Jag E-News

Sartartia Middle School 11.8.20

Hey Jags,

This week has been a super busy one. We got to enjoy our first week of face-to-face athletics and had a show-out week with Football, Cross Country, and Volleyball! The extracurricular activities just reminds me of how talented, dedicated, and awesome our kids and staff/coaches truly are. Our students continue to inspire me every day as they engage, lead, and innovate in their classes and beyond. Please take a moment to watch the video below created by one of our 7th grade students in her AVID class.

We have a busy couple of weeks as we approach Thanksgiving Break. This week we will have more athletic events, our monthly PTO meeting, a Spirit Night, and we will welcome more of our online learners to campus for a reimagined picture day. You also have the opportunity to request a change in your student's learning model for Term 3 through Thursday, November 12. We are looking forward to the week ahead! Have a great week Jags!

Cholly Oglesby


Sartartia Middle School

Amica's Courage

MONDAY 11.9.20

Virtual Cricket Club 4:30-5:30pm (see info below)

TUESDAY 11.10.20

7th Grade Football vs. Garcia MS @ Mercer Stadium 5:15pm

8th Grade Football vs. Lake Olympia MS @ Mercer Stadium 6:30pm

WEDNESDAY 11.11.20

Cross Country Meet #2 @ SMS 4:30pm

Zoom PTO Meeting @ 6:00pm

THURSDAY 11.12.20

Volleyball Game vs. Dulles MS 5:15pm

PTO Spirit Day @ Aling's Chinese Cuisine @ 6542 Hwy 90

SATURDAY 11.14.20

Online Student Pictures 9:00am-2:00pm

From November 5 - November 12, parents who would like to request a change in their child’s current learning model must complete a learning model change request form in Skyward Family Access. This form only needs to be completed if a change is requested. If a student is staying in their current learning model, no action is required. It is also important that our families understand that late requests completed after November 12 will be added to a waitlist for further consideration in January, after Term 3 schedules are set and the new term is underway. Click here for more information on how to complete the form.

November 11 @ 6pm PTO Meeting

November 11, 2020 PTO Meeting @ 6:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 550 754 1323

Passcode: HOORAY

November 12 Spirit Night @ Aling's Cuisine

Are you planning for dinner this week? Check off Thursday night because SMS is having a spirit night at Aling's Chinese Cuisine (6542 Hwy 90). Mention SMS and they will give the PTO 50% of your purchase! See you there Jags!

November 14 Online Learners Picture Day

Sign up for a time slot Saturday, Nov. 14th between 9am - 2pm to come to the SMS gym and get your picture taken for the 2020-2021 yearbook. This will be the last day offered for Online Learners.

  • Sign up via Sign Up Genius for Online Learners Picture Day on November 14th at SMS.
  • Please turn into the SMS bus ramp driveway to drop your student off at the big gym. Students should wait in the car to have their temperature checked.
  • Make sure you have completed the Skyward Wellness Check Screening for the day and take a screenshot of it on your phone to show.
  • Students will enter the building through the big gym. All students should wear a mask into the building.
  • Please remain in your car and wait for your student to take his/her picture and return to your vehicle.
  • Parents can purchase pictures online at https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/ and use the Picture Day ID: EVT2TGX4M.

11.17.20 Social Media & Bullying

Hello, Jag Family! Please join us for a Parent University presentation from our counselors about social media and bullying. We are happy to have received your feedback on the survey at the beginning of the year and present to you on this topic. We will be covering: social media, cyberbullying, bullying and solving peer conflict. We hope you can join us virtually Tuesday, November 17 from 5:30-6:30pm.

Click here to join the meeting

11.18.20 GT Parent Meeting

On Wednesday, November 18th we will be holding a virtual informational parent meeting for parents of identified Gifted & Talented students. The meeting will be held in Microsoft Teams from 6:00-7:00pm. The meeting will be facilitated by our campus Champion of Gifted Service (COG) and introduce parents to the Texas Performance Standards Projects for middle school students across the district. Please contact our COG, Debbie Engle, with questions or for more information.

Join Meeting Here

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Riley Pao is an 8th grader at Sartartia Middle School and was nominated by her teachers as the student of the week. Riley is a 2020-2021 SMS PAL and truly exhibits the characteristics of a servant leader. Riley came up with an idea for the PALS to create a farewell card for Mrs. McCune. She pitched then pitched the idea to her teacher and her class and single handedly made the magic happen. She leads by example with her servant heart and her compassion for people.

Connecting to BYOD Network

We are finding that some students that bring a device (BYOD) to school are unable to connect to the district’s BYOD network (FBISD_BYOD). While there are various reasons for this problem, one of the prominent issues is the fact that some students have “Restricted Access” (RA). RA access is granted when a parent decides to not allow “Full Access” to district resources for their student and that student will NOT have access to district’s BYOD network. We know that some parents have inadvertently selected this option at the start of school (part of online registration process) while others may have intentionally selected this option however may want to change it at this point. A job aid was sent to parents with information on how to make this change in Skyward, but you may also choose to call the campus for assistance.

Parent Support: Saving Student Work

As Fort Bend ISD students have increased their use of digital platforms, it has become increasingly important that students save and back up their work as a best practice. This best practice is critical to avoid data loss in instances of student schedule changes. The District recommends two methods for students to save and back-up their work: Schoology Portfolios and Microsoft OneDrive.

  1. Schoology Portfolios can be used as digital storage to save student work or showcase achievements and reflect on what they learn. The table below explains how to create the Schoology Student Portfolio and utilize this feature to save student work.
  2. Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud-based storage solution that is more secure and accessible than using device storage or flash drive storage. Even if something were to happen to the device, the personal files and folders would still be on OneDrive.

The attached document provides information on how to use the Schoology Portfolio and Microsoft OneDrive to save student work.

SMS Grading Policy Reminders

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PTO Cash Drive

As you know the school is under construction. We need your help to bring a few blank walls to life. Your donations will help cover the cost of a new mural being painted in the big gym. Additionally, the curved wall by the counseling office is being covered with a printed mural that will motivate and inspire the students. We kindly ask for a monetary donation to the SMS PTO Cash Jag Drive. This is the only cash fundraiser drive for our PTO for the school year. Our annual goal is $25,000 and by donating $25/student we can definitely reach that goal! Please consider donating. Thank you to those who have already donated.

Donate online or download the form to donate in person or by mail.

PTO Corporate Sponsorships

Do you own a business or know someone who does? Would you like to get your business name out in the community? The SMS PTO is looking for business sponsors for the 2020-2021 school year. There are several different sponsorship levels. If you or someone you know would be interested, please click here for more information. Questions? Contact Nina at ninacsepta@gmail.com

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The next curbside library book pick-up days for virtual students:

Tuesday 11/10 from 12:30-1:30 and Thursday 11/12 from 2:30-3:30.

You are welcome to pick your student’s books up either day.

Go to the Library Schoology Course for great virtual library programming!


What is Sora?

Sora is an eBook and audiobook platform for all FBISD students. Students can access Sora through 1Link. The Sora app can also be downloaded on Apple or Android devices.

Use code: FBISDTX

What is MackinVia?

MackinVia is also an eBook and audiobook platform. This platform houses material specifically purchased for Sartartia Middle School. MackinVia is also accessible via 1Link.

What is JLG Digital?

JLG Digital is an eBook and audiobook streaming service, with revolving titles every 60-90 days. You can download JLG Digital on the Apple app store.

Username: SartartiaJag

Password: BlackandGold1

JLG Digital Bookshelf

Technology Resource Help

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, the Customer Service Center (281-634-1300) and Student Support Call Center’s (281-634-0826) closure time will be changing. Current support hours are from 6:30 am to 7:00 pm. The new support hours are from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday – Friday, closed on scheduled Holidays.

The Technology Resource page on https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/124794 is available for parents/students to obtain help related to technology. There is helpful information on hot topics like passwords, 1Link, Microsoft Teams etc. You will also find the “Technology Status” section where we post the latest status of technology issues we are aware of.

Nominate a Teacher of the Month

Do you want to recognize an SMS staff member for their hard work and continued commitment to students and the Sartartia community? Use this link to nominate a staff member and give them a shout out for their character and commitment throughout the school year.
Everything You Need To Know!

Click here for the latest updates on everything you need to know for the 2020-2021 school year

Assistant Principals & Counselors

6th Grade

Paul Wells-Assistant Principal



Kat Friedel-Counselor



7th Grade

Courtney Border-Assistant Principal



Brandi Goodly-Counselor



8th Grade

Dr. Sunday Johnson-Associate Principal



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