SMS Newsletter 1.18.2019
Sharon Middle School
Monday, January 21 – NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 22 – Day 2
Wednesday, January 23 – Day 3
Thursday, January 24 – Day 4
Friday, January 25 – Day 5
There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Term 2 Closes on January 25
Term 2 will close on Friday, January 25. The PowerSchool portal will be closed on January 25 and will reopen on February 4 so that parents can see grades.
School Year is Halfway Over
It is a good time to check on school supplies and work with students at home to clean out their notebooks. Many things can be cleaned out and recycled or kept at home at this point. Making sure kids have pens pencils paper and other basic supplies as we begin the second half of the year is important.
School Safety Assemblies During Advisory
We are holding grade level assemblies to review and discuss school safety procedures. We held the 6th grade assembly on Thursday 1/17 The 7th grade will be held on Tuesday 1/22, and 8th grade on Friday 1/25.
We will hold a soft Lockdown Drill – Discussion of ALiCE procedures Friday 2/1 During Advisory
“Grease” Program Ads and Shout-Outs
Place an ad or a shout out in the program for our school musical “Grease” coming up in March. NEW THIS YEAR - $5 one-liners so that you can send a shout-out to your favorite cast or crew members! Deadline is February 25th. Click here for the ad form.
Mathcounts Competition Results
Congratulations to ALL of the students who participated in this year's Mathcounts competition. It was challenging and fun and the results were amazing. The following top ten students are invited to represent SMS at the chapter competition on Saturday, Feb. 2nd:
In 6th place: Jacquelyn Song
Tied for 5th place: Shreyes Balaji and Apurva Varigonda
Tied for 4th place: Vishal Nandakumar, Hyojae Park, Anwita Revouri and Olivia Sheng
In 3rd place: Arjun Rastogi
2nd place: Rishi Shetty
AND in 1st place: Rohith Raghavan
All scores will posted outside of room 203. Students in the top ten should please plan to attend practices on 1/23, 1/28, and 1/30 for tie breakers and to practice with their teams. If anyone is unable to attend, please let Mrs. Chin know ASAP email@example.com.
SMS Math Team
Congratulations to the SMS Math Team for their impressive win on Thursday. The Sharon teams finished in 1st and 2nd place with a combined total of 13 perfect scores.
Are you wondering what book comes next in a favorite series? The Mid-Continent Public Library has a wonderful resource dedicated to [ http://apps.mymcpl.org/juvser/author/browse ]series and sequels. Or try using [ http://www.yournextread.com/us/ ]Your Next Read or [ https://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/ ]What Should I Read Next for ideas. And don't forget my favorite resource for book recommendations - SMS students!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SMS Library - MakerSpace
The MakerSpace in the library is open for the month of January. It is 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. Follow us on twitter (@smsreads) and visit the blog 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.
Pajama/Cozy-Comfortable Day - Friday Feb. 1st
Students and staff are invited to wear pajamas or other cozy clothes to school for Pajama Day. Please make sure all comfortable clothes and pajamas are school-appropriate.
Student Council Bake Sale - Wednesday, January 30th
All items will be $1 and will be sold after school near the main office and the gym.
Hoops for Heart
Sign up for this year’s Hoops for Heart 4-on-4 Basketball Tournament coming up the week of Feb 11. Make a team of 2 boys and 2 girls from your grade level, grab a form from the main office, and then bring in your entry fee and completed forms to the Student Council lunch table on Days 3 or 7. Make sure you hand in all forms as a team! And please see Mr. Marrone in Room 507 with any questions!
Parent Presentation – Tuesday, 2/5, 7pm
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
The following are a few of the upcoming programs funded by our SMS PTO:
**ImprovBoston Monday 1/28 10:00 – 11:00 am One show 7th Grade
Interactive Anti-Bullying Program
ImprovBoston brings an innovative, interactive and highly-acclaimed anti-bullying workshop to SMS 7th grade students. Building off improvisation’s foundation in support and collaboration, Boston’s best improvisers engage students with equal parts laughter, role-play, problem solving and serious exploration of the many forms of bullying.
**Thursday 1/31 8th Grade Assembly
UPRISING ON KING STREET: THE BOSTON MASSACRE
What are the responsibilities of a military force sent to occupy a foreign land? Is violence ever necessary to keep the peace? What role does class play in the administration of justice? In 1770, the people of Boston suffered under an increasingly harsh British occupation. Just ten days before the massacre, eleven-year-old Christopher Seider was shot by a British soldier during a protest. A week later soldiers clashed with ropewalk workers angry over the loss of jobs to the occupying force. Tensions between soldiers and citizens ran high and further violence seemed inevitable. On March 5, what started as a group of boys taunting the guard quickly escalated into a riot. British soldiers fired into the crowd, killing five of the protesters. The people of Boston demanded justice. John Adams defended both the British soldiers and their commanding officer Captain Preston at trial. Dubbed "the horrid massacre" by Sam Adams, the killings became a precipitating event of the Revolution. Theatre Espresso explores the circumstances that led to this tragedy and recreates the trial of Captain Preston. In role as jurors, students explore the events of the Boston Massacre through the eyes of ordinary men and women who were both shaped by and instrumental in shaping history.
**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. This production has been made possible by funding from our SMS PTO. For more great events like these, please consider joining SMS PTO or making a donation to our KEY Knowledge Empowers You Programming!! Here is a link for paypal:
To make payment to SMS PTO use
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.