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.