SSMS Weekly Update

December 3, 2021

Dear SSMS Families,

The end of the first semester is only 2 weeks away. Final exams will take place Tuesday December 14 through Friday December 17th. We will have an early release on Friday December 17th at 1:00 p.m. You can see the final exam schedule here. Have an outstanding weekend!



Dan Diehl

Principal
Sycamore Springs Middle School

PALs Canned Food Drive

This holiday season, PALs is hosting a canned food drive. For every five cans students bring to K210, they will receive 2 pride paws and a raffle ticket to win a snack basket. The more cans they bring, the more pride paws and entries!
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DSHS Student Leadership Pajama Drive

With the season of giving fast approaching, DSHS Student Leadership is running a pajama drive across DSISD to benefit Pajama Program, which distributes pajamas and books to kids entering children's shelters due to abuse or neglect at home. We will be collecting pajamas at SSMS in the marked box outside the main office from 11/30-12/10. Pajamas must be new or unused and sizes 8-14 are needed most (no gowns please). For questions or more information, please email ds014315bi@dsisdconnect.com. Thank you!


Counselor's Corner

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


The district has started a new initiative called Better Together which we pair with our lead program to improve our culture and teach students important success practices. Here is the programs mission statement


Better Together is designed to help all DSISD Tiger Nation be more respectful, positive, inclusive and kind. By providing improvements to the school environment and leading school wide activities, student leaders will help make the schools brighter, safer, and more welcoming for all students, teachers, families, and staff. We know that we are all unique but we are all Better Together!


Our wonderful SSMS Tiger Leaders were true leaders in developing this program. They worked hard to help develop a mission and they helped in the development of both the secondary and elementary pledges. This wonderful group of Tiger Leaders has been so popular that we are forming a 6th grade Tiger Leader group to increase the work our Tiger Leaders do in the Better Together and LEAD programs. This group meets four days a week during Tiger Win.


If you have a sixth grader who wants to apply to be a Tiger Leader please follow this link and have your sixth grader fill out the application. Applications will be reviewed in January and if the student is chosen they will be changed into the 6th grade Tiger Win section in the second week of January.


The current group of Tiger Leaders will be in Tiger Win classrooms to present their first activity called “Individually we Sparkle but Together we Shine”. You can see their presentation below.


That is all the news for today. Hope you all have a great week!!


LaDonna Caroselli Counselor 2021-2022: All of 7th Grade and 6th Grade A-K

ladonna.caroselli@dsisdtx.us, 512-858-3623


Jennifer Burks, Counselor 2021-2022: All of 8th Grade and 6th Grade L-Z

jennifer.burks@dsisdtx.us, 512-858-3622

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SSMS News | December 2

News from SSMS PTA

Sugar Shack

The annual SUGAR SHACK is coming back to SSMS! It's a huge treat for all of the staff supported by our amazing community. They will have the opportunity to come to the Sycamore Room and fill a container of cookies to bring home with them to get them in the holiday spirit just in time for break!!!! What a wonderful token of kindness we can give to them :) Please sign up below to bring in some sweets (cookies, cake, brownies, pie, and fun candy) or decorations.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4EA5AE2DA4FF2-ssms7

Changemaker Initiative

If you think your kids would like to deliver a pie to Mr. Diehl's face, sign up to be a Changemaker and help fund a new(and needed) shade structure at Sycamore Springs! https://app.hellodonor.com/signup/sycamore-springs-middle-school?sut=parent_account
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Spelling Bee - January 12 @ 6PM

SSMS PTA is excited to host the Spelling Bee once again! SIGN UP HERE! After registration, you will receive the study list. Study ALL.THE.WORDS.


Questions? Contact Margarita Davis, SSMSBeeChair@gmail.com with any questions.


SIGN UP HERE! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BfZb-3KhMdv8x0pqwl-Hjz0GJgnzUheBCCVtSB0OEmY/viewform?edit_requested=true

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SSMS Teacher/Staff Favorites

We've compiled our staff's favorites just for you, in case you'd like to spoil them with a special treat!


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FjzLO_c4T49xqhh7LhDKCT5qJFwtjsvl-5IHF9kPDlQ/edit?usp=sharing

General Meeting

Our next meeting will be in February, sign up here: https://forms.gle/njcEuBWGCNG6TiNbA
Clicker here for the SSMS PTA Fall Update!

Our amazing PTA has a lot of important updates, so be sure to check it out!

Events of the Week

12/7 - SSMS Jazz Band Concert (SSMS Cafeteria) 6:30 PM

12/8 - Coffee, Carols, & Cookies for Staff 8:00 AM

12/8 - NJHS Monthly Meeting 8:00 AM & 4:15 PM

12/8 - Boys Basketball vs West Ridge MS (Away) 5:15 PM

12/8 - Girls Basketball vs West Ridge MS (Home) 5:15 PM

12/8 - SSMS Winter Dance Showcase 6:00 PM

12/8 - Orchestra Concert (DSHS Performing Arts Center) 7:00 PM

12/9 - Winter Choir Concert 6:00 PM

12/10 - Choir Caroling Tour

Upcoming Events

12/13 - Boys Basketball vs Lake Travis MS (Home) 5:15 PM

12/13 - Girls Basketball vs Lake Travis MS (Away) 5:15 PM

12/13 - 7th & 8th Grade Bands Winter Concert 6:30 PM

12/13 - DSISD Board Meeting 6:30 PM

12/16 - PTA Sugar Shack for staff

12/16 - Staff Meeting 8:00 AM

Staff Birthdays

12/7 - Priscilla Aguilar
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