SMS Scoop

November 5, 2018

No School Tomorrow- Election Day!

All SCSD2 schools will be out tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6th. Tomorrow's election day includes county races, meaning that elementary schools (as well as SHS and SMS) are used as polling places. Elementary schools don't have room for polling AND school, therefore, the district cannot have school for this election.

Enjoy your day off tomorrow. Teachers will be attending training sessions at SHS all day. The SMS office will be closed all day. We'll return to school on Wednesday, November 7th and we will run a B day schedule.

School Play Friday

Something must be done about the children! When a school stages an intervention for three of their most social-media obsessed students, the ultra-righteous Amanda Boseman arrives armed with an array of cautionary tales. Firefighters are too busy taking selfies to fight fires! Anybody could be a bot! Intrigued yet? Come out Friday evening to be entertained by the SMS Drama department’s performance of This is Your Brain on Social Media by Ian McWethy and Carrie McWethy (Crossen). The doors will open at 5:45 pm and the show will begin at 6 pm. Please arrive through the bus doors. Admission is $3 and refreshments will be available for a small donation. We look forward to entertaining you Friday evening.

The UN is Still ON!

Our UN fUNdraiser program is still ON! We're collecting for the rest of this week. Participating students can bring their collection to the office any day this week. Return the money in a sealed envelope or ziplock baggie. Make sure your name, grade, and homeroom teacher are on the paper and that you have written down the TOTAL of the amount you are returning. If you have any checks, make sure they are made out to SMS.

In order to participate in the prize program, your donations must be turned in no later than Friday, November 9th. If you have any questions, check with Miss Nass.

Winterguard Starts Soon!

All SMS students are invited to join the Winterguard. Winterguard is a group that performs a flag, rifle, and dance routine and competes against other schools in the tri-state area. No experience is required. The initial practices are Tuesday and Thursday, November 13th and 15th! Practices will be held at the old school cafeteria on 3rd Street from 3:30-5:30 PM. Students will meet in the SMS cafeteria at 3:05 on the 13th and they will walk together to the practice facility. Parent pick up should be at 5:30 at the old school cafeteria. Winterguard is considered a 'club' so you don't need an IHSAA Pre-participation Physical to participate!

If you are interested in joining this great group, sign up on the Canvas Community page and plan to attend the first rehearsal on November 13th.

When you need help, where can you turn?

Life is hard - and everyone struggles from time to time. Sometimes we need to talk to a trusted adult for help or direction. We might be tempted to search the internet - but this often leads to poor information from unreliable sources. Thankfully our Media Center has expanded a “Self-Help” section, including some trustworthy resources that have been recommended by Mrs. Asdell and Mrs. Naugle, our School Counselors. There is a list outside the guidance office with titles available, or you can simply browse next time you are in the Media Center. We have books on a wide variety of topics such as bullying, anxiety, relationships, and other subjects that many students might struggle with at one time or another.

Sometimes you need to access the SMS Guidance department and speak directly with Mrs. Asdell or Mrs. Naugle. You can request an appointment through a private message on Canvas. You can quickly stop by between classes and leave a green “Counselor Meeting Request” form. You can ask a teacher to come to the office using eHallPass.

Did you know you can find out if a counselor is free before you come up to the office? If you type in Asdell or Naugle into eHallpass, it will alert you if they are “out of office” - or unavailable. If so, simply send a Canvas message or try between classes. Always check in with Mrs. Walsh or Mrs. Manns when you get to the office before going down the guidance hallway!

Please remember that our counselors are very busy - classroom lessons, community meetings, appointments scheduled with individual students or teachers, contacting parents, working with outside providers, and helping students in crisis. So if you come to see them and find the door closed or lights out, please leave a green request form and get back to class. If the issue is urgent and you or someone you know is in crisis - you can mark “urgent” on the request or use “C2” for issues such as immediate safety.

All of you are important and all of you need a little help from time to time. Thank you for your patience with our counselors as they work hard for all of us!

Good Sports

Our winter sports season begins today! Good luck to our 7th and 8th-grade girls basketball team who are on the road to North Harrison tonight. Here are a few reminders about being GOOD SPORTS at SMS!

  • SMS students are welcome to attend any SMS home sporting event free of charge- provided that they were not absent or suspended that day. In fact, ALL SCSD2 students are admitted free to middle school home events (except tournaments.)
  • Drop off and pick up for student spectators is the west PE hall door.
  • Adults can buy $4 single ticket admissions at the door OR they can buy a transferrable Warrior Pass. A Warrior Pass is a 10-punch ticket that allows any adult(s) into any non-tourney home SMS event. If an adult regularly attends, this is the best plan because the pass is only $30. Warrior Passes can be purchased at the ticket counter with cash or check (to SMS).
  • Students are encouraged to sit in the SMS Cheer Block (the 6th-grade bleachers for assemblies.) Students are expected to be in the bleachers during game play and take care of restroom or concession needs during breaks in play (like quarters or half-time).
  • Students are required to stay inside during events. There will be no readmittance for students that leave the building.
  • All fans are encouraged to cheer wildly for the home team, while demonstrating respect for opponents, opponent fans, referees, and all other attendees. All fans are also encouraged to put trash in receptacles.
  • After the event, students are expected to have rides ready in the west parking lot. To ensure a timely departure, students are encouraged to call home to set rides when the fourth quarter begins! Typically, basketball games are over by 8:20 PM.
  • Any questions about SMS athletic events should be directed to Kevin Smith, SMS Assistant Principal and Athletic Director.

PLTW: Innovators and Makers!

Hey, 8th Graders! Are you interested in computers and coding? Do you like to use your imagination and create devices? Do you like doing hands-on projects and printing 3D objects? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the second semester 8th-grade Computer Science elective may be for you! If this sounds interesting to you and you are currently in 8th-grade SSR, then you should sign up on the Canvas Community page. See Mr. Jeffries if you have any questions!

The 80's are coming!

The SMS Student Council has announced the theme for our fall dance on Friday, November 16th. We'll be going back to the 80's, baby! Our dance will be held from 6:30 - 9:00 PM. It is for SMS students, staff, and parents/guardians only. Information about the dance will be shared in next week's Scoop.

Parents/Guardians: We typically have over 400 kids at a dance so we need YOU to help us! We will be seeking 100 adults to assist. Chaperone information will also be included in next week's Scoop. Mark your calendars NOW so you are ready to join in on the fun! Thank you!

Picture Retake Day Nov. 15th

Picture Retake Day is Thursday, November 15th. The following people will need to sit for a picture:

  • if you enrolled at SMS after fall picture day on September 18th,
  • if you were absent on fall picture day, or
  • if you purchased a picture package and are NOT happy with the result, bring your complete, uncut package to the photographer and you'll get a free retake.

All students and staff needing to have a picture taken should pick up a flyer in the office this week!

This Week...

Mon. Nov. 5: A day, Bot Warriors, Art Club, Drama, 7/8 GB @ North Harrison

Tue. Nov. 6: No School - Election Day - Office Closed

Wed. Nov. 7: B day, Cross 7:45am, SADD lunches, Drama, 7 BB @ St. Johns, 6 GB @ North Harrison

Thu. Nov. 8: A day, Archery, Drama Dress Rehearsal, Science Olympiad, 7/8 GB v. Silver Creek

Fri. Nov. 9: B day, fUNdraiser donations due, School Play 6 PM

Sat. Nov. 10: 7/8 BB @ Salem Tourney, 6 GB and 6 BB @ Hanover Tourney