SMS Newsletter 11.9.2018
Sharon Middle School
Monday, November 12 – VETERAN’S DAY - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, November 13 – Day 5
Wednesday, November 14 – Day 6 EARLY RELEASE DAY – 11:10am
Thursday, November 15 – Day 7
Friday, November 16 – Day 1
Monday, 11/12 is Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, 11/14 is an EARLY RELEASE DAY. Students will be dismissed at 11:10am
SMS Weekly Highlights:
Tuesday was a busy day at SMS with photo retake day and the flu shot clinic. Thanks to everyone who helped make the day run smoothly.
On Wednesday, we held our 2nd fire drill of the year. Great job by all of the advisories.
End of Quarter 1
Quarter 1 closed 11/7. The PowerSchool portal is closed so that teachers can input the grades and comments. The portal will re-open again next Thursday, 11/15 at 3pm. Paper copies of report cards will go home on Friday, 11/16.
As a school community we take great pride in being an inclusive and safe place for all. For the past several years we have worked with parents and students to manage an unintended side effect of celebratory clothing.
When students attend a celebration and receive a sweatshirt or t-shirt, and then wear these items to school as a group, the negative impact is that many students feel excluded and left out. A number of years ago, we worked with the School Committee and several area clergy to create a policy, and in the years since we have worked with our students to understand the issue. See below for the language that was adopted and is in our SMS Handbook.
On Tuesday 10/16, we assembled the 7th grade to review this policy with the students. Unfortunately, despite the message shared at this assembly, we have seen an increase in this celebratory clothing this fall. Several students have not responded to the discussion of why this is discouraged.
Please talk to your child about this. Please do not have them wear these items to school so that we can continue to make sure that all students feel welcome at SMS. If you have any questions, please let us know.
From the SMS Handbook:
Celebratory clothing worn collectively by a group of people invited to a particular social event is strongly discouraged because it has a negative impact on our school culture and climate, and by its nature excludes students. It includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc. that are given out at social events outside of school.
CURRENT 7TH GRADE FAMILIES - NOTES FROM THE NURSE
We’re still waiting for physicals and immunization reports from some 7th graders.
Please send in physicals NOW.
If you received a letter from Ms. Nathan and have not sent in your immunization reports, your child will be conditionally enrolled (may attend school). After December 1, 2018, the conditional enrollment period will expire. The law provides that students NOT IN COMPLIANCE with these requirement MAY BE EXCLUDED from school until the student provides verification of the immunizations received, and has a scheduled plan signed by the physician, or obtains an exemption signed according to the provisions of the law.
Please call or email Ms. Nathan as soon as possible. firstname.lastname@example.org 781-784-1560
Please send in Epi-pens and Inhalers with doctor’s orders now.
The SMS Robotics Clubs – Two Clubs
Starting after the Thanksgiving break, The SMS Robotics Club will have two different clubs.
The Monday club will be run by Ms. Michaud and Mr. Sexton afterschool in Room 102. The club promotes experimentation with robots and software. It will provide a forum for discussion and sharing information, and gives its members a community to participate in and learn about the field of robotics. Our group is about creative expression through technology. The main goals are to have fun, learn new skills and develop new connections.
The Wednesday club will be run by Mr. Whipple afterschool in room 103. We will work on designing, building and programming robots. This is primarily a student-run group with project goals developed by students and approved by the advisor – students are expected to work productively towards those goals with minimal supervision. We have a Tetrix robot kit which is programmed using a fairly simple language similar to "C".
AMC 8 (American Mathmatics Competition)
On Tuesday 11/13, 8th graders who have registered will participate in The American Mathematics Competition, a series of examinations and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students.
Sharon High School Theatre Company – Beauty and the Beast
Don’t miss Beauty and the Beast on November 15, 16, 17 & 18. Tickets are on sale now. https://quicktix.org/shstcbatb
8th Grade Washington DC Trip
The 8th grade trip to Washington, DC is scheduled for Monday, June 10th – Friday, June 14th. Click here for more information. Please be sure to enroll in the trip by November 30th. We understand that the trip begins on a Jewish holiday – we will be able to accommodate students who are observing the holiday so that they can join the group on Tuesday. Please contact Mr. O’Rourke if you have any questions or concerns. If parents would like to request financial assistance, please email email@example.com
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. Southeastern's Open House is Saturday November 17, 2018. All interested must register in advance.
Meaghan Merrigan, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 6022
Grease - Parent Meeting Date Change
There will be an important meeting for parents of the cast and crew of Grease on Tuesday, December 4, from 7 - 8 pm in the library. Reminder: Please fill out the parent volunteer form and return to Mr. S. via your cast/crew member.
When dropping your children off at school, please do not drop them off on Mountain Street. It is very dangerous for students who are walking to school, as well as for traffic. Also during drop-off and pick-up, please pull up as far as you can in the line. If the car ahead of you isn’t ready to leave yet, you may go around them on the left, but please do so with extreme caution – watch for pedestrians in the crosswalks.
Join the SMS PTO
For more information, contact David Bates, SMS PTO Chair 2018-19, c: 617-413-6345