Springton Lake Middle School
Every Student. Every Day. No Matter What.
October 23, 2020
Successful Week - Getting into a Routine!
We have had another successful week and students and teachers appear to be settling into a good routine with our hybrid and virtual learning. Cohort A attended in person three times this week and Cohort B was in-person twice. Students learning from home participated in synchronous instruction throughout the week. In-person students are also doing a very good job following all of our safety protocols. On Monday and Tuesday, we held successful school safety drills. On Wednesday and Thursday, we introduced our fall intramural activities. There is a very good vibe in the building (and online) and students all appear very appreciative of what we are providing. I could not be more proud of everyone - students, teachers, staff, and parents. We are all working together to make the best of our circumstances. Thank you!
For your reference, the calendar that indicates which days each cohort attends in-person is provided below.
MAP Testing - Week of October 26th
ALL students will participate in MAP testing during the week of October 26th. Students attending in-person instruction will take the MAP test when they are physically present in the building. Students in the fully-virtual cohort will be assigned to take the testing online in a Zoom session with a proctor based upon last name: A-K on Monday and Wednesday and L-Z on Tuesday and Thursday. Virtual students will receive these Zoom links from their Team Leader. The data from the MAP testing will provide us with important information about students’ progress in reading and mathematics. Our teachers will then be able to use this information to guide their planning and to design appropriate academic interventions. Testing will take place each morning from 8:00 AM to 10:10 AM. On days that students at home are not testing, they will have a “late arrival to school.” Students must check-in and report their attendance by 10:10 AM. Classes for the day will begin for at-home students starting at 10:10 AM. For more information, parents and students should refer to this schedule. I also addressed the MAP testing schedule in Friday's morning announcements.
Every Student Eats FREE - Breakfast & Lunch
GREAT NEWS from The Spartan Cafe! Starting on Monday, October 26th - and continuing through the end of the school year - the Rose Tree Media School District has been approved to offer FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL students. Students will also be able to take home a meal for days that they are learning at home. Students participating in the fully-virtual cohort will also be able to pick-up a bundle of meals. A la carte snack items will still be available for purchase. Visit the Food Services website for more details.
Red Ribbon Week - October 26th to October 30th
The Springton Lake SADD Club - Students Against Destructive Decisions - will be sponsoring our school's participation in Red Ribbon Week starting on Monday. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. It began as a tribute to fallen DEA special agent Enrique Camerena in 1985. According to the United States DEA, Red Ribbon Week is the nation's largest and longest-running drug awareness and prevention program. In addition to daily announcements to highlight the importance of living a drug-free lifestyle, SADD is encouraging students and staff to dress according to a fun, daily theme. Spirit points will be awarded for participation.
Monday - "From your head to your toes, drugs are no-no's" - wear a hat and crazy socks
Tuesday - "Life is paradise when you're drug-free" - wear tropical attire
Wednesday - "Have the spirit of a Spartan - Be Drug-free" - wear SLMS gear
Thursday - "Put a STOP to drugs" - wear red
Friday - "Put drugs to bed" - wear your PJs
Important Part of the Daily Routine - Student Symptom Screening
Parents & Guardians are required to complete an electronic symptom screening for each student. The screening will only be required for days that students are attending school in-person. On these days, parents should look for an early morning email (check SPAM) from Rose Tree Media School District. One screening must be completed for each student. If a screening response is not received, we will need to pull the student from class until the screening is completed. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE - Be sure to add this important task to the morning routine for your family on the days that your child will be attending school in-person. It is awkward for our staff to have to pull a student from class when the symptom screening is not received. Your assistance in getting the day off to a great start for everyone - students, teachers, and staff - is GREATLY appreciated!
October Spartan Students of the Month
Congratulations to our October Spartan Students of the Month. The following students were selected by their teachers for consistently demonstrating our core values of Ready, Respectful,. Responsible, & Resilient. While we traditionally honor students at a monthly breakfast celebration that is attended by family members and teachers, we are unable to continue with that tradition at this time. Instead, our Administrative Team has started visiting students’ classes to personally congratulate them and to provide them with a certificate and token of appreciation. Soon, we'll be visiting the homes of our fully-virtual recipients.
Fiona Conboy, Armond Cholmeley-Jones, Erika Jonen, Shane Pettit, James Logue, Mallory Hettinger
Sarah Kesling, Rishi Amaravadi, Annabel Bruce, Sergio Hernandez, Reese Wickman, James Hanson Jr
Jackson Strine, Elizabeth Schlotzhauer, Jessica Olds, Ryan Navickas, Owen Thompson, Mia Hanover
Fall Intramural Activities
Fall intramural programs are up and running and will continue this week. Students will participate on their assigned days ONLY: Cohort A will participate on Mondays & Wednesdays. Cohort B AND Cohort Fully-Virtual will participate on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We are unable to accommodate requests to change days. Fully-virtual students will need to complete the electronic symptom screening checklist before students arrive to participate. Activities will run from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Students will need to have a ride home at 4:00 PM - buses will not be provided. We ask that parents please be considerate of our staff and arrive promptly at 4:00 PM. Pick-up will be in the front of the building. Parents who wish to park and meet their child at the designated field may do so. Students should come dressed appropriately for the activity - they will not be able to change in the locker room or bathroom prior to participating. Students are also encouraged to bring a water bottle to the activity. In the event of inclement (or questionable) weather, we will not hold intramural activities. The decision to cancel intramural activities will be made by 12:00 PM and posted on our website AND communicated to the students via the PA system. Fall intramurals run through November 19th.
Halloween & Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Halloween is quickly approaching and Fall is in the air! Student Council is sponsoring a Pumpkin Decorating Contest for students and families. Decorate your pumpkin at home (BE CREATIVE!) and drop it off in the Main Lobby starting Monday, October 26th thru Thursday, October 29th. Judging will take place on Friday, October 30th, with awesome prizes awarded to the five best-decorated pumpkins. The top three pumpkins will each receive a $50 Visa gift card and 4th & 5th places will receive a $25 gift card. If you are not able to drop off your pumpkin but would still like to participate, please contact Mrs. Gilroy.
***IMPORTANT NOTE*** Student Council also typically sponsors a costume contest each year on Halloween. Unfortunately, this year, we will NOT be allowing students to dress in costume at school.
National Junior Honor Society
This week, 115 members of our 8th grade class were inducted into our school's chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society excelled academically during their 7th grade year. They also consistently demonstrate the ideals of this group - scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. The NJHS is an active student organization at Springton Lake that performs school and community service throughout the school year. Their advisors are Ms. Azeff & Mrs. Debessay. While this year's induction ceremony was held virtually, we are nonetheless very proud of each and every student. Take a moment to enjoy the recording of this year's ceremony. For more information about the criteria to be eligible for NJHS, please see page 20 of the Student-Parent Handbook.
Additional Material Pick-up & Picture Day for Fully-Virtual Cohort
We are planning an additional pick-up day for materials and supplies for students who are a part of the fully-virtual cohort. Please mark your calendar for Monday, November 2nd from 1pm to 5pm. We have also arranged for Life Touch to be here that day to photograph students in the fully-virtual cohort. These are the photographs that we use for the Yearbook and for student identification cards. More details will be provided as we get closer to the date.
School Picture Day - Coming Soon
Picture Day for students is coming soon! All students are photographed annually by Life Touch, our official school photographer. These photos are used for our school records, for student identification cards, and for inclusion in the Yearbook. Families also have the option to purchase additional photographs. Students will be receiving information in their Homerooms. Families may also order photo packages online by going to the Life Touch website and using the picture day identification code - EVTKCQH8N.
Picture Day Dates:
Monday, November 2nd, 1pm to 5pm - Fully-virtual Students
Wednesday, November 11th - Cohort A Students
Thursday, November 12th - Cohort B Students
Turkey Trot 2020 - POSTPONED
The Springton Lake Turkey Trot - a one-mile partner run held annually the week prior to Thanksgiving - has been postponed at this time. While we had hoped to hold the event this year, we just do not believe that it would be safe and prudent to do so. As many families know, the Turkey Trot draws a large crowd of students, parents, and staff to cheer on all of the participants. We are keeping open the possibility of holding a comparable event in the Spring prior to Spring Break. As we get closer and have a better sense if this will be possible, we will let everyone know.
Check Grades in HAC - 1st Marking Period Ends SOON
The first marking period will end on Friday, November 6, 2020 - just TWO WEEKS from now. I have been regularly encouraging students to review their grades in HAC, to complete any missing work, and to reach out to their teachers for assistance. We will also be providing students with some "catch-up" time during the school day next week. Despite the unusual year, the report cards that we issue in a few weeks will be "normal" and will reflect students' learning, work, engagement, and participation since the start of the year. Report cards are typically published in HAC one week following the close of the marking period.
Upcoming Calendar Notes
Monday, October 26th thru Thursday, October 29th - MAP Testing
Monday, October 26th - Red Ribbon Week Begins
Monday, November 2nd & Tuesday, November 3rd - NO SCHOOL for Students, Teacher Professional Development
Friday, November 6th - Last Day of the 1st Marking Period
Tuesday, November 17th - PTG Meeting, 7:00 PM
Monday, November 23rd - Parent-Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, November 24th - Parent-Teacher Conferences, NO SCHOOL for Students
Wednesday, November 25th - NO SCHOOL for Students
Thursday, November 26th & Friday, November 27th - Thanksgiving Holiday, NO SCHOOL for Students
Spartans Go Pink!
Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness
LOTS of students are enjoying the Flag Football intramural!
Mr. Reilly takes his responsibilities at flag football very seriously!!