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!

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

It was a short week here at SMS, but the students dug deep and got a whole lot accomplished. The time change tried to throw us off with its shenanigans, but clocks were changed and folks complained as darkness sets in early. Most (but somehow not all) of the Halloween candy seems to have been eaten as the week ends. We had our Honors Band trip this week that took a number of our students out to Western Albemarle High School. 1st quarter grades should be posted in Parent Portal by the end of the school day today. We have our Veteran’s Day Dinner tonight from 5:30 – 8:00 PM. We talked about this on WSMS this morning, but knowing that we have a number of military families here at Sutherland, we here would like to thank all of those who serve or have served (as well as their families) for all that you do. We look forward to spending this evening with many of you.

Looking ahead, we have a full week next week as Thanksgiving Break looms in the distance. Next week is Spirit Week with a pep rally on Friday (as well as a dance). Each day has a specific theme, so see below for more details. We have also started our Mustache Madness fundraiser here at Sutherland to help raise money for cancer research. More details below on what this looks like. Lots of items coming next week, so we wish you all a wonderful weekend. On with the news…

Next Week @ SMS: Spirit Week!
Monday, November 13th: Teal Day
Spirit Week theme: Pajama Day

Tuesday, November 14th: Black Day
Spirit Week theme: Circle of Life Day (dress like a stage of one’s life…toddler – elderly. Or, if you are like me, get The Lion King’s song stuck in your head all day)
McCullough field trip to VMI
6:30 – 7:30 PM: Band Boosters Meeting

Wednesday, November 15th: Teal Day
Spirit Week theme: Team Jersey Day
School pictures retakes

Thursday, November 16th: Black Day
Spirit Week theme: Disney Day

Friday, November 17th: Teal Day
Spirit Week theme: Wacky Tacky Tie Day (Nice…I am ready!)
ICA schedule – 3:00 PM Pep Rally
4:00 – 6:00 PM: Dance!

News from SMS:

  1. No-Shave November has started here at SMS! Folks new to the building may notice that the teachers have started looking a bit scruffy as the cold weather sets in. This is all for a good cause! Each year, we host a fundraiser that culminates with a corn hole tournament where parents and students can sign up to try and claim the golden belt. This year’s tournament will take place after school on Friday, December 1st. All proceeds from this tournament go straight to the HEADstrong Foundation to help support cancer research. For every milestone we hit with donations, one of our SMS Staff members must either shave something ridiculous into their beards, or dye their hair. This is a great event here at SMS, so we hope many of you can attend on December 1st.
  1. Sutherland Library 2nd notices were emailed to students (with prices as necessary) on Thursday, Nov. 9. Please check with your student and help him/her return, replace, or pay for what’s in their k12albemarle.org Gmail overdue/LOST/damaged book notice as soon as possible. Thank you!
  1. We are in search of a few brave parents and guardians who love all the sights and smells when chaperoning a middle school dance! Next Friday, the 6th grade team will host their dance from 4 – 6 PM and need a few extra pair of adult eyes. Any and all interested parties can go to this sign-up to help out that evening. Thanks! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-nov17th
  1. Thank you to all who made the yard sale a success! We earned $1200 for the PTO to use for our teachers!! Thank you to all those who donated items, donated their time to work the sale, and donated their baked goods and drinks to make this a great event! We appreciate all of you!!

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Shark families!

What a terrific week here at SMS. The big news of the day is that our girls’ basketball team ventured over to Burley yesterday for the championship game after a hard-fought win on Tuesday. They played Henley’s team last night, which was the only team to beat our girls during the season. Our SMS girls ended up winning the championship!!! What an awesome season! We have also had a round of field trips to the Writer’s Eye contest over at UVA again this week, some terrific presentations from our geometry students through Mr. Wamsley’s ELT class, and enough left-over Halloween candy in the second half of the week to make any dentist cringe.

Next week is a bit different as the students have off both Monday and Tuesday.  When we return on Wednesday, we have our Honors Band trip to Western Albemarle High School. On Friday of next week, we have the Veteran’s Day spaghetti dinner from 5:30 – 8:00 PM and grades are due that day, so check on PowerSchool to see the most updated version of grades for quarter one.

A reminder we have the October birthday celebration from 3:45 – 4:00 PM today and the PTO’s big Yard Sale here at SMS tomorrow (Saturday) from 8 AM until noon. Have a great weekend and hope your children get lots of rest with the extra days (and time change)!

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, November 6th: No school for students

Tuesday, November 7th: No school for students

Wednesday, November 8th: Black Day
Honors Band to WAHS

Thursday, November 9th: Teal Day

Friday, November 10th: Black Day
Q1 grades in PowerSchool
5:30 – 8:00 PM: Veterans Dinner

News from SMS:

  1. Thanks to everyone who supported Book Fair! Because of a Scholastic shipping error, the final Book Fair orders were just delivered last week.  When the final tallies came in, the library made a bit over our fundraising goal! I look forward to scheduling a guest speaker and renewing subscriptions with the profits. We couldn’t have done so well without a raft of volunteers who gave generously of their time and brought their own smiles to add to those of our happy, shopping, READING students. Hope to see you soon at the library!
  2. 2017-18 SMS Student Directories were distributed to CHOMP classes this morning. If your student did not pick one up and/or you need extras, please check in with the front office.
  3. Attention 8th Grade Parents; Start Something Saturday is November 11th. Do you know a high school student (or 8th grader) interested in starting or joining a passion project? Start Something Saturdayis bringing together students in grades 8-12 from the Charlottesville-Albemarle area for a day of project brainstorming on November 11! Students are invited to bring their ideas or just their interest in creative projects, and by the end of the day, they’ll walk out with a project around something they care about.
  4. Final Notice: Yard Sale drop off today!!! YARD SALE THIS WEEKEND SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4th AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE IT A SUCCESS!DROP OFF YOUR DONATIONS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 FROM 5-8PM in the cafeteria. PLEASE SIGN UP HERE TO HELP OUT: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b49aba82e5-annual
  5. It’s not too late: Just a reminder that we would like to invite all Veterans and Current Members of the Military to join us for a night to thank you for your service! Please sign up your family and put the total number attending in the comment section. There will be a dinner serving group every 30 minutes. Please join us! The dinner is FREE. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aaeaa22a3f94-sutherland

Reminder

Just a reminder that we would like to invite all Veterans and Current Members of the Military to join us for a night to thank you for your service! Please sign up your family and put the total number attending in the comment section. There will be a dinner serving group every 30 minutes. Please join us! The dinner is FREE.​

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aaeaa22a3f94-sutherland

8th grade information

Parents of 8th graders: Information will be forthcoming about the registration process for 9th grade, but there are some dates coming up that you may want to be aware of.  Today, the academy directors came to SMS to talk with all 8th graders about MESA, HMSA, and ESA Academies.  Right on the heels of that visit, all 3 academies will begin hosting their open houses at the high schools. Applications for all 3 academies will be available @ 4:00 on November 27, 2017.  Applications are due on January 26, 2018.  Applications and more specific instructions for submitting them can be found on the website for any of the academies.

 MESA Open House
@ AHS
 November 8   5:00-7:00 pm
December 7   5:00-7:00 pm
 HMSA Open House
@ Monticello HS
 November 16  5:00-6:30
 ESA Open House
@ WAHS
 November 14    5:30-7:00
December 6      5:30-7:00

Heather Lindsay

School Counselor