Welcome to Sandwich Middle School

August 2022 Newsletter


Good afternoon. My name is Andy Heilemeier and I am the principal at Sandwich Middle School. On behalf of the staff, I want to welcome back our students, parents, and guardians. We are looking forward to a positive and productive school year. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 17 and students will be dismissed at 1:10 pm. The lunch program also begins this day.

SMS New Staff Members

Mrs. Jodi Gudewicz - 7th Grade Math and Science

Mr. Mark Guilinger - 6th Grade Social Studies and Science

Communication from the Middle School

Sandwich Middle School will generally email a monthly newsletter. The purpose of this communication will be to highlight the latest things going on at school while also keeping you up to date on future events.

Sandwich Middle School will be using a Facebook page. Please be patient with us while we adjust to using it as a social media platform. You can access our page by clicking this SMS Facebook Page.

You can also view our Instagram page by searching Sandwich Middle School

Parents also have the option to receive text alerts when important information is pushed out. If you did not sign up for the text alerts when registering, you can text YES to 67587 to receive the alerts.

Student Schedules

Student schedules will be available via the student’s Tyler Technology account beginning August 10: https://san.sisk12.net/SAN360x3/login.

Back to School Open House

6th Grade Open House- August 16th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

7th/8th Grade Open House- August 23rd 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Upcoming Dates

August 10, 2022 - Student Schedules via Tyler

August 16, 2022 - 6th Grade Open House

August 17, 2022 - First day of school

August 23, 2022 - 7/8th Grade Open House

September 2, 2022- Picture Day



Routes will be published Monday, August 15. If you have not heard from the bus barn by the end of the day on the 15th, please call the transportation office at 815-786-8325.


Just a reminder to students and parents, Sandwich Middle School will not be accepting outside food deliveries unless a parent or legal guardian is the one making the delivery.

Student drop off and pick up is at the front of the school (door #1).

Also, when a stop arm is out on a bus, it is illegal to pass it.

Click here for information.


Students will be able to access their locker during each passing period this year.

District Breakfast and Lunch

District Breakfast and Lunch

The federal program that has allowed school districts across the country to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students regardless of income expired on June 30, 2022. Since 2020, this program has eliminated the need to collect payments for school meals for any student.

At this time, the federal government has not extended the waivers for next school year to allow free meals for all students. As a result, schools across the nation will be reverting back to free and reduced-price meals based on income eligibility guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

During the 2022-2023 school year, families who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will have to pay for school meals and registration fees. Students whose families are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch will be able to access meals next school year at no cost or a discounted rate. Families who qualify will have registration fees waived or applied at a discounted rate. Since this adjustment may create a financial burden on some of our families, we are writing to give you advance notice of this change.

In order to review the requirements to qualify and to apply, please use the link below:

2022-2023 Free/Reduced Application

Only one application needs to be completed per household. If you recently received notification that you have already been approved for free or reduced meals for the 2022-2023 school year you do not need to complete an application.

Lunch Prices for 2022-2023

K-5 Schools $3.10

Sandwich Middle School $3.20

Sandwich High School $3.20

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jody Kruswicki, Administrative Assistant, 815-786-2187 or jkruswicki@sandwich430.org

August Menus

Click here for the August breakfast menu.

Click here for the August lunch menu.


Thank you for registering your student. At this time you will only receive a phone call if your student appears “unregistered.” Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions.

Nurse’s Notes

Attention All Incoming 6th Grade Students:

The physical exam and immunization record are due by the first day of school

  • Complete physical exam: Please note that a sports physical does not meet the requirement for the 6th grade physical.

  • Up-to-date immunization to include: Tdap, 2-varicella doses, hepatitis B series, and meningococcal vaccine. Please check with your health care provider to be sure these immunizations are included on your child’s 6th grade physical exam.

  • Exemption Forms: Renewal of Religious Exemption Form or Medical Exemption, if applicable.

  • Dental exam: Due by May 15, 2023

Health Plans

Health plans for certain medical conditions (ex, asthma, diabetes, seizures, food allergies, etc.) need to updated every school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse. REMINDER :Students who require an inhaler at school should also have a spacer/chamber available to be used with the inhaler

Medication Reminder

Any student requiring medication during the school day needs to have a completed school medication form on file in the office. This includes all prescription, over the counter, inhalers, and emergency/rescue type medications. Forms can be found on the district website or you may contact the school nurse.

Sports Update

Here are the start date for all of our fall sports programs this year:

  • Golf - Currently underway (Grades 6-8)

  • Cross Country - Practice begins August 15th at 3:00 PM. Open to 5th-8th grade boys & girls.

  • Co-ed Soccer - Practice begins August 17th at 3:00 PM. Open to 6th-8th grade boys & girls.

  • Girls Basketball - Try-outs will start on August 29th, times TBD. 6th - 9th grade girls.

Reminder that your student athlete must have a current sports physical on file in order to practice/try-out. Also, there is a sport fee of $75 that must be paid. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Middle School office.