SMS Scoop

September 26, 2016

College GO Week

This week is College Go Week, when we explore careers that require a college degree. Training for careers means a lot of options - college, apprenticeship, trade or technical school, on the job training, or the military. We’ll start with a little fun by completing the Career Matchup below - can you match each person below with a another job they have had? We’ll share the correct answers in next week's Scoop. Tuesday students will hear from their teachers about their college experiences. Wednesday we will have a team competition completing Hoosier College Trivia. Thursday all students and staff can Gear Up for College by wearing college apparel or colors. Friday we’ll celebrate “My future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!” Everyone can wear sunglasses on Friday.

EARLY CAREER/JOB QUIZ: Answers in next week's Scoop!

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School Pictures Tomorrow!

Get your smiles ready! Tomorrow is SMS Picture Day! All SMS students are required to sit for a picture because these images are used in school records/Harmony. These pictures will also be used for our school yearbook next spring. Sitting for a picture is FREE.


If you want to BUY a photo package, there are two options. Option 1 is to buy them with a order/payment envelope. Order/payment envelopes were distributed to students last Wednesday. Fill out the order form, enclose payment (checks payable to LifeTouch), and hand the envelope to the photographer when you sit for your picture. Option 2 is to order and pay online. Check out the main page of the SMS web site to order/pay online between Monday, Sept. 27 and Thursday, Sept. 30. The online order window will close on October 1.


Tonight- Figure out what you are going to wear and practice smiling!

Tomorrow- Stay out of the Great Room before school and bring your order/money if you want to purchase a picture package. We will start with 8th graders, then 7th, then 6th.


If you are absent, you will have your picture made on retake day in November.

If you forget to bring your money tomorrow, sit for your picture and either a) pay online or b) get another picture made on retake day (and pay on that day.)

Don't Forget...

  • Drama Club tryouts are being held this week. Students wishing to participate in our fall play must attend a tryout. Tryouts are held Tuesday and Thursday, 3-4:15 in room 703. Pick ONE night to attend. See Mrs. Boley or Mrs. Zeigenbein if you have any questions.
  • Tech Warrior Applications are available in the office.
  • Dodgeball Tournament entry forms are available in the office.

iPad Covers

SMS has a new iPad cover maintenance plan. During 2:48 announcements on the last school day of each month, teachers will be asked to check all student covers. If the cover is broken, the owner and iPad will be sent to the MC.


Broken is defined as either the cover will not stay securely on the iPad OR the typing stand will no longer hold iPad up. Minor cracks or a single bad corner will not be considered broken if the cover still protects the screen.


SMS students with broken covers will be given one new cover for free. Students will be charged $5 for all replacement covers after their first free one. Students with lost iPad covers will not get a free replacement. If you lose your iPad cover, you will be charged $5.


We will start this plan this week. We'll check covers during announcements on Friday!

New Team Members @ SMS

We've got some new team members to welcome to SMS!


Mr. Jimmy Hutton is an Americorps Volunteer serving at SMS four days a week. Americorps is a national service program where individuals step up to serve their communities. We are excited to have Mr. Hutton on our team serving as a reading coach. He helps students with SSR responsibilities and also encourages and supports kids during breakfast and lunch. Mr. Hutton is an Austin High School graduate and an Army combat veteran with 23 years of service, including two years in Afghanistan and one year in Iraq. He also has a bachelor's degree in History from IUS. Mr. Hutton is married and has a 20 month old grandson.


Mrs. Banda-Law is our new cafeteria custodian. Mrs. Banda-Law is an Austin High School graduate and the proud mom of four great kids. Mrs. Banda-Law loves to sing and enjoys her work at SMS.


Mr. Dan McDonald is a Scottsburg graduate and enjoys coaching football for the SHS team. He has an earned Bachelor's degree in sacred literature, a Master's degree in philosophy and aplolgetics and is currently a Doctoral student at Trinity Theological Seminary. Mr. McDonald is happily married to his wife Becky of 26 years and they have five children, Jessie, Doc, Katie, Danny, and John. Mr. McDonald loves education and the positive impact that education can have on the lives of young people.


We are lucky to have these individuals on our team and excited that they have chosen SMS and SCSD2!

Breakfast is Served!

Research shows that starting the day with a nutritious breakfast helps students stay alert and perform better in school. Breakfast is served daily at all SCSD2 schools. SMS serves from 7:45 to 8:05. Breakfast is $1.10 (reduced = 30 cents) and available free to those that qualify. If you have any questions, contact Sue Hart at 812-752-8921.

Character (Every) Day: WISDOM

Are you ready for a fresh look at character? Are you looking for answers to the questions "Who am I?" and "What can I bring to the world?" If so, the work of the non-profit Let it Ripple is going to be a great resource for you. Their “Periodic Table of Character Strengths” is an original creation of Let it Ripple, and is based on research by Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Christopher Peterson explored in the film The Science of Character. The 11-minute film is linked to the SMS Community page at the Character (Every) Day link.


The periodic table is a new framework for defining character and identifying personal strengths and areas for growth. The framework includes six primary character traits for the 21st century and provides subskills the further define each trait.


The new character traits are Wisdom, Courage, Humanity, Justice, Temperance, and Transcendence.


It is likely that you are familiar with some of these terms and likely that you don't really know some others. For the next six weeks of the Scoop, we'll explore each character trait, it's sub traits, and we'll initiate some discussion about the traits. The Letitripple.org web site has compiled a series of articles and clips further exploring each concept.


Wisdom is not just 'being smart.' Wisdom is having experience, judgment, and knowledge. Wisdom is something that can grow over time. The more you can develop the subskills below, the more wisdom you'll possess and the more likely you'll be able to make a difference in your home, school, community, and world.


  • Creativity: the ability to think of things in new ways
  • Curiosity: taking an interest in things outside of what is assigned to you in school
  • Love of Learning: feeling happiness from learning new things for school or for fun
  • Perspective: the ability to think about how other people might think about things


We're not talking about grades. We're not talking about ISTEP+. We're talking about developing wisdom in ALL of us. Take time to answer these questions about yourself.


How often do you try to think about doing things in new ways?

What things do you like to learn about when you are not 'doing school?'

Do you allow yourself to feel good when you understand new things?

How often do you think about how others view an incident, problem, issue?


Everybody can grow in wisdom. Check out the Character (Every) Day link at the SMS Community Canvas page to learn more. The letitripple.org web site has compiled a series of articles and clips further exploring each concept. Check it out!

Highlights This Week

Mon. Sep. 26: A day, AllStars in 8SH, CC @ New Wash, 6 VB v. Brownstown, 7/8 VB @ Seymour

Tue. Sep. 27: B day, School Picture Day, AllStars in 8SH, Drama tryouts 3-4:15, Soccer @ Jennings County

Wed. Sep. 28: A day, Builders' Club 3-4, Tennis @ Salem, 6/7/8 VB @ Salem

Thu. Sep. 29: B day, College Go Week College Colors Day, Student Council Meeting 7:15am, Art Club 3-4, Drama tryouts 3-4:15, Builders' Club Board 3-4, Soccer v. Madison, CC @ North Harrison, Football v. Paoli

Fri. Sep. 30: A Day, College Go Week "Future is Bright" Sunglasses Day


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