Sumner Middle School staff believe our school should be a place where all students BELONG, recognize that they have the power to make positive CHOICES, experience SUCCESS every day, have FUN, and feel physically and emotionally SAFE.
At Sumner Middle we are committed to student learning:
We believe all students will learn when provided opportunities to meet their varied, individual learning needs; we focus our instruction and programs on student growth as we prepare all of our students to be well-prepared for high school and beyond.
At Sumner Middle we are committed to providing a safe and supportive climate:
We use our Guiding Principles (Success, Safety, Fun, Belonging and Positive Choices) to direct all of our daily decisions and programs. We believe in recognizing and celebrating the many positive behaviors our students and staff demonstrate connected to our Guiding Principles through the use of positive office referrals, links, and student-of-the-month recognitions.
Sumner Middle School staff value our partnership with our parents/guardians. Our staff is available to talk or meet with parents/guardians who have questions or concerns about student progress. Do not hesitate to call our main office at 253-891-5000 if you would like to speak to a teacher, counselor or administrator.
OUR FOCUS ON STUDENT LEARNING
Smarter Balanced Assessments: Students prepare to show what they know!
We start state testing, Smarter Balanced Assessments, in May.
Students will take the test in the core class connected to the state test. For example, students will take the English Language Arts test in their Language Arts class and the math test in their math class.
Please support your child by making sure your student gets plenty of sleep, a healthy breakfast and arrives to school on time during testing days.
Headphones are required for testing. If your child has their own headphones please remind them to bring them to school on testing days. Headphones will be provided for students who do not have their own.
To provide students with two-hour blocks of time during testing, we have modified the daily schedule for 8th graders and our 7th graders who do not normally have block classes—this means these students will have two-hour core classes to accommodate testing; Encore classes will remain the same. Teachers will communicate testing days to students.
If you have questions about the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) or the testing schedule, please contact our counseling department at 253-891-5000.
Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Science MSP Testing Schedule:
6th grade testing schedule
English SBA: May 8-9, May 15-19
Math SBA: June 1-6
7th grade testing schedule
7th grade block classes (Sinclair, Lee, Gibson, Kreg, Woodard)
English SBA: May 8– 9, May 15-18 (includes Ms. Capps 7th grade ELA class)
Math: June 1-2, June 5-6
7th grade non-block classes (Bergerud, Sleight, Colo, Pitsch,). Non-block 7th grade classes will use a modified schedule that provides for 2-hour core classes; students will have two of their four core classes each day; students will not be testing each day—they will only test on designated testing days in their Language Arts or Math class
English SBA: May 4-9, May 11-12, May 15-19
Math SBA: May 22-May 26, June 1-2
Whiteman’s 7th grade Algebra class will take the Math SBA on May 26, June 1-2
8th grade testing schedule: 8th grade classes will use a modified schedule that provides for 2-hour core classes; students will have two of their four core classes each day; students will not be testing each day—they will only test on designated testing days in their Language Arts or Math class
English SBA: May 4-May 19 (different class periods test on different days)
Math SBA: May 22-May 23, June 1-June 6 (different class periods test on different days)
Science MSP: May 25 (testing will be in the morning; students will not attend Encore classes on this day)
OUR FOCUS ON POSITIVE/SUPPORTIVE CLIMATE
Our positive recognition program is going strong. As of April, over 240 students earned a student-of-the month award, over 230 positive office referrals were mailed home, and over 4,200 links have been handed out to students who demonstrate our Guiding Principles. We are proud of our students who consistently model positive behaviors.
Student Leadership at SMS
We have many avenues during the year for students to get involved in leadership opportunities at SMS. From athletics to clubs/activities, we want EVERY Bobcat to feel that they BELONG to our community!
We have groups specifically focused on fostering leadership skills and positive character traits while also positively impacting our school climate and culture.
Those groups consist of:
ASB: Officers (elected positions) and Coordinators (positions students interview for) make up our governing body at SMS and help support fundraisers, spirit weeks, school dances, assemblies, etc. Elections for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer take place in May. Interviews for our coordinator positions will occur once ASB Officers have been selected.
Application Process Begins: May 5 (informational meetings during school day)
Candidate Applications Due: May 11
Elections/Speeches Due: May 17
Election Assembly: May 24
Officers Announced: May 26
Coordinator Interviews: June 8
PoUnCe!: This select group of students serve as SMS ambassadors for New Bobcat Night, our first day of school, and also do important work supporting our 6th graders throughout the year in advisory classes and at various events. Applications to become a PoUnCe! member will be coming out SOON!
Applications Due: April 25
PoUnCe! Members Announced: April 28
Interact: Interact is our newest club at SMS and it stems from a collaborative effort with the Sumner Rotarians. Interact's purpose is student involvement in community service on a building, community and global level. Interact is currently running a flip-flop drive for students in need in the Philippines. The drive ends on Friday, May 21.
Open enrollment throughout the year for all interested students.
No application required. All students can belong to Interact!
Please see the main office for more info!
How are our schools doing? Take this survey!
Your feedback is critical in helping our district continually improve. Please take this short, multiple-choice survey to share your perspective on the educational effectiveness of your child’s school.
Your survey responses, along with other research and analysis, play an important part in the development of each school’s annual improvement plan, which includes goals that are specific, data-driven and measurable.
If you have more than one child in the district, you may complete a survey for each school your children attends. Hard copies of the survey, also available in Spanish, are available at your school.
Thanks, in advance, for your time and participation. Survey deadline is April 28, 2017.
SMS BOOSTER INFORMATION
Booster Donation Drive Going on NOW: visit the Booster Facebook page!
Sumner Middle School values our Booster Parents! Our Booster parents provide financial support to the following SMS programs:
our end-of-the-year Bobcatpalooza that is free to all students
our after-school clubs and activities that provide engaging activities for our students
our arts and music programs that receive extra money to run their programs
our positive recognition program that provides rewards for students who earn Student-of-the-Month awards and links
and so much more!
This year, instead of hosting an auction, our Booster parents are running a Donation Drive. Consider supporting SMS Booster Club by visiting the Booster Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Sumn ermiddleschoolboosterclub. On the Booster Facebook page you can also find ways to support the Boosters through the Fred Meyer Rewards program or Amazon Smiles. Thank you, Booster parents, for all of the support you provide the staff and students at Sumner Middle school. Partnering with the Boosters makes a difference for all SMS students.
The next Booster Meeting is May 8 at 6:30pm at SMS in the 6th grade den. Everyone is welcome.