Sequoia Middle School TGIF

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Welcome to Sequoia Middle's new TGIF format. We are hopeful that these SMORE newsletters will provide an improved interface in sharing Sequoia news and updates with our families. To translate TGIF - Click on translate button on the bottom of the page.

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Calendar of Upcoming Dates


Cookie Dough Orders Due - September 15th

Sequoia Soccer - September 18th - 3:30/4:30 at Valley View Middle

Western Day - September 20th

Club Rush - September 20th (At lunch)

Blood Drive - September 22nd 8 am - 2pm C3

Site Council - September 26th, 3pm SMS Library

Progress Reports Mailed Home - September 29th


Quarter 1 End - Friday, October 20th

Picture Day Make-Up - Friday, October 20th

Early Release Day - Friday, October 27th

Sequoia Updates

Sequoia Blood Drive:

The Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Friday, Sept. 22 in room C-3 from 8 am – 2pm. To schedule your appointment, visit and enter sponsor code SEQUOIA or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Cookie Dough Fundraiser:

Thanks to all families who participated in our Fall Fundraiser. Order forms were due today (September 15th). If you student forgot to turn their forms in, please have them bring them on Monday, September 18th. Thank you so much for your support of our schools programs.


Club Rush is back!! During all lunches on September 20th all clubs will be for you to check out, get information and meet some member reps. This is a really good way to get involved! If you have any questions please ask Mrs. Stewart.


Are you looking for the satisfaction that comes with helping someone new? Have you ever wanted to help your 6th and 7th grade peers do better but weren’t sure how? Apply to become a Peer Tutor and feel what it’s like to give back! Benefits of becoming a Peer Tutor include: CJSF points, an invitation to the Peer-Tutor lunch party and an official certificate of participation. Pick up an application on the B-side of the office and ask Mr. CK for further details!

Pick-Up and Drop-Off:

We know that Drop-Off and Pick-Up at Sequoia can be difficult. During drop-off and pick-up please make sure to pick students up in the designated Yellow areas on the sides of the Sequoia Parking lot.

Please be considerate of our neighbors on both Campbell and Mosio Lane. Campbell Lane is a private road and not open for Sequoia pick-up. Mosio Lane is a narrow street behind the school, and families are recommended to pick-up across the street at the Senior Center parking lot.

Please help keep our kids safe!

Tobacco Using Peer Education:

Check out the video below from the Contra Costa TUPE group that was filmed at Sequoia and "Stars" several of our students.

Message from the Principal

Site Council:

We are looking for on additional Site Council member for the the 2017-2018 school year. Terms are for two years and meeting are held every other month. Please contact Mr. Honey - if you are interested or want to learn more about serving on Site Council.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or questions:

Counseling Corner

'Middle School 101' for 6th Grade Parents

Purpose of the Meeting: To provide a forum where 6th grade parents can discuss the various changes associated with students moving from Elementary to Middle School. In both large group and break-out, small group settings, 6th grade parents will get an opportunity to explore their experiences around the elementary to middle school transition. Counselors will be present to facilitate conversation and answer questions,

Format: At 6:30 on Tuesday, September 26th, parents will convene in the Library where SMS counselors will introduce themselves formally and discuss the purpose of the meeting. At 7:00 the large group will break-out into two smaller groups based on counselor-alpha assignment (A-K with Mrs. Stewart and L-Z with Mr. Cormier-Knopp) to discuss common experiences and how the elementary to middle adjustment is coming along. The meeting is set to conclude at 8:00.


At Sequoia Middle school we are committed to creating students of strong character. That is why each month we focus on a different school-wide trait that fosters a school community to ensure everyone feels safe, respected, valued, and able to learn. During the month of September we are focusing on RESPECT, which is an essential foundation for good relationships. Students are learning what respect means in the classroom, around campus, within relationships, and outside our community.

“If we want our children to possess the traits we most admire, we need to teach them what those traits are.” ~William Bennett

Club Corner

Monday Clubs

Dumbledore’s Army B-8

Homework Club A-3

Jr. Thespian Club A-5

Robotoics - Shop

Tuesday Clubs

Homework Club C-3

Ukulele Club D-3

Woodshop - Shop

Math/Game Club E-7

Thursday Clubs

Homework Club C-7

Art Club C-1