AM French class

The morning French class registration has been extended to Wednesday of this week. The class is scheduled to begin this coming Friday, so if interested, please click the link below for the application. Thanks!


Friday Message

Happy last Friday in January, Sharks –

What a week! Things have been action-packed here at Sutherland this week and a lot of really neat work has been accomplished. We are running on an ICA schedule today to allow students time to work on their Cultural Celebration projects from 3 – 4 PM. Walking around, I have already seen a lot of great work that has been put into these presentations. There is a mad dash in the 8th grade today as our sharks get their applications in for the high school programs. Looking over some of our students’ applications, we sure do have a talented group. I got a chance to see some of the work being done in our 8th grade science class where students have the chance to work on a virtual reality prototype using their smart phones. Mr. Bredder in our Engineering class has also had students working on a Braille project that has been a really cool success.

This week, 6th and 7th grade teachers have also been making recommendations for students for the upcoming 2015/2016 school year. Starting next Friday, February 6th, parents and students will have access through ParentPortal to see their class recommendations, select core classes, and pick electives for the upcoming school year. There will be a few new elective additions next year that we are excited about. For rising 7th grade students, we have a new yearbook class through our Art program. Mr. Gregg down in the Band room is also offering a Beginning Band 7 class for any 7th grade students that want to join band for the first time. Through our career and technical education classes, we will offer a newspaper/journalism class at the 8th grade level. For more information about next year, please check out the Counseling Department website found at

Have a great weekend, Sharks. Two great games on this weekend!

Next Week:

Monday, February 2nd: Black Day

Tuesday, February 3rd: Teal Day
4:15 – 6:00 PM: Talent Show try-outs
6:30 – 7:30 PM: Band Boosters meeting

Wednesday, February 4th: Black Day
4:15 – 6:00 PM: Talent Show try-outs
7:00 – 8:30 PM: 6th grade Band concert

Thursday, February 5th: Teal Day
12:00 – 7:00 PM: 6th grade Strings Jamboree

Friday, February 6th: Black Day
ICA schedule
ParentPortal opens for 6th and 7th grade course selection

News and Notes:

With uncertain weather conditions a distinct possibility next week, please be advised that a school closure on Tuesday will cancel the Sutherland Talent Show Auditions which are scheduled for that date. If Tuesday Auditions are cancelled, then Wednesday Auditions will be cancelled as well.  Snow dates will be Tues., Feb 17th, and Wed., Feb 18th, from 4 until 6 PM.  If there is a school closure on Monday, ONLY, Talent Show Auditions will be held on schedule.

The next ICA activity period will be next Friday Feb 6th.   The ICA sign-up sheet can be found on the Sutherland webpage under STUDENTS and the access code is 2801.    Student’s should sign up for only one activity and put their first and last name and answer the question for what grade they are in.   You do NOT need to put an email address.  Please sign up by Tuesday night so the lists can be generated.

That’s it for this week!

One more item…

Sorry for two e-mails today.

Due to the threat of bad weather, the PTO meeting scheduled for tonight has been postponed.

If we have a 2-hour delay tomorrow due to bad weather, all before school activities are canceled (tutoring and early morning technology class). We also have a few AHS 8th grade appointments scheduled between 9 – 11, so we will call to reschedule those as well if we are delayed.

Study Hall (non tutoring) will still begin at 10:00.


Virtual Town Hall Meeting Tonight

There is a virtual town hall meeting that you can attend tonight regarding the ACPS budget. For more information, please follow this link:

(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) Albemarle County residents of the Jack Jouett

Magisterial District will have an opportunity this Monday evening, January 26, to participate in an electronic town hall meeting with their representatives from the Albemarle County School Board and the Board of Supervisors. The town hall will begin at 7 p.m., and residents will be able to attend the meeting virtually at

Residents can begin joining the session at 6:30 on Monday evening. They can visit a second

site ahead of time to test their connection and for directions on how to participate in the town hall at

The Jack Jouett District town hall will be hosted by Supervisor Diantha McKeel and School

Board Vice-Chair Dr. Kate Acuff. Also participating will be Col. Steve Sellers, Albemarle County Police Chief; Dan Eggleston, Albemarle County Fire & Rescue Chief; Kathy Ralston, Director of Social Services; and Dr. Matt Haas, Assistant Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools.

Among the topics that will discussed are the current level of services being provided by each department as well as the factors that will drive development of the 2015-16 budget requests for local government and the school division. Participants will be able to view and listen to the town hall discussions and submit questions or comments for the panelists and hosts.

Questions will be answered on the air.

The Superintendent’s 2015-16 funding request, received by the School Board on January 15, is available online at: County Executive Tom Foley will be delivering his 2015-16 budget proposal for local government to the Board of Supervisors on Thursday, February 19.

Public hearings on the budget proposals will be held by the School Board on Thursday, January 29, and by the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, April 1. The Supervisors also will conduct a public hearing on the property tax rate for 2015-16 on Wednesday, April 8, and will adopt a budget and tax rate on Tuesday, April 14.

Monday evening’s electronic town hall is the first of a series of town hall meetings that will be held over the next several months to broaden opportunities for community members to learn about the budget proposals, offer comments, and have their questions answered. Residents of the Jack Jouett district can access the virtual town hall at any time between 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Monday, January 26. The town hall begins at 7 p.m. Up to 200 locations can connect to the meeting at any one time.


Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Second semester is now in full swing! These short weeks always make for some excitement. With new classes starting this week as well, we have had a fantastic and hectic start to the second half of the year. This morning, I got a chance to watch about 60 of our students participate in this year’s Spelling Bee. Earlier this week, we had our AVID teachers from AHS talk to students in the 8th grade about opportunities at Albemarle High School. Throughout the week, we also got a chance to visit Baker Butler and Hollymead Elementary Schools to talk to our soon-to-be-sharks in the 5th grade about all the excitement middle school life offers.

As things draw to a close this week, please note that 1st semester grades will be available next week. Teachers have until Monday to get things entered, so you should see them show up that evening or Tuesday (depending when you check). Already as I write this, the sleet has started, so my guess is it will be a cold weekend. I hope all is well and we will see you all next week!

Next Week’s Schedule:

Monday, January 26th: Teal Day
Tuesday, January 27th: Black Day
Wednesday, January 28th: Teal Day
Thursday, January 29th: Black Day
Friday, January 30th: Teal Day (ICA SCHEDULE…see below)

News and Notes:

1. A reminder to all 8th grade parents that all  high school academy applications (MESA, Leadership, AVID, HMSA, & ESA) are due on Friday, January 30th. We will send over transcripts on that date as well as any forms students have given to us here in Guidance.

2. The bus loop directly in front of the school needs to be a bus only lane from 8:30 AM – 9:05 AM. If you are dropping students off early during those 35 minutes, please only use the visitor’s lot beside the 8th grade wing (first left turn into SMS). The loop directly in front of the school also needs to be clear of all traffic from 3:45 to 4:15.

This is a perfect opportunity to immerse your child in French language and culture, right here in Charlottesville! The Alliance Française will continue to offer before-school classes at SMS for another session starting in February. This session will focus on the French city/village and all that goes with it. We will learn about people, family, the home, shops, food, and more. We will be building a village and adding to it each week. Tons of fun! Check the SMS website (under ANNOUNCEMENTS) for registration forms and more information.

4. On Friday, we will run on an ICA Schedule to allow students to work on the Cultural Celebration projects from 3:00 – 4:00. Please have students print anything they are going to use prior to Friday, students please bring any materials that you will need to work on your project (colored paper, photographs etc..) with you on Friday.

Spelling Bee

Happy Tuesday, Sharks!

The Spelling Bee has been rescheduled for this Friday at 9:45 in the Library.  Please feel free to join us.

Thank you,

Diana McCullough

Gifted Resource

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

We had our first snow day of the year this week, so we have spent Thursday and Friday juggling and rearranging a few items that had to be postponed due to the weather. The Spelling Bee has been moved to next Friday, January 23rd at 9:00 AM. Grades are due that day as well, so keep an eye on Parent Portal. We end the first semester on Tuesday of next week – which is now a normal school day to make up for this week’s snow day. Students begin their second semester classes on Wednesday as we hit the mid-point of this school year! We also have rescheduled the 8th grade AVID interest meeting to Tuesday of next week at 1:15. For those preparing for high school, AVID is a great option to explore if your child is thinking about a 4-year college and may need that extra nudge. Last night, our 7th grade drama students put on an amazing performance in the Gathering Area. They worked very hard on this show, so they deserve our praise. Speaking of diligent work, our 6th graders have done an amazing job researching the meaning and origin of their names and incorporating that research into a poem which they presented in Language Arts classes. Finally, We start working with 8th grade families this coming week on AHS registration. Please remember that all academy applications are due on January 30th! For current 6th and 7th grade students, registration for next year will begin the second week of February. Hard to believe this year is moving so fast!!!

Next Week:

Monday, January 19th: MLK Day – Schools are all closed

Tuesday, January 20th – Teal Day

  1. Normal school day (snow make-up date)
  2. 1:15 – 8th grade AVID interest meeting
  3. End of first semester

Wednesday, January 21st – Black Day

  1. Semester 2 classes begin

Thursday, January 22nd – Teal Day

Friday, January 23rd – Black Day

  1. 9:00 AM: Spelling Bee

News Items:

  1. Registration for 2015 Spring Lacrosse is now open. Teams for the Seminole Boys Lacrosse League (SBLL) are now forming. Please click the link below for more information: ​  SBLL is returning to grade based teams – will offer 3/4 grade, 5/6 grade, &7/8 grade divisions for 2015 Season. Practice begins the week of 2/16 and games will be held on Sunday afternoons 3/8 – 5/10 (no games 4/5 & 4/12). Cost: $145.00. All participants must have a US Lacrosse Membership.
  2.  The Siorcanna Singers will be participating in the following event this Saturday! :
    Winter Songs – A concert of Sisterhood, Song, and Healing
    Featuring young women vocalists of Central Virginia
    Benefitting the Shelter for Help in Emergency
    Saturday, January 17, 2014 – 5:00 pm
    Monticello High School
    Free Admission – Donations Accepted
  3. The next Box Tops collection for SCA will be the week on January 26th to 30th.  Please begin to collect these to turn in to your first block black class.  As you collect these, please also look for Labels for Education.
  4. Auditions for the Sutherland Talent Show will be held on Tues., Feb 3rd and Wed, Feb. 4th in the Gathering Area from 4 to 6 PM. Sign-up sheets  and informational reminders are posted at the entrance to the Cafeteria.



Spelling Bee

Hello Parents,

The annual Sutherland spelling bee will take place this Wednesday at 9:45 in the library.  Please know you are welcome to attend this event to cheer our students on.  We have quite a few participants, so it will probably take a couple of hours.  We would love to have you as our guest.

Each language arts teachers administered a preliminary round to determine who in each class would participate in the bee.  By now, qualifying students have been notified.

Thank you,

Diana McCullough

Gifted Resource Teacher

Sutherland Middle School

Friday Message

Happy New Year, Sharks!

2015 has rolled on in and our students have (mostly) adjusted to waking up early once again for school. The cold weather came this week. When things get this cold, we don’t take kids outside for break or for PE. Because of that, we had a lot of time indoors this week as winter finally made itself known! Classes are going strong, despite the two weeks off, gearing up for the semester change. This coming week marks the end of the first semester, so be aware of the schedule changes that come with electives or core classes on January 21st. Our morning/afternoon tutoring sessions continue to be popular. Please remember to call Mrs. Saulle in Guidance to schedule a time for your child if interested. This morning, several of our Sharks participated in the Geography Bee in our Media Center. Needless to say, our students’ knowledge in all things geographical far outweighs my own. Kudos to all of those who participated!

8th grade parents, today is the last day for the ParentPortal window for course selection at AHS to be completed at home. If you missed the window – no worries! We sent home letters with the students on Thursday before break about our upcoming 8th grade meetings. At these meetings, we can change, add, edit or create course sections for high school. Please make sure that your child looks through the Program of Studies prior to their meeting so they have an idea about electives and back-up choices. If you are uncertain of your child’s meeting time (backpack express is not always reliable), call the Guidance Office and we can help.

This Coming Week at SMS:

Monday, January 12th: Teal Day

  • 4:15 – 6:00 PM: 7th Grade Black Day Drama Classes Rehearsal

Tuesday, January 13th: Black Day

  • 4:15 – 6:00 PM: 7th Grade Teal Day Classes Rehearsal

Wednesday, January 14th: Teal Day

  • 9:00 AM – 12 PM: SMS Spelling Bee
  • 1:15 – 1:45: AHS AVID recruitment meeting for interested 8th grade students

Thursday, January 15th: Black Day

  • 7:00 – 9:00 PM: 7th Grade Drama performance in the Gathering Area

Friday, January 16th: Teal Day

  • End of the Second Nine-Weeks / Semester 1

News for This Week:

  1. SUTHERLAND GIRLS VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION: Girls volleyball registration forms are available on the table by the gathering area at Sutherland or on the Albemarle County Parks and Rec website: Spots are limited and it fills up fast so all girls interested in playing Sutherland Volleyball after school and competing with the other middle schools should turn in a form to the main office for Ms. Davis as soon as possible. See the registration form for more details.
  2. There will be an informational meeting about Reflections, the Governor’s School summer program for art next Tuesday, January 13th in the art room at 5:45. Students interested in applying and their parents are encouraged to attend. Examples of portfolios and program work will be shown. The meeting will take about 45 minutes.
  3. There will be an AVID Interest Meeting on Wednesday of this coming week for interested 8th grade students. We should have the AVID applications available soon. If your child has looked through the Program of Studies and is interested in the AVID program, please tell them to attend. We also just posted the AHS Leadership application on the SMS Counseling Website under the 8th grade information as well. As a reminder, all 8th grade applications (AVID, MESA, HMSA, ESA, and Leadership) are due January 30th.

Have a great weekend, Sharks!