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Sartartia MS -- Exemplary Education Every Day -- 1.17.2020

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Hello Jag Families,

This past week your child participated in Grade Level Assemblies regarding SMS expectations. Please review the PowerPoint attached below. Just a reminder that Monday is a school holiday as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day. This week during our Wednesday advisory lesson we will distribute student ID badges and lanyards. Once distributed, the expectation across FBISD is that students wear them at school. We will share our expectations with students through detailed lessons during Advisory, and follow up by sharing those expectations with parents. 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 18-First Lego League Tournament @ SMS 7-4pm


  • Wednesday, January 22-7th and 8th Boys and Girls B Teams BB @ QVMS 5:15PM
  • Wednesday, January 22-Students Wear College Gear for a Raffle during Lunches

  • Thursday, January 23-Girls Basketball A Team Tournament 8th@Thornton 5:30pm
  • Thursday, January 23-Boys Basketball A Team Tournament 8th@ Memorial MS 6:45pm

  • Thursday, January 23-Girls Basketball A Team Tournament 7th@Alief Olle MS 5:30pm
  • Thursday, January 23-Boys Basketball A Team Tournament 7th@ Alief Holub MS 6:45pm

  • Friday, January 25-Spirit Day-Wear SMS Gear
  • Saturday, January 26-A Team Tournaments Continue; Pre UIL Band Master Classes


Cholly Oglesby


Sartartia Middle School

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2020 8th Grade Career Day

The Career Day for 8th graders only is January 31, 2020. The James Reese Center is the host campus and the event will last most of the day. Students have received a permission slip and it is needed to attend the event. (Due January 22nd) Replacement permission slips can be picked up in the front office or the student center. Additionally, students are asked to dress in "Business attire". Lunch will be provided at the event (Chick fil a!) Vegan and Vegetarian options will be available.
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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.

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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 @ 6:00 pm.

**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.

5th grade 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 23 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.

8th Grade Parents

Reese Center Information Session

Course selection is coming soon! Current 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students and parents, please join us to learn more about the advanced career and technical education courses offered at the new James Reese Career and Technical Center on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. The building is located at 12300 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479. The night will run like a conference so please register for the Experience Night. More information attached below.

Click on the link to register for Experience Night: https://tinyurl.com/yx3bqdm2

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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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!

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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Math-Letics During Spring Break

Dear All,

Math-Letics is returning this year during spring break. We are once again partnering with the Rice Athletics Department for a fun week of math and athletics over spring break March 16-20 for students of grades 6-8 at Rice Stadium and the R Room. You may find out more at rusmp.rice.edu (rotating slide) or to register go to riceowls.com/mathletics


-- Anne Papakonstantinou, Ed.D.Clinical Professor of Mathematics, Wiess School of Natural SciencesDirector, Rice University School Mathematics Project713-348-6076713-348-5428 (fax)http://rusmp.rice.edu

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)
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Health Tips from Nurse Ferguson

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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