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SMS Newsletter 3.8.2019

Sharon Middle School

Parent Newsletter

3/8/2019

 

Monday, March 11 – Day 2

Tuesday,March 12 - Day 3

Wednesday, March 13 - Day 4

Thursday, March 14- Day 5

Friday, March 15 - Day 6

 

3rd Quarter Progress Reports

Monday March 4th was the halfway point of third quarter

Please check PowerSchool for progress reports.

 

This week at SMS

On Thursday, March 7,  6th graders had an assembly featuring the Improbable Players about drug and alcohol prevention. The assembly also included a great discussion after the performance.

 

SMS Science Fair - 3/9

The SMS science fair is Saturday March 9th, 8am-12pm. Public viewing is from 10:30-11:30am - all other times are closed to everyone except judges and students.

 

Grease Tickets - On Sale Now!

Grease is coming to SMS on March 14, 15 & 17.   Tickets for Friday night are almost sold out and are no longer available online for that night.  The tickets are $10 for General Seating and $20 for Reserved Seating. We have 3 ways to get tickets:

  1. Students can buy them at lunch with cash or check made out to SMS (General Seating only)
  2. After rehearsals (General seating only )
  3. For Thursday and Sunday only, purchase online at QuickTix.org/Grease - a small convenience fee is charged (Reserved and General Seating)



SMS Green Team

The SMS Green Team will meet on Monday, March 11 during advisory.

 

SMS Spring MCAS Dates

April ELA MCAS dates

7th grade - Wednesday 4/3 and Thursday 4/4

6th grade - Monday 4/8 and Tuesday 4/9

8th grade Tuesday 4/23 and Wednesday 4/24

May Math MCAS

8th grade Wednesday 5/8  and Thursday 5/9

7th  grade Monday 5/13 and Tuesday 5/14

6th grade Wednesday 5/15 and Thursday 5/16

8th grade - Science and Technology MCAS Friday 5/17

 

Spring Mathcounts

Spring Mathcounts will meet on Mondays 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/22, and 4/29 after school in room 203. Practices will run from 2:30-3:30. This activity is open to all students in grades 6-8. Please see Mrs. Chin or send her a message on Schoology if you would like to join.

 

SHS Course Selection for Current 8th Graders

This is a reminder that course selection for students currently in grade 8 is in progress. Students must enter their course requests through the PowerSchool online portal by the end of the day on Sunday, March 10. Students received detailed instructions on this process last week during an assembly with Mr. Pomer. More information is available on the SHS course selection information web page: https://www.sharon.k12.ma.us/domain/1772. Course descriptions and graduation requirements may be found in the 2019-2020 Program of Studies. Step-by-step instructions are available in this video. Specific information regarding departmental offerings are available on the right-hand column here.

 

For those students considering an override into a course that is not recommended by their current teacher, please be aware that students must select the recommended course at this point in the course selection process. More information on the override process is outlined here.

School Council Meeting Thursday 3/21  2:30 - 3:30

The School Council will meet Thursday 3/21 2:30 - 3:30 in the middle school office.

 

National Foreign Language Week

SMS will celebrate National Foreign Language Week from March 11-15.  The theme is "Level UP your language"! There will be school-wide contests and world language teachers will be hosting contests within their classes, such as the poster contest.  To honor the languages we teach in the Sharon Public Schools students are encouraged to wear t-shirts or colors for the following: Monday- ASL (non-verbal communication); Tuesday- Spanish; Wednesday- French; Thursday- Mandarin; Friday- Latin/Greek.   Students should listen carefully to the daily announcements for more prize winning opportunities.

 

SMS Library

Use NoodleTools when you need to create a bibliography or keep track of citations. Our subscription allows users to create and save bibliographies, as well as access notetaking features and more! If you have any questions regarding NoodleTools, stop by the library for help. The link is on the library webpage ("Sign in with Google" using your @sharonschools.net account) and can also be accessed through the apps in Google Drive.

An “oldie” to recommend: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities. (mature content)

 

SMS Cabaret  - March 28th

The Cabaret is on Thursday March 28th from 7-9pm to raise money for Liam's Lunches of Love. Tickets will be on sale starting March 18th at lunch for $7, and will be available at the door for $10.

 

Jr. District Festival

For music students participating  in the Jr. District Festival Festival Site at Attleboro High School on Saturday March 9th, the bus will leave SMS at 8am. Parents please pick up your child at Attleboro High School after the concert. Lunch will be served at no cost to participating students. More information is available on your child's Schoology ensemble page, and a letter will be sent home.

 

Donations Help Wanted - METG Drama Festival at SHS on March 16

The Sharon High School Theatre Company is looking for adult volunteers and donations as they host the semi-finals for the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild’s Drama Festival on Saturday, March 16th. This is a great way to find out about the theatre company at SHS. To sign up to help or donate items, please go to the multiple tabs at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4faeac29a75-semi1

 

SMS Book Share Is Now Available

If you would like to borrow one of the following books by Peg Dawson, EdD and Richard Guare, PhD, please contact Amy Abrams at aabrams@sharonschools.net.  These books each have useful tips, tools and information on helping kids with deficits in executive skills to "reach their potential".

  • Smart but Scattered (2 copies available)
  • Smart but Scattered Teens (2 copies available)
  • The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success (2 copies available)

 

SMS Robotics Club

SMS Robotics Club's next meeting will be on 4/8.

 

Intramurals Participants

The final day of the winter season will be Wednesday, 3/13.

 

SAVE THE DATE - SMS Goes to Bertucci's on 3/20

The 7th grade students and teachers invite you to join SMS for dinner at Bertucci's (Cobb Corner) on March 20th. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the Thompson Island Scholarship Fund. Details to follow.

 

Sharon Help Desk Hackathon - 3/30

Students can come experience the exhilaration of working alongside their peers to brainstorm and create something amazing! The Sharon Help Desk is hosting a Hackathon on March 30, an event where teams of computer programmers collaborate to achieve a real-world problem. Our hackathon will cater to all levels, so don’t be worried if your child has very little coding experience. Mark your calendar for March 30 from 8am to 7pm at Sharon High School. Please click here for more information.  To register, go to https://www.tinyurl.com/sharonhacks.  Registration will close on Wednesday, March 20.

 

Poetry Slam

Preparations are underway for the SMS Poetry Slam taking place after school on Wednesday, April 3. Winners will move on to the district-wide main event on April 25 ( Sharon High School, 6:30-8:30 pm). Interested students must sign-up in advance in the library, or students may request access to the Poetry Slam group in Schoology. Click here for information.  

 

8B Parent/Guardian Volunteers Needed

Team 8B is looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help support our efforts to raise awareness and funds for Journey Forward. Please contact Mrs. Belcher via email at jbelcher@sharon.k12.ma.us if you are interested in helping. Team 8B is organizing two fund raising efforts through bake sales and used book sales.

 

Help Wanted - Cottage Street School Fun Fair

Sunday, March 31st 10am-4pm

Calling Sharon Middle School student volunteers to assist with the Cottage Street School Fun Fair.  Please consider signing up for at least one shift in the various SignUpGenius signups. The signups can be found by visiting https://cottagepto.org/?p=2268

The signups include: Cake Room, Cake Walk, Clean Up, Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos, Photo Booth, Pretzels & Slush, Prize Room, and Set Up.  There are Adult Volunteer slots and slots reserved for SHS students and SMS students, so please only sign up for Middle/High School Volunteer slots. If all shifts are full at your time of availability, please contact Betsy Strauss (strauss.betsy@gmail.com), Candice Gopin (safrica80@yahoo.com), or Shanna Belenky  (sbelenky@gmail.com) for additional opportunities. We would be happy to answer any questions as well.

 

TEAM 7A PARENT/GUARDIANS: Mass Bird of Prey Fundraiser

Team 7A is now collecting the donations students gathered from the sale of their bird feeders.  Please send in check donations made payable to: Mass Bird of Prey. We appreciate your support for this worthy cause.

 

Notes from the Nurse

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. 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 m_nathan@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.

 

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

 

Youth Running Program - 6th graders

The Youth Running Program is beginning its 6th season on May 19th.  The program is designed to introduce participants to the sport of distance running including proper stretching and warm-up methods, gradually developing endurance, and understanding how to pace. Current SHS track team members hope to encourage interest in the sport for the future health of the team and also confidence, goal-setting, and overall well-being. Each year, the program has grown - averaging about 70 runners per season. The runners need to be in 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade in order to register and participate. Registration is open to other surrounding towns as well.  For more information or to register, please check the Sharon Recreation Department website, or check our our new website at:  https://sharonyrp.weebly.com/

 

Healthy Body Image Workshop

Sharon Public School Community is invited to a free workshop on March 14th focusing on body image, self-worth and young women’s health. Mothers and daughters are encouraged to attend and we are confident that this will be a workshop to help address the social pressures in today’s world.

 

All of Sharon - Community Conversations on Mental Health

Please see the attached flyers for more information about Sharon Public Library’s upcoming speaker series done in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health.                               

           

Easton Tigers Football and Cheerleading

The Easton Tigers invite Sharon Football Players and Cheerleaders in grades 6-8 to register for the Easton Tigers team in the Pop Warner Football League.