Switzerland Point Middle School
Raider Rap -February 27, 2022
From Ms. Carnall
It's hard to believe that it's almost March and the end of the 3rd quarter! We have a lot of great stuff that our students have been doing that we are celebrating in this issue of the Raider Rap. We also have many events and contests coming up.
Please be sure to scroll all the way down to read about the exciting celebrations and upcoming events!
- February 28: Band Concert
- March 2: Basketball VS. Pacetti Bay
- March 3, 4, 5 School Play
- March 9: Character Counts! Chats (Wednesday Bell Schedule), End of 3rd Quarter
- March 10: Teacher Planning Day-No School for Students
- March 13-March 17: Spring Break-No School!
- March 28: Report cards Post
Scheduling for 2023-2024 School Year
Rising 9th Graders: BHS and BTHS will be on campus March 2nd and 3rd. During this time, your student will meet with a BHS or BTHS representative for the 2023-2024 School Year. Parents are encouraged to attend but are not required. Students will be pulled through their social studies classes. Is your child going to another in-county school, other than BTHS or BHS for an academy? Soon, those schools will be reaching out and communicating when they will come to SPMS to register your student. All registration appointments will occur on SPMS campus. You will park in the front of the campus and look for the SPMS flag by the auditorium.
Rising 7th and 8th Graders: Your child should have already turned in their yellow or purple form to their 1st period teacher with their electives selected for the 2023-2024 School Year. If they forgot, Ms. Campbell will be contacting them to have them fill out a new one. Please remember, the deadline for submitting a Core Reevaluation Form is March 1st. The link is located on our school website under "Important Links." Please note that we do follow the SJCSD Course Progression Plan for all scheduling decisions.
SPMS Donation Link
End of Year Reward Trip Behavior Expectations Reminder
We have already reviewed the school policies and expectations and the code of conduct at the start of the semester. We also outlined what the expectations are for earning the chance to attend the reward trip (and 8th grade activities) at the end of the year. In order to attend the trip (and 8th grade activities), students must not earn any one of the following:
·Any level 3 or level 4 discipline referral
· Any level 1 or level 2 referral that results in ISS (This includes ISS given for excessive tardies)
· Any referral that results in OSS
· More than 4 demerits
During the 1st semester we provided the students opportunities for growth and learning by allowing the demerits to restart at the beginning of 2nd quarter, wiping away any demerits previously earned. For 2nd semester all demerits earned will be cumulative for BOTH quarter 3 and quarter 4. Once the reward trip is paid for, we will be unable to give refunds or transfer the reservation to another student’s name.
Please review these expectations with your student if you think that the trip is something they might be interested in working towards.
The May testing calendar has been posted on the SPMS page. Please visit the testing calendar by clicking on the testing tab which can be found here: https://www-raider.stjohns.k12.fl.us/spring-testing-calendar/. Please keep these dates in mind as you plan doctor appointments and family vacations. We look forward to having a successful testing season in May!
FAST PM2 Update
Swiss Point celebrated the growth of the top 50 students from each grade level from ELA Progress Monitor 1 to ELA Progress Monitor 2! Some students increased more than 50 points and moved from Level 1 to Level 3! We also had students in the top 50 who were Level 5 initially and increased their points to earn a higher Level 5! The top 50 students from each grade level joined us on the patio for popsicles! We are so proud of these students and look forward to seeing their growth on Progress Monitor 3 in May! Don’t forget that you can access your child’s Progress Monitoring individual report through the family portal. Instructions can be found on the SPMS testing tab or here: https://www-raider.stjohns.k12.fl.us/access-state-score-report/.
Swiss Point raider mathletes competed in the MathCounts competition at UNF this week! Our team of 13 students competed against 26 other schools from the North Florida Chapter.
Armaan Semwal placed 8th individually.
Ben Mathis placed 9th individually.
Swiss Point won 2nd place and will advance to the state competition!
Congrats SPMS mathletes!
Jazz Band Superior Rating
We would like to announce the Superior rating that Mr. Partin’s Jazz Band received at our District Music Performance Assessment. Congratulations Jazz Band!
Congratulations Art Students!
Come See the Play!
Join us as theatre teacher Rosemary Callahan has to fend off the wrestling team from taking the auditorium right before tech week of the Spring production of Romeo and Juliet, rehearsal is left to budding student assistant director Wendy. Can Sophomore Wendy rally the quadrupled cast of Romeos and Juliets to block the famous balcony scene? She has been staying in on Saturday nights to watch recordings from the RSC for this very moment. Showtimes are: Friday, March 3 & Saturday March 4 at 7 p.m. and Sunday Afternoon at 2 p.m. at SPMS Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now on School Pay. $10 per ticket
Each month teachers are able to nominate students who display the pillar of character for the month. Those students are invited to have donuts with us at the end of the month and receive their certificates.
In the month of March we celebrate the pillar of Trustworthiness. We look for students who:
- Are honest
- Don't deceive, cheat, or steal
- Be reliable-do what you say you will do
- Have the courage to do the right thing
- Build a good reputation
- Be loyal-stand by your family friends and country
We will celebrate these students and honor them in the March Raider Rap.
February Character Counts! Winners
Congratulations to the winterguard team on their promotion from Regional A class to the Scholastic AAA class! This is the ultimate compliment for the team's hard work this season!
The winterguard team continues to earn top honors at their competitions! They earned a 1st place win at the Oakleaf High School Competition on 2/11/23, competing against 12 high school teams. A 1st place win at the Flagler Palm Coast High School Competition on 2/18/23, competing against 11 high school teams. The team is currently under review to be moved up to a higher class within the circuit! Go Raiders!
3/11/23 Fleming Island High School Competition
3/22/23 Florida State Championships in Daytona Beach
3/25/23 Solos & Duets @ Champs
4/6/23 SPMS Night of Arts -- Come check out what winterguard is all about! Try some equipment, chat with current team members and meet the directors.
Next season's tryout information coming soon!
A Day Without Violence Calendar Art and Poem Contest
We have attached information about our 2024 “A Day Without Violence” calendar art and poetry project. Poems and artwork should reflect life in a world without violence. Judges will look for art and poems that make a positive statement about a world without violence. Images of diverse kinds of people, places and things that portray a harmonious way of life, a respectful living and working environment as well as children interacting with not only each other, but also animals. Even their favorite cartoon character or images of peaceful and fun activities that can be done alone or in groups are also encouraged. Any drawings or poems depicting firearms, knives or any other violent images will NOT be eligible; violent images with a ban sign through them will not be eligible.
The purpose of these activities is to interrupt what otherwise may become a generational cycle of domestic violence. The entry may only be 8 ½ by 11-size paper with NO computer graphic images, horizontal, and all art must be hand drawn. Drawings on poetry entries will not be eligible, only the poems. Only one entry per student- either poetry or art will be accepted.
Each student MUST have an entry form attached to the back of his or her work with clear tape. Please help ensure that the names and information are written clearly. We would appreciate you distributing these materials to your staff.
All entries should be dropped off by the April 30, 2023, deadline at either
Betty Griffin Center Thrift Shoppe locations:
445 SR 13 N.
Fruit Cove, FL 32259
1961 A1A South
St. Augustine, FL 32080
OR, any of the 6 St. Johns County Libraries will be collecting entries (see addresses attached.)
Len Mattiace Stop the Bullying Contest
St. Johns County School District has partnered with the Len Mattiace Foundation for round 2 of their Stop the Bullying Campaign Contest. His foundation helps our youth in NE Florida with raising awareness about bullying and creating a safe environment for them. Len Mattiace is a former graduate from Nease High School and he is a golfer on the PGA TOUR.
Below are key points for this contest:
- Open to all middle school students
- Contest dates: 1/18 – 4/13/23 by 5:00 PM
- Cash prizes for TWO winners. Winners will be announced by May 15th with a visit from the Prize Patrol.
- Len Mattiace Video for Students.mp4 – Video to share with students
- All submissions need to be emailed to Julie Haden at Julie.Haden@stjohns.k12.fl.us
The below link has all the contest rules for our middle school students:
Special Message on the Marquee
SPMS National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring an opportunity to send a special birthday or congratulations message to your student via the marquee in the front of the school. Cost is $25. Complete the form here to submit your request (there's a separate link in the form to pay via Schoolpay upon submitting your request). Requests are due the Friday prior to the event and will display the following week (Tuesday through Monday). Example: if you turn in the request on Friday, September 17 then your message will be displayed on Tuesday, September 21.
Congratulations SJMSAA Dance Team
PTSO Meeting Info:
- Next meeting: 3/27/2023 @ 10:00am @ SP in the MPR
Join your PTSO board as planning for the year continues! Please check in at the front desk and you will be directed to the meeting room. You will need to be a cleared SJCSD volunteer to be on campus.
The Players BirdiesForCharity Fundraiser
Here is a fun way to support your PTSO! Guess how many birdies will be made at The Players Championship!
CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO MAKE A DONATION!
Stock the Fridge
We want to show appreciation to the teachers for March by Stocking the Teachers Lounge. Please help by stocking the lounge to help them get through the testing season and to give them a pick me up. Check out the Staff Appreciation Amazon wishlist or bring in supplies to the front office. Stock the Lounge Wishlist
YOUR help is desperately needed to keep the Raider Store open! Please check out the volunteer link and sign up today!
🌟The PTSO will reward those students whose family donates with Raider Bucks!🌟
Check out the Raider Store wish list! Your donation is greatly appreciated!
Want to volunteer in the Raider Store? It is loads of fun! All of the store dates are on the sign up, be sure to scroll through!
The SPMS PTSO is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the learning and work experience of the students and staff at SPMS.
Our membership includes teachers, administrators, parents and students.
What do we do?
- Neon Bash-Fall Dance for students
- Raider Store-Rewards for students who earn Raider Bucks for academic and behavioral performance
- Field studies sponsorships
- Character Counts! Rewards
- 8th grade Formal Dance and 8th Grade Awards Funding assistance
- Classroom grants-teacher members are eligible for up to $100 in a classroom grant to purchase items to enhance their classroom
- Staff luncheons and breakfast
- Teacher Appreciation
- Annual Donation to the school for technology and other needs
How do we pay for these initiatives?
- MEMBERSHIP-this is our biggest fundraiser. By simply joining PTSO, families help us reach our goals
- Spirit Wear-PTSO sells spirit wear each fall
- Fall/Spring Fundraisers-examples include Nothing Bundt Cakes and Poppin' Box
- Business Partners-our area business help SPMS through our Partners in Education program
- Corporate Donation Matches, Amazon Smile, Box Tops and private donations
How do you join?
- A family membership is $20 for the school year. The membership includes parents and any sibling at SPMS.
- Membership form can be found at https://switzerland-point-middle-school-ptso.square.site/
We have the best volunteers at Swiss. We are excited about a wonderful and busy year 2022-23 school year making a difference at Swiss.
If you are interested in finding out how you can help contact Dawn Evans at email@example.com
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT PTSO
Box Tops – Download the Box Tops app and scan your receipts for SMPS PTSO to get Box Top credits.
Keep an eye on the PTSO website, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on what is coming up throughout the year!
For up to date happenings LIKE us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/SwissPointPTSO/
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Check the PTSO website for all the latest news! http://www.swisspointptso.com/