October 30, 2022

In this Spartan Scoop:

  • Mrs. Martin's Greeting
  • Stay Connected! Which social media platform do you prefer?
  • Accessing your Child's Report Card
  • Book Fair-- THIS WEEK!
  • Washington, DC Trip + Fundraiser Information- 8th Grade ONLY
  • Socktober + Ski Club Parent Meeting + Boys Basketball Schedule
  • PTO: Staff Appreciation Events
  • Information from Previous SMORE
Good evening Spartan Families,

I wanted to thank you for such an incredible turn out of support for your student during our Student Led Conferences! It was such a wonderful two nights with families in the building and I enjoyed meeting and talking with so many of you--I only wish I could have spoken with and met each of you :) For being the largest middle school in the corporation, I continue to be amazed at how close our school community is and that is because of you all and our staff! Thank you for everything you do to support SMS.

As fast and full as the beginning of the school year is, I shouldn't be surprised that we are already through Marking Period 1! Please make sure you are logging in and looking at your student's report card on Skyward. As we move into Marking Period 2 I'm excited for all of the opportunities our teachers have planned for students to engage in and challenge themselves with in regard to content standards and curriculum!

Please remember that we do not have school on November 8, 2022, due to many schools serving as polling sites.


If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out!

With Spartan Pride,

Mrs. Martin


As was posted in Friday's newsletter, report cards are now available. Please follow the directions below to access your child's first quarter report card:

  • Login to Family Access

  • Click on the Portfolio Folder for your student

  • Click on the download button to download a PDF of the report card, called 1st Quarter Report Card October 28, 2022.

  • Once the Report Card has been downloaded, you may view and/or print a copy

If you have more than one student, you will need to follow the steps for each child. If you are experiencing a technical difficulty, please send an email to and we will assist you.

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Scholastic Book Fair

Details for Students:

What: Scholastic Book Fair

When: Monday Oct. 31 - Friday, November 4

Times: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Where: the SMS Seminar Room

Payment: cash or e-wallet (click here to watch a video on how to create an e-wallet)

Parent Volunteers Needed:

Please click here (Sign-Up Genius) to volunteer. Shifts are in 2 hour increments. PLEASE NOTE: In order to volunteer during the school day a parent/guardian must have a background check completed and approved.

Students will visit the Book Fair in Language Arts class during library time.

Students can also visit the Book Fair before school from 8:50 - 9:05am, and after school for car riders 4:00 - 4:15pm.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping. If you order online, all orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Washington, D.C. Deadlines- 8th Grade ONLY

Registration and First Payment Due to Date: Wednesday, November 2 of $200.00

Second Payment Due Date: Wednesday, December 14 of $400.00

Final Payment Due Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 of remaining balance

Trip Dates are Monday, May 22, 2023 to Friday, May 26, 2023

8th Grade DC Fundraiser

8th grade families, mark your calendars for this year's Poinsettia sale! Order Forms and a letter with more details will go home next Friday, November 4th. Students will have two weeks to turn in money and sales. We will be doing the Voucher Sale, so purchasers can pick out their own poinsettias at Varner's Greenhouse in Niles beginning Nov 19th and running until Dec 24th. Poinsettias are great for holiday parties, gifts, and donations to organizations around town!

What to know:

Sale will run Nov 4-18th 2022.

Money and orders turned in by Nov 11th will receive vouchers on Nov 18th.

Money and orders turned in by Nov 18th will receive vouchers on Dec 2nd (due to holiday break).

Profits from each child's sales will go towards their DC Trip (PTO will transfer each child's profits to the travel company in his/her name). If your child does not participate in this trip, the money earned will be donated to the PTO general fund.

If you have any questions, please email Sarah Kubinski


It is that time of year again where we continue our annual tradition of SOCKTOBER! This year, Student council is leading the efforts to raise socks, mittens, and caps for the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. Socks are one of the least donated items, but are essential as we head towards the Winter months. All Donations must be new and not used and can be dropped off in the bins next to the commons or the IMC. Please consider donating to our Socktober Drive from Monday, October 17th- Monday, October 31st. Thank You for your support.

Ski Club Parent Meeting


Do you have a child interested in ski club? Do you have questions? Do you just want a little more information? Please come to a parent ski club informational meeting on Tuesday, November 15th from 6-6:30. Mrs. Ludwig hopes to answer any and all questions at that time. The sign-up information will also be coming out soon and the sign-up deadline will be the beginning of December. We are just finalizing our dates before we send out the information link. If you have questions in the meantime, please reach out to Lisa Ludwig at

Boys Basketball Schedule

Schmucker Boys Basketball HOME Games- A few details

* Students must go home after school and return for the game at 5:30pm

* $2.00 per ticket for students

* 7th grade plays at time shown below and 8th grade plays after 7th grade game.

Thursday, Oct 27 vs Northridge - 5:30

Monday, Nov 7 vs Northside - 5:30

Thursday, Nov 10 vs Northwood - 5;00

Tuesday, Nov 29 vs Jimtown - 5:00

Tuesday, Dec 6 vs Concord - 5:00

Thursday, Dec 8 vs Concord - 5:00 * BIG 11 Tournament Game

PTO Shows Staff Appreciation

PTO has created a sign-up genius for the November and December staff appreciation events. November's staff treat will be a trail mix bar/station. December's treat will be coffee and cookies. If you would like to sign up to help contribute, please use the signupgenius link.

Thank you!

COVID Home Tests

The state has provided COVID home tests free of charge for students. Limit 1 kit (2 tests) per student. Interested parents/guardians should pick them up from the office while supplies last.

Order Your Yearbook Now

Click here to order a yearbook. You can also share your photos here, enter schumucker for the school code.
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Information From Previous SMORES

Early Bird Intraumurals

Please note that each Friday morning, beginning at 7:45am, our Intramurals Sponsor, Mr. Sears, holds an Early Bird Open Gym. Students are welcome to enter through Door L and participate in a variety of games and activities. Please reach out to Mr. Sears ( for specific questions or details.

Parent Involvement Opportunities & Employment

PTO Members & Volunteers:

Please see the PTO Newsletter for the month of October.

Educational Assistant: If you or someone you know has a passion for helping students succeed and feel yourself to be a life-long learner, problem solver and collaborative team member, then this is the position for you! Please reach out to me ( if you would like to talk about the details regarding this position.

Universal Substitute: If you or someone you know loves being in the classroom, and collaborating with teachers and students, then please reach out with interest or questions to me at ( The daily rate for this position is $115 and there is flexibility within the schedule.

Cell Phones

It is important for us to maintain a high level of academic excellence here at Schmucker Middle School. In order to help with student focus and to eliminate possible distractions, we ask that students keep their cell phones in their locker at all times during the school day. Students have access to school phones here at school (main office, nurse, teacher classrooms) should they need to get a hold of you during the day. We thank you for your support in this and focus on academic excellence.

Pay School Fees Online

Click the button below for more information.

Safety Update: How Can Parents Monitor On-Line Activity


Families have the option of receiving weekly emails outlining your students online activity while using Chromebooks. This online service is free and it gives parents an opportunity to maintain a safe learning environment at school and at home. Please click on the attached links to learn more about how Securly can help you.


If you see something, hear something, say something! The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at any P-H-M school or building. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying or threats. All calls are completely confidential.

Helpful Contacts

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