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SMS Newsletter 4.12.2019

Sharon Middle School

Parent Newsletter

4/12/2019



NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK - April recess is April 15-19

Monday, April 22- Day 6

Tuesday, April 23 - Day 7 8th Grade ELA MCAS

Wednesday, April 24- Day 1   8th Grade ELA MCAS

Thursday, April 25 - Day 2   

Friday, April 26 - Day 3



Term 3 Grades

Term 3 is complete. Grades are now available to view on PowerSchool. Printed copies will be sent home after vacation.



Holocaust Educational Programing

Here at Sharon Middle School we are working to incorporate a program about the World War II Holocaust.   We have scheduled a Holocaust survivor, Mrs. Janet Applefield, to speak to all of our 6th grade students as she has done in the past.  Mrs. Applefield will speak to the 6th grade on Friday 4/26 starting at 9:45am.  



6th Grade ELA MCAS Completed

6th Graders took their ELA MCAS on Monday 4/8 and Tuesday 4/9

 

Upcoming SMS Spring MCAS Dates

April ELA MCAS dates

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 Tuesday 5/21

 

IMPORTANT: MCAS Student Responsibilities April/May 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Students will be asked to read statements about their responsibilities during MCAS testing and to sign an acknowledgement indicating they understand these responsibilities. The statements are attached to this email. We recommend that you discuss them with your child along with the school’s handbook and related policies. Thank you for your involvement in your child’s education.

Important MCAS Information

In preparation for the tests:

  • Students should bring a book to each test session to read in the event they finish a test session early.
  • Students should get to bed early, have a healthy breakfast, and bring a healthy snack to school.
  • We encourage students to leave all electronics at home.  Cell phones not secured in lockers or left at home, must be left with the teacher for the duration of MCAS testing.  NO Smart Watches, NO KINDLES, NOOKS or other ELECTRONIC READERS WILL BE ALLOWED.

During the test:

  • Most students should not need extra time and will be able to finish within the suggested time limits. However, they will be allowed additional time to finish their work beyond the end of the regularly scheduled session if they need it. No session may extend past the end of the regular school day.
  • Only one student may leave the room to use the bathroom at a time.  The teacher must secure the student’s test materials before that student leaves the room.  There is no talking in the hallway, we will monitor that just one student is in the bathroom at a time, and students do not discuss the test in the hallway.
  • They should read questions carefully, be thorough in their responses, and be sure to answer all parts of multipart questions. They should also try their best to answer all the questions on the test.
  • Their test administrators cannot give them any help, or answer any question that relates to the content of the test.

Their test results may be invalidated if they engage in any of the following activities during a test session (including after turning in their test materials, during a break, or during the transition to a test completion area):

  • duplicating any portion of the test
  • accessing prohibited materials such as cell phones or other electronic devices
  • communicating with other students (e.g., talking, whispering, writing notes)
  • looking at any other student’s test
  • consulting notes, books, or instructional materials during testing

Their test results may also be invalidated if they discuss the content of test or their responses to questions with anyone, including teachers, before MCAS testing ends in the school.

 

SMS PTO Meeting Tuesday 4/23/19 7-8pm

The SMS PTO will meet in the SMS library on Tuesday 4/23 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  Ms. Emily Burke SPS Science Coordinator will be joining the meeting to share an update on the Sharon High School Building Project.

 

Staff Training

On the early release day - Wednesday, 4/10 - all staff participated in a harassment/sexual harassment training.

 

Encore Performance

On Wednesday, the SMS Encore Choir sang the National Anthem at the Sharon High School Lacrosse game.

 

SHS Tri-M Music Honor Society at SMS

On Friday, students were treated to a performance by the Sharon High School Tri-M Music Honor Society. This mini-concert introduced SMS students to the music program at the high school.

 

Advisory Lessons - All Grades

Following Dr. Peg Dawson's presentation to SMS faculty and families, the advisory team devised lessons around executive function skills and how to grow them for all grade levels over the past two months.  All students had an overview of what the executive function skills are, and we able to identify which of the five (time management, planning, organization, task initiation, and working memory) are areas of relative strength for them and areas for growth.  Each grade then had specific lessons around some of these skill areas depending on developmental need. Within each lesson, students were able to take a pre-assessment to determine how well they already incorporate this skill into their school life and then did an activity where they could identify effective strategies for employing this skill.  For example, grade 8 students looked at the skill of time management and then used a scheduling calculator as they thought about course selection for next year; grade 7 students worked with planning and worked on scenarios and strategies for more successful planning for school projects. Grade 6 students spent time talking about organization and the different strategies that can help them be more successful managing multiple courses with multiple teachers.

 

The SMS Poetry Slam Judges have Spoken...

Please mark your calendars and come watch all of our student poetry slammers perform at the Main Event at SHS on April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Sharon High School Library. Click here for the Poetry Slam flyer.

The winners who will be representing grades 6, 7 and 8 at the Main Event  have been chosen: Congratulations to Ari Gutmacher, Talia Aidlin-Perlman, Sophia Stessman, and Nasiba Alikulova.

It was a difficult decision to make, and the judges would like to acknowledge and congratulate all of the SMS SLAMMERS on their performances and inspiring poetry. THANK YOU to Harshal Singh, Aaron Chhouk, Cree Bisson-Donahue, Sienna Rich, India-Mae Fraser, and Ranya Merchant.

 

8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip - Roommate Input

Information went home with 8th graders last week so that they can give input about potential roommates for the trip to Washington, D.C. in June. The completed Input Form must be returned to the office by Wednesday, April 24th. For a copy of the form, click here. Please read this form carefully and make sure your students reads it as well.

 

SHS Spanish Exchange Students Visit SMS

On Thursday April 11, students who study Spanish met the SHS Spanish Exchange Students. These students are visiting from Colegio Logos and delivered a great presentation from the with a question and answer period at the end.

 

SHS Chinese Exchange Updates

Follow the SHS Chinese Exchange students in Xi’an https://xianexchange2019.weebly.com

 

Spring Intramurals 2019

We know you've been asking, and patiently waiting, and the time has finally arrived for ... SPRING INTRAMURALS 2019! The spring season for Intramurals will begin on Monday, April 29th, and will run through Monday, June 10th.  Please be sure to fill out your sign-up form and return it with payment of $65.00 to the office as soon as possible, or by the deadline on Wednesday, April 24th. Click here for the information and sign up form.

Students should remember to think ahead, and wear sneakers and athletic attire for warm weather on the Mondays and Wednesdays that you have Intramurals.  Also, as we always suggest, try and pack a healthy snack for after school, and bring a water bottle that you can fill up. It does get very warm in June! Oh and most importantly, yes, flag football, basketball, soccer, tennis, and all of the other fun games and activities that we usually play, will definitely be offered this season! Looking to another fun-filled season will you!!

For questions:

Mr. Flaherty: s_flaherty@sharon.k12.ma.us

Mrs. Scarborough: l_scarborough@sharon.k12.ma.us

 

AID-Boston Bake Sale

Students can stop by and purchase a sweet treat at the bake sale on Wednesday, April 24 to raise money for a non-profit organization called AID-Boston. AID-Boston partners with many groups in India to help improve the lives of the less fortunate. The profit from this Bake Sale will go towards helping individuals take a stand against child marriages. Money we raise will also help provide a safe and quality education for young women who are fighting for this universal right.

 

Student Council Presents: End-of-Year Celebrations - April 26 & May 10

Student Council is excited to invite SMS students to enjoy an evening of fun & friends as we draw closer to the end of the school year. This year, we will have a professional DJ from Siagel Productions, video games brought to you by One Up Games, a popcorn machine, photo booth, snacks, and more. Tickets are $5 and will be sold during lunch on Days 3 and 7.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night of the event. Students - please remember to wear school-appropriate clothing to the celebration.

  • The 7th & 8th Grade Celebration will be on Friday, April 26th from 7:00 - 9:00pm.
  • The 6th Grade Celebration will be on Friday, May 10th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

 

Spring Parents Night Off - Friday May 3

After a successful event in November, the SMS Student Council is excited to offer another Parents Night Off event. If you have elementary school students from Grades 2-5 (and would like a break while your children have some fun), please consider signing them up. On Friday, May 3rd from 5:30-8:00pm, the SMS Student Council is happy to provide an opportunity for elementary school students to spend time together, experience the middle school, and have fun. We will have pizza and snacks, video games provided by One Up Games, arts & crafts, sports, games, and more! Please email Andrew Marrone a_marrone@sharon.k12.ma.us with any questions. In order to sign up your child, please use the following link to fill out our Google Form: https://forms.gle/L3kb1eF8MGJGjjd4A

 

SMS Griffin Players - May 16, 17 & 19

Place an ad in the program - deadline is April 30th

They Walk Among Us — a collection!  Two plays for the price of one, both written and directed by Ms. Sammons and starring our talented SMS actors, They Walk Among Us is sure to be a theatre event you don't want to miss!

  • Interstellar Science Fair: What happens when a group of young aliens are assigned human teenagers to observe for a science project? How will they complete their mission when the subject matter is so bizarre?
  • They Were Roommates: Five unusual friends share an apartment and need a sixth roommate to make rent. After much searching, they finally find a new roommate... only problem is, she's human. So what does that make them? When monsters and mortals mix, wackiness ensues.

May 16th & 17th at 7PM and May 19th at 2PM at the SMS auditorium.

To place an ad in the program for your favorite cast or crew member, click here.

 

SMS Book Share Is Now Available

Thank you for your interest in borrowing the Smart But Scattered books.  Due to the amount of interest, we are requesting you pick the books up within 2 days and return them within 2 weeks.  If you aren't able to pick them up, we will have to move on to the next person to ensure everyone has the opportunity to access them.  We appreciate your understanding. Contact Amy Abrams at aabrams@sharonschools.net.

SMS Yearbook Deadline - April 26th

The deadline to order a 2019 Yearbook is by the end of the day on Friday, April 26.

Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com or click on the link on the SMS homepage with the Yearbook ID code 11804619.

8B Parent/Guardian Volunteers Needed

Team 8B is still looking for some 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 fundraising efforts through bake sales and used book sales.

 

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

Team 7A is 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.

 

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. 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/