SMS Bulletin 10.12.15

Show Respect-Make a Difference-Set the Bar High

Mission and Vision

At Schmucker Middle School we strive to cultivate a thriving and safe learning community that promotes academic excellence, lifelong learners, and socially responsible and productive citizens.


Congratulations to the 7th grade football and girls cross country teams on their Big 11 Conference championships. A special thanks to all of our fall coaches for their time and energy working with our student athletes. My hope is we will be reporting an additional Big 11 championship from our 8th grade volleyball team on Monday.

To do list

1. All SLOs must be completed and submitted by the end of this week.

2. Make sure you have worked with students on the content for their student-led conference presentation. Students will add content to their advisory slides this week during advisory class time. Please refer to the calendar below.

3. Distribute the blue conference forms to students on Monday.

4. Smile and continue to have fun!

Conference Calendar

Conference Directions and Expectations

Advisory Period

Week 9: Student-Led Conference Preparation

10/12: Students start to complete advisory slides of Google Presentation. Finish SMART Goal setting if necessary. Teachers distribute half-sheet documentation to students to give to parents indicating when they will be attending their conference. Also, teachers post a Canvas announcement about conferences. This form is due on Friday, 10/16.

I would like students to check their email daily as I will send them a note each day about this process.

10/13: Advisory slides cont.

10/14: Advisory slides cont.

10/15: Students pair/share their presentations with another student.

10/16: Students practice their presentation with another student pretending to be their parent. Students will ask questions during their presentation to their parent. The other student pretending to be the parent will ask questions as well. These questions are located here: Conference Checklist and Questions Please make sure students practice this step.

The teacher who gets the highest percent of participation from students at each grade level will win a prize! Please encourage all students to participate.

Please access the link Advisory Resources for information regarding our 1st quarter Advisory curriculum. This folder is shared with all teachers.

SLO (Student Learning Objectives)

Please click on the link below for a timeline and a list of approved assessments for SLOs.

Choices for SLO

Bulletin Board Brigade

Do you have a bulletin board idea that you just can't find the time to accomplish? The PTO would like to help. They will be forming a Bulletin Board Brigade with the purpose of helping teachers with this work. Please contact me with your ideas and I will work with the PTO to help. These ideas could also be for your wall space.

Staff Bio

Kyle Snoeyink is in his second year at Schmucker, teaching 6th and 7th grade Health and Wellness. He moved here from Grand Rapids, MI where he taught and coached at Lowell High School. Kyle coaches girls basketball at Penn High School and also 7th grade football here at Schmucker. Kyle graduated from Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Northern Illinois University, and Grand Valley State University. Kyle is engaged to Danielle Christensen and they are tying the knot next March. Danielle teaches PE in the district and also coaches basketball here at Schmucker. Kyle enjoys golfing in the spring and summer, rooting for the Michigan Wolverines in the fall, and watching any college basketball game in the winter.

Staff Bio

Tomi is in her 30th year of teaching art at Schmucker. She began her teaching career at Schmucker as a student teacher then taking her supervising teachers position the following year. Tomi grew up in Mishawaka and graduated from Mishawaka High School. She received her Art Education Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. Tomi married her high school sweetheart and just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They have 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy who are all Penn High School graduates and their biggest baby, a 200lb English Mastiff. Just this year they became empty nesters with a daughter at IU and a son at IUPUI. In September, in Seattle, Washington she completed her 18th marathon. When she is not running, or creating art, Tomi enjoys spending time with her family, stamping and traveling.

Cheers for Peers

It’s back!!! For the 2015-2016 school year we can continue to use this document linked below to congratulate and cheer on staff members at SMS. For those new to the building, if you ever want to make everyone else aware of the great thing(s) a colleague has done, please share it here. Just add it to the top of the page.

Cheers for Peers

Student Services

Please remember to sign those Star Cards for our Positive Behavior Incentives. We are allowing students to redeem their cards for incentives on Thursday every week at the book store. Remember, the students do look forward to receive your acknowledgement on following your expectations. I know it might be difficult, but some of the more disruptive students need the positive support the most. We are currently looking for new and popular items for our "incentive shelves" in the bookstore. Feel free to let Kevin know if you have ideas for incentives.

Energy Conservation

Quite a few years ago, PHM hired Rob Lovett as Mr. Energy, who makes sure we work as a team in turning off lights and monitors, shutting down computers, eliminating any unnecessary strain on the electricity. Please be vigilant by checking and turning anything off which is not being used. Thanks for your extra effort.

Sporting Events

Click her to see our school calendar of events.

Click here to see who is signed up to work sporting events.

SMS Sports Sign-Up

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