Principal's Newsletter

  • Nov. 20 Memo

    Posted by Jenny Williams on 11/20/2017

    SMS has school on Wednesday, November 22

    ONLY elementary schools have no school on November 22 for a teacher grading day.  Middle schools and high schools have classes on a normal Wednesday schedule—school starts at 9:05am on Wednesday, November 22.

     

    Sign Up For Email Notifications about Your Student’s Grades/Attendance

    We are half way through 1st semester!  To help you keep on top of your student's academic progress, you can sign up to get email notifications about attendance, class grades and assignments, if your student's grade drops below a specified level, or balances on student’s lunch account. Attached is a document that will help you set up your email to receive these notifications.

    Set Up Email Notifications in Skyward (1).docx 

     

    Wanted: Parents/Guardians for Career Events

    Would you like to help our students find passion for their future? Do you have a great job?  Do you love your life?  

    Share your career story with the future of our community! If you're interested in being a guest speaker at any of our career events, please contact Heather Weeks, District Career Specialist for more information:heather_weeks@sumnersd.org

     

    Events this week at Sumner Middle School

    • Students need to turn in a completed permission form to participate in all after school clubs and activities
    • Weekly athletic information can be found on the SMS website. Use this link to access up-to-the-date athletic information
    • Monday, Nov 20: 
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am
      • Art Club, 2:30-3:30
      • Interact Club, 2:30-3:30
    • TuesdayNov 21
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am
      • Yoga Club, 6:30-7:15am
      • PAWS in the library, 2:30-3:30
      • Activity Bus at 4:10pm
    • Wednesday, Nov 22middle and high schools have a normal Wednesday, starting at 9:05am; no school for elementary students
      • No clubs after school
    • Thursday, Nov 23: No School
      • Happy Thanksgiving! 
    • Friday, Nov 24: No School
      • ​No School! Rest and Relax!
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  • Principal Update - Nov. 14

    Posted by Jenny Williams on 11/14/2017

    Our Focus on Student Learning

    Remember to check your student's progress on Family Access.  If you need a password, contact Mrs. Cheryl Jessop in our counseling office at 253-891-5000 or cheryl_jessop@sumnersd.org.

     
     

    Our Focus on a Positive, Supportive School Climate

    Above Between Below

    This Wednesday, all grade levels will get an opportunity to see a live play at Sumner Middle School performed by actors from Seattle Children’s Theater. The play, Above Between Below, is about conflict between four middle school students. This play has an anti-bullying message. Students will watch and then talk about the difference between being a bystander (allowing intimidation to happen) and being an upstander (speaking up and telling someone about the intimidating behavior if it continues).

    This performance connects to our Guiding Principles of Positive Choices, Belonging and Safety.  Students will be reminded that there are three Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) behaviors that are not allowed at school:

    Cyberbullying: using technology (phones, computers, tablets, etc) to deliberately upset someone else

    Physical: using physical intimidation like shoving, slapping or pushing someone else

    Personal: using embarrassing, private or hurtful information about someone else to spread rumors and gossip

    Talk to your student Wednesday evening about what they learned from this performance. Remind your student to report any unsafe behaviors to Ms. Eklund (counselor for students with last name A-K), Ms. Knutsen (counselor for students with last name L-Z), Ms. Williams (principal), Ms. Mouring (assistant principal) or Mr. Simmons (dean of students).

    Parents Right to Know

    School districts are required to annually notify parents of students at Title I schools of their right to request the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher.  This includes licensing and certification for grade level and subject; emergency or other provisional status; B.A. major and graduate degrees; and paraprofessional qualifications.  Districts are also required to notify parents if students have a teacher for four weeks or more who is not “highly qualified.”

    The term “highly qualified” is defined at the federal level and may not reflect the teacher’s abilities.  This designation applies only to teachers at schools funded by Title I.  Teachers must have a bachelor’s degree, hold full state certification, and they must either hold national board certification in the assigned core academic subject(s) or be endorsed in the core academic subject(s) they teach.

    Sumner School District Title 1 schools are Bonney Lake Elementary, Daffodil Valley Elementary, Liberty Ridge Elementary, Maple Lawn Elementary, Mountain View Middle School, and Sumner Middle School.

    SMS Boosters (Parent Group)

    Events this week at Sumner Middle School

    • Students need to turn in a completed permission form to participate in all after school clubs and activities
    • Weekly athletic information can be found on the SMS website. Use this link to access up-to-the-date athletic information
    • Tuesday, Nov 14
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am
      • Morning yoga, 6:30-7:10am
      • PAWS  in the library, 2:30-3:30
      • FCCLA, 2:30-3:30
      • Activity Bus at 4:10pm
      • Parent Booster meeting in 6th grade den, 6:30pm
    • Wednesday, Nov 15
      • Gym Jam before school
      • Pawsitive Choices, 2:30-3:30
      • Above Between Below play performance for all grade levels
    • Thursday, Nov 16
      • Morning yoga, 6:30-7:10am
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am
      • Art Club, 2:30-3:30
      • Creative Writing Club, 2:30-3:30
      • Science Club, 2:30-3:30
      • PAWS in the library, 2:30-3:30
      • Activity Bus at 4:10pm
    • Friday, Nov 17
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am

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  • Principal Update - Oct. 30

    Posted by Jenny Williams on 10/30/2017

    Our Focus on Student Learning

    Progress report grades for the first six weeks will be mailed home this week. In the meantime, parents, guardians and students can always check grades online through Family Access. Contact our counseling office if you do not have a Family Access password.  Also as a reminder, please have your child return the Student Information Update Form mailed home last week to our counseling office if there are changes to your address, phone number, email or emergency contact.

     
     

    Our Focus on a Positive, Supportive School Climate

    Thanksgiving Food Baskets
    It's that time of year again and Sumner Middle School will be teaming with the Sumner Family Center to help support our families this holiday season.  Right now we are taking requests for Thanksgiving food baskets.  If your family is in need please contact your school counselor by November 3.  Shawna Eklund is the counselor for students with last name A-K; Donna Knutsen is the counselor for students with last name L-Z.

    Spirit Week: Oct 30-Nov 3

    Spirit Days: School appropriate attire is still expected; staff need to be able to recognize/identify students while on campus

    Oct 30- Comfy/Natural Day

    Oct 31- Costume Day (no masks, no blood/gore, no play weapons, minimal face paint (less than ½ the face)

    Nov 1- Red Day or Dress for Success

    Nov 2- Twin Day or Celebrity Look-a-like

    Nov 3- Pink Day

    Friday, November 3: Dance/Activities from 2:30-4:30pm

    • Our dance will be held Friday, November 3 from 2:30 to 4:30pm. Activities other than dancing will be offered such as karaoke, ping pong, games, and open gym.  Snacks will be available for purchase.
    • Dance tickets are on sale all week.  Tickets cost $3.00 with ASB and $5.00 without ASB. 
    • Students are not allowed to leave the dance without parent permission.  Students must be picked up promptly at 4:30pm.  Parents can pick up students in the front or back of school—please coordinate this with your child.

    Fundraiser update -limo ride permission slips for students who sold 20 or more items will be going home this week

    SMS Boosters (Parent Group)

    SMS Bobcat spirit wear is on sale every Friday during lunches from 10:35am to 12:15pm. 

    Visit the Booster Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/Sumnermiddleschoolboosterclub.   If you are interested in volunteer activities at SMS, please email  SMSBoosters@gmail.com.

    Events this week at Sumner Middle School

    • Students need to turn in a completed permission form to participate in all after school clubs and activities
    • Weekly athletic information can be found on the SMS website. Use this link to access up-to-the-date athletic information
    • Monday, Oct 30: Comfy/Natural Day
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am
      • Ping Pong Club, 2:30-3:30pm
      • Art Club, 2:30-3:30
      • District Boundary Revision Open House in library, 3:30-5:00pm
    • Tuesday, Oct 31: Costume Day
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am
      • Morning yoga, 6:30-7:10am
      • Student of the Month, 1st period
      • Plateau Student Leadership for select students
      • PAWS  in the library, 2:30-3:30
      • FCCLA, 2:30-3:30
      • Activity Bus at 4:10pm
    • Wednesday, Nov 1:Red Day or Dress for Success
      • Gym Jam before school
      • Pawsitive Choices, 2:30-3:30
      • ASB assembly at 1:30pm- students will be dismissed from 6th period
    • Thursday, Nov 2: Twin Day or Celebrity Look-A-Like
      • Morning yoga, 6:30-7:10am
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am
      • Art Club, 2:30-3:30
      • Creative Writing Club, 2:30-3:30
      • Science Club, 2:30-3:30
      • PAWS in the library, 2:30-3:30
      • Activity Bus at 4:10pm
    • Friday: Pink Day
      • Morning yoga, 6:30-7:10am
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am
      • Dance/After School Activities- 2:30-4:30pm

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  • Principal Update - Oct. 16

    Posted by Jenny Williams on 10/16/2017

    Our Focus on Student Learning

    This week marks the first six weeks of school. Progress report grades for the first six weeks will be mailed home in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, parents, guardians and students can always check grades online through Family Access. Contact our counseling office if you do not have a Family Access password.

    Advisory focus this Wednesday: preventing substance abuse

     
     

    Our Focus on a Positive, Supportive School Climate

    Athletic eligibility for the second sports season

    The next sports season will consist of boys soccer, girls basketball and wrestling.

    • First practice for 7th and 8th grade girls basketball will be October 25.  The first practice for 6th grade girls basketball has not been scheduled yet.
    • The first practice for boys soccer and wrestling will be October 30.

    Families register online for athletics and can register for one, two, three or four seasons at one time. Visit https://www.familyid.com/organizations/sumner-middle-school to register.

    All athletes must have a current sports physical on file at SMS. You can upload a copy of your sports physical on FamilyID or you can bring in a copy of your child’s physical to school. Athletes will NOT be allowed to practice without a current sports physical. 

    Follow SMS athletics on Twitter @SMSAthletics15 for all things SMS sports! Game results, clearance items, and lots of fun stuff, too!

    SMS Parent Booster Meeting

    Visit the Booster Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/Sumnermiddleschoolboosterclub.   If you are interested in volunteer activities at SMS, please email  SMSBoosters@gmail.com.

    Events this week at Sumner Middle School

    • Students need to turn in a completed permission form to participate in all after school clubs and activities
    • Weekly athletic information can be found on the SMS website. Use this link to access up-to-the-date athletic information
    • Monday, Oct 16
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am
      • Ping Pong Club, 2:30-3:30
      • Art Club, 2:30-3:30
      • Interact Club, 2:30-3:30
    • TuesdayOct 17 
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am
      • Morning yoga, 6:30-7:10am
      • After school basketball, 2:30-4:10
      • PAWS  in the library, 2:30-3:30
      • FCCLA, 2:30-3:30
      • Activity Bus at 4:10pm
    • Wednesday, Oct 18
      • Gym Jam before school
      • Advisory. 1:20-2:20
      • Photography Club, 2:30-3:30
      • Pawsitive Choices, 2:30-3:30
    • ThursdayOct 19
      • Bus drills held in the morning before school
      • Morning yoga, 6:30-7:10am
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:18am
      • Earthquake drill at 10:00am
      • Art Club, 2:30-3:30
      • Creative Writing Club, 2:30-3:30
      • PAWS in the library, 2:30-3:30
      • Activity Bus at 4:10pm
    • Friday, Oct 20
      • End of first six week grading period
      • Fastpitch celebration: 2:30-4:15pm
      • Baseball celebration, 2:30- 4:30pm
      • Track celebration, 2:30-3:15pm

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  • Principal Update - Oct. 9

    Posted by Jenny Williams on 10/9/2017

    Our Focus on Student Learning

    Advisory starts this Wednesday

    Students will have their first advisory class this Wednesday. Advisory will run for approximately twenty weeks every Wednesdayuntil March and will focus on three important areas: academic goal setting, personal/social development and high school/career planning.  This week’s advisory will focus on having students:

    • self-assess themselves using our Guiding Principle rubric (personal/social development)
    • take a survey about our school’s climate

    At our Curriculum Night in September, feedback we received from parents indicated families wanted more information about high school transitions and career/college readiness information. As we share this information with students in advisory, stay tuned to future newsletters where we will also share similar information with parents/guardians. Families are also always welcome to contact our guidance office for information about high school or college/career readiness at 253-891-5000.

    Attendance Awareness Letters
    SMS is partnering with our district to promote good attendance for all of our students.  Attendance Awareness Letters will be mailed home three times a year, with the first letter mailed in the next few weeks to families with children who have missed 10 percent or more of school from September 6 to October 6.


    Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent of the school year, can translate into 3rd graders unable to master reading, 6th graders failing courses and 9th graders dropping out of high school.   Please use these Attendance Awareness Letters as informational tools.  By working together to monitor attendance, we can avoid long-term consequences impacting student success.

     
     

    Our Focus on a Positive, Supportive School Climate

    Free and Reduced Applications

    New applications for Free and Reduced lunch service are due yearly.  In order to receive uninterrupted service, you must turn in your application to Child Nutrition by October 16, 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact Child Nutrition at 253-891-6450.

    Vaccinations

    Teresa Keith, SMS nurse, will be mailing out notices to families if vaccinations are still needed for some of our students. 

    SMS Parent Booster Meeting

    Our next SMS Parent Booster meeting is Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30pm in the 6th grade den at Sumner Middle. If you are a parent who is interested in learning more about SMS and how this wonderful Booster group supports the staff and students at SMS, please plan on attending this meeting. We would love to see you there!

    Visit the Booster Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/Sumnermiddleschoolboosterclub.   If you are interested in volunteer activities at SMS, please email  SMSBoosters@gmail.com.

    Events this week at Sumner Middle School

    Important Note:

    1. Students need to turn in a completed permission form to participate in all after school clubs and activities
    2. Weekly athletic information can be found on the SMS website. Use this link to access up-to-the-date athletic information
    • Monday, Oct 9
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:10am
      • Ping Pong Club, 2:30-3:30pm
      • Art Club, 2:30-3:30m
      • Baseball, fastpitch and track practice
    • Tuesday, Oct 10
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:10am
      • Morning Yoga, 6:30-7:10am
      • After school basketball, 2:30-4:10pm
      • PAWS club in the library, 2:30-3:30pm
      • FCCLA, 2:30-3:30 pm
      • Activity Bus at 4:10pm
      • V Baseball vs. GMS @ SMS. Game starts at 3:30
      • V Fastpitch vs. GMS @ SMS. Game starts at 3:30
      • JV Baseball @ GMS. Game starts at 3:30. No return bus.
      • JV Fastpitch @ GMS. Game starts at 3:30. No return bus.
      • 7th/8th Grade Track practice.
      • Parent Booster meeting, 6:30pm in the 6th grade den- all are welcome!
    • Wednesday, Oct 11
      • Gym Jam, 7:00-9:00 (morning sports in the gym)
      • Photography club, 2:30-3:30pm
      • Pawsitive Choice, 2:30-3:30pm
      • 7th/8th Grade Track vs. GMS @ WRHS. Meet starts at 3:30. No return bus.
    • Thursday, Oct 12
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:10am
      • Morning Yoga, 6:30-7:10am
      • Creative Writing Club, 2:30-3:30pm
      • PAWS club in the library, 2:30-3:30pm
      • Art Club, 2:30-3:30pm
      • V Baseball vs. EMS @ Boise Creek. Game starts at 3:30. Return bus after game.
      • V Fastpitch vs. EMS @ Boise Creek. Game starts at 3:30, Return bus after game.
      • JV Baseball vs. EMS @ SMS. Game starts at 3:30.
      • JV Fastpitch vs. EMS @SMS. Game starts at 3:30.
      •  6th/7th/8th Grade Track practice. 6th Grade Track pictures at 3:30.
      • Activity Bus at 4:10pm
    • Friday, Oct 13
      • No School, no practices, no games
     
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  • Principal Update - Oct. 2

    Posted by Jenny Williams on 10/2/2017

    Picture Retakes this Friday, October 6

     

    Students who had pictures on August 29 but would like retakes need to be bring their picture packets to school onOctober 6.

     

    Students who did not get their picture taken on August 29may purchase pictures. Picture forms are in the office, or you can order online Order pictures at mylifetouch.com. Our Picture Day ID is LS227001Q1.

     

    Fundraiser

     

    Thank you so much to those who supported our fundraiser. Purchases can still be made online through October 8. Hundreds of products are available and each purchase directly impacts our ability to fund athletics and activities.  Thank you!

     

     
     

    Events this week at SMS
     

    Reminder: Students need to turn in a completed permission form to participate in all after school clubs and activities. Permission slips are available in our main office.

     

    ​​​​​​​Weekly athletic information can be found on the SMS website. Use this link to access up-to-the-date athletic information. 

     

    • Monday, Oct 2
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:10am
      • Ping Pong Club, 2:30-3:30pm
      • Multicultural Club, 2:30-3:30pm
      • Art Club, 2:30-3:30

     

    • TuesdayOct 3 
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:10am
      • Morning Yoga, 6:30-7:10am
      • After school basketball, 2:30-4:10
      • PAWS club in the library, 2:30-3:30
      • Activity Bus at 4:10pm

     

    • Wednesday, Oct 4:
      • Photography club, 2:30-3:30

     

    • ThursdayOct 5:
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:10am
      • Morning Yoga, 6:30-7:10am
      • Creative Writing Club, 2:30-3:30
      • PAWS club in the library, 2:30-3:30
      • Art Club, 2:30-3:30
      • Activity Bus at 4:10pm

     

    • Friday, Oct 6
      • Morning basketball, 6:30-7:10am
      • Picture retakes
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  • Principal Update - Sept. 18

    Posted by Jenny Williams on 9/18/2017

    At Sumner Middle School, we focus on maximizing student learning and providing a positive climate every single day. In future newsletters from us, you will see that our newsletter is separated into two sections: how we focus on student learning and how we focus on providing a positive climate.  We will also provide a weekly calendar of events for those who like to know what is going on at SMS. Please call or email us if you questions.

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    OUR FOCUS ON STUDENT LEARNING

    Curriculum Night: Monday, September 25 from 5:00 to 7:00pm

    Parents and students are invited to stop by Sumner Middle School between the times of 5:00 and 7:00pm on September 25th to:

    • Meet your child’s teachers and become familiar with what your child will be learning this year
    • Learn about clubs, activities, and athletics at SMS
    • Visit our resource table for Family Access passwords, Free/Reduced Lunch applications, and other important resources
    • Attend “What Every Parent Needs to Know about Sumner Middle School” presentation.  This presentation will be repeated two times throughout the evening at 5:15pm and 6:15pm

    OUR FOCUS ON POSITIVE/SUPPORTIVE CLIMATE

    School Pictures

    Retake picture day is Friday, October 6 for those students who missed pictures on August 29 OR who would like retakes.  Last week, students received pictures taken on August 29. For those who want to order pictures on October 6, you can order online at www.mylifetouch.com . Use Picture Day ID: LS227001Q1. Picture packets for October 6 are available in the main office.

    Before and After School Programs

    This week our staff is finalizing the after school clubs and activities we will offer this year at SMS. Stay tuned. However, while we are still finalizing after school programs, we are currently offering our morning wake-up program.  

    Morning Wake-Up: Monday-Friday6:30am to the start of school in the Commons. Students can be dropped off any time after 6:30am. We have staff members who supervise students in the Commons until school starts. Students can use this time to complete homework. 

     

    Events this week

    • Monday, Sept 18
      •    No clubs scheduled
      •    V/JV Baseball practice
      •    V/JV Fastpitch practice
      •    6th, 7th, 8th Grade Track practice
    • Tuesday, Sept 19
      • No clubs scheduled
      •  V/JV Baseball practice
      •  V/JV Fastpitch practice
      •  7th, 8th Grade Track practice
      • Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age presentation at Lakeridge Middle School at 6:00pm
    • Wednesday, Sept 20:
      •    No clubs scheduled
      •    V/JV Baseball practice
      •    V/JV Fastpitch practice
      •    6th, 7th, 8th Grade Track practice
    • Thursday, Sept 21
      •   No clubs scheduled
      •   V Baseball vs. MMS. Game time 3:30 PM
      •   JV Baseball @ MMS. Students released at 2:20 PM. No return bus.
      •   V Fastpitch vs. MMS. Game time 3:30 PM
      •   JV Fastpitch @ MMS. Students released at 2:20 PM. No return bus.
      •   7th/8th Track @ BLHS. Students released at 2:20 PM. No return bus.
      •   No 6th Grade Track practice.
    • Friday, Sept 22
      •    8th grade choir and band to Washington State Fair at 11:30am
    • NEXT WEEK: 
      •   Ping Pong club starts on Monday, September 252:30-3:30; students must turn in a signed permission slip in order to participate. All club permission slips are in the main office
      •   Sports Pictures after school on Monday, September 25 
      •   Curriculum Night, Monday, September 255-7pm

    SMS BOOSTERS: The Boosters are our parent organization that support students and staff

    Our next SMS Parent Booster meeting is Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30pm in the 6th grade den at Sumner Middle. If you are a parent who is interested in learning more about SMS and how this wonderful Booster group supports the staff and students at SMS, please plan on attending this meeting. We would love to see you there!

    SMS would like to thank this year's Booster Board!

    Jessica Lewis – President   

    Tara Olson – Vice President   

    Danna McKinley Wales – Treasurer   

    Cassia Haft – Secretary  

    Marlus Francis – Member at Large

    Jennifer Hargis – Member at Large  

    Stacey Wright – Member at Large   

    Visit the Booster Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/Sumnermiddleschoolboosterclub.   If you are interested in volunteer activities at SMS, please email  SMSBoosters@gmail.com. Our Booster parents are currently seeking volunteers for school dances.

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  • First Week and Chromebooks

    Posted by Jenny Williams on 9/8/2017

    FIRST WEEK

    What a great start to the school year! We absolutely enjoyed seeing our returning Bobcats and meeting our new-to-SMS Bobcats!  Save the date for Monday, September 25, for our Curriculum Night from 5pm to 7pm. You will get a chance to meet your child’s teachers and learn about the great things that will be happening at SMS this year.

     

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebooks were checked out to all students today.

    • 6th grade students received a newer, touch-screen chromebook complete with an attached stylus. The stylus is not covered by Chromebook assurance.  6th grade students also were checked out a case and charger. 

     

    • 7th and 8th grade students received a chromebook, charger and chromebook case. Many of our 7th and 8th graders were less than thrilled that they also did not get the newer model Chromebook (as you can well imagine). We have been told that when our 7th and 8th graders transition to high school, they will get a newer model.

    The Chromebook Take-Home Program is part of the district’s 1:1 Initiative which provides all students and teachers access to digital resources for learning and teaching. Read more about the 1:1 Initiative at www.sumnersd.org (select Academics then select Technology).

     Sumner Middle School will distribute Chromebooks to students on September 8th. Students will also be checked out a Chromebook case and charger. While students take responsibility over the care for their Chromebook, parents also have a role in this program. Watch a short video at www.sumnersd.org (select Academics; select Technology; select Take-Home Information) to learn more about the program and guidelines for how to help your child take care of their Chromebook. 

    Digital device agreement

    Review the Secondary Handbook at www.sumnersd.org (select Academics then select Technology) to understand rules, guidelines and parent/guardian responsibilities.

    Chromebook coverage

    Consider opting into the Chromebook Device Coverage Program, which lessens the financial burden if your child’s Chromebook is damaged or stolen. If you choose to purchase optional coverage for your child’s Chromebook, you may pay in person at your child’s school or online via Family Access. The cost for the device coverage is $25 until September 8th. After September 8th, the price will be $30. Important Note: Your child is receiving their Chromebook on September 8th.  If you choose to purchase the device coverage after September 8th, payment must be made at the main office and the Chromebook will be inspected to make sure it is in good condition.

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  • SMS Back to School Information

    Posted by Jenny Williams on 8/22/2017

    Hello Bobcat Families and Students!

     

    Our Sumner Middle School staff is looking forward to another great school year!   Please visit the Back-to-School link on the Sumner School District Website(www.sumnersd.org) for information about bus schedules, athletics, free and reduced meals, immunization requirements, online payments, and much more. Our main office is now open from 6:30am to 3:00pm. You can visit us or call our office at 252-891-5000 if you have questions.

    Bobcat Back-To-School event is Tuesday, August 29 from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

    Students will pick-up class schedules, pay fees, pick-up fitness uniforms, get cleared for athletics, turn in health-care information, meet teachers, learn about the take-home Chromebook initiative, AND NEW this year, students will get their picture taken. In an attempt to not overwhelm the picture line, we are asking families to attend the Bobcat Back-to-School event at specific grade level times. Of course, if you have children in multiple grade levels OR if you are not able to attend during your child’s grade level time, you can attend at a different time.

              Grade Level Attendance at Bobcat Back-to-School on August 29

    6th grade: 3:30 - 4:30pm

    7th grade: 4:30 - 5:30pm

    8th grade: 5:30 – 6:30pm

    Do you want to save time on August 29? Pay your school fees ahead of time by logging on to Family Access. Once on Family Access, click District Links in the upper right-hand corner; select Online Payments.  If you pay online prior to August 29, we will have a record of your purchase. It will speed things up if you bring a copy (receipt) of your purchases.

    Your child can also pay fees at our main office once the school year begins.

     We hope you can join us for this back-to-school event!

    Fee List

    Item

    Price

    ASB card

    $15

    Yearbook (if ordered before Dec 15)

    $20

    Fitness Uniform (shorts and shirt)

    $15

    Art Fee (if your child has this class)

    $3

    Family Consumer Science Fee (if your child has this class)

    $3

    Student Pictures on Tuesday, August 29

    Pictures for ID and our yearbook will be taken during Bobcat Back-to-School on August 29. Purchasing information will be emailed to families from Life Touch, our school photographer. Order pictures at www.mylifetouch.com. Our Picture Day ID is LS227001Q0.

    Picture packets are also available for pick-up in our main office and will be available on August 29. Students who miss August 29 will have an opportunity to have their picture taken on October 6 during school hours.

    First Day of School: Wednesday, September 6


    Sixth graders will be picked up according to regular weekday bus schedule (not the Wednesday late start schedule) for a full school day schedule. School lunch will be served to our sixth graders.

    School start time for 6th graders is 7:25 am.

    Seventh and eighth graders will begin school at 12:25 pm. Bus transportation will be provided five hours later than the regular weekday bus schedule (not the Wednesday late start schedule).  For example, if your regular morning bus pick-up time is 7:10 am, please go to your stop at 12:10 pm.

    School lunch will not be served to students in grades 7 and 8.

     

    Secondary Students Receive Chromebooks this Fall

     

    On Friday, September 8, all middle school students will be assigned a Chromebook, along with a charger and case.

    More information about Chromebooks can be found on the district website by selecting Academics and then selecting Technology OR  by using this link.  The Secondary Handbook found on this site is an important guideline that outlines student and parent/guardian responsibilities, rules, and procedures for all things Chromebook.

    The district provides Device Coverage assurance to all of our families—this an optional fee that lessens the financial burden if your student damages their Chromebook, or if it is lost or stolen. The assurance is discounted for a short time and will cost $25 between August 22 and September 8. After September 8, the cost of assurance will be $30. Please read the attached document for more information.

     On August 29, we will provide more information about the Chromebooks students will bring home. Please plan to stop by our Chromebook Information table onAugust 29.

     

    Welcome our New SMS Staff Members!

    Trevor Barnett- Fitness

    Phil Wallen- Fitness/Skills for Life

    Marcia Darrah- 6th grade Learning Specialist

    Shelley Danise-Guertin – Learning Specialist

    Rose Striplin- Paraeducator

    Alex Morris- Paraeducator

    Tammy Escherich – Paraeducator

    Savannah Elms- Library Media Assistant

     

    Sumner Middle School: Supply List 2017-2018

    Due to a generous donation, Sumner Middle is able to offer school supplies to families who need assistance. Contact our main office at 253-891-5000 if you would like school supplies to be provided to your student.

    Supply

    Grade 6

    Grade 7

    Grade 8

    Pencils (12 pack)

    1

    1

    1

    Pens

     

    several

    several

    Notebook paper, loose (college ruled)

     

     

     

    Composition notebook

    4

    2

    2

    Spiral notebook

     

    3

     

    Glue stick

     

    3

     

    1 ½ inch binder

     

     

    1

    2 inch binder

     

     

    1

    Filing system- accordion folder or binder with dividers

    1

     

     

    Binder (1 ½ or 2 inch)

     

    1

     

    Dividers (one pack)

     

    1

    2

    Hand-held pencil sharpener

     

     

    1

    Bottom pocket folder

     

     

    1

    Colored pencils (package)

     

    1

    1

    Eraser 

    1

    1

    1

    Pencil pouch

    1

    1

    2

    Highlighters

    Multiple colors

    Multiple colors

    Multiple colors

    Ruler

     

     

    1

    Earbuds/headphones ($5.00ish variety for use with computers)

    1

    1

    1

    OPTIONAL: Kleenex

    1

    1

    1

     

    Important Upcoming Dates

    August 16: Our main office opens; hours 6:30am to 2:30pm

    August 21: Back-to-School Resource Fair at Sumner High School from 3:00-6:00pm

    August 29: Our main office is closed from 7:15am to 12:00pm due to all-district meetings

    September 6: First day of school and first day for fall sports!

    6th grader start school at 7:25am

    7th and 8th graders start school at 12:25pm

    September 13: ASB Fundraiser starts; ends on September 28

    September 19:  Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age at Lakeridge Middle School, 6:00pm

     

    Screenagers:Growing Up in the Digital Age, Lakeridge Middle School, September 19 at 6:00pm

    Award-winning SCREENAGERS (www.screenagersmovie.com ) probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

     

    Middle School Athletic Eligibility for 2017-2018

    The fall season will consist of Baseball and Fastpitch for 7th and 8th grade students. Track will be offered for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. First practice will be held on the first day of school, September 6

    Families register online for athletics and can register for one, two, three or four seasons at one time. The registration window is open. Visit https://www.familyid.com/organizations/sumner-middle-school to register.

    All athletes MUST have a current sports physical on file at SMS. You can upload a copy of your sports physical on FamilyID or you can bring in a copy of your child’s physical to school. Athletes will NOT be allowed to practice without a current sports physical. 

     

    device coverage program.pdf 

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  • August Update

    Posted by Jenny Williams on 8/1/2017

    Bobcat Families, 

    We hope you are enjoying your summer. We look forward to seeing all of our Bobcats for our Bobcat Back-to-School night on Tuesday, August 29 from 3:30 to 6:30pm. Below is information about supply lists, athletic registration and our back-to school event. More information will be coming in the weeks ahead.  Enjoy these remaining weeks of summer! 

    Sumner Middle School Supply List 2017-2018

    Supply

    Grade 6

    Grade 7

    Grade 8

    Pencils (12 pack)

    x

    x

    x

    Pens

     

    x

    x

    Notebook paper, loose (college ruled)

     

     

     

    Composition notebook

    4

    2

    2

    Spiral notebook

     

    3

     

    Glue stick

     

    3

     

    1 ½ inch binder

     

     

    1

    2 inch binder

     

     

    1

    Filing system- accordion folder or binder with dividers

    x

     

     

    Dividers (one pack)

     

    1

    2

    Hand-held pencil sharpener

     

     

    x

    Bottom pocket folder

     

     

    1

    Colored pencils

     

    x

    x

    Eraser 

    x

    x

    x

    Pencil pouch

    x

    x

    2

    Highlighters

    Multiple colors

    Multiple colors

    Multiple colors

    Ruler

     

     

    1

    Earbuds/headphones ($5.00ish variety for use with computers)

    x

    x

    x

    OPTIONAL: Kleenex

    x

    x

    x

    Optional Supplies for Encore Classes:

    Choir

    1/4 inch black binder

    Art

    Pencils

    Fitness

    Fitness uniform (purchased at SMS main office) and shoes that secure to foot with laces or Velcro

    STEM

    Composition Notebook

    Due to a generous donation, Sumner Middle is able to offer school supplies to families who need assistance. Contact our main office at 253-891-5000 after August 16 if you would like school supplies to be provided to your student.

    Important Upcoming Dates

    June 30-August 15Our main office is closed.

    August 16: Our main office opens; hours 6:30am to 2:30pm

    August 29:  Save the Date! On Tuesday, August 29, we will host our Bobcat Back-To-School night from 3:30-6:30pm for all incoming 6th, 7th and 8thgraders. Students will be able to pick up their 2017-2018 class schedule, tour the school, pay fees, meet our athletic coordinator to prepare for the fall sports season, and much more.

    NEW this year at our Bobcat Back-to-School on August 29—students will get their pictures taken and receive their school ID card on this day. Stay tuned for more information.

    September 6: First day of school and first day for fall sports!

     

    Middle School Athletic Eligibility for 2017-2018

    The fall season will consist of Baseball and Fastpitch for 7th and 8th grade students. Track will be offered for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. First practice will be held on the first day of school, September 6th

    Families register online for athletics and can register for one, two, three or four seasons at one time. The registration window opens on August 1st. Visit https://www.familyid.com/organizations/sumner-middle-school to register.

    All athletes MUST have a current sports physical on file at SMS. You can upload a copy of your sports physical on FamilyID or you can bring in a copy of your child’s physical to school. Athletes will NOT be allowed to practice without a current sports physical. 

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