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March 28, 2022

Spring Spirit Week March 28-April 1

Spirit Week kicks off today with a grade level competition for participation and individual raffle prizes for most spirited!

Parent Conferences

The third quarter ends this week, and grade reports will be sent home on Wednesday, April 6th. We will be holding parent conferences on Monday and Tuesday, April 4th and 5th. If you would like to meet with your child's teachers, please contact the school this week at 410-643-3194 to schedule a conference.

Maryland School Survey

The Maryland School Survey will be given on Monday, March 28. 6th graders will take the survey in math classes, 7th graders will take the survey in science classes, and 8th graders will take the survey in English/language arts classes. This survey is the first of many state-required assessments that students will take this spring. Please review the upcoming events section to see when your child will take the MCAP assessments for English/language arts, math, and social studies (8th grade only). On those days, please be sure your child has gotten adequate sleep, eaten a nutritious breakfast (or plans to eat at school), and comes with a charged Chromebook and earbuds. Student performance on these assessments will help us measure learning gains and may impact student placement in upcoming years. We want everyone to be as prepared as possible!

Coding Club to begin April 11

Is your child interested in coding and programming? Coding Club will launch on April 11 and will be run by Mr. Coyner (AP Computer Science teacher at KIHS) and high school students. See flyer for more information.

Gymkana!

For the first time in years, we held an assembly! The Gymkana gymnastics troupe from the University of Maryland performed for our students and staff on March 11th. Thank you, PTSA, for arranging and funding this wonderful opportunity.

Changing Perspectives SEL Parent Night with Sam Drazin

Join Sam Drazin of Changing Perspectives, a social/emotional learning curriculum used in schools across Queen Anne's County and our nation, on April 6th at 5:00 pm. The Zoom link and more information is included in this flyer.

Free Anti-Bullying Presentation with speaker, Keith Deltano

Keith’s virtual school shows will change school culture when combined with his curriculum to create a school wide anti bullying campaign. He has performed anti bullying assemblies for high schools, middle schools and elementary schools throughout the nation. He is more than an anti bullying speaker – he is a lifelong educator. Keith uses serious comedy to engage students, teachers, and parents during his school assemblies, teacher workshops, and parent outreach events. His experience as an award winning teacher and parent coach have turned him into one of the nation’s most requested anti bullying speakers. Keith addresses cyberbullying, physical bullying, racism, exclusion, verbal bullying, gossip, and the mean girl phenomenon. When working with older students he addresses heavier topics like cutting, teen suicide, teen depression, and the importance of seeking help for self-harming behaviors.

THURSDAY APRIL 7, 2022 at 6:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83808205695?pwd=bGt2VmJpNFExT2ZGTmhNcU84UisrQT09

Meeting ID: 838 0820 5695

Passcode: 115220

Calling All Cheerleaders

Come out and cheer alongside the Kent Island High School cheerleading team during the STMS v. KIHS softball game on April 29th! You will learn cheers and stunting to perform during the game. All students will also get a T-shirt to wear at the game! The KI cheerleading team is currently having open practices every Monday and Wednesday for current 8th graders from 3:15-4:45 and will have practices geared toward the game in April! Please contact coach Molly Callaghan at molly.callaghan@qacps.org
Interested in being a KI Cheerleader?

See this flyer for opportunities to practice with the team.

Welcome Back, Volunteers!

We are now able to welcome volunteers into our school again. If you plan to chaperone a field trip, help with special projects, assist with band or choral performances, or give your time to support our school in any way, please review the Volunteer Handbook and submit this Volunteer Application and Certification of Training. We look forward to seeing you here soon!

Attention Sixth Grade Families:

Per MD State requirements, your child who is entering the 7th grade next year (2022-2023) will be required to provide proof of Tdap and Meningococcal immunizations -
  • ALL students entering 7th grade must show proof of one Tdap vaccination and one meningitis vaccination, and/or religious/medical exemption.
  • Any student not providing proof of immunizations BEFORE school starts, will be withheld from school per COMAR regulations.

Please forward all updated shot records to the school nurse @ theresa.griebel@qacps.org, via fax @ 410-643-3046 or via mail to: StMS Nurse - 610 Main Street, Stevensville, Md. 21666


COMAR Requirement; For more information call 410-758-0720.

Spring tutoring available for all students

From Ms. Zimmerman, our Reading Specialist

"Take me out to the ballgame..."


Who wants 2 free tickets to the Bowie Baysox game just for reading books? STMS is delighted to bring back the Bowie Baysox "Read & Hit a Home Run" Reading Program! Between now and April 15, read four (4) books in or out of school and receive TWO free tickets to the "Read & Hit A Home Run" Reading Program night at a Bowie Baysox Game. Queen Anne's County Public Schools' game night is Friday, May 20, 2022 at 7:05 pm.


This program will be our March Reading Challenge. Be on the lookout for another fun opportunity to get books back into the hands of our students next month! Please reach out to Ms. Zimmerman if you have any questions.

From Ms. Berberich, our math specialist

Challenge yourself with this April math incentive. Return completed sheets to Ms. Berberich by April 30th to receive a prize for participation.

Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund

New Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund! For families who are experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and are struggling with mortgage payments, please refer to the linked document.

Replacement Chromebook Charger

Has your child misplaced his Chromebook charger? Use this link to order a new one to avoid a financial obligation at the end of the school year.

From the School Nurse...

As a community we have made a promise to each other, that we will not send our sick children to school.

Please, DO NOT send your child to school sick with any of the following symptoms unless they have had a negative covid test.

* Remember that strep and flu are also present in our communities.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

There are still protocols in place per QACBOE that must be followed, even with no mask requirement. Call your school nurse with any questions.


STMS Staff Recognition

Has a staff member gone above and beyond for you or your child? Let us know so that he or she can be recognized!

Upcoming Events

3/28: Maryland School Survey

3/29: States Attorney Lance Richardson assembly with Ms. Everngam (Title IX)

3/30: 7th grade Agriculture Awareness Day field trip

4/1: Early dismissal

4/4-4/5: Early dismissal for parent conferences

4/6: Spring picture day

4/6-4/8, 4/11: 8th grade ELA MCAP

4/13-4/14: 6th Grade ELA MCAP

4/15: Early dismissal

4/18-4/22: Spring Break

4/25-4/26: 6th grade ELA MCAP

4/27-4/29, 5/2: 7th grade ELA MCAP

4/28: Art Scene at KIHS

4/29: STMS staff vs. KIHS staff softball game

5/2-5/6: Book Fair

5/4-5/6, 5/9: 6th and 8th grade Math MCAP

5/5, 5/6, 5/7: Madagascar Jr. Shows @6 pm (doors open at 5:30)

5/10-5/13: 7th grade Math MCAP

5/11: NJHS Induction Ceremony

5/16-5/19: 8th grade Social Studies MCAP

5/27: Early dismissal

5/30: School closed

6/4: 8th grade dance

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

All students can enjoy free breakfast and lunch all year!