Switzerland Point Middle School

Raider Rap- From SPMS - Issue #1

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A Message From the Principal, Mrs. Brunet

Dear SPMS Parents and Students,

As we round out day two here at SPMS, we've celebbrated some successes and are overcoming some challenges. We appreciate your patience and grace with us as we take deep breaths and keep your students, their education, and their social-emotional well being as our top priority.

Mrs. Brunet

Switzerland Point Middle School- A PBIS Gold School

Time to celebrate! Our school has recently been recognized for our work implementing a school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) framework. PBIS is a set of strategies based in behavioral and biomedical science that enhances student quality of life and reduces problem behaviors. National research shows that full implementation of this framework leads to improved student outcomes. By establishing this framework, we are developing student skills, making changes to the school environment, acknowledging appropriate student behavior, and using data to identify needed supports for our students.

As a result of this work, we are being recognized by the FLPBIS Project for achieving Gold PBIS Model School status. This award demonstrates our commitment to positive and equitable outcomes for all students and helps us celebrate our efforts as we progress toward full implementation of PBIS. To learn more about the FLPBIS Project’s Model School program, visit www.flpbis.org

Meet Our Team!

Washington D.C. for Grade 8

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

SPMS will not be hosting a Washington, D.C. Trip for grade 8 prior to December 31st. The school will re-evaluate at a later date as to whether a Spring Trip might be possible. We will update you when we have additional information.

Media Matters

Please visit the Switzerland Point Middle Media Center webpage for helpful resources and information


Our library program is going completely virtual– not just for distance learners but for all SPMS students!!! We will be focusing on promoting literacy and digital tools through the SPMS Media Website and Schoology.

SPMS students have access to electronic books, digital audio books, and research databases through Follett Destiny and Worldbook Online. Instructions to access these are included.

Brick and mortar students can put books on hold in Destiny, our library circulation system, and these will be delivered to students each day. Instructions to do this our included.

If you ever need book recommendations or assistance with library resources, please email Ms. Badger or Ms. Zammataro.

Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program

The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program (SSYRA) is the primary reading program at SPMS and guides many school related reading activities and contests. Teachers often require students to read current or former SSYRA books as part of their curriculum. Students will receive prizes for reading the current SSYRA books, listed below. Students in the building will earn Brag Tags for each SSYRA book that they read. Virtual students will receive Schoology badges for each SSYRA book that they read.

Other prizes include:

Read 5 – free book

Read 10—author visit invitation( virtual or face-to-face )

Read 15– invite to ice cream sundae party or ice cream coupon

2020- 2021 SSYRA Books

-The Bridge Home by P. Venkatraman

-Charlie Hernandez and League of Shadows by Calejo

-City Spies by James Ponti

-Deep Water by Watt Key

-Float by Lauren Martin

-Game Changer by Greenwald

-Inkling by Oppel

-Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood

-Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Cartaya

-New Kid by Jerry Craft

-Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Gemeinhart

-Scouts by Greenland

-Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

-Spark by Sarah B. Durst

-We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey

SPMS DESTINY eBooks and digital audiobooks

To access the SPMS eBooks and digital audiobooks follow the steps below.

1- Go to the SPMS links for students page and click Destiny. (There is also a link to Destiny on the SPMS Media Center page).

2- Scroll to find the eBooks or audiobooks.

3- Click on the eBook or audiobook you want to read or listen to.

4- Click on “Log in”

5- Where it says “Username” type your s# (example: s123456)

6- Where it says “Password” type in your school assigned password. (This is the same password you use for Schoology of HAC).

7- Click open or checkout to begin reading/ listening to the book. Open will let you look at/ listen to the book on the device temporarily. Checkout will download the book to the device and you will have it for 2 weeks.

Once you have checked out a book, you can also access that book on the Destiny Read app.

Putting Books on Hold in Destiny

Brick and Mortar students may use Follett Destiny to check out physical books from our library. Students can put a book on hold and books will be delivered to homeroom classes each day. To do this students should got to Destiny on the SPMS Links for students page and find the book they would like to checkout. They will click on the book, click login (Username is s# and password is school assigned password), and click hold. The book will be delivered to the student’s homeroom. Students may borrow up to 2 items at a time and have up to 2 items on hold at a time. Items checked out can be kept for 2 weeks.

World Book Online:

World Book Online is a great database to use for research. It contains articles, videos, and images all of which include citations needed for bibliographies to avoid plagiariam.

To access Worldbook Online:

1) 1 Go to the SPMS Student links page and click on World Book Online

2) 2 Username is: spms

3) 3. Password is: raiders

4) 4. Click student or advanced to search for items using a search bar.

5.5. Citation will be at the bottom of the page.

SJMSAA Football Raiders

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Schoology Links! Your one stop shop!

Dates To Remember

9/7/20 - No School - Labor Day

Week of 9/21 Volleyball Tryouts (More info to come)

Swiss Point Cheer Tryouts (More info to come)