SMS News and Announcements for the week of February 4, 2020

 

New:

                        TECHNOLOGY / APP HEADS UP:

Hello Families, 

I wanted to make you aware of an app called TikTok.  Many children across the country, as young as second grade all the way through high school age, are using the TikTok App.  TikTok was formerly known as Music.ly. This app is used to share short user generated music videos with other users. The app is popular with youth because of the fun filters, access to popular music, and the ability to be creative with lip syncing. Taking videos of students on campus could be in violation of our technology user agreement and/or privacy rules. Please review this expectation with your student(s).  

The attached slideshow (courtesy of Barre Town School) will explain the features of TikTok. You will learn how students view/create content in the app, and the very important privacy settings that all users should consider.  There is a slide that contains explicit videos that you may not want to watch with your student around. These videos were included to show you what is easily accessible to all users of the TikTok app. 

Stowe Middle School’s cell phone procedures indicate students should not be on their cell phones during the learning day. The exception is for the last five minutes of the day. If a student is seen using a phone on campus during the learning day the student runs the risk of the phone being held in the office for parent pickup. 

Please review your child’s phone and have a dialogue with your student.

Thank you, 

Mr. Morrison


 

                          SMHS Guidance Department Email 

An email was sent out on Friday January 31, 2020 concerning the 8th grader’s course registration for freshman year. This email was sent to all MS parents in error. It should have only gone out to parents of 8th graders only. We apologize for the confusion.

                          SBAC Testing - Save the Date

We encourage families to save the following dates for testing. It is really important for students to attend these school days:

  • 6th Grade

    • 5/06, 5/07, 5/13, 5/14    

  • 7th Grade

    • 5/06, 5/07, 5/13, 5/14

  • 8th Grade

    • 5/13, 5/14, 5/20, 5/21, 6/2, 6/3

 

                         SMS Play - Beauty and the Beast

    • Auditions have been postponed and will now be held February 10th, 11th and 12th. They will start at 5:30pm and go until 8:00pm.

    • Rehearsals will then be every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30pm-8:30pm

    • Link to the MS play documents  Folder

    • The show dates are:

      • April 30th - 6:30pm-7:30pm

      • May 1st - 6:30pm-7:30pm

      • May 2nd - 2:30pm-3:30pm

 

Reminders:

 

                                      Algebra Prep Update

Please have you and your student sign the agreement form that was included in the progress report mailing by Friday. During the week of 2/3/2020, a letter will be sent out to students that have made little to no progress in the program. There will be contact information provided for questions.

 

                                      8th Grade Baby photos

 It’s time to submit 8th grade baby photos for the yearbook!  Please email them to [email protected] or bring a copy in to Ms. Anthony. Photos are due by February 21st!

 

                                     Yearbooks are now on sale! 

They are $20 each.  You may purchase them here: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A00889208, or by going to Schoolannual.com, clicking on “Buy Students Yearbook”, and searching by School Name and State.  You may also bring cash or a check to Ms. Danielle in the office.

 

                                   Book Group:  

In follow up from the Paul Foxman community evening in which he explored anxiety in youth, the Stowe Middle High School School Counseling Team is hosting a book group.  The book we will be reading is Dancing with Fear by Paul Foxman to continue the conversation.  The book group will meet on March 10th from 8:30-9:30am at Stowe Middle High School.   Please RSVP by completing our google form March 5th.  Please check out the book at your local library or purchase your own copy.

 

                                   Friday Program

Students need permission to stay at the mountain at the end of Friday Program each week. One form will give permission for the full season. The school will not be responsible for any students staying at the mountain after 2:45pm. Parents will be responsible for arranging transportation home for students not taking the bus back to school. Your child may still ride the bus back on a Friday Program day if you want or need them to do so.

 

This is the permission form.

 

OUTDOOR RECESS

Students have outdoor recess when the temperature is 25 degrees or higher. We encourage students to wear a coat, hat, and gloves to stay warm. If you are in need of winter clothing, please email Lauren Conti (SMS Counselor, [email protected]).

Upcoming Events

February 5: Field Trip for Students in Spanish Classes, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 9:30am-11:30am

February 7: No School/Professional Development

February 7: District 2 Music Festival (Middle Level) - Updated Date

February 24-March 2: Winter Break, No School

March 3: Town Meeting Day, No School

March 4: School Reopens

March 8: Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 11: Trimester 2 Ends

March 19: Early Release, 11:45am

March 20: No School, Student-Led Conferences

March 23: No School/Professional Development

April 3: Early Release, 11:45am

April 13-17: Spring Break, No School

April 23: 6th & 7th Grade PLP Expo, 6:00pm-7:30pm

April 28: 8th Grade PLP Expo, 6:00pm-7:30pm

LINKS

2019-2020 LSUU Calendar

SMHS School Counseling Newsletter

PowerSchool Ecollect Parent Guide

Schoology Parent View - Help, Feedback, Etc.

Free and Reduced Lunch Online Application

SMS Student Community Service Form

LSUU Volunteer Packet

Please be aware that school-sponsored events, town and recreation, and other non-profits may post to our news and announcements. Otherwise, a board in the front lobby is available.

 

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