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Veterans Day Celebration

SMS is hosting a Veterans Day Celebration to honor all Veterans and active military on Wednesday, November 9th at 1:00 PM. During the program, the students of SMS will share various songs, readings, and activities of a patriotic nature.


We are extending an open invitation to any Veteran or active military personnel who would like to attend. Our special guests are invited to a reception prior to the celebration beginning at 12:00 PM, sponsored by the Smithfield Middle School PTA.


Please RSVP by November 7th to Ms. Sherry Hatton at (757) 365-4100 or swozinak@iwcs.k12.va.us . Include in the email the name of the attendee, relative /friend of (student's name), branch of military, and years of service.


Also, we need some volunteers to assist with our luncheon. Please contact Ms. Hatton by Monday, November 7th..


Sincerely,

Ms. Hatton, SMS Band Teacher

Mr. Putnam, SMS Chorus Teacher

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Blue Dominion Studios

Dear Smithfield Middle School Parents,


Fall photos are ready! Remember, 20% of the net profit from Fall photos will go directly back to support the school.







Ordering Link (read instructions on login page): https://AccessMyEvent.com/3HTNY1






Makeup & Retake Day: Wednesday 11/9 during lunch.
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SMS 2022 United Way

“Pie in your Face Challenge"

(Donations will be taken during 7th grade & 8th grade lunch.)

Starts: Monday, Oct. 21st

Ends: Monday, Nov. 7th


Donate cash/coins to any teacher/admin. The Top 2 teachers/admin in:

7th Grade

(Mrs. Andria, Mrs. Kent, Mr. Nance & Mr. Rice)

8th Grade

(Mr. Constant, Mrs. Cotton, Mr. Dodson, Mr. Gault, Mr. Kidd, Mrs. Mullin, Mrs. Tisdel & Mrs. Williams)


&

Exploratory/Admin

(Mrs. Buggs, Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Joyner & Mrs. Rice)


will get a pie in their face at the assembly on December 2nd.


Thank you to everyone for your help in raising money for the United Way!

SMS PTA Fundraisers

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Please start sending in donations on November 7th-December 7th.
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Sneaker Ball

Only SMS students may attend the Sneaker Ball Dance.
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End of 1st Marking Period

End of First Marking Period-November 4th

Report Cards Issued-November 14th

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Softball Interest Meeting

There will be a softball interest meeting on Monday, November 21st at 3:00 PM in SHS room 40. Any 8th-grade girls interested in trying out for softball should plan on attending. The meeting will last approximately 15 minutes. Please make arrangements to have transportation pick you up promptly at 3:15 PM from SHS front entrance.
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In conjunction with the Isle of Wight County Schools new Strategic Plan, the division is launching a recognition program that is open to any member of the Smithfield Middle School community. Staff, teachers, students, volunteers, parents, and community members can all be nominated for a monthly SMS ISLE award.

The award focuses on the four broad areas of the Strategic Plan: Inspire, Succeed, Lead, Empower. The first letter of each word spells ISLE. When read together, the sound you hear is “I’ll Inspire” or “I’ll Succeed”, giving everyone ownership of the key actions throughout the plan.

Across SMS, people are demonstrating acts of inspiration, success, leadership, and empowerment. The ISLE award welcomes nominations that demonstrate how someone in the SMS community has embodied one of these areas.


From October through June, four nominees will be selected for recognition--one in each category-- and will be highlighted on our social media pages, website, and newsletters for our school and for IWCS.

Thank you for taking time to nominate someone for a Smithfield Middle ISLE Award.


https://forms.gle/AuhV5s3h4XTc53ju9

Students should not be sharing or exchanging food.

Technology Pricing Update

Student MacBook Air Price Breakdown:
  • (if device is not under warranty, we do not charge for AppleCare+)
  • Laptop Price - $399.00 [Old MacBook Airs (7th & 8th grade)]
  • Warranty - $149.00
  • iPearl Laptop Case - $15.53 (2015-2020 distribution)
  • Brenthaven Case - $33.50 (2020 distribution)
  • Brenthaven Case - $32.50 (2021 & 2022 distribution)
  • Charger Replacement NEW MagSafe2 - (from Apple) - $71.10
  • Charger Replacement USED MagSafe2 - (from Apple) -$19
  • Charger USB-C Brick (30W) - (from Apple) - $44.10
  • Charger USB-C Cable (from Apple) - $17.10
  • Screen Repair (example and could change) - $99 when under warranty / $249.00 out of warranty
  • Screen Repair (2021-2022+) (example and could change) - $99 when under warranty / $307 out of warranty
  • Extensive Damage (water spill for example and could change) - $299 when under warranty / full replacement cost of computer
  • Extensive Damage (2021-2022+) (example and could change) - $299 when under warranty / full replacement cost of computer


Payments are only accepted as cash or check.

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Contact Information

We want to remain in contact with you. Please make sure your student's contact information is updated using the https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/powerschool . Also, check your voicemail to make sure you can receive voice messages because we have attempted to contact families that had voicemailboxes that were full.


Mass communications may be sent via Connect 5. If you opted out, please reconnect with us https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/connect5 . Another way to receive mass communications is through Remind. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/iwcssms.

If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications.
Text the message @iwcssms to the number 81010.If you’re having trouble with 81010, try
texting @iwcssms to (901) 466-8785.


Let's stay connected!

Things to Know....

Arrival-Students should NOT arrive to our campus without being accompanied by their parent/guardian before 7:10 am. Our doors open at 7:10 am to all students. Parents are to remain courteous to other drivers while dropping off students. Students who are car riders should be dropped off at the curb in front of the school. Students arriving after 7:27 am are considered tardy.


Attendance-. All attendance notes may be handwritten and dropped off at the main office. Or emailed, scanned, or screenshot to Ms. Asby at lashby@iwcs.k12.va.us.

Excused Absences: Students are only allowed 5 parent notes per semester.


Bus Information-Students should be at their assigned bus stop at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time.


Breakfast-Breakfast is served in the cafeteria 7:10 am-7:23 am. Students who bring breakfast from home or local eateries must eat breakfast in the cafeteria during breakfast time. Breakfast cost $1.35 unless approved free/reduced lunch.


Lunch-Lunch is served during 3rd black classes for 30 minutes.

11:05-11:35-7th Grade English & Science-7

11:35-12:05-7th Grade Math & History-7

12:05-12:35-8th Grade Exploratory

12:35-1:05-8th Grade Math & Science/History

Lunch cost $2.85 unless approved free/reduced lunch.


Dismissal-

Staggered Dismissal beginning with car riders. Car Riders will be dismissed at 2:35 pm.

Parents may pull up to the curb for pick-up. Students are NOT to walk through the parking lot during dismissal to get into a parked car; unless accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Bus Riders will be dismissed with their teachers walking them outside.


Dress Code-Students are expected to dress appropriately for a K-12 educational environment. Any attire that inhibits the learning environment will be viewed as inappropriate. Inappropriately dressed students’ parents/guardians will be called to bring appropriate clothing before students can attend class. If a parent/guardian is unable to bring a change of clothes or an alternate, more appropriate outfit will be provided by the school


Schedule-A lot of time has been spent on scheduling. We wish we could honor every scheduling change request, however, it could have a greater effect on other classes or the number of students enrolled in the class. Exploratory classes are alternating classes each day. Tuesday, Sept. 6th is "A" day and Wednesday, Sept. 7th is "B" day following the alternating pattern.


How to read a students schedule:

Period-Referred to as blocks. There are four periods followed by (A-B), (A), or (B). (A-B) are core content classes which students will attend daily. (A) is an exploratory class scheduled on "A" day. (B) is an exploratory class scheduled on "B" day.

Course Name-The name of the subject/core class/exploratory class.

Course & Section #-Only for admin to reference.

Term-22-23-Yearlong Course; S1-Semester 1; S2-Semester 2; Q1-Quarter 1 (1st Nine Weeks) ; Q2-Quarter 2 (2nd Nine Weeks); Q3-Quarter 3 (3rd Nine Weeks); Q4-Quarter 4 (4th Nine Weeks)

Teacher-Last Name of the Teacher assigned to the course

Room #-The location of the class.



School Visitors-Limited access to the building. All visitors must sign in at the main office. Visitors may not visit classrooms unless an agreed-upon date/time is scheduled. DoorDash, GrubHub or local deliveries will not be accepted for students.


Water Bottles Only-Students are welcome to have water bottles in class. Only bottles with a sealed lid/cap.


Food-Students should not share/exchange food items.

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Join SMS PTA

Email to express interest in membership smspantherspta@gmail.com
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