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December 1, 2017

NWEA - Mid-Year Assessments

It's time for our second round of NWEA assessments! We'll start testing Monday and according to the schedule below. Good luck to all SMS students taking the exams. Remember to take your time (the tests are untimed) and to do your very best. Results from this round of tests will help teachers create upcoming lesson plans, will help teachers create remediation and enrichment plans, and will reset your individual learning paths.


Monday, Dec. 4: Language Conventions 8:50-10:05

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Math 8:45-10:15

Thursday, Dec. 7: Reading 8:45-10:15


Bring a book to read if you finish early. Bring a pencil on the math test day.


You have been working. You have been learning. You are a JUNGLE TIGER!

Let's see which test areas will show GROWTH!!

SMS Holiday Spirit Week!

We’ve got spirit, yes we do, we’ve got spirit, how 'bout you?

Next week our Student Council and Pep Club will be joining together to host SMS Holiday Spirit Week. We'll celebrate the upcoming holiday AND we'll do it in a 'not-so-crazy' way so not to distract from our NWEA obligations! Here is the plan!


Monday- Red & Green Day

Wear red and green items to show your spirit!

Tuesday- Crazy Sock Day

Demonstrate your best foot fashions!

Wednesday- Ornament Day

Find a way to incorporate an ornament into your clothing or hair!

Thursday- Ugly Sweater Day

Wear your ugly holiday sweaters at school and at the game that night!

Friday- Polar Express Day

Buy a PJ permit for $1 (or more!) All donations will go to Riley’s Children Hospital,


Hope that everyone enjoys SMS Holiday Spirit Week!

Vocalists at Nashville Christmas Parade

Several SMS and SHS choir students are heading south to Tennesee today! They are heading to Nashville to represent Scottsburg in the Nashville Christmas Parade.


Jodi Guiao, Isabelle Marcum, Kaydence Land, Morgan Stauter, Hailey Engle, Rachel Feeler, Tierra Combs, Brooklyn Watts, Jamaica Streble, Chloe Scott, Sharon Wickey, Chris Phillips, Glen Redding, and Robert Tharp will be performing with 850 middle and high school vocalists from all over the United States. They have been working hard in after-school rehearsals for the last month. And they are extremely excited to go and meet new choir friends and work with a great choreographer and conductor. Our choir students will be on live television on Saturday at 10:06 AM on WISH or on Sunday December 24th at 5 PM on WHAS and ABC.

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Need a Great Gift?

Tis the season for handmade ornaments! Art Club has been working hard to create hand-painted ornaments on slices of wood. They will be sold for $2 each and all the money will go to the Salvation Army Kettle program in Scott County! Come see the ornaments in the main hallway from 7:45-8:00 on December 5th, 6th, and 7th. Bring a few dollars if you want to get a great gift for a friend, family member, teacher, etc!

Door Decoration Contest Starts Monday

OK, Homerooms! Let's get creative!

It's time to launch the SMS Holiday Door Decorating Contest. Rules and expectations can be found in the Canvas Community page. Winter Wonderland, Pop Culture Christmas, Through the Eyes of a Child, and more! Choose your theme and create a beautiful entry into your room. Doors will be judged by an esteemed panel on Monday, December 18th. Door winners will be announced at our December 19th assembly.

December Highlights

Here are a few more big events to prepare for this month!


Wednesday, December 13th- Late Start Day for Professional Development

School will start at 10:05 that morning. Teachers will be meeting to discuss mid-year NWEA results and make plans for enrichment and remediation starting in January.


Wednesday, December 13th- SMS/SHS Choir Concert

Everyone is invited to enjoy the sound of the season at our concert at 7 PM at SHS.


Thursday, December 14th- Christmas Dinner

The SMS food service team will be serving turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, and pumpkin pie bars for lunch! Mmmmmm


Thursday, December 14th- SMS Band Concert

Everyone is invited to hear our first band performance of 2017-2018 at 7:30 PM at SMS.


Monday, December 18th- iPad Turn-In Day

SMS will be collecting all student iPads during homeroom. We'll keep them safe and warm over break. iPads will be returned to students first thing when school resumes Jan. 4th. Students will leave chargers at home.


Tuesday, December 19th- Final Day of Semester 1

This is our final school day of 2017, our final day of grading period 2, and our final day of the first semester!


Tuesday, December 19th- Holiday Assembly

The SMS Staff are putting on a concert for students at 9:00 AM. Attendees must qualify by having no more than 2 disengagements on NWEA tests next week. Work hard on your tests- you won't want to miss this show!!


Wednesday, December 20th - Wednesday, January 3rd - Christmas Break

Enjoy the blessings of the season!


Thursday, January 4th- Semester 2 Begins!!

Report to homeroom on the first day back! We'll distribute iPads and then run an A day schedule.

Next Week...

Mon. Dec. 4: A day, Red/Green Day, NWEA test, Science Olympiad 3:00-4:30, 7/8 Girls BB @ Columbus Northside

Tue. Dec. 5: B day, Crazy Sock Day, Cool Ray Field Trip, Art Club Ornament Sale, fUNdraiser Ice Cream Party 2:15, Science Olympiad 3-4:30, Bot Warriors 3:30-5, 6 Girls BB @ Silver Creek

Wed. Dec. 6: A day, Ornament Day, Cross 7:45 AM, Art Club Ornament Sale, NWEA test, Science Olympiad 3:00-4:30, 7/8 Boys BB @ Highland Hills

Thu. Dec. 7: B day, Ugly Sweater Day, Student Council 7:15 AM, NWEA test, Science Olympiad 3-4:30, 7/8 Boys BB v. Jennings County, 7/8 Girls BB "B" v. Seymour

Fri. Dec. 8: A day, Polar Express PJ Pant Day ($1 permit),

Mon. Nov. 27: B day, Science Olympiad, 7/8 BB @ Southwestern