SMS Newsletter 11.16.2018
Sharon Middle School
Monday, November 19 – Day 2
Tuesday, November 20 – Day 3
Wednesday, November 21 – NO SCHOOL THANKSGIVING RECESS
Thursday, November 22 – NO SCHOOL THANKSGIVING RECESS
Friday, November 23 – NO SCHOOL THANKSGIVING RECESS
Monday, November 26 – Day 4
Tuesday, November 27 – Day 5
Wednesday, November 28 – Day 6
Thursday, November 29 – Day 7
Friday, November 30– Day 1
There is NO SCHOOL Wednesday, November 21 – Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving Recess.
First Quarter Report Cards
Report Cards were sent home with students on Friday, November 16. Report cards can also be viewed online by clicking here for Powerschool. Please return the sign-off form that came home with the report card by Monday, November 26 to confirm that you have seen the report card and discussed it with your child. If you need another sign-off form, click here.
Advisory Lessons at SMS
Each grade level has different advisory lessons to support our students' success here at Sharon Middle School. In Term 1, for example, grade 6 students talked about how to set priorities, and not let the little things get in the way of what's most important. Grade 7 students have explored appropriate norms for digital communication in a school setting and also examined scenarios to determine what constitutes cheating or plagiarism. In grade 8, students discussed how their "digital life" is similar to or different from their real life, and what that means in terms of our interactions with each other. In addition, all students participated in lessons where they identified adults and students at Sharon Middle School to whom they feel connected, and could turn to if they had a problem. Finally, this week, all students participated in a reflection of Term 1. Students took time to reflect on what they did well, where they'd like to improve, and concrete steps that they can take to meet their goals for Term 2. We encourage you to talk with your student about the goals that they have set, and how they hope to meet those goals for the new term we are in.
American Mathematics Competition
On Tuesday, close to 100 eighth graders participated in The American Mathematics Competition, a series of examinations and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge.
Parents Night Off!
Hey, Sharon parents! Have a child in Grades 2-5? Need a break? Want a quiet dinner alone? Need to get some holiday shopping done? Well we've got just the thing for you! The Sharon Middle School Student Council is excited to be holding our first Parents Night Off on Friday, November 30th from 5:30-8:00pm! The Student Council will be offering fun activities for students like video games, sports and art projects while you can catch a much needed breather! If you have a child (or children) in Grades 2-5 at any of the three Sharon elementary schools and you'd like for them to participate, follow the link to register them for this fun event!
New England Sports Spirit Day
On Friday, November 30th, students and staff are invited to wear their favorite Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, or Revolution gear to show their New England Sports pride!
SMS Science Fair
Is your child interested in the designs of science experiments? Would they like a chance to design their very own science experiment? The Sharon High School National Honor Society is excited to present the second installment of the middle school science fair! Thinking creatively by completing an original experiment on a subject that the students enjoy shows them the ins-and-outs of scientific design, and could spark their inspiration in the growing STEM field. The 2019 middle school fair will be held in early February. An information session for the students will be held during advisory on November 27th. An information session hosted for the parents will be held on a date that has yet to be determined. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mr. O’Rourke or Ms. Burke, the Science Coordinator for Gr. 6-12, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing your child’s ideas come to life.
Need a book for a school project? Personal reading? Try using the Resource Lists in Destiny to help you find the perfect book. Lists include Award Winners, Best of lists, International Book Project books, LGBTQIA+, Memoirs, Ms. Fuller's Favorites and many more! If you have ideas or suggestions, let us know. We're happy to update current lists and add new ones. The link to Destiny is on the library webpage. Follow us on twitter (@smsreads) and visit the blog on the library webpage.
Nonfiction book recommendation:
Death on the River of Doubt: Theodore Rooseveltís Amazon Adventure by Samantha Seiple
Read about Roosevelt's thrilling journey deep into the Amazon jungle. With threats at every turn - bloodthirsty piranhas, raging rapids, starvation, disease, and a traitor among them - you won't be able to put this book down!
8th Grade Washington DC Trip – Enroll by November 30th
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. 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
Celebratory Clothing Discouraged
As a school community we take great pride in being an inclusive and safe place for all. When students attend a celebration and receive a sweatshirt or t-shirt, and then wear these items to school as a group, the unintended side effect and negative impact is that many students feel excluded and left out. We worked with the School Committee and several area clergy to create a policy - 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. 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 requirements 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 NEW SMS Robotics Club will have it first meeting on Monday, November 26, 2018. Everyone is invited. It will be run by Ms. Michaud and Mr. Sexton in Room 102 from 2:15 to 3:15 pm. SMS Robotics Club is a club that 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 and the main goals are to have fun, learn new skills and develop new connections.
The SMS Girls Robotics Club will begin meeting again the Wednesday after Thanksgiving (11/28). All girls (grades 6 -8) are invited to come to Mr. Whipple's room (103) right after school. The club will end at 3:30pm, in time for the late bus. At this time, we do still have space for new members but that could change. See Mr. Whipple with any questions.
This weekend - Catch Sharon High School Theatre Company – Beauty and the Beast
Don’t miss Beauty and the Beast this weekend – Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are on sale now. https://quicktix.org/shstcbatb
Debate club is an exciting opportunity for students to use writing and public speaking skills against their peers. Every Wednesday after school, students will be preparing and practicing written debates for thought-provoking topics. We are expecting members to be committed and present every week unless they are absent, sick, or need to work with a teacher. Signups will be listed outside of the cafeteria on Friday, November 16 and will stay up until Tuesday, November 20. For any questions, please contact Mrs. Belcher in room 301.
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 should register in advance. Meaghan Merrigan, email@example.com, 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.
Lost and Found – Final call
We have amassed a lot of sweatshirts, lunchboxes, hats, books, water bottles and other items in our lost and found. Please have your child check the table outside of the office and pick up any lost items. Anything not picked up will be donated during the Thanksgiving break.
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Join the SMS PTO
For more information, contact David Bates, SMS PTO Chair 2018-19, c: 617-413-6345