Smith's Knightly News
September 23rd, 2022
Smith Middle School
Mission: The purpose of Smith Middle School is to ensure learning for all members of our school community.
Vision: Smith will be a safe environment where diversity is embraced, and the needs of the whole child are met through innovation and collaboration. With the resources available, the Smith community will strive to provide an engaging, challenging academic experience, while promoting a balance between emotional, academic, and social needs, contributing to the success of all students.
We were also able to hold our first spirit week of the year and our first pep assembly since 2019! I am disappointed to say that the 8th graders easily defeated the staff team this year in basketball, but everyone had a great time! Thank you to Mrs. Brennan, Mr. Koneval, and our Student Council for organizing the pep assembly and the week’s events.
TROY SCHOOLS BOND 2022
On November 8, 2022, voters in the Troy School District will be asked to consider a bond proposal to address infrastructure upgrades district-wide and provide modern learning environments for all students, with the goal of increasing opportunities and enhancing performance. Please take a few minutes to watch video below to hear more on how future-ready learning environments will impact our students and teachers!
What are the highlights for Bond 2022?
Future-Ready Learning Environments
Create innovative and engaging educational spaces that foster collaboration and critical thinking, preparing students for college and careers of the future. These spaces will uphold the tradition of academic excellence and community engagement that drives families to Troy.
Infrastructure & Sustainability
Ensure critical improvements to address aging and outdated schools and facilities, with a focus on increased operational efficiency and healthy, productive environments for students, staff, and community.
Develop and upgrade spaces for community and student programming, with an emphasis on STEM-based learning, robotics, athletics, recreation, fine and performing arts. Continue to build on partnerships with business and industry to offer opportunities for career and in-demand skills.
Safety & Technology
Enhance security measures at all levels, including fencing, secure doors, upgraded camera systems and other safety infrastructure. Upgrade network/phone/ technology infrastructure to ensure that students and staff are connected to advanced resources needed for research, innovation and cutting-edge tools that enrich learning and achievement.
Please see the meeting minutes below from the September 12th PTO meeting. We hope you can join us on Monday, October 3 for at 6:00pm for our next meeting.
On Thursday, the Smith XC team had the opportunity to try out the running course at Troy High. Students ran a 1-mile practice race to get a feel for the route for our upcoming meet on October 11th. Our Smith Knights ran a fantastic practice race and are looking forward to taking on the course again in a few weeks.
JOIN CROSS COUNTRY!!
Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students interested in participating in Cross Country this fall. Our first practice is Thursday, September 8th from 3:05-4:00 pm. Please bring clothes to run it. We will hand out the practice calendar and begin our training for the IM Cross Country meet in October. Forms and important information will be available in room 15 and on the Schoology Group. See the flyers in the hall for more information and the Schoology Group code.
We will practice twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday until 4:00. Please arrange for your ride to pick you up immediately after practice. If you have questions, see Mrs. Lerdahl or Mrs. Glab.
JOIN ROBOTICS CLUB!
Enrollment for Smith Robotics club is currently open. Smith has 5 Robotics team competing in First Tech Challenge https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc.
This program is open to all middle school students. If interested in joining an existing team or forming a new team please enroll using the provided link below. Smith Robotics will host an open house next week. More information will be send via E-mail.
MEDIA CENTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
The Smith Media Center needs your help!
We are looking for parent volunteers to help monitor our media center this year during lunch time on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:15 am to 1 pm. The primary responsibility is to be an adult presence in the Media Center to supervise students, to shelve books, and to use the computer to check out books. We will train you on the computer and how to shelve library books.
If you would like to volunteer, please use this link to sign up to attend our volunteer training session on Thursday, September 29, from 10 -11 am: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FACA92DAAFA7-smith1
Please bring with you a copy of your driver’s license and a completed Volunteer Background Form, which you can find here: https://www.troy.k12.mi.us/community-links/volunteer-background-form.
Any questions, please email Mrs. Chatel at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested but can’t make the training, please let Mrs. Chatel know.
LUNCH INFORMATION...IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ!!!
- Lunch is not free for all students this year. Families who qualify for free or reduced meals, must complete the 2022-23 application, which is available on the district's website or by clicking this link https://www.troy.k12.mi.us/departments/food-service/free-reduced-lunch-program.
- If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you may begin depositing money into your student's account at any time via SchoolPay. They can also pay with cash and the cash will be deposited into your student's lunch account at the register.
- Breakfast: $2.00 Lunch: $3.50 - $4.00
- STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR ID'S ON THEM IN ORDER TO PURCHASE SCHOOL LUNCH.
If you haven't already made your $25 per student donation to support our PTO activities, please consider doing so.
You can make your donation via School Pay, Venmo (@SmithKnightsPTO) or by making a check out to "Smith PTO" and turning it into the Main Office.
Smith's PTO appreciates your help.
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