SSMS Weekly Update

April 29, 2022

Hello SSMS Tiger Nation,

Bike safety reminders for students - when walking to school from Belterra, students should use the sidewalks nearest the school, right in front of the flag poles, when cycling south on Sawyer Ranch Road. If you have to cross an intersection, students should always walk their bike across and watch for oncoming traffic. Last but not least, protect your noggin and always wear a helmet.

This week's Student Leadership Spotlight is our Volunteer Club. This club meets during Fun Fridays and has recently worked to clean up our grade level pods, conduct an outside campus clean up, deliver carnations and cards for staff on Valentine’s day, create signs for Special Olympics March Madness, and make dog treats for PAWS in Dripping Springs.

This month, Volunteer Club members made Welcome Home kits for Foster Village and had a guest speaker. Students have also created cards for Veterans. It has been a joy to see the way students love to give and volunteer!

Please see below for information on Teacher Appreciation Week next week, May 2-6.

Be sure your child continues to bring their district-owned Chromebook and charger, if they have one, every day to school as we set up the software for STAAR testing.


Joe Burns Interim Principal,

Mike Haase Assistant Principal, &

Karen McCollum Assistant Principal

Sycamore Springs Middle School

STAAR Season is Upon Us

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Teacher Appreciation

As the end of the school year is quickly approaching, let's celebrate our SSMS staff during teacher appreciation week (NEXT WEEK)! Links below for potluck, gifts, and teacher favorites.

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STAFF APPRECIATION POTLUCK: 2-4-6-8, who do we appreciate? Our awesome SSMS teachers and staff, that's who! The way to anyone's heart is a great meal, so let's show them some love for Staff Appreciation Week by feeding them on Wednesday, May 4th! Please sign up to bring in a crockpot meal, warm dish, appetizer, dessert, or drink on our Signup Genius Dishes or perishable items can be brought in by 9am on the 4th, and dry goods can be brought in earlier. All leftover appliances, serving utensils, etc., can be picked up outside the school after 2pm. The finish line is almost here, y'all! Let's help our wonderful SSMS staff end this year full and happy!
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"I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give 'em yours!" - Dolly Parton. May 2-6 is Staff Appreciation Week at SSMS and we'd love to shower our awesome staff during our Gift Extravaganza with gift cards, plants, and other tokens of our appreciation! Please sign up to bring something in to be bestowed upon those who've given everything they've got to our children this year. Anything from a $5 gift card to Dunkin to an adorable succulent will be so treasured! Items can be brought in by 9am May 6th. Thank you to all you awesome givers and helpers out there! This will truly make their week!


SSMS Theater Spring Show

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Yearbook update!

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Hey SSMS parents, if you haven't ordered a yearbook for your student yet, please take a moment to do that now. Sales end on Friday, May 6, and there are fewer than 50 copies still available. Visit to order.

Not sure if you purchased a book? Here's a few ways you can check:

  • If you provided an email address when you purchased a yearbook, you should have received an email from Balfour on Wednesday confirming that you are on the yearbook distribution list.
  • If you didn't get an email, but still think you ordered, search for a receipt from "" in your email inbox. Make sure it is from August 2021 or later, and that it shows an SSMS yearbook purchase (not just an ad purchase, for example).
  • You can search our yearbook order list at for your student's name.

Yearbooks should be arriving in about three weeks, and we will send out a notice in the SSMS Weekly News update once we have finalized our distribution plans! Any other yearbook questions can be sent to Thanks for your support!

Exciting Announcement - Additional Counselor for 2022-23 - Sandy Zimmerman

We are excited to announce that Sandy Zimmerman will join La'Donna Caroselli in our counseling department for the 2022-23 school year.
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SSMS Dance

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As all of you might know by now, our first ever semi-formal school dance is this May 6th from 6:15 PM until 8:30 PM. Students must go home after school and then come back for dance at opening time (6:15 PM). Please make sure you pick up your student no later than 8:30 PM at the SSMS cafeteria in the back of the school. The school dress code will be enforced. Students are encouraged to dress their best - think slacks, ties, suits, and dresses (no strapless dresses).

There will be drinks and snacks to purchase at the inside concession stand.

We are so excited to have our SSMS staff chaperone this dance and watch our students have a wonderful time!

Rising & Incoming 7th Grade 2022-23 Texas Immunization Requirements

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Feeding Tigers Food Collection

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Tiger Tip Line

The Tiger Tip Line allows students or parents to report concerns about bullying, other social issues, or security matters. The name of the school must be included, and it is requested that details of an incident being reported include location, time, date, and any available information about who was involved to help administrators investigate. Tips can be made anonymously or with a name. However, please note that administrators are able to do a more thorough job investigating tips when they can contact the reporting party for additional information.

It is important to note that messages are received during business hours only as they are checked by school administrators.


SSMS News April 28

Upcoming Events

4/29 - SSMS Theater Spring Show 7:00 PM

4/30 - SSMS Theater Spring Show 7:00 PM

4/30 - Soccer HLMS District Tournament: Girls at West Ridge Middle School; Boys at Hill Country Middle School

5/02 - Tennis vs West Ridge (at DSHS) 4:15 PM

5/02 - Soccer vs Bee Cave at Bee Cave Middle School

5/03 - Algebra STAAR

5/05 - Science STAAR

5/06 - US History STAAR

5/06 - SSMS School Dance 6:15-8:30 PM

5/07 - Soccer HCMS District Tournament - Boys at HCMS and Girls at WRMS

5/07 - Tennis District Tournament at Westlake High School

5/10 - 7th grade Math STAAR

5/11 - Tennis vs Hudson Bend (at Lake Travis HS) 4:15 PM

5/11 - 6th grade & 8th grade Reading STAAR

5/14 - Band/Choir trip to Schlitterbahn Sound Waves Festival

5/12 - 7th grade Reading STAAR

5/13 - 6th grade & 8th grade Reading STAAR

Staff Birthdays

4/29 - Sheila Bermudez

5/07 - Carla Bailey

5/08 - Laurie Haffelfinger

5/11 - Jana Galloway

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