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Sartartia MS -- Exemplary Education Every Day -- 9.26.19

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WE CAN ALL START BY SAYING HELLO!

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s sole purpose is to educate and empower parents, schools and community organizations on how to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens by providing mental health & wellness early-identification and intervention programs, gun safety storage practices and advocating for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy. For more information about Sandy Hook Promise and our other school and community-based prevention programs and training, please visit www.sandyhookpromise.org. Make the Promise and together we can protect children from preventable gun violence.


If you or your student would like to discuss ways to start and sustain the SAVE Promise Club at Sartartia, please let our associate principal know at sunday.johnson@fortbendisd.com.

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CELEBRATE!

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group's heritage and culture.

Jags are on the Move!

Dear Jag Families,


Last week's weather event has prompted us to think even further ahead for contingency plans during a variety of natural events. Again, thank you for your patience and know that we are always working to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and our community. Once again, on behalf of everyone at SMS, I hope that you and your family did not sustain any property damage or loss.


Remember tomorrow is county fair day and we do not have school.


Thank you for your continued support for our JAGS in Volleyball, Football, Dance, Band, Orchestra, and Cheer. Thank you again for all you do in partnership with SMS. You are the best parents in FBISD and we hope to see you soon.


  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27: COUNTY FAIR DAY-NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, September 30: 7th Grade A Football vs. Garcia @ SMS 5:15pm
  • Tuesday, October 1: 8th Grade A Football vs. Garcia @ SMS 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 2: Choir Fall Concert @ 6pm
  • WEDNESDAY-COLLEGE DAY-represent your favorite college or university
  • THURSDAY, October 3-Volleyball vs. FSMS @ FSMS @ 5:15pm
  • Friday, October 4: SPIRIT DAY-represent with Sartartia gear or black and gold
  • Friday, October 4: CHS Band Night @ Mercer 7pm
  • Saturday, October 5: Theater @ Jr. Thespian Festival @ Pearland


Sincerely,

Cholly Oglesby

Principal

Sartartia Middle School

Student Spotlight

Rachel Ramirez is an 8th grader at SMS and always willing to lend a helping hand. She is empathetic towards struggling students and tries her best to help them understand what they are learning. Academics may not always come easy to her, but she has proven herself as a life-long learner by advocating for herself and making outstanding progress since she first joined our school in 7th grade. Rachel is a compassionate citizen who exhibits care and concern for others. She strives to be inclusive and embrace differences among all students. Outside of school, Rachel is a competitive softball player, spending most nights either at softball practice or at the gym. Most of her weekends are spent at softball tournaments around the Greater Houston area.

Staff Spotlight

Judy Weng has been teaching English as a Second Language at Sartartia for 6 years and has been in Fort Bend ISD for 20 years. She can’t believe how quickly the time has passed! She loves teaching students that are new to the United States and learning English. She recognizes the unique perspective and wealth of knowledge they bring to our school and community. Mrs. Weng is an incredible advocate for her students and believes that we can all learn from each other. She is married with 3 kids: a 4th grader, a 3rd grader, and an 18 month old. Both she and her husband graduated from Clements HS, and she is surrounded by a family of educators including her brother, sister, and dad who was a math instructor at Houston Community College for 35 years. Mrs. Weng is a huge fan of the University of Texas! TEXAS! FIGHT!

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#THINKBEFOREYOUPOST

FBISD has teamed up with FBI Houston to spread the important message that false and hoax threats of violence are no joke. Please view the Think Before You Post awareness campaign video here:

http://bit.ly/2k4uGnQ

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LIBRARY MOVIE NIGHT

Harry Potter Movie Night on 10/3 from 4:30-6 PM


Thank you,

Jessica Fitzpatrick, MLS

Librarian

Sartartia Middle School

281-634-6377

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ACADEMY DETAILS IN ATTACHMENTS...

EVERYBODY WANTS THE YEARBOOK!

Yearbooks and Student Ads are on sale NOW!

You may order your student both today by visiting Balfour.com.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Order by Thursday, December 12th

Samantha Luxenburg

Art Teacher and Yearbook Adviser

Sartartia Middle School

BASKETBALL TRYOUTS COMING IN OCTOBER

ANY 7TH OR 8TH GRADE MALE OR FEMALE STUDENT INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT OF FOR BASKETBALL, PHYSICALS AND ALL ELECTRONIC FORMS ARE DUE BY OCTOBER 11TH PER NEW FBISD GUIDELINES. PHYSICALS NEED TO BE TURNED INTO A COACH. NO PAPERWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER OCTOBER 11TH.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TRYOUT DATES: OCT 23-25

BOYS’ BASKETBALL TRYOUT DATE: OCT 28-30

ANY QUESTIONS, ASK A COACH.

FBISD Athletics Physical Form

RankOne Online Electronic Forms

MIDDLE SCHOOL COLOR GUARD AUDITIONS COMING IN NOVEMBER...SEE FLYER FOR DETAILS

Counselors' Corner

Hey Jag Parents!


We are so excited about the start of our 2019-2020 school year!! We have BIG plans for this year: exciting new programs and learning opportunities for you and your child to help you navigate through their middle school years. We hope to see you at parent nights and other learning opportunities that we are offering this year. Be on the lookout for dates/times in the parent newsletters and at Open House this week. Below we have included some of the things that are coming up so that you are aware:


No Place for Hate

Mrs. McCune is looking for students to serve on this years No Place for Hate committee. The committee will meet once a month to help plan 3 school wide activities to support acceptance by combating bias, bullying and hatred, and creating and maintaining a positive climate here at SMS. If your child is interested in being on the committee, please have them sign up in the student center or tell their grade level counselor at lunch 🙂


Level Changes

We will start to process level changes on Monday, September 9th. If your child would like to change their level from Pre-AP to Academic or vise versa, please send them to the students center to pick up a level change form. Please know that there are many steps to this form and the form will need to be completed before any level change is processed. A few things to note ** A conference between teacher/parent will need to happen before any level change is processed **Level changed will not be granted if a child has a 75 or above in the course, per district policy that is provided for you on the back of the form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email your grade level counselor.


Be an SMS Mentor

We are looking for adults in our community to volunteer their time mentoring Sartartia students. We will be accepting new mentors this year at SMS until Friday, September 27, 2019. Students who are in need of a reliable, comforting person to help guide them, will be selected by staff referral. The mandatory district orientation (MUST have every 3 years) is: Wed, September 18, 2019 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM​ at the Fort Bend ISD Administration Building

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please reach out to: VIPS@fortbendisd.com or katherine.friedel@fortbenisd.com if you are interested in volunteering.

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JAG SPORTS

SMS Athletics Fundraiser

Today, we are embarking on a new era for Sartartia Athletics. The Sartartia Athletic Department is collecting monetary donations for the purchase of many items that are much needed by OUR student/athletes here at Sartartia. Items such as an ice machine, goal post padding, outside storage shed, new water coolers, are just a few examples of much needed items. Please help donate to a worthwhile cause. The link to the donation page is below. Thank you Jags!

https://fortbendisd.revtrak.net/FBISD-Schools-1082/Middle-School/Sartartia-MS/sms-athletics/#/v/SMS-Athletics-Donation-2374

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PTO NEWS

MERCHANDISE

Thank you to all those that have helped support the PTO by purchasing our Merchandise. Our Fall Fundraiser is now over and we are in the process of ordering everything. We will update you all as soon as we have a delivery date for the Hoodies, Lanyards, Yard Signs etc.

SPIRIT NIGHT

Our First Spirit Night is at Chipotle on October 23rd from 5 to 9pm at 19832 Southwest Freeway in SugarLand. Please join us to support for some dinner and support the fundraiser. Guac On!

BOX TOPS

Our Box Tops Competition is in full swing. Late date to submit your Box Tops for the Fall Semester is October 18th. Please check out the attached flyer for more details. Winners of Fall/Spring Competition wins a Pizza Party in the Courtyard with their 3 friends.

PAWS FOR CAUSE - JAG CASH DRIVE

Support the PTO by donating to our Annual Cash Drive. Our Goal this year is $25,000. This is the only cash drive for the entire year. With the funds raised, we have plans to build a shade for the bleachers, bring in new technology for our students, fulfill our Teacher Wish Lists, support the fine Arts department and many more. If every Household donates just $10 we will exceed our goal. Please fill out the attached form and drop it off at the front office. We accept cash/check.

HOMECOMING DANCE

SMS will have a Fall "Homecoming" Dance, on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Festivities start at 6:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM. If you are available to help out on the evening of the dance, or during ticket sales, we would really appreciate the help! Please sign up for a slot (or two). Thanks so much!


JOIN SMS PTO 2019-2020

Its never too late to join the PTO. There are no joining fees or forms to fill. We are still looking for enthusiastic parents for several positions. Please reach out to Lakshmi K @ koppolu.pto@gmail.com for more details.

Important Allergy Information

Please click this link to read more about our procedures for students with food allergies.

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Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal

courtney.border@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6314


Brandi Goodly-Counselor

brandi.goodly@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6318


7th grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal

sunday.johnson@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6316


Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor

rachel.mccune@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6319


8th grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal

paul.wells@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6331


Kat Friedel-Counselor

katherine.friedel@fortbendisd.com

281.634.6320

AVID TUTORS NEEDED

AVID Tutors wanted!

We are looking for any college students, parents/adults that may be interested in being a paid AVID tutor for our SMS AVID class 7th period. Applicants must be a high school graduate and either a current college student or a college graduate. Substitutes and parent volunteers welcome and encouraged to apply.

The job will be posting at the end of this week on the FBISD Human Resources page. Please email Tiffany Loos tiffany.loos@fortbendisd.com once you have applied; tell her you want to work at SMS.

We sincerely appreciate any help you can offer for our AVID students. J

Respectfully,

Jessica Belt

PALS Sponsor/District Lead

AVID Teacher/Coordinator

Lead Worthy Teacher/mentor

Sartartia Middle School

Fort Bend ISD