Stanley Middle School

Week of September 20

A POINT OF PRIDE

We are proud of our SMS students and teachers who rose above the challenge last school year in terms of EOG/EOC testing. Despite the obstacles of the year, Stanley Middle School was among the TOP THREE GCS middle schools in overall student proficiency last school year.

Mid-Point of the First Nine Weeks

This week marks the halfway point of the first nine weeks.


This week interim report cards will come home on Thursday, iReady Beginning of Year Diagnostic Reports will come home Thursday, and if your student did their reading EOG at SMS last year, their EOG reading score data from Spring of 2021 will come home. Students who did not test with us will get their score reports when their testing schools send them to us.


Also, don't forget Picture Day is Thursday, September 23.

FALL SPORTS AND STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

LOOK WHAT WE DID LAST WEEK

SPIRIT WEEK - SEPTEMBER 27- OCTOBER 1

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On the Calendar

Sept. 20 - Softball@SMS

Sept. 21 - Softball@SMS

Sept. 22 - Football@YC

Sept. 23 - School Pictures

Sept. 23 - Interims home

Sept. 27 - Softball @Mt Holly

Sept. 29 - Football@SMS

Sept. 30 - Softball@SMS

Oct. 4 - Golf Championship

Oct. 4 - Softball play-off and championship week

Oct. 6 - Softball Championship

Oct. 7 - Early Dismissal

Oct. 7 - Parent Conferences

Oct .8 - Teacher Workday

Oct.11 - FIRST DAY OF VOLLEYBALL AND BOYS SOCCER TRYOUTS

Oct .13 - Football Championship

Oct. 18 - Make-Up Picture Day

Oct. 20 - Nine Weeks End


Looking Way Ahead

December 14 - Chorus Program (save the date)

December 16 - Band Program (save the date)


December 15 - Stanley Christmas Parade - we will dismiss early on this date due to road closures on Main Street and on the back roads.

DON'T FORGET YOUR WATER BOTTLE

Please make sure and send a refillable/screw-on lid water bottle to school with your student each day. This allows them to stay hydrated during the day. We are using water fountains as refill stations only. Many students use a plain "Aquafina, Desani, (whatever you buy at the grocery store) water bottle which is perfect.

TIK-TOK Challenge Craze

Let me begin by saying a huge 'thank you' to the 99.7 percent of our students who chose not to participate in the challenge identified below and let me encourage you to continue not to do so. I also appreciate the students who were bold enough to acknowledge the damage or potential damage caused by this challenge and help move our school, hopefully, to the other side of it.


Over the last week, schools across the United States realized that what seemed to be isolated and unprecedented destructive behavior was actually the collective impact of the "Devious Licking" Tik Tok challenge. The goal of the challenge is to destroy, damage, or steal (licking) property in schools and post it on TikTok. We, like many other schools in our district, state and nation, were victims of this challenge.



Again, I know that less than half of one percent of our students have participated in this craze. However, I also know that 100 percent of our students are at an age of impulsiveness, are intrigued by social media, and care deeply about the perception their peers have of them.


Therefore, parents/guardians, if you could spent less than two minutes helping students understand why this and any future social media challenges like this are not good choices. Trust me, any longer than this and they will wonder why you are 'lecturing' them about something they did not even do.

We appreciate your help and support in keeping our school facility clean, safe, and state-of-the art.

COVID Reminders

If a student is exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID, is experiencing symptoms of COVID or tests positive for COVID, please so not send your student to school. You can call the school and ask for our school nurse and she will walk you through next steps. Students will be able to find work on Canvas for each of their courses. Thank you for your help and support.