SMS Scoop

September 24, 2018

College Go! Week

September 24-28 is College Go! week in Indiana. Schools across the state will be helping students explore information and resources designed to help Hoosiers plan for education beyond high school. Although not everyone goes to a traditional 4-year college, everyone will need some type of post-secondary training. Career choice determines the level and type of training each student will pursue.


At SMS, we will honor College Go! Week by starting each morning with a fight song from a college or university from which an SMS staff member graduated. During classes today, our teachers and staff will be talking to students about their college experience. Everyone is encouraged to wear college apparel all week. During guidance lessons this week, Mrs. Naugle and Mrs. Asdell will be sharing college resources and information with students as well as doing a giveaway of college swag.


Students, please talk to your family members about their education experiences after high school. Share with your family what careers you are interested in and what type of training, college or otherwise, you are interested in pursuing.

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Dodge. Dip. Duck. Dive.

Scottsburg Middle School will be hosting it's Third Annual Dodgeball Tournament on Tuesday, October 9th starting at 3:30. The tournament is double-elimination and we will play until a winner is crowned (around 6 PM). All SMS students are eligible to participate. Here are some of the critical details:


  • Teams will consist of 6 student players (SMS boys or girls regardless of grade).

  • Teams are encouraged to dress alike and to be creative with a team theme.

  • The cost is $30 per team ($5 per player).

  • Event admission is $3 for spectators (parents/students not on teams).

  • Concessions will be available.

  • Champions will get a special team T-shirt and the opportunity to play the SMS faculty dodgeball team at the Fall Awards Assembly on Friday, October 26th.


Get your friends together and pick up your team entry form in the office. Get creative with your team name and theme! And practice your DODGE, DIP, DUCK, and DIVE!

Friendship 101

Guidance has recently been teaching 6th graders about Friendship skills - lessons well learned for all of us. Maybe our 7th- and 8th-grade students remember some of these important skills! It’s always good to have a refresher.


Watch what you talk about, especially at school. Some topics are “public” - things that anyone could know and wouldn’t hurt anyone. Other topics are “private” or personal - things that not everyone should know. School is a public place. Most gossip and rumors come about because someone had a private conversation at school and it was overheard, or someone repeats private information when they shouldn’t. If you hear private information being shared at school and it worries you, talk with an adult, especially if it is about someone’s safety.


Listen with your eyes, ears, and heart. One of the most prized qualities in a good friend is someone who will really listen. Be kind and respect what one another has to say. We miss a lot of what a person says over text, social media, and other impersonal ways to communicate. When you speak with someone face-to-face, pay attention and show empathy.


We are all different, but we all have feelings. One of those feelings is anger. Everyone gets angry at one point or another - it’s natural and normal. But what we do with our anger can be positive or negative. Anger is our body’s way of telling us something is wrong. Ask “why am I angry?”, or when someone else is angry “what can I do to make the situation better?”. Find ways to cope with anger that work for you - ways to calm down until you can work out the situation. Talking with a trusted adult can help you find solutions.


You can’t expect to be friends with everybody - but these skills are useful with peers, adults, and families. Be kind. Think before you speak. Listen well. And take a deep breath - you got this!

SMS Bot Warrior Call Out

Do you enjoying solving challenging problems, building with your hands, and learning more about the field of computer science? Robotics may be for you! The official call out for the SMS Bot Warriors competitive robotics team will be on Wednesday, September 26 from 3:15 until 4:00 pm in the sixth-grade science lab. During this meeting, you can learn more about competitive robotics and the requirements for joining the team. Spots are limited. You MUST be able to attend the meeting to receive sign up information and the official application. If you think you may be interested in learning more about the Bot Warriors, sign the interest form linked on the SMS Community Canvas page.

Art Club

It's SMS Art Club time! The club will be working on a series of projects that will give members experience with and access to a wider range of tools, concepts, and processes. We will be accomplishing projects that will be displayed and enrich Scottsburg Middle School, the surrounding area and beyond!


Art Club will be meeting on the first and third Tuesday of each month 3:15-4:30 pm in Room 205. To apply for membership, complete the Google Form on the SMS Canvas Community page by Friday, September 28th. You'll need to submit a screenshot of one of your art pieces, so if you are interested, check out the form today so you can get what you need to apply! The first club meeting is Tuesday, October 2nd. If you have any questions, see Mr. Heacock.

"Your Life Speaks" Assembly October 1st

Bullying is a challenging issue in schools everywhere, including SMS, and it has a negative impact on more than just the students being bullied. In October, SMS will be having several activities to help us all understand and address bullying. To kick off our activities, we are welcoming Nathan Harmon from “Your Life Speaks” on October 1st. Nate has a powerful message to challenge each of us to make a change for the better. He brings home the impact of how we treat each other through his own life’s story. We will hear from him in an all-school assembly at 1:15 next Monday. We want to give special thanks to CEASe for helping us experience this amazing opportunity!

Winter Sports Update

Winter sports tryouts are being scheduled! If you plan to go out for basketball, plan for tryouts to start on Monday, October 22nd (the day after fall break). Cheer tryouts will start the next week. Wrestling starts later in the fall. Swimming arrangements have not yet been determined as the YMCA pool is closed. We'll share more when we know more.


If you plan to tryout for a winter sport, make sure you sign up on the Canvas Community page once those links are posted. You also need a physical on file in the office. If you've not yet had your Pre-Participation Exam from a doctor, you need to set your appointment soon! No physical = no tryout! And finally, you need to make grades! Coaches will be looking at first quarter grades when making team determinations!


If you have any questions, check with Mr. Smith.

Service Academy Day October 20th

Congressman Trey Hollingsworth is hosting a Service Academy Day on Saturday, October 20th at the Seymour High School auditorium. Onsite registration is 9:30-10 AM and the program is from 10 AM to noon. Motivated, well-rounded, and successful middle and high schoolers interested in learning about serving their country and getting a free college education are encouraged to attend. Information about admissions processes and congressional nominations for the US Military Academy at West Point, the US Air Force Academy, the US Naval Academy, the US Coast Guard Academy or the US Merchant Marine Academy will be explained. Future military officers are encouraged to pre-register at www.Hollingsworth.house.gov/academy day.

This Week...

Mon. Sept. 24: B day, Success Skills in 6th SH, Builders' Club Board 3-4, CC @ New Washington, 6 VB v. Brownstown, 7/8 VB @ Seymour

Tue. Sept. 25: A day, Success Skills in 6th SH, 8th Gr. vision screening, Spell Bowl 3-4:15, Drama 3-4:15, Tennis @ Southwestern

Wed. Sept. 26: B day, HS Roadmap in SH, Cross 9:45am, Tennis @ Salem, 6/7/8 VB @ Salem

Thu. Sept. 27: A day, HS Roadmap in SH, Spell Bowl 3-4:15, Drama 3:15-4:15, CC @ MSC Championships, Football v. Paoli

Fri. Sept. 28: B day