SMS Newsletter

November 2022

6th Grade News

Hard to believe that we are in the second quarter already! Time sure flies when you are having fun! Speaking of fun….the Social Studies classes will be studying Life in Ancient Egypt and Pyramids. In Science, the students will discover volcanoes and explore the beautiful yet destructive world of rocks & minerals. While in Language arts classes, your student will be working on citing evidence, genres and identifying nonfiction text structures. Learning all about text structure will help them in all their classes. In math, students will be working on solving expressions with an emphasis being placed on order of operations. They will also be working on analyzing word problems.

Instructional Language Arts- Students have been reading the novel Maniac Magee, learning new vocabulary words, and working on summarizing what is read and also completing comprehension activities. Students are greatly enjoying the novel, as there is never a dull moment when something exciting is happening or when students are wondering what will happen next! The students have also been working on correcting sentences that have capitalization, punctuation, and grammatical errors, as well as identifying the difference between simple and compound sentences. We have had a great first quarter and are excited to dive into more fun during the second quarter.

The teachers would like to congratulate Sophie Halmagyi and Finn O’Neil as being our Students of the Month! Their hard work and kindness have not gone unnoticed!

6th Grade Students of the Month

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7th Grade News

We have officially made it through the first quarter! We have just a few reminders to help your student be successful. Please sit down with your student on a regular basis to look at Google Classroom. You can see the status of the work by going to the “classwork” tab on the top. Then, on the top left, click on the “View Your work.” Please keep in mind that Google Classroom will NOT show your student’s grade, so please check Tyler for grades. Also, please check with your child to make sure that they have the supplies that they need to be successful in school.

Students may want to bring a refillable water bottle with them to school to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please note that only water is allowed in the classrooms. Also, please make sure that your student is bringing the necessary supplies to class each day. It is very important that students charge their Chromebooks every night to be ready for the next school day.

The 7th-grade Students of the Month are Landon Pennington and Vivian Pastion. Great job. Keep up the good work.

7th Grade Students of the Month

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8th Grade News

We are so proud of our 8th graders! We made it through the first quarter and they are getting back into the swing of things. Google Classroom is our students’ best organizational tool, but Tyler is still the best way to keep track of missing assignments. Please check Tyler often. Please make sure your child has the supplies they need for each class so they can be organized and prepared. You can find what each subject area is up to as you read below…

History: We are finishing up Chapter 22, Overseas Expansion. Students learned about Imperialism and how the United States acquired Alaska, Hawaii, and other island territories. We will be moving into our unit on the causes and effects of World War I.

Language Arts:

The 8th Grade Language Arts classes are reading short stories to identify the elements of literature and plot. After we are finished going through all of the elements of literature and plot individually, we will move on to reading “Flowers for Algernon” written by Daniel Keyes. This will be our culminating short story, and with it, we will review and discuss figurative language.

Instructional Language Arts:

Instructional LA students just finished up The Outsiders and continue to work hard to improve their writing. We are finishing up sentence structure and moving forward to paragraph writing. We are continuing to work on a variety of comprehension skills, sequencing and inference are coming up this quarter.


We are in the midst of Unit 2 Expressions and Equations. We have covered one-step, two-step, and multi-step equations. We are rolling along in chapter 3 where we have covered the constant rate of change, slope, Equations in y = mx form and slope-intercept form. We will be continuing on through chapter 3 with graphing a line using intercepts, writing linear equations. We will be ending the chapter with systems of equations. As the month goes on we will be moving into chapter 4 which covers functions.

Instructional Math:

Students in the instructional math class are working on Unit 1, which includes integers, number relationships and functions, and expressions and equations. Each week, the students continue to brush up their math skills through daily math minutes, online practice using iXL, and solving word problems.


We have finished our periodic table review unit and students did a great job. We will be moving into our unit on interactions of matter (chemistry) next. Please make sure students are staying up to date on their assignments because this subject matter will be a little more challenging than the 1st quarter. Students should check on Google Classroom for any missing work and on Tyler for their grades.

Students of the Month: Our 8th grade Students of the Month are Laiken Ervin and Jacquelynn Elder. These are two hard working students who have great attitudes and are kind to others. They are great role models!

8th Grade Students of the Month

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Nurse News

November 14th is World Diabetes Day

In the United States, about 30 million adults and 200,000 people under the age of 20 have diabetes. Here are some website resources for Diabetes:

Dental Reminder:

Completed Proof of School Dental Exam forms are required for current sixth grade students by May 15th. If you are unable to obtain the required dental exam, please complete the Dental Exam Waiver Form.

Flu season is here!

Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone who is 6 months and older. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Visit for more information.

Shannon Joiner, MSN, RN

Sandwich Middle School

Sandwich CUSD #430

815-786-2138 ext. 23015

Student Fees

Student Fees

We want to send a reminder to all families that it is time to pay your student fees for the 2022-2023 school year if you haven’t already done so. To check your status or to make a payment please follow the steps below.

  • Login to Tyler

  • Fees and billing will be located on the left side of the screen.

  • Click on fees and billing then select online payment at the bottom right corner of the screen.

*If you have multiple students, you can toggle between students by using the drop-down arrow at the top middle of your screen.

We ask that all families complete payment on their student fees by Thursday, December 1.

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Important Dates to Remember

November 8th - No School - State Election Day Holiday

November 11th - End of Trimester 1 (grades K-5)

November 21st - 11:10am Dismissal - P/T Conferences noon - 8 pm

November 22nd - No School - P/T conferences 8am - noon

November 23 & 25 - No school - Non Attendance Day

November 24 - No School - Thanksgiving

Free and Reduced Information

The carry over period for students who were receiving free/reduced lunch for the 2021-2022 school year will end on October 3, 2022. If a new 2022-2023 application has not been submitted by that date your child will automatically be put on paid breakfast and lunch beginning October 4, 2022.

Please click on the link below to apply for free/reduced breakfast and lunch:

2022-2023 Free/Reduced Application

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