SMS Scoop

October 1, 2018

Your Life Speaks!

Nathan Harmon and his life’s story has so many lessons for us. You can change the world - start now. If today has been a moment of impact for you, take a picture of yourself on your iPad. Maybe you don’t want to wear a mask anymore. Maybe you want to quit bullying others. Maybe you want to speak up for someone else. Maybe you have found your life’s mission. In homeroom, discuss the following:


How can we use what we heard today to change how we treat others?


Who can we go to when we know someone is hurting or being bullied?


We will continue this discussion throughout this month as we learn more about bullying prevention. If you or someone you know needs help now, tell a trusted adult here or at home. See something = say something. Bullying can be reported at SMS to any adult, through Canvas or in person, or by calling the hotline at 812-329-0894.

SMS/SHS Choir Concert

The SMS/SHS Choirs invite you to their fall concert on Thursday, October 4th at McClain Hall on the SHS campus. The program starts at 7 PM and is free and open to the public!

Media Center News!

A new app for eReading, a new catalog, a new book collection, and a new book club are some of the exciting media center happenings! Students are encouraged to learn about advanced features in Sora the new eReading app that we will utilize for our Overdrive eBook collection. We also have a new library catalog called Destiny. Destiny allows our patrons to log in and then access and create reading records. Both the print book collection and the eBook collection have a new set of resources on the topic of self-help. Finally, if you are interested in joining a book club that will be reading Kwame Alexander’s new book Swing, please sign up at the circulation desk.
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Funky Feet

Middle School can be a wonderful adventure of change. But one thing that can be a huge distraction and embarrassment is “funky feet” - foot odor. The difficult thing about foot odor is finding a polite way to let someone know that their feet smell bad, and it can be even more difficult to sit in class and try to concentrate while suffering in silence.


Let’s talk stink. First of all, it’s common and can happen to anyone. Feet sweat, and sweat can stink. But teenagers tend to sweat more, especially with hot weather, PE, and sports. “Funky feet” is actually simple science.


Foot sweat soaks into shoes and bacteria begins to grow, even after you take your shoes off. The bacteria breaks down the sweat and releases an unpleasant odor. If the shoes don’t dry out before worn again then even clean feet will smell and bacteria will continue to grow.


Understanding how funky feet happens is nice, but preventing it is better. Wash every day - or more often if active - and use soap. Do not wear the same shoes 2 days in a row, so that they can air out. Wear socks - and change them at least once a day. There are also special products you can use - foot powders, sprays, and insoles.


One more thing - usually we can’t smell our own stink, especially if it’s everyday. Do yourself a favor and get a 2nd opinion, and don’t be offended if that smell is you - now you know what to do!

Student-Led Conferences

SMS Student-Led Conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 25th.

We use a student-led format to connect as many students, parents/guardians, and teachers as we can. Since each SMS teacher has at least 100 students, a traditional elementary conference schedule is not possible. Our student-led plan allows students to take the lead in discussing academic progress and in setting goals for improvement in achievement. This plan allows students to select and showcase work. And it also does provide opportunities for parents to speak directly to teachers about concerns.


We'll start each day with scheduled conferences from 3:30-5:00 PM. Teachers will take the lead in connecting with families of students in academic jeopardy. Parents without scheduled conferences can visit SMS either night from 5:00-6:30 PM. During this time period each night, students will share their academic information and parents will be able to speak briefly with teachers as needed.


Here is our plan to prepare for the event!

THIS WEEK/Oct. 1-5

Students will begin assessing work habits, etc. on their Fall Accountability Worksheets.

Students will begin selecting work samples to showcase on conference night.

Students will begin meeting with HR teachers to review NWEA data and set growth goals.

Teachers will reach out to parents/students-in-need to schedule conferences.


NEXT WEEK/Oct. 8-12

Students will continue tasks from the previous week (NWEA data meetings, etc.)

Parents can call SMS at 752-8926 to schedule a conference in any remaining conference slot.


AFTER BREAK/Oct. 22-26

Students will complete first quarter attendance analysis in HR.

Students will practice conference skills in HR.

Conferences will be held on Oct. 23 and 25!


More info for parents/guardians and students will be shared in the upcoming week!

NWEA Goal Setting

Each SMS student is going to be asked to set goals for winter NWEA performance. First, you'll see your fall performance and you'll be asked to determine what KIND of goal you want to set.


After you see what the AVERAGE kid is expected to grow (the BLUE line on the chart below), you'll decide if you want to KEEP UP, CATCH UP, or MOVE UP.


KEEP UP - I'll move right along with the average kids in my level (yellow line).

CATCH UP- I am behind and I want to grow more to catch up with the pack (green line).

MOVE UP- I'm ahead of the pack and I want to continue to grow ahead of them (red line.)


Your GROWTH matters. Set solid goals that get you to where you want to be!

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Dodgeball Entry Forms/Money are Due Friday!

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Fall Sports Shout OUT!

Fall sports seasons are coming to an end. Congratulations to all athletes who completed their seasons. We'll honor fall athletes are our award assembly on Friday, October 26th at 1:20 PM. Special thanks to our fall athletic staff members:


Cross Country- Bobby Doriot and Erick Lizenby

Football- Allen Barnett, Matt Merriman, Richard Cooper, and Matt Craig

Football Cheer- Melanie Schafer and Allison Hough

Soccer- John Gricius, Brian Schmidt, Kristen Richardson

Boys Tennis- David Craig

Volleyball- Lyddia Mullins, Eric Mullins, Ethan McNeely, Tori Clemmons, and Dee Shafer


Thanks also to event and ticket supervisors Lisa Sutton, Tevin Shoultz, Lisa Burns, and Jane Naugle, as well as Athletic Director Kevin Smith and AD assistant Diana Manns.

Basketball and Cheer Tryouts

As we mentioned last week, some winter sports start the day we come back from fall break! If you plan to try out for 6th, 7th, or 8th-grade basketball or cheer, attend all of the tryout sessions below AND sign up on the Canvas Community page AND make sure you have a sports physical on file in the office. No physical = no tryout!


8th Girls BB: Mon-Wed, Oct. 22-24, 6:30-8 PM, West Gym

8th Boys BB: Mon-Wed, Oct. 22-24, 5-6:30 PM, West Gym


7th Girls BB: Mon-Wed, Oct. 22-24, 5-6:30 PM, East Gym

7th Boys BB: Mon-Wed, Oct. 22-24, 3:00-5:00 PM, West Gym


6th Girls BB: Mon-Wed, Oct. 22-24, 6:30-8:00 PM, East Gym

6th Boys BB: Mon-Wed, Oct. 22-24, 3:00-5:00 PM, East Gym


6-7-8 Cheer: Mon. Oct. 22 and Wed. Oct. 24, 5:30-7 PM, Great Room


See Mr. Smith if you have any questions and sign up on the Canvas Community page if you plan to tryout! Good luck to all.

This Week...

Mon. Oct. 1: A day, Bot Warriors, Spell Bowl, Yearbook

Tue. Oct. 2: B day, Drama, 6/7/8 VB v. Brownstown

Wed. Oct. 3: A day, SADD lunches, Builders' Club Member/Officer Installation 5 PM, 6/7/8 VB v. Austin

Thu. Oct. 4: B day, Student Council 7:15am, Spell Bowl, FACS Club, Drama, Football v. Paoli, SMS/SHS Choir Concert at SHS McClain Hall 7:00 PM

Fri. Oct. 5: A day, Career speakers for 6th graders