Friday, June 1, 2018

Final Friday Message

Happy Friday, SMSers!

OK, so we have officially had more days off this year for things that were not snow; floods, ice, false snow…etc. If you just came to Virginia this year, welcome to our crazy weather. We sent out an e-mail yesterday, which hopefully everyone received as we have juggled a bunch of items due to yesterday’s closure and today’s delay. Highlights…
  • ·         Film Festival today at 11:10
  • ·         Computer check in and collection today
  • ·         Field Day now Monday (rain or shine)
  • ·         6:30 PM Monday night – Drama 7 and 8 performance
  • ·         WWII Tree dedication Tuesday @ 11:00
  • ·         May/June birthday celebration: Tuesday @ 3:45


From this week, we have a few items to brag on. First and foremost, the 6th grade drama students put on two shows Wednesday evening. The students did an amazing job acting out a play about what mannequins do when people aren’t around and then a Disney version of Law and Order. The plays were fantastic, and it was great to see so many talents on display throughout the evening. We did get through most, but not all, of the exams this week prior to yesterday. A few teachers have e-mailed students if a reschedule was needed. The SMS Film Festival this morning was terrific, as always. The 8th grade students involved in the films put a lot of energy and time into making these pieces, and the hard work was evident during the films.

We also had the results of our SCA election this week. Lots of hard work from those who ran for office, so all who were brave enough to go for it deserve a lot of credit. A huge shout out to our new officers for 2018/2019…
·         President: Charlie M.
·         Vice-President: Maggie L.
·         Secretary: Savannah M.
·         Social Director: Brenna S.

We look forward to your leadership next year as you take the reins for the SCA.

Don’t forget the Band Lock-In is tonight! Have fun!

If you have any of your child’s medications left in the clinic an adult may pick up medication any time during school office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through June 8th..  Any medication left at the school after this date will be discarded.  County school policy does not permit the storage of medication for the next school year.

As this is the final Friday Message of the year, let me just say it has been great to work with you all this year as the temporary AP. I do not have to do a long good-bye as I will still be over in Guidance next year. Thank you all for making this a terrific experience for me. The final week is upon us, so hold on tight. Have a wonderful weekend and stay dry! Here is the daily breakdown…

Next Final Week @ SMS:

Monday, June 4th: Teal Day
Field Day
6:30 PM: 7th and 8th grade drama performance

Tuesday, June 5th: Black Day
8th Grade class practice for ceremony
11:00: Brill/Briesemeister class trip
11:00: WWII Tree Dedication
3:45 PM: May/June birthday celebration

Wednesday, June 6th: Teal Day
10:00: 6th grade pool party
10:00 AM: 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony (information below)
12:00: 7th grade pool party

Thursday, June 7th: Black Day
1:05 dismissal for students
End of Q4/S2
Have a great summer!

Friday, June 8th: Teacher Work-Day


                           8th Grade ‘Moving On’ Ceremony Reminders

Next Tuesday, June 5th, the 8th graders will practice for the ceremony itself in the morning.  On the following day, all students will need to come to school dressed in their planned outfit. Shortly after the morning announcements, we will begin lining them up for the processional to the gym area for the ceremony. Please review the following guidelines so that this can be a meaningful occasion for our students and their families.

1. A prompt arrival is appreciated as the ceremony is slated to start at 10:00am. Please plan to arrive about 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time to find both a parking spot and a seat for the ceremony. Although teachers park on the blacktop to allow parents all available parking places, the logistics ensure that people be flexible, and understand that some people will most likely be walking from a side street. 

2. As you know, the graduation is a momentous occasion for our departing students and many of them have elderly relatives who will be in attendance for this event. Since the graduation is in the gym with bleacher seating, we kindly ask you to give these guests priority seating on the last several rows of chairs located on center part of the gymnasium floor. Thank you in advance for this courtesy.

3. In addition to the graduation certificate given to each student during the ceremony, we have numerous well-deserving students who will be recognized for a variety of awards. In order to conduct the ceremony in a timely fashion, we kindly ask that you hold your applause until all names have been read aloud during instances where more than one student is receiving an award. We greatly appreciate your cooperation with this request.

4. We will be reading the individual names of students at a moderate pace, and appreciate your respect for each one of them crossing the stage. After the ceremony itself, we will recess the students first, starting with the back row. Please wait until all the 8th graders have left the gym before following them. Everyone should plan on meeting his, or her student out on the grassy area in front of the school so that we can avoid bottleneck at the exits from the gym.


*Most of our 8th grade teachers will be out there, as well, to say our fond farewells to our 8th grade students as they transition to the high school setting. We wish them all the best of luck and happiness!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday, May 25th

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Hard to believe the last full week of school has now come and gone. The next 8 days will be pretty packed with special events, so I will preview the upcoming events for the remainder of the year here in a bit rather than just the week ahead. We have been busy here at school this week as the SOLs finally wind down. Civics and Science SOLs are now complete, and with just a few students still taking make-up tests, we look to be in pretty good shape in terms of those tests. We do still have a few re-tests next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Algebra I, Spanish I, French I and Geometry students have final exams starting next week. Information should have come home regarding the school’s exam exemption policy.

This week also saw the last two performances from our current Band and Chorus students. Wednesday night, all bands put on a show to a packed house featuring former SMS Band students (current AHS students) who took the stage with our 8th grade band to end the evening. Thursday night, our choral groups were on display for their Spring Concert.

Coming up next week, we have the final drama performances of the year, SCA elections, WWII Tree Dedication, the SMS Film Festival, student computer collection, and Field Day. Looks to be pretty busy, so hopefully the long weekend helps energize everyone for the final push. Here is what is coming up…

Coming up @ SMS:
Monday, May 28th: No School

Tuesday, May 29th: Black Day
B Day Spanish I Exam
French I Exam

Wednesday, May 30th: Teal Day
Civics and Science 8 SOL retakes
Exams: Spanish I (T Day), Geometry (Holmes), Algebra I (7th and 8th)
SCA elections during CHOMP
6:30 – 7:30 PM: 6th Grade Drama performance

Thursday, May 31st: Black Day
SMS Film Festival – all classes shortened
11:35: WWII/Holocaust remembrance dedication in front of school
6:30 – 7:30 PM: 7th and 8th Grade Drama performances

Friday, June 1st: Teal Day
Field Day (have kids bring sun screen)

Monday, June 4th: Black Day
Field Day rain date

Tuesday, June 5th: Teal Day
Briesemeister/Brill class field trip

Wednesday, June 6th: Black Day
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: 8th Grade Moving on Ceremony
6th and 7th grade pool parties

Thursday, June 7th: Teal Day
1:00 dismissal for all students

Friday, June 8th: SUMMER!

News from SMS:
1.      New class for rising 8th grade students: We are offering an additional elective for 8th grade students next year for those who may be interested. The course is Digital Media 8; students will utilize digital tools in the fields of programming and coding, game design, creative design, photography, animation and film, and they will enhance their knowledge of media software and how to manipulate and design digital media. This course will be an extension of the 7th grade curriculum for those who took the course this year.
If interested, please fill out this form so we can see if this new course can be added to your 2018/2019 course requests. You can review your course requests in PowerSchool if you can't remember them. A counselor will be in touch if we need clarification or if you indicate below that you'd like to see someone before making any changes.
2.      The 8th grade team would like to thank all of our parents for helping students to maintain focus and concentration as we finish out the year with important SOL tests, final exams, and class projects and presentations during the final weeks. Since next Monday is a holiday, and Field Day is on Friday, the week will definitely fly by for our students! Please know that we have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to teach your students during this school year, and wish them the best as they transition to the high school setting, where we know they will shine in a variety of arenas.
Please note: Important details regarding the Moving On practice, and the ceremony itself, were sent thru the SMS Matters Line, and via a link on the website last week. Today, all 8th grade students were given a hole-punched copy of the information to take home, as well.
Please contact Gayle Rainey at 975-0599, or email: grainey@k12albemarle.org, with any questions related to the ceremony.

3.  SCA wants to sincerely thank all the parents and students who donated to our Police Department Service Project. We were able to deliver 150 treat bags for officers at the police department. They were very appreciative. Thank you for your help. We couldn't have done it without you. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18th

Happy Friday, Sharks!

A brief message from me today as the school day has escaped me. It was a busy week here at SMS as we continued SOL testing, sharing scores with students, and offering retakes. Our students have done a great job this year and have made a lot of progress on their tests. As the scores continue to roll in, we have found that there are lot of success stories to highlight with your children. Kudos to you and them for all the hard work. As we head into next week, a reminder that 8th grade still has their Science and Civics SOL tests. We still have a few 6th and 7th graders doing remediation and/or make-up tests, but we should be done by Friday. After that, we start looking to 8th grade Exams and some of the fun items, like the band, choir, and drama performances, Field Day, and closing exercises. The next three weeks will be busy ones, but the end is in sight. Have a great weekend, stay dry, and enjoy the time together!

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, May 21st: Teal Day
Tuesday, May 22nd: Black Day
   Afternoon: 8th grade Civics SOL
Wednesday, May 23rd: Teal Day
   Afternoon: 8th grade Science SOL
   7:00 - 9:00 PM: Spring Band Concert
Thursday, May 24th: Black Day
   7:00 - 9:00 PM: Spring Chorus Concert
Friday, May 25th: Teal Day
   
SOL Make-us tests
News from SMS:
1. All 8th grade information today...see below:

                          2018  8th Grade ‘Moving On’ Ceremony Information
Moving On Ceremony Practice: Tuesday, June 5th from 9am until 11am
Please ensure that your student is here on the morning of practice, so that they are prepared for the ceremony on Wednesday.  After the televised morning announcements, we will have the students line up in alphabetical order, and then proceed to the gym and be placed in their anticipated seating arrangement. At that time, we will discuss the planned agenda for the ceremony so that the students have an understanding of the procedure before the event the next day. They will then follow their normal schedule for 3rd block in their exploratory and PE classes. During 4th block, the 8th grade team will be treating the students to a Sundae Party to celebrate their last year of middle school.
Moving On Ceremony: Wednesday, June 6th at 9am
All 8th grade students will need to come to school on time and dressed in their planned graduation outfit, rather than changing once they get here. Shortly after the morning announcements, we will begin lining them up for the processional to the gym area for the ceremony. Please review the following guidelines so that this can be a   meaningful occasion for all of our students and their families.
  1. A prompt arrival is appreciated as the ceremony is slated to start at 10:00am. Please plan to arrive about 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time to find both a parking spot, and a seat for the ceremony. Although teachers park on the blacktop to allow parents all available parking places, the logistics ensure that people be flexible, and understand that it is likely that there will be a number of people who will be walking from a side street.
  2. As you know, the ceremony itself is a momentous occasion for our departing students, and many of them have elderly relatives who will be in attendance for this event. Since the ceremony is located in the gym with bleacher seating, we kindly ask you to give these guests, senior citizens, and those in wheelchairs, priority seating on the last several rows of chairs located on center seating area of the gymnasium floor. Thank you in advance for this courtesy.
  3. In addition to the ceremony certificate given to each student during the ceremony, we have numerous well-deserving students who will be recognized for a variety of awards. In order to conduct the ceremony in a timely fashion, we kindly ask that you hold your applause until all names have been read aloud during instances where more than one student is receiving an award. We greatly appreciate your cooperation with this request.
  4. We will be reading the individual names of students at a moderate pace, and appreciate your respect for each one of them crossing the stage. After the ceremony, we will recess the students first, starting with the back row. Please wait until all the 8th graders have left the gym before following them. Everyone should plan on meeting his, or her student out on the grassy area in front of the school so that we can avoid bottleneck at the exits from the gym. Thank you for your cooperation with this request.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11th

Happy Friday, Sharks!
One week of SOL testing is now in the rear view. Students in all grades did a terrific job taking the Reading SOL on Tuesday and Wednesday. We had a few make-up tests given today, so teachers will start sharing scores with students on Monday. You should have received an e-mail about this process from your child’s Language Arts teacher. Next week, students will take the math SOLs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Traditionally, these tests have been the longer tests in May, so if you have any need for your child to be picked up early those days, be aware that testing can take a bit. During SOL testing, there generally aren’t a lot of school field trips to brag about as so many classes are focused on the tests, but I will say that the pictures coming in from the Orchestra trip today look like the students are having a blast.

One item to really highlight is a huge thank you to the many students and parents who made our staff feel so loved this teacher appreciation week. The PTO was outstanding in organizing treats and meals every day of the week. Students and their families were great at sending messages of thanks to our staff. It truly does take a village, and we are all lucky to have a community that supports us like you all do. So, from all of us to all of you….thank you!

A few news items below. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you out there this weekend. Enjoy the time together!

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, May 14th: Black Day
AHS Football representatives visit 8th grade lunch
Tuesday, May 15th: Teal Day
7th and 8th grade math SOL
Wednesday, May 16th: Black Day
6th grade math SOL test
4:00 – 8:00 PM: 5th Grade Band instrument try outs
Thursday, May 17th: Teal Day
Friday, May 18th: Black Day

Make-up Math SOL tests

News from SMS:

Traffic: As the year winds down, please remember to be mindful of the four crosswalks around the school area. There are 2 in front of the building and two on the road before/after the entrance to Hollymead and Sutherland. We have had several concerns brought to our attention about distracted and/or speeding drivers. We work with our students to make sure they use the crosswalks (a work in progress, to be sure), but want to ensure their safety when they cross. Thank you!

PTO and the Sutherland School Counselors are hosting a “Conversation over Coffee” on May 29 at 8:15 in the SMS Library.  This will be a follow up discussion to Screenagers, which was recently shown at Sutherland.  We will continue to discuss challenges we all face helping our kids in this digital age, teaching them boundaries, and finding support in each other in teaching our kids how to regulate their technology/social media use.  Please feel free to join the conversation even if you weren’t able to attend the screening of the film!

8th Grade Parents: Paradigm Break, an Albemarle High School FTC Robotics team, will be here at Sutherland on May 22 from 4:10 to 4:40 after school, location TBD.  They are here to recruit new members for next year’s team.  If your child is interested in learning what FTC high school robotics is all about and wants to meet the team, plan to have them attend this meeting.  The high school students will provide an informal demo and talk, as well as answer any questions students may have.  Please contact Mrs. McCullough if you have questions at dmccullough@k12albemarle.org.

Come to BINGO and TRIVIA night in the SUTHERLAND CAFETERIA on Friday May 18th from 6:30-8pm! All proceeds go to the Destination Imagination Team going to globals in Tennessee! $3.00 for cards and there will be prizes for each round of bingo from local businesses. Snacks will be for sale! Bring your whole family for a fun filled family night out!​
Several of our 7th grade classes will hold a tree dedication ceremony on May 31st at 11:00 AM as part of their unit on WWII and the Holocaust. Parents are welcome to attend. 

The SMS PE team needs volunteers to help with Field Day! Field day will be all day on June 1, 2018. We are in need of parents to help at the different stations. Thank you so much for helping us make Field Day a huge success. Please use the sign-up genius link to sign up for a spot. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-smsfield1 ***RAIN DATE IS JUNE 4th. Please let us know in the comments if you are available if needed. Thank you.



Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday, May 4th

Happy Friday, Sharks!

It has been a busy week here at SMS as we head into SOLs next week. Lots of great Star Wars shirts here at SMS today due to May the 4th date. A number of our kids are off to Busch Gardens today for their band trip. Last night, we had both the orchestra concert where a number of our students were able to let their talent shine, and the Parent Council showing of Screenagers here at SMS. Our track team went off to Walton on Wednesday for the track meet. We had the April birthday celebration on Monday. Walking the halls this week, you can tell the end of the year is almost here as the students continue work on their projects, prepare for SOLs, and work on lot of cool items in their classes. 

Coming up, we start the three-week SOL testing window. We test on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the next three weeks – mostly in the mornings after morning announcements. During week three, the 8th grade Civics and Science SOLs will be in the afternoon. Students will need their computers for the tests, but will leave them at school prior to testing to make sure they are charged and ready to go. This coming week, we have the Reading SOLs. Student should get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast before their tests. Cell phones and electronics are not allowed in the testing rooms, so they should bring a book to read if they finish the test before their peers. Good luck on all the tests!

A reminder that we have an ICA schedule today. If your child is leaving early between 3 – 4 PM, please allow for extra time for pick-up. Have a great weekend, folks!  
  
Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, May 7th: Teal Day
Tuesday, May 8th: Black Day
7th and 8th Grade Reading SOL test
Wednesday, May 9th: Teal Day
6th Grade Reading SOL test
Thursday, May 10th: Black Day
Friday, May 11th: Teal Day
8th Grade Orchestra trip to Busch Gardens
Make-up SOL tests
Saturday, May 12th: SUNSET RUN @ 7:00 PM

News from SMS:
  1. From the PTO: Come to Bingo/ Trivia Night on Friday, May 18th from 6:30-8pm in the Sutherland Cafeteria! You can win prizes from local businesses! This is a fundraiser for the Sutherland DI team going to globals in Tennessee! 
  2. 8th Grade Team News:

  • Celebration/Dance: The 8th grade team would like to express our sincere appreciation to the PTO for their generous funding of this event, and to the parents who donated their time, talents, and additional resources to create a memorable evening for the students. The students all greatly enjoyed the addition of games and activities, and the ‘Countries Around the World’ dinner theme to the event! 
  • Looking ahead: Practice for the Moving On’ Ceremony Practice will take place on the morning before the event: Tuesday, June 5th. We will start right after the morning announcements, so please ensure that your student arrive at school on time. In the afternoon, the 8th grade team will be treating the students to an ice cream social ‘with all the toppings!’
  • Reminder: While we know that our students are happily anticipating starting the next chapter of their school life in the high school setting, please support our efforts to keep them focused on their last few weeks of learning middle school curriculum. They will be participating in numerous final exams and four additional SOL tests prior to the end of the school year. Please ensure their timely arrival to school, and as few early dismissals as possible, to ensure their best performance. We appreciate your support on behalf of your students.
3. UVA Facilities Management hosts third annual Girls Day set for June 14. Registration is open May 1.    UVA Facilities Management will host its third annual Girls Day on Thursday, June 14 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. This year’s event will be open to girls between the ages of 10 and 16 from the Charlottesville area community. Registration opens Tuesday, May 1 on the following website: https://www.fm.virginia.edu/girlsday2018/#register.

The event aims to inspire and excite girls ages 10-16 to consider a career in construction and the building trades by offering behind-the-scenes tours of work sites, including the Main Heat Plant and the Carr’s Hill renovation, as well as hands-on activities with our tradespeople and opportunities to hear from our dynamic FM women and what they love about their careers. This year’s lunch will take place at the recently renovated baseball stadium and feature speaker UVA Director of Athletics Carla Williams.


Questions? Contact the FM Girls Day Committee at fmgirlsday@virginia.edu or visit the Girls Day website at https://www.fm.virginia.edu/girlsday2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

April 27th, 2018

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Man, what a week. Finally getting a chance to sit down and write, but it is already 5:00. As I type this, a lot of wonderful volunteers are already hard at work down in the cafeteria setting up for tomorrow’s 8th grade dance. Just a reminder for our 8th grade families, the dinner/dance starts at 5:30 PM and ends at 8. A few parents have asked about what students should wear. There is no formal dress code. Generally, most folks show up in nicer clothes, but you will still see a few pairs of blue jeans paired with a nice shirt. This week, all of our students ran the 5K race, which was terrific to see. Many folks helped with the race and a huge shout out to the PE Department for an outstanding event. Moreover, the kids did a fantastic job training for this event and then pushing through the heat, the mud, and the exhaustion. Great job!

Next week gets a bit busy with events, so make sure you take a look at the weekly calendar and the news blurbs. Again, longer news items this week, so I’ll stop here. Have a great weekend, and for those attending the 8th grade dance, I will see you there.

NEXT WEEK @ SMS:
Monday, April 30th: Black Day
·         April Birthday Celebration
·         PTO Timberwood Dining Night Out
Tuesday, May 1st: Teal Day
·         6:30 PM: Band Boosters meeting
Wednesday, May 2nd: Black Day
·         4:30 PM: Track Meet @ Walton (see below)
·         7:00 PM: PTO Meeting
Thursday, May 3rd: Teal Day
·         7:00 PM: Orchestra Concert @ AHS
Friday, May 4th: Black Day
·         Jazz Band to Busch Gardens
·         ICA Day/ ICA Schedule

NEWS FROM SMS:
1.      Our last ICA Day is coming up next week on Friday 5/4.  We have space for a couple more volunteers to help sell snacks at the beginning of the ICA period.  Please consider volunteering if you're able to help, it’s quick and easy!  (usually about 45 minutes or less.)  Please click here  if you’d like to sign up.  Once a month, SMS has an ICA Day when the kids can sign up to do fun activities for the last hour of the day.  At the start of the ICA period, concessions are sold from snack carts in each grade’s hallway. Each item is $1.50 and the kids will need to bring money if they would like to purchase snacks.  This fundraiser helps purchase supplies needed for ICA crafts and activities.  If you have any questions please contact Amy Dolak at ard07us@yahoo.com.  Thanks!

2.      SCA is doing a service project for the Albemarle County Police Department. Please consider donating any of the following items to help us:

Boxes of Granola Bars
Snack bags of pretzels, popcorn, mixed nuts, etc.
Hershey kisses
Bags of candy - any flavor
Bags of mints
Packages of gum
Bundles of 10 pencils
Boxes of Rice Crispy treats
Travel size boxes of Clorox Wipes, ibuprofen or Advil, Emergen C
Travel size tissues
Please have your student bring these to the office or E -5 to Ms. Walkup's room. Thank you.

We are collecting until May 4th.

3.      SCA wants to thank everyone who donated to the Food Drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Sutherland came in 2nd place with 311 pounds of food donated in the Middle School Category.  Thank you for your support.

4.      Sutherland Track Team Members information:   Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Middle School Track Meet @ Walton Middle SchoolWednesday, May 2, 2018 (Rain Date is Thursday, May 3 and 2nd rain date is Monday, May7)*If needed rain makeup info will be posted on Albemarle County Parks & Recreation homepage. The Middle School Track Meet will be on Wednesday, May 2 at Walton Middle School starting around 4:30pm depending when all buses arrive.  Order of events: 1600(mile), 100m, 800m, 200m, 400m, relays.  Each track members has signed up for 2 events previously in practice, so they should know already. Track members will be transported by School Bus to Walton on Wed 5/2, then parent’s need to pick-up at Walton Middle School by 7pm.  No return bus.  Parents can drive students to the meet-just let Ms. Davis know if not riding the bus.  Track Team members riding the bus will get out of class at 3:30 on Wednesday to pack up and load bus.  Students should check for work they will miss. Team members should wear your track shirt to school Wednesday 5/2 (will receive shirt Monday 4/30 at practice) and bring a healthy snack and water bottle.

Directions to Walton Middle School:
(4217 Red Hill Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903). From 64, Take Exit 121 to Route 20.  Go South on Route 20 for 8 miles.  Then right on Route 708/Red Hill Road, school is on right in about 300 yards.    The track meet marks the end of the track season, so Monday 4/30 will be the last track practice after school at Sutherland.    

5.      Screenagers Screening
The Sutherland PTO is hosting a viewing of the movie, SCREENAGERS, on Thursday May 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the SMS Gathering Area. All are invited to attend. Here is a brief write up from the film’s website:

“Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.”

6.      PTO Dining Out – Monday: Timberwood is hosting the SMS Dining out night on Monday, 30 April. Take a break from cooking and support SMS!


7.      PTO Meeting – Tuesday: The last PTO meeting of the 2017-18 school year is here. 😢 We are looking for people to fill a few chair positions. Come join us and see how you can help support our school!! The meeting will be Wednesday, May 2nd at 7pm in the library. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday, April 20th

Happy Friday, Sharks!
What a week! Lots of news items below…a record breaking 8 items, so this part will be short and sweet. We have a busy week next week with the 5K race. The PE Department has worked very hard to make this a great event and the students have worked hard preparing for the run. The race takes place all day during exploratory blocks, so students will most likely want to bring a change of clothes for after the race. Rain date is Thursday. We also have the 8th grade dance coming on Saturday of next week. We hope you all have a terrific weekend and enjoy the time together.
Next Week @ SMS:Monday, April 23rd: Teal DayTuesday, April 24th: Black DayWednesday, April 25th: Teal DaySMS 5k Race in all PE classes
Thursday, April 26th: Black DaySMS 5K Rain date
Friday, April 27th: Teal DaySaturday, April 28th8th Grade Dance (5:30 – 8:00 PM)
News from SMS:
  1. From Mrs. McCullough: Walton Middle School is hosting their 1st Annual Walton Math Tournament on May 12th from 9 am to 1 pm.  Students can be on teams of 5th/6th graders or 7th/8th graders, two to five students per team.  There is a registration fee of $30 per team and a parent sponsor would be needed.  If your child is interested in attending this event, please email Diana McCullough at dmccullough@k12albemarle.org. Please respond by April 27th.  If we have enough interest, I will organize and register the teams.
  1. From Mrs. McCullough #2: Hello Parents, please check the following site for information about a summer opportunity for your child. I’ve heard great reviews from students. http://mesabridgecamp.weebly.com/
  1. From the PTO: The PTO is hosting a viewing of the movie, SCREENAGERS, on Thursday May 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the SMS Gathering Area. Here is a brief write up from the film’s website:
 “Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.”
  1. From the PTO # 2: It’s that time of year again when we take a week to thank our entire SMS staff for all of their hard work and daily efforts with our children.  This year our theme will be, SMS, “TACO” ‘bout a great staff! We have a lot of fun things planned for our staff but can’t possibly pull it off without help from our parents. Please see the SUG attached for more information, thank you! SMS PTO http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-sms
  1. From the SCA: The SCA is doing a service project for the Albemarle County Police Department. Please consider donating any of the following items to help us:
Boxes of Granola Bars
Snack bags of pretzels, popcorn, mixed nuts, etc.
Hershey kisses
Bags of candy - any flavor
Bags of mints
Packages of gum
Bundles of 10 pencils
Boxes of Rice Crispy treats
Travel size boxes of Clorox Wipes, ibuprofen or Advil, Emergen C
Travel size tissues
Please have your student bring these to the office or E -5 to Ms. Walkup's room. Thank you.
  1. 8th Grade Dance Help Needed: 8th Grade Parents - we really need your help to make this a fun and successful evening for our 8th graders so please check out the link below and sign up wherever you are able to help.  We welcome help from our 7th grade parents too!  Below, please find the SUG for the April 28 8th Grade Celebration. Here is the invitation for our student
  1. The 2nd Annual Sunset Run is on May 12, 2018 at sunset. It is a fun run/walk that is organized by two 8th graders, Catie Swansiger and Samantha Sanford. As a school project they are challenged to make the world a better place and they chose a run where all the proceeds are given to the UVA Children's Hospital.  Please click here for the registration form and we hope you can join us! Register by April 20th so you can order a tee shirt! Any questions email Catie and Samantha at run@yahoo.com
  1. Rising AHS ninth graders - Do you love to mountain bike?  Have you always wanted to try but are not sure how to start?  Great news!  Albemarle High School has mountain bike cluband we are looking for riders for the fall season.  New riders, experienced riders, and everyone in between are welcome to join.  We will practice 2 afternoons a week and there will be the option to ride all over the state in the Virginia National Interscholastic Cycling Association fall races.  More information about the league can be found at org or you can contact Matt and Eliza Holland at eholland19@comcast.net.  Also check out our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ahsmtb/