SMS Scoop

December 15, 2017

Holiday Wishes

This is the final 2017 issue of the SMS Scoop. As we close the calendar year, we hope your hearts are open to peace and joy throughout the holiday season. We encourage you to lift people up with your social media posts and put your phones down during family gatherings. Pull family members in with hugs and help neighbors out (shoveling, babysitting, etc.) as much as you can. And if you start to feel overwhelmed about what you did or didn't get under the tree, remember that the story below is the true reason for the season.

Luke 2: 2-14 (King James Version)

2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Miss Nass and Mr. Smith

Semester 2 Update

SMS 6th and 7th grade students will experience a few new things in their schedules for second semester. Be ready for these new courses starting Thursday, January 4th.

Sixth graders will begin Art and FACS classes.

  • Ignite will have Art (Mrs. Owen, 205) on A days and FACS (Mr. Shoultz, 200) on B days.
  • Tribe will have FACS (Shoultz, 200) on A days and Art (Owen, 205) on B days.

Seventh graders will begin Digital Literacy and PE.

  • Cool Rays will have Digital Literacy (Mrs. Copple, 206) on A days and PE (Mr. Barnett, East Gym) on B days.
  • Dream Team will have PE (Barnett, East Gym) on A days and Digital Literacy (Copple, 206) on B days.

Mrs. Copple's 6th grade homeroom will now be Mr. Shoultz's homeroom (in 200).

Students with changed elective courses will begin their new courses on Thursday, January 4th.

Eighth graders will not change related arts courses. They will have High School Credit PE and Study Hall on the same schedule.

Beautiful Music!

Grades and Such

Teachers will be finalizing semester grades on Wednesday, January 3rd. This is a teacher work day and not a student school day! Report cards will be published and accessible to parents on Friday, January 5th. Parents will be notified via email and SchoolMessenger call when cards are ready. We will not be mailing first semester report cards. SMS will mail a copy of the year-end report card to all parents and guardians in June.


Elective Course Change Requests are due to the office by Tuesday, Dec. 19th. Pick up a form in the office if you want to move from music to SSR for semester 2.

Lost and Found items will be donated on Monday. Today is your last chance to look for missing items.

iPads will be collected in homeroom on Monday. Bring your ipad to school fully charged AND bring your cover (even if it is broken). iPads will be updated during break and returned to students the morning of January 4th.

The SMS Responsible Technology Use Policy is still in place during break. Make good choices as you use your personal devices over the holiday!

Next Week...

Mon. Dec. 18: A day

Tue. Dec. 19: B day, Student Council 7:15 AM, Faculty Concert AM, Last day of the semester

Wed. Dec. 20: Break begins - No School

Mon. Dec. 25: Merry Christmas!

Mon. Jan. 1: Happy New Year!

Wed. Jan. 3: Teacher Records Day, 6 Boys BB @ North Harrison

Thu. Jan. 4: A day, second semester begins, report to homerooms at 8:05 AM, 6 Boys BB @ Salem, 7/8 Boys BB 'B' v. Seymour, 7/8 Girls BB v. Corydon, Wrestling @ Seymour

Fri. Jan. 5: B day