Spartan Herald Decemeber 2018
Building Community Empowering Learners Inspiring Creativity
Setting the Bar High at Schmucker
Dear Schmucker Students and Families,
Show Respect, Make a Difference, and Set the Bar High is our SMS motto. These actions are carried out by our students on a daily basis. From the classroom to the bus to the court, our students continuously show SMS Pride! Here are few highlights from last month.
Show Respect: During the 5 Star discussions held during advisory class, students talk about ways they can respect and support their peers. Our 8th grade SPARC mentors do an outstanding job of setting this example for 6th grade students. We also want to thank all our families who were able to attend our Veterans Day Program. Our students were able to show their respect and appreciation to veterans through a program that included musical presentations, writing pieces and many other special presentations.
Make a Difference: Our National Junior Honors Society students made a difference by celebrating a spirit of Thanksgiving! All students wrote what they were thankful for on a feather and then NJHS students used them to create a huge turkey in our hallway. Check out Twitter (@SMSSpartanPride) for photos! Also, Student Council organized a very successful food drive. The themed days created excitement and we had many students who participated. These opportunities allow our students to make a difference in our building and in our community.
Set the Bar High: As we move toward progress report time, we are talking a great deal about how we set the bar high for academic achievements. During advisory classes on Friday, students continue to review their grades, reflect on their progress, and set goals. This is an important habit that will result in many student successes. I also encourage parents to check out resources available to become more informed about ILEARN, the new state assessment. You can find out more details here.
I am daily impressed by our SMS Spartans and how they continue to Set the Bar High in all aspects of their school lives!
As we approach the holiday season, I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends!
With your child in mind,
Winter is here! As a precaution, please encourage students to wear appropriate shoes for the white snow and black ice they may see in the morning, and even after school as we get into the mid-winter months. If you drop-off or pick-up your child, be sure to use extra caution in the line by allowing additional space between you and the car in front of you. Please remind students to wait to exit/enter the vehicle until they are in front of the school door they will be using. Our goal is to avoid slips, trips, falls, and accidents altogether by preparing students for winter conditions. Thank you for thinking safety!
Winter Events: A new season is a great time to remind everyone of the many opportunities available to students at Schmucker Middle School beyond the school day. Upcoming events include Boys/Girls Basketball games, wrestling, Winter Orchestra Concerts, Choir Concerts, and Band Concerts.
Students can also participate in clubs including, but not limited to: Chess Club, Art Club, Ski Club, Math Counts, TEAMS, Magic The Gathering, Basketball Skill Training, Fluid Power Systems and VEX Robotics.
Practices, meetings, games, concerts and all events can be found on the Schmucker Middle School calendar here.
Dec 3rd - 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert, 6pm.
Dec 4th - 8th Grade Parent Night, 6pm, SMS Cafe
Dec 7th - NJHS meeting has been Rescheduled for Dec 12th 4pm - 5:30pm
Dec 10th - Penn Showcase, 6:30pm at PHS
Dec 12th - Poinsettia Flower Pick-Up, 4pm-6pm, SMS Gym
Dec 14th - NJHS Applications Due
Dec 20th - 6th & 7th Grade Ladies Winter Concert, 6pm
Dec 24th - Jan 6th - Winter Recess
Check out all events on our Website calendar: SMS Calendar
Please read our November PTO newsletter by clicking the link below!
A message from our Gold Star Counselors for 8th Grade Parents
Parents of 8th Graders!
It's almost time to schedule the Class of 2023 for Penn High School! Here are some important dates to have on your calendar for the upcoming months:
December 4 - Penn Counselors meet with 8th Grade Parents 6:00-7:00 p.m.
December 10 - Penn Showcase (Plan to attend to see classrooms and learn about electives and activities at Penn)
January 11 - Early College Scheduling with Penn Counselors (appt time will be emailed to you before Winter Break)
Jan 18-25 - Register for Summer PE Lottery on PHS website
(Summer School Dates: Dates are June 10-28; July 8-26)
February 14 - Confirm registration and pay for Summer PE if chosen for lottery
Early February (date TBD)- Have electives chosen and pink sheet turned in to SS teacher to create final Penn Schedule with SMS Counselors
August 2019 - Become a Penn Kingsman!
May 2023 - Graduate from Penn High School!
Mrs. Hoover and Mrs Eck are available to parents through voicemail and email.
Students can make an appointment to see their school counselors by using the online google form.
- Go to Schmucker’s website and select “Guidance” and “Counselor Appointment Form”
- Complete the “School Counselor Appointment Form”
- Be sure to CHECK YOUR EMAIL. Your counselor will email you with an appointment date and time.
Intramurals & Clubs
Current Clubs & Intramurals:
Magic the Gathering
Ski Club is forming, click here for the detailed packet!
Keep an eye out for Academic Bowl Team information!
An important note from NJHS
The Schmucker NJHS December 7th meeting has been rescheduled for December 12th from 4:00 - 5:30pm. We will be making blankets for the Mishawaka Center for Hospice Care at that time. In other NJHS news, invitations for the new class of NJHS members went out before Thanksgiving. Students who have earned a 3.5 or higher for five consecutive grading periods received an invitation to join. Students who received an invitation will find the application on the Information page in the NJHS Applicant module on Canvas. The application must be submitted through this Canvas course by December 14th at 4:15 pm. Applicants will also need to complete an essay on December 4th, 5th, or 6th. Students will need to come to the library at 8:00am OR stay after school to complete the essay on one of these days.
IT'S THANK-A-TEACHER TIME AGAIN!
The annual Holiday Thank-a-Teacher program will run from November 12 thru December 7, 2018. This is the perfect opportunity to thank that special teacher, bus driver, office secretary, librarian, or any other P-H-M employee that has made a difference in your child's life. The minimum donation is $20 per recipient and the money received is used to fund future grants for programs that wouldn't otherwise be possible due to budget cuts. Your special person will receive a note and congratulatory pin acknowledging your donation. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. We are also taking credit cards as payment. Forms can be downloaded at www.phmef.org. Thanks for your continued support for the P-H-M Education Foundation where our mission is to support excellence in education at P-H-M schools! Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Students = Increased Academic Performance
Penn-Harris-Madison Wellness Policy Overview
In 2004, the US Congress authorized funding for nutrition programs and added new requirements for schools. Each school district was required to develop and implement a school wellness policy. The PHM School Board of Trustees approved a new Wellness Policy #8510 in spring 2006. You can go to our website, www.phm.k12.in.us, to review the entire policy.
A committee of parents, health specialists, and educators wrote the policy. The committee worked to address on campus nutrition, physical education, physical activities, food and beverages, along with other school activities that promote student health. Here are some highlighted items.
No soda pop of any kind will be available to students during the school day.
A focus on nutrition education will be seen in the classroom and lunchroom.
Wellness information will be shared with parents on a regular basis.
Parents will be requested to provide only healthy treats to school functions.
Food fundraisers will not be consumed during the school day.
Students will be encouraged to engage in physical activity daily.
All food provided to students during the school day will comply with state and federal child nutrition regulations.
Fast food and other commercials foods are not to be carried in for student lunches.
Please help us grow healthy, active children. Work with us to support this policy at school. Watch for additional information about our commitment to wellness through the year.
Canvas is a LMS (Learning Management System) that is used in PHM. Teachers can put content online for students, make announcements and provide assignments. All parents are enrolled in the Canvas course of their students as observers. As observers, you can see the content, but are not able to interact with it. Please access the links below to learn more.
To keep you organized, you can also download the Canvas app for your phone or tablet.
WSMS is recorded to Youtube ALMOST every day. (Technology!) If you would like to watch our daily announcements, check it out!
Here is the link to the channel if you want to publish it to parents.
A Special Message from PHM Technology
If you missed the deadline to enroll in the school Chromebook repair plan, there is still a chance to participate. After further review, the PHM Technology department has decided to offer insurance throughout the school year. To participate you will need to bring in the filled out repair plan form, payment, and your student's Chromebook for review. The Chromebook must be damage free and in working order to participate in the repair plan.
To minimize damage to chromebooks, please remind your child to keep their chromebook in its case at all times.
Every student should now have their Chromebook. I would encourage all parents to review our expectations for using technology with your child.
SMS Technology Expectations
I will use technology to achieve my learning goals.
I will be responsible with my use of technology and will remember that this is an online public representation of me and our school.
I will report to a teacher any inappropriate posts, comments or use.
I will use school-associated social media appropriately during the school day.
I will use appropriate grammar instead of texting language when communicating.
I will not reveal any personal information such as: telephone numbers, names, addresses, email addresses etc.
I will not post photos or video showing myself or classmates unless authorized by a teacher.
I will bring my Chromebook to school everyday fully charged.
- All school rules and consequences apply.
Consent To Publish student work and photographs
PHM requires schools to receive permission from parents to publish student photos and work. If you have not returned this document, please access the link below, print the document and return signed to school. We must receive this document from every student.
Consent To Publish Student Work and Photographs
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Families Can Get help with Lunch & Textbook Fees
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Also now for middle school students - pain relievers, Tums and cough drops will be supplied and provided by the school's Health Office if proper documentation is on file. This form can be obtained by clicking: NON-Prescription Medication Form This option is only available to students 12 years of age and older who follow the package instructions for people 12 years of age and older. If you or your doctor request a dosage other than the recommended dosage on the bottles/packages of our stock over-the-counter medications, documentation would be required the same as if it were a prescription medication.
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