Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

It has been a busy week here at SMS as we head into SOLs next week. Lots of great Star Wars shirts here at SMS today due to May the 4th date. A number of our kids are off to Busch Gardens today for their band trip. We just wrapped up our final ICA of the year. Last night, we had both the orchestra concert where a number of our students were able to let their talent shine, and the Parent Council showing of Screenagers here at SMS. Our track team went off to Walton on Wednesday for the track meet. We had the April birthday celebration on Monday. Walking the halls this week, you can tell the end of the year is almost here as the students continue work on their projects, prepare for SOLs, and work on lot of cool items in their classes.

Coming up, we start the three-week SOL testing window. We test on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the next three weeks – mostly in the mornings after announcements. During week three, the 8th grade Civics and Science SOLs will be in the afternoon. Students will need their computers for the tests, but will leave them at school prior to testing to make sure they are charged and ready to go. This coming week, we have the Reading SOLs. Student should get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast before their tests. Cell phones and electronics are not allowed in the testing rooms, so they should bring a book to read if they finish the test before their peers. Good luck on all the tests! Have a terrific weekend…a few news items below.

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, May 7th: Teal Day
Tuesday, May 8th: Black Day
7th and 8th Grade Reading SOL test
Wednesday, May 9th: Teal Day
6th Grade Reading SOL test
Thursday, May 10th: Black Day
Friday, May 11th: Teal Day
8th Grade Orchestra trip to Busch Gardens
Make-up SOL tests
Saturday, May 12th: SUNSET RUN @ 7:00 PM

News from SMS:
From the PTO: Come to Bingo/ Trivia Night on Friday, May 18th from 6:30-8pm in the Sutherland Cafeteria! You can win prizes from local businesses! This is a fundraiser for the Sutherland DI team going to globals in Tennessee!

8th Grade Team News:

Celebration/Dance: The 8th grade team would like to express our sincere appreciation to the PTO for their generous funding of this event, and to the parents who donated their time, talents, and additional resources to create a memorable evening for the students. The students all greatly enjoyed the addition of games and activities, and the ‘Countries Around the World’ dinner theme to the event!

Looking ahead: Practice for the Moving On’ Ceremony Practice will take place on the morning before the event: Tuesday, June 5th. We will start right after the morning announcements, so please ensure that your student arrive at school on time. In the afternoon, the 8th grade team will be treating the students to an ice cream social ‘with all the toppings!’

Reminder: While we know that our students are happily anticipating starting the next chapter of their school life in the high school setting, please support our efforts to keep them focused on their last few weeks of learning middle school curriculum. They will be participating in numerous final exams and four additional SOL tests prior to the end of the school year. Please ensure their timely arrival to school, and as few early dismissals as possible, to ensure their best performance. We appreciate your support on behalf of your students.

Girls Day @ UVA: UVA Facilities Management hosts third annual Girls Day set for June 14. Registration is open May 1

UVA Facilities Management will host its third annual Girls Day on Thursday, June 14 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. This year’s event will be open to girls between the ages of 10 and 16 from the Charlottesville area community. Registration opens Tuesday, May 1 on the following website: https://www.fm.virginia.edu/girlsday2018/#register.

The event aims to inspire and excite girls ages 10-16 to consider a career in construction and the building trades by offering behind-the-scenes tours of work sites, including the Main Heat Plant and the Carr’s Hill renovation, as well as hands-on activities with our tradespeople and opportunities to hear from our dynamic FM women and what they love about their careers. This year’s lunch will take place at the recently renovated baseball stadium and feature speaker UVA Director of Athletics Carla Williams.

Questions? Contact the FM Girls Day Committee at fmgirlsday@virginia.edu or visit the Girls Day website at https://www.fm.virginia.edu/girlsday2018.

From the PTO

REMINDER! Next week is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! There’s still time to send in your cash donation. Please send into the front office in a sealed, labeled TA WEEK, envelope! We appreciate your help in spoiling our amazing staff!

Thank you!

PTO

Screenagers

Hello families –

Screenagers tomorrow night! With summer and extra free time right around the corner this film is an important start to examining the impact “screen time”  has on our children!

APPROPRIATE FOR KIDS 10+ years old so bring your family! In fact, this film is often showed to middle and high school kids during school to get them thinking about why, if and how they might regulate their own screen time!

What: The film SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age
When: Thursday May 3 at 6:30 PM
Where: Sutherland Middle School
Why: Because “screen time” crosses into all aspects of kids’ lives… what’s the impact?

As parents we know our kids spend a lot of time on digital devices and that time increases as they move into middle and high school. We worry… Is it impacting their development? How much time is too much? How are other parents handling this issue?

To help us examine these issues and more, Parent Council is hosting a screening of the documentary, SCREENAGERSGrowing Up in the Digital Age. More than 5000 schools and community groups have hosted screenings across the globe including companies like Pixar, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, just to name a few.

This film is only available as a community screening not for individual viewing, so hopefully you can attend! Here is a synopsis from the film maker:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

 Here’s a link to the film’s trailer:

https://youtu.be/LQx2X0BXgZg

Please let me know if you have questions and I hope to see you at the community screening tomorrow, 5/3 at 6:30 at Sutherland Middle School!

Andrea Heapes

Parent Council Representative

SCA help

The SCA needs your help in gathering supplies for our Police Department Service Project. If you are able to donate any of the following we would greatly appreciate it:

*granola bars

*snack bags of chips, pretzels

*hershey kisses

*rice crispy treats

*pencils

Donations are being collected through May 8th and can be left in the office.

Thank you so much for your support.

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Man, what a week. Finally getting a chance to sit down and write, but it is already 5:00. As I type this, a lot of wonderful volunteers are already hard at work down in the cafeteria setting up for tomorrow’s 8th grade dance. Just a reminder for our 8th grade families, the dinner/dance starts at 5:30 PM and ends at 8. A few parents have asked about what students should wear. There is no formal dress code. Generally, most folks show up in nicer clothes, but you will still see a few pairs of blue jeans paired with a nice shirt. This week, all of our students ran the 5K race, which was terrific to see. Many folks helped with the race and a huge shout out to the PE Department for an outstanding event. Moreover, the kids did a fantastic job training for this event and then pushing through the heat, the mud, and the exhaustion. Great job!

Next week gets a bit busy with events, so make sure you take a look at the weekly calendar and the news blurbs. Again, longer news items this week, so I’ll stop here. Have a great weekend, and for those attending the 8th grade dance, I will see you there.

NEXT WEEK @ SMS:

Monday, April 30th: Black Day
April Birthday Celebration
PTO Timberwood Dining Night Out

Tuesday, May 1st: Teal Day
6:30 PM: Band Boosters meeting

Wednesday, May 2nd: Black Day
4:30 PM: Track Meet @ Walton (see below)
7:00 PM: PTO Meeting

Thursday, May 3rd: Teal Day
7:00 PM: Orchestra Concert @ AHS

Friday, May 4th: Black Day
Jazz Band to Busch Gardens
ICA Day/ ICA Schedule

NEWS FROM SMS:

  1. Our last ICA Day is coming up next week on Friday 5/4.  We have space for a couple more volunteers to help sell snacks at the beginning of the ICA period.  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.  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!
  2. SCA is doing a service project for the Albemarle County Police Department. Please consider donating any of the following items to help us:

Boxes of Granola Bars
Snack bags of pretzels, popcorn, mixed nuts, etc.
Hershey kisses
Bags of candy – any flavor
Bags of mints
Packages of gum
Bundles of 10 pencils
Boxes of Rice Crispy treats
Travel size boxes of Clorox Wipes, ibuprofen or Advil, Emergen C
Travel size tissues

Please have your student bring these to the office or E -5 to Ms. Walkup’s room. Thank you.

We are collecting until May 4th.

  1. SCA wants to thank everyone who donated to the Food Drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Sutherland came in 2nd place with 311 pounds of food donated in the Middle School Category. Thank you for your support.
  2. Sutherland Track Team Members information:   Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Middle School Track Meet @ Walton Middle SchoolWednesday, May 2, 2018 (Rain Date is Thursday, May 3 and 2nd rain date is Monday, May7) *If needed rain makeup info will be posted on Albemarle County Parks & Recreation homepage. The Middle School Track Meet will be on Wednesday, May 2 at Walton Middle School starting around 4:30pm depending when all buses arrive. Order of events: 1600(mile), 100m, 800m, 200m, 400m, relays.  Each track members has signed up for 2 events previously in practice, so they should know already. Track members will be transported by School Bus to Walton on Wed 5/2, then parent’s need to pick-up at Walton Middle School by 7pm.  No return bus.  Parents can drive students to the meet-just let Ms. Davis know if not riding the bus.  Track Team members riding the bus will get out of class at 3:30 on Wednesday to pack up and load bus.  Students should check for work they will miss. Team members should wear your track shirt to school Wednesday 5/2 (will receive shirt Monday 4/30 at practice) and bring a healthy snack and water bottle.

Directions to Walton Middle School: (4217 Red Hill Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903). From 64, Take Exit 121 to Route 20.  Go South on Route 20 for 8 miles.  Then right on Route 708/Red Hill Road, school is on right in about 300 yards.    The track meet marks the end of the track season, so Monday 4/30 will be the last track practice after school at Sutherland.

  1. Screenagers Screening: The Sutherland PTO is hosting a viewing of the movie, SCREENAGERS, on Thursday May 3rdfrom 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the SMS Gathering Area. All are invited to attend. Here is a brief write up from the film’s website:

    “Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.”

  2. PTO Dining Out – Monday: Timberwood is hosting the SMS Dining out night on Monday, 30 April. Take a break from cooking and support SMS!
  3. PTO Meeting – Tuesday: The last PTO meeting of the 2017-18 school year is here. 😢 We are looking for people to fill a few chair positions. Come join us and see how you can help support our school!! The meeting will be Wednesday, May 2nd at 7pm in the library.

From the PTO – Screenagers

I’m writing to let you know of a community event paid for by 8 area schools.

What: The film SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age
When: Thursday, May 3 at 6:30
Where: Sutherland Middle School
Why: Because “screen time” crosses into all aspects of kids’ lives… what’s the impact?

As parents, we know our kids spend a lot of time on digital devices and that time increases as they move into middle and high school. We worry… Is it affecting their development? How much time is too much? How are other parents handling this issue?

To help us examine these issues and more, Parent Council is hosting a screening of the documentary, SCREENAGERSGrowing Up in the Digital Age. More than 5000 schools and community groups have hosted screenings across the globe including companies like Pixar, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, just to name a few.

This film is only available as a community screening not for individual viewing, so hopefully you can attend! Here is a synopsis from the filmmaker:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Here’s a link to the film’s trailer:

https://youtu.be/LQx2X0BXgZg

Thanks! ~ SMS PTO

From the PTO

It’s that time of year again when we take a week to thank our entire SMS staff for all of their hard work and daily efforts with our children.  This year our theme will be, SMS, “TACO” ‘bout a great staff! We have a lot of fun things planned for our staff but can’t possibly pull it off without help from our parents. Please see the SUG attached for more information, thank you! SMS PTO

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-sms

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

What a week! Lots of news items below…a record breaking 8 items, so this part will be short and sweet. We have a busy week next week with the 5K race. The PE Department has worked very hard to make this a great event and the students have worked hard preparing for the run. The race takes place all day during exploratory blocks, so students will most likely want to bring a change of clothes for after the race. Rain date is Thursday. We also have the 8th grade dance coming on Saturday of next week. We hope you all have a terrific weekend and enjoy the time together.

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, April 23rd: Teal Day
Tuesday, April 24th: Black Day
Wednesday, April 25th: Teal Day
SMS 5k Race in all PE classes
Thursday, April 26th: Black Day
SMS 5K Rain date
Friday, April 27th: Teal Day
Saturday, April 28th: 8th Grade Dance (5:30 – 8:00 PM)

News from SMS:

  1. From Mrs. McCullough: Walton Middle School is hosting their 1st Annual Walton Math Tournament on May 12th from 9 am to 1 pm.  Students can be on teams of 5th/6th graders or 7th/8th graders, two to five students per team.  There is a registration fee of $30 per team and a parent sponsor would be needed.  If your child is interested in attending this event, please email Diana McCullough at dmccullough@k12albemarle.org. Please respond by April 27th.  If we have enough interest, I will organize and register the teams.
  1. From Mrs. McCullough #2: Hello Parents, please check the following site for information about a summer opportunity for your child. I’ve heard great reviews from students. http://mesabridgecamp.weebly.com/
  1. From the PTO: The PTO is hosting a viewing of the movie, SCREENAGERS, on Thursday May 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the SMS Gathering Area. Here is a brief write up from the film’s website:

“Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.”

  1. From the PTO # 2: It’s that time of year again when we take a week to thank our entire SMS staff for all of their hard work and daily efforts with our children.  This year our theme will be, SMS, “TACO” ‘bout a great staff! We have a lot of fun things planned for our staff but can’t possibly pull it off without help from our parents. Please see the SUG attached for more information, thank you! SMS PTO http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-sms
  1. From the SCA: The SCA is doing a service project for the Albemarle County Police Department. Please consider donating any of the following items to help us:

Boxes of Granola Bars
Snack bags of pretzels, popcorn, mixed nuts, etc.
Hershey kisses
Bags of candy – any flavor
Bags of mints
Packages of gum
Bundles of 10 pencils
Boxes of Rice Crispy treats
Travel size boxes of Clorox Wipes, ibuprofen or Advil, Emergen C
Travel size tissues

Please have your student bring these to the office or E -5 to Ms. Walkup’s room. Thank you.

  1. 8th Grade Dance Help Needed: 8th Grade Parents – we really need your help to make this a fun and successful evening for our 8th graders so please check out the link below and sign up wherever you are able to help.  We welcome help from our 7th grade parents too!  Below, please find the SUG for the April 28 8th Grade Celebration. Here is the invitation for our student

SUG: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-8thgrade​

  1. The 2nd Annual Sunset Run is on May 12, 2018 at sunset. It is a fun run/walk that is organized by two 8th graders, Catie Swansiger and Samantha Sanford. As a school project they are challenged to make the world a better place and they chose a run where all the proceeds are given to the UVA Children’s Hospital.  Please click here for the registration form and we hope you can join us! Register by April 20th so you can order a tee shirt! Any questions email Catie and Samantha at run@yahoo.com
  1. Rising AHS ninth graders – Do you love to mountain bike?  Have you always wanted to try but are not sure how to start?  Great news!  Albemarle High School has mountain bike cluband we are looking for riders for the fall season.  New riders, experienced riders, and everyone in between are welcome to join.  We will practice 2 afternoons a week and there will be the option to ride all over the state in the Virginia National Interscholastic Cycling Association fall races.  More information about the league can be found at org or you can contact Matt and Eliza Holland at eholland19@comcast.net.  Also check out our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/ahsmtb/

8th Grade Dance Help Needed

We are still in need of help for the 8th grade dance. Below, please find the SUG for the April 28 8th Grade Celebration. Here is the invitation for our students.

8th Grade Parents – we really need your help to make this a fun and successful evening for our 8th graders so please check out the link below and sign up wherever you are able to help.  We welcome help from our 7th grade parents too!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-8thgrade​

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

It was great to get all the students back from their assorted vacations. Despite some weird snow this week, the weather warmed up and actually allowed our students the chance to take advantage of the great outdoors. We have a few classes outside working as I type this. A great week all around here at SMS. Students have started training for the SMS 5K race coming up at the end of the month. While not running, students are also getting to take advantage of the indoor archery range that the PE Department has set up in the gym. We had our Choral assessment over at Burley on Wednesday, plus an AVID trip that same day. Thursday, our drama students go to venture off campus on a field trip. Lots of excitement today as the 5th graders took their annual tour to set the stage for the next three years. We also have our last whole-school dance of the year this afternoon, so we expect a big crowd. As always, please make sure they have transportation at 6:00 PM.

Not a whole lot on next week’s calendar as we start to get ready for SOLs in May. To help, here are those dates:

  • Tuesday, May 8th: 7th and 8th grade Reading SOL
  • Wednesday, May 9th: Reading 6 SOL
  • Friday, May 11th: Make-up testing
  • Tuesday, May 15th: Math 7 and 8 SOLs
  • Wednesday, May 16th: Math 6 SOL
  • Friday, May 18th: Make-up Testing + Reading retakes
  • Tuesday, May 22nd: Civics 8 SOL
  • Wednesday, May 23rd: Science 8 SOL
  • Thursday, May 24th: Make-up tests
  • Friday, May 25th: Math SOL retakes
  • Wednesday, May 30th: Civics/Science retakes

A few announcements below. Have a terrific weekend, all!

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, April 16th: Black Day
Tuesday, April 17th: Teal Day
3rd Quarter Computer Check in CHOMP
Wednesday, April 18th: Black Day
Thursday, April 19th: Teal Day
Friday, April 20th: Black Day

News from SMS:

  1. Hello Parents, Please check the following website for a summer opportunity for your child.  Information about the World Peace Game can be found on the site.

http://worldpeacegame.org/play/wpg-camps/

Mrs. McCullough Gifted Resource

2. Next week, students will take the School Safety Survey during CHOMP. This survey is administered to all the secondary schools in Albemarle to help us gain insight into any safety concerns here at Sutherland.

3. We are looking for help with the SMS 5K Race on April 25th. Here is the Sign Up Genius if you are available to help out: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-sms5k2018

4. 8th Grade Dance Help Needed: 8th Grade Parents – we really need your help to make this a fun and successful evening for our 8th graders so please check out the link below and sign up wherever you are able to help.  We welcome help from our 7th grade parents too!  Below, please find the SUG for the April 28 8th Grade Celebration. Here is the invitation for our students. SUG: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-8thgrade​

5. The 2nd Annual Sunset Run is on May 12, 2018 at sunset. It is a fun run/walk that is organized by two 8th graders, Catie Swansiger and Samantha Sanford. As a school project they are challenged to make the world a better place and they chose a run where all the proceeds are given to the UVA Children’s Hospital.  Please click here for the registration form and we hope you can join us! Register by April 20th so you can order a tee shirt! Any questions email Catie and Samantha at sunset.run@yahoo.com

6. Rising AHS ninth graders – Do you love to mountain bike?  Have you always wanted to try but are not sure how to start?  Great news!  Albemarle High School has mountain bike club and we are looking for riders for the fall season.  New riders, experienced riders, and everyone in between are welcome to join.  We will practice 2 afternoons a week and there will be the option to ride all over the state in the Virginia National Interscholastic Cycling Association fall races.  More information about the league can be found at virginiamtb.org or you can contact Matt and Eliza Holland at eholland19@comcast.net.  Also check out our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/ahsmtb/