Weekly Newsletter

Week of 4/1/24

A Note from Ms. Hudak

Dear Families,

Happy April! I know I say this every month, but it is hard to believe that it’s already April! In addition to finishing strong with academics, we’re also excited about a variety of extra curricular activities we’ll enjoy throughout the end of the year! More info to come on those events!

A special shout out to all involved in the SMS school play “A Wrinkle in Time”, produced and directed by Taryn Noelle and Molly Mitchell. It was a huge success and the students performed magically!  Thank you to all who participated in assisting the students with costumes, makeup, stage set up and clean up and so much more. It truly was a wonderful experience for the students–building confidence and a sense of belonging within the halls of SMS.

SMS will be hosting its annual “Spring Fling” dance, Friday, April 12th, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The cost for the dance is $10.  Should this be a hardship for any family, please let Jess Poe know. Tickets will be sold the week of the dance during all lunch times AND at the door the night of the dance. Should you want to contribute to the dance, please feel free to use the Sign Up Genius link to sign up for items needed to make this a success for all our students. If you have any questions, please contact Jess Poe

Please visit our online link to order the SMS 2023-2024 yearbook is now live! Each yearbook is $20, and we have set aside one yearbook per student.

Be sure to scroll all the way down and check out our “Upcoming Events & Information” dates.

Classroom Updates:  

6th Grade Updates

6th  GRADE ANNOUNCEMENT:Please keep gum at home. We have a no-gum expectation in 6th grade. We have talked about this often, but it still is coming into school. So, if you could please have a conversation with your student, that would be very helpful. (Thank you in advance)

Global Citizenship:Students continue learning about the ancient Spartans and Athenians. This week they will be introduced to Socrates so don’t be surprised if they start questioning everything. We will also begin contrasting the approach the two city-states took conducting the Peloponnesian Wars. 
Science: This week, students will investigate floods and other extreme weather events. At the end of the week, we will do a refresher on the upcoming solar eclipse including tips for safe viewing. If you’d like to have conversations about the eclipse at home, NASA is a great starting point.
Math: We are working on learning about the distributive property, when and how it works, and being flexible in our thinking so that we can use the property as well as “undo” it to write the expressions as products or sums of the idea. We are going to do a little review to help us with some fundamental concepts that might appear on the Cognia assessment. 
ELA: 6th grade will be taking the ELA Cognia assessment this week and the math Cognia assessment next week. 
7th Grade Updates
ELA: In 7th grade language arts this week, students will continue to write and revise their speech papers–from the hook to the conclusion.
Global Citizenship: In our GC class we stayed very busy this week learning about the first important step in our country’s Westward Expansion: The Louisiana Purchase and Thomas Jefferson. This is a good place to start about the American West. Students realized that the land we call the West wasn’t actually part of the United States in the beginning of the 1800’s. Please ask your student about this important purchase and how our representatives tried to negotiate a treaty for our country and how they accomplished the goal.
Science: This week in 7th grade science, students will continue their study of histology (animal tissues), by using the microscopes to observe and sketch, making connections between the shape of the cells and the function of the tissue.  Later in the week students will begin studying the structure and function of organs and body systems
Math: Students are working on percentages, as well as beginning statewide Cognia testing. 
8th Grade Updates
8th Grade Announcement:A few families are starting to organize an 8th Grade Graduation party. This party is not a school sanctioned event and we are communicating so that all 8th grade families are able to participate if they wish! If you are interested in volunteering for the party planning, please be in touch with Kelley King (kelley.king@pallspera.com) and Emily Dowal (emilyodowal@gmail.com).

Global Citizenship:As part of our World War II unit, students will be reading Night by Elie Wiesel. Elie Wiesel’s Night is one of the most widely read and acclaimed Holocaust memoirs. Wiesel was 15 when he, his three sisters, and his parents were sent to Auschwitz. In spare prose, Wiesel recounts the unimaginable horrors of life in Auschwitz and Buchenwald and the loss of his deeply held religious faith.  “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed.” 
Science: In Science this week students will be wrapping up their children’s book and presenting it to the class for “Science Story Hour”.  Students will then turn their focus toward waves and wave motion.  
Math: In math this week, students will learn new vocabulary pertaining to polynomials and scientific notation, which they will apply while performing operations. 
Specials
Health: Mr. K’s Health Happenings
Band and Chorus: 
6th Grade General: Students composed and performed original songs using djembes and now are learning about the djun djuns!
7th grade: Students are diving into original board game design!
8th grade: Students are preparing songs on the ukulele and guitar for their upcoming first performance.
MS Band/Chorus: Students are preparing for our John Williams concert on Thursday, May 16th!
DTE
6th: 6th graders are sending their rubber band and propeller driven zipline racers across the DTE classroom at high rates of speed.
7th: Jitter-Bots- Students are working to create a jittering “robot” that moves around the room using a battery-powered vibrating motor.
8th: Fan Powered Cars- Students design and create a battery and fan-powered car which they will race to the finish line.
ART: Mark your calendars for the Student Art Show! The opening reception will be Monday, May 6th from 3-5pm at The Current. Each middle school student will have at least one work of art on display. The show will be up for the month of May. Come check it out!
Language: Spanish
6th-This week we will be working on the phrases, “me gusta” and “le gusta”, to talk about what students like.
7th-We will continue with activities related to the phrases and vocabulary in the song/video “Diego y sus amigos”.
8th -Students will be finishing up their Smash Book Assignment related to the book we are reading “Itipurú”, to demonstrate their understanding of the vocabulary and important parts of the story.
Upcoming Events and Information
4/2-17: Cognia Testing on various days.
4/8 – SCHOOL CLOSED – Solar Eclipse
4/12 – SMS Spring Fling Dance from 6:30-8:30 PM (Grades 6-8)
4/22-4/26 – Spring Break
5 /6-6/3 Student Art Show
5/9-11 All State Music Festival
5/16 – SMS/SHS Spring Concert
5/22 – 6th Grade Field Trip to VT State House
5/27 – No school, Memorial Day
6/7 – SMS Songwriter Showcase
6/12 – 8th grade graduation
6/13 – 7th & 8th grade field trips
7th grade Sparetime Bowling
8th grade Day at Smugglers Notch
6/17 – 6th grade field trip Lotus Lake, Williamstown, VT

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