C.H.S. Chronicles

Clifford H. Smart Middle School: February 6, 2023

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Please feel free to call our main office with any questions at 248.956.3500. You can also email us.

Counseling Secretary: DianeHosey@wlcsd.org

Principals Secretary: TerriSzymanski@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary: TonyaGray@wlcsd.org

6th Grade Counselor: KathleenHoover@wlcsd.org

7th Grade Counselor: MaureenBratke@wlcsd.org

8th Grade Counselor: JulieBraley@wlcsd.org

Important Dates at Smart

February 7th-Archery Club Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons (Media Center). Please enter through the doors nearest the Learning Commons.

February 8th-Count Day

February 13th-CHS PTSA Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

February 16th-Religious Diversity Journeys Trip to the Holocaust Museum

February 17th-3rd Card Marking Progress Reports

February 20th-24th Mid Winter Break

February 27th-School Resumes

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WLN Presents "Matilda" February 2-5
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We are very excited to announce the addition of a new club/ sport at CHS!

Our archery club team will be starting this spring. This will be open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls.

We will have a parent informational meeting on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the CHS Media Center.

Our coach and supervisor of the club is Michelle Brandon. Michelle is a Smart parent, certified physical education teacher at Northern, and a certified archery instructor.

If you cannot make it to the meeting, but would like more information, please contact Michelle Brandon at michellebrandon@wlcsd.org



Student Activity Night will be on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
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We are very excited to announce that the Walled Lake Foundation for Excellence Tuition Expedition 50/50 raffle is quickly approaching, and we have 15 tickets available to sell to our Smart families! If you are interested in having a chance at some serious scholarship funds, please see below for all the info.

Tickets can be purchased in the CHS Main Office.

50/50 Scholarship Raffle - 18th Annual

$50 per ticket or 3 tickets for $100

Only 1,000 tickets available!

Grand Prize: 50% of proceeds, when electing the Scholarship funds option.

In 2022, the scholarship amount was $10,321.

The Foundation for Excellence will hold these funds for up to 20 years, but they must be paid out within 4 years after the first payment. This means, if your child is an infant, the funds will still be available to you when they graduate!

If electing a lump sum payout, 40% of the proceeds will be awarded. Had the Lump Sum option been selected in 2022, the final payout would have been $5,842 after the required tax withholdings. Need not be present to win. Secondary Prize is $1000.

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Clifford Smart is offering an after school academic opportunity called Homework Club . Homework Club is open to select CHS students and will meet on Thursdays from 3:10-4:00 p.m. starting on Thursday, November 10th

Please click on the tab below and join our newly created CHS Remind 101 text group. You will receive helpful reminders, time sensitive information along with other pertinent texts.

COVID Policy update:

The current COVID-19 policy for the 22-23 school year is as follows:

Students and staff members that test positive are required to stay home for 5 full days from the date of symptom onset, or if asymptomatic from the date of the test. After 5 days have passed and there are no remaining symptoms, individuals may return to normal activities, but must wear a mask through day 10.

Personal or household contacts are not required to quarantine, however it is recommended and encouraged, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask and monitor for symptoms for 10 days.

Symptomatic students/staff will continue to be required to meet one of the following prior to returning to school/work:

· Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

· Provide documentation from a physician indicating a clear alternative diagnosis.

· Exclude from school for minimum of 5 days, mask for 10 days – must be fever free for over 24 hours, with other symptoms improving, prior to returning.

Building administrators and supervisors will continue to notify student families and staff members of possible exposure due to a reported positive case.

Visit the NEW Smart PTSA Website and JOIN PTSA

We have now made it easier than ever to join! Visit our new PTSA site to join: https://www.cliffordsmartptsa.com/shop

Please visit our NEW WEBSITE for all the information and to join SMART PTSA!

The Clifford Smart PTSA is involved and active. We purchase items and sponsor many wonderful projects each year for our students and staff. From the Gap Achievement Program to the Reflections contest and other events in between, we could not provide all of the opportunities or accomplish all of our goals without the generous contributions of time and money from our parent community. Last year, the raised funds were used to completely refinish the floor in the gymnasium – check it out! Please join! You can be involved as much or as little as you want – the choice is yours!


1st Marking period: Citizenship

2nd Marking period: GPA improvement

3rd Marking period: reading completion

4th marking period goal: community service

All students are to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service to qualify for the 4th marking period goal. Students can have accumulated the hours through out the entire year.

The full GAP goal information and recording forms can be found on the CHS GAP goal web page.

PTSA hopes to reward many students for achieving their goals!

Support our PTSA when you shop at Kroger or on Amazon

Please see the flyer below for instructions on how you can raise money for our school without spending an extra dime whenever you shop at these retails.


Have you heard about the GAP Program? This program allows your children to achieve one goal in citizenship, academics, reading and community service during each marking period. Students that complete all four goals during their three years at Smart are honored during their 8th grade year. The goal for each marking period is outlined below:

1st Marking period: Citizenship

2nd Marking period: GPA

3rd Marking period: reading completion

4th marking period goal: community service

**For the first two marking periods, students will automatically obtain their goal if they qualify.

For the last two marking periods, students will need to complete and turn in the forms by below by the dates listed.

Community Service Information:

All students are to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service to qualify for the 4th marking period goal. Students can have accumulated the hours throughout the entire year. Due to Covid-19 and our virtual learning situation, community service hours may look different this year. We will honor hours that involve household chores, assisting younger siblings with online learning/homework, helping around the house or yard, etc.

The reading and community service sheets are in PDF for below or can be completed in a Google Form electronically, here:

Reading GAP: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cRbMupBQqFUF2BgaeM8UqHdT3ZtBblBhPNavKwrYBlM/copy

Community Service: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_s3gySf5l3d8HJ8XRN9jQSKQfpezfIlBAQoZ7t5Klx8/copy

Please contact Jillian Moutafis (JILLYMSU@comcast.net) if you have any questions regarding this program.

Stay connected in GOOGLE CLASSROOM with the Smart Counseling Office:

Hello Smart Families,

The counseling department would like to announce the launch of our Google Counseling Center.This will be a great place to help us stay more connected. Sign up sheets for private meetings, links to office hours, and other resources will be available.

Classroom invitations will be sent out to all students through their student email. Please take a moment to check with your child to see if they have joined their counselor's classroom. Please see below for information on classroom join codes.

We will send the classroom codes out this fall.


Your Smart Counselors

Mrs. Braley, Ms. Hoover and Mrs. Bradke

6th grade counselor: Ms. Hoover- Kathleenhoover@wlcsd.org

7th grade counselor: Mrs. Bratke MaureenBratke@wlcsd.org

8th grade counselor: Mrs. Braley- juliebraley@wlcsd.org

Academic Resources

Family Resources

Attendance Policies for 2022-2023

Please CLICK HERE for the Smart Attendance Polices

Please CLICK HERE for the Smart Attendance Procedures

Please take a minute to read over these documents. They talk about our attendance call in procedures, what happens when students are tardy to class, and other important information regarding proper school attendance.

Please don't hesitate to call Dan Holland, Assistant Principal, with any questions or concerns.

Smart Administrative Team

Nayal Maktari, Principal

Dan Holland, Assistant Principal

Steve Spickard, Dean of Students

Please contact us with positive or constructive feedback, questions, and/or concerns.