March 5, 2023
In this Spartan Scoop:
- MATHIA Marathon
- Student Council Sponsoring Logan Center Fundraiser
- ISSMA Choir Celebrations
- February IMC Highlight: Blind Date with a Book
- PTO March Newsletter
- Kindness Club: St. Jude Fundraiser Results
- Continued Focus on Indiana Academic Standards + Letter from Dr. Jenner
- Hiring Events
- Information from Previous SMORES
Student Council's Logan Center Fundraiser
The SMS 7th and 8th grade choirs had 5 soloists participate in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest for Vocal and Piano on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Adele Ciao-Carnes, Bella Cramer and Avery Olsen received gold medals for their performance. Natalia Kelman and Joselynn Heavner received silver medals for their performance. Congratulations on a job very well done!
Blind Date with a Book
“Blind Date with a Book” was in full swing in the SMS IMC during February! We had 55 students signed up for the February grab bag program, and each book was recommended by a SMS staff member. Students picked a wrapped book, based on a one sentence summary and it was really fun to offer this experience! Book Grab Bags are offered every month to students. Each month a new “theme” is offered to help students read outside their comfort zone and foster a fun reading experience. Please ask your student what the theme is for March!
Kindness Club Strikes Again!
B100 is hosting a pizza party for the advisory class that raised the most money -- Miss Adams' advisory with $226.41. Because participation was so great, the SMS PTO decided to pitch in as well with donuts for Ms. Weaver-Watson's advisory class, which raised the next highest amount with $177.30.
We are so proud of the kindness and generosity shown around the school to make a difference for families with significant medical needs.
Continued Focus on the Indiana Academic Standards
Information From Previous SMORES
Cell Phone Reminder
22. Possession of electronic equipment and cell phones; the school supplies most electronic equipment necessary in school. While students may possess cell phones and electronic devices on school property, students are prohibited from turning on their personal devices or allowing them to be visible during the school day without permission of a staff member
Community Fitness Opportunities
As the weather quickly shifts from fall to winter, the school district is happy to pilot free fitness opportunities for the P-H-M community. This will take place four (4) days per week at the sites listed below.
Who is eligible to participate: The P-H-M Adult Community and Staff (no students). This includes residents of the school district and non-resident parents/guardians of attending students.
What: Access to walking/jogging tracks, open gym/basketball courts, and weight room.
When: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the sites listed below. Note: The fitness centers will be closed during designated school recess dates.
COVID Home Tests
Parent Involvement Opportunities & Employment
PTO Members & Volunteers:
Please see the PTO Newsletter for the month of February.
Educational Assistant: If you or someone you know has a passion for helping students succeed and feel yourself to be a life-long learner, problem solver and collaborative team member, then this is the position for you! Please reach out to me (KMartin3@phm.k12.in.us) if you would like to talk about the details regarding this position.
Universal Substitute: If you or someone you know loves being in the classroom, and collaborating with teachers and students, then please reach out with interest or questions to me at (KMartin3@phm.k12.in.us). The daily rate for this position is $115 and there is flexibility within the schedule.
Give Back with Amazon Smile
Please look for Schmucker Middle School in Amazon Smile. With all of our online shopping, it's an effective way to easily give back to our SMS PTO.
Box Tops for SMS
Box Tops are going digital! Simply download the Box Tops app from the Apple app store or Google Play. Create an account for yourself & associate it with Schmucker Middle School!
Approved PE Shirts
Please remember that shirts from last year and this year are acceptable for PE! **Please note that yellow PE shirts from the previous year are available in the main office for $10 if you missed the ordering window.
Give Back with Amazon Smile
Box Tops for SMS
Pay School Fees Online
Safety Update: How Can Parents Monitor On-Line Activity
Families have the option of receiving weekly emails outlining your students online activity while using Chromebooks. This online service is free and it gives parents an opportunity to maintain a safe learning environment at school and at home. Please click on the attached links to learn more about how Securly can help you.
Click to read and download a copy of the parent letter that provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Securly Parent Portal.
SAFE SCHOOL HELPLINE
If you see something, hear something, say something! The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at any P-H-M school or building. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying or threats. All calls are completely confidential.
800-418-6423 (800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359)
TEXT: 66746, TIPS
Chromebooks- Lee Riley (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Attendance- Linda Brown (email@example.com)
Textbooks and Fees- Ashley Kirkpatrick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Special Education Teachers
6th grade- Courtney Heck (email@example.com )
7th grade- Meaghan Donahue (firstname.lastname@example.org )
8th grade- Allie Chrise (email@example.com )
Jenny Shaw (Last Names A-G) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cara Watt (Last Names H-N) (email@example.com)
Andrea Hoover (Last Names O-Z) (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Athletics- Jim Modlin (email@example.com )
Enrollments/Withdrawals/Address Changes- Aly Abel (firstname.lastname@example.org)