Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
Week of: March 10 - 14
“The Principal’s Post”
ISTEP+ 2014 . . . APPLIED SKILLS . . . “KICK-OFF”
This week, the students of SMS will take the Applied Skills portion of the state standards exam, ISTEP+. Although the testing requires that we adjust our typical day schedule, it is our intent to keep our daily procedures as “normal” as possible. Instruction is continuing through regular classes, and homework is continuing to be assigned. These efforts are in no way meant to diminish the importance of the ISTEP test, but rather provide consistency and to promote a purposeful school posture throughout the week.
Permit me to make this “plug” for your child’s attendance to school throughout this very important week. As every student is required by the state to test, your child’s attendance for testing this week is imperative. Please accept our thanks in scheduling appointments and other commitments around our testing schedule this week. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
We are sometimes asked what to do to help students prepare. Please understand that our “preparation” has been happening all year. The steps your child has taken to assume responsibility for his/her learning has helped determine their level of readiness for this week’s tests. “Cramming” won’t be of much assistance at this point and could actually prove counter-productive if it causes a student to lose out on his/her normal rest and sleep patterns. To help prepare, I would humbly offer that your family stay in your usual routines this week and assist your child to stay in his/hers. Adequate rest and nutrition are always helpful in enabling thoughtful focus and a positive attitude.
Speaking of nutrition: As we did last year, SMS 7/8 is offering a free continental breakfast to 7th and 8th grade students during our test days this week . . . Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. If your child normally eats in the cafeteria, he/she should report there for their free breakfast. If your child normally waits in the main gymnasium upon arrival, he/she should report there. We’ll have continental breakfast tables set up in both locations and students are encouraged to “Fill Up For Testing.”
The 6th Grade Center is taking a slightly different approach the . . . “refueling” approach. J The 6th grade students will be receiving peppermint “pick-me-ups” during test breaks.
Please accept our thanks for all you have done, and are doing, as parents to encourage your children to be their best. Although they may not say it, and although they may not “like” being pushed (I’ve got an 7th grader at home . . . I feel your “pain” J), they appreciate your support, your interest, your attention and, most importantly, your love.
2013-2014 SMS YEARBOOKS
Submitted by: Mrs. Boger
2013-2014 Seymour Middle School Yearbooks are now on sale. Guarantee your yearbook and order by Friday! If ordered before March 14th you also receive a $2.00 discount on any yearbook or yearbook package. Before March 14th soft covered yearbooks are only $18.00, and hard covered books are $23.00. Orders can be dropped off in the office.
The easiest way to order is online at ybpay.lifetouch.com
Yearbook ID 8829514
The link can also be found on this website.
6GC P4P RECAP
Submitted by: Mrs. Nicholson
The results for what began on Monday, February 10th and continued through Friday, February 21st, are in! The 6GC student council sponsored a Pennies for Patients collection to benefit the leukemia and lymphoma society.
Congratulations to the 6GC for raising $1,011.03 for P4P this year. That is our largest donation yet!!!
Congrats, too, to the top classrooms:
1. Mr. Martin $339.75 – PRIDE Class Pizza Winners!
2. Mrs. McCory: $192.38
3. Mrs. Schepman: $118.61
2014 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER
This week: T-minus 1, HERE WE GO!
Until next week...