The SMS Weekly Update
Week of October 11-15
Here comes an abbreviated week 9!
Friday, October 15, is an early release day. We will release at 1:00 p.m.
Please enjoy this week's newsletter and reach out to the front office with any questions.
- Monday, 10/11-NO SCHOOL
- Tuesday, 10/12-SMS Football vs Lake Worth (7th @ home/8th away)
- Thursday, 10/14-SMS Volleyball vs Azle JH (@ Azle JH)
- Friday, 10/15-Early Release Day (SMS will release at 1:00)
- Monday, October 18-SMS/SHS Choir Concert @ SHS Auditorium (7-9 p.m.)
- Monday, October 25-SMS Pep Rally during POJO Period
- Thursday, October 28-Spooktacular Night @ SMS
- Title I Parent Meeting @ 5:30 p.m.
- Open House @ 6:00 p.m.-6:55 p.m.
- Spooktacular SMS Band Concert 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
- Spooktacular Book Fair 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sports Pictures on Thursday, October 14!
Bring money and forms on Thursday.
We will pass out paper picture forms for VB, XC, and Football on Wednesday (so there is less time to lose them before picture day Thursday).
Message from Mr. Kelley
Dear Porcupine Family,
Students from Springtown Intermediate, Springtown Middle, and Springtown High School will be released at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 15th. Due to circumstances beyond our control, our Varsity Football Team and our “Sound of Springtown” Marching Band must compete and perform in Wichita Falls beginning at 4 PM Friday. The resulting shortage of substitute teachers and substitute bus drivers will require that we run all of our secondary buses early (at 1 PM). Our elementary schools will not be directly impacted, and those campuses will follow a normal schedule (3:20 PM release).
We considered the following facts before determining an early release was in order:
- At least six bus drivers will need to be pulled from regular routes in order to drive buses and transport the band, cheerleaders, and dance team to/from Wichita Falls. The football coaches will drive the football team.
- We struggle to have enough substitute drivers to meet daily routing needs and certainly do not have enough subs to fill in for six additional drivers.
- At least two dozen coaches, sponsors, directors, and chaperones will need to be pulled from classes early on Friday afternoon in order to make the 4:00 PM contest in Wichita Falls, all of whom have either teaching assignments or auxiliary duties after lunch.
- Although we have more substitute teachers signed up and eligible to work this year than we ever have, many from this valuable group also have outside commitments that prevent them from being able to work on a frequent basis. We greatly appreciate the help they provide when they can!
- Memorial Stadium is home to three high schools in Wichita Falls ISD. “Old High” plays at Memorial Stadium on Thursday night, Rider plays on Friday night at 8 PM, and Hirschi was left with playing Springtown on either Friday at 4PM or sometime Saturday. WFISD opted for a Friday afternoon game as part of a double-header at Memorial Stadium rather than playing Springtown on a Saturday.
- The District would prefer to avoid altering any schedule, however in this instance; we simply do not have enough substitutes to fill projected needs on the 15th. Absence rates are significantly lower than they were a month ago, but the scheduling challenge next Friday presents a very unique need.
The District realizes many parents will not be able to pick up their secondary students from school at 1 PM on Friday, October 15th. Our staff will remain on campuses for a normal workday at SIS, SMS, and SHS, and employees will be able to supervise students whose parents can only pick them up at our normal time. We hope this reduces any inconveniences, and apologize for the altered schedule.
Mike Kelley, Supt.
See something, say something
Student safety is our NUMBER 1 priority. When our students step on campus, the safety of our students, staff, and everyone at SMS is always priority. That being said, students see a lot more than adults. If any students see something that may not seem right, please tell someone immediately. We are here to grow together and get our Porcupines ready for high school. If you see something that doesn't seem right, or feel right, let an adult know. If any student feels uncomfortable going to the office or talking to a staff member in front of anyone, do not hesitate to email Mr. Scott (email@example.com). I work for our teachers, our staff, our students, and our parents. We are all a team and our students' safety is my first priority each and everyday.
Below is SISD's StayALERT reporting information. We encourage anyone to use this at any time there is an incident of bullying, harassment, violence, drugs, or if something just doesn't feel right. Stay safe Porcupines!
The StayALERT School Safety Program is a 24/7 bilingual reporting program designed to help provide a safer school environment. Report bullying, vandalism, drugs & alcohol, unsafe or violent behavior, harassment, weapons, teacher/student conflict, or other safety concerns. Make a report by the following ways listed below:
Monday, October 11, 2021
Devious Licks Tik Tok Challenge
Dear Springtown Middle School Families,
We have been made aware of a viral “Bathroom Challenge” or “Devious Lick” circulating on Tik Tok, where students are encouraged to vandalize school property and then post on their personal social media accounts showing what they “licked” or stole from the campus.
According to local, and national, reports, this trend includes everything from ceiling tiles, staplers, and pencil sharpeners, to more expensive electronics and personal items belonging to teachers and staff. More commonly, the trend encourages students to steal soap dispensers from the restrooms, or to simply destroy the dispensers. Unfortunately, we have had Springtown Middle School students engaging in this trend resulting in destruction of school property and property damage – especially in our restroom areas.
We are asking for your help. Please talk to your children and make sure they understand this behavior is unacceptable. Vandalism to school facilities will not be tolerated and students involved will be disciplined according to the SISD Student Code of Conduct and, quite possibly, involve law enforcement.
Respectfully, I would also encourage you to speak with your child about appropriate use of social media and encourage them to resist the urge to participate in social media challenges that may be unlawful or could cause physical harm. This is a crucial time for our students to learn the basics of appropriate social media usage as they get ready for high school. Please help your child to understand that nothing on the internet is private and once a post or picture is out there, it is out there forever. The old adage “you can’t put toothpaste back into the tube” is a favorite in these situations. These conversations will help keep your child safe and guide them in creating a positive digital footprint that will follow them into adulthood.
Thank you for your time.
Lunchtime & Parents
- If there is ever a time your student needs to meet with their respective counselor, please have him/her follow these steps. Go to the SPRINGTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL webpage and hover over the ADMINISTRATION tab. Go to the appropriate counselor for the grade level and click on her name to access her webpage - Lydia Gomez (7th Grade) and Rachel Moreno (8th Grade). On the left-hand side, you will find the REQUEST TO SEE COUNSELOR tab. Please click there to access the link to a Google form. Complete the form and it will go directly to the counselor.
- Counselor's emails: Mrs. Gomez (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mrs. Moreno (email@example.com)
- You and/or your child may also find easy access to our StayALERT system on each of the counselors' webpages. The StayALERT School Safety Program is a 24/7 bilingual reporting program designed to help provide a safer school environment. Report bullying, vandalism, drugs & alcohol, unsafe or violent behavior, harassment, weapons, teacher/student conflict, or other safety concerns. The tab is titled STAYALERT REPORT BULLYING.
We will be meeting before school at 7:30 am, twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first meeting will be next Tuesday, August 31st, in the library. As this is the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I have taken the liberty of starting with Ground Zero, by Alan Gratz. We will be listening to the audiobook and discussing it.
**IF YOU ARE INTERESTED AND PLAN TO ATTEND ON TUESDAY, please check your email for further instructions from Mrs. Elkins!
SMS Spooktacular Book Fair
The SMS Crochet Club will meet before school on Mondays and Wednesdays in the library. See Mrs. Elkins for more details.
*The dress code is on pages 49-50 of the Student Handbook*
2022 YEARBOOKS ON SALE!
You can get 4 free ICONS when you personalize your cover until September 10, 2021!
So for $37.00 you can have your student's name put on the cover with 4 ICONS of their choice.
You can order online at www.jostens.com
Be sure to put Springtown Middle School!
The Coaches Corner
Go Lady Pines!
Volleyball Scores from 10/7/2021
Football Scores from 10/5/2021
SMS Campus Tardy Policy
Tardies 1-5 will be counted BY CLASS, and any discipline will be handled by each teacher.
Tardy 6 and beyond will be counted GLOBALLY, and addressed by the student’s Assistant Principal. (Mr. Kenny-7th/Mrs. Raj-8th)
SMS Tardy Policy:
1-3 Teacher warning - Student conference WITH TEACHER (no discipline)
4-5 Teacher assigned tutorials/detention WITH TEACHER (15 mins) – Parent Contact is made
*if the student fails to show, a discipline referral is entered into Skyward that will go to the corresponding administrator
6 3 days of lunch detention
7 1 week of lunch detention
8 2 hours of after school detention to be scheduled by admin
9+ 1 day of ISS for each tardy
HB4545 and You
Dear Parents and Guardians-
Over the past several weeks, numerous emails have been sent out regarding HB4545. This bill deals with students and STAAR scores. We ask that you please respond to the emails you receive from SIS, or SMS, as quickly as possible so we can develop plans of intervention for our students. If you have any questions you can call the school office (817-220-7455) or email the principal, Matt Scott, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance.
*SIS will conduct meetings for 6th grade students who moved up to 7th grade.
**SMS will conduct meetings for 7th graders moving to 8th grade and 8th grade students moving to 9th grade.
SMS Bell Schedule
Springtown Middle School
2021– 2022 Bell Schedule
Students released to 1st period starting at 7:40 a.m.
**First Official Bell – 7:55am**
1st period... 8:00 – 8:50
2nd period... 8:55 – 9:45
3rd period POJO... 9:50 –10:25
4th period... 10:30 - 11:20
6th period... 1:05 - 1:55
7th period... 2:00 - 2:50
8th period... 2:55 - 3:45
COVID and Attendance
We encourage you to monitor your student for symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or a runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If your student begins exhibiting symptoms or receives a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, please contact our school nurse or the front office.