SMS Newsletter 12/14/2018
Sharon Middle School
Monday, December 17 – Day 5
Tuesday, December 18 – Day 6
Wednesday, December 19 – Day 7
Thursday, December 20 – Day 1
Friday, December 21 – Day 2
DECEMBER RECESS – December 24-January 1 (Classes resume Wednesday, January 2)
SMS Quarter 2 Mid-terms Grades
Thursday 12/13, marked the half-way point for Quarter 2. On Tuesday 12/18 we ask that you check your student’s grades and mid term teacher comments.
IMPORTANT – NO Texting in School
Please do not condone your child texting or calling during school. Students are not allowed to use their phones – we will take the phone away. We have had a number of incidents of students texting their parents, and parents texting their children. Please do not come to the school based on a text or call from your child. If your child has forgotten something at home, he/she needs to call you from the front office. The nurse will call you directly if your child isn’t feeling well and needs to be picked up. If you need to get a message to your child, please call the school office.
News from the 6th Grade Health Classroom
Grade 6 Health students will be starting the Puberty unit on Wednesday January 2, 2019. This unit covers the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during puberty. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's health teacher -- Ms. Trail or Ms. Pini.
The Robotics Club will meet Monday, December 17, 2018 from 2:15-3:15 in Room 102.
SMS Girls Robotics Club AKA Jr. Byte-Sized Robotics
The Jr. Byte-Sized Robotics club will NOT meet next Wednesday, 12/19. We'll resume meeting when we return to school in January after the break - Wednesday, January 2nd 2019.
Advisory at SMS
During the past few weeks, lessons in our advisory classrooms have focused on elements of social-emotional learning that have been shown to boost attitude, outlook, and ability to move forward towards goals. The first area was a focus on gratitude. Following Thanksgiving, all students were asked to think of people for whom they are grateful. After some discussion and reflection on what it means to be grateful, students selected one person (possibly someone at SMS or within the Sharon Public Schools who has helped them along the way) and designed a cornucopia on which they listed five reasons why they were grateful for this person. The cornucopias were then given to the people who were written about. This past week, students were asked to think about someone they didn't know who might need to have their day "brightened with a smile." Students talked about times when people they didn't know did something nice for them, or did something that made their day better. Following the discussion, students then worked to send positive messages by choosing to write letters to veterans or first responders, or making cards for hospitalized children or homebound senior citizens. Research shows that when we think of others (show empathy), it actually makes us feel better by reducing stress and increasing our own positive outlook. We hope that all members of our SMS community remember to continue to take the time to foster gratitude and empathy in their day to day lives.
SMS Flag Project
Sharon Middle School would like to display flags from the countries of origin of our community of students. We have over 120 flags now that we will begin to hang in the gym. Please take our SMS Flag Survey so that we can make sure we have all of the countries represented.
SMS Concerts on Sharon Community Television
Sharon Community Television recorded the Middle School Choir Concert and the Middle School Specialist Showcase featuring the Strings, Bands, Encore, and the Jazz Band. The concerts will air on channel 8 and show times may be found at http://www.sharontv.com/. DVDs and High Definition digital copies of both concerts are available to purchase by emailing email@example.com or calling 781-784-8888.
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.
6th Grade Social Skills Games & Activities
Hi 6th grade SMS families! My name is Amanda McMorrow - the School Adjustment Counselor. I wanted to inform you that your child may be chosen by a friend to come to my office to participate in a social skills game or activity. This takes place on Day 4 during Advisory. If you do not want your child to participate, please send me an email. Thank you in advance!
Debate Club will meet on Wednesday, Dec 19. For any questions, please contact Mrs. Belcher in room 301.
The SMS 2019 Yearbook is now on sale! Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com or click on the link on the SMS homepage with the Yearbook ID code 11804619 to order your 2019 Yearbook by December 21st - before the prices increase!
Cross Country Uniforms - please return asap
Students who still have their cross country uniforms should return them to Ms. Kaplan in room 310 as soon as possible. Please include a note with the name of the student.
Sharon High School Winter Concert
The SHS Music Department cordially invites the Sharon Middle School community to its annual Winter Concert of Large Ensembles on Tuesday, December 18 at 7pm. Click here for more info.
Mathcounts practice will be held after school in Room 203 on December 17th and 19th. The school-wide Mathcounts competition will be after school on Wednesday, 1/16. If you are interested in participating, please see Mrs. Chin in Room 203 by Monday, 1/14 to sign up. You will need to bring pencils and a calculator on the day of the competition.
NOTES FROM THE NURSE
IMPORTANT – 7th grade Immunization Reports are due.
We’re still waiting for physicals from some 7th graders. Please send in physicals ASAP.
School nurse, Mary Alice Nathan - firstname.lastname@example.org. Dedicated fax: 781-793-5139
PTO Teacher Appreciation Holiday Treat Bags – TODAY AND TOMORROW!
The PTO is planning to make Holiday Treat Bags for our teachers and staff to show them how much we appreciate all they do for our students! We're collecting donations of the items to put in the treat bags and hope that you will consider donating one of the listed items. Items can be dropped off at Amy Clayman's house, 42 Old Wolomolopoag St., on Friday, December 14th or Saturday, December 15th, in the cooler on the front steps. To donate an item, please sign up on SignUp Genius.
No time to shop? You can make a monetary donation and we'll buy supplies on your behalf. To make a donation, send a check payable to SMS PTO to the school office in an envelope marked "PTO Holiday Treats" or you can pay by PayPal. Questions? Contact Amy Clayman at email@example.com.
8th Grade Washington DC Trip Waiting list
The 8th grade trip to Washington, DC is scheduled for Monday, June 10th – Friday, June 14th. Click here for more information. If you missed the November 30th deadline, please contact Mr. O’Rourke. If parents would like to request financial assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org