Smith's Knightly News
November 19, 2022
Smith Middle School
Mission: The purpose of Smith Middle School is to ensure learning for all members of our school community.
Vision: Smith will be a safe environment where diversity is embraced, and the needs of the whole child are met through innovation and collaboration. With the resources available, the Smith community will strive to provide an engaging, challenging academic experience, while promoting a balance between emotional, academic, and social needs, contributing to the success of all students.
COURT IN SCHOOLS - IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL 8TH GRADE STUDENTS
On Monday, November 28, Smith will be hosting a very special event for our 8th grade students. We are welcoming back a Troy community program called "Court in Schools". For that morning, our cafeteria will serve as the official 52-4 District Court for the city of Troy. At approximately 9:00am, 8th graders will be welcomed to the cafeteria as an audience to observe real court proceedings with the Honorable Judge Kirsten Hartig.
This has always proved to be a great experience for our students. In order for our 8th graders to participate in this event, they must be dressed appropriately for court in business attire (boys: dress pants, shoes, button down or polo shirts tucked in, ties are optional; girls: skirts, pants, dresses, blouses, etc.)
If any student has specific questions about what to wear, please touch base with your counselor, social studies teacher, Mr. Brinks, or Mrs. Conaton. If any student does not have dress clothes, please speak with your counselor, Mr. Brinks, or Mrs. Conaton.
We are looking forward to this special opportunity!
CONGRATULATIONS TECHNO KNIGHTS!
Smith's Techno Knights Robotics team participated in the Rochester Hills FTC Qualifier on Nov 12th and scored 5th rank in the qualification round.
Also, the team received a 1st place for Innovate Award sponsored by Raytheon Technologies and 3rd place for Inspire Award.
The team was selected to move on and participate in the FTC Michigan State Championship - MCC FIRST Tech Challenge which will be held Dec 8-10, 2022 at Macomb Community College in Warren MI.
Team Techno Knights..
Arnav Narare, 7th. Chinmay Karthikeya Kandula, 6th. Kavin Venkat Sankar Ganesh, 7th. Paul Le, 8th. Ryan Patil, 7th. Saathvick Saravanan, 7th. Shlok Vartak, 6th. Zayd Siddiqui, 7th.
Are you interested in going on the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. and Charlottesville, VA in November 2023?
- Mrs. Trice and Mrs. Casko visited the 7th grade social studies classrooms on Friday, Nov. 18 share a little bit about the trip, including the registration website.
- The registration website link is also available on 7th grade social studies teachers' Schoology pages.
- The virtual informational parent meeting is scheduled for November 29 from 6:00-7:00pm using the TEAMS meeting link (We are not meeting in-person at the school). The TEAMS link will be sent out next week and again on the day of the meeting.
- The early registration deadline is Dec. 31, 2022. There is a $50 discount for those who register early.
- If a parent cannot attend the meeting, it will be recorded and shared on the trip page on the Smith website.
Quarter 1 Grades Posted on Powerschool
Families can now access student report cards and quarter 1 grades on PowerSchool under the "Grades and Attendance" tab found on the left side of the screen.
Link to Power School Parent Portal: https://ps.troy.k12.mi.us/public/
If you have questions about your student's grades, please reach out to their teacher directly. If you are having trouble logging into Powerschool, contact our main office.
HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR SMITH STAFF
Dear Smith Families,
Our Smith Media Center will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on November 28-December 2. Please see the attached letter to learn about setting up an eWallet for your student and when your student will be attending the fair.
Would you like to honor your child’s teacher by donating to their classroom library? Smith teachers are asking for donations to their teacher eWallets so that they can buy new books to restock their classroom libraries. This would be a wonderful holiday teacher gift! You can find the link to teachers’ eWallets here, and you can add your donation via your credit card:
We are looking for volunteers to fill out the sign up for the Smith Book Fair dates of November 28- December 2nd for cashiers. There are 3 time slots for cashiers through the days: Mornings (8 am - 10:30 am), Lunch (10:15 am - 12:45 pm) and Afternoon (12:30pm – 3 pm). If you are interested, please make sure that you complete a volunteer background check form and turn it in to the office. You can find the form on our website.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to see our SignUp: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FACA92DAAFA7-scholastic
2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3. Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
If you have never helped as a cashier at the Book Fair, let me tell you, they make it pretty easy. And, helping at the middle school event is also much easier than at an elementary event. These students rarely need any help in making selections and getting through the check out line.
Plus a BONUS to all volunteers... 20% off your purchase at the event!
Please let our volunteer coordinator Vibha Nijhawan know if you have any questions at email@example.com
Thanks in advance for your time! We hope to see you there.
Smith Media Specialist
We have a great online spirit wear store with a number of new modern styles and items for purchase. You can either pick them up or utilize the option of having your orders delivered directly to your home for a small fee.
Click on the link below to check out the wide variety of styles and prints.
Below is a sample of the logo choices for most items...
Our Lost and Found is growing quickly! If your student is missing a sweatshirt, jacket, lunchbox, etc. please have them take a look outside the main office. Unclaimed items will be donated or disposed of over the December break.
"If you want to improve your public speaking skills and push your creativity and problem-solving skills to the next level, then Smith’s new Model United Nations club is the place for you! Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real-world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. You get to speak about real-world issues, meet new people, gain valuable skills for high school and beyond and, of course, have a lot of fun! No prior experience required! Come to Mrs. Sebastian’s room (room 20) to learn more at the first meeting on December 1st from 3:10-3:45."
Troy Schools E-Sports Opportunity
Open House - November 27, 3:00-4:00pm
6TH GRADE INTRAMURAL BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Step Up to the Plate Fundraiser!
Receive 20% off at any of the restaurants below.
Bring your receipts to the Smith office and we could win $1000!
Smith Middle School Twitter - @SMITHKNIGHTS
Feel free to follow the great things happening at Smith Middle School on Twitter. We often share pictures from our school day, highlight student work and classroom activities, and celebrations.