Friday Message

Welcome Back, Sutherland Sharks!

We have had a tremendous first week back to school.  As I have said many times already, the beginning of the school year is one of my favorite times of the year. We are all excited about the possibilities that exist with new beginnings.  I had a teacher come up to me on the first day of school and say, “You look as excited as the students!”.  I grinned and said, “I am! There is no better place to be than a middle school.”

I have been so impressed with how kind, polite, and respectful our students are. The transition from summer break back to school can sometimes be difficult, especially, when presented with change.  Whether you are a sixth grader entering our building for the first time or a seasoned eighth grader, it is a time of change and transition.  And, our students have handled themselves with grace and poise.  It has truly been impressive.

This week, we hosted a luncheon for our new to Albemarle County or Sutherland feeder pattern students.  They were able to meet their school counselors and spend time getting to know each other.    Please look at the calendar below to see major events for next week.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and finds time to rest after an extremely busy three days.

Take care,

Megan Wood, Principal

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, August 27th: Teal Day
8:00 AM – Jazz Band information meeting in Band Room

Tuesday, August 28th: Black Day
4:30 – 6:00 PM: Administration Meet and Greet # 1. Come on over to SMS to meet Mrs. Wood and Mr. Stow!

Wednesday, August 29th: Teal Day
8:00 AM – Jazz Band information meeting in Band Room

Thursday, August 30th: Black Day
9:15 – 10:15 AM: Administration Meet and Greet # 2. Come on over to SMS to meet Mrs. Wood and Mr. Stow!

Friday, August 31st: Teal Day

News from SMS:

  1. We are now on Instagram! Search out Sutherland_Middle (Sutherland Middle School) to see all the first week fun.
  2. FRENCH FOOD and GAMES? Oui, Oui!
    Come learn French in a fun and exciting atmosphere at SMS!

    Students will “Build a French City”, exploring le marché while purchasing their veggies and fruits with Euros, eating in a café français, playing Pétanque in le parc, staying in l’hôtel, buying bread and pastries at la boulangerie, sending letters from la poste, and more!

    Thursday mornings in the Art Room, from 8-8:55. Cost is $15/class, with all fees included. Must enroll for all 10 classes. Checks payable to SMS for $150 – turn in to the office by Friday, Sept. 7th. Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 12th. No French experience required. If you are already taking French at SMS, this is a fun way to learn more and to practice!

    Classes will be taught by Michelle Katstra, director of School Programs for the Alliance Française of C’ville and a mom of 3 kids who all attended SMS! Questions? mkatstra@gmail.com

Schedules

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Just a note that schedules for 2018/2019 are now live through Parent Portal. A quick note again this year. In some cases, students do not get all of the electives they request and are placed in alternate spots as room allows. This is often due to other course requests blocking another course.

Each year, we ask for parents and students to be patient to see if spots free up in other classes once enrollment is set. This is typically done the second full week of school. We will continue with that process this year.

If you see a problem with a core class level placement, please reach out to either Lisa Wright (lwright@k12albemarle.org) last names A-K and Cabell Guy (cguy@k12albemarle.org) for last names L – Z. We will work on all core class level placements as a priority over the course of the next week.

Thank you!

2 elective changes

Happy Summer, Sharks!

No, not quite time for school, but we do have one note for rising 7th grade students. We have two electives that we are either adding or changing in case your child has interest. We are adding a Creative Writing 7th grade elective for 7th graders this year. It will only meet on BLACK Days, so we will not be able to accommodate every request, but if your child has an interest in the course, please see the link below.

One small change is that the French 7 course will now be a intro. to both French AND German rather than just one language. This course is only available on TEAL days, so like Creative Writing, we will not be able to make every course request change.

If your 7th grade student has an interest in either class, please use the attached form and submit it ASAP. We hope to have schedules go live tomorrow, so if you do request a change, we will have to make the schedule change AFTER schedules go live.

New Course Link

Thanks!

Cabell Guy and Lisa Wright

8th Grade Dance

Thanks to all of the Sutherland staff, 8th grade teachers, and 7th and 8th grade families that helped to make the 8th Grade Dance a success.

Our theme this year was “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” The SMS cafeteria was transformed to showcase destinations across the globe – New York, China, Italy, and Paris – and included food geared towards each destination. We were able to pull together a lovely variety of food and decorations due to donations of all sizes from our SMS parents and with the help of the following businesses:

Oriental Express, Chopsticks Express, Chick-Fil-A, Raising Canes, Chandlers Bakery, World Market, The Party Starts Here, The PhotoBooth and Camden Brown Orthodontics.  Whether the donation was monetary, free items, food or a discount on our purchase  — their support helped us to make this a spectacular evening for our 8th grade students.

Dinner, dessert, dancing, photo booth, and cornhole games were all part of this fun evening. Between donating food, and loaning lights, cords and ladders, to giving hours of their time to help transform the place where our students had eaten lunch for 3 years into a magical trip around the world – and helping to clean it all up afterwards! – it was truly heartwarming to see so many kind people all working together to pull this event off for our children. By the looks on their faces and from the many heartfelt “THANK YOUs!” we received, it seems that a good time was had by all of our 8th grade students and it was wonderful to see them having a great time together before moving on to AHS in the Fall!

A huge THANK YOU to Erin Swansiger and Lynette Sanford for the time they dedicated to making this celebration a success.

If you are interested the photos from the photobooth are available online:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=19lblGZZ76JGqfg_77VTnFYriAjHs-Ol5.

SMS PTO

Final Friday Message

Happy Friday, SMSers!

OK, so we have officially had more days off this year for things that were not snow; floods, ice, false snow…etc. If you just came to Virginia this year, welcome to our crazy weather. We sent out an e-mail yesterday, which hopefully everyone received as we have juggled a bunch of items due to yesterday’s closure and today’s delay. Highlights…

  • Film Festival today at 11:10
  • Computer check in and collection today
  • Field Day now Monday (rain or shine)
  • 6:30 PM Monday night – Drama 7 and 8 performance
  • WWII Tree dedication Tuesday @ 11:00
  • May/June birthday celebration: Tuesday @ 3:45

From this week, we have a few items to brag on. First and foremost, the 6th grade drama students put on two shows Wednesday evening. The students did an amazing job acting out a play about what mannequins do when people aren’t around and then a Disney version of Law and Order. The plays were fantastic, and it was great to see so many talents on display throughout the evening. We did get through most, but not all, of the exams this week prior to yesterday. A few teachers have e-mailed students if a reschedule was needed. The SMS Film Festival this morning was terrific, as always. The 8th grade students involved in the films put a lot of energy and time into making these pieces, and the hard work was evident during the films.

We also had the results of our SCA election this week. Lots of hard work from those who ran for office, so all who were brave enough to go for it deserve a lot of credit. A huge shout out to our new officers for 2018/2019…

  • President: Charlie M.
  • Vice-President: Maggie L.
  • Secretary: Savannah M.
  • Social Director: Brenna S.

We look forward to your leadership next year as you take the reins for the SCA.

Don’t forget the Band Lock-In is tonight! Have fun!

If you have any of your child’s medications left in the clinic an adult may pick up medication any time during school office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through June 8th. .  Any medication left at the school after this date will be discarded.  County school policy does not permit the storage of medication for the next school year.

As this is the final Friday Message of the year, let me just say it has been great to work with you all this year as the temporary AP. I do not have to do a long good-bye as I will still be over in Guidance next year. Thank you all for making this a terrific experience for me. The final week is upon us, so hold on tight. Have a wonderful weekend and stay dry! Here is the daily breakdown…

Next Final Week @ SMS:

Monday, June 4th: Teal Day
Field Day
6:30 PM: 7th and 8th grade drama performance

Tuesday, June 5th: Black Day
8th Grade class practice for ceremony
11:00: Brill/Briesemeister class trip
11:00: WWII Tree Dedication
3:45 PM: May/June birthday celebration

Wednesday, June 6th: Teal Day
10:00: 6th grade pool party
10:00 AM: 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony (information below)
12:00: 7th grade pool party

Thursday, June 7th: Black Day
1:05 dismissal for students
End of Q4/S2
Have a great summer!

Friday, June 8th: Teacher Work-Day

                           8th Grade ‘Moving On’ Ceremony Reminders

Next Tuesday, June 5th, the 8th graders will practice for the ceremony itself in the morning.  On the following day, all students will need to come to school dressed in their planned outfit. Shortly after the morning announcements, we will begin lining them up for the processional to the gym area for the ceremony. Please review the following guidelines so that this can be a meaningful occasion for our students and their families.

  1. A prompt arrival is appreciated as the ceremony is slated to start at 10:00am. Please plan to arrive about 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time to find both a parking spot and a seat for the ceremony. Although teachers park on the blacktop to allow parents all available parking places, the logistics ensure that people be flexible, and understand that some people will most likely be walking from a side street.
  1. As you know, the graduation is a momentous occasion for our departing students and many of them have elderly relatives who will be in attendance for this event. Since the graduation is in the gym with bleacher seating, we kindly ask you to give these guests priority seating on the last several rows of chairs located on center part of the gymnasium floor. Thank you in advance for this courtesy.

  2. In addition to the graduation certificate given to each student during the ceremony, we have numerous well-deserving students who will be recognized for a variety of awards. In order to conduct the ceremony in a timely fashion, we kindly ask that you hold your applause until all names have been read aloud during instances where more than one student is receiving an award. We greatly appreciate your cooperation with this request.
  3. We will be reading the individual names of students at a moderate pace, and appreciate your respect for each one of them crossing the stage. After the ceremony itself, we will recess the students first, starting with the back row. Please wait until all the 8th graders have left the gym before following them. Everyone should plan on meeting his, or her student out on the grassy area in front of the school so that we can avoid bottleneck at the exits from the gym.

*Most of our 8th grade teachers will be out there, as well, to say our fond farewells to our 8th grade students as they transition to the high school setting. We wish them all the best of luck and happiness!

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Hard to believe the last full week of school has now come and gone. The next 8 days will be pretty packed with special events, so I will preview the upcoming events for the remainder of the year here in a bit rather than just the week ahead. We have been busy here at school this week as the SOLs finally wind down. Civics and Science SOLs are now complete, and with just a few students still taking make-up tests, we look to be in pretty good shape in terms of those tests. We do still have a few re-tests next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Algebra I, Spanish I, French I and Geometry students have final exams starting next week. Information should have come home regarding the school’s exam exemption policy.

This week also saw the last two performances from our current Band and Chorus students. Wednesday night, all bands put on a show to a packed house featuring former SMS Band students (current AHS students) who took the stage with our 8th grade band to end the evening. Thursday night, our choral groups were on display for their Spring Concert. All three classes did a phenomenal job at the concert.

Coming up next week, we have the final drama performances of the year, SCA elections, WWII Tree Dedication, the SMS Film Festival, student computer collection, and Field Day. Looks to be pretty busy (to say the least), so hopefully the long weekend helps energize everyone for the final push. Here is what is coming up…

Coming up @ SMS:

Monday, May 28th: No School
Tuesday, May 29th: Black Day
B Day Spanish I Exam
French I Exam
Wednesday, May 30th: Teal Day
Civics and Science 8 SOL retakes
Exams: Spanish I (T Day), Geometry (Holmes), Algebra I (7th and 8th)
SCA elections during CHOMP
6:30 – 7:30 PM: 6th Grade Drama performance
Thursday, May 31st: Black Day
SMS Film Festival – all classes shortened
11:35: WWII/Holocaust remembrance dedication in front of school
6:30 – 7:30 PM: 7th and 8th Grade Drama performances
Friday, June 1st: Teal Day
Field Day (have kids bring sun screen)

Monday, June 4th: Black Day
Field Day rain date
Tuesday, June 5th: Teal Day
Briesemeister/Brill class field trip
Wednesday, June 6th: Black Day
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: 8th Grade Moving on Ceremony
6th and 7th grade pool parties
Thursday, June 7th: Teal Day
1:00 dismissal for all students
Friday, June 8th: SUMMER!

News from SMS:

  1. New class for rising 8th grade students: We are offering an additional elective for 8th grade students next year for those who may be interested. The course is Digital Media 8; students will utilize digital tools in the fields of programming and coding, game design, creative design, photography, animation and film, and they will enhance their knowledge of media software and how to manipulate and design digital media. This course will be an extension of the 7th grade curriculum for those who took the course this year.

If interested, please fill out this form so we can see if this new course can be added to your 2018/2019 course requests. You can review your course requests in PowerSchool if you can’t remember them. A counselor will be in touch if we need clarification or if you indicate below that you’d like to see someone before making any changes.

  1. The 8th grade team would like to thank all of our parents for helping students to maintain focus and concentration as we finish out the year with important SOL tests, final exams, and class projects and presentations during the final weeks. Since next Monday is a holiday, and Field Day is on Friday, the week will definitely fly by for our students! Please know that we have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to teach your students during this school year, and wish them the best as they transition to the high school setting, where we know they will shine in a variety of arenas.

Please note: Important details regarding the Moving On practice, and the ceremony itself, were sent thru the SMS Matters Line, and via a link on the website last week. Today, all 8th grade students were given a hole-punched copy of the information to take home, as well.

Please contact Gayle Rainey at 975-0599, or email: grainey@k12albemarle.org, with any questions related to the ceremony.

  1. SCA wants to sincerely thank all the parents and students who donated to our Police Department Service Project. We were able to deliver 150 treat bags for officers at the police department. They were very appreciative. Thank you for your help. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Have a great weekend, all!
CG

Field Day help

Sutherland Field Day information for  Fri June 1st
2018 SMS field day Friday June 1st    ALL DAY   (rain date Mon 6/4)

Please note – **Pool permission forms are due in by this Friday 5/25.  Extra forms available in main office.  Cost is $3, Return form and money to the main office.

SCHEDULE FOR FIELD DAY BY GRADE

6th grade – 9:00 1st block, 9:30-11:30 Pool or Movie,  Lunch 11:30-12, 12-1:30 outside activities, 1:30-3 Two inside activities, 3-4 1st block

7th grade – 9:00 first block,  9:30-11 Two inside activities,  Lunch 11-11:30,  12-1:30 Pool or movie, 1:30-3:00 outside activities, 3-4pm 1st block

8th grade  9:00 1st block, 9:30- 11:00 outside activities, 11-12 Lunch, 12-1:30 Two inside activities, 1:30-3 ) pool or movie, 3:00 pool participants will walk back from the North FL Pool.  Movie participants will go to 1st block.   Yearbooks will be handed out at this time.

Each grade level will have three 90  minute sessions throughout the day as follows:

Pool or Movie Students choose to go the Forest Lakes North Pool or stay at school and watch a movie in the gathering area on a big screen.  The pool requires a permission form to be signed and costs $3 for the special event and transportation.  Students can pick up a pool permission form in the main office   We will have bus transportation to and from the pool for 6th and 7th grade.   8th grade will take a bus to the pool but will walk back from the pool at 3:00.   Pool permission forms will be due in by Friday  5/25 so the list can be generated for the pool personal, bus drivers, nurse and office staff.    Please have your child turn them in as soon as possible to avoid any disappointments.   We can no accept forms after the deadline so we can meet our deadlines as well.

2. Outside activities  –   such as contests like basketball foul shooting, hula hoop contest, 50 yard dash, water bucket relay, kickball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, etc.   Students can earn ribbons for the 50 yd and Homerun derby.  Contest will have a coupon for winners to collect a prize at the results table along with the ribbons.   There will also be a dunk tank that teachers get in for the student to dunk!  There will also be a moon bounce and a double spinning orbotron.  The orbotron and dunk tank will cost $1 and the tickets will be sold at the concession stand on the blacktop.  The moon walk will be free.   The concession stand selling snacks and drinks for $150 each item.

Inside Activities The 3rd session will be an inside ICA activity time where each student will sign up for two inside activities for that 90 minutes that their grade level is inside.

Lunch will be outside from 11-12 for the whole school and lunch will cost the same as the usual price.  6th pool participates will return about 11:30 for lunch, 7th pool participates will have lunch at 11:00-11:30 and go in to attendance rooms for the pool at 11:30.

Approximately 25 -30  parent volunteers are needed for each of the outside activity times per grade.   Carey Hare, with PTO, will be sending out information for anyone who is interested in volunteering.   Thanks to Carey and other parent volunteers in advance for helping out on our fun and exciting day!  Here is the link on sign up genius if you are able to help out .

THANKS!

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

A brief message from me today as the school day has escaped me. It was a busy week here at SMS as we continued SOL testing, sharing scores with students, and offering retakes. Our students have done a great job this year and have made a lot of progress on their tests. As the scores continue to roll in, we have found that there are lot of success stories to highlight with your children. Kudos to you and them for all the hard work. As we head into next week, a reminder that 8th grade still has their Science and Civics SOL tests. We still have a few 6th and 7th graders doing remediation and/or make-up tests, but we should be done by Friday. After that, we start looking to 8th grade Exams and some of the fun items, like the band, choir, and drama performances, Field Day, and closing exercises. The next three weeks will be busy ones, but the end is in sight. Have a great weekend, stay dry, and enjoy the time together!

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, May 21st: Teal Day
Tuesday, May 22nd: Black Day
Afternoon: 8th grade Civics SOL
Wednesday, May 23rd: Teal Day
Afternoon: 8th grade Science SOL
7:00 – 9:00 PM: Spring Band Concert
Thursday, May 24th: Black Day
7:00 – 9:00 PM: Spring Chorus Concert
Friday, May 25th: Teal Day
SOL Make-us tests

News from SMS:

1. All 8th grade information today…see below:

2018  8th Grade ‘Moving On’ Ceremony Information

Moving On Ceremony Practice: Tuesday, June 5th from 9am until 11am

Please ensure that your student is here on the morning of practice, so that they are prepared for the ceremony on Wednesday.  After the televised morning announcements, we will have the students line up in alphabetical order, and then proceed to the gym and be placed in their anticipated seating arrangement. At that time, we will discuss the planned agenda for the ceremony so that the students have an understanding of the procedure before the event the next day. They will then follow their normal schedule for 3rd block in their exploratory and PE classes. During 4th block, the 8th grade team will be treating the students to a Sundae Party to celebrate their last year of middle school.

Moving On Ceremony: Wednesday, June 6th at 9am

All 8th grade students will need to come to school on time and dressed in their planned graduation outfit, rather than changing once they get here. Shortly after the morning announcements, we will begin lining them up for the processional to the gym area for the ceremony. Please review the following guidelines so that this can be a   meaningful occasion for all of our students and their families.

  1. A prompt arrival is appreciated as the ceremony is slated to start at 10:00am. Please plan to arrive about 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time to find both a parking spot, and a seat for the ceremony. Although teachers park on the blacktop to allow parents all available parking places, the logistics ensure that people be flexible, and understand that it is likely that there will be a number of people who will be walking from a side street.
  2. As you know, the ceremony itself is a momentous occasion for our departing students, and many of them have elderly relatives who will be in attendance for this event. Since the ceremony is located in the gym with bleacher seating, we kindly ask you to give these guests, senior citizens, and those in wheelchairs, priority seating on the last several rows of chairs located on center seating area of the gymnasium floor. Thank you in advance for this courtesy.
  3. In addition to the ceremony certificate given to each student during the ceremony, we have numerous well-deserving students who will be recognized for a variety of awards. In order to conduct the ceremony in a timely fashion, we kindly ask that you hold your applause until all names have been read aloud during instances where more than one student is receiving an award. We greatly appreciate your cooperation with this request.
  4. We will be reading the individual names of students at a moderate pace, and appreciate your respect for each one of them crossing the stage. After the ceremony, we will recess the students first, starting with the back row. Please wait until all the 8th graders have left the gym before following them. Everyone should plan on meeting his, or her student out on the grassy area in front of the school so that we can avoid bottleneck at the exits from the gym. Thank you for your cooperation with this request.

From the PTO

The PTO would like to extend a very big THANK YOU to all who helped make Staff Appreciation Week a huge success.  Your generosity allowed us to shower our entire school staff with daily treats ranging from a full lunch spread to baby succulents in everyone’s mailbox.  We also had wonderful local businesses help us out as well. Qdoba restaurant helped us serve up a delicious Mexican meal on Monday and Friday’s gourmet popsicles were made by La Flor Michoacana.  “Nacho Average Staff” week was thoroughly enjoyed by all the staff (truth!).  Many thanks for your help and support not only last week but the entire school year!

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

One week of SOL testing is now in the rear view mirror. Students in all grades did a terrific job taking the Reading SOL on Tuesday and Wednesday. We had a few make-up tests given today, so teachers will start sharing scores with students on Monday. You should have received an e-mail about this process from your child’s Language Arts teacher. Next week, students will take the math SOLs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Traditionally, these tests have been the longer tests in May, so if you have any need for your child to be picked up early those days, be aware that testing can take a bit. During SOL testing, there generally aren’t a lot of school field trips to brag about as so many classes are focused on the tests, but I will say that the pictures coming in from the Orchestra trip today look like the students are having a blast.

One item to really highlight is a huge thank you to the many students and parents who made our staff feel so loved this teacher appreciation week. The PTO was outstanding in organizing treats and meals every day of the week. Students and their families were great at sending messages of thanks to our staff. It truly does take a village, and we are all lucky to have a community that supports us like you all do. So, from all of us to all of you….thank you!

A few news items below. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you out there this weekend. Enjoy the time together!

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, May 14th: Black Day
AHS Football representatives visit 8th grade lunch
Tuesday, May 15th: Teal Day
7th and 8th grade math SOL
Wednesday, May 16th: Black Day
6th grade math SOL test
4:00 – 8:00 PM: 5th Grade Band instrument try outs
Thursday, May 17th: Teal Day
Friday, May 18th: Black Day

Make-up Math SOL tests

News from SMS:

  1. Traffic: As the year winds down, please remember to be mindful of the four crosswalks around the school area. There are 2 in front of the building and two on the road before/after the entrance to Hollymead and Sutherland. We have had several concerns brought to our attention about distracted and/or speeding drivers. We work with our students to make sure they use the crosswalks (a work in progress, to be sure), but want to ensure their safety when they cross. Thank you!
  2. PTO and the Sutherland School Counselors are hosting a “Conversation over Coffee” on May 29 at 8:15 in the SMS Library.  This will be a follow up discussion to Screenagers, which was recently shown at Sutherland.  We will continue to discuss challenges we all face helping our kids in this digital age, teaching them boundaries, and finding support in each other in teaching our kids how to regulate their technology/social media use.  Please feel free to join the conversation even if you weren’t able to attend the screening of the film!
  3. 8th Grade Parents: Paradigm Break, an Albemarle High School FTC Robotics team, will be here at Sutherland on May 22 from 4:10 to 4:40 after school, location TBD.  They are here to recruit new members for next year’s team.  If your child is interested in learning what FTC high school robotics is all about and wants to meet the team, plan to have them attend this meeting.  The high school students will provide an informal demo and talk, as well as answer any questions students may have.  Please contact Mrs. McCullough if you have questions at dmccullough@k12albemarle.org.
  4. Come to BINGO and TRIVIA night in the SUTHERLAND CAFETERIA on Friday May 18th from 6:30-8pm! All proceeds go to the Destination Imagination Team going to globals in Tennessee! $3.00 for cards and there will be prizes for each round of bingo from local businesses. Snacks will be for sale! Bring your whole family for a fun filled family night out!​
  5. Several of our 7th grade classes will hold a tree dedication ceremony on May 31st at 11:00 AM as part of their unit on WWII and the Holocaust. Parents are welcome to attend.
  6. The SMS PE team needs volunteers to help with FieldDay! Field day will be all day on June 1, 2018. We are in need of parents to help at the different stations. Thank you so much for helping us make Field Day a huge success. Please use the sign-up genius link to sign up for a spot. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-smsfield1 ***RAIN DATE IS JUNE 4th. Please let us know in the comments if you are available if needed. Thank you.