Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

A busy week here at Sutherland as we start to draw close to the end of the first semester. We had an outstanding 6th grade drama performance on Wednesday after school. It is always great to see our student talents on display. A reminder that the 7th and 8th grade performance is now next week. The 8th graders are back from the trip to CATEC this morning, where they were able to see what options are available through their school programming. The big event of the week was the Spelling Bee yesterday. We had around 50 students participate and dominate their Latin roots, suffixes, and prefixes. About half way through the event, we were down to 12 students as the words progressed to greater and greater difficulty. Two students made it to the end of the first word list and went back and forth a few rounds before a winner was crowned. Great job to our winner, Renae, and to Veda who proved to be an excellent opponent. Awesome job to all who participated and put my own spelling to shame.

As we head into the final week of the semester, a few reminders: Parent Portal is open for all students to select courses for next year. We have no school on Monday as the buildings are closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Next week may be short, but we will pack a lot in. Students take the mid-year school climate survey on Tuesday during Chomp. We have the 7th and 8th grade drama performance on Wednesday night starting at 6:30. Finally, the grading period ends Friday followed by a teacher workday at the start of the following week.

That is all for now. Have a terrific weekend, all!

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, January 15th: Schools closed for MLK Holiday
Tuesday, January 16th: Black Day
Climate Survey during CHOMP
Wednesday, January 17th: Teal Day
6:30 PM – 7th and 8th grade Drama performance
Thursday, January 18th: Black Day
Friday, January 19th: Teal Day
End of Q2/Semester 1

News from SMS:

  1. From the PTO: Donut Day for all staff is January 19th. Please see SUG attached as we are in need of K cups, juice & paper products! Thank you!  https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-donut
  2. The PTO and SCA are co-hosting the January 26th dance. The theme this month is Star Wars! We are calling all Jedi masters to gather to watch over our young padawans and Captain Phasma and her team to train the next generation of stormtroopers. Get in on the action: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-star

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

A short week made even shorter with the wind/cold…not too bad a way to start the New Year. Most of this week was spent trying to settle back into the routine of school. Many students are starting to wrap up assignments as the first semester’s end looms ever closer. Not a lot to report from these three days, but we do have a LOT of activity next week. First up, a reminder that teachers have been making recommendations for students for the 2018/2019 school year over the past month. Those recommendations go live on Monday. Parent Portal will open for students and parents to see their teacher’s Math and English recommendations. In addition, students and parents will be able to select electives for the upcoming school year. Information about this process can be found on the Counseling page (https://sites.google.com/a/k12albemarle.org/sms-counseling-department/). The portal will open at the end of the day Monday and will remain open for a few weeks to allow families to make their selections.

Also coming up next week, we have the annual 8th grade trek to CATEC so our soon-to-be-high-schoolers can see what options are available through their school. Eighth graders will leave once the day gets started on Friday and will not be back until noon. We also have the 6th grade drama performance (7th and 8th grade has been rescheduled to 1/17), a PTO meeting, and a Band Booster’s meeting all scheduled for next week. If we get any snow next week (my Magic 8 Ball says “no”), we will update you all on any changes. Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, January 8th: BLACK DAY

Tuesday, January 9th: TEAL DAY
6:30 PM: Band Boosters Meeting
7:00 PM: PTO Meeting

Wednesday, January 10th: BLACK DAY
6:30 PM: 6th grade drama winter performance

Thursday, January 11th: TEAL DAY
9:30 – 12 PM: SMS Spelling Bee
Please note: 7th & 8th grade drama winter performance will be rescheduled to the following week (1/17/18)

Friday, January 12th: BLACK DAY
 9:30 – 12:00 PM: 8th grade visit to CATEC

News from SMS:

  1. FRENCH CLUB: Please join us on Wednesday mornings from 8-9 am for some fun French learning – NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! We will be starting the club on Wednesday, Jan 17th in the art room. The cost for 10 classes is $180 and this includes all supplies – including our festive Mardi Gras party complete with masks, beads, and a delicious King Cake! Questions? Our theme for the 10 weeks is “Winter Festivals in the Francophone World”. Email Michelle Katstra at mkatstra@gmail.com.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Sharks!

A few items since we have not talked in a few weeks:

  1. On one or two-hour delay schedules, we do not operate a morning study hall session. The general idea is to keep students warm – both outside and inside. In addition to the bus issues, often the delay is issued because the buildings are still too cold and need a chance to warm up. Thank you for your help.
  2. 8th grade parents: please note that tomorrow is the Curriculum Expo at Albemarle High School starting at 6 PM. We highly encourage our eighth graders to attend to learn more about ninth grade class offerings.
  3. Registration for classes for the 2018/2019 school year starts next week on Parent Portal.
  4. We have extended the deadline for the morning French class until January 5th: Come and celebrate “FESTIVALS du mode francophone” before school on Wednesday mornings at 8 am!  We will be traveling virtually around the French-Speaking parts of our world to explore different winter festivals.  We will celebrate Mardi gras, the International Circus of Monaco, the Winter Festival of Quebec, and more.  Each week will involve a fun art project that reflects the festival.  Come eat King Cake with us and have fun learning French! Sign up forms will be in the office and outside of the gathering area.  No experience necessary – you do not have to be taking French to join in on the fun!  Please refer your friends and have them join us too!  Forms are in the Main Office.
  5. And last, but not least…A big shout out to Mrs. Linda Pease in 8th grade who was nominated as Teacher of the Month on Z95.1 .

Have a great short week!

Happy Friday

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Sitting here at the blacklight dance, I realized the end of the day has snuck up on me. So, a short and sweet message today, which works since next week is short. Awesome week here at SMS. The choral groups put on a terrific show for the Winter Concert. The counselors hosted the 8th grade parent night for 8th graders. Those notes can be found on the SMS website. Coming up is a short, two-day week, but many students have MAP tests, class tests, and probably a party here or there. Just a reminder that Tuesday is an ICA day, so shortened classes/longer recess from 3 – 4 PM. Have a terrific weekend! Back to dancemania!

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, December 18th: Teal Day
Tuesday, December 19th: Black Day (ICA schedule)

News from SMS:

  1. We really need some volunteers to help sell snacks at the beginning of the ICA period next Tuesday.  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.  Next week it will be on Tuesday  12/19/17.  At the beginning 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 is a fundraiser for supplies needed for ICA crafts and activities.     If  you have any questions please contact Amy Dolak at ard07us@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
  2. Sutherland GIRLS VOLLEYBALL INFORMATION  – Girls volleyball registration will be available the first week of January and the practices begin the last week of January.   There is a sports physical requirement to play volleyball so we wanted to let you know a head of time.   There is a copy of the physical form and more information on the Albemarle County Parks and Rec website at  https://www.albemarle.org/department.asp?department=parks&relpage=2896
  3. The application information for the Reflections Governor’s School summer art program is now available! If you are a dedicated artist, you should come talk to Ms. Schneider to find out more information! You do NOT have to be taking art to apply. Also, an informational meeting will be held on January 9th at 5:30 in the art room for any students and parents that would like to see pictures from previous years and get more details.

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We are making a slight modification to our breakfast procedure for students who ride the bus. Those on the bus who eat breakfast in the cafeteria will get off the bus for breakfast at 8:55, sign in, and then get breakfast prior to the day starting. Drivers are talking to their students about the change starting today.

Also, we are in need of dance chaperones this Friday. If you have never experienced the joy and happiness one finds seeing middle schoolers cut a rug (by which I mean, “dance in a big huddle”), now is your chance. Friday’s dance is one of our most popular events of the year as the PE teachers turn half the cafeteria into a blacklight zone. If you can help, we can use you. Here is the sign up. Thanks!

Mr. Guy

 

Friday

Happy Friday, folks!

Winter Break is quickly approaching and the weather is finally starting to feel like snow may be a possibility. While tonight’s forecast does not affect school, who knows what may be coming down the road. As a reminder, if we do have a snow day, the Black/Teal rotation just jumps back in where we left off. Thus, if Monday is supposed to be a Black day and it snows, whatever day we come back will be a Black Day.

This week was amazing here at Sutherland. We started off honoring all the hair commitments from the Mustache Madness fundraiser. If you have seen the pictures from the Twitter Feed, you can imagine some classes were a little crazy due to the wonkiness of the day. How Ms. Jackson taught 6th grade science in a sumo suit all day and kept control is beyond my comprehension. The highlight for me has been the number of 6th graders (and a few 7th) that had no idea who I was as I walked down the hall without the facial hair. Just over $1400.00 was raised from the Corn Hole Tournament, so we far exceeded our goal for the year. 100% of that goes directly to the HEADstrong Foundation to help fight for a cure for cancer. A huge shout out to all the parents who helped by letting us borrow the boards, Mr. Criscione for organizing the event, and Mr. Jody Taylor whose Anytime Fitness Gym donated all the food and beverages to the event.

We also had an outstanding Winter Band Concert on Wednesday night from our various 7th and 8th grade band groups. Mr. Gregg and his students put on a terrific show. The hard work and countless hours of practice over the past two or three years has really paid off.

Coming up, we have a busy week in terms of after school activities. Monday, we have the 8th grade parent program where the counselors will talk about the course selection process for 9th grade classes. Believe it or not, the teachers from all three grade levels are already making their recommendations for course levels for all of our students for the 2018/2019 school year. The course selection for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students begins in early January. I highly recommend any parents of 8th grade students come out to the parent program to learn more about the AHS transition and course offerings. We will have a bunch of folks on site to meet with parents after the short presentation (MESA, AVID, ESA, HMSA, Team 22, etc.). Wednesday, we have a PTO meeting after school. Thursday, we have a Winter Choral Concert, and then Friday is the Black Light Dance.

Busy week ahead! Not a whole lot in terms of announcements, so I’ll end here. Have a terrific weekend!

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, December 11th: Black Day
6:30 – 8:00 PM: 8th Grade Transition parent meeting
Tuesday, December 12th: Teal Day
Wednesday, December 13th: Black Day
7:00 – 8:00 PM: PTO Meeting
Thursday, December 14th: Teal Day
7:00 – 8:30 PM: Winter Choral Concert
Friday, December 15th: Black Day
4:00 – 6:00 PM: Black Light Dance

News from SMS:

  1. The PTO would like to send-off our teachers/staff on Winter Break with some Holiday Sweet Treats, Tuesday, December 19th. See SUG attached to sign up! Thank you!

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-holiday/11179843

  1. Parents and Guardians— You may have heard from your students that during recent library visits they have been participating in the Speakup Survey. We hope you will share your input, too.

Since 2003, data from over 2.6 million Speak Up surveys have been shared with local, state, and national leaders. Staff, student, & parent opinions are used each year to help make decisions about how to improve education at schools around the country.  Our school division will use the data to inform and measure our work related to our educational technology plan as well as for professional development programming.

This brief survey, which takes about 20 minutes, will inform our school division on topics of technology availability and use in Sutherland households. Your participation in the survey would be greatly appreciated.

Taking the survey is easy!

Follow these instructions to take the survey:

  1. Visit speakup.tomorrow.org .
  2. Select “Begin Survey.”
  3. Select your group (Parents or Educators).
  4. Search for your school by entering your zip code or by selecting Virginia and selecting your school’s name from the list.
  5. Read the instructions and begin the survey.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this helpful survey.  Sutherland is planning to have our participation completed by Dec. 19.

Ms. Washko

  1. Want to start your Friday off in a relaxing and attention focusing way? Every Friday there is a Mindful Morning group for all interested Sutherland students – we meet in the library. Students are welcome to arrive as early as 8 am, we will start at 8:15, and we will finish before first bell – SNACKS provided! You are welcome to bring any of your Sutherland friends. We will do movement like stretching and balance and sometimes add other activities like drumming.  We will do some mindful awareness practices, focused on noticing our thoughts and the present moment.  We also hope to connect with other students at other schools who do similar activities and possibly go on field trips.  No experience necessary. This is a great, healthy way for all of us to start each Friday. This is a drop in class without long term commitment, students are welcome to come any Friday that works.  Any questions or comments, let me know. Kindly, Mr. Matriccino

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

December has finally arrived as the week comes to a close. While a short month, December is a fairly busy time here at SMS due to multiple after school shows, events, and meetings. Coming up next week, we have our Winter Band Concert here at SMS. Our Strings students put on a show last night and did an outstanding job as always. Down the road, we have a black light dance, a parent program for 8th grade parents regarding the transition to AHS, the winter choral concert, and a PTO meeting. December always seems to shoot right on by us, so check the web calendar to try and stay ahead of all the goings on.

Today, we celebrate our students with November birthdays. We also have the Corn Hole Tournament tonight from 4 – 6 PM. We have 70 teams this year, some championship belts on the line, and a lot of trash talking already underway (from Mr. Criscione). Thus far, we have raised over $1100.00 for the HEADstrong Foundation to help with cancer research. We also have some important bets in regards to Mustache Madness on the line with Mr. Jody Taylor currently in the lead for keeping a half-clean shaven/half-beard for a week starting on Monday. Should be some great photos to come out of all this. The students have done a spectacular job raising money for this event, and we are very proud of their effort.

Just a few announcements this week. Hope to see many of you here after school tonight! Have a terrific weekend.

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, December 4th: Teal Day
Tuesday, December 5th: Black Day
6:30 – 7:30: Band Boosters meeting
Wednesday, December 6th: Teal Day
7:00 – 8:30 PM: Winter Band Concert
Thursday, December 7th: Black Day
SCA meeting at 8:15
Friday, December 8th: Teal Day

News from SMS:

  1. Corn Hole Tournament Update: Our annual Corn Hole Tournament is today after school from 4 to 6pm. ALL proceeds are donated to the goal of curing Cancer, particularly those involving children. We could use a few additional parent volunteers to help sell concessions and provide supervision. IF you are able to help with this effort, please email Gayle Rainey directly at grainey@k12albemarle.org prior to 3pm. MANY THANKS!
  2. The PTO would like to send-off our teachers/staff on Winter Break with some Holiday Sweet Treats, Tuesday, December 19th. See SUG here to sign up! Thank you!
  1. Come celebrate “FESTIVALS du monde francophone“before school on Wednesday mornings at 8 am! We will be traveling virtually around the French-speaking parts of our world to explore different winter festivals! We will celebrate Mardi Gras, the International Circus of Monaco, the Winter Festival of Quebec, and more. Each week will involve a fun art project that reflects the festival. Come eat King Cake with us and have fun learning French! Sign up forms will be in the office and outside of the gathering area starting Monday 11/27. No experience necessary – you don’t have to be taking French to join in on the fun!
  2. Attention 8th Grade Parents: Please come to Sutherland on December 11 6:30-8:00 PM for a parent evening to hear details about the transition to high school and the registration process.  In addition to discussing the timeline for registration for high school courses, we will also have representatives from various programs at AHS and Albemarle County, including AVID, CATEC, MESA, and the AHS School Counseling team.  We are also hoping to have representatives from the other Academies and Murray High School.  Don’t know what all of these programs are? Even better reason to attend on December 11!
  3. Want to start your Friday off in a relaxing and attention focusing way? Every Friday there is a Mindful Morning group for all interested Sutherland students – we meet in the library. Students are welcome to arrive as early as 8am, we will start at 8:15, and we will finish before first bell – SNACKS provided! You are welcome to bring any of your Sutherland friends. We will do movement like stretching and balance and sometimes add other activities like drumming.  We will do some mindful awareness practices, focused on noticing our thoughts and the present moment.  We also hope to connect with other students at other schools who do similar activities and possibly go on field trips.  No experience necessary. This is a great, healthy way for all of us to start each Friday. This is a drop in class without long term commitment, students are welcome to come any Friday that works.  Any questions or comments, let me know. Kindly, Mr. Matriccino

Tuesday Message

Happy Tuesday, Shark Families –

Short and sweet this week, folks. Most of the adults here are in a food daze after Mr. Briesemeister’s and Mrs. Coleman’s class made the annual Thanksgiving feast. I think many of the students may feel the same way as I saw plenty of parties during CHOMP today. When we return on Monday, it will be a Black Day schedule. The Corn Hole Tournament is next Friday, so teams can still sign up at lunch. The last day to register is next Wednesday and the cost is $10 per team. Very few announcements to share, so I will wrap up here. From all of us here at Sutherland to all of you, we hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving vacation!

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, November 27th: Black Day
Tuesday, November 28th: Teal Day
Wednesday, November 29th: Black Day
Thursday, November 30th: Teal Day
Friday, December 1st: Black Day
4:00 – 6:00 PM: Corn Hole Tournament

News from SMS:

  1. Come celebrate “FESTIVALS du monde francophone” before school on Wednesday mornings at 8 am! We will be traveling virtually around the French-speaking parts of our world to explore different winter festivals! We will celebrate Mardi Gras, the International Circus of Monaco, the Winter Festival of Quebec, and more. Each week will involve a fun art project that reflects the festival. Come eat King Cake with us and have fun learning French! Sign up forms will be in the office and outside of the gathering area starting Monday 11/27. No experience necessary – you don’t have to be taking French to join in on the fun!
  2. 6th graders interested in joining the morning news team, WSMS, can see Mr. Wynne Taylor to sign up. Those interested must be able to come to school early on assigned days in order to prepare the morning broadcast.

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Just a brief message today as we are all getting ready for the pep rally and dance this afternoon. There have been some great moments this week as students start to get ready for a short break. Last Friday, we had a great turn out at the Veterans Dinner. Our student volunteers did a great job waiting tables for the evening and running food from the kitchen. It was terrific seeing so many of our families come out for this event. Two of our robotics teams, the Roboticists and the Toxics, competed in the Regional Robotics Tournament this week. Roboticists won 1st place in team work & the Toxics won 2nd place overall. Both teams were selected to advance to the Virginia state level competition at JMU. The PE teachers have been doing Elementary Games Week, which has been a trip to watch as they work in great Star Wars and Indiana Jones games down in the gym. Today, we start the Pep Rally here at 3:00, so a reminder that dismissal between 3:00 – 4:00 PM may take a bit longer. We have the Tie Dye Dance from 4:00 – 6:00 PM tonight, so hopefully we have a big turn out and a lot of fun.

A reminder next week is a short week with schools closing Wednesday – Friday for turkey break. We have a few general items below, including information on the Golden Apple Award. I hope you all have a terrific weekend!

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, November 20th: Black Day
Tuesday, November 21st: Teal Day
Wednesday – Friday: Thanksgiving Break (Schools are closed)

News from SMS:

  1. The Golden Apple Award honors outstanding teachers in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City. One winner is selected from each school, and eight winners also will receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant for classroom materials or professional development. The deadline to return nominations to the school’s principal is February 1, 2018.

More information »

Nomination Form »

  1. Parents: The seventh-grade robotics team is doing research on possible contamination of bottled water due to heat exposure resulting in chemicals leaching into the water. They have come up with a solution and need feedback from consumers.  They are requesting that you complete a quick two-question, anonymous survey to help them obtain data for their project.  It should only take a few seconds.  Thank you for any support you can give the kids.  Here’s the link to the survey

  2. This year’s Mustache Madness fundraiser has begun here at SMS. Students (and parents) can now register for the Corn Hole Tournament on December 1st from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. For every $20.00 raised, one of our SMS staff members will shave their beards, dye their hair, or take a pie in the face. Our hope is to raise $1000.00 for The HEADstrong Foundation to help with cancer research. If you and your child would like to form a team for the tournament, the cost is $10.00. Students can sign up at lunch.

8th grade information

High School Planning for Parents of 8th graders:  Several dates and events are coming up to prepare the class of 2022 (and their parents!) for high school registration.  Please put these dates on your calendars so you can plan ahead:

December 11 6:30-8:00: Please come to Sutherland for a parent evening to hear details about the transition to high school and the registration process.  In addition to discussing the timeline for registration for high school courses, we will also have representatives from various programs at AHS and Albemarle County, including AVID, CATEC, MESA, and the AHS School Counseling team.  We are also hoping to have representatives from the other Academies and Murray High School.  Don’t know what all of these programs are? Even better reason to attend on December 11!

January 4 6:00-7:00: Albemarle High School will be hosting a Curriculum Fair. This is a great opportunity for 8th grade students to get a glimpse of the variety of elective options AHS has available.  We strongly encourage students to attend this event so they can see for themselves what many of the electives are all about.

January 12: The 8th grade class will be visiting CATEC in the morning to learn about their programs.  Please visit their website, https://www.catec.org/, for more information about CATEC and their offerings.

Mid-January: Ms. Wright and Ms. Lindsay will begin meeting individually with each 8th grade student and their parents to discuss 9th grade courses, course planning, and answer any questions you have about high school.  We will use Sign-Up Genius this year to allow you to sign up for meeting times.  We will share more information in the near future about scheduling these 30-minute meetings.

Many of you are already aware that the 3 high school academies have their Open Houses over the next few weeks, as we announced in a prior Sutherland Matters.  Those dates are posted here, on our SMS School Counseling page that is dedicated to the high school registration process. To keep up with all of the dates, and updates, related to registration for high school, check the SMS School Counseling webpage often!

If you have immediate questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Wright or Heather Lindsay in the Counseling Office.  They are already working hard to ensure the transition to High School goes smoothly for everyone!