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Sartartia MS -- Exemplary Education Every Day -- 1.10.2020

Jags are on the Move!

Hello Jag Families,

The great thing about a new year (and a new decade) is that it gives us all an opportunity to have a fresh start -- to hit the 'reset' button, if you will. It is my hope that you and your family had a safe and enjoyable winter break.

Report cards for Semester 1 and Term 2 are now published in Skyward Family Access. If you need a paper copy of this (or any) report card, please contact Ms. Hodson at (281) 634-6323.

Last, you will be hearing more soon about significant changes to FBISD Board Policy EIC (Local), a part of which which governs the reporting of class rank, including changes to class rank reporting for students in "Programs of Choice" (i.e. academies). These changes go into effect at the start of the 2020-21 school year with our current 8th grade students, the Class of 2024. Students currently in high school are not affected by these changes. You may wish to view a copy of the revised board policy EIC (Local), passed at the December 16 meeting of the Board of Trustees. We will include this in our Parent Coffee conversation, as well.

Here's to a Happy New Year for all of our Jaguars!

PS: It won't be long (sometime in January) before we distribute student ID badges and lanyards. Once distributed, the expectation across FBISD is that students wear them at school. When the time comes to launch, we will share our expectations with students through detailed lessons during Advisory, and with parents, as well. All SMS staff have already received their new ID badges. For general information about ScholarChip ID badges, visit the FBISD Police Department website, and read their F.A.Q.'s.


  • Saturday, January 11-Basketball Tournament: 8B girls @ Holub 8:30am & 8B Boys @ Baines 8:30am 7th Grade B Teams Tournaments Continue


  • Wednesday, January 15- Girls Basketball vs. FCMS @ SMS 5:15
  • Wednesday, January 15-Students Wear College Gear for a Raffle during Lunches
  • Thursday, January 16-Boys Basketball vs. FSMS @ FSMS
  • Friday, January 17-Spirit Day-Wear SMS Gear
  • Saturday January 18-First Lego League Tournament @ SMS 7-4pm
  • Monday, January 20-MLK HOLIDAY-NO SCHOOL


Cholly Oglesby


Sartartia Middle School

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Info from FBISD Child Nutrition Regarding Pork Products

The diversity of our school community makes it particularly important that we are as communicative as possible about everything that we do at SMS. Therefore, please take note about information recently received from FBISD Child Nutrition about which products prepared in our cafeterias contain pork. This comes up each year, and we wanted all parents to be informed about what does and does not contain pork. See list below of menu items and what they are actually made of:

  • Breakfast Sausage Pizza (turkey sausage)
  • Hot Dogs (beef hot dogs)
  • Sausage Patties (chicken sausage)
  • Ham Sandwiches (turkey ham)
  • Ham on Chef Salads (turkey ham)
  • Pepperoni Pizza (turkey & beef pepperoni)
  • Mega Meat Pizza (PORK)
  • Sausage on a Bun (PORK)

Student Spotlight

Tarun Muruganandham is a 6th grade student nominated as the student of the week by his teachers. Tarun is kind and helpful. He always participates and includes others in the work that he is doing. Tarun is a great example of what it means to be a compassionate citizen and collaborative team member. He is an awesome person and a great student.

Staff Spotlight

Hayley Martinez has been teaching at SMS for 15 years. She spent 1 year as a Librarian Aide, 5 years teaching 8th grade PreAP ELA, 5 years of Health, 2 years of PALS, 1 year of Teen Leadership, and now she teaches 6th Grade PE. Coach Martinez also serves as our Girls’ Athletics Coordinator and Head of Delegation for FBISD Special Olympics I have coached Special Olympics for the past 15 years, as well as held the position of Head of Delegation for the past 6 years. This year she is coaching girls volleyball, basketball and track at Sartartia. She graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in literature and loves the Aggies. This summer, she and her husband Josh will be celebrating 10 years of marriage. They met in 2006 while coaching Special Olympics. Josh is a Health teacher in Katy ISD and the varsity tennis coach at Tompkins HS. They have a son, Lincoln, who will be 7 years old in March. When Coach Martinez is not coaching her own teams, she is traveling to baseball, soccer, swim team, or boy scouts with Lincoln! They also have a 12 year old Basset Hound named Darby and a 1 year old fish named Sprinkles. She also loves to work out, read, explore different places and hike.

Child Nutrition's 2020 Food Fair

Description: The 27th Annual Child Nutrition Food Tasting and Fair will be at Dulles High School, January 14, 2020 from 4p - 6p. The Food Fair is free and open to the Fort Bend ISD Community. With over 20 vendors and several food items to choose from, we encourage you to join us and let our food do the talking and "taste" a look in to School Nutrition. Our community can have the opportunity to rate food items, provide feedback, learn about school nutrition, and meet with our Department Leaders.

Links: The 27th Annual Child Nutrition Food Tasting and Fair Website

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Special Event February 4, 2020

Description: Attachment provides information regarding an HBCU Special Event scheduled for February 4th, 2020 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Reese Center. Student sign up and additional information will be sent soon.

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Yearbook Ads!!!

The best way to say farewell to your 8th grader is by purchasing an ad in the yearbook! Don’t miss out on this opportunity, the very last day is February 1st, you will not be able to order one after this date. Create yours now at Balfour.com!

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Hey Jag Parents!

Happy New Year!! We hope to see you at parent nights and other programs that we offer this year in order to establish and maintain a collaborative school/home partnership.

Parent Information Night

Grades 7 and 8-Course selection parent information night – February 5, 2020, in the commons/library @ 6:00pm

**This meeting will be the only time we have set up to give you details about what courses are being offered next year at SMS and help with any course selection questions you may have.

We do not have one on one meetings, so please do your best to attend.

Grade 5 Parent Information Night-February 24, 2020

The high schools also host their own parent nights, so please save these dates for your student’s zoned high school:





School Counselor Tip: Help Your Child to Focus in School

Weekly, we will send out an article to help with your child and their middle school experience.

Check out this article on: How to help your child focus at school (and at home) https://www.oxfordlearning.com/how-to-help-child-focus-in-school/

No Place for Hate

Mrs. McCune is looking for students/parents to serve on this years No Place for Hate committee. The committee will meet once a month to help plan 3 school wide activities to support acceptance by combating bias, bullying and hatred, and creating and maintaining a positive climate here at SMS. Our NEXT MEETING IS January 16 at 8:20 am in Room #316

This year’s Heritage Day is scheduled for Friday, March 6th. Please be on the lookout for more information from Mrs. McCune directly regarding parent volunteer sign ups.

For 8th grade Parents Only:

Academies and P-Tech:

The online applications have been extended to January 24, 2020.

You can find all Academy information here: https://www.fortbendisd.com/Domain/70

4 year planning:

If you missed the 4 year planning sessions – NO WORRIES Please visit our counseling webpage below for 8th grade/transition information

As always, for updates visit our website at: https://www.fortbendisd.com/domain/2953.

**We would like to send a personal shout out to Ms. Friedel for meeting with EVERY single 8th grade student this year in order to make sure that they are ready for HS by doing individual planning meetings to go over their 4 year plans. Way to go!!**

Thank you for your continued support of us and our program. We are enjoying to a fantastic year with your students!!**

-The SMS Counseling Team

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Support the PTO by donating to our Annual Cash Drive. Our Goal this year is $25,000. This is the only cash drive for the entire year. With the funds raised, we have plans to build a shade for the bleachers, bring in new technology for our students, fulfill our Teacher Wish Lists, support the fine Arts department and many more. If every Household donates just $10 we will exceed our goal. Now you can donate online by simply clicking the following link or simply visit our website www.sms-pto.org and click on the Donate button on the main page.

Please donate:

SMS PTO Fundraiser

JOIN SMS PTO 2019-2020

It's never too late to join the PTO. There are no joining fees or forms to fill. We are still looking for enthusiastic parents for several positions. Please reach out to Lakshmi K @ koppolu.pto@gmail.com for more details.


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Important Allergy Information

Please click this link to read more about our procedures for students with food allergies.

Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal



Brandi Goodly-Counselor



7th grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal



Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor



8th grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal



Kat Friedel-Counselor