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Hear From the Administrators

As the first quarter of the school year comes to an end, we want to take time to acknowledge the dedication of our faculty here at Sanford. This has not been an easy couple of years to prepare, plan, and deliver valuable instruction to our deserving students. Our teachers are stretching themselves and working tirelessly to meet the daily demands of education. During a time when individuals are not joining the profession, we want to celebrate those individuals who have stayed the course. Please continue to be supportive and build relationships with your child’s teachers. “The influence of a teacher can never be erased.”

Fall is a time for reflection in preparation for growth. Take some time to talk to your children about the importance of learning. Sanford Middle School takes pride in being the link to lifelong learning”. Our students leave elementary school and we have four years to get them ready for high school. We cannot effectively assist in their growth and development if they are resistant to following expectations. Cell phones, while a great invention, are a major distraction to our classrooms. Students are so hyper-focused about what is on the phone and not paying attention in class. We are not here to tell you how to raise your children, but if we are going to move our students to the Next Level… we will need your help. The SMS Cell Phone Expectation are for phones to be turned off and put away at all times. Thank you for your help in this effort.

We are kicking off our Anti-Bullying Campaign titled “It’s NOT OK!” SMS does not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment on our campus. This campaign is designed to define what bullying is and the effects of bullying. Join us as we spread this message.

As always thank you for being a partner in education. We could not do what we need to do to prepare our students for the Next Level without YOU!

Have a super October & …

Fly, Hornets, Fly!

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School Day: 7:05 am- 3:05 pm

Student Intake time: 7:00 am.

Parents please DO NOT drop your student off BEFORE 7 am. Staff is not on duty until 7 am.

Tardy Bell: 7:30 am

Last Time for Student Check-Out: 2:30 pm.

Dismissal: 2:55 pm

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

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News from Our School Nurse

Flu forms need to returned by Friday 10/22/21

Flu shots will be given 10/28/21

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The first quarter grading period is coming to an end. Report cards will be issued on October 15. Teachers will be reaching out to families to schedule conferences (in-person or virtual) to discuss ways we could support your student's learning in the classroom and at home.

Congratulations to Our September STAR Students of the Month!!

Each month, teachers will recognize four (4) students per grade level that demonstrates the STAR Expectations.

How does a student become a STAR student?

  • Attendance- Come to school every day and be on time
  • Discipline- Do not receive referrals or detentions
  • Academics- Complete quality class assignments
  • Be respectful- Be kind and supportive to classmates. Always say please and thank you to adults and peers.
  • Be responsible- Always be truthful and honest.

5th Grade

Jaidon Orrick

Reese Brown

Reid Brown

Wesley Young

6th Grade

Brady Taunton

Clayton Tapley

Dayanara Calderon

Maddison Blanchard

7th Grade

Bryan Lugo Saenz

Jacub Jones

Karlee Rae Cooper

Madison Phaneuf

8th Grade

Kaley Tarvin

Lillie Coleman

Michael Stokes

Reagan Brooks

Come Out and Support Our Athletes


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Hornet Football

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*Note: Oct. 4 Homecoming will be rescheduled for a game during the basketball season.

Sanford Basketball

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Purchase your tickets TODAY!

PowerSchool Parent Portal

At 1st Quarter progress report, you received your student's Access ID and Password to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Visit https://leeco.powerschool.com/public/home.html

1. Click the link above to open the portal.

2. Click on the "Create Account" tab and then "Create Account" button.

3. Enter the Parent Account details to create the username and password that you desire.

4. In the Link Students to Account Area, enter the students name(s) and relationship along with their Access ID and Access Password.

If you have multiple students in the district, you will have a different Access ID and Password for each student to connect them to your account.

5. Once you enter all student's access information and click the "Enter" button to create the account, an email will be sent to the email address entered during the account creation process to validate your account.

After that validation has occurred, you will be able to login to your new parent account at https://leeco.powerschool.com/public/home.html or using the PowerSchool Mobile app located in the IOS and Google Play app store.

If you have any questions regarding the use of PowerSchool, please contact the school office at 334-705-6040.

Need Assistance? Download the Parent Portal Quick Start Guide

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

It's Not Ok!

Beginning in October, Sanford will launch an anti-bullying campaign. Everyone can do something to help prevent bullying; individuals, schools, and communities each have an important role. Throughout the school year, we will invite community leaders and outreach organizations to speak to our students and teachers about the signs and effects of bullying.

We need your support in keeping our students safe at school, in the community, and online.

Read below to learn more about how you can get involved in bullying prevention!

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  • October 5- PTO meeting @ 6pm
  • October 8- End of 1st Quarter Grading Period
  • October 11-15- National Lunch Week
  • October 12- Lee County Board of Education Monthly Meeting @ 6 pm. More information will be posted on the Lee County Schools Website
  • October 13- Fall Pictures (Make ups only)
  • October 15- Reports cards issued
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