SMS Jag E-News

Week 9: October 4-October 9

A Message from Mrs. Oglesby

Hello Jags,


We are wrapping up our first 9 weeks with a short week as teachers engage in more professional learning this Thursday and Friday, followed by Monday's school holiday. As the first term concludes, we encourage you to chat with your child(ren) and reflect on the goals they set and the progress they have made. All students engaged in goal setting activities at the beginning of the year and will continue to review their goals in advisory classes each 9 weeks as we promote student ownership of learning.


I also want to take this time to address some ongoing safety concerns we have on our campus. As a result of the recent TikTok challenges, we have had numerous incidents of vandalism to our bathrooms and campus. These acts carried out by a small group of students on our campus have caused serious disruptions to the school and have resulted in repeatedly unsafe and unsanitary conditions for students and staff that our custodial staff is unable to keep up with.


As a result, we will be reviewing bathroom and hallway procedures with all students as we put in place new protocols to limit the time and places that these acts of vandalism can occur. We want our school to continue to be a place that is positive and productive for all students to engage in learning and we appreciate your support in reinforcing these concerns and expectations with your students at home.


Sincerely,

Cholly Oglesby

Principal

Sartartia Middle School

Week At A Glance

Monday, October 4th

Mental Health Awareness Week


Tuesday, October 5th

Green Out: Wear Green to Promote Mental Health Awareness

7th & 8th Grade Football vs. Dulles MS @ Dulles HS 6:00pm

Choir Concert @ Christ Church Sugar Land 6:30pm


Wednesday, October 6th

End of Term 1 Grading Period

Spirit Day @ Carmelo's Mexican Grill

National Walk to School Day


Thursday, October 7th

Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning


Friday, October 8th

Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning


SAVE THE DATE

October 11th: School Holiday

October 13th: PSAT Testing (8th Grade Only)

October 13th: Virtual PTO Meeting @ 6:00pm

October 20th: Last Day for Level-Change Request

Celebrations & Spotlights

Cross Country

Congratulations to our entire Cross Country Team and their coaches, Mr. Brans and Ms. Washignton, on an incredible season. This was the largest cross country season yet, and each of our athletes ran with purpose and passion as they represented Sartartia Middle School. Way to go Jags!

Staff Members of the Month

SMS proudly announces our September Crystal "Apple" Teacher and "Pear"a-professional of the Month. Congratulations to Mrs. Narvaez and Mrs. Nava! They both give their hearts, time, and love as they go above and beyond for the entire SMS community. Thank you for being World Class Jags!

Health & Wellness

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mindful Monday: What does it mean to be mindful? Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Today, try to practice being in the moment.


Talk About it Tuesday & Green Out: Students and parents are encouraged to write a thank you email or card to an SMS staff member, family member or friend. Green Out! Wear green Tuesday to show your support for Mental Health. The grade level with the most student participants wearing green will win a reward!


Write it out Wednesday: Why journal? Journaling for mental health can help you identify what is causing the stress. Once you know what emotions, feelings, or individuals are causing the stress, you’ll be able to avoid or appropriately confront them.


Think about ME Thursday: You are encouraged to do a little something extra for yourself.


Feel Good Friday: Make a list all the things that make you a unique individual.

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October Wellness Challenge

The SMS Wellness Committee invites students, staff, and families to join us in this month's health challenge, Squatober. Challenge yourself each day to complete various squats and then compete in the Ultimate Wall Sit Challenge at the end of the month. Students can pick up Squatober commitment cards at lunch this week. Be sure to open the attached document for links to proper form for each squat. Game on Jags!
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Wellness Screener Reminder

Parents should continue to use the FBISD Wellness Screener to report lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 as soon as possible. If you are unable to login to complete the Wellness Screener, please contact our campus nurse, Christine Ferguson, at christine.ferguson@fortbendisd.com or (281)634-6324.

News from the Counselors

Mentors Needed

Sartartia is looking for a Few Good Mentors! We would love any parent or community member to volunteer to be a mentor to one of our students this school year. We ask that adults commit to visiting the student once a week for 30-50 minutes for at least 6 months. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Friedel at katherine.friedel@fortbendisd.com by October 15, 2021. Volunteers can start the process by filling out the interest form (there is a space to type in ‘Sartartia Middle School’ on the interest form) and the background check. Both links are on this webpage: https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/131861 Thank you!


Level-Change Requests

Students can now begin to request a level change (change from an AAC class to an on-level class or change from an on-level class to an AAC class). Level change forms are now available for students to pick up in the Student Center, as well as the SMS counselor webpage under the "schedule changes" tab. The only schedule changes that will be processed are those on a completed level change form. Any forms that are missing a signature, will be given back to the student to ensure the missing signatures are obtained. The level change form is only utilized for students to move up to an AAC class or to an on-level class. Any forms requesting an elective change, teacher change, or rearranging of a student's schedule will not be processed and the students schedule will remain the same. For any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's grade level counselor. The deadline to turn in a completed level change form to the Student Center is the end of the school day October 20, 2021.

SMS Campus Updates & Reminders

PSAT Testing (8th Grade ONLY)

All 8th grade students will take the PSAT™ 8/9 at school on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. This test is a pressure-free way to start exploring their path to college and a future career. It helps them recognize strengths, explore future careers, and choose high school courses. There are no action items at this time. Students received more information in their science classes as Mrs. Melby reviewed the PSAT and ways for students to prepare. Students were encouraged to pick up a previous copy of the test to help review and practice. If you have any questions, please visit the College Board website or email the 8th grade counselor at amy.melby@fortbendisd.com.


  • Testing is on Oct. 13 (make-ups are not available)
  • Students should arrive to school on time – 8:50 a.m.
  • All Testing will end prior to lunch
  • Students may bring personal calculator, even though math questions are answerable without one and two (2) - #2 pencils

Basketball Tryouts

BOYS BASKETBALL tryouts will begin on Wednesday, November 3rd through Friday, November 5th from 4:30 pm- 6 pm. If anyone is interested in trying out for basketball, please make sure that you have a UIL physical form and have completed the online paperwork. Once you have your physical, please turn it in to Coach Lee.


GIRLS BASKETBALL tryouts will take place October 20th, 21st, and 22nd before school. Any girls interested in trying out for basketball need to add their name to the list in the coaches office. All interested athletes need to have a current physical dated April 1st 2021 or later turned into the coaches and all RankOne online electronic forms completed PRIOR to October 20th. See Coach Martinez with any questions.

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FBISD's Bookapalooza

Bookapalooza, Fort Bend ISD’s first book festival/ comic convention is taking place on April 9, 2022 at Dulles High School. We are hosting a logo design competition. The winning logo will be featured on all promotional materials. Entries must be submitted to the Logo Contest Assignment in the Bookapalooza Schoology course by 11:59 pm on October 8th, 2021. Contest rules and the rubric are posted in the course below. More details will follow about the schedule, activities, and special guests.


Schoology Course Join Code: VPBZ-JWRS-QF76Q

Links: https://www.wevideo.com/view/2351790630

FBEF Sugar Shindig 2021

Shake and shimmy at the Education Foundation’s 7th Anniversary Sugar Shindig on Friday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Safari Texas. Tickets (adults only) are $27/person and on sale now at https://bit.ly/2021shindig. Enjoy a casual evening—jeans and costumes welcome—including a fajita dinner, a dessert auction and dancing to the music of Password. This is camaraderie at its finest as staff from our schools and community members vie for the best cakes made by local bakers. All proceeds benefit the Education Foundation and its Grants to Teachers and Schools.

Spirit Night @ Carmelo's (ALL DAY)

You can support our PTO by ordering food food from Carmelo's on Wednesday, October 6th. Be sure to mention SMS when you are ordering and help us spread the word to the community. PTO will receive a portion of the proceeds from all orders that day.
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Birthday Shout-Outs at SMS

Does your child have an upcoming birthday? Would you like to wish them a happy birthday on our new digital campus marquee? The PTO is coordinating birthday messages to go on our marquee as an ongoing fundraiser this year. For just $15 the shoutout will run all day to celebrate your student. Click HERE to reserve your birthday shoutout and feel free to order other Jag swag like hoodies, t-shirts, and more while you are ordering your child's birthday message! Note that submissions must be received at least two weeks ahead of the desired date to be posted on our campus marquee.

PTO Business Sponsors

Thank you to our 2021-2022 Business Sponsors! There are still opportunities if you are interested in partnering with Sartartia Middle School. PTO fills in the critical gaps in the education system by providing money for school activities, field trips, building improvements, technology enhancements, library books, plus so much more! Your sponsorship will help and will be an excellent opportunity for your business by reaching out to families in your local area of business! By partnering with us, you’re helping to improve the quality of education for the children in your local community! Click here for more information or use the the form below to become a sponsor.

Important Contact Information

6th Grade

Associate Principal: Dr. Sunday Johnson

sunday.johnson@fortbendisd.com

Counselor: Tanya Johnson

tanya.johnson@fortbendisd.com


7th Grade

Assistant Principal: Paul Wells

paul.wells@fortbendisd.com

Counselor: Kat Friedel

katherine.friedel@fortbendisd.com


8th Grade

Assistant Principal: Courtney Border

courtney.border@fortbendisd.com

Counselor: Amy Melby

amy.melby@fortbendisd.com


Attendance: Glenary Williams glenary.williams@fortbendisd.com

Registrar: Alejandra Pena alejandra.pena@fortbendisd.com

Nurse: Christine Ferguson christine.ferguson@fortbendisd.com

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