Spartan Herald

November

November-6-2020

ACTION Required - Please complete the Google from for the Abuse Prevention Lessons.

SMS Spirit Wear

SMS Winter Spirit Wear & PE Clothes

SMS Spirit Wear & PE Clothes are now available to order online through Graphie Tees. Click on the link below.


https://graphie-tees.mysimplestore.com/t/sms


The sale will run now through November 15th. Your order will be delivered to your student for free at school after Thanksgiving break (choose free pick up) or you can pay to have your order shipped to your house.


If you have any questions, please contact Nicole nikkisue22@msn.com


Thank you,

SMS PTO

NJHS Announcements

Every November, Schmucker Middle School has had a tradition of making Thanksgiving baskets for SMS families that are in need of some assistance over the holidays. This year we are getting creative to continue this awesome tradition!!

Donations to the Center for the Homeless

Thanks to your generous donations, the SMS NJHS was able to donate nearly 600 pairs of socks, hats, and mittens to the South Bend Center for the Homeless!!

Safety Update: How Can Parents Monitor On-Line Activity

Parents,

Starting this school year, families have the option of receiving weekly emails outlining your students online activity while using Chromebooks. This online service is free and it gives parents an opportunity to maintain a safe learning environment at school and at home. Please click on the attached links to learn more about how Securly can help you.

SAFE SCHOOL HELPLINE

If you see something, hear something, say something! The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at any P-H-M school or building. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying or threats. All calls are completely confidential.

Equity

As a continuation of our school book study (Becoming a Globally Competent Teacher by Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, Hillary Parkhouse, Jocelyn Glazier, and J. Montana Cain), teachers discussed the topic of equity at a recent meeting. We were also happy to have Mr. White, the PHM Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, join our conversation. During these discussions, teachers are exploring ways to meet the diverse needs of all our students!

PHM Vacancies

Please help us increase the size of our non-certified applicant pool. The link below will take you to the HR page in Frontline for all current PHM vacancies. Please encourage people you know who would be a great fit for our Schmucker community to apply. Thanks!


https://www.applitrack.com/phm/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp?internaltransferform.Url=&all=1

Check out these videos from our IMC!

IMC SLC Presentation Google Slides
SMS IMC Book Talk Google Slides

Digital Library

Attention SMS families:


Schmucker has a new digital library of e books students can now access at home. It's called Junior Library Guild Digital. This is a great service because there are no limits to the number of students who can read a book (so no waiting for it to be freed up!) and students can read as much as they want on it. It's a bit like Netflix for books, as there are about 30 or so titles that students can choose from, and they rotate out about every 2 months. Students can also bookmark, highlight, take notes, etc. on what they're reading as well. This is a fantastic resource for our IMC, and I'm so excited for students to use it!


Students can find the login at: Digital Library or they can access on the SMS website under "Students" "Library" and then "JLG Digital"

Students can login where it says “Sign in to personal account”
The login is:
ID+initial (uppercase)
ID+PHM (uppercase)


Here is a quick video tutorial to help!

JLGtutiorial.webm


Students can email me at kobrien@phm.k12.in.us with any questions!

Checking Grades & Report Cards

Parents, when you are checking on your child's grade, please be sure to check Skyward. Canvas does not always have all the assignments and assessments listed. For the most accurate grades, Skyward is best. Remember you can always email your child's teachers if you have any questions.


The grades you see on the Classes screen are “live” from the teacher's grade book and will typically match what you see on the report card. At the end of each marking period, the grades are finalized and then the Report Card is shown on Skyward.


School Counselor Supports

All students are enrolled in a course named "Class of (Graduation Year)" in Canvas and Skyward. This is not an in-person class, but counselors will use this course in Canvas, as well as emails to parents and students, to communicate important information and availability for counseling services. Students can contact their counselor individually by using the School Counselor Appointment Request Form under the Guidance tab on the Schmucker website. Parents can contact counselors via email or school voicemail.

Technology Details


Technology Login Information: Please use the following instructions for students to access their email, Skyward, and Canvas.


  • Email Login Information:
    Username: first initial + last name + last 3 digits of ID number @phm.k12.in.us (example: jdoe456@phm.k12.in.us)
    Password: Passwords: ID number + phm (example: 123456phm)
  • Canvas/Skyward Login Information: Username: first initial + last name + last 3 digits of ID number (example: jdoe456)
    Password: ID number + phm (example: 123456phm)


For Parents and Students who need Tech help:


Logging in: If parents are having trouble getting into Canvas or Skyward please direct them to email familyaccess@phm.k12.in.us


Chromebooks: If families are having issues with their Chromebook, they should send an email to chromebooks@phm.k12.in.us


Other information for parents: https://www.phmschools.org/parents/parents-guide-p-h-m-technology

Earbuds for Virtual Students

If students did not receive earbuds, please stop by the main office during regular hours (8:00AM - 5:00PM) to pick up your set of earbuds.

EMAIL ALERTS

Penn-Harris-Madison utilizes the School Messenger® alert notification service to distribute emergency messages, such as school closings, delays and student attendance (for unexcused absences).


Parents are encouraged to visit infocenter.schoolmessenger.com today to create an account and set up your preferences for receiving emergency messages from the District.


Visit the PHM website https://www.phmschools.org/parents/schoolmessenger for more information.

Helpful Contacts