SMS Weekly Update 6/6-6/10

“One school, One voice, One family ~ All Together”

Mission, Vision, Core Values & Smart Goals

SMS Vision Statement:

“Sedgefield will be a premier middle school that produces globally competitive leaders.”

SMS Mission Statement:

“Our Sedgefield faculty is committed to providing rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe and personalized learning environment.”

SMS Core Values:







2015-2016 EOG GOALS

40% 4/5 - ELA

35% 4/5 – MATH

55% 4/5 –SCI.

Weekly Meetings

Monday- Teachers can work on end of year close out tasks.

Tuesday- Teachers can work on end of year close out tasks.

Wednesday- Morning Staff Meeting (7:45-8:30)

Thursday & Friday- Teachers can work on end of year close out tasks.

EOG Testing Continues This Week

EOG testing will continue this week. On Monday we will have our Science test and on Tuesday & Wednesday we will have our Math 1 assessment, Spanish 1 assessment, CTE assessments and any make-up assessments for scholars who were absent last week.

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Proctors Needed for EOG Testing

We are still short 17 proctors for the End of Grade Science Test on Monday.Team members who secure a volunteer to proctor for at least 1 full day will be awarded a "comp" day for June 10th if all of their end of year close out responsibilities have been met. Please contact Mr. Bloom with the names and contact information of proctors you have recruited.
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Teacher Check-out List

The faculty check-out list was sent out last week. Just in case you missed it, it is also attached to the email that contained this week's newsletter. Please review the check-out list and govern yourself accordingly. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance from your team members, grade level chair, grade level administrator or myself.
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End of Year Celebration Activities

Each grade level has planned structured "fun" activities for this last week of school. As we enjoy the last week, we have to remember that many of our peers will continue to test up until Wednesday after around 2:00pm. Below is a general overview of the grade level specific celebrations that have been shared with me. If your grade level is planning an activity that is not listed below, please receive approval from your grade level administrator before you move forward with the event. If we over-communicate across teams and make sure that each activity is structured and organized, we will ensure that our campus remains safe and orderly during the course of the week. (win-win for everybody)

6th Grade-Tue. 1:00-4:00 "Party at the Park", Food Truck Fun & Video Game Adventure
7th Grade- Wed. 2:00-4:00 TBD
8th Grade- Tue. 3:00-4:00 Scholar vs. Faculty Basketball Game
Wed. 1:00-4:00 Yearbook signing party & Promotion Ceremony Practice
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Completed Retention Rubric due on Wednesday 6/8/16

Please review the CMS middle school retention rubric that is attached to this newsletter. Grade level teams should meet prior to end of school on Wednesday to complete rubrics for the scholars who will be recommended for retention. Please submit the completed retention rubrics for your grade level to me before you leave on Wednesday afternoon.
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"Uniform free" Week 6/6-6/9

The final week of school will be a “uniform free” week for all of our scholars. We are asking that our scholars donate & turn-in their washed & cleaned uniforms so that we can replenish our clothing closet for next year. Next year we will not be a uniform school. However, scholars who report to school outside of the CMS dress code next year will be given a uniform to wear as they attend their classes.

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All Scholars to Receive 3 Books for Summer Reading

This week each SMS scholar will have a chance to pick 3 books to take home to read over the summer. Thanks to donations from the Open Book Foundation and other supporters we are able to provide our scholars with books to read over the summer. Ms. Flash will be sending out a schedule on Monday for classes to visit the media center to select their books.
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Please park in the back bus parking lot or Montessori lot on Thursday morning

Please park in the rear bus lot or Montessori parking lot on Thursday morning. On Thursday we will have our 8th grade promotion ceremony and parking will be limited in our front lot. By parking in the rear, we will be making it more convenient for our guests attending the ceremony.
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Fish & Chips at SMS

Thank you to Mr. Johnson for organizing our inaugural "Fish & Chips" program at SMS. Approximately 15 of our 6th grade scholars who have consistently demonstrated integrity, character and grit in their classes and throughout our 6th grade community were treated to a fishing trip at Freedom Park. For many of the scholars it was their first time fishing. During the trip, we taught the scholars how fishing teaches patience, preparation and perseverance and how these character traits can be demonstrated at school and in the community.

8th Grade Scholars (and teachers) Dance the Night Away at the 8th Grade Social

Thank you to Ms. Briscoe and our 8th grade social planning committee for doing such a wonderful job of planning our 8th grade social this past Friday night. The cafeteria was transformed into a beautiful ballroom for our scholars. It was a great night of classy attire, fantastic food and dynamic dancing for all who attended.

ASCD 2016-2017 Teacher Leadership Grants

ASCD has received funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Carnegie Corporation of New York to begin funding ASCD Teacher Impact Grants. The direct grants to teachers will help them fund teacher leadership projects in the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Teacher Impact Grants will provide teacher-leaders opportunities to develop, expand, and evaluate innovative and ambitious curriculum projects focused on driving transformation for wider impact on improving student outcomes. Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $15,000 and will fund teacher leadership projects that will be implemented during the 2016–17 academic year.

Applications for the grants opened on Monday, May 16, 2016 and close on Thursday, June 16, 2016. All other information can be found in the press release and the ASCD website.

Please direct any questions about the program to:

ASCD Service Center

1703 N. Beauregard Street

Alexandria, VA 22311-1714

Telephone 1-800-933-2723


Summer Learning Blitz Toolkit

We are only a few days away from summer break and are ready to kick off the Summer Learning Blitz! This Summer Learning Blitz campaign will begin June 13 and go through August 12. Please encourage your students to engage in learning during the summer months using district provided digital tools that are available anywhere, anytime.

We have joined with our partners to provide awesome prizes for winner participants at the end of the Summer Learning Blitz.

For every hour students spend on one of the three digital tools (Compass Learning, Kids A to Z, DreamBox) students will have their name entered into the drawing. The more time students spend on these tools, the more times their names will be entered to win AMAZING prizes.

The Summer Learning Blitz website will be live May 26. We will begin tracking student usage on June 13.