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!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Culture of Kindness

This is a picture of a bulletin board that promotes spreading kindness like confetti.
                                Our new bulletin board outside of the Guidance Office


As we end September and officially head into the fall, we wanted to thank all of the students, teachers, and parents for an amazing start to the school year.  Over the first month of school, we have seen a decrease in tardies, absences, and detentions from last school year at this time.  The kids are working hard and have been treating each other, and the school, with respect!  This proves our belief that the more we work towards creating a positive school culture and climate, the more our students will want to be here, and want to consistently do the right thing!

Here are some upcoming events here at SMS:

Oct 5th - Our first 1/2 day of the year.  Lunch will be served and dismissal will be at 12:30

Oct 9th - Columbus Day - No School

Oct 11th - Midterm grades close

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










Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Celebrations

Fall Celebrations

This image showcases one of the school's new water refill station located on the first floor.

Today marks the first day of fall and we already have a lot to celebrate at SMS! Thanks to our friends at the PTO, For The Love of Swampscott and two of our teachers, Mr. Andrake and Mrs. Vanderhoof, Swampscott Middle School now has two water refill stations.  These stations are not only environmentally friendly but will also us to track water consumption at our school. The first water refill station is located outside of the first-floor teacher's room and the second one sits in the 6th-grade hallway across from Mrs. Dalton's room.

We also celebrate the teachers of the Blue Lobsters who gave their students a day to remember at Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA. The 8B students received first class lessons in marine biology and even got the opportunity to use seine nets in the sea.  It truly was an experience that no one will ever forget! Please enjoy the images below that capture the magic of that day.





Friday, September 15, 2017

Home of the Big Blue

This image shows our current 8th Grade class at Swampscott Middle School gathered outside in front of the building. The students are celebrating the new home of the Big Blue sign.
Our 8th graders in front of the new SMS sign.

We would like to thank our PTO for buying our amazing new sign.  So many of our students have already commented about how much they love this new addition over our front doorway, and some of them were literally cheering when they first laid eyes on it!  This provides an added sense of pride to our students and staff, as well as an overall aesthetic improvement.  

Thanks to all of the parents and guardians who came out to listen to our fantastic teachers at our Curriculum Nights.  We had a tremendous turnout on both nights.  This just proves that our home to school connection in this community is second to none.  Let's continue to work together this year to make sure that your children have an amazing experience at SMS!

Thanks to everyone for another incredible week here at SMS!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Never Forget -9/11



We wanted to share with our entire SMS community the message delivered over the announcements this morning.  The day started with the song above.

Good Morning Swampscott Middle School. On September 11, 2001, hijacked planes struck the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in Shanksville, PA.  We watched in horror as thousands of innocent lives were taken and our country was fractured.  Sixteen years later, it is still incredibly difficult to see the news coverage of the tragedy that took place on this day.  However, in the wake of such devastation, our country also proved just how strong we are.  Strangers became neighbors who dedicated their time, provided unwavering support, and extended comfort to those who needed it the most.  Certainly, we could use a bit more of the kindness that followed the devastation of 9/11 in today’s world. To pay tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11th, and also to the heroes of that day, we will now pause for a moment of silence. 

Be good to each other.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Working Collaboratively Towards Change


This logo says, "Be the Difference," and is meant to remind our students and staff that we are in charge of making a positive difference at Swampscott Middle School.


We finished a great four day week here at SMS and are looking forward to our first full week of the school year coming up!  Just a reminder that Curriculum Nights are on Sept 12th from 6pm-7pm for 5th & 6th-grade parents/guardians and Sept 14th from 6pm-7pm for 7th & 8th-grade parents/guardians. We are excited for parents and guardians to meet our teachers and hear about the incredible year that lies ahead.

As mentioned in our previous blog about social media, we spoke with each grade this week about being safe, smart, and kind while online.  A big thanks go out to Officer Reen for coming to SMS to help talk to our 6th-8th-grade students about being safe on social media.  Working collaboratively with the Swampscott Police Department benefits all of our students, and helps keep our children safe both in and out of school.

Thanks to all of the students and teachers for another fantastic week.  Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you on Monday!

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