SSMS Weekly Update

November 12, 2021

Dear SSMS Families,

It has been another very busy week at SSMS. Our 6th grade class explored Pedernales Falls, basketball season started off, and our theater Department is presenting Matilda, Jr. The show will go on at 7 p.m tonight and tomorrow night. We have one week of school and then a week off for the Thanksgiving Break. The second quarter is flying by and before you know it we will be doing Fall Exams. If you haven't yet seen the exam schedule you can find it here. Have a great weekend and Go Tigers!



Dan Diehl

Principal
Sycamore Springs Middle School

Congratulations to all of our Students of the Term!

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How are Students of the Term Selected?

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Check Out This Week's SSMS News Student Broadcast

SSMS News | November 11
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SSMS Cheerleaders Holiday Fundraiser

The SSMS cheerleaders are selling Nothing Bundt Cakes for the holidays! Each bundtlet is $6 and individually packaged. Great for gifts! Flavors: Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Raspberry, Red Velvet, Lemon, Confetti, Pumpkin Spice. Order before 11/24 and delivery 12/2. Venmo, cash or checks accepted. Please email orders to ssmscheer20@gmail.com. THANK YOU for supporting the SSMS cheerleaders!
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Counselor's Corner

Hello Everyone!!


We are in full swing in the counseling department now. We have completed the 7th grader explorer and next week we will be going into the 6th grade social studies class to talk about ways to overcome adversity. This lesson has a couple of film clips followed by an opportunity to reflect on how we have used our strengths and resources to overcome our challenges.


Our Tiger Leader Team has designed their first lesson for our Better Together activities and will be going into Tiger Win time the week following December 5th to present the activity called “Individually we Sparkle but Together we Shine!!” to all of the Tiger Win Classes. We are so excited about the hard work of these amazing leaders and two of them will be presenting all their hard work to the board at a workshop on Monday 11/15/2021


We will be opening up some additional spaces for Tiger Leaders by adding a 6th grade Tiger Leader class. We are working on the applications and should have them out by next week.


In the Lead program students are working on setting Wildly Important Goals. They started this process last week and will be continuing to work on it through the first of the new year.


As always we are here to help!!


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

Team Sycamore Update!

Team Sycamore is a student-led group fundraising and walking to raise awareness and end type 1 diabetes (T1D). As a team, we know that there is no way to prevent T1D and there is no cure yet, but we are hopeful that through awareness and research a cure can be found to change the lives of our classmates, staff, family and friends living with T1D.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported us, we've made a lot of progress; however there is still time for us to reach our goals. Currently, Team Sycamore is FIRST (out of 91 teams) in the greater Austin area for miles walked! We've walked over 125 miles (and counting) for JDRF! That's almost 5 marathons! We still have time to walk, so need your help by joining our team and logging your miles!

In terms of fundraising, Team Sycamore is excited to have reached a big milestone. We have currently raised 50% of our $5,000 goal which puts us as the TWENTY-FIRST team in the greater Austin area in terms of fundraising. We are SO close to the top 20 and know with your support we can get there. Please take a moment to consider the impact your donation can make and show your support by donating to our team.

At SSMS, we strive to look beyond ourselves and know that together we have the power to make a difference. If you would like to support Team Sycamore reach our goals, please use the link below to visit our webpage where you can make a donation, join the team, log miles walked or check out our progress!

https://tinyurl.com/TeamSycamore

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions regarding Team Sycamore, please reach out to Mrs. McGilvray, SSMS NJHS adviser.

CLOSE UP IS BACK!

We are so excited to be sharing this opportunity with our students again this year! Because of the travel restrictions of the last couple of years, we are opening the trip to all 7th AND 8th graders. After this year, however, only 7th grade students will be invited to attend.


Here are Frequently Asked Questions about the trip - if you would like to sign up, there is a link at the bottom of the FAQ document. Your enrollment coupon will be sent home with your child beginning next week.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to rebecca.smart@dsisdtx.us or kristin.wright@dsisdtx.us

News from SSMS PTA

Changemaker Initiative

We are so excited to kick off the Changemaker Initiative this week at our school! The Changemaker Initiative is an opportunity to raise funds for SSMS by asking people to simply donate their digital spare change each month. It’s simple: sign up a credit or debit card, shop anywhere, & your change will automatically be donated to our school.
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Sycamore Springs Middle School Parent Kick Off Video
Text "TIGERS" to 404-994-3399 to learn more or click this LINK

NEW Spirit Wear Design

Don't miss out on your fierce side! Items will be delivered by Christmas, so order now for your TIGER! Orders will close and begin shipping November 26th. Click HERE to order! Proceeds will go to SSMSPTA for teacher and student grants!
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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!

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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

11/15 - DSEF Pancake Breakfast for Staff

11/16 - 6th Grade Beginning Band Concert 6:30 PM

11/18 - Staff Meeting/Celebrations 8 AM

11/18 - Boys Basketball vs Westridge MS (Home) 5:15 PM

11/18 - Girls Basketball vs Westridge MS (Away) 5:15 PM

Upcoming Events

11/22 - 11/26 - Thanksgiving Break

Staff Birthdays

11/25 - Mary Williams

11/27 - Brandon Wilson

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