Switzerland Point Middle School

Raider Rap September 24, 2023

Upcoming Dates:

  • September 29: Neon Bash
  • October 3: Volleyball VS GRMS
  • October 5: Volleyball VS MMS

Testing Update

Testing Update

Save the Date! Progress monitoring 2 (PM2) dates for FAST testing have been announced (see below):

6th grade FAST ELA Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 11th

7th grade FAST ELA Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 12th

8th grade FAST ELA Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 14th

6th grade FAST Math Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 15th (with flipped bell schedule)

7th grade FAST Math Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 18th (with flipped bell schedule)

8th grade FAST Math Progress Monitor 2 (PM2): December 19th (with flipped bell schedule)

Make-up testing will be in January.

7th-grade students in Advanced Math will take the 8th-grade Math FAST assessment for both PM2 and PM3 since this aligns best with the standards taught in the 7th-grade advanced course. These students will still test on the 7th grade FAST Math PM2 date (December 18).

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Character Counts! Raider Buck Competition

Our Character Counts! Raider Buck competition is under way! Students who are seen displaying one of the pillars of character or kindness can earn Raider Bucks. At the end of the quarter, the class with the most points will win the prize!

Current standings:

1st place: 6th grade 345 points

2nd place: 8th grade 261 points

3rd place: 7th grade 225 points

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Character Counts! Pillar of the month

Each month, teachers are able to nominate students who display the pillar of character for that month. Those students receive their certificates and are invited to lunch with us at the end of the month.

In the month of September, we celebrate the pillar of Fairness. We look for students who:

  • Play by the rules
  • Take turns and share
  • Be open-minded; listen to others
  • Don’t take advantage of others
  • Don’t blame others carelessly
  • Treat all people fairly


· When you hear, “It’s not fair!” ask your child to define what is unfair about the situation. Usually, when you hear this, it means that your child didn’t receive something he/she thinks was deserved or an expectation has not been met – whether real or imagined.

· Discuss the question, “Does fair mean equal?” Talk about situations in school, home, or the community where the answers may sometimes be “yes” and may sometimes be “no”.

· Set family goals. Have each member of the family complete the following sentence and post it where it will serve as a reminder: I will show fairness by: _________________


· Create a democratic family environment by providing opportunities for each family member to provide input on appropriate family topics and decisions.

· Embrace the uniqueness of each family member without making comparisons of specific areas of competence.

· Consistently apply pre-determined rules, and make expectations clear and predictable.

· Advocate and help others who are impacted by adversity.

· Involve children in developing the rules they are to follow.

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Len Mattiace Foundation Stop the Bullying Campaign Contest

Len Mattiace is a former graduate from Nease High School and is currently a golfer on the PGA Tour. The Len Mattiace foundation helps youth in NE Florida with raising awareness about bullying and creating a safe environment for them.

Last spring we had three winners. Two students won prizes of $100, and the top prize winner of the contest won $1000!!!

Contest dates are 9/5-11/3/23 by 5 PM

See the flier below and the website for details.


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Reminders from the Deans

Parents – students must have drinks in a water bottle that has a cap. Please do not send your student to school with a tumbler that has an open lid or straw (like the Stanley cups or other stainless brands). Also please refrain from sending students with Starbucks/Dunkin/etc. These drinks spill easily and cause a disruption in our hallways. Thanks for understanding!

Newsletter from the ILC

Check out the updates and this issue's featured teachers.

Health Screenings

Attention parents of 6th graders:

The St. Johns County School District Health Services will be conducting our annual health screening on November 2, 2023. These screenings will be conducted through your student’s PE class and is only for 6th grade students. Your student will be offered a free screening that includes height, weight, vision, hearing, and scoliosis. If you wish to opt out of the testing, please fill out the form and return it to the clinic no later than 10/25/2023.

You can have your student drop the form off in the clinic or email it to:


Please call if you have any questions or concerns regarding the screenings.

Congratulations to the Boys Volleyball team


Liam Heffernan

Logan Green

Max Simanoff

Cooper Beauman

Cameron Hummel

Justin Donohue

Jaidyn White

Aiden Sumner

Pierce Sargeant

Peter Ripple

Tanner Richardson

Matheus Alomia

Justin Manning

Developmental Players:

*Shamith Tipirneni

*Patrick Tapp

Dreams Come True Club

The Dream Come True Club (DTC) will be beginning September 26th directly after school in the Media Center from 2 – 3 pm. This club is open to all grades at SPMS. Club members work to raise awareness and funding for the Dreams Come True organization that grants a dream for kids battling life-threatening illnesses. Fundraisers last year included coin drives, bake sales, and more. Club members can earn service hours for participation in club events. Parent permission forms are available on the front table in the Media Center. Please see Ms. Nordin in the Media Center with any questions.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month and Spanish Classes

September 15th - October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Throughout this month, we will be honoring and celebrating the historically significant and ongoing achievements of the members of the Hispanic and Latino/a/x/e community. The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th. It was enacted into law on August 17th, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. We also proudly celebrate and recognize the contributions, influence, and achievements of our own Hispanic/Latinx faculty, staff, and students. This month-long celebration also honors the strength of these diverse cultures throughout the United States. This year, we are celebrating the Theme of "Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America." These three themes - prosperity, power, and progress - are all interconnected. Our economic success leads to more power and influence, which, in turn, drives further progress for our community. It's a cycle propelling us forward and an exciting time to be a Hispanic in America.

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Robotics Club

  1. The interest meeting was on Wednesday, 9/20.
  2. Pickup is promptly in front of the school. We will exit by gym doors. Please line up or park in the lot all the way to the end of the line to get everyone into the parking lot and off the road and to facilitate pickup.
    1. Robotics Competition team: This involves extensive research outside of school, meeting with professionals in the field (which they must locate), and presenting a problem, as well as a solution, to a panel of judges over a 1-hour period. The competitions take place on Saturdays and last all day. Meetings, ACTIVE participation, and homework are REQUIRED to participate. Spots are limited.
    2. ROBOTICS Competition Team: The emails and invites will be sent out by Friday, 9/29 to confirm who made the team. A parent meeting will be required after school to discuss with parents how the competition works and the requirements. (**More info to come!!)
    3. STEM Club: This meets for fun to do activities in the room using the robotics materials to build and innovate, code, and meet with friends to do fun activities. There is no outside school time or requirements outside of the club. Students can join and participate when they can.
    4. STEM Club: More information will be forthcoming about the STEM Club meeting dates and times coming up in October via email, school announcements, SPMS Website, and Raider Rap sent by Mrs. Carnall. There is a Schoolgy group Code FDHT-73SN-G3JW2 set up with information posted regarding the STEM group as we get that going, for students to join. First Meeting: October 3rd in room #845 2-3:30.
    5. We discussed these things in detail Wednesday: Students were given a handout with dates of the competitions and were given the ability to chat with parents before deciding which route they wish to pursue (STEM Club or Robotics competition team), and then a 2nd parent consent form was provided to let us know student preference. These new forms are due by WEDNESDAY, 9/27, to Mrs. Madden! They will NOT be accepted late.
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Your SPMS Winterguard will be performing at the OPENING Game for your hometown hockey team, the Jacksonville Icemen!

Support our team by purchasing a $20 ticket TODAY! $5 goes back to your team! Come cheer them on as they take the ice for a fun performance!! Share with your family, friends, neighbors and more!


These funds will help with show costs! Thank you for your support!

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Schoology is used by teachers to post assignments and due dates for students. Each student and parent will be issued a username and password to access Schoology. This forum creates a calendar for students to access assignments, see when they are due, and sometimes, submit assignments. If you are a returning SJCSD student or parent, your login information does not change. New families to SJCSD received this information the first week of school.

You can learn more about Schoology here: https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/edtech/schoology/schoology-for-parents/

SSYRA-Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program

The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3 through 8. The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure and to read books that are on, above, and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency. Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Students can earn prizes by reading the books and taking a short verbal quiz on them in the media center! Students who read 10 or more SSYRA books are eligible to try out for the Battle of the Books team in the winter. Please see the PDF for the annotated list of this year’s books. Please email madison.gowin@stjohns.k12.fl.us for any questions about our SSYRA program!

Special Message on the Marquee

SPMS National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring an opportunity to send a special birthday or congratulations message to your student via the marquee in the front of the school. Cost is $25. Complete the form here to submit your request . Requests are due the Friday prior to the event and will display the following week (Tuesday through Monday). Example: If you turn in the request on Friday, September 17th, then your message will be displayed on Tuesday, September 21st.


SPMS athletics consists of both boys and girls volleyball and basketball, in addition to Winterguard.

All other middle school sports are operated by SJMSAA.

The St. Johns Middle School Athletic Association (”SJMSAA”) middle school sports program is not operated or sponsored by the St. Johns County School District. SJMSAA is an independent, private non-profit corporation that uses District middle school names and facilities under a license agreement with the District, and which is solely responsible for the operation of the SJMSAA middle school sports program and its individual teams.
Students need to register through the SJMSAA website prior to tryouts. Once a student makes a team, he/she will be provided with more information on paying and filling out the required forms


Congratulations to the Boys Soccer Teams

JV Soccer Team:

Shloak Mamtora

Caleb Hovis

Ben Mathis

Elijah Harms

Gavin Domingo

Matthew Pineros

Tristan Gaines

Finn Oglesby

Matthew Chan

Parker Nguyen

Henry Brewton

Rhys Mark

Elijah Rudi

Enzo Versiani

Elliot Awe

Thomas Provan

Callen Orians

Varsity Team

Cameron Lampos

William Hux

Max Fero

Louis Hollis

Andrew Miller

Brendan Maya

Conner Pertile

Dion Shehu

Dylan Feldman

Jacob Ellison

Keller Flack

Kurtis King

Luis Garcia

Luke Ramsey

Maddox Watson

Nicholas Aguilar

Nikita Cherneychuck

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Please join the board at the October monthly meeting to learn about the next Community Chat with Mr. Stausbaugh on school safety measures! Would love to have you there!!
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Raider Families! All orders have been submitted to the vendor, so please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery! We will then inventory everything left and put it on the website. There are still stickers, magnets, shoe charms, and bracelets available!


The PTSO is looking forward to a great event! A few Dads to assist in dismissal would be so appreciated!! Please sign up on the Sign Up! Thank you to all those that have signed up so far! The amazing events wouldn't happen without you all!


Looking for ways to appreciate your SPMS Staff?

The Sunshine Cart is the PTSO mobile version of staff appreciation! We take the goodies to them so they don’t have to find some time to get to the staff lounge!

This is a great way to help the PTSO show appreciation for all that the SPMS staff does for your student(s)!

Browse the staff appreciation wishlist, pick your favorite goodie and make sure to put your student's name in the notes! They will receive 10 Raider Bucks for donating!!

Thank you for your continued support, Raider Families!! SPMS PTSO Sunshine Cart Wishlist

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The PTSO would love your help stocking the Raider Store!

The Raider Store is where students can spend their hard earned Raider Bucks! Your student earns Raider Bucks from their teachers and staff for showing good character in the classroom and the hallways! They can then spend them in the PTSO sponsored Raider Store.

We are always looking for new and fun things to stock the store with to keep the students coming back!

Please put your student's name on the gift, and they will be credited 10 Raider Bucks for your donation!

Thank you for your support! SPMS PTSO Raider Store Wishlist Raider Store Volunteer Sign Up

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The SPMS PTSO is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the learning and work experience of the students and staff at SPMS.

Our membership includes teachers, administrators, parents and students.

What do we do?

Student Initiatives:

  • Neon Bash-Fall Dance for students
  • Raider Store-Rewards for students who earn Raider Bucks for academic and behavioral performance
  • Grade Level Support
  • Character Counts! Rewards

Staff Initiatives:

  • Classroom grants-teacher members are eligible for up to $100 in a classroom grant to purchase items to enhance their classroom
  • Staff luncheons and breakfast
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Annual Donation to the school for technology and other needs

How do we pay for these initiatives?

  • MEMBERSHIP-this is our biggest fundraiser. By simply joining PTSO, families help us reach our goals
  • Spirit Wear-PTSO sells spirit wear each fall
  • Fall/Spring Fundraisers-examples include Nothing Bundt Cakes and Poppin' Box
  • Business Partners-our area business help SPMS through our Partners in Education program
  • Corporate Donation Matches, Amazon Smile, Box Tops and private donations

How do you join?

We are excited about a wonderful and busy 2023-2024 school year and making a difference at Swiss!

If you are interested in finding out how you can help contact Dawn Evans at dawnevanswebpto@gmail.com


There will be various fundraisers throughout the school year to participate in to help fund the PTSO 2023-2024 initiatives.

Box Tops – Download the Box Tops app and scan your receipts for SMPS PTSO to get Box Top credits.

Keep an eye on the PTSO website, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on what is coming up throughout the year!

Questions/concerns?? spmsptso@hotmail.com

For up to date happenings LIKE us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/SwissPointPTSO/

SPMS PTSO is on INSTAGRAM! Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/spmsptso/

Check the PTSO website for all the latest news! http://www.swisspointptso.com/



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Casey Sorensen, Watson Morgtage

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