Smith's Knightly News
JANUARY 7, 2023
Smith Middle School
Mission: The purpose of Smith Middle School is to ensure learning for all members of our school community.
Vision: Smith will be a safe environment where diversity is embraced, and the needs of the whole child are met through innovation and collaboration. With the resources available, the Smith community will strive to provide an engaging, challenging academic experience, while promoting a balance between emotional, academic, and social needs, contributing to the success of all students.
This year we are especially emphasizing Compassion and our students are starting to work on independent "Compassion Projects". We are are asking every student to think about something they are passionate about and how they can turn that into an opportunity where they can make a difference for others here at Smith and in our greater community. At our last Knights+ day students had some time to brainstorm ideas and some students even decided on what they wanted to work on. Students could choose to do this individually or with a couple of their classmates.
We'd love for you at home to talk with your student about their ideas and ways they can leverage their interests into community service opportunities or ways to give back to the school and community.
KNIGHTS+ MONDAY SCHEDULE
TROY SCHOOLS MLK DAY OF SERVICE
We are SO EXCITED to be back in person for this impactful event. If you have not joined us before, the MLK Celebration & Day of Service is a joint event between the City of Troy and the Troy School District. It is a chance for the entire community—from the very young to our senior citizens—to learn about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and take part in service projects that have a big impact on our community and those in need. It is truly an amazing experience for all involved—and it's it organized and planned by our SSAB student leaders from all four high schools.
We are currently collecting donations at Smith for the following items:
- Fleece - in increments of 2.5 yards
Items to donate to local women's shelters:
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Soap – Bar or Body Wash
- Toilet Paper
- Disposable Razors
- Diapers – especially sizes 4-6
- Pull-Ups (especially 3T/4T and 4T/5T)
- Baby Wipes
- Baby Formula/Food
- Feminine Products
- Laundry Detergent
- Paper Products (Paper Towel, Tissues)
- Cleaning Supplies
- Can Openers
- Adult Incontinence Briefs/Depends – All Sizes
The donation box is located in the front lobby at Smith. Thank you!
MLK Day of Service Student Contest
Board Game Wednesdays
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD INFORMATIONAL PARENT MEETING
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TRYOUT INFORMATION
Any 7th or 8th graders interested in trying out for volleyball must have all information submitted on Final Forms before tryouts begin. Make sure you have an updated physical on file (you do not need to get another physical if you played a Smith MS sport earlier this school year). Please see the link below for tryout information and season expectations. All tryouts will be held in the Smith gym; please bring a water bottle and wear athletic shoes and comfortable clothing to tryouts. If you have questions, ask Coach Brennan (email@example.com) or Coach Tom (firstname.lastname@example.org). GO KNIGHTS!
WINTER SPORTS CONCESSIONS
Hi Smith Families!
We would like to offer concessions at our home sporting events this winter. In order to do this, we need volunteers who will sell the concessions at each event. The concessions will be provided on one cart that can be rolled out to the table to be sold. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.
We appreciate your support!
Thank you, Smith PTO
Troy Schools Art Show
Oakland Schools is very pleased to be hosting the Troy School District’s K-12 student art exhibit from Monday, January 9th through Wednesday, January 25th. We highly encourage families to view the art exhibit and celebrate your student’s artistic and creative achievement at their Art Show Open House on Monday, January 23, from 4:30-7:00PM. Oakland Schools, located at 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, is open for visitors Monday – Friday, from 8:00AM – 4:30PM. They are not open weekends; the Open House is the only opportunity for a late afternoon/evening visit. We hope you enjoy this preview video showcasing TSD student work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwVdeQTjpZI
IA East Now Accepting Applications
If you missed this week's presentation from the International Academy counseling department, here is the informational packet they shared: IA_Information_Sheet.pdf
Also, visit the IA East website for more information: https://www.iatoday.org/about-us/prospective-students/east-campus-prospective-students
UPCOMING PARENTING PROGRAM
Mrs. Chatel, our media specialist, is excited to announce the 23rd annual Troybery Reading program book list. We have an excellent field of 32 titles this year, all books published in 2021 and recommended by Troy media specialists, students, and teachers. You can access the list here, which includes links to publishers’ summaries of the books: http://bit.ly/troybery2023 Students can check out the books from our media center, from the Troy Public Library, or on our Sora ebook app.
The Troybery list is known for having a variety of books reflecting our students’ diverse interests, age levels, and backgrounds. Our goal is to promote a love for reading in our students. We encourage students to participate in our program by reading however many they would like and by voting for their favorites. Mrs. Chatel is happy to work with your child to find the “just right” book for them from the list.
A Troybery book could be an excellent choice if you are looking for a gift idea this holiday season. Your child will hear a presentation in the upcoming weeks about the Troybery program and our exciting selections.
You can visit the Troy Middle Schools Media Website for more information about Troybery.
Please take a moment to review the drop-off / pick-up map below. We are seeing some specific issues in the parking lot that we want to bring to your attention.
- The middle lane is for drop-off / pick-up only. Please do not park in that row. Pulling in and out of the parking spots is slowing down drop-off and creating dangerous situations for students and vehicles.
- If you are going to park your car for drop-off / pick-up, please use the third row of parking spots highlighted in below in blue.
- Please do not drop students off at the Martell/Cotswold intersection.
Thank you for your continued patience and attention to safety as we have over 600 students entering and exiting our school every day!
We have a great online spirit wear store with a number of new modern styles and items for purchase. You can either pick them up or utilize the option of having your orders delivered directly to your home for a small fee.
Click on the link below to check out the wide variety of styles and prints.
Below is a sample of the logo choices for most items...
PARENTING ENRICHMENT SERIES
TSD PRESCHOOL INFORMATION
Smith Middle School Twitter - @SMITHKNIGHTS
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