Friday, December 8, 2017

Tis' the Season

Our 5th Graders Making Gingerbread Houses
                                  Our 5th graders making gingerbread houses.


Upcoming Events:

Parent Conferences:

Dec 12th from 1-4 - 12:30 Dismissal
Dec 14th from 1-4 and 6-8 - 12:30 Dismissal

Vacation Begins: 
Dec 22nd - 1/2 day ending at 12:00.  Lunch will NOT be served.  See you on January 2nd.

Spread Good Cheer
At Swampscott Middle School, we are constantly reminding our students the importance of kindness.  During the month of December, we would love to have our students extend one act of kindness each day.  

Winter Drive
The SMS Winter Clothing and Winter Gear Drive Has Started! SMS is once again holding its Cradles to Crayons Drive. We are collecting new and gently used:
  • kids' seasonal clothing such as long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, pants, and jeans
  • winter coats and jackets
  • gear such as snow pants, boots, hats, mittens, and gloves. 
Sizes newborn to teen are greatly appreciated. Donations will be collected from 12/1 through 12/20 in our lobby. Questions? Please contact Erica Vanderhoof at vanderhoof@swampscott.k12.ma.us


Friday, November 17, 2017

So Thankful

Our 6th Graders engaged in a mindfulness activity with Ms. Cresta

We have many reasons to be thankful here at Swampscott Middle School.  We want to express our gratitude for our dedicated and hardworking staff members who show up every single day willing to do whatever it takes to provide our students with incredible learning experiences.  Special thanks to our students who come to school each day with curious minds, strong work ethics, and kind hearts. 

Upcoming News & Events:


Turkey Drive
Thank you to all who contributed to the Thanksgiving turkey drive this year.  We were able to collect just over $340 in cash and gift cards to donate to My Brother's Table to help local families in need.  Many thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. 

Annual Volleyball Tournament
Grade Level Champions will be crowned on Wednesday, November 22nd.  Stay tuned for pictures of the action! Please have students wear or bring sneakers to school Monday through Wednesday in preparation to play.  

Thanksgiving Break

Please be advised that there is a noon dismissal on Wednesday, November 22nd (no lunch served) and no school on Thursday, November 23rd, and Friday, November 24th.  

End of First Trimester
The First Trimester ends on November 22nd.  Grades will be posted online for students and families to view on Friday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m.

Winter Clothing and Winter Gear Drive Coming Soon!
SMS will once again be holding its Cradles to Crayons Drive. We will be collecting new and gently used kids' winter clothing and winter gear such as long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, coats, snow pants, boots, hats, and mittens. Sizes newborn to teen will be greatly appreciated. Donations will be collected starting December 1st in the Lobby.

Picture Re-Take Day
Picture Retakes will happen on Tuesday, November 28th.  If you are retaking a picture you must bring back your originals to swap out. 

Parent Conferences
Parents and Guardians will be able to sign up online for teacher conferences on Monday, November 27th at 6:00 p.m. Detailed information regarding sign-ups and conference dates will come out next week before break.  





Friday, November 3, 2017

Big Blue Pride Winners, Honoring Veterans, My Brother's Table and Upcoming News & Events

This is a picture of our Big Blue Pride Winners for the month of October. They are standing under the Big Blue Banner outside of the school.

Our October Big Blue Pride Winners. We are so proud of you! 

Pictured above:  Addie Wood, Lauryn Fahey, Yani Pizarro, Chloe Puzzo, Lily Reiter, Will Van Dam, Greg Keane, and Jennifer Bartram. 
*Not pictured are our 6th-grade winners who are away in Nature's Classroom:  Carson Palmer and Isabella Morales.



Dear Students and Families,

We at SMS would like to honor our veterans in a variety of ways in observance of Veterans Day on November 11th.

In the lobby, we are asking students and staff to write notes of thanks and support to our veterans. If any family has a name or a photograph of veteran it would like to honor, please email the information to Erica Vanderhoof at vanderhoof@swampscott.k12.ma.us or place the name and/or photograph in a box in the lobby.

Additionally, proceeds collected from a Hat Day on Thursday, November 9th where students and staff donate $1 to wear a hat to school, will be sent to a nonprofit that supports veterans and their families.

Thank you for helping SMS to honor our veterans.


My Brother's Table:

This year will be our 6th year collecting money and gift card donations to local grocery stores (Market Basket, Shaw's, and Stop & Shop) to sponsor turkey dinners for local families through My Brother's Table.  We will be collecting items from November 6th-16th.  A donation box for gift cards will be available in the front lobby.  In addition, Grade 8 students will be collecting in the cafeteria at each student lunch from Monday, November 13th until Thursday, November 16th.

The My Brother’s Table staff and guests are always very appreciative of our assistance and involvement at this crucial time of year. For more information about the organization and other ways you can help, please visit their website http://www.mybrotherstable.org/about.shtml.

Thank you in advance!
Mrs. Baer and Mrs. Vanderhoof 

Nov 7th - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

Nov 9th - "Hats Off for Veterans" Day - Students can pay $1 to wear a hat to school.  Donations will go towards a veterans non-profit organization.

Nov 10th - NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

Nov 22nd - First term grades close

Nov 22nd - Swampscott Middle School Volleyball Tournament of Champions

Dec 1st - Report cards available online at 2:00pm

Friday, October 27, 2017

News and Announcements at Swampscott Middle School

This picture shows a thank you bulletin board for our new water refill stations
                              We are so grateful for our water refill stations, and PJ Day was a hit!


Oct 27th - HOMEWORK FREE WEEKEND

Oct 31st - Halloween - Students in grades 5-8 are allowed to wear costumes to school.  However, no masks that conceal a student's face and no costumes that have weapons are allowed.

Nov 1st - MCAS Parent Information Night.  Please follow the link below to learn more about the event:

MCAS Parent Information Night 

This past spring, all students in grades 3-8 took the new Next Generation
MCAS test, while grade 10 students took the “legacy” test. The new tests
have more rigorous expectations and different scoring descriptors than the
“legacy” test. Please join us for an informative presentation about the
Next Generation MCAS test as well as plans for the grade 10 transition to
the new test.

November 2nd - Open House at Swampscott High School. Please follow the link below to learn more about the event: 

Swampscott High School Open House

Nov 9th - "Hats Off for Veterans" Day - Students can pay $1 to wear a hat to school.  Donations will go towards a veterans non-profit organization.

Friday, October 20, 2017

News from the Middle School


Image of Courtyard at Swampscott Middle School taken on October 20, 2017.

We had a great week here at Swampscott Middle School.

If you haven't already, please remember to check ASPEN as progress reports were posted on Wednesday.

The link below is helpful for viewing progress reports and report cards: 
News & Updates: 
Oct 27th - Pajama Day:  Students will pay $1 to wear school appropriate pajamas for the day.  The money will be collected by the National Junior Honor Society.

Oct 27th - HOMEWORK FREE WEEKEND

Oct 31st - Halloween - Students in grades 5-8 are allowed to wear costumes to school.  However, no masks that conceal a student's face and no costumes that have weapons are allowed.

November 2nd - Open House at Swampscott High School. Please follow the link below to learn more about the event: 

Swampscott High School Open House

School Safety and Security Letter:

Dear Swampscott Families,
As you know, the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. Throughout the school year, all Swampscott Public Schools practice emergency response procedures in order to attain that goal. These drills include fire, lockdown, and evacuation drills. All drills performed have three specific objectives: to improve our ability to protect students, evaluate our emergency operations plan, and improve our response skills.

With that in mind, our school will perform a “lockdown with barricade” drill in the near future during an unannounced date and time.  Assistant Principal Sanborn and I have already met with all classes in order to help prepare them for this drill, and to answer any questions they may have.

Remember, the purpose of this drill is to educate our children regarding the best practices related to school safety, to empower them with this knowledge, and ultimately, to achieve the highest level of safety for both our students and our staff. Given that purpose, we strongly encourage all students to fully participate in this drill. However, if for any reason you do not wish to have your child participate in the school’s upcoming drill, please contact me at (781) 596-8820 by the end of school on Wednesday, October 25th in order to submit this request.

Should you need any further information regarding this school safety training, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jason Calichman



Friday, October 13, 2017

Swampscott Middle School News and Upcoming Events


This image shows a tree in the fall season.


Swampscott Middle School News & Upcoming Events:

Oct 16th - Picture Day!  Please see link below for more information.
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15f11c1e889aedb3?projector=1

Oct 18th - Wear pink at SMS to support breast cancer awareness.  We are hoping to have as many people as possible at SMS wear pink.

Oct 18th - Progress Reports available online after 2:00pm (if you are new to the school your login information will be emailed home today).  Only 7th and 8th-grade students get their own Aspen accounts.  5th and 6th-grade student grades are only available to parent accounts.

The link below is helpful for viewing progress reports and report cards: 
Aspen Reports

Oct 27th - Pajama Day:  Students will pay $1 to wear school appropriate pajamas for the day.  The money will be collected by the National Junior Honor Society.

Oct 27th - HOMEWORK FREE WEEKEND

Oct 31st - Halloween - Students in grades 5-8 are allowed to wear costumes to school.  However, no masks that conceal a student's face and no costumes that have weapons are allowed.

Flier Information: 

We recently unveiled our new and improved website. The purpose was to make it as informative, dynamic, interactive, and user-friendly for families, staff, and the community. Now that this project is complete, we will no longer be sending any flyers (unless they are school related fundraisers) home to families/staff via email. We encourage all SPS families/staff to periodically check our district website:
https://www.swampscottps.org/community/flyers-information/ for Community Flyers & Information.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Big Blue Pride Awards & News

We are proud to announce our first group of Big Blue Pride winners.  These are students who are consistently doing the right thing and trying to make our school a better place.  Winners also include students that have shown incredible improvement in either the classroom or in his or her behavior. We truly believe that if we want our school to be a place of positivity and inspiration, then our students have to be our leaders.

Congratulations to our September winners! 


This image shows the winners of the Big Blue Pride Award for September. They are wearing their new Big Blue Pride shirts and standing under the banner outside of Swampscott Middle School.



Pictured from left to right are Isabella Zanni, Miah Cerutti, Cash Bayless, Frank Lin, Braeden Bozarjian, Nathan Filapiak, Joey Pilotte, Maura Cronin, Jack Raymond, Arjun Cooper, and Yaroslava "Petey" Shiryayeva. 

*James Dicker was also a recipient but not present in the above photograph.  

SMS News & Upcoming Events: 

Oct 9th - Columbus Day - No School

Oct 11th - Midterm grades close

Oct 16th - Picture Day 

Oct 18th - Progress Reports available online (if you are new to the school your login information will come the week before).

Flier Information: 

We recently unveiled our new and improved website. The purpose was to make it as informative, dynamic, interactive, and user-friendly for families, staff, and the community. Now that this project is complete, we will no longer be sending any flyers (unless they are school related fundraisers) home to families/staff via email. We encourage all SPS families/staff to periodically check our district website:
https://www.swampscottps.org/community/flyers-information/ for Community Flyers & Information.

Favorite Sports Team Day:

Thanks to everyone who participated in Favorite Sports Team Day here at SMS, and we look forward to our next school spirit day coming up soon.  Enjoy the long weekend!

Tis' the Season

                                  Our 5th graders making gingerbread houses. Upcoming Events: Parent Conferences: Dec 12th from 1-4 ...