Sweetwater Middle School News

October Edition

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A Message from Principal Johnson

Hello Families,

I hope everyone is doing well. We had a much needed Fall Break last week. I want to "thank you" for speaking with your child about the Social Media(TikTok) Challenges. Our students have been doing exceptionally well by not destroying school property. I am so glad to have great parents that help with supporting the school.

In the coming week, we are going to offer some help sessions for students that are not mastering the AKS/Standards. If your child received a letter for support, please try to have them take part in the different programs. We had a lot of students performing in the beginning and developing level on the district interim. Our goal is to have 100% of our students at proficient and distinguished by spring administration of the GA Milestones. Also, we want to recover some of the learning loss during digital learning.

As always, we are here to offer support. Reach out to the teachers, administrators, or myself if you need assistance.

We have about five weeks remaining before Thanksgiving Break!!

Thank you for your continued support and hope to see you at Trunk or Treat!

The Counselors' Corner

National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention month. It is estimated that 1 in 4 children are bullied each month in the United States. To help promote bullying awareness and prevention at Sweetwater, students will participate in events such as Blue Fridays and Spirit Week, along with other activities. Advisement lessons will focus on topics such as bullying and cyberbullying and the power of our words.

Students are encouraged to report bullying to their teacher, counselor, or parent; however, they often do not report for various reasons including believing no one will help them, being afraid of being called a snitch, or being afraid that the bullying will get worse. Because of this, it’s important to recognize the signs. Your child may be a victim of bullying if they are afraid to go to school or complain of physical distress such as headaches, stomach-aches, or nausea to avoid going to school, or their grades suddenly decline. If you believe your child is being bullied at school, please contact your student’s grade level counselor.

En Espanol

Octubre es el mes nacional de prevención del acoso escolar. Se estima que 1 de cada 4 niños es acosado cada mes en los Estados Unidos. Para ayudar a promover la concientización y la prevención del acoso escolar en Sweetwater, los estudiantes participarán en eventos como Blue Fridays y Spirit Week, junto con otras actividades. Las lecciones de asesoramiento se centrarán en temas como el acoso y el ciberacoso y el poder de nuestras palabras.

Se anima a los estudiantes a reportar la intimidación a su maestro, consejero o padre; sin embargo, a menudo no informan por varias razones, entre ellas creer que nadie las ayudará, tener miedo de que las llamen soplón o miedo de que el acoso empeore. Por eso, es importante reconocer los signos. Su hijo puede ser víctima de acoso escolar si tiene miedo de ir a la escuela o se queja de malestar físico como dolores de cabeza, dolor de estómago o náuseas para evitar ir a la escuela, o si sus calificaciones disminuyen repentinamente. Si cree que su hijo está siendo acosado en la escuela, comuníquese con el consejero de nivel de grado de su hijo.

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The Parent Center

The Title I Plan/Promise

Parents, have you clicked on The Plan, The Promise on my Payments Plus. Please go to MyPayments Plus today and acknowledge that you have seen the Plan/The Promise.

Early Release Conferences

Early Release Conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 20th from 1:30PM to 6:30PM, and on Thursday, October 21st from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. If your child is not passing, please set up a conference with your child's teacher. Remember, Wednesday is also a Digital Learning Day! On Thursday, students will be dismissed at 1:20 PM.

Trunk or Treat

Parents, mark this date on your calendar! 0ctober 28th! This is our first Trunk or Treat! Please come out between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM on October 28th and take a journey through our scary cars in the bus lane! Please feel free to dress up and have your children dress up! Besides candy, we will have hotdogs to give to the children.

Donations: We are in need of water, candy, and individually bagged chips. Please drop off donations at the Parent Center or send them by your child.

Hope to see you soon!

The Connections Corner

On October 28th, immediately following Trunk or Treat, our orchestra will be performing at Berkmar High School for their annual Halloween Concert. So head over to Berkmar after the Trunk or Treat and listen to the Halloween sounds from our orchestra!

7th Grade Connection News

8th Grade Connection News

Thank you for making our Food Drive a Success!

Thank you SMS parents, faculty and staff, Stonemill Atlanta Church, and Hopewell Baptist Church for making our food drive a success! We fed 250 families! Our next food drive is December 10th. 10AM to 12PM - Mark your calendar!
SMS Food Drive