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SMS Newsletter 1.11.2019

Sharon Middle School

Parent Newsletter

1/11/2019

 

Monday, January 14 – Day 4

Tuesday, January 15 – Day 5

Wednesday, January 16 – Day 6

Thursday, January 17 – Day 7

Friday, January 18 – Day 1

 

 

Term 2 Closes on January 25

Term 2 will close on January 25. The Powerschool portal will be closed on January 25 and will reopen on February 4 so that parents can see grades.

 

Notes from the Nurse

Grade 7 postural Screening will be done for all grades on February 13 &14.

The Health Office and the Grade 6 Health teachers is 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 CATCH.org. If you want more information or to opt your children out, please send an email to our nurse, Mary Alice Nathan at m_nathan@sharon.k12.ma.us.

 

First Annual State of the School Address – Thursday, January 17th

The Sharon Public Schools community is invited to the First Annual State of the School Address on Thursday, January 17 from 7-8pm in the auditorium at Sharon Middle School.  Our Superintendent, Dr. Victoria Greer will be speaking about the strategic plan, high school project, budget and the future of Sharon Public Schools. This is our First State of the School Address and are excited to see you there!

 

Upstander Day - "Making a Difference" on February 5th – Organizations Needed

Every year, the SMS community pauses classes for our Upstander Day, a day on which we work together to both identify and cultivate positive "Upstander" behaviors in all of us.  This year's theme is "Making a Difference," and we hope to celebrate the many ways that we all can make a difference for each other and our community.  New this year - we are working to connect with area organizations that work to make our community a better place as we talk about community service as a way of being an Upstander.  We already have a number of organizations that we plan to partner with, but are always seeking other connections.  If you are already connected with a local organization you think could be a good match for us, please complete this quick survey https://goo.gl/forms/oPhRIqz356sVOPDF2 to help us get connected.  We need to have your response no later than Monday 1/14.  Thank you!

 

Winter Intramurals will begin on Wednesday, January 23rd.

Intramurals are offered every Monday and Wednesday, Wednesday, January 23rd – Monday, March 6th from 2:20-3:45pm. Click here for more information and for the sign up form. Forms with payment are due to the office by Wednesday, January 16. Space is limited to 55 participants – first come, first served.

 

SMS Library  - MakerSpace

We've opened the MakerSpace in the library for the month of January. It will be open on days 2, 3, 5 and 7 during advisory, but closed every Friday. In addition to our regular MakerSpace activities (Legos, Little Bits, origami, etc), we are featuring the Button Maker. Not sure what that is, stop by and ask! Follow us on twitter (@smsreads) and visit the blog on the library webpage.

 

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 your children would like to play, tell them to visit the Student Council table at lunch on Days 3 or 6 to sign up.

 

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.

 

Autism Awareness T-shirts

In preparation for Autism Awareness month (April), you can order a t-shirt for your child to wear to school on April 2nd. The message on this shirt is powerful and positive and many staff members will be wearing this shirt on that day. https://www.workplacepro.com/S-WBKA

 

Boston Theatre Company at SMS – 2/11

Hark! The Boston Theater Company's education program is coming to perform LIVE at SMS on February 11 for the entire 8th grade. This company is known for its innovative approach in presenting Shakespeare to students. Their goal is "for students to discover personal connections to Shakespeare that will spark a lasting interest in theater and classic works". This year they are showcasing their adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, one of Shakespeare's classic laugh-out-loud comedies.

 

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 set for meetings this school year. 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. korourke@sharon.k12.ma.us

 

SMS Yearbook

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.

 

Mathcounts
Mathcounts practices will be held in room 203 from 2:15-3:30 on Monday 1/14. The school-wide Mathcounts competition will be after school on Wednesday, 1/16. Students 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.