SMS Middle Ground

Connecting Home and School: November 2018

Mid-Term Progress Reports

We've reached the halfway mark of our second grading period which means it's time to check

academic progress! Go to your Harmony Family Access account to see your child's current grades. If you have any difficulty accessing your account, call our office! If you have any questions about your child's progress, please check with your child and/or contact the classroom teacher! Our current grading period ends on Friday, December 21st.

Community Drives Help SMS!

Thanks to all of our community members that support the Kids First and We Care Auctions. These community events allow us to provide for unmet individual student needs. We Care money is graciously accepted and used for winter coats. Kids First money, also graciously accepted, helps us provide students with medical care, glasses, school supplies, and other clothing as needed. Both programs tremendously impact our kids.

Mrs. Naugle distributed We Care coat letters to all students currently participating in the federal assistance program. Look for those to come home and get them back to us ASAP if your child needs a coat this season. If your family is not receiving federal assistance and your child needs a coat, call SMS and let Mrs. Naugle know you'd like a coat form sent home.

Dine In December 3rd!

On Monday, December 3rd, many families around the country will be sitting down together for a meal in celebration of a nationwide initiative called Dine In Day sponsored by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The initiative was put in place to increase family social interactions during dinner time during the busy lifestyle of the typical person. We are encouraging you and your family to sign up and participate in this nationwide event.

An additional focus this year is to put your devices away to limit any distractions. Students in FACS classes learn about the importance of table settings, manners, and sitting down at the table for a meal with others. Mr. Shoultz is encouraging you to take time out of our busy lifestyle to commit to dining in for a meal with loved ones. 7th-grade students will be participating in dining in during the first week of December.

You can sign up here Sign Up Form. Whenever signing up, be sure to mention that you heard this from Mr.Shoultz! We would love to see many families on the map linked here! We would also love to be the top participant school in the region! Sign up. And pull up a chair to your dining table on December 3rd!

Keep cooking!

Mr. Tevin Shoultz

Let's Go Shopping!

SMS recently launched an online gear store! If you need a t-shirt, cap, hoodie, jacket, shorts, sweats, pullover, travel mug, bag, or bleacher seat, then you need to check out the amazing brands available through our BSN Sideline Store.

You can shop by item or by design. Need a shirt that says "Drama Club Grandpa" or "Basketball Mom?" Want to surprise your kids with a Cross club shirt or a Science Olympiad hoodie or any general design about creating a legacy, making history, and supporting Scottsburg?

Design choices are vast. Brand options are diverse. Shipping is fast (items come directly to your home). And, best of all, the SMS athletic department earns 10% of all sales!

The company is currently offering a 20% discount on orders of $85 or more (some exclusions) through November 22nd. You can link to the store 24/7 via the SMS web page!

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fUNdraiser Success!

Thank you for helping us put the UN in fUNdraising this year! Sixty-seven participating students turned in donations totaling $5602. We'll start our prize activities next week. Top fUNders Raeann Baker, Jace Schexnayder, and Sophia Kirkman will be choosing a staff member to shadow for a day and 24 students earned all of the prize levels including a custom design lab t-shirt, a pizza lunch, and a series of special privileges. Mrs. Raichel's sixth-grade homeroom will also enjoy an ice cream party as the top fUNding homeroom!

Thanks again for supporting SMS!

8th Grade Parent News!

We have been working hard with 8th graders to make sure they have good information about their upcoming high school program choices. In September, we held a classroom guidance lesson with the SMS counselors to introduce upcoming choices. Earlier this week, a group of staff and students from both New Tech and High Schools that Work came to SMS to talk to 8th graders about things to consider when making a program decision. Next Monday and Tuesday mornings, our 8th-graders will travel to the high school for an in-depth tour of the building and the programs.

We have encouraged our 8th graders to keep the following in mind:

  1. Students should focus on themselves and what program choice would be best for them individually. The decision should not be based on what friends choose! Students will see their friends, regardless of program choice.

  2. New Tech is nationwide learning model based on Project Based Learning. Find out more about the New Tech network and Project Based Learning at

  3. All elective/choice classes are open regardless of the program they choose as long as the electives/choice classes fit into their schedule around the core academic classes.

We also want to invite all 8th graders and their parents to an SHS Spaghetti Supper/Info Night on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 5pm - 7pm. You can eat spaghetti with us in the Commons from 5pm-6pm; visit with SHS teachers and extra-curricular sponsors; AND attend an important information session by guidance counselors about the new graduation pathways! You will also get important information about how to fill out course selection sheets that will start the high school journey.

Lastly, the SHS guidance counselors will be sitting down with each individual 8th grader at SMS in December to go over course selection sheets, talk about future career thoughts, and make a 4-year plan for SHS.

Shannon Mount

SCSD2 College and Career Readiness Coordinator

Quick Notes

  • Happy Thanksgiving! SCSD2 will be on vacation Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. School will resume on Monday, November 26th with a B schedule.
  • Mid-year NWEA testing will begin right after Thanksgiving. We'll take the reading test on Tuesday, Nov. 27th, the math test on Thursday, Nov. 29th, and the language conventions test on Tuesday, December 4th. Thanks for avoiding the scheduling of appointments between 8:00 and 11:00 those mornings!
  • SCSD2 will run a 2-hour delay schedule on Wednesday, December 12th. Our staff will devote the time to studying our NWEA growth and performance data.
  • Christmas vacation begins at 2:55 on Friday, December 21st! We wish you all a safe and fun holiday season. School resumes for students on Tuesday, January 8th. First semester records day for teachers is Monday, January 7th.

December Survey

Be on the lookout for a survey in early December! We'll be seeking your opinions on school safety, school communications, school climate, academics, and more. Students and staff will also be asked for feedback to help us with planning during the next semester. The survey will be sent electronically. Thanks, in advance, for your participation and insight.
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