March 20, 2015
End of Quarter Fast Approaching
We've got one week remaining in Quarter 3! That final week is March 30 through April 3rd. Most teachers will have work deadlines prior to April 3rd so get caught up and stay caught up! Anything you can take with you to do over break? Do it! Report cards will be emailed/mailed to parents on or about April 7th. Watch for them!
EPIC 2.0 Coming April 6th
After analyzing our student survey results and collaborating with staff, we are poised to start EPIC 2.0 when we start our fourth quarter (April 6th). EPIC will continue to provide support for students but the way to access that help will be different. The changes are designed to make students even more accountable. What changes do you anticipate? Find out more in next week's Scoop!
SMS Staff Members Honored
Ya'll Remember the Dance?
Pick up and drop off will be the same as the fall dance. Eighth grade entry is the west PE door, 6th and 7th graders enter the west bus door. Stagecoaches should be ready to pick up students at 9:00 sharp. All ponies with 8th graders should use the east office door. Wagons without 8th graders should pick up on the west bus side.
Students may purchase light grub or glow products. A photo booth will be open and pictures are $1. For those wanting to 'get their cowboy/cowgirl on', dancers may wear cowboy hats or country ball caps. Dancers may also wear boots (no spurs) and bandanas worn in a western style (not gangsta-style). Normal school clothing is also quite appropriate! Replica or real weapons may not be on campus. If you wear a holster, you'd better be packing something other than a pistol. Students may carry a cell phone at the dance but it is not to be used without administrative permission.
Parents and staff members will serve as sheriffs. Sheriffs are asked to sign in at the cafeteria at 6:10 PM. Sheriffs are also asked to call SMS prior to the day of the dance to help us prepare our duty roster!
Curiosity, Confidence, and Challenge
SMS sent students to a conference for Girls on Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) on March 14th! The 6th graders journeyed to Indianapolis to sew pigs feet, explore polymers, and discover what scientists and author J.K. Rowlings have in common! The conference featured a series of workshops led by professional women in the fields of architecture, biology, mechanical engineering, computer programming, environmental management and twenty-three others! Breanna Brown, Kady Clancy, Olivia Hamelman, Avery Kendall, Justice LaMaster, Gianna Lewis, Anastasia Robinson, Cheydan Ryker and Lyla Waskom joined 400 other middle schoolers to explore STEM careers for a day. Olivia felt the workshops let her learn about several careers in depth. Cherydan said she would recommend it to 6th graders next year, “It was a fun experience. I learned a lot and met new people.” But the day was summed up by Justice LaMaster when she said, “I just liked it all!” Thanks to Mrs. Decker for arranging for the students to have this opportunity. The participants are pictured below!
Things to Do!
Enjoy your break.
Sleep late one day.
Get up extra early and watch the sun rise.
Read a book to a small child.
Take a walk with a friend or family member.
Write a letter to someone.
Make a card for a friend.
Help cook a meal.
Clean the bathroom sink.
Use your iPad to learn something new about a passion.