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Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog - Week 4 Print E-mail
Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  August 25–29

Week 4

“The Principal’s Post”

In observance of Labor Day, school will be closed on Monday, September 1st.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 2nd.  Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!


This year our school improvement team will be involved in an intense self-study of our school.  This investigation will include collecting information about our school from administration, faculty, staff, and parents through the use of surveys.   Over the course of the year, we are inviting parents to assist us in this important process by taking a moment to complete a series of three surveys – one before Wednesday, another later this fall, and one next spring.  Your input is very valuable because it will provide us with important data that will allow us to better assess the effectiveness of our school.  We care about your child, and we care about the learning environment in which he/she attends each day.  Your input is valuable to our improvement efforts.

Before this Wednesday, August 27th, please take a moment to complete the first parent survey.  The link is provided here.

Parents:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VQ5VPSG

If you took the survey last week when it was initially announced, THANK YOU!  We appreciate your time and feedback.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (Mr. McClure).


On Friday of this week, Mrs. Bev Ruddick will be retiring from the SMS 7/8 Student Services office after 38 years of service to Seymour Middle School. 

During her tenure with the middle school, Mrs. Ruddick has served in a number of capacities which have included:  instructional assistant (many years), to main office assistant secretary (several years), to our Student Services administrative assistant (most recently).

Over the course of the past four decades, she helped many students learn, taken hundreds of temperatures, taken and made thousands of phone calls, greeted parents, worked patiently with many upset students, comforted just as many sick students, and always had a tissue when lending a shoulder to teary eyed exhausted teachers.  She will be missed at SMS, and the void of her absence will be felt.

Her SMS family wishes her well in her retirement.  Congratulations, Mrs. Ruddick! . . . and, THANK YOU!!!!

 “iCARE” . . . in the event you missed us last week J

One of our beliefs as a school is, “everyone shares a responsibility for success.”  This is founded on the principle that each of us, in choosing our attitudes about learning and our level personal concern for others, either contributes or detracts from our school family as a result of the care, or the apathy, that is evident.  It was Elie Wiesel who said, “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”  This year, SMS’s focus will be on battling, through our caring, the apathy that can so easily distract, or even derail, our individual and collective efforts.

Our iCARE theme this ’14-’15 school year is a third installment of our larger more enduring school initiative that began two years ago with the promotion of our iCAN theme. 

I Contribute, I Attend, I Never Quit were the core components of what iCAN meant for our students and staff at that time.  I Learn, I Excel, I Achieve, I Dream were the core components of what iLEAD meant for our students and staff last year.

For the 2014-2015 school year, we have resolved, as a middle school community to recall, and recommit, ourselves to the proposition that “everyone shares in the responsibility for success.”  An “iCARE” attitude is essential to realizing happiness and fulfillment  . . . at school . . . at home . . . and at life.

The students will understand that an “iCARE” attitude is based on the premise that:


C ommit

A spire

R elate

E nage

Let’s examine each of these iCARE components quickly.

An “iCommit” attitude stays loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left you.”  As Abraham Lincoln simply said, “commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.” 

An “iAspire” attitude goes to bed with a dream, and wakes the next day with a purpose.  Aspiring minds understand that it is not about being the best, but about endeavoring to be better than you were yesterday.

An “iRelate” attitude accepts that not everyone is going to understand your journey, and you are not going to always understand theirs.  It is about being yourself, exercising mutual respect and finding happiness together.

An “iEngage” attitude understands that the true strength in our school lies in the effort, the collaboration and involvement of all learners at all levels . . . not in the knowledge of the few.

Our “iCARE” motto this year is from Margaret Mead:  “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.  For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”

As a visual aide to promote within our school community our “iCARE” belief, each student and staff member will be receiving an “iCARE” tee shirt to wear throughout the school year.  

We would also like to invite parents and grandparents and brothers and sisters of SMS students to participate!  The same “iCARE” tee shirt your SMS student will be receiving can be ordered for any/all family members by simply contacting the school with your order.  (“iCARE” tee shirts are $5 each.) 

Special events are being planned throughout the year that will celebrate our “iCARE” belief!  And, just as we did with our iCAN and iLEAD tee shirts in previous years, the iCARE tee shirts will play a fun part in those celebrations again this year!  We invite everyone to get in on the purposeful “iCARE” work . . .  and “fun.”

Continue to watch this webpage, and our school’s weekly blog, for upcoming “iCARE” dates and special events.

At Seymour Middle School, we continue to embrace the maxims of Contribution, Attendance, and Never Quitting . . . iCAN.  We continue to embrace the maxims of Learning, Excelling, Achieving, and Dreaming . . . iLEAD.  And for this year we recognize the need to Commit, Aspire, Relate and Engage.  At Seymour Middle School, iCARE.

2-1-1 Line & the Jackson County United Way

Submitted by:  Tonja Couch, Executive Director

United Way 2-1-1 is the comprehensive information and referral service provider for the Jackson County area. Their mission is to link people with needs to human service providers. United Way 2-1-1 is supported by the City of Seymour, County of Jackson, Community Foundation of United Way, Jackson County United Way and a corps of committed volunteers and donors.

If you or someone you know is having a hard time finding needed services (such as food, housing, clothing, or child care) United Way 2-1-1 is here to assist you. Our helpline telephone specialists are trained to listen and find answers to your questions. There is a Help is Here brochure that can also help you start your search for community resources. Also available by calling 2-1-1 is a housing list to help you find the apartment or landlord that is right for you. In 2012, United Way 2-1-1 took 13,176 calls. Most of the calls related to basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, and financial assistance for rent and utilities.

Call 2-1-1 to speak to a live, trained telephone specialist. The specialist can quickly sort through the database for hundreds of additional resources in our community including support groups, recreational programs, and much more. United Way 2-1-1 is available to help you, and free of charge. It’s easy to use, just pick up your phone and dial 2-1-1.

Dial 2-1-1 seven days a week, 24 hours a day to talk to a live help specialist to find the resources you need.

Here is the 2-1-1 website if you want more details: http://www.referweb.net/uwbc/Search.aspx

Until next week...
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