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SMS Newsletter 9.14.2018

Sharon Middle School

Parent Newsletter



NO SCHOOL Wednesday, September 19


Monday, Monday, September 17 – Day 2

Tuesday, September 18 – Day 3

Wednesday, September 19 – NO SCHOOL Yom Kippur

Thursday, September 20 – Day 4

Friday, September 21- Day 5


SMS Week in Review

Thank you to all of our parents and families that came and joined us for open houses this past week.  It was great to see everyone.

Sixth graders travelled to Treetop Adventures - Thursday for 6th graders on Team 6D and Friday for Teams A&C. The students (and staff) had an amazing time climbing,

Team 6B heads to Treetop on Tuesday. The forecast calls for rain on Tuesday, so we’ll be monitoring the situation in case we need to postpone due to the conditions. Please make sure your children dress appropriately (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 Monday. Ms. Nathan (our nurse) has notified parents/guardians if she hasn’t received them yet.


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.


Yearbook Staff

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.


School Pictures

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.


Student Council Bake Sale!    

Are you hungry after a long day of school? Craving something sweet? Then stop by the Student Council Bake Sale on Monday, September 24th after school near the main office or the gym. All items will be $1, so be sure to bring money!


SMS Jazz Band

Jazz Band auditions will take place on Wednesday, September 26th after school from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the band room, and is for advanced music students who have completed at least their first method book. Audition music is available in the band room and may be picked up during class, and before or after school.  Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Drum Set, and Marimba (vibes) may audition. Rehearsals take place after school on Mondays. Except for piano, electric guitar, bass guitar, and drum set, participating in strings or band class is a prerequisite. Please see or write to Mr. Greely in Room 104 for any questions.



Auditions for the SMS spring musical Grease will be after school on Thursday, October 11, in the auditorium.  Students should sign up for an audition slot and take an audition packet outside room 222.  Parents and students should read over the information letter and schedule carefully to understand the time commitment involved.  Please contact Mr. Szczepanski with questions.



Is your child interested in applying to work on set design for the SMS musical Grease? Set design meets on Mondays from 230-430pm from October through March. See the attached application for more information. Applications and drawings are due together by September 21.


News from Ms. Trail's classes:

Ms. Trail's Health and Life Skills classes welcomes Ms. Katelyn Ellmore, a student teacher from Bridgewater State University.  Ms. Ellmore is a senior Health education major at BSU.  She will be taking over as student teacher in mid October, completing her internship at the end of November.  Welcome Ms. Ellmore!  If you have any questions please contact Ms. Trail.


Fall Intramurals

Monday, September 24th  — Wednesday, November 7th  [12 Days in Season]


  • No Intramurals on no school holidays and early release days.
  • Intramurals can be cancelled due to weather restrictions; however, an announcement will be made as early as possible to avoid any inconvenience in pick-up or change in afternoon plans.
  • There is no need to sign up for one particular sport, as the nature of the intramurals program is to rotate activities.

Seasonal Highlights:

Tennis       Soccer        Flag Football      Basketball        Tournaments

In order to sustain this program, the cost of intramurals will be $60.00 per season. A cost of a little more than $5.00 a day is a small price to pay for such a well-organized and fun afterschool activity. Please fill out the attached form and return it with your payment to the Sharon Middle School office by Friday, September 21st.  Thank you in advance for your continued support in our efforts to enhance your child’s middle school experience.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Mr. Flaherty:

Mrs. Scarborough:


PTO School Apparel Sale

The PTO’s fall Apparel Sale is underway!  Don’t miss out on your chance to get some “Sharon swag!” Clothing features Sharon’s Eagle mascot and is great not only for middle school students, but anyone who wants to show Sharon pride!  Send completed order forms (attached) and payments (checks can be made payable to SMS PTO) to the SMS office by Friday, 9/28.  Questions?  Contact Amy Clayman at



Join FAME (Friends of Art and Music Education) and help support art, music and theatre education in our schools:  For more info:

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.

Special Olympics Massachusetts provides quality, year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with cognitive delays and other types of intellectual impairment. The Special Olympics Unified® Program, which is operating in Canton, is a very inclusive program that matches intellectually impaired student-athletes with similar-age volunteers to train and compete together as teammates. These volunteers, called Unified Partners, can be other special needs students or non-special needs students. The Unified Program provides these volunteers with an opportunity to help their classmates, compete athletically, have fun and grow as individuals.

We are very fortunate that our great coach, Jeff Erickson, has again agreed to coach this year’s soccer program. The training sessions for Soccer will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. The location will be Devol Field.   The first session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18th.  There will be 10 practice sessions.

There are no fees for this program.

Please let us know if your student plans to enroll in the Soccer program by e-mailing me at or calling 781-828-1466. Also tell other parents and students about this program and encourage them to join us.


Camera Operators and Announcers Needed

Sharon Community TV needs volunteers (adults or students) to help film or announce for Sharon High School Varsity Sports Games. The training is free and you will be helping out a very important asset to our community. Anyone interested should contact Isaac Gerofsky or Ken Berman at 781-784-8888 or



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. Attached are the Asthma Action Plan Form (Inhalers) and the Emergency Action Plan for Life Threatening Allergies (Epi-pen).

Reminder to send back your Authorized Informed Consent Form (attached) for Over-the-Counter Medications (Ibuprofen & Acetaminophen) and opting out of screenings.

All 7th graders are required to submit a copy of their current physical and updated vaccinations to Ms. Nathan as soon as possible.

To reach Ms. Nathan: 781-784-1560 x6005

781-793-5139 (Dedicated Fax)


SMS Procedural Information

Call-In Line

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!


Bus Tags

If your child did not receive his/her bus tag, please contact Fran Derry, Transportation Department. (781-784-1560 x 9011 or


Bus Changes

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.