SMS Weekly Update

April 4th - April 8th

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SMS Phone Numbers

Main Office: 503-825-5500
Fax: 503-825-5501
Attendance: 503-825-5510

SMS Attendance Email

Weekly Calendar:

Mar. 21-25: Spring Break

Apr. 2 – SMS Jazz Festival – Swingin’ the Green, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Oregon Golf Club

Apr. 4 – B Day

Apr. 5 – A Day

Apr. 6 – B Day: White Schedule, 1-Hour Early Release

Apr. 7 – A Day: SMS Site Council Meeting, 7:30 – 8:15 a.m., SMS Community Room

Apr. 8 – B Day

Upcoming Events

April 13 - White Schedule, 1-Hour Early Release

April 13 – District Board Meeting/Work Session, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.,

April 14 – Scheduled Conferences, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m., In person

April 15 – Scheduled Conferences, 8:00 – 12:00 p.m., In person

April 18 - SMS PSO Meeting 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. TBD

April 20 - White Schedule, 1-Hour Early Release

Information for Parents

A Message to Parents Regarding Volunteering

We are excited to share that starting on Monday, April 4th we will begin welcoming volunteers back into our schools! We know that it has been a long time since we’ve been able to have volunteers inside our buildings, and we can’t wait to welcome back our families and caregivers in this way.

Current regulations from the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education will require that all volunteers are either vaccinated for COVID or have an approved exception form. Vaccination cards will be shown to front office staff at the start of your first volunteer date and will not need to be shown again on subsequent dates. Exceptions forms will need prior approval from our human resources department, and can be found here: Medical Exception Request or Religious Exception Request. Completed exception forms should be emailed to Steve Emmert at for approval, then Human Resources will notify the Admin Assistant in the location where the volunteer will be serving.

All volunteers will also need to confirm that they are free from COVID symptoms prior to volunteering. Attestation questions will be added to the volunteer check-in process and will be completed by volunteers each time they arrive at the school. If you are scheduled to volunteer and have been exposed to COVID or have had COVID symptoms in the last five days we will ask that you please reschedule for another volunteer date.

Finally, all volunteers will need to complete a background check form prior to volunteering (please allow for a 7-10 day processing time). That form can be found linked here.

School wide opportunities for volunteering will be shared by our Parent Support Organization (PSO). If you are not currently signed up as a volunteer through our PSO please visit their webpage linked here.

Scheduled Conferences will be held Thursday, April 14th from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, April 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only. Teachers will be calling the parents of those students who they feel might benefit the most from having a parent-teacher conference. Teachers will not be available for drop in conferences. Conferences will be in person at SMS unless a virtual conference is requested by the parent. Masks are not required.

Staff vs. Students Basketball Game: On Friday, April 22nd, we will have a staff vs. student basketball game. Students have the option to sign up to play in the game if they are interested. Twelve students from each grade will be randomly selected. The games will be by grade level and will take place prior to the end of the school day on April 22nd.

Spirit Week will take place April 4th through 8th. All students and staff are welcome to participate. Please keep in mind, all clothing must meet district dress code, be appropriate for school, and not cause a distraction to learning.

For OHSU Testing Program supplies please email

Information From Prior Week

Excusing Absences in ParentVue: In addition to the current phone and email methods for excusing absences, beginning after spring break, parents of middle and high school students will also be able to excuse absences through ParentVUE. This new method is available only for full-day absences for the current day and future days.

To excuse an absence through ParentVUE, click the "Report Absence" button next to your student's picture on the home screen. Then, select the date(s) and choose a reason for the absence. You may also enter a note and upload any supporting documents. Click "Save" to submit. The attendance office will review your submission and update your student's attendance record.

SBAC Testing is coming. SBAC Testing will take place in May. As in the past, parents will have the opportunity to opt their student(s) out of testing. More information and the opt out form will be provided as we move closer to the test dates.

  • May 2-6: Math
  • May 9-13: 8th Grade Science
  • May 16-31: ELA

Outdoor School: We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Northwest Regions Educational Service District (NWRESD) to provide an Outdoor School experience for all 6th-grade students this spring on May 9th & 10th. NWRESD is facilitating an Outdoor School model in which students will attend a one day off-campus day of outdoor science instruction at Rood Bridge Park or Champoeg State Park and a second one-day off-campus experience at Camp Trickle Creek. Please keep an eye out for more information to come.

Yearbook Information

Yearbook Photos: Click here to upload photos into the TreeRing shared folders.

Yearbook: Yearbooks may be purchased until May. The cost is $25 and varies with personalization options. Go to The SMS passcode is 101612219220699

Community Information

Click here for information regarding activities in the area.

Bowmen Cheer Tryouts Tryout Clinics are May 3, 4, & 5 and Tryouts are May 10 and 11 for those students who are interested. Our cheerleaders are sideline and competitive athletes who embody school spirit for SHS and our community. Regardless of prior experience levels, you can try out and see if cheer is for you. Complete this interest form and additional information and a Tryout Packet will be emailed to you. We look forward to seeing you. Go Bowmen!

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