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/

Two items

Some of yesterday’s items got lost in translation. Two items for this morning:

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​

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

Monday News

Welcome back, Sharks! I hope everyone had a great vacation and enjoyed seeing the (hopefully) last snow of the season this morning.

A few news blurbs to start the week off:

  1. We have a dance coming up this Friday from 4 – 6 PM. We are in need of chaperones. If you are able to help, please contact Andrea Walkup at awalkup@k12albemarle.org. Many thanks!
  2. 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 see the attached registration form and 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
  3. 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/
  4. Hello! My name is Sevy Van Der Werf, I’m a junior in the Math Engineering and Science Academy (MESA), and I am organizing Albemarle High School’s MESA Bridge Camp for this summer. I would really appreciate your help in spreading the word about this summer’s program. The camp is scheduled for June 11-15, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Albemarle High School. Electronic applications will be available on April 16th at the Mesa Bridge Camp website, mesabridgecamp.weebly.com.

The camp is for rising 7th- and 8th-grade girls who might have an interest in STEM. The campers learn about engineering and physics, and work with each other and MESA program mentors to apply what they learn in a series of hands-on activities. These activities culminate with the building of a pedestrian foot bridge at the end of the week. (The Bridge Camp website is a good source of information for interested students.)

The cost of the camp will probably be $20, but that cost will be dropped if a student is on free or reduced lunch. This year we are accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis, with considerations for high school district, previous attendance, and the contents of the application. New campers will have priority. We plan on accepting eighteen campers – six campers from each main County high school district (Western Albemarle, Albemarle, and Monticello).

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

One hour until break! A whirlwind of a week as we progressed through a number of field trips, wacky schedules, a pep rally, and assorted other items. Despite the intensity of the week, it has been outstanding to see so many folks doing great things. I got a chance to see several seventh graders making persuasive arguments/debates to their classmates. We got to see a number of our Band students perform in front of the entire school at yesterday’s pep rally. We got a chance to see first-hand how great our girls’ volleyball team is as they dominated the teachers in the student/faculty game. Our students practiced a number of drills this week as the weather finally remembered that winter was technically over. Our 6th grade science students braved the wackiest week of temperatures yet as they paddled in the rain, the cold, and then the heat. 8th graders ventured to Jump for their PE trips and also to AHS to see what life is like in high school. Our Jazz Band went to JMU and performed very well. SOLs wrapped up for those who missed their tests last week. Last, but certainly not least, we had the volleyball tournament where our Sharks made it to the championship game, but fell to Henley in a hard-fought game.

Now, our students are finishing their final work as the marking period ends and Spring Break begins. When we get back on Monday, April 9th, it will be a Teal Day. The week of the 9th, we do have a few things to keep up with. The middle school choral assessment is on Wednesday, April 11th as well as a PTO meeting that evening. The Drama 8 students are on a trip on Thursday, April 12th. On Friday, April 13th the 5th graders come for a visit and we finish off the week with a dance (the last whole-school dance for the year) from 4 – 6 PM.

We hope you have a great break and enjoy the time together. A few blurbs from the news desk before I go. Enjoy!

News from SMS:

  1. SCA is sponsoring the last dance of the school year Friday, April 13th. We need your help to chaperone the dance from 4-6. If you can volunteer an hour or two to help with the dance please email Andrea Walkup at awalkup@k12albemarle.org.
  2. Albemarle High School’s MESA Bridge Camp for this summer: The camp is scheduled for June 11-15, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Albemarle High School. Electronic applications will be available on April 16th at the Mesa Bridge Camp website, mesabridgecamp.weebly.com. The camp is for rising 7th- and 8th-grade girls who might have an interest in STEM. The campers learn about engineering and physics, and work with each other and MESA program mentors to apply what they learn in a series of hands-on activities. These activities culminate with the building of a pedestrian footbridge at the end of the week. (The Bridge Camp website is a good source of information for interested students.)

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!  Please contact Lynette Sanford (sanfordlynette@yahoo.com) or Erin Swansiger (rswansiger10007@comcast.net) with any questions.

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

Food

Tomorrow is the Last Day to donate food for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Food Drive.

Please have your student bring canned food, pasta, cans of tuna, or any other food donation tomorrow.

Thank you!