The Viking Voice

Your information source for all things Sowers...

Welcome to the Viking Voice!!

At Sowers, we are dedicated to high academic achievement, engaging activities, stellar art programs, and fun athletic opportunities for our students to get engaged, to challenge themselves, and to develop their passions. We are strongly committed to working with parents/guardians and the school community to ensure that students have challenging and engaging classroom experiences, support during a complex developmental time, and a positive experience.


A key component of this process is to forge positive relationships between students, staff, parents, and the school community. Each year we aim to communicate with our stakeholders in a variety of mediums including phone calls, School Loop emails, our social media outlets (@SowersVikingsHB), our website: https://isms.schoolloop.com , and of course, the Viking Voice.

Thanks for taking time to check out the first online Viking Voice issue of the 2018-19 school year. The periodic announcements made through the Voice serve as an important information source regarding Sowers Academics, Athletics, Activities, and the Arts. Enjoy!

ISMS Way: Arrival and Dismissal

This school year all students saw a series of videos on the first day of school to promote the ISMS Way: Integrity, Safety, Make Responsible Choices, Show Respect. The ISMS Way is part of our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at Sowers which aim to ensure a safe, healthy, and enjoyable environment for students, staff, and the school community. Throughout the year we will highlight one aspect of our PBIS with today's focus on "Arrival and Dismissal".


Arrival and Dismissal

  • Integrity: Be responsible for your good actions; Report dangerous behaviors
  • Safety: Follow all rules of the road and suggested flow of traffic; Walk bikes on campus and sidewalks; Arrive no later than 8:15am; Leave campus 15 minutes after dismissal; Enter/Exit in a safe manner; Carry ID at all times.
  • Make Responsible Choices: Have a safe after school plan; Use good manners; Report inappropriate behavior.
  • Show Respect: Respect all supervisors and pedestrians; Turn off electronic devices after entering campus.
https://youtu.be/AhPPNh0F-xg

School Site Council (SSC) and 2018-19 Nominations

The Sowers Middle School School Site Council (SSC) is a group of students, parents, teachers, and staff that provide school community input on the school improvement plan, which is a set of school wide goals and objectives. This plan is designed to assure the continuation of school growth and improvement to support student achievement. The SSC participates in the development, review, and evaluation of the School Improvement Program and also approves the expenditures of the School Improvement Budget. This important school community team also makes suggestions and shares ideas about all areas of the school program in an interactive environment. The School Site Council is an elected body comprised of an equal number of staff and parents.

School community positions are open to parents/guardians who are interested in bringing their ideas, suggestions, and voice to this important group on campus. The commitment that comes with a seat on the council includes attending SSC meetings which are held in the library from approximately 3:15- 4:15 once per quarter. If you are interested in joining this team or would like to nominate someone else please click on the following link:


https://goo.gl/forms/TzVBa0tdqD7HGNnX2


I appreciate your willingness, in advance, to support our students, staff, and school in important decision making discussions and recommendations. Go Vikings!!


Dr. Ashby
Principal

Assistance League Links to Learning Teacher Grants

Sowers Middle School had 6 teachers receive a generous $500 grant from the Huntington Beach Assistance League on September 16, 2018. These grants are aimed to help their students attain higher levels of understanding in selected subject areas. Congrats to Ms. Catron, Ms. Ivey, Ms. Blake, Ms. Pellet, Ms. Kos, and Ms. Bain (not pictured, but accepted by Ms. Spehar) for being recognized for the amazing lessons they engage their students with in the classroom and beyond. (Photo cred: HBCSD)
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6th Grade Science

The 6th grade science team is reviewing lab safety and the amazing Scientific Method with both hands on activities and demonstrations. Have you observed Mr. Fink's Magic Bottle? We will be soaring into the atmosphere soon (Chapter 7) and are looking forward to meeting parents at this years Back To School Night on 9-27-18. See you soon!

Activities

Board of Officers


  • Congratulations to Cynthia Bui (President), Clinton Cox (Vice President), Ben Weber (Secretary), and Hudson Encinas (Treasuer) on winning the recent ASB elections!



Club Rush

  • Friday, 9/27: Informational meeting for all students interested in starting a club at Sowers after school. Students will learn how to apply, handle the actual club rush lunchtime events, and club guidelines.
  • 10/2 -10/3: Club Rush during both lunches
  • 10/5: Club applications and member list due to ASB
  • 10/8: ASB Club Approval
  • 10/9: Clubs may begin holding meeting
  • FYI: 2017-18 clubs included Sowers Fishing Club, Rubik's Cube Club, Drama Club, Movie Critic Club, Video Game Club, Creative Arts Club, Christian Music Club, Board Game Club, Frisbee Club, Comic Book Club, Sowers Gamers. We look forward to all the clubs students will create this year!


Pumpkin Contest


  • We will be holding a pumpkin contest again this year on Tuesday, October 30th! More info to come...

The Arts

Beginning Art students are learning about Louis Comfort Tiffany, his special furnaces that he developed whereby different colors of glass could be blended together in a molten state to achieve the subtle effects of shading and texture that he is known for in his leaded glass windows. The students are creating a 2-D stained glass window using color theory.

Intermediate Art students are creating artwork utilizing perspective, angles, and orthogonal lines with their incorporation of 3-D geometric objects and fantasy-themed pieces.

The Advanced Art students are already busy creating works of art for their first contest and helping design posters and signs for our library.

Athletics

Sowers is excited to offer 8 after-school sports during the 2018-19 school year for 6th/7th and 8th grade students. We have a great group of coaches and athletes and look forward to continued success on the field, court, trails, and track. A big thanks to our fantastic Athletic Director, Ms. Palmer, for all her work for our Viking Athletes.


  • September - November: Boys Volleyball (Mr. Mouw) and Girls Basketball (Mr. Johnson)
  • November - February: Girls Volleyball (Mr. Mouw) & Boys Basketball (Mr. Riley)
  • December - February: Cross-Country (Ms. Hogan, Mr. Sohoni, Ms. Campbell)
  • February - March: Girls Soccer (Mr. Crooks) & Boys Soccer (Mr. Johnson)
  • April - May: Track & Field (Ms. Hogan, Mr. Sohoni, Ms. Pearce)

Back to School Night (BTSN) 2018

Thursday, Sep. 27th, 6-7:30pm

9300 Indianapolis Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA

We are happy to extend a heartfelt invitation to attend Sowers Middle School’s annual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 27th from 6:00 – 7:30pm. This evening is for parent(s)/guardian(s) only and is designed to create opportunities for you to meet with your student’s instructional leaders (teachers) and gain an understanding of the why, how, and what is planned for the 2018-19 school year.

In previous years, this community evening would kick off with a brief introduction/welcome in the Mall by the Principal starting at 5:45pm. Based on feedback received, Dr. Ashby will deliver this year’s welcome/introduction to families prior to the evening via School Loop, website, and social media outlets. Therefore, the evening will start in your child’s Period 1 class promptly at 6:00pm. Families will then follow their student’s daily schedule to get a general class overview from each teacher. You will learn about our passion for teaching and learning, class expectations, and how to stay connected with all things Sowers. We encourage you to enjoy this face-to-face contact with your child’s instructional leaders but it is not a time for individual conferences. (Please note that all PE classes will report to room 402.)

Upcoming Dates:

Back to School Night: Thursday, September 27th, 6-7:30pm (Planning Day: 1:20pm Dismissal)
Science Showtime: Friday, September 28th @ Goldenwest College
Re-Take Picture Day: Monday, October 8th

Coffee with Administration: Tuesday, October 9th; 9:15-10:15am in the Library

Red Ribbon Week: Monday, October 22nd - Friday, October 26th
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Wednesday, October 24th (Planning Day Schedule:10/23 & 10/25)

Staff Development Day (Student Free Day): Wednesday, October 31st
PTSA Meeting: Thursday, November 1st, 9-11am in the Library

Sowers Middle School

We are excited for this new newsletter format but know that we always have room to improve. Feel free to reach out to Dr. Ashby (jashby@hbcsd.us) if you have any suggestions!