SMS GREENLETTER - Monday, April 8, 2019

YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY

Please click here to read a letter from Dan Morrison in regard to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

College Campus Tours

Are you looking for opportunities to visit college campuses? On May 23rd, the School Counseling Department is hosting a field trip to meet with admissions representatives and to tour the University of Vermont and Champlain College. This is a great opportunity to experience visiting both a big and small school to see what style of campus might be the right fit for you.

Details: On May 23rd, students will depart from school at 8:15am and return to school at 2:00pm. This trip is open to students in grades 8-11 and there are a limited number of spaces available. 8th grade students should sign up with Ms. Nicole. High school students should sign up with Tarah.

** IMPORTANT: Students will need to bring a bag lunch due to the limited dining hall options at both schools. Unfortunately, we will not be able to leave the group to seek out lunch food if you forget to bring your own lunch.**

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Lauren Conti (SMS) at [email protected] or Patti Tomashot (SHS) at [email protected].

Permission slips are due back by May 17, 2019 to either the SMS or SHS office.

STOWE YOUTH LACROSSE - 2019 COACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Stowe Youth Lacrosse, a non-profit and 100% volunteer program, is seeking to fill the following positions immediately for the 2019 Spring season:

U11 (3rd/4th grade) Girls Co-Coach:

Weekday afternoon practices twice a week from April 1st through the 2nd week of June (with the exception of the week of April 15).

Sunday games: May 5 - June 9 (with the exception of Memorial Day Weekend).

U15 (7th/8th grade) Girls Assistant Coach:

Weekday afternoon practices three times each week from April 1st through the 2nd week of June (with the exception of the week of April 15).

Sunday games: May 5 - June 9 (with the exception of Memorial Day Weekend).

Please email [email protected] for more information.

2019-2020 SCHEDULING UPDATE

Next school year, Stowe Middle School will use student input to aid in the creation of each student’s personal schedule. Specifically, students will be asked to tell us about their personal interest in our elective offerings, including band, chorus, visual art, physical education, and design/technology education. Students are being asked to fill out a form indicating their preferences for next year.

We wish to emphasise that these are subject preferences; a student’s preference does not guarantee placement in a particular course. That being said, we are excited to hear from students and will do our best to schedule everyone in a way that will excite and interest them as learners while maintaining our commitment to exploring a wide array of content areas and growing as learners.

To support our students, we anticipate offering a two week add/drop period in order to resolve any miscommunications or misunderstandings may arise.

We look forward to sharing more information with you soon.

3RD ANNUAL PLP EXPO

The 3rd Annual PLP Expo is fast approaching. The PLP Expo is a capstone event for Stowe Middle School students to share and present their learnings through a passion project. All students are expected to present or be available to participate in a display for a gallery walk.

Based on feedback from last year’s PLP Expo, we have decided to split the event into two nights. Our hope is that this will better accommodate the large turn out.

For 6th & 7th graders, the event will be on April 25 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

For 8th graders, the event will be on May 7 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

We highly encourage families to RSVP for the PLP Expo now! Click here to RSVP!

HELEN DAY ART CENTER

2019 Teen Summer Camps at the Helen Day Art Center: click here to learn more.

2019 YEARBOOKS

Yearbooks are now on sale! This year you can purchase them online for $15. Click here to make your purchase, or go to http://www.schoolannual.com, and click “Buy Student’s Yearbook” to search for Stowe Middle School.

8th Graders: Please submit your baby photo for the yearbook! Each year, 8th Graders have the opportunity to add their baby photo to the Middle School yearbook. If you would like your baby photo to be included, please upload it here: https://images.schoolannualonline.com/412423672. If you have a physical copy of the photo, you can bring it to Ms. Anthony!

UPDATED CELL PHONE PROCEDURE

After discussions with students, parents, teachers, etc. we are to providing a revised cell phone procedure at Stowe Middle School. This procedure has been shared with students by their TA. It has also been sent to students via email.

STUDENT CELL PHONE USE: Students may use their cell phones before 7:55AM and after 2:30PM.

VISIBILITY: Cell phones must be stored in bags or lockers between 7:55AM and 2:30pm. Please avoid pockets, hoodies, etc.

  • Students may email facilities ([email protected]) if they would like to request a lock for their locker.

1st Offense: Phone turned in to the office. Students may pick up the phone at 2:30PM.

2nd Offense: Phone turned in to the office. Parent may pick up the phone in the office.

WHY: Teachers have reported an increase in cell phone distractions. Students have reported that they are  checking their phones for updates, etc. We would like to minimize the distractions and increase learning. Thank you!

Parents can reach students during school hours by emailing them, calling the office, or sending them a message to be checked after 2:30PM.

STOWE PUBLIC LIBRARY - CLOSED

The Stowe Public Library will be closed until further notice due to building damage. We will update families when the library re-opens. Thank you for your understanding.

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 15-19: Spring Break, No School

April 25: 6th & 7th Grade PLP Expo, 6:00pm-7:30pm

May 1: Student Art Show Opening Reception, Helen Day Art Center, 3:00pm-6:00pm

May 2: 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Event, SMHS Gymnasium, 5:30pm-6:45pm

May 2: SMS Musical Performance, “Cinderella”, 7:00pm-8:30pm

May 3: SMS Musical Performance, “Cinderella”, 7:00pm-8:30pm

May 4: SMS Musical Performance, “Cinderella”, 2:00pm-3:30pm

May 7: 8th Grade PLP Expo, 6:00pm-7:30pm

May 9-10: 8th Grade World Language Trips

May 16: 5th Grade Parent Night, 6:00pm-7:00pm

May 24: SMHS Spring Concert, SPPAC, 7:00pm

May 27: Memorial Day, No School

May 30: SSD Memorial Parade

June 11: 7th Grade Field Trip - Spare Time Bowling, 8:00am-2:30pm

June 13: 8th Grade Graduation, 6:00pm-7:00pm

June 14: 8th Grade Field Trip - The Great Escape, 7:00am-7:00pm

June 14: 6th Grade Field Trip - Jay Peak Indoor Water Park, 8:00am-2:30pm

LINKS

2018-2019 LSSU Calendar

2018-2019 SMS Event Calendar

SEF Newsletter

Schoology Parent View - Help, Feedback, Etc.

PowerSchool Ecollect Parent Guide

SMS Community Service Form

Volunteer Packet

SSD Media Release Form

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

ADL Guide: Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate

10 Things You Can Do to Combat Hate

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