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Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog Week 20 Print E-mail
Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
Weeks of:  December 15, 2014 – January 2, 2015
Week 20
“The Principal’s Post”

As the semester comes quickly to a close, I would like to open this week by taking a moment to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a happy and fulfilling New Year.  From our school family to yours, God’s blessings for all the hope and promise that the New Year brings.


One of our beliefs as a school is, “everyone shares a responsibility for success.”  Our iCARE theme (Reference:  “The Principal’s Post” – Week 3) is the core of what committing, aspiring, relating and engaging means for our students and staff.

As a component of our iCARE initiative this year, each academic team is recognizing one student as that team’s iCARE Student of the Month.  Continuing each month through the end of April, a deserving student from each academic team is being recognized for his/her iCARE example.

It is our privilege to announce our SMS iCARE Students of the Month for the month of DECEMBER.

Dream Team: Tori Gray

Explorers Team: Cameron Cox

Super Stars Team: Sam Fraizer

Challengers Team: Ethan Brady

Discovery Team: Justin Jones

Titans Team: Maria Viveros

ConQUESTadors Team: Tristan Spray

SMS Knights Team:  Brady Huff

Odyssey Team: Wendolinne Zarate

On behalf of Seymour Middle School we thank these students for their iCARE example, and we congratulate them on this recognition.

It is our hope that every SMS student will make it a personal goal to be recognized as an iCARE Student of the Month. 

In CAR(E)ING, in giving a best effort, each student will have made a significant contribution to their team and to their school.  In CAR(E)ING, they will have earned the respect of their classmates, their teachers, and most importantly, themselves.  They will have demonstrated their care.  And, that is what our entire campaign is about this year.


Please mark your calendars.  The first student day for the second semester (weather permitting LJ) will be Tuesday, January 6th.  6GC students will report to their first period class, as usual, that morning.  SMS 7/8 students will first report to their PRIDE class to acquire their third quarter schedules before reporting to their period 1 class. 


As the quarter, and the semester, end this Friday, December 19th, students will be given their second quarter/first semester report cards during their PRIDE class on Friday, January 9th.  Please feel free to contact your child’s teachers and/or counselor with any questions regarding your child’s academic progress to date.  With the start of the second semester in January, our work continues!!!


Speaking of grade checks:  As you may be aware, this past summer the Seymour Community School Corporation upgraded its student management software system.  Part of the process in upgrading our management software has been to “clean up” our demographic data throughout the corporation.  This clean-up process has been the primary reason for the delay in enabling student and parent online access to grades and assignments.

During the week of October 13th, students were issued username and password information that allowed them, and you, to access their online grade information.

We are excited to announce that parent username and passwords are now ready for distribution at your student’s middle school building.

Your student’s education information is confidential.  Please understand that SMS takes measures to insure that confidentiality.  One of those measures is to not provide parents username and password information over the phone.  We respectfully request that parents please visit the middle school (6th Grade Center or SMS 7/8 respectively) to sign for their confidential online access information.

Using the iNow link on this website (click the “Parent” tab on our header above and select “iNow” from the drop down menu), you can access up-to-date academic progress, attendance and discipline records for your child.


This week:  T-minus 44, 43, 42, 41, 40

Until next . . . J . . . year,

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