What to look for in this edition
- Link to Homework Calendars
- Principal's Note
- Wednesday's with Matkovich (Virtual)
- Important Dates Coming Up
- Celebrating Student's Accomplishments
- New In Sports
- Link to Student School Pictures
Continued Information for New Families
- What is a Grade?
- Yearbook Purchases
- Car Rider Line
- Check out Procedures
- Cell Phones
- School Supplies
HOMEWORK CALENDAR LINKS
How to find the weekly homework calendars!
- To see the calendars, go to our school website: https://sfms.fortmillschools.org/
- Click on "For Students"
- On the right side you will see a link for each grade level's Calendar. Click on the link for your grade level and make sure you are on the correct week.
We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We are extremely thankful for the amazing families we have here at SMS. Thank you for the support you offer daily. We hope you have time to rest and enjoy the friends and family around you. We also know that holiday times can be hard for many. Our thoughts are with you too during this time. We hope to see everyone back on Monday, November 27th well rested and ready to finish the first semester focused and prepared!
This week students should have met with their homeroom teachers about their STAR reports. Those reports should be coming home today. STAR is a better predictor for us when we try to measure growth throughout the year. Our focus with students is not where they are starting, but how hard they try and how much growth they make throughout the year. They will take STAR again on December 5th and 6th. I will remind you the days before so you can help us encourage them to try their best.
This year our staff is sponsoring an Angle Tree. Our Angel tree will be supporting our own SFMS families. If you are able and willing to assist with helping our families, please reach out to the office, Mrs. Campbell or Ms. VanVield to get more information. Each angel tree tag will represent an SMS student along with any siblings that also need assistance. Clothes sizes and a wish item will be included on the tag, along with important dates to keep in mind when adopting. Thank you for all your support for our SMS families this holiday season.
In each Weekly Roundup, there is a place for you to report any good news about your child that you would like for us to celebrate and recognize. We want our students to know that we care about them both at school with their academics and with their other accomplishments. You will see the section below "Celebrating Student Accomplishments" section below. I encourage you to brag on your child!
This weekly roundup will also serve as your update for next week as well. As a reminder, Friday December 1st is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:10.
Enjoy your break!
Wednesday's With Matkovich
Starting in December, I will host an online "meeting" with parents to discuss any topic of your choice or to answer any questions you may have. We have held ones in person before, and I will continue to do that. However, I know many of you are busy and cannot make it to school. Therefore, I am going to mix up online "meetings" with ones I will host in person. The first virtual one will be Wednesday, November 29th. Please use the link below to sign-up, and I will send you the code to log in.
- Thanksgiving Break: November 22nd - 24th
- November 27th: School Wide Spelling Bee
- November 27th, 28th and 30th -= -Color Guard Auditions at the high school (For 7th and 8th graders)
- December 1st: Early Release Day (Students leave at 1:10)
- December 7th - Beta Club Induction
- December 5th and 6th: Winter STAR Testing
- December 13th: Winter Concert for band and Chorus
- December 15th : PRIDE Card Celebration
- December 22nd - Half Day and end of 2nd quarter and 1st Semester.
We would love to celebrate your child's accomplishments outside of school. Please feel free to complete the form above and let us know what exciting things are going on in your child's life!
New in Sports (Week of November 27th - December 1st)
Monday- November 27th: Basketball plays FMMS. Boys are away and Girls are Home
Thursday- November 30th: Basketball plays GHMS: Boys are home and Girls are Away
WHAT IS A GRADE?
Purchase your Yearbook! You don't want to miss this Award Winning book!
Car Rider Line
If you are dropping your child off in the morning, students may exit their cars at 7:40 AM. You will hear the bell for students to begin entering the building. We will be doing a zipper merge like last year. The zipper merge occurs at the location where the sign is located. (NOTE: Our signs have not arrived yet. Therefore we will have staff standing out to make sure everyone is aware of how it works) Once you are past the merge sign, you should be in the right hand lane of the car rider line. Students are to be dropped off from the right hand lane only (lane closest to the sidewalk). The car rider line typically has to zipper merge until about 7:50. Around 7:50 the line is typically short enough that parents can pull up and let their child out. The first couple of days may take longer, but please be patient with us and we will soon be flowing quickly.
This year, at 8:05 the sign in the front of the school will be turned around asking parents to come in and sign their child in. All students should be in the building by 8:05. They should be sitting in their homeroom by 8:10. If you arrive after the sign has been turned around, please come in and sign your child in. A student cannot sign themselves in. We do ask that you pay attention to the 8:05 time this year. Plan your morning routine and commute so that tardies do not become an issue. If it may be a problem for your family, students can always ride the school bus.
Car Rider Line procedures are the same in the afternoons. Please make sure you pull forward as much as possible before allowing your child to either exit or enter the car. It helps our car rider line go much quicker. You may need to pull up past where your child is standing. If so he/she will walk to you.
Checking Students Out Early
If you have not ready this policy, please pay close attention to the information below. We have given grace and reminders the first two weeks of school. We will be following this policy moving forward. Thank you!
Class time is valued, and we strive to interrupt class periods as little as possible. Early dismissal procedure: When you know in advance that your child must be dismissed early, SEND A NOTE to the school with your child, including the date and dismissal time. When your child arrives, he/she should bring the note to Ms. K, and your child’s agenda will be marked with the dismissal time. (We will make sure your child knows where to turn their note in. If you are new, they can come to the front office and we will direct them on where to go).
Your child will meet you in our front office at the scheduled dismissal time and sign out at the front office computer. If your child must leave early and has not brought in a note, you will be asked to wait in the front office until the change of class periods. Please speak with an administrator in case of an emergency. There will be no early dismissals after 2:40 PM.
AWAY FOR THE DAY (CELL PHONE POLICY)
SMS is an "Away for the Day" school, meaning no access to phones, wireless earbuds, and smartwatches during our school day. Electronic devices, including cell phones, may be brought to school and used before 7:40 or after 3:10 to communicate with parents.
Cell phones must be turned off and left in the student’s locker from 7:40 AM until 3:10 PM. Sick students should visit the nurse, not call home. (The nurse will call home if necessary).
This year we will be asking students to put their smartwatches away as well. That was in our policy last year, and we will be making sure that is enforced consistently this year across the school.
Students with medical situations that require the use of an app will be allowed to have phones for the purpose of monitoring their medical needs.
The student handbook is online and will be in your child's agenda coming home the first day. You can read more about this policy in their handbook.
All students will use a three ring zipper binder this year to use for all of their classes.
Please check out our website for the supply lists. Click the link below and you will see a blue button to click on for the supply list. https://sites.google.com/fmsdmail.org/parents/home
If your family needs help with school supplies, we have several business donors that have generously donated supplies. Reach out to our guidance department if your child needs help with supplies for the year. We want to make sure everyone is ready to go on day one. We will help them set up their binders during our homeroom time and teach them how to keep their papers organized so they can find them when they need to.