SMS Newsletter 1.25.2019
Sharon Middle School
Monday, January 28 – Day 6
Tuesday, January 29 – Day 7
Wednesday, January 30 – Day 1
Thursday, January 31 – Day 2
Friday, February 1 – Day 3
Upcoming: Tuesday, February 5th is an early release day. SMS will dismiss students at 11:10am.
Term 2 Closes on January 25
Term 2 has closed. The PowerSchool portal will reopen on February 4 so that parents can see grades. Students received their Term 3 schedules during Advisory on Friday 1/25.
Grade 7 Parents/Guardians Thompson Island Information Night
On Thursday, January 31st from 7:00-8:00 PM in the SMS Auditorium, there will be a parent/guardian informational meeting regarding the 7th grade trip to Thompson Island. Mr. O’Rourke and Ms. Ordway will present the itinerary and benefits of this trip.
We have secured the following dates for the trip this spring:
Team 7A May 2 & 3
Team 7X May 6 & 7
Team 7B May 9 & 10
Information, Permission Slips and Enrollment Information will be sent home on Friday 2/1.
School Safety Assemblies
This week we finished holding grade level assemblies to review and discuss school safety procedures. We will hold a soft Lockdown Drill – Discussion of ALiCE procedures Friday 2/1 During Advisory
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 7pm. This event is supported by the Sharon Education Foundation. 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.
Jr. SEMSBA Auditions
Students who signed up to audition for Jr. SEMSBA should arrive at SMS on Saturday February 2nd. Students should arrive no later than 8:15 AM. Students should bring their instrument, original music, and money if they wish to purchase snacks. Parents and Guardians should pick up their musician by 11:30 AM at SMS. Please direct all questions to Mr. Greely.
8th Graders - Auditions for Honors Orchestra at SHS
Any student in the 8th grade that plays a string instrument who wishes to audition for the Honors Orchestra for the 2019-2020 school year at Sharon High School, should contact Mrs. Ethier firstname.lastname@example.org for the audition materials and more information as soon as possible. The audition deadline is February 25, 2019.
Grease Makeup Crew
Mrs. Kaplan is looking for a group of dedicated students who want to be part of the makeup crew for this year's musical, Grease. If your student is an aspiring makeup artist and has the time, they should sign up outside room 310 and pick up an informational sheet with the schedule. The first meeting will be Wednesday February 6th, after school in room 310.
SMS Library News
First semester library class students - please remember that you do NOT need to be scheduled for library class to check-out books and use the library when the semester changes. Many students come to the library during the following times: flex advisory, learning center, lunch, and any time with teacher permission. Please don't forget a pass and remember to sign-in! Here is a link to the library brochure that provides general information about the library and information on how to access online library resources.
SOS - Numerous books are missing from our collection. If you're not sure if something is signed out to your account, please ask for help. Many students are waiting for books that we can't find. Thank you for your help.
Mathcounts Competition Results
Congratulations to ALL of the students who participated in this year's Mathcounts competition. The chapter competition will be on Saturday, Feb. 2nd. Students in the top ten should please plan to attend 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.
Notes from the Nurse
Postural Screening will be done for all grades on February 13 &14.
The Health Office and the Grade 6 Health teachers is doing a CATCH My Breath Youth E-cigarette and JUUL Prevention Program through the end of the year. Students are asked to complete pre and post surveys as part of this national program. Students do not provide their names - just their teacher information. Please click here and here for an introduction letter and parent handout from CATCH.org. For more information or to opt your children out, please contact our nurse, Mary Alice Nathan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Hoops for Heart
Students can sign up for this year’s Hoops for Heart 4-on-4 Basketball Tournament coming up the week of Feb 11. Students should form a team of 2 boys and 2 girls from their grade level, grab a form from the main office, and then bring in the entry fee and completed forms to the Student Council lunch table on Days 3 or 7. They need to hand in all forms as a team. Please contact Mr. Marrone with any questions.
Jr. ByteSized Girls Robotics Club
Here is the schedule for the next several weeks for the Girls Robotics Club:
Wednesday, Jan. 30 2019 - meet after school
Wednesday, Feb. 6 2019 - NO Girls Robotics Club
Wednesday, Feb. 13 2019 - NO Girls Robotics Club
Wednesday, Feb. 20 2019 - February Break
Wednesday, Feb. 27 2019 - meet after school
The club will continue through March. We will have our last meeting of the year on Wednesday, Mar. 27 2019.
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. This program is co-sponsored by the SMS PTO, Sharon Education Foundation and Everwood Daycamp.
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. This program is sponsored by the SMS PTO.
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 program is co-sponsored by F.A.M.E. (Friends of Art and Music Education).
“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.
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.
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