Spartan Herald November 2019
Show Respect - Make a Difference - Set the Bar High
Your Window to the World
Dear Schmucker Students and Families,
Thank you to all our families that attended Student-led Conferences! We hope you were able to get a glimpse into your child's world here at Schmucker. They worked so hard to create thoughtful presentations about their progress and we are so happy you were able to talk with them about their Window to the World. Our students have accomplished so much! We are eager to see how students will continue to Set The Bar High and accomplish many great things this year!
Congratulations to our National Junior Honors students for running the bake sale and pumpkin sale. They raised $950 and this was $350 more than last year! Thank you to all of you who contributed to this cause.
Again, we appreciate all of the work that went into Student-led Conferences. It was a great way for our Schmucker community to celebrate. We hope all of you have a wonderful fall and enjoy time with family and friends over Thanksgiving Break!
With your child in mind,
State Mandated Curriculum
Due to an new Indiana law all schools are required to provide age appropriate and research based instruction on child abuse and child sexual abuse to students in grades kindergarten through 12th. We are working with the Family Justice Center, Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County and the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit to provide this instruction for our students. We need all parents/guardians to complete the online permission slip form. This must be completed for each child. This will only take a few moments of your time. Please complete this as soon as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any SMS administrator.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
We appreciate everyone’s contributions to our school fundraiser! On Friday, November 1, we hosted the annual Sparty Party to acknowledge students who contributed to the Mrs. Fields fundraiser. Throughout the first quarter of the school year, students sold baked goods to raise funds supporting a multitude of events at SMS. A bonus was that those students who sold at least three items were invited to attend the Sparty Party.
Craig Tornquist, the fundraiser representative, will help us award students with prizes for their sales on November 25th. Students with the highest number of sales have increased opportunities during lunch to pull the prize envelopes out of a hat. These students will win various amounts of money.
For one hour after each grade’s lunch today, qualifying students went down to the gym. Students enjoyed racing each other in inflatables! The photo booth was a big hit as well and students have many pictures by which to save these memories. The Sparty Party was a huge success in both raising funds benefiting student activities throughout the school year and providing a time for students to have fun with their peers. Thank you families for all your support!
ATTENTION: Fundraiser pick-up will be on November 14, from 4pm-7pm in the LGI at SMS. Students who only sold 1 or 2 items will be able to take their items home on the bus. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL ITEMS BE PICKED UP ON NOVEMBER 14th. We do not have the space to store all of these refrigerated items. Thanks
Nov 4 - Silver Mile Walk, 6th Grade, During Advisory
Nov 5 - Recess Day
Nov 6 - Silver Mile Walk, 8th Grade, During Advisory
Nov 7 - Silver Mile Walk, 7th Grade, During Advisory
Nov 11 - Veterans Day Program, 9:45am - 1pm
Nov 11 - Ski Club Parent Meeting, 6pm, SMS Cafe
Nov 13 - 6th Grade Band Concert, 7pm, SMS Cafe
Nov 13 - 7th Grade Band Concert, 8pm, SMS Cafe
Nov 14 - Fundraiser Delivery Date
Nov 19 - 8th Graders Visit Penn (During the school day)
Nov 20 - 8th grade Band concert at Penn called Kaleidoscope
Nov 27-29 Thanksgiving Recess
Check out all events on our Website calendar: SMS Calendar
Please read our November PTO newsletter by clicking the link below!
Important Action Needed by ALL Families
Indiana law requires that all schools provide age appropriate and research based instruction on child abuse and child sexual abuse to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Penn-Harris-Madison has partnered with the Family Justice Center, Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County and the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit to provide this instruction for our students. P-H-M School Corporation will be utilizing the Teen Lures Prevention curriculum to educate middle and high school students on a variety of safety issues. In November and early December, staff from the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit and Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County will present about ways youth can prevent, respond to and report all forms of child abuse, dating violence and sexual assault. By talking openly with students about what constitutes healthy and respectful relationships, we prepare young people to better recognize and resist all forms of mistreatment. The presentations will be given either convocation style or via video to individual classrooms.
For additional information about the curriculum, please visit The Child Lures Prevention: Think First & Stay Safe website.
Please sign and return the permission form below to notify us of your wishes for your student(s) to participate in this curriculum. You can also fill out an online version of this permission form by clicking here.
A message from our Gold Star Counselors
Parents of 8th Graders!
It's almost time to schedule the Class of 2024 for Penn High School! Here are some important dates to have on your calendar for the upcoming months:
November 19 - 8th graders visit Penn during school - 12:30-3:00 p.m.
December 3 - 6:00-7:00 p.m. - 8th grade Parent Night @ SMS - Penn Counselors meet with 8th Grade Parents
December 9 - 6:00-8:00 pm - Penn Showcase (Plan to attend to see classrooms and learn about electives and activities at Penn)
January 10 - Early College Scheduling with Penn Counselors (appt time will be emailed to Early College students before Winter Break)
February (dates TBD) - Register for Summer PE Lottery on PHS website
(tentative Summer School Dates: Dates are June 8-26; July 6-24)
February date TBD - Confirm registration and pay for Summer PE at Penn Bookstore if chosen for lottery
Early February (date TBD)- 8th grade students turn in pink course requests sheet to SS teacher (with chosen electives) to create final Penn Schedule with SMS Counselors
August 2020 - Become a Penn Kingsman!
May 2024 - Graduate from Penn High School!
Go to the Penn Incoming Freshmen webpage for more information!
free online/phone/or email tutoring service for grades 6-12 for Math and Science
Askrose.org is a website by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. AskRose Homework Help is a free math and science tutoring service for Indiana students and other students in grades 6-12. Students can call 877-ASK-ROSE, email, or chat live with a friendly tutor to work through and better understand homework assignments.
Ski Club Information
Food Drive Information
Food Drive Daily Themes:
All non-perishable items, please
Monday-Fruit and Veggie Day
Tuesday-Potato, Rice, Stuffing Day
Wednesday-Thanksgiving Theme Day (cranberry sauce, gravy, corn bread, j-ello, pudding)
Thursday-Pasta and Spaghetti Sauce Day
Thank you to all the SMS students and families that donated new socks for the Center for the Homeless and St. Margaret's House! The SMS Student Council participated in the Soctober Drive from October 21-29 and collected 82 pairs of new socks! We also had a "Fun Sock Spirit Day" on Thursday, October 24! Together we can make a difference! Many people will benefit from your generosity!
The SMS Student Council sold pink packs of gum during all lunch periods from October 14-18. We also had a fun Spirit "Pink Out" day on Friday, October 18th! The SMS Student Council was able to donate $375.00 to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research! Thank you to all of the students and families that purchased a pink pack of gum! It is a wonderful feeling to help those in need.
A special note from NJHS
The National Junior Honor Society's Annual Bake Sale during conferences was a HUGE success!! Thank you to the members for contributing so many delicious treats and decorating fabulous pumpkins for us to sell! Our grand total for both nights was an ASTOUNDING $950.36!! This money will be used to buy turkeys and baked goods for the Student Council's Thanksgiving Baskets that will go to Schmucker families in need of assistance over the holidays. Thank you to everyone who generously donated to this project!!
7th Grade Champs!
IT'S THANK-A-TEACHER TIME AGAIN!
Currently intramural open gym is running. The first one is Saturday, November 3rd from 11am-1pm!
A reminder from Choir
Sixth Graders in Choir will have a concert on December 18th.
Please ask your student about the dress code for these events.
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.
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
21st century scholars
Families Can Get help with Lunch & Textbook Fees
Shorts: athletic style, any color, five inch inseam or longer (no cut offs)
T-shirt: yellow or gold - short sleeves
Shoes: tennis shoes with ties for securing to the feet - no vans, mules, canvas ballet flats
All clothing should be labeled with student's first initial and last name (no nicknames). Please visit our Schmucker website for further instructions, guidelines and policies for our wellness classes: https://schmucker.phmschools.org/pe-and-wellness-clothing-info
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9:05am - Classes Begin
4:00pm - Dismissal
4:10pm - Bus Departure