Friday, August 17, 2018

First Week Bell Schedule


Dear Parents,

It was so great to see everyone last night at Open House and meet so many people!  I want to thank you 
for your patience as we wrap up the final stages of our renovations.  I am looking forward to greeting our students next Wednesday on the first day of school.  I am always excited about all the possibilities each new school year brings.

As we start this new year together, we will be running a different bell schedule for the first three days.  All students will report to their homeroom (CHOMP) at the beginning of the day rather than their first period each morning next week. We will use CHOMP as a time to hand out first day packets, conduct orientation regarding laptop usage, and begin the essential process of creating a supportive school community.

Please click here to view the first week's bell schedule.

Starting, Monday, August 27, 2018, we will operate on a regular bell schedule.  Please click here to access our regular bell schedule.

Have a great weekend!


Ms. Megan Wood

Friday, August 10, 2018

You're Invited to a Meet and Greet!


Dear Sutherland Community,

August is here and we are fast approaching the beginning of the school year!   This week, our new teachers start their work with us and ParentPortal will open on August 10th; returning teachers report back on the 13th; Open House is the 16th from 3 pm - 5 pm; and students report for the first day of school on Wednesday the 22nd!

Both Art and I are looking forward to meeting you all and we want to invite you to a meet and greet.  We will be hosting three meet and greets during the first couple of weeks of school.  They will be held in the library and are intended to be casual.  We will do a brief introduction of ourselves, provide some light refreshments for us to gather, talk, and get to know each other.  We hope you can come in for a few minutes to meet with us.  Dates for the meet and greets are listed below;  
  • Meet and Greet #1: August 28, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Meet and Greet #2: August 30, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
  • Meet and Greet #3: September 5, 6:30 pm  - 7:00 pm
In addition, we will be hosting parent forums.  Please be on the lookout for another communication regarding these events soon.

On another note - please take a look at our website for a new elective offering for our seventh grade students. 

Take care and have a great rest of the summer!

Sincerely,
Ms. Megan Wood 

Monday, July 23, 2018


Members of our Sutherland Community:

hope you are enjoying the summer break and looking forward to the 2018 – 2019 school year.  I cannot express how excited both Art Stow and I are to be joining the Sutherland community. Personally, I am so excited to be returning to middle school. It is such a unique time for our students and one filled with so many possibilities.  There is an energy in a middle school that cannot be replicated anywhere, and I can think of no better place to be!

We have already had the opportunity to meet with many wonderful staff members and have learned so much about the Sutherland community. It has been apparent to both Art and I how committed our teachers are to our students’ success.  We are thrilled to be joining a community of learners that is engaged in practices that support learning for all of our students, and works hard to ensure that our learning experiences are meaningful.

We are looking forward to meeting and learning more about our students and their families as the school year begins in August. In the next couple of weeks, we will be sending out invitations for meet and greet opportunities to engage in conversations so that we may get to know you and your families.  

couple of informational items you may find of importance included on our website is the 2018 - 2019 School Supply List, Middle School Vaccination requirements, and the link to sign up for our digital newsletter “Sutherland Matters”.  Please note: if your child is a sixth grader or new to Albemarle County Public schools and does not have the proper vaccinations before August 22, 2018, they may not begin school.

Thank you for all you do to support our learning community.  Please feel free to reach out to us any time. We look forward to getting to know you, the school, and the community throughout this year and to continue the wonderful work that is happening at Sutherland Middle School. 

Enjoy the rest of of your summer!

Sincerely,

Ms. Megan J. Wood
Principal


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.