Friday Message: It is way too quiet at Sutherland today

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Hopefully, folks are enjoying the weekend before Halloween. All of the students are off today and the building is eerily quiet as we start to get ready for the start of the second quarter. Hard to believe that nine weeks of the school year are already in the rear view mirror.  We had a lot of after school and in-school events this week. Our basketball season is winding down, so we had several great home games this week. We had a full house at the High School 2022 meeting on Tuesday night as folks from downtown and parents started to discuss what the high schools might look like over the next four years. During the school day this week, we had the Writer’s Eye field trips for some our 7th grade students, the school climate survey, and an ICA schedule yesterday so students could close out the week with a little fun. Plus, a wonderful donut day yesterday from our spectacular PTO.

As we head into next week, we have a few calendar events to keep in mind. Tuesday will be a modified schedule allowing for our Chomp homerooms to have some fun at the end of the day. Each homeroom should have a theme for the day. Classes will be shortened allowing for a 90-minute block at the end of the school day for the Chomps to come together for a few activities. Standard rule applies: if you are picking up between 2:30 – 4:00 PM, allow a bit of extra time for dismissal.  Next week, we have the all-county choir trip on Thursday and our October birthday celebration on Friday. The PTO also has a busy week with a PTO meeting on Wednesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, the Yard Sale drop off here at SMS on Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, and then the yearly SMS Yard Sale starting at 8:00 AM on Saturday. Looks to be a great Halloween week! Have a terrific weekend and on with the news…

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, October 30th: Teal Day
5:00 – 8:00 PM: Girls’ Basketball Tournament @ Burley Middle

Tuesday, October 31st: Black Day
2:30 – 4:00 PM: CHOMP activity schedule

Wednesday, November 1st: Teal Day
Ms. Harris’s class trip to UVA
5:00 – 8:00 PM: Boys’ Basketball Tournament @ Burley Middle
7:00 – 8:00 PM: PTO meeting

Thursday, October 2nd: Black Day
All-County Honors Choir trip to C-ville High School
5:00 – 8:00 PM: Boys’ and Girls’ championship games @ Burley Middle

Friday, October 3rd: Teal Day
3:45 PM: October Birthday Celebration
5:00 – 8:00 PM: Yard Sale drop off

Saturday, October 4th:
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: SMS PTO Yard Sale

News from SMS:

  1. It’s time for our Annual PTO Yard Saleon Saturday November 3rd!! All proceeds come right back to the school!! We will be collecting donations on Friday November 3 from 5-8 pm in the Sutherland Cafeteria. Please clean out those closets and send in gently used items!! We are always looking for furniture, clothes, toys, games, books, household goods, tools and other items you would like to donate. We also need YOUR help to make it a success.
  2. 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 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

Have a terrific Halloween weekend everyone!!!

Better late than never

Happy Friday, Sharks!

You know Halloween is starting to get close when you start seeing unicorn horns and jester hats on the 6th graders as they walk down the halls. It has been an awesome week here at SMS. We have had some great basketball games, counseling lessons, a lot of terrific weather which allowed for some fun outside during CHOMP today, and a few all-county events where a few of our students got to showcase their talents. Of course, the buzz around school today was the dance from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

Two events next week to keep in mind: we have the school climate survey on either Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on CHOMP teacher’s choice). This is the one we use to gauge how our school is doing in terms of safety, bullying, homework load, classwork, etc. We also have the High School 2022 meeting here Tuesday night from 6:30 – 7:30 PM where a lot of information will be shared about the changes coming from the state level that will affect all of our students as they prepare to enter high school. I expect between that meeting (which is a public meeting open to all 5 middle schools) and the basketball game that there will be some parking issues, so be prepared.

That’s it for this week. A reminder that next week is a short week for the students. Thanks all and have a great weekend!

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, October 23rd: Teal Day
School climate lesson in CHOMP

Tuesday, October 24th: Black Day
School climate lesson in CHOMP
5:00 – 8:00 PM: girls’ basketball home game
6:30 – 7:30 PM: High School 2020 Parent Meeting (click link for more information) Please note: We expect a crowd, so parking may be tight this evening.

Wednesday, October 25th: Teal Day
School climate lesson in CHOMP
5:00 – 8:00: boys’ basketball home game

 Thursday, October 26th: Black Day
ICA Schedule
Mr. Matriccino’s class to UVA for Writer’s Eye

 Friday, October 27th: Teacher Work Day
No school for students 

News from SMS:

  1. School Counseling has been busy this week, spending time in 8th grade classrooms. Using Naviance, a comprehensive career and college planning tool used by all Albemarle County students in grades 6-12, Wright and Ms. Lindsay demonstrated the various tools that students have available to them in this program.  During this lesson, the 8th graders completed the StrengthsExplorer assessment, to help students identify his/her unique strengths and talents.  Through this exercise, students can reflect on how those strengths can help with goal setting, how they use their strengths in daily activities (including academics), and how to further use their strengths to develop new skills.  For more information about Naviance, check out the county’s website here. Parents can access Naviance, too!  For a visual guide to learn how to do that, please look at our SMS counseling webpage: Naviance presentation

  2. Harris’ classes (Blocks 1,3,4) field trip to Fralin Art Museum, UVA on 11/1 from 10:15-2:00 p.m.
  3. Uncle Jerry’s Tees 7th grade Fundraiser is ongoing until October 24th. ANYONE CAN PURCHASE: If you’d like to look and purchase, here is the site and Code:
    http://www.unclejerrystees.com/index.cfm
    To credit a student or organization
    Code: 1156 Or call to place order: 1-800-556-2887
    The funds made from these sales will assist us in planning the annual pool party for the entire grade.
    Thank you from the 7th Grade Team
  1. 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 Thursday 10/26/17.  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.  Please consider volunteering to help with selling these snacks.  It’s a quick, easy way to help the school (usually about 45 minutes or less.)   Please click here  if you’d like to sign up.    If  you have any questions please contact Amy Dolak at ard07us@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
  1. It’s time for our Annual PTO Yard Sale on Saturday November 3rd!! All proceeds come right back to the school!! We will be collecting donations on Friday November 3 from 5-8 pm in the Sutherland Cafeteria. Please clean out those closets and send in gently used items!! We are always looking for furniture, clothes, toys, games, books, household goods, tools and other items you would like to donate. We also need YOUR help to make it a success.

Veterans Dinner

Sutherland Military Appreciation Spaghetti Dinner

Did you know Veterans Day is coming up in November? 

The Sutherland SCA would like to help our school show its appreciation to veterans for their service with a Military Appreciation Spaghetti Dinner for members of our Sutherland family who have served or are currently serving in the military on Friday, November 10, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

This dinner is FREE for veterans, military personnel, and their families. 

If you have a brother, sister, mom, dad, grandparent, or other close family member who served or is currently serving in the military, please join us and allow us to show our appreciation by serving you dinner on November 10. 

Sign-up is easy!  On the Sutherland web page, click on the link for Spaghetti Dinner – Military Appreciation under the Announcements tab.  We are seating every half hour starting at 5:30 p.m.  Simply select a time slot, enter your family’s name for that time slot, and indicate how many people will be attending the dinner for your family.  We just need to know how many will be joining us, so be sure to sign up and we will do the rest!  The deadline for signing up for the dinner is October 31st so get your reservation in now. 

We will be offering a menu of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and a dessert.  So forget about the hassle of dinner for a night on November 10 and allow us to show the veterans in your family our appreciation. 

From Ms. Harris

The Uncle Jerry’s Tees checks and forms are due to Ms. Harris during the day of October 17th. The merchandise from this fundraiser will arrive within about a two week period and will be distributed to your student during fourth block.

Thank you for supporting the seventh grade in their fundraising for the pool trip at the end of the year.

Ms. Harris

Friday Message

Happy Friday the 13th, Sharks!

What a great week here at Sutherland. We have made our way through Parent/Teacher Conferences where the PTO treated us to an awesome chili dinner (thanks, all!). We had two nights in a row of basketball where our SMS teams continued to do well. Today, despite the dreary weather, we have the 8th grade Busch Gardens trip.  The busses rolled out of Sutherland this morning, and the students, parents, and teachers are anticipating a great day at the park, rain or shine! The student will not leave the park until 6:00 pm. Typically, we instruct students to text or call their parents when they are on Pantops, so that you can plan to pick them up in a timely manner.

Looking ahead to next week, we have All-County Drama and All-County Orchestra field trips. We also have our second dance of the year. We have a number of events coming up, including next week’s dance, that need some parent help, so please review the announcements below for lots of information.

That’s all for now, folks. Have a terrific weekend!

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, October 16th: Black Day
Tuesday, October 17th: Teal Day
Wednesday, October 18th: Black Day
AVID 7 field trip
All-County Drama @ MHS
Thursday, October 19th: Teal Day
7:00 PM: All County Orchestra Concert @ MHS
Friday, October 20th: Black Day
4:00 – 6:00 PM: DANCE!

News from SMS:

  1. Attention Parents & Guardians, each year, we administer several surveys to our students to check on issues like school climate, bullying, homework, etc. The data we gather from these surveys helps us steer our school in terms of areas of improvement. We will administer the first of these surveys on October 24th. As part of this survey, we also include questions about those who are victims of bullying here at Sutherland. This portion of the survey is a county-wide initiative and there is some literature about this portion of the survey. For more information, you can use these links:
    English Version
    Spanish Version​

  1. It’s time for our Annual PTO Yard Sale on Saturday November 3rd!! All proceeds come right back to the school!! We will be collecting donations on Friday November 3 from 5-8pm in the Sutherland Cafeteria. Please clean out those closets and send in gently used items!! We are always looking for furniture, clothes, toys, games, books, household goods, tools and other items you would like to donate. We also need YOUR help to make it a success. If you can help please sign up using this link SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0B49ABA82E5-annual Any questions? Email Lynette Sanford at sanfordlynette@yahoo.com
  2. SCA will be selling Fall Candy Grams from October 19 – October 25th. Please help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Send your friends or favorite teacher a candy gram and help a great cause.
  3. SCA is collecting BOX TOPS! Please send in your box tops with your student. Every year the money earned by redeeming box tops earns the PTO and school about $2000.00. We would love your support in helping us reach that amount this year too. Please send in Box Tops now through October 25th.
  4. We have a dance coming up on October 20th and need chaperones. For those interested, http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-oct20dance

    Have a great weekend!

Special Thursday Message

Happy Thursday, Sharks!

A bit early this week as I am out of the building tomorrow, which is quite disappointing as I love the cardboard arcade. The games the students have worked on this year are fantastic, so I expect the Hollymead students will have a real treat tomorrow. This week, our basketball teams started their games. The various teams played Walton on Tuesday, and then Burley last night. We have a great group of players, and it was terrific to see so many students and parents make it to the games. Tonight, we have the first round of Parent/Teacher Conferences from 4:30 – 8:00 PM. We have locked the sign-up for tonight to give teachers time to prepare for the conferences, but there are still spaces open for next Tuesday. Those can be found on the SMS website. Those conference sign-ups will be closed Monday by noon. The staff would also like to take a moment to thank our very generous PTO for taking care of our dinner this evening. It is terrific to know how supportive you all are, so thank you.

Next week’s theme seems to be field trips – both small and large. We have a science class trip to PVCC, a group heading to the Writer’s Eye trip at UVA, a robotics field trip, and then the whole 8th grade heads to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream trip on Friday. Lots of great activities coming up! Just as a reminder, we have a High School 2020 parent meeting here at Sutherland on October 24th starting at 6:30 PM regarding the changes coming for all students in regards to their high school experience for next year. We do encourage folks to attend since these changes affect all of our students as they prepare for high school.

Lots of announcements below. We hope you have a terrific Friday and enjoy a wonderful Fall weekend. On with the news…

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, October 9th: Teal Day
Normal school day

Tuesday, October 10th: Black Day
Mrs. Percival’s class trip to PVCC
4:30 – 8:00 PM: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, October 11th: Teal Day
8th Grade Robotics field trip
5:00 – 8:00 PM: Boys’ basketball game @ Henley

Thursday, October 12th: Black Day
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM: Mrs. McCullough’s Writer’s Eye trip to UVA
5:00 – 8:00 PM: Girls’ basketball games @ Sutherland

Friday, October 13th: Teal Day
7:15 AM – 8:00 PM: 8th grade trip to Busch Gardens (side note: a Friday the 13th trip to Howl-O-Scream? Excellent!!!)

News from SMS:

  1. Have I already said how great our PTO is? One of their main fundraisers to help support our students and staff is the Attraction’s Book. Don’t forget to order yours today!  You can order online at https://www.attractionsbook.com/ezpay.  The EZPAY code is Sutherland.  Each book is $25 and contains thousands of dollars of savings.
  2. Speaking of the PTO… It’s time to start cleaning out your closets! Our Annual Yard Sale will be on Saturday, November 4th! We will be collecting donations on Friday November 3 from 5-8. All money earned will go directly back to our school! We take most anything but not limited to gently used clothes, furniture, toys, games, books, jewelry, sports equipment, cookware, and shoes. We will send out more information in the coming weeks but want you to start saving items to donate!  Questions? contact Lynette Sanford at sanfordlynette@yahoo.com

  3. Regarding AM Study Hall: We have reminded our students, but can use your help with reinforcement. If students arrive to school prior to 8:45 AM, we have a morning study hall in the cafeteria. The basketball courts and sports fields are “off bounds” during this time as we have no adult supervision outside.
  4. Information for 8th grade parents regarding next Friday’s Busch Gardens trip can be found on the SMS website under “ANNOUNCEMENTS”.
  5. We will be sending home a mailing regarding student verifications. The online version is now closed for the year, so for those who did not complete the InfoSnap update on ParentPortal, we will be mailing home a paper copy to ensure we have updated permission slips (students want to be in the yearbook), emergency contacts, addresses, phone numbers…that sort of thing. Please make sure you complete the document and send it back to SMS with your child. Thanks!
  6. To Parents of 6th or 7th Graders: Every year Sutherland participates in the Piedmont Regional Science Fair.  If this is a project you think your child would be interested in, they need to attend a meeting next Tuesday, October 10, during Chomp.  At this meeting, I will be explaining and answering questions about the fair as well as giving them a permission form for you to sign.  Note that work on this project will need to be completed at home.   News of the meeting is broadcast via the morning announcements and flyers around school.  Please let me know if you have any questions. Diana McCullough – Gifted Resource
  7. Our first official MathCounts meeting will be next Wednesday, the 11th, in room A-4 from 4:10-5:15.   If your child is interested in being on the Sutherland team, they should plan to attend this meeting. MathCounts is a national middle school mathematics and problem-solving competition consisting of individual rounds and a team round.  Each year, Sutherland sends 10 qualifying students to the Regional Competition with hopes of moving on to State.  The competition is tentatively planned for February 10th and is an all-day event. Problems range in difficulty from easy to challenging.  Reasons students give for enjoying MathCounts are that no two problems are ever the same, and the depth of problem solving goes well beyond the regular curriculum. If you have any questions, please let me know. Diana McCullough – Gifted Resource
  8. Hello Parents, this year, Sutherland will be fortunate enough to have a Chess Club.  Brandon Adams has volunteered to work with students interested in perfecting their game.  Meetings will take place on Thursday mornings before school from 8:00-8:57 location TBD.  We will begin next Thursday, October 12th, and once I know the location, I’ll add it to the morning announcements so that students will know.  Anyone interested simply needs to show up. A big “Thank you!” to Mr. Adams for making this activity possible. If you have any questions, please let me know. Diana McCullough – Gifted Resource
  9. Information on the High School 2020 project can be found on the SMS website as well. Look under “ANNOUNCEMENTS”. For those who prefer paper products, we have brochures located in the Counseling Office.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

What an awesome week here at Sutherland. We had a lot of excitement in the air today as it was our first ICA day of the year. I posted a few of those pictures on Twitter if you follow the feed. Throughout the week, students have been working on the 8th grade cardboard arcade, attending the SMS Book Fair, working on class projects, and generally having fun. As some of you may have noticed, we have decided to delay Autumn and allow the summer-like weather to stick around. With PE and a lot of outdoor activities going on, a friendly request to make sure students bring a change of clothes on PE days would be most appreciated. Ah, middle school!

Coming up next week, we have a lot of after school items. Our Boys’ and Girls’ basketball games start next week, we have a PTO meeting, Band Boosters, and Parent/Teacher Conferences starting at 4:30 on Thursday. There are still spots available if you have not signed up for conferences yet. The link can be found on the SMS website under “ANNOUNCEMENTS”. Friday will be the big day for the 8th grade geometry students as the students from Hollymead come to visit the cardboard arcade the students here have created. It is always great when we get one of our feeder schools to interact with our Sharks.

If you happen to go to the AHS football game tonight, cheer on our 8th grade Band students who will perform during the game.

Have a terrific weekend and on with the news!

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, October 2nd: Black Day

Tuesday, October 3rd: Teal Day
5:00 – 8:00 PM: Girls’ basketball game @ Walton Middle School
6:30 – 7:30PM: Band Boosters Meeting

Wednesday, October 4th: Black Day
8th Grade AVID Field Trip to JMU
5:00 – 8:00 PM: Boys’ basketball game @ Burley Middle School
7:00 PM: PTO Meeting

Thursday, October 5th: Teal Day
4:30 – 8:00 PM: Parent/Teacher Conferences – Round 1

Friday, October 6th: Black Day
Morning: 8th grade Cardboard Arcade
News from SMS:

  1. Don’t forget to order your attractions books.  You can order online at com/pay.  The EZPAY code is Sutherland.  Each book is $25 and contains thousands of dollars of savings.
  2. Sutherland’s Book Fair in the library is open till 6:00 p.m. today, our last day in the library! Please enter through the doors by the office. If you miss the physical fair, the online fair is still open until the end of next week. Find it at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/sutherlandmiddleschool .
  3. Starting next week SCA will be collecting BOX TOPS through October 25th. Please send in your box tops!

Writer’s Eye

Dear Parents,

The Writer’s Eye field trip will be on October 12th.  Any student interested in creative writing is encouraged to participate in this event.

For those of you that may be new to our area, every year the UVA Art Museum holds a writing competition open to students and adults.  They pre-select works of art from their current exhibit and provide tours for interested participants.  Students participating in the fieldtrip will go on a docent led tour of the museum where they will select a particular work of art as inspiration for a story or poem.  Guidelines are given to the students for how to go about this during the tour. Your child turns their writing entry into me, and I will make sure these entries get to the museum by the deadline, November 15th.  For more information please see

http://uvafralinartmuseum.virginia.edu/program/writers-eye-2017

If your child is interested in participating in this event, they need to stop by room A-4 and pick up a permission form.  The form and bus fee are due to me by October 6th.

Thank you,

Diana McCullough

Gifted Resource

Sutherland Middle School

434-975-0599

dmccullough@k12albemarle.org

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

A short message today as the students are not here. It has been an exciting week here at Sutherland with a few isolated incidents that have complicated the day. The main ones being the misfires from the fire alarm system that caused two interruptions. The great thing that came from this was that the students, amid the chaos of an alarm going off during lunch and recess, did a great job. Everyone was quickly accounted for. The biggest complaint was that the first alarm happened on picture day, and the cooler Autumn-like weather had departed, so some students may look a bit “shiny” in their photos.

Coming up next week, we have our first ICA schedule next Friday. For those who are new, we run a shortened class schedule to allow for an hour-long clubs/recess period at the end of the day from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Students have signed up online for an activity during that time period. It is always good to remember if you come to pick your child up on Friday between 3 – 4, you will want to leave some extra time for us to get your child as many are outside at the lower fields playing soccer, kickball, or ultimate Frisbee. More details below.

If you have not done so already, please make sure you visit the SMS website to sign up for Parent/Teacher conferences.

Have a great (longer) weekend, folks!

Next Week @ SMS: BOOK FAIR WEEK all week.
Monday, September 25th: Teal Day
Lock Down drill

Tuesday, September 26th: Black Day

Wednesday, September 27th: Teal Day
6th Grade AVID trip
YWLP Dinner

Thursday, September 28th: Black Day

Friday, September 29th: Teal Day
ICA Day / ICA Schedule
8th grade Band to AHS for football game

News from SMS:

  1. SMS Book Fairwill be up and running next week. Students received brochures and a letter to parents with more information on Thursday, 9/21, during CHOMP—including how to find our online Book Fair:

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/sutherlandmiddleschool .

Next week, all students will come to the Book Fair one day during their Language Arts class, beginning with 6th graders and Mrs. Parmiter’s classes on Monday and/or Tuesday. We will have two bonus times as well so family members can visit. Wednesday morning we’ll open at 8:30 AM and Friday after school we’ll stay open from 4 – 6 PM. Hope to see you soon at the Book Fair!

  1. 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.  The first one will be Friday 9/29/17.  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. We need volunteers to help out with selling these snacks.  It’s a quick, easy way to help the school (usually about 45 minutes or less.)   Please click here  if you’d like to sign up.    If  you have any questions please contact Amy Dolak at ard07us@yahoo.com.  Thanks!