Welcome to June

We often hear, “It’s June, you must be winding down!”  Actually, at SMS it is just the opposite!  It is a very busy month with lots of learning continuing, and an even greater number of activities and field trips than usual.  Please keep reading for some highlights.

Congratulations to Ben Harrington, Matthew Marino and Marcus Nickles who won the “low gross” at our SD 83 Middle School Golf Tournament last week.  Thanks to Mr. Lynka for coaching and to Mrs. Limber and Mr. Rodwell who are coaching our mountain bike team.  Max looks like he enjoyed the muddy ride!

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So many of the extra activities students have the opportunity to participate in would not be possible without the support of our tremendous PAC.  We are sad to be losing Suzy Beckner and Kari Wilkinson from our executive as they will no longer be middle school parents.  We would like to thank them and their loyal (and hopefully continuing) team, Rob Meadows, Loretta Dedood and Darcy Caulkins for all of their work on behalf of our students and staff.   We hope to see many new parents at our PAC meetings next year.

Grade 5 Visits

Our counselors, Sandy Little and Christel Mueller have been busy helping our next year’s grade 6 students transition successfully to middle school.  Mr. Matheson, Mme Jègues and I visited our feeder schools to speak with the grade 5s, we had a great turnout at the parent information night, and next week we look forward to welcoming the students to SMS.  On Monday, May 10th, students entering our Late French Immersion program will be at SMS, our Early French Immersion students on Tuesday at 12:45, and students joining our English track on Thursday at 11:05.

Leadership

Our fabulous leadership group is continuing to plan events.  They are wrapping up a very busy and productive year with a “Fun Hat and Hair Day” on June 14 and a “Pajama Day” on the 20th.  Thanks to this talented group of students who have planned many fun events throughout the year and also given back to our community in so many ways.

Art Mystery!

We are all curious to discover what shows up in our front display case.   These teasers appeared last week.  Stay tuned!

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Math Olympics

SMS is fortunate to be hosting the SD 83 Math Olympics on June 6th which means our gym will be full of “mathletes” from our school and other participating schools.  Several of our teams are participating.  Please feel free to stop by and see fantastic learning in action!

Student Self Assessment of the BC Ministry of Education Core Competencies

Between May 5th and 14th, students will be completing their self assessment of the core competencies which are a big focus of the new curriculum at SMS.  You will be able to view your child’s self assessment with their report cards which are available on Student Connect June 27th.

Shuswap Middle School Student Achievement Plan

We had a great turnout on Tuesday, May 7th to review our current Achievement Plan. awesome-job-done-clipart-1Thanks to Mme Weir who organized data presentations about our progress with our numeracy, literacy and attendance goals and to Ms. MacDonald who facilitated a talking circle which allowed all participants to provide feedback.  We were all very impressed by the contributions of students Devyn Hughes and Evan Archer whose insights into how mental health impacts attendance for our students were powerful.  Invitations for the conversation went to each of our Band Education Coordinators, PAC, District 83 Senior Leadership Team, Teachers and CUPE staff as well as our student representatives.  The draft of our 2019/20 plan will be available on our website mid-June.

Talent Show

 

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The annual SMS Talent Show takes place on Monday,   June 10th after lunch.  Auditions have been taking place over  the past week and continue today.  Thanks to Mr. Lynka  for organizing the show and congratulations to all students who have been chosen to perform.  

 

 

Upcoming-events

June 5th  School Panorama Photo  11:30

June 6th  Math Olympics (all day)

June 10th  Late French Immersion visit 10:10  (Grade 5s)

June 10th 12:40  Talent Show

June 11th  Early French Immersion visit  12:45 (Grade 5s)

June 12th  Yellow Team Science Fair

June 13th  English Track visit 11:05 (grade 5s)

June 13th  Spring Band Concert 7:00 pm

June 14th  Blue Team at SunnyBrae

June 14th  “Fun Hat and Hair Day”

June 17th  PAC Hosting Staff Appreciation Lunch

June 18th  Our Grade 8s tour Jackson Campus 9:30-11:30

June 19th  Grade 6/7s to Vernon Waterslides

June 20th  Pajama Day

June 21  Indigenous People’s Day

June 25th  Green Team to Fletcher Park

June 25th  Grade 8 Dessert and Dance.  Doors open at 6:15

June 26th  Grade 6/7 to Canoe beach

June 26th  Grade 8 to SA Waterslides

June 27th  Year End Celebration Assembly 9:00

June 27th  Early Dismissal (Bell Rings at 10:20.  Busses run four hours early)

June 27th  Report Cards and Student Core Competencies Assessments available on Student Connect and Parent Connect

June 27th  1:30  SMS office closed for staff lunch

June 28th  SMS office open 8:00-2:30

Enjoy the long weekend!

rabbitA reminder that tomorrow is Good Friday, Monday is Easter Monday and Tuesday is a professional development day for our staff.  We wish everyone a happy and safe weekend.  Thanks to Alena Hamilton for the bunny art!

Next week, Mr. Matheson, Mme Jègues and I will be visiting classes with “Spring” reminders such as appropriate clothing for school and staying focused on learning even on the beautiful sunny days we hope will be arriving soon!

Our grade 8 band did a fantastic job at the curriculum evening last week.  Thanks to the students who also attended and shared their learning with parents of students in kindergarten to grade 12, and to the classes that did a great job displaying how the new curriculum and the core competencies are working.

Please remember to use designated areas to drop off your students.  We are working hard to keep students safe.  It is important that students are dropped off only in the lower parking lot, the Field of Dreams parking lot, or the front off the school.  Other places (the side of the road) put their safety in jeopardy.  Thanks very much and have a fantastic weekend.

Upcoming Dates

April 24th  Fourth term explorations begin

April 24th 6:30  Grade 8 Parent Evening (for next year’s grade 9 students) at Jackson

April 25th  Grade 9 course selection forms due to Ms. Little

April 26th  Scout Day (1-2 grade 5 students from each class visiting SMS)

April 29-May 3  SMS admin visiting all grade 5 classes at feeder schools

May 7th 2:50  School Achievement Plan sharing session

May 8th  5:30  Parent Information Evening (students welcome) for current grade 5 students.

May 16th  Deadline for placement requests for 2019-20 (must be for educational reasons)

May 26 – June 1  Quebec Trip

June 4th  District Track Meet

June 10th  10:15  2019-20 Late French Immersion students (grade 6) visit SMS

June 11th 12:40 2019-20 Early French Immersion students (grade 6) visit SMS

June 13th  11:05  2019-20 English Track students (grade 6) visit SMS

June 19th Grade 6/7 to waterslides

June 25th  Grade 8 Dessert and Dance – doors open at 6:15

June 26th Grade 6/7 at Canoe Beach,  Grade 8 at waterslides

June 27th  Last day assembly  – students dismissed at 10:29 (report cards available on Parent Connect)

 

 

 

Two busy nights at SMS!

A reminder that our PAC meeting is at 6:00 in the library tonight.  We hope to see lots of parents and encourage parents of our next year’s grade 6 students to attend as well.

Tomorrow night is the DPAC workshop with fabulous information for parents.  Please see the poster below for info.  saleema_noon_workshop

 

Upcoming Dates

 

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Spring gets even busier at SMS!  Please be sure to mark your calendar for a number of important events.

April 11th 6:00 PM  “Be in the Know” – new curriculum information evening (see poster below for details).

April 15th 6:00 pm PAC meeting in the library

April 16th during the day:  Jackson counselors visiting grade 8 students regarding course selections for 2019-20

April 16th 6:00-7:30 pm “Talk Sex Today” – DPAC sponsored workshop (see poster below for details).

April 24th  Fourth term explorations begin

April 24th 6:30  Grade 8 Parent Evening (for next year’s grade 9 students) at Jackson

April 25th  Grade 9 course selection forms due to Ms. Little

April 26th  Scout Day (1-2 grade 5 students from each class visiting SMS)

April 29-May 3  SMS admin visiting all grade 5 classes at feeder schools

May 7th 2:50  School Achievement Plan sharing session

May 8th  5:30  Parent Information Evening (students welcome) for current grade 5 students.

May 16th  Deadline for placement requests for 2019-20 (must be for educational reasons)

May 26 – June 1  Quebec Trip

June 4th  District Track Meet

June 10th  10:15  2019-20 Late French Immersion students (grade 6) visit SMS

June 11th 12:40 2019-20 Early French Immersion students (grade 6) visit SMS

June 13th  11:05  2019-20 English Track students (grade 6) visit SMS

June 19th Grade 6/7 to waterslides

June 25th  Grade 8 Dessert and Dance – doors open at 6:15

June 26th Grade 6/7 at Canoe Beach,  Grade 8 at waterslides

June 27th  Last day assembly  – students dismissed at 10:29 (report cards available on Parent Connect)

 

 

 

Spring Break

A reminder that shortly after the break SMS is hosting all Salmon Arm area schools for an informative evening about BC’s renewed curriculum.   Enjoy the break! We look forward to seeing everyone back safe and sound on April 1st (no joke). parent evenings - Curriculum night