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May 11, 2018

BOGO Book Fair!

Our Buy One, Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair is next week. This is an opportunity for you to stock up on books for the summer. We will have a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books, and you can purchase one book and get the second one for free. The proceeds from the book fair help to support school activities and classroom resources. You will have the opportunity to visit the fair on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday during morning electives. Tuesday = Band, Choir and some SSR. Wednesday = remaining SSR, labs, and Ag. Thursday= return visits for kids that bring money!If you would like to see the book fair flyer and learn more, find the link on the SMS Community homepage.

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2018-2019 Course Selection Forms

8th Graders- Skip this!

6th and 7th Graders - Read on.


Elective course request forms for 2018-2019 will be distributed to all 6th and 7th graders during homeroom on Monday. These forms need to be completed and returned to the SMS office by Monday, May 21st. Don't miss this chance to CHOOSE your elective. Here is a rundown of options for next fall.


Current sixth graders will choose between Band, Choir, SSR, and Learning Lab for 7th grade. These are the same choices that we have this year. If you have not previously been in choir, you can join now. If you have never been in band before, you can join after an audition from a director. Any student can take SSR. Only IEP students can select Learning Lab.


Current seventh graders have more options for electives next fall. Besides Band, Choir, SSR, and Learning Lab, members of the Class of 2023 have two additional choices:


  • Introduction to Agriculture: This is a two-semester high school credit course that serves as the foundation to the agriculture pathway at SHS. Grades will appear on the SHS transcript and two high school credits can be earned.
  • Computer Science for Innovators and Makers: This is a one-semester course in which students learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development, and discovering computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. This is a new SMS elective. Band and choir students interested in computer science coursework can initiate that pathway at SHS and stay in band or choir at SMS.


If you have any questions about the elective program for 2018-2019, contact Miss Nass.

8th Grade Dance Friday, May 18th

Eighth graders are exactly one week away from visiting the Northern Lights at the SMS 8th grade dance on Friday, May 18th! The dance will be held in the SMS Great Room from 6:30-9:00 PM. Parents and staff will chaperone. Admission is $3. The SMS Student Council is sponsoring the dance and will be giving each attendee a free class photo taken that night.


Attire can range from school-clothes to dressier attire such as party dresses, dress pants, and ties! Limousines and formal wear are discouraged because this is not a prom. Prom is a high school event!


Admission is limited to SMS students that attend school all day on May 18th. Students can lose their eligibility if they are suspended or on social restriction any time the week of May 14-18. Eighth graders would also lose eligibility if they earn a detention on the day of the dance. Unlike school-wide dances, 8th graders will be allowed to carry and use cell phones during the dance.

Big Events!

Do you have these things on your personal calendars?


Thursday, May 17th: SMS Band Concert @ 7:30 PM in the West Gym. Everyone is invited to enjoy a night of music. Admission is free. Parking is tight but available on both the east and west sides of our building.


Thursday, May 23th: SMS/SHS Choir Concert @ 7:00 PM at McClain Hall. Everyone is invited to this special vocal event! Admission is free.


Monday, May 28th: Memorial Day // No school


Wednesday, May 30th: iPad/Charger return day. Get your iPad-housed content into the cloud before you give up your iPad! Start now.


Thursday, May 31st: SMS Academic Award Night @ 6:30 PM in the West gym. 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade honor roll students and their families will be invited. Neck medallions will be awarded to students. Select 8th graders will give speeches. Invitations to this event will be distributed to students on May 18th.


Friday, June 1st: Last day of school! Spring Awards Assembly 9:15 AM. Eighth Grade "2022 Graduation Rehearsal Program" 1:00 PM.

Next Week...

Mon. May 14: A day, Tennis @ Salem, Softball v. Charlestown, Baseball Gold @ East Wash.

Tue. May 15: B day, Book Fair, Dream Team tours Hanover College and Ivy Tech Madison, Art Club 3-4, Softball v. Austin

Wed. May 16: A day, Cross 7:15am, Book Fair, Builders' Club 3-4, Baseball Purple @ Southwestern, Softball v. Switz County, Baseball Gold @ Henryville

Thu. May 17: B day, Student Council 7:15am, Book Fair, Baseball Purple @ Silver Creek, Cool Rays tour Hanover College and Ivy Tech Madison

Fri. May 18: A day, Explorer Field Trip to IU, 8th grade Dance 6:30-9:00