SMS Scoop

January 16, 2015

Welcome to the new SMS Scoop!

We are excited about publishing our weekly SMS Scoop Newsletter in a new format! By using the Smore design program, we will bring you news that looks good and is in a more readily integrated platform! Smore will make the SMS Scoop more easily accessible on smart phones and through social media sites!

News to Know!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 19th

SCSD2 and SMS will be in session on Monday, January 19, 2015. This is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day to honor the work of the great civil rights leader. Rather than honor him by staying home from school and playing video games, we are going to honor him by coming to school, by learning about him, and by serving our community!

All Social Studies teachers will be having lessons based on Dr. King's life and work on Monday. Eighth graders will be virtually touring the Civil Rights Museum and learning about Emmitt Till, the focus of a Bob Dylan song. Seventh graders will be watching Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech" and comparing his comments to those of recent leaders. Sixth graders will be studying the life of King and comparing/contrasting violent and non-violent protests.

We will then join together as a school community to conduct a service project Tuesday through Friday that week. We are going to collect non-perishable foods for the Scott County Clearinghouse! Bring anything you can from the list below.

Scott County Clearinghouse Needs:

Canned fruit & vegetables, Cereal, Deodorant, Dishwashing liquid, Fabric softener, Granola bars, Instant oatmeal, Macaroni & cheese, Paper towels, Pasta products, Peanut butter, Pop tarts, Saltines, Bar Soap/Shampoo, Toilet paper, and Toothpaste & toothbrushes.

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Mmm Mmm Good!

The SCSD2 School Nutrition Department is rolling out some major changes at SMS! We are going to be increasing portion sizes, updating menu items, and adding a new interactive menu program that will support you in planning your meals!

Portions of entrees and fruit and vegetable sides have been increased for the 6-8 menu. These portions reflect Federal guidelines and will not change the price of our meals!

The new SMS menu features student favorites and some newer options. Once a month, students will have a Pasta Bar where they can choose between Chicken Alfredo or Meatball Marinara for the whole grain penne pasta. A monthly Burrito Bar is modeled after popular restaurants that offer customers a choice of toppings (taco or chicken) and students will be able to top their own burritos. Freshly prepared sides such as roasted red potatoes, squash and zucchini, and black bean salsa are on the menu now as well.

The district will soon have an interactive menu available for all students, staff, and parents. This menu will be available via website and free mobile app. This menu will have complete ingredient listing, nutrient data, and photos of the menu items. Students will also be able to rate the menu items and comment! The School Nutrition department will use these comments and ratings to determine future menu offerings. We are very excited to start with this concept!

Any questions about these changes can be forwarded to School Nutrition Director, Leigh Anne Peterson. She can be reached at or 812-752-8921.

Report Cards Today!

First Semester Report Cards will be mailed to all parents today! They should arrive in homes by Tuesday, Jan. 20th (there will be no mail service on January 19th due to MLK, Jr. Day). Final grades are listed for all semester-long courses. Final semester grades are the average of quarter one and quarter two. Final semester grades are used for Honor Roll and year-end academic awards. Students or parents with questions about any grade are encouraged to call SMS and speak with the classroom teacher!

January 19-24 Menu

Our entrees will be listed here until we get our interactive menu link going!

Mon. Jan. 19 Breakfast- Egg & Cheese biscuit, Lunch- Salisbury Steak

Tue. Jan. 20 Breakfast- Mini Pancakes, Lunch- Macho Nacho

Wed. Jan. 21 Breakfast- Apple Cinnamon French Toast, Lunch- Stuffed Crust Pizza

Thu. Jan. 22 Breakfast- Breakfast Pizza, Lunch- Turkey Sandwich

Fri. Jan. 23 Breakfast- Chicken Biscuit, Lunch- Pasta Bar

Things to Do!


The SMS v. SHS Spirit Challenge is tonight at Meyer Gym during the SHS Warrior Basketball game against Salem! The JV game starts at 6:00 PM. Student admission is $3 (free for those with sports passes). Varsity will follow. Wear purple and get LOUD AND PROUD, SMS!


SMS Swim Team starts practice on February 2nd! All aquatic athletes are invited to join! Practices are held at the Scott County YMCA as follows: Feb. 2 thru Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 7:15 PM. Starting Feb. 9 practices will be after school until 5:30. A bus ride will be provided to the YMCA starting Feb. 9. The first meet is Feb. 11 at Jennings County. If you want to join swim team, sign up in the office next week and be sure your physical is on file with Mrs. Anderson.

Calendar Clues

Mon. 19 A: $/Sense 8th SH, Sci Olym 3-4:30, 7/8 BB v. Brownstown, 7/8 GB Seymour

Tue. 20 B: $/Sense 8th SH, Builders' Club 3-4, Archery 3-4:30, Scrabble/Chess 3-4, Wrestling v. Central

Wed. 21 A: Cross 7:45a, Sci Olym 3-4:30, Yearbook 3-4, 7/8 GB v. Austin, 6 BB v. Highland Hills, 6 GB @ Austin

Thu. 22 B: VO Theater am, Archery 3-4:30, Art Club 3-4, 6 BB v. East Washington

Fri. 23 A: 6th Grade Bash Day

Sat. 24: 7/8 BB @ Salem, 7/8 GB @ Brownstown, Wrestling @ New Washington