. “Being a teacher, helping kids, and parents are my true accomplishments in life.”


The link below contains all of the eLearning documents you might need to reference.

eLearning Resources

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Don't forget to cheer for your peers.

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