SMS GREENLETTER - Monday, March 18, 2019

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 were asked to fill out a form indicating their preferences during school today.

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.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Stowe Middle School will be hosting Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, March 20 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm and on Thursday, March 21 from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Please click here to register for conferences with your student's teachers.

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!

STOWE YOUTH LACROSSE

It’s almost Lacrosse season! Don’t miss out. Register now at www.stowelacrosse.com for U13 and U15 girls and boys teams. Practice starts April 1st at the arena.

WINTER CLOTHING - DONATIONS NEEDED

My name is Victoria Duff, and I have recently been working with the Vermont Refugee Center as an internship through Stowe High School. For my internship, I am working with a family who has only been in the United States for almost a month. I am collecting winter clothing for the family. They need winter jackets, mittens, hats, boots, sweaters, and pants. The ages range from 39 to 7 years old. The family has 2 high school boys who are 15 and 17 they also, have a 13-year-old daughter in middle school. The rest are in elementary school 11 and 7-year-old boys and lastly an 8-year-old girl. I am looking for youth, teen and adult clothing ranging from a size small to large. Please contact me at 802-279-9335 or email me at [email protected] for additional information and donations. Thank you, Victoria!

TRIP DANCE COMPANY'S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

The TRIP Dance Company will be presenting its annual fundraiser at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on March 22nd at 7:00pm & March 23rd at 3:00pm. TRIP is a non-profit competitive youth dance company associated with the Stowe/Mad River Dance Academy. Don’t miss seeing local dancers perform their award-winning dances! Tickets can be purchased in advance directly through the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at WWW.SPRUCEPEAKARTS.ORG or 802-760-4634. If you can’t make it to the performance, please consider donating to TRIP Dance Company by emailing: [email protected]

More About TRIP

Site: http://www.stowedance.com/tripdance

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tripdanceco

Instagram: @tripdanceco

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

March 20: Early Release, 11:45am

March 20: Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:00pm-8:00pm

March 21: No School, Parent Teacher Conferences, 9:00am-6:00pm

March 22: No School/Professional Development

April 4: Early Release, 11:45am

April 15-19: Spring Break, No School

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

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

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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