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SMS Newsletter 1.4.2019

Sharon Middle School

Parent Newsletter



Monday, January 7 – Day 6

Tuesday, January 8 – Day 7

Wednesday, January 9 – Day 1

Thursday, January 10 – Day 2

Friday, January 11 – Day 3


SPS Enrollment Roundtable Meeting – Monday, 1/7

On Monday, January 7 at 6:30pm-8:00pm (at Sharon Middle School 2nd Floor Administration Large Conference Room), there will be a roundtable feedback discussion to share details about Sharon Public Schools enrollment solutions that will later be presented to the School Committee. If you are unable to attend this meeting, the presentation will be posted along with a feedback form on the SPS website so that you can share your feedback regarding the draft solutions.


Notes from the Nurse

Grade 7 Health Screenings are taking place through January 11. Vision, Hearing and BMI will be done during Advisory along with SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) screening. Please click here for information on the SBIRT screening. Postural Screening will be done for all grades on February 13 &14.


The Health Office and the Grade 6 Health teachers will be starting a CATCH My Breath Youth E-cigarette and JUUL Prevention Program. Students will be asked to complete pre and post surveys as part of this national program. Students are asked to not provide their names - just their teacher information. Please click here and here for an introduction letter and parent handout from If you want more information or to opt your children out, please send an email to our nurse, Mary Alice Nathan at


Parent Presentation – Tuesday, 2/5

Smart but Scattered: How Executive Skills Create Successful Students

Peg Dawson, EdD is coming to SMS on February 5th at 7 pm. This event is supported by the Sharon Education Foundation. Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand homework in. They may rush through work or dawdle, they make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don’t know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute, in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete it. Their workspaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks, and notebooks as “black holes.” Dr. Peg Dawson, the co-author of the book Smart but Scattered, will talk about three strategies parents can use to help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students, including how to structure the environment to reduce the impact of weak executive skills, how to teach executive skills, and how to use incentives to get kids to practice these skills.


SMS Library:

Need to do research for a school project? Need to find reliable information? Try using the database, Research in Context. It's a great resource for finding articles from magazines, newspapers and reference books. It even has videos and copyright friendly images. For even more databases, click here to access all that are available to us. There are many! These links can be found on the library webpage.


SMS Video Game Tournament

Calling all gamers! The SMS Student Council is sponsoring our 2nd annual video game tournament! We will be holding tournaments for three games: Rocket League, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Brothers, and the winner of each tournament will receive a gift card to Game Stop! The Tournament will take place on two days after school (Monday, January 28th and Monday, February 4th). The tournament will be held from 2:15 until 3:45 on both days and late buses will be available. If you’d like to play, visit the Student Council table at lunch on Days 3 or 6 to sign up.


Sharon Middle School Council

The Sharon Middle School council is in need of a one or two parent volunteers.  The school council meets on Thursday afternoons 2:30 – 3:30. The following dates have been sets for meetings this school year.  1/10, 2/14, 3/21, 4/25, 5/16, 5/30.

If you are interested and available to serve on school council, please email Kevin O’Rourke.


Robotics Club
There will be no robotics club on Monday, January 7.


SMS Yearbook

The SMS 2019 Yearbook is now on sale!  Go to or click on the link on the SMS homepage with the Yearbook ID code 11804619 to order your 2019 Yearbook.


Mathcounts practices will be held in room 203 from 2:15-3:30 on Mondays 1/7 and 1/14. There is no practice on Wednesday 1/9. The school-wide Mathcounts competition will be after school on Wednesday, 1/16. If you are interested in participating, please see Mrs. Chin by Monday, 1/14. You will need to bring pencils and a calculator on the day of the competition.


Blueprint Robotics – Saturday, 1/5

Join Blueprint Robotics in learning about STEM and Robotics (refreshments will be served). Saturday, January 5, 10:30-11am, at Canton Public Library

Saturday, January 5, 1-2pm, at Sharon Public Library