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October 24, 2022

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Red Ribbon Week

SMS will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 24-31, 2022.

Red Ribbon Week was founded in memory of Kiki Camarena. Enrique "Kiki" Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. In honor of Kiki's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents then began to form coalitions using Camarena as their model while embracing his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the Red Ribbon. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.

This year’s theme, “Celebrate Life! Live Drug Free” is a reminder that every day Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free! SMS will celebrate with the following activities:

Monday, October 24th is Kickoff day. Students will be invited to take the Drug Free Pledge. Students who sign the pledge and return the pledge to school with a trusted adult’s signature will receive FREE admission to the school dance in November.

Tuesday, October 25th is Tie Dye Tuesday! Drug Free is cool - wear tie dye.

Wednesday, October 26th is PJ pants day. Practice self-care - taking care of yourself with proper rest, nutrition, and exercise helps prevent drug abuse. This event is free to all students.

Thursday, October 27th is Drug Free Rocks. SADD chapter will be hiding paper rocks around the school for a vape facts scavenger hunt. Students who participate will be entered into a drawing for a drug free prize!

Friday, October 28th is Future Friday. Wear Sunglasses and/or Neon - Our future is bright, drug free!

Monday, October 31st is Say Boo to drugs! Students can wear a school appropriate costume to school. No face paint, masks, or weapon-like props. Details will be announced throughout the week.

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Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad will have a call-out meeting on Monday, October 24th from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Questions? See Mrs. Naugle

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Cross is collecting socks, gloves, and toboggans through the end of the month. All donations will be given to Food 4R Souls, the Clearinghouse, and CRADLE.

Students should take donations to the Great Room and place them in their grade level box.

See Mr. Barnett if you have questions.

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Surplus 2021-2022 SMS Yearbooks

We have about 45 extra yearbooks from the 2021-2022 school year if anyone is interested in purchasing one.

Cost is $14 each.

Please see Mrs. Asdell if you would like to purchase one of these yearbooks.

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Bullying Prevention and Awareness

SMS Bullying Prevention Code of Courage

I will not bully others.

I will try to help others that are bullied.

I will make it a point to include others that are easily left out.

As outlined in the SMS Handbook discipline definitions, bullying is intentional harm-doing over time in a relationship with a power imbalance. It can be direct (shoving, taunting, etc.) or indirect (shunning, rumor spreading, cyber bullying, etc.)

Students are encouraged to report bullying to an adult either in person, via Canvas message, or by using the Anonymous Bullying Hotline at 1-(833) 300-7867.

We want to do our best to have zero bullying behavior at SMS. By now, you have been talked to at school about how to prevent bullying for many years. Please take a look at the links that are located on the SMS Community page in Canvas to continue learning about bullying prevention. The biggest thing we can do to stop bullying behavior is to not ignore it. Please tell your trusted adults at home and let Mrs. Naugle, Mrs. Asdell, or Mrs. Smith know if you or a friend are a victim of bullying.

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Winter Sports Season

Winter sports tryouts are the week of October 24 - 28. If your student needs a physical, this will need to be on file in the office or in final forms. All students must have a final forms account completed by a guardian before tryouts. If your student participated in a fall sport, you will just need to make sure they have signed up for all of the correct teams that they may want to try out for.

Eventlink is the platform that we use to communicate with parents/family members regarding practices and events.

Any questions please call Scottsburg MS and press option 2 for Athletics.

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Snack Line during Lunches

The SMS Snack Line is scheduled to be open during lunches.

Items offered range from $0.50 to $1.50.

Bottled Juice $1.50

Canned Drinks $1.50

Cereal Pouch $1.00

Chips/rice krispies $1.00

Cookies/granola bars $0.75

Fruit rollups $0.50

Fruit Snacks $0.75

Gold fish/animal crackers $0.60

Ice Cream $1.50

Students must have money in their account and must be wearing their badge/lanyard in order to purchase items from the snack line.

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Reminders for Walkers

SMS students who walk to and from school:

Please be careful when crossing the streets, utilize sidewalks and crosswalks when available, and follow the street crossing signs.

Also, be sure that you are a positive representative of SMS when you are in the community.

Also, as Officer Nicholson reminded you during his classroom visits, be sure that you are aware of your surroundings, including traffic, at all times.

Student Handbook Update

The Scottsburg MS student handbook contains some significant updates for the 2022-2023 school year. The most significant changes took place in the discipline section.

Here are the highlights of three changes that will impact the largest number of students:

  • Cell phones are still not allowed to be used during the school day here at SMS. Phones are expected to be turned off and stored in lockers. Students who are carrying a cell phone or using a cell phone during the school day are in violation. The consequences for each situation are outlined in the handbook.

  • Second is illegal substances. This year students who have illegal substances and/or paraphernalia (most common examples are vapes, cigarettes, or alcohol) will be recommended for expulsion on the first offense.

  • In an attempt to be more aligned with the high school discipline policy, we will be following a progressive discipline approach. This means that when a student commits the same offense multiple times, the discipline will get progressively more serious. Each example is outlined in the doc that is provided by clicking on the picture above or via the link below.

SMS Student Handbook

We encourage you to read the handbook with your child(ren) and to contact us with any questions you may have.

We are looking forward to working with our students and their parents throughout the upcoming school year.

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Cafeteria Information

Check out this link for breakfast and lunch menus:

Like many schools, we occasionally experience some supply/distribution delays. We will follow the posted menus when possible, but will have to make adjustments at times.