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SMS Newsletter 9.21.2018

Sharon Middle School

Parent Newsletter




Monday, September 24 – Day 6

Tuesday, September 25 -  Day 7

Wednesday, September 26 – Day 1

Thursday, September 27 – Day 2

Friday, September 28 – Day 3



SMS Week in Review

We had a great week! Picture day was on Thursday – thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out.

Team 6B’s trip to Treetop Adventures was postponed on Tuesday due to the weather, but we have rescheduled the trip for Friday, November 2nd.



7th Grade Field Trip to Camp Everwood

7A will be walking to Camp Everwood on Thursday 9/27. Permission Slips are coming home Friday 9/21.

7X will be going on Monday 10/1. Permission slips will come home Monday 9/24.

7B will be going on Tuesday 10/2. Permission slips will come home Monday 9/24.

If your child needs an Epi-pen or other medication, it must be in to Ms. Nathan, our nurse, on the day before the trip.


Sharon Middle School PTO

The SMS PTO is organized for the purpose of supporting the education of children at SMS by fostering relationships among the school, parents, and teachers. Funded by PTO sponsorships, K.E.Y. education programs focus on topics related to the social and emotional well-being of students and are primarily concerned with technology, social media awareness, anti-bullying tactics, and suicide prevention. The student-focused events have break-out sessions and discussion groups. K.E.Y. also provides Parent/Guardian Nights, which are open to all Sharon Public School adults.

Last spring, K.E.Y. also took on two important issues: social media and technology. On Social Media and Tech Awareness Night, parent after parent stopped to tell organizers what a great event it was, how they learned what their kids were doing on the screens that are constantly in front of their faces, how they were committed to taking action.



The Effects of Media on Health & Human Development


7:00 – 9:00PM in SMS AUDITORIUM

Our team of tech professionals will also be on site to review

school-based technology (PowerSchool and Schoology).

Our goal is to make this the best year ever. We hope you will remain mentally, physically, and charitably checked in with our events throughout the 2018-19 school year. I invite you to attend the PTO meeting held monthly and volunteer to staff and contribute to PTO events.

David Bates, SMS PTO Chair 2018-19, c: 617-413-6345 e:

PTO Sponsorship Form

PTO Paypal link



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




The SMS Robotics Club

The SMS Robotics Club will have its first meeting next Wednesday, 9/26 after school. This year the robotics club will be open to girls only. All girls (grades 6 -8) are invited to come to Mr. Whipple's room (103) next Wednesday for the SMS Robotics Club! Boys who would like to participate on a team that does robotics should consider Ms. Silver's STEM club. See Mr. Whipple with any questions.



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.



Student Council Bake Sale – Monday, September 24    

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!



Girls Learn International Club - Informational Meeting 9/24

Are you interested in social justice?  Are you inspired by Malala Yousafzai's work to help girls get education?  Do you want to make a difference in the world?  Then the Girls Learn International Club is for you!  The GLI Club is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about access to education in the world.  We work with our partner school - the Zabuli Education Center in Afghanistan - through videoconferences during the school year.  As we learn more about people across the globe, we work to raise awareness and funds for girlsí education.  To find out more about our club, please come to our informational meeting on Monday, September 24th, during advisory in the Library Classroom.  See Ms. Fuller or Ms. Smolcha with any questions. 


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.



GREASE the Musical

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.  There are Youtube links to help practice the audition song on the Musical page on the SMS website. Please contact Mr. Szczepanski with questions.






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



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)


IMPORTANT - Contact Info

Parents/guardians: please update your contact information in Powerschool with the best phone numbers to reach you during the day. If you have questions about accessing Powerschool, email



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.