Newsletter
FEBRUARY 2019 E-NEWS
THE THREE TAB SYSTEM
With our growing technology, it is now easier than ever to keep up with your student's progress at school. Through electronic gradebooks, web pages, apps, and email, guardians have almost instant access their student's academic resources and performance. At SMS, our guidance department recommends that parents set up a three tab system to see a pretty comprehensive picture of what is going on in their student's academic world. Those three website tabs are as follows: Gradebook (SIS), Google Classroom, and the Team Website. To help explain how to set up the three tab system, Fort Zumwalt's own Scott Wolz has created a helpful video to walk you through the steps. 

Three Tab System

As always, if you have any questions about accessing any of the three websites mentioned in the video, please contact our guidance or main office.
BOOK FAIR SET FOR FEB. 25 - MARCH 1
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The Scholastic Book Fair will be at South Middle School the week of February 25th through March 1st.  More information to come.

 For additional information click here: Bookfair.

The link is active, however, the online book fair will not start until February 25, 2019.

 

INTRAMURAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND CANCER INSTITUTE FUNDRAISER
Mr Galati

SMS celebrated Valentine's Day with our Intramural Basketball Championships and some of our favorite teachers getting "PIED" in the face.  We had some very competitive basketball games as the "No Names" wearing pink pinnies won the 6th grade championship, team "Luke Surtin" wearing black pinnies was our 7th grade champion, and the 8th graders, playing in a round robin format, were led by Jorden Williams and won the championships game in overtime on a basket by Bryn Pawlik.  Very exciting games all morning long.  

More importantly, our SMS community of teachers, students, and their families came together and raised almost $2000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  SMS teacher, Kris Johnson, along with help from the runner's club and Student Council, held a fundraiser that allowed students to donate money in an effort to see his or her teacher get pied in the face during halftime of the basketball games. Students who donated were placed in a drawing and one from each grade level was drawn to deliver that pie in the face to the winning teacher. Our winning teachers were:  Ms. Herkenhoff - 6th grader, Mr. Oden - 7th grade, and Ms. Tulk - 8th grade.

Many thanks to everyone coming together and making this another great day at SMS!
Girls basketball intramural
6th GRADE PREVIEW NIGHT
It’s that time of year in which we welcome incoming 6th grade SMS Mustangs and their families to our annual 6th Grade Preview Night. On Thursday, February 7, 2019 students and their parents had the opportunity to learn about the middle school day, tour the school, and participate in some activities that helped them choose their elective class. As an added bonus, there were some great performances by our own South Middle School band, choir, and orchestra. Many families braved the cold weather and had the opportunity to buy warm spirit wear before the night events began. It was a great opportunity for Dr. Entwistle, our building principal to greet our families. Mrs. Ward, our sixth grade assistant principal shared all in the highlights of starting middle school while many other of our staff members were able to spend time meeting and speaking with our future Mustangs and their families. 

THE MUSTANG MISSION

A Caring, Capable, Connected Community

CARING:
Think about how your actions will affect others.
Stand up for someone if they are being bullied. No bullying at South Middle.
Make others feel that they can be themselves.
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Be brave, be truthful, and be nice.

CAPABLE:
TRY ... and try again.
Believe in yourself and your ideas. Say, “I   can!” Strive for excellence with grades,   sports,  family, and friends.
Set and complete goals for yourself.
Balance your workload. Don’t stress yourself out.

CONNECTED:
Be a leader. Be a role model.
Be willing to try something new.
Be there for each other.
Support others’ ideas.
Encourage others to do the right things.

COMMUNITY:
Make everyone at SMS feel worthy… because they are.
Work as a team. We’re all in this together!
Embrace every race, religion, and culture.
Support others’ ideas.
Volunteer and be active in your school community and beyond.

Important Dates
3/8   Records Day - no school
3/11-3/15 Spring Break - no school
4/2   Election Day - no school
4/19-4/22 Easter Break - no school

To see other important dates for the school year, access our calendar on the South Middle School Website or via the Fort Zumwalt District App


Intramurals
Dance 6th, 7th, & 8th - 2/11/19-2/28/19
Table Tennis 7th & 8th - 2/11/19-2/27/19
Badminton 6th, 7th, & 8th - 2/21/19-3/27/19
Softball 7th & 8th - 3/28/19-4/18/19



A+ Tutor 
February Schedule
February 25th, 26th, 27, & 28th from 2:25pm - 3:15pm

A+ information
Available every Monday through Thursday from 2:25-3:15
Monday & Wednesday focus on:
English & Social Studies
Tuesday& Thursday focus on:
Math & Science


Mustang of the Month

Teacher of the Month:
Ms. Laura Disterhaupt

Support Staff of the Month:
Ms. Julie Merz


Office Hours:
6:45 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Regular Day Bell Schedule:
Arrival Bell: 7:05
Warning Bell: 7:15
1st Hour: 7:20 - 8:20
2nd Hour: 8:25 - 9:25
3rd Hour: 9:30 - 10:30
4th Hour: 10:35 - 12:10 (Lunch)
5th Hour: 12:15 - 1:15
6th Hour: 1:20 - 2:20


Lunch:
6th Grade: 10:30 - 11:00
7th Grade: 11:05 - 11:35
8th Grade: 11:40 - 12:10


Mustang Spirit Wear
Due to popular demand, we have ordered more spirit wear.  To pick up your very own Mustang spirit wear, contact Mr. Wilber in the 8th grade office or contact call the main office. 

T-Shirts - $8
Beanies - $8
Sweat Shirts - $20

*T-Shirts and Sweat Shirts available in the colors read, white, and black.


Administration 
Dr. Buddy Entwistle
Building Principal

Ms. Karen Ward
6th Grade Assistant Principal

Mr. Eric Schwendeman
7th Grade Assistant Principal

Mr. Seth Wilber
8th Grade Assistant Principal

Counselors
Dan Huniker - 6th Grade

Julie Modaff - 7th Grade

Patricia Wolz - 8th Grade
  
Lindsay Mosley - Crisis Counselor
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