Jag E-News

Sartartia MS -- Exemplary Education Every Day -- 11.21.19

Jags are on the Move!

Hello Jag Families,

Congratulations to our theater troop for placing 4th at the first Bi-District competition. We are heading into our Thanksgiving Holiday with gratitude and appreciation for every student, parent, and community member that has had an integral part in the success of Sartartia Middle School. We are a world class school which exemplifies excellence everyday. Each of you should be proud to be a Jag. I know I am Jaguar proud!

Happy Thanksgiving Jag Family!

  • Wednesday, December 4-G Basketball @SMS 5:15pm
  • Wednesday, December 4-Students Wear College Gear for a Raffle during Lunches
  • Thursday, December 5-B Basketball @SMS 5:15pm
  • Friday, December 6-Orchestra Concert @ 6:30 in Commons
  • Friday, December 6-School Spirit Day-SMS Gear


Cholly Oglesby


Sartartia Middle School

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Grading Pilot Focus Group


Sartartia Middle School is participating in the FBISD Grading Pilot in all the English Langauge Arts and Orchestra classes. The grading pilot has changed the way that we give feedback related to student progress. Instead of using percentage grades, we have provided students feedback on competencies that reflect grade-level standards and are defined using learning progressions.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below and let us know how we are doing this year. This survey will close on Friday, December 13th.

FBISD Grading Pilot Parent Survey Link

In addition to the survey, we are asking you to provide feedback related to the FBISD Grading Pilot by attending a Focus Group meeting. Please sign up for the meeting by clicking here.

The Focus Group will meet on Wednesday, December 4, 2019:

8:00-8:45 a.m.


5:30-6:15 p.m.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholly.oglesby@fortbendisd.com or 281-634-6315.

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1.Wait in the single line to drop off/pick up your student.

2. Do not drop off/pick up your student on the street in front of the school

3. Do not drop off/pick up your student in the front parking lot

4. Do not drop off/pick up your student in the teacher parking lot or on the bus ramp after 8:10am

5. Do not stop the line to pick up or drop off your student at the front door. Follow the signage and drive up as far as you can in the circle drive.

6. If you must exit your car, please park in an appropriate spot and use the actual crosswalk.

7. Have your student to enter the car door nearest the school sidewalk. Walking around into oncoming traffic is dangerous.

Observing proper road rules can help to eliminate any emergencies or accidents. Please email the school or ask questions if you are unsure of the procedure or if you have extenuating circumstances for drop off and pick up.

Thank you in advance for helping us to keep the students safe.

Student Spotlight

Ekanthika Manoj is an 8th grade student who brings a big smile and a positive attitude with her each and every day to Sartartia. She works hard and isn’t afraid to put in the extra time to make sure she gives each task her very best effort. She is one of the first students into the classroom each day and when she leaves she always tells the teacher goodbye and often thank you.

Staff Spotlight

Becki Smith is one of our U.S. History Teachers here atSartartia. She also serves as the Professional Learning Lead for our campus. Her passion is helping people to take the next step forward in their learning journey as they work to continuously improve. Becki has been married to her high school sweetheart for 25 years. Brad is the Orchestra director at HSPVA in Houston ISD. They have two daughters- Emily, a senior at Travis, and Heather, a freshman creative writing student at HSPVA. Becki first started teaching back in 1994 then moved into educational sales/project management from 2000 to 2011 before coming back to the classroom in 2014. She feels blessed to work at SMS, her neighborhood school. The students here keep her on that path of continuous improvement and she couldn’t ask for better co-workers.

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Need more information contact:

Samantha Luxenburg

Art Teacher and Yearbook Adviser

Sartartia Middle School

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TRAVIS HS ProGrad Fundraiser

Our Travis Prograd c/o 2020 would like to invite you to sign up for their Holiday Hayrides through Pecan Grove this holiday season. It is a fun ride through the neighborhood to look at the famous lights. All proceeds benefit the Travis Prograd Lock-In on graduation night. Click here to sign up for a Hayride!
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Hey Jag Parents!

We are so excited about how our 2019-2020 school year is going so far!! We have BIG plans for this year including exciting new programs and learning opportunities for you and your child to help you navigate through their middle school years. We hope to see you at parent nights and other programs that we are offering this year.

No Place for Hate

Mrs. McCune is looking for students/parents to serve on this years No Place for Hate committee. The committee will meet once a month to help plan 3 school wide activities to support acceptance by combating bias, bullying and hatred, and creating and maintaining a positive climate here at SMS. If you or your child is interested in being on the committee, please have them sign up in the student center or tell their grade level counselor at lunch.

Our NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 22nd at 8:20 am in Room #316

For 8th grade Parents Only:


-The online application window is November 1-30, 2019. If the window is extended, it will be posted on their webpage (below).

-You can find all Academy information here: https://www.fortbendisd.com/Domain/70

4 year planning:

-If you missed the 4 year planning sessions – NO WORRIES Please visit our counseling webpage below for 8th grade/transition information

As always, for updates visit our website at: https://www.fortbendisd.com/domain/2953.

Thank you for your continued support of us and our program. We are looking forward to a fantastic year!!

-The SMS Counseling Team

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Support the PTO by donating to our Annual Cash Drive. Our Goal this year is $25,000. This is the only cash drive for the entire year. With the funds raised, we have plans to build a shade for the bleachers, bring in new technology for our students, fulfill our Teacher Wish Lists, support the fine Arts department and many more. If every Household donates just $10 we will exceed our goal. Now you can donate online by simply clicking the following link or simply visit our website www.sms-pto.org and click on the Donate button on the main page.

Please donate:

SMS PTO Fundraiser


For the month of November and December, the grade with the most Box Tops will win 30 minutes of Electronic Time during their Lunch period. Check out the attached flyer for more details.


A Great Way to shop Gifts for the Holidays and support your school all at the same time. We’ve made it super easy (and fun) to support us. Simply shop for your Holiday gifts or home Decor through our Shutterfly Storefront to create photo books, keepsakes, gifts, home décor and more—and Shutterfly will donate 8% to our school.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this post with your Family & Friends. Happy shopping! SartartiaMS.ShutterflyStorefront.com.

JOIN SMS PTO 2019-2020

Its never too late to join the PTO. There are no joining fees or forms to fill. We are still looking for enthusiastic parents for several positions. Please reach out to Lakshmi K @ koppolu.pto@gmail.com for more details.

As always, thank you for your support.


Important Allergy Information

Please click this link to read more about our procedures for students with food allergies.

Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal



Brandi Goodly-Counselor



7th grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal



Rachel McCune-Lead Counselor



8th grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal



Kat Friedel-Counselor