SMS Newsletter 9.7.2018
Sharon Middle School
NO SCHOOL Monday, September 10th
NO SCHOOL Tuesday, September 11th
Wednesday, Sept. 12-- Day 6
Thursday, Sept. 13 -- Day 7
Friday, Sept. 14 -- Day 1
SMS Week Two Update
We had a great week of school. Even with the hot weather, the students and staff have been coming together and working hard. We participated in our first fire drill on Wednesday. Everyone made it to their designated spots on the track in record time. Kudos to the students and staff.
Sharon Middle School Community day and SMS Reads Book Clubs
Today was an amazing SMS Community Day and SMS Reads book clubs for our summer reading. We spent time getting to know one another, doing ice-breaker activities, and examining our identities as individuals, advisories, teams and grades, and school. We’re very proud of how our students connected with the activities and each other.
Our 6th graders will be taking an exciting field trip to Treetop Adventures in Canton. Please make sure your child dresses appropriately for some fun and adventure (sneakers, t-shirts, shorts) and make sure they bring water bottles filled with water and ice. If your child has a life-threatening allergy and needs an Epi-pen, it must be at the school by Wednesday. Ms. Nathan (our nurse) has notified parents/guardians if she hasn’t received them yet.
There are three different days the teams will be going:
- Thursday September 13th - Team 6D
- Friday September 14th - Teams 6A and 6C
- Tuesday September 18th - Team 6B
Open House Nights
Sharon Middle School Open House Nights for parents and guardians are Wednesday, September 12th for grade 6 and Thursday, September 13th for grade 7 and 8. Grade 6 parents will start in their child’s advisory. Students will bring home schedules for parents to bring with them.
Open House Nights start at 7pm. At 6:40 pm Special Education teachers will be in their classrooms for parents of students on IEPs.
NOTES FROM THE NURSE
Just a reminder – it’s a new school year. Ms. Nathan needs all medications, inhalers, Epi-pens with new orders for this school year. Please bring these to the school as soon as possible.
7th grade Physicals
All 7th graders are required to submit a copy of their current physical and updated vaccinations to Ms. Nathan as soon as possible.
Over-the-Counter Medication Forms
Please return the Over-the-Counter Medications form and Screening Waivers to their advisory teachers by Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
To reach Ms. Nathan: 781-784-1560 x6005
781-793-5139 (Dedicated Fax)
6th Grade Guidance
We are very excited to have the opportunity to incorporate a therapy dog Clover to the 6th Grade Guidance Program. Clover is a 9 y.o. Yellow Labrador Retriever with an excellent temperament and is beginning her 4th year @SMS. Clover will start her job in the coming weeks and she will be in Mr. Walsh's 6th grade guidance office rm. 518. A sign near the office door will indicate when Clover is in the office. Therapy dogs are highly obedient service animals trained to provide affection and comfort to people. Clover will be used to support many of the common needs of the students, such as increasing self-esteem, improving social skills and creating a sense of community.
Clover can help:
- Strengthen students overall emotional stability
- Facilitate students learning lessons in responsibility, respect, and empathy
- Improve students attitudes toward school
- Helping students to remain calm during moments of stress or emotional upset.
- Making school a more comforting & enjoyable place.
Previous years I have worked with students that have allergies and phobias. If I need to meet with a student who is allergic or does not like dogs I will ensure Clover is not present and find a space where Clover has not been. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns regarding Clover and her role.
For those who are interested, I can also provide some great research-based studies on dogs in school settings.
Join Student Council!
Want to make a difference at SMS? Want to represent your peers? Want to have fun while making our school community a better place? Then consider joining Student Council! Advisory teachers will be running team elections over the next few weeks. If you’re interested, ask your Advisory teacher for a form, fill it out, and find out when your team election is! The top vote-getters will become team reps and will join our Student Council team! For any questions, see Mr. Marrone in room 507.
Any student interested in participating on the SMS Yearbook staff should pick up an application from Mr. Szczepanski in room 222. Applications are due by Friday, September 21.
SMS Procedural Information
If your child is going to be absent OR tardy on any day, call Sharon Middle School before 9:00 a.m. (781-784-1560 x1) to report that information. Please spell your last name when you leave a message. Thank you!
If your child did not receive his/her bus tag, please contact Fran Derry, Transportation Department. (781-784-1560 x 9011 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
No bus changes will be allowed before October 1. Bus change requests must be received 24 hours in advance of the requested change. A Bus Change Request Form is available on the SMS website under School Information. No changes can be made on workshop days or Fridays.
School pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 20. Students will bring home forms from the photography company for parents to choose picture packages. Students should bring their picture forms and payment to the photographers on Picture Day.
Sharon Middle School Cross Country Team
Sharon Middle School Cross Country Team is gearing up for its 4th season!
The team is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
Practices are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:00.
Signups must be done online at familyid.com. You can find the SMS link under Sharon High School. The cost for the program is $95 – checks can be made payable to Sharon Middle School. All athletes must submit a current physical before they will be allowed to compete. Please deliver both items to the office or Mrs. Kaplan in room 310 before the start of the season.
The first practice will be held on Wednesday 9/12. Please send your runner with a healthy snack, refillable water bottle, running clothes and sneakers. At the end of the school day all runners should change, fill water bottles and meet the coaches on the track by 2:30.
We compete against other middle schools in the Hockomock League and races are approximately 3K in distance. This is a program geared toward introducing middle school students to the sport of distance running while keeping it fun. All levels of experience are welcome.
The meet schedule is almost confirmed and will be emailed to all participants during the first week of practice.
If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Kaplan at SMS: email@example.com
Help Staff the PTO tables at the Open House Nights
The Sharon Middle School PTO is organized for the purpose of supporting the education of children at Sharon Middle School by fostering relationships among the school, parents, and teachers.
Please help us build both the SMS community and sponsorship for the PTO by volunteering to help out during the Sharon Middle School open houses on September 12th (Wednesday) and 13th (Thursday).
Volunteers will pick a time to staff the PTO table (near the SMS office) to distribute and collect sponsorship paperwork and dues. We also need staffing at the PTO's apparel table.
If you can help out during the open houses, click the link.
Advertise in the Sharon Middle School Directory
The Sharon Middle School directory is a helpful reference used year-round by parents who want the phone numbers, home addresses, and email addresses of SMS classmates and families. The directory is the perfect go-to for parents who want to set-up playdates, generate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah mailing list, or find extensions for the Sharon Middle School faculty and administration.
Get your business exposed to hundreds of Sharon Middle School parents while supporting the SMS PTO and the Educational and Staff Appreciation Programs the PTO sponsors.
Join FAME (Friends of Art and Music Education) and help support art, music and theatre education in our schools: www.tinyurl.com/FAMEmembership2018-2019
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canton Special Olympics Soccer Program
In September, Special Olympics MA plans to start its fifteenth Soccer season in Canton. This program is open to all students in grades 2-12. Soccer is part of the program created by the partnership of Canton Public Schools, Canton parents, Canton Recreational Dept. and Special Olympics Massachusetts to provide year-round athletic training and competition. In the winter we offer Basketball and in the spring we offer Track & Field.
For more information, see the attached flyer.
Special_Olympics-2018-_Soccer.pdf (81.1 KB)