Happy Friday

Happy Friday, Sharks!

What a week! We started with a well-timed snow day on Monday, which the students were grateful for after watching the Super Bowl the night before. Everyone came back with their post-game faces on and pushed through a cold, damp week. Thankfully, the rain has stopped and we get to enjoy the ICA day today. A reminder that during ICA days, pick-ups between 3 PM and 4 PM can take a bit longer, so please plan accordingly.  Looking ahead to next week (theoretically, a five day week barring any weather), we have the rescheduled division-wide spelling bee over at the County Office Building on Monday. We bookend the week with the awesome Band Coffee House on Friday starting at 6:00 PM. This is a great event where students, parents, and staff are given the chance to participate up on stage. Looking a bit further down the road, we have the SMS Carnival coming up in two weeks, so look for the announcement below for more information.

We wrap up School Counselors Week with a special shout out to Mrs. Heather Lindsay and Mrs. Lisa Wright, our school counselors, for all the hard work and care they give to our students each and every day. That’s all for this Friday. We hope you have a terrific weekend!

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, February 12th: Teal Day
5:00 – 8:00 PM: Division Spelling Bee @ Lane Auditorium (County Office Building)
Tuesday, February 13th: Black Day
Wednesday, February 14th: Teal Day
Thursday, February 15th: Black Day
Friday, February 16th: Teal Day
6:00 – 8:00 PM: Band Coffee House event here at SMS 

News from SMS:

  1. Since 1995, Seminole Boys Lacrosse League has been providing recreational lacrosse for future Albemarle High School Patriot lacrosse players.  The League works closely with Coach King and the AHS Lacrosse program.  Practices begin February 20 with Games March – May.  Registration is open now at seminolelax.org.  Equipment and financial assistance available. Join us this Sunday 2/11 at Dick’s Sporting Goods near Wegman’s for Lacrosse Appreciation Day and get 20% off your purchase of most items in the store for the day. Questions – brian@seminolelax.org

In 2 weeks, we are having our annual carnival for our students! For those of you who are new to our community, the Sutherland Carnival is a unique activity designed for middle school students to have the opportunity to socialize with their own unique peer group, and registered friends from other middle schools in the area, while under both teacher and parent supervision.

Obviously, an event this large takes a massive amount of parent volunteers. The success of this annual event is truly attributable to the support of our parents, and the AHS Honor Society students, who work tirelessly to ensure that our students have an evening of fun. Please know that I am grateful for your generous donation of your time and talent to this event every year! We need help in all areas of the carnival from games; from hall supervision to games to concessions to the inflatables in the gym-we can use your help in any area and timeframe that you are able to give us!

The PTO will be coordinating the parent volunteers again this year, so please watch click on the link below to sign up for an activity or supervision of a door for security. THANK YOU PTO FOR YOUR HELP! At the beginning of next week, we will be uploading the SMS Guest Registration Form and the Carnival Brochure to the school website. On behalf of our student body: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! For general carnival questions, please contact the Carnival Chairperson, Gayle Rainey, at grainey@k12albemarle.org

Sign-Up Link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080D4BAFAB2FA2F85-smscarnival2

  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 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, our breath, 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!

Happy Groundhog Day! Looks like Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, so the winter will continue on. We had an outstanding week here at Sutherland. The second semester is now underway. No snow has interrupted the flow of things, so folks are settling back into the routine. The highlight of the week was definitely the 6th grade band concert on Wednesday night. With our largest 6th grade band group ever, Mr. Gregg somehow found room enough on the stage to showcase how far our sixth graders have come in just under five months.  There were solos, there was some improvisation, and there were a few squeaky reeds. It was great to see the students have fun while putting on a great show. I am sure Dairy Queen was ill prepared for the crowd that showed up around 8:15 PM that evening. Great job to all involved!

Coming up next week, we have a Band Boosters meeting on Tuesday, a PTO meeting Wednesday evening, and an ICA day on Friday. Monday afternoon, over at Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building, will be the division Spelling Bee where the various school winners will face off. Good luck to our Sutherland champion. Don’t forget, Q2 and Semester 1 grades are all now live on Parent Portal for viewing. That is all for today. I plan on heading home and watching a certain Bill Murray movie for the 200th time while annoying my family by quoting the movie over and over. Bing! Happy Groundhog Day!

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, February 5th: Teal Day
Division Spelling Bee @ 4:30 PM (Location: County Office Building)
Tuesday, February 6th: Black Day
Band Boosters meeting @ 6:30 PM
Wednesday, February 7th: Teal Day
PTO Meeting @ 7:00 PM
Thursday, February 8th: Black Day
Friday, February 9th: Teal Day

News from SMS:

We could really use some volunteers to help sell snacks at the beginning of the ICA period next Friday.  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 Friday  2/9/18.  At the start 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 fundraiser helps purchase supplies needed for ICA crafts and activities.     If you have any questions please contact Amy Dolak at ard07us@yahoo.com.  Thanks!

SCA is currently running its annual Scavenger Hunt. Please send in any of the following items to help local organizations. Please make sure your student’s name is on the bag so they can earn prizes. We help several organizations in the community so thank you for your support.

*food – cereal, pasta, canned vegetables or soup, noodles or rice

*hats, gloves, coats

*box of tissues


*dog or cat food, treats or toys

*paper towels

*cat litter

*box tops

*soda can tops

*25 pennies

*6 quarters

*bundles of 10 pencils

*dry erase markers

*gently worn pair of shoes

February is also BOX TOP month. Please send in your box tops to the main office. We are collecting Box Tops through February 23rd

Band Coffee House

Attention SMS Families!

Mark your calendars now for the 2018 Annual Coffee House – you won’t want to miss this event!

What is the “Coffee House”?

The Coffee House is a unique opportunity to hear many of our Sutherland kids, along with community and family members, perform musical numbers in a casual, coffee-house style setting – held in the SMS cafeteria.

It’s a relaxed, family friendly evening where people can socialize, enjoy talented performers and great music.

Our jazz bands perform, along with many other soloists, duets, and other combos.

Admission is FREE and we welcome all from our community to attend- family, friends and neighbors!

When: Friday, February 16th – 6:30-8:30pm
Where : SMS Café 

Join us for good music, coffee, snacks, beverages, and fun.

Come for an hour, come for the whole thing or just drop in for a song or two.

  • Student Music solos and ensembles!
  • SMS Jazz Bands to perform!!

Refreshments will be available for $1.00 each and donations accepted – all proceeds support the SMS Band!

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

We are just about ready to get our dancing shoes dusted off, crank the stereo up, and rock out in our Star Wars themed dance. The PTO and the SCA have a great evening planned for those staying behind for the dance. As always, please remember the dance ends at 6 PM. There may be a little extra traffic tonight due to Hollymead’s Heritage Festival, which starts at 6:30 PM. It was great to have a regular week of school (minus Monday) with 4 days in a row with students! Second semester is now underway, so first semester and quarter two grades will be available shortly. We had a wonderful drama performance this week put on by our talented 7th and 8th graders. I posted some pictures to the Twitter Feed on the webpage so you can check out our Horatio, Elvis, Little M, Reality TV hosts, and all the others. Great, great evening last night. We also had the 5th grade parent program this week for all of our soon-to-be Sharks. Some our WSMS students got a field trip today. Our PTO hooked us up with a great donut day today. Thanks again! You all continue to dominate.

Coming up next week: 5 FULL days of school! Also, we have a 6th grade band concert from 7 – 8:30 PM on Wednesday night and All-District Band on Friday. Only one news item, so I’ll wrap it up here and lace up my dancing shoes. Have a great weekend, Sharks!

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, January 29th: Black Day
Tuesday, January 30th: Teal Day
Wednesday, January 31st: Black Day

7:00 – 8:30: 6th grade Band concert in the Gathering Area
Thursday, February 1st: Teal Day
Friday, February 2nd: Black Day
All-District Band

News from SMS:

  1. We are getting ready for a Lost and Found purge! The amount of lost and found is staggering and starting to get a bit ripe. Every year, we take unclaimed items to the Goodwill store, so if you have a child with a plethora of missing jackets, encourage them to stop by lost and found by Friday, Feb. 2nd. Thanks!

From the PTO

We will need lots of parent volunteers for the dance next Friday. Since it is sponsored by the PTO and SCA we may not have as many teachers as usual. Please, please sign up to help if you can and encourage your friends to do so too!


The PTO will also be selling Spirit Wear at the 5th grade parent meeting this week. This is a great chance for students and parents alike to get into the school spirit with some new SMS gear. Hope to see you there!

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Well, what can I say? An incredibly short week here at SMS due to the holiday and the snow. Students and staff have tried to fit a lot in while they have been here. The 7th grade Engineering classes have braved the frozen tundra to launch their student-created catapults. Our 8th grade class got a bonus field trip to the Paramount Theater today to see a show. I was able to get down to the gym and watch the girls do some of their jump rope routines as the boys finished Family Life. Classes started to wrap up projects as the semester was supposed to end today, but then the snow came. We have extended the second semester start date to next Thursday to allow students and staff to wrap up their projects and tests on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. This means 2nd semester electives for 6th and 7th graders will now start Thursday. That brings us to two important items to touch on before the news blurbs:

First, A reminder that the class registration on Parent Portal was set to end today for 6th & 7th graders to select courses for the 2018/2019 school year. We have extended the window to Monday to give folks one last weekend to register. Please make sure you log on and go to Course Registration to select next’s years courses.

Also, as you may know, we are right in the middle of flu season. If your child is officially diagnosed with the flu by their pediatrician, please let the school know so we can keep track. Along with this, if your child has a fever, please make sure they stay home and return to school when they recover. This will help everyone stay healthy.

Thanks all! Have a great weekend. Remember, no school on Monday and an awesome dance next Friday from the PTO and SCA! On with the news…

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, January 22nd: No school ~ Teacher workday
Tuesday, January 23rd: Black Day
Wednesday, January 24th: Teal Day
6:00 PM: 5th grade parent information meeting
Thursday, January 25th: Black Day
6:30 PM: 7th and 8th grade Drama performance
Friday, January 26th: Teal Day
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: SCA/PTO Dance!

News from SMS:

The Golden Apple Award nominations are now live for parent or student input. The 2017-2018 Annual Golden Apple Awards Ceremony for outstanding teachers in our school systems. These awards are presented to faculty members from the public and private schools in Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville, including CATEC. Eligible private schools are those that are current members of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). The Golden Apple Award is a means of selecting and honoring some of our outstanding teachers. Teachers are most important in nurturing our children’s inquisitive minds and preparing them for the challenges of the future. For more information, or to nominate a SMS teacher, please click here.

Due to the snow days, we are extending first semester to Wednesday. Students will start their new elective classes on Thursday, January 25th.

The 7th and 8th grade drama performance has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 25th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

From the PTO: Hello everyone! We will need many parent volunteers for the dance next Friday. Since it is sponsored by the PTO and SCA, we may not have as many teachers as usual. Please, please sign up to help if you can and encourage your friends to do so too! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-star

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.