SSMS Weekly Update

November 5, 2021

Dear SSMS Families,

We had another fantastic week here at SSMS. Next week our theater department will present Matilda Jr, basketball season begins, and we will celebrate Veterans Day on Thursday. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed, and enjoy the extra sleep. Have a great weekend!

Dan Diehl

Sycamore Springs Middle School

Congratulations to all of our Students of the Term!

Click here to see all of our Students of the Term for the first quarter.

Check Out This Week's SSMS News Student Broadcast

SSMS News | September 4
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Team Sycamore Update!

Team Sycamore is a student-led group fundraising and walking to raise awareness and end type 1 diabetes (T1D). As a team, we know that there is no way to prevent T1D and there is no cure yet, but we are hopeful that through awareness and research a cure can be found to change the lives of our classmates, staff, family and friends living with T1D.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported us, we've made a lot of progress; however there is still time for us to reach our goals. Currently, Team Sycamore is FIRST (out of 91 teams) in the greater Austin area for miles walked! We've walked over 125 miles (and counting) for JDRF! That's almost 5 marathons! We still have time to walk, so need your help by joining our team and logging your miles!

In terms of fundraising, Team Sycamore is excited to have reached a big milestone. We have currently raised 50% of our $5,000 goal which puts us as the TWENTY-FIRST team in the greater Austin area in terms of fundraising. We are SO close to the top 20 and know with your support we can get there. Please take a moment to consider the impact your donation can make and show your support by donating to our team.

At SSMS, we strive to look beyond ourselves and know that together we have the power to make a difference. If you would like to support Team Sycamore reach our goals, please use the link below to visit our webpage where you can make a donation, join the team, log miles walked or check out our progress!

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions regarding Team Sycamore, please reach out to Mrs. McGilvray, SSMS NJHS adviser.

Veterans Day Celebration

Due to our current Covid related restrictions we won’t be holding a traditional Veterans day assembly. Our celebration on November 11th will include the choir and band greeting students in the hallways with patriotic music during arrival time, students and staff encouraged to wear red, white, and blue.


We are so excited to be sharing this opportunity with our students again this year! Because of the travel restrictions of the last couple of years, we are opening the trip to all 7th AND 8th graders. After this year, however, only 7th grade students will be invited to attend.

Here are Frequently Asked Questions about the trip - if you would like to sign up, there is a link at the bottom of the FAQ document. Your enrollment coupon will be sent home with your child beginning next week.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to or

News from SSMS PTA

Congratulations to SARAH ALT AND ERIN KELLER for the winning chili and soup. Recipes coming out soon! Thank you to everyone that brought in items/food to make the Cook-off possible. We appreciate you!

Join us November 12 @8:15am four our last membership meeting of the year. Meeting will be in person on campus in the Sycamore room unless otherwise noted. ZOOM link will be sent if it is online. We will keep you posted on any changes once you are registered!. Register for the meeting HERE

Changemaker Initiative

We are so excited to kick off the Changemaker Initiative this week at our school! The Changemaker Initiative is an opportunity to raise funds for SSMS by asking people to simply donate their digital spare change each month. It’s simple: sign up a credit or debit card, shop anywhere, & your change will automatically be donated to our school.
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Sycamore Springs Middle School Parent Kick Off Video
Text "TIGERS" to 404-994-3399 to learn more or click this LINK

NEW Spirit Wear Design

Don't miss out on your fierce side! Items will be delivered by Christmas, so order now for your TIGER! Orders will close and begin shipping November 26th. Click HERE to order! Proceeds will go to SSMSPTA for teacher and student grants!
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Spelling Bee - January 12 @ 6PM

SSMS PTA is excited to host the Spelling Bee once again! SIGN UP HERE! After registration, you will receive the study list. Study ALL.THE.WORDS.

Questions? Contact Margarita Davis, with any questions. SIGN UP HERE!

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Clicker here for the SSMS PTA Fall Update!

Our amazing PTA has a lot of important updates, so be sure to check it out!

Events of the Week

11/10 - NJHS Monthly Meeting 8:00 AM & 4:15 PM

11/11 - 11/12 - 6th Grade Field Trip to Pedernales Falls State Park

11/11 - Boys Basketball vs Hudson Bend MS (Away) 5:15 PM

11/11 - Girls Basketball vs Hudson Bend MS (Home) 5:15 PM

11/11 - SSMS Fall Musical - Matilda 7:00 PM

11/12 - PTA Meeting 8:15 AM

11/12 - Battle of the Books

11/12 - SSMS Fall Musical - Matilda 7:00 PM

11/13 - SSMS Fall Musical - Matilda 7:00 PM

Upcoming Events

11/15 - DSEF Pancake Breakfast for Staff

11/16 - 6th Grade Beginning Band Concert 6:30 PM

11/18 - Staff Meeting/Celebrations 8 AM

11/18 - Boys Basketball vs Westridge MS (Home) 5:15 PM

11/18 - Girls Basketball vs Westridge MS (Away) 5:15 PM

Staff Birthdays

11/05 - Diane Bass

11/08 - Lori Rill

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