SAMS GREYHOUND'S GAZETTE

OCTOBER EDITION

FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK

This year has proven to be just as challenging, if not more than last school year. We are committed to provide the best education for our students, in the most normal way we can. We have had to make some accommodations, like spreading students out for lunch. Avoiding having to go virtual is our main goal. So far, our mitigation efforts, with parent/family support have worked.


As always we need the partnership of our parents and families to be successful. These tic-tok challenges have been a distraction lately. We are hoping that with your help with consistent messaging from both home and school, students will make better choices, and we can focus on giving your children the best education we can.


We continue to rely on parents/families to support us here at school. If you have a positive attitude about the Middle School, your children will too. There will be times that you may not understand the decisions we have to make because you don't have the opportunity to view the whole picture, but know we are trying our best to navigate through these crazy times and we have to consider what's best for student body as a whole. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email or call the office. We respectfully request that you not post negative comments on social media. Instead communicate with the teachers and principals. None of us are perfect, but the only way to resolve issues is to have open respectful dialogue. We want our school culture to be positive. In order to make the most positive impact on your child, we all need to remember that we are all on the same team.

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UPCOMING DATES

OCTOBER 14- PICTURE RETAKES

OCTOBER 20- 2HR EARLY DISMISSAL ACT80 DAY

OCTOBER 22- END OF 1ST MARKING PERIOD

SCHOOL TIMES

Doors open at 7:15- If you drop students off or students walk and arrive prior to doors opening they will have to wait outside without supervision. There is no staff on duty until 7:15.


If you are dropping students off in the morning, please pull up as far as you can to allow multiple cars to empty, preventing traffic backing up to King St.


Homeroom begins at 7:25. If you are dropping your child off after 7:25, please drop your child at the front of the building at the office.


Dismissal for busses begins at 2:25, Car riders and walkers are dismissed at 2:40. (. Please note that if you are picking your child up, you must make a left turn when leaving from the property.

DIRECTIONS FOR PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

This year, you will be able to schedule Parent teacher conferences through Skyward. Attached are the directions on how to access.

PAYS SURVEY

October 29th students at SAMS will be taking a PAYS survey. Information is included in the document below.

End of the Marking Period

The end of the first marking period is October 22.

AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING PROGRAM


We are hoping to begin an after school tutoring program for our students at SAMS. This would be voluntary and two days per week from 2:30-4:30. Students would come as they need for ELA and Math. In order to plan we will need to get a number of how many students would be interested. If your child is interested please fill out this google form.

https://forms.gle/MipyQjijydSYafJ48

STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SAMS has a Student Assistance Program, known as SAP. This is program is to help students that may be struggling with family,social, mental health, or substance abuse issues. Referrals can be made by parents, other students, and teachers. The referrals remain anonymous, and confidential. Since we are virtual, referrals can be made by emailing: SAMS_SAP@ship.k12.pa.us Please include SAP referral in the subject line and the name of student with brief description of the reason for referral in the body. Included below is an informational fact sheet about the SAP program.

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Important E-mails

Here are important e-mails that you may need throughout the year.


Attendance- This is where you send notes after an absence or submit Educational Leave forms.

Samsattendance@ship.k12.pa.us


Guidance Counselors- Mrs. Mckee- Angie.McKee@ship.k12.pa.us

Mrs. Junkin- Rosemary.Junkin@ship.k12.pa.us


Nurse- Mrs. Denning- Elizabeth.Denning@ship.k12.pa.us


Technical Issues with Chromebook- If you have technical issues with chromebook or student accounts please e-mail help@ship.k12.pa.us


Principals- Mr. Brindle (Assistant Principal) - Buck.brindle@ship.k12.pa.us

Mrs. Benbow (Principal)- Bernadette.benbow@ship.k12.pa.us