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SMS Newsletter 10.12.2018

Sharon Middle School

Parent Newsletter



Monday, October 15 – 6

Tuesday, October 16 – Day 7

Wednesday, October 17 – Day 1

Thursday, October 18 – Day 2

Friday, October 19 – Day 3



Mid-Term Progress Report Sign-off Due

Midterm Progress Reports are available on Powerschool  at Attached is a parent sign off that Progress reports have been reviewed. Paper copies were sent home with students. Forms should be returned to your child’s advisory teacher asap.

For Powerschool questions,


MCAS Scores

MCAS scores were mailed today for all students who took the 2018 Spring MCAS.


Advisory Program at SMS

Every Day 1 at SMS, students participate in an advisory lesson. Our advisory lessons are designed to promote social-emotional learning and to give students a different way of connecting with each other and with staff members. For the first half of term one, our advisory lessons have been focused around two major themes:  building community and our SMS Core Values. Students have been working together as they've examined how our five core values - Respect, Honesty, Acceptance, Responsibility, and Fun - can and should come alive in our classrooms and throughout our school community.  As we move through the year, lessons will be differentiated by grade level to meet the needs of our students as they move through Sharon Middle School. We encourage you to talk with your child about the SMS Core Values and the work they've done around them so far. 


Mathcounts Program

There will be a short informational meeting about Mathcounts at 2:30 on Monday, 10/15, in room 203. Mathcounts is a national program that provides students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. This year, practices will be on Mondays (10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17) and Wednesdays (10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28, 12/12. 12/19) from 2:30-3:30. There will be a school wide competition sometime in January. For more information, visit Please email Mrs. Chin with any questions.



Halloween at SMS!

In celebration of Halloween (Wednesday, October 31st), students are invited to dress up!   To embrace the SMS Core Value of fun, SMS will be celebrating Halloween on Tuesday October 31st with a door decorating contest and inviting interested students and staff to come in costume. We do have many students who do not dress up and that is just fine too.  Dressing up is not a requirement - we want students to know that we welcome and support them whether or not they decide to come in costume. 

Students with some of the most creative costumes may even be highlighted at an end-of-the-day slide show!  Here are some friendly reminders about costumes:

  • Costume weapons, toy weapons, or anything that could be mistaken for a weapon is strictly prohibited
  • Masks and face paint are not allowed
  • Costumes that are culturally insensitive or insulting are not allowed
  • Please make sure all costumes are school-appropriate

If students are not sure about what might be appropriate, we encourage them to ask their teachers. 


8th Grade Washington DC Trip Parent Meeting –Tuesday, October 16 at 7pm

There will be a meeting for the parents/guardians of all interested 8th graders about our June trip to Washington, DC. The trip is scheduled for Monday, June 10th – Friday, June 14th. Informational packets will be sent home to students on Thursday, October 18th. Please be sure to enroll in the trip by November 30th.  If parents or guardians have any questions or concerns, please contact Kevin O’Rourke, the SMS Principal. If parents would like to request financial assistance, please email


Flu Clinic for SMS students – November 6th

The Sharon Department of public health is offering a flu clinic here Nov. 6, 2018. If you would like your child to get a flu shot, please download the four attached forms and complete the three forms that need to be filled in.

  • 2018 Template Flu form
  • Flu screening form
  • Miis Objection form
  • 8-7-15 vis_flu

Please contact our nurse, Ms. Nathan, with any questions at or 781-784-1560 x6005



8th Grade School Counselor News

If your family is considering a private high school or one of the two regional public high schools (Norfolk County Agricultural High School & Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School) please have your child check in with Ms. Merrigan, School Counselor, about the process at

Southeastern's Open House is Saturday November 17, 2018. All interested must register in advance.  Southeastern will also have a presentation for 8th graders during Advisory on October 23rd.


SMS Cross Country

Congratulations to our Cross Country team! Our first home meet on Wednesday was a big success with boys and girls winning their races. Thursday’s meet was cancelled due to the rain.


Grease - Stage Crew

Any student interested in being a part of the stage crew for Grease should stop by room 222 and pick up an application from Mr. Szczepanski.  Applications are due back by Friday, October 26.


Join the SMS PTO

PTO Sponsorship Form

PTO Paypal link

For more information, contact David Bates, SMS PTO Chair 2018-19, c: 617-413-6345 e:


Sustainable Sharon Coalition Green Team

The Green Team is a collaboration between Sustainable Sharon Coalition and The Sharon Public Schools Recycling Program to educate kids about environmentalism.  The Green Teams are comprised of individuals grades K-8, who are dedicated to creating a more sustainable Sharon. The Green Team is a year-round program that meets 3-4 times, offering opportunities for students grades K-8 to learn about creating and protecting a healthy environment, and to become environmental change makers in their local community and the world.  

Green Team Kick Off -Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:30-12:00

Sharon Public Library - Children's Level

We will be signing up kids in grades K-8 for the Sharon Green Team, reading books, playing games, and giving away prizes. It is free to join the Green Team. Facebook event:

Reminder: It’s Plastic Free October

A month of free events to address plastic pollution and plastic recycling.

There is a series of ~Free~ events with fun games, raffles, and prizes that will take place in Sharon throughout the Whole Month of October! For the overview of the themed month and all of the activities: .



SMS Fall Soccer Tournament   

The annual Student Council Soccer Tournament will be held on Monday, October 15th and Wednesday, October 17th from 2:30 to 3:45, and late buses can be taken. We hope to see you there!




  • Please send in Epi-pens and Inhalers with doctor’s orders asap.
  • Immunizations and physicals for 7th graders should be sent in to the nurse’s office asap.

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

781-793-5139 (Dedicated Fax)