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   NEWS FROM THE MIDDLE

March 29, 2017

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Upcoming Events…   

  • April 3 – 6:30PM PAWS meeting at HSMS
  • April 13 – 1:15 Early release
  • April 14 – No School
  • April 17 – No school
  • April 18-21 – 8th grade SD Science Assessment testing
  • April 24-28 – Smarter Balance testing all grades

Ongoing grades:

Please continue to monitor your learner’s progress at school by using Parent Portal to view a real-time update of where each learner is on each individual standard in each class. If you need help accessing the current grades, please contact the office and complete the signup form for parent portal.

As a reminder, if a learner has a ‘N’ in any standard in any course, summer school will be mandated for that learner. If in question about what a learner can do to improve a grade in a standard, please contact the specific teacher.

Additionally, the academic resource of Power Hour is available for all learners to take advantage. Power Hour before school is available from 7:30 to 8:00 and afternoon Power Hour goes until 4:00.

 

Dress Code:

With the new quarter, we would just like to remind students and parents about the dress code:

In order to promote a positive and safe learning environment, all students need to follow the following guidelines:

1. Students may not wear clothing with writing, slogans, pictures, or symbols that depict alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. Students may not wear clothing with writing, slogans, pictures, or symbols that depict obscenities, vulgarity, racism, sex, sexual innuendo, violence, or gang affiliation.
2. Students may not wear immodest clothing, which includes clothing that exposes undergarments or inappropriately exposes the body. (Examples would include but are not limited to: spaghetti strap tops; tube tops; low-cut tops; halter tops; midriff tops; backless tops; “muscle” tops; and skirts and shorts must reach second knuckle length of the hand.)
3. Shoes are to be worn at all times. Slippers are not acceptable footwear.
4. Students may not wear pants in a sagging manner (below the hips.)
5. Students may not wear or carry hats, caps, head wrap, bandannas, or other head apparel during the school day, unless that head apparel is part of a student’s customary religious attire.
6. Students may not wear chains that hang down or are used as belts.
7. Students may not wear clothing or accessories with spikes/sharp objects.
8. Students may not wear sunglasses during the day.
9. Students may not wear winter coats during the school day.
10. Students may not wear shorts during the 2nd or 3rd quarters.
*The administration reserves the right to make a determination on student clothing on an individual basis.

 

Winter Weather Letter:

Remember, even though it’s March, South Dakota can still have a snow storm.  Please see our “Connect” page for a letter about Winter Weather from Mr. Holbeck

 



Pop Tabs:

Please support the Ronald McDonald House now through April 7th by sending pop tabs to school with your learner. The pop tabs donated with be taken to the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls where they will be recycled for money. This money helps to support families in need through the Ronald McDonald House. Our goal is to collect nine pounds of pop tabs as a school. Student Council thanks you for any support you are able to provide.

From the Nurse:

Refer to the HEALTH page under General Health Information for  “Temporary Exclusion from School Setting Guidelines” for illnesses/medical conditions

 

Advanced Placement Criteria:

English Language Arts Data:

  • Grade in class needs a 90% average & 12 teacher received points
  • MAP Score: Need TWO 85% or above
  • Smarter Balance Score: Need a 4/list level and score
  • TAG Placement (This is done in elementary only)
  • Placement requires 3/4 criteria met
  • Teacher Recommendation Criteria and Scores
    1. Meets or exceeds standards for coursework.
    2. Is fully engaged in the learning activities.
    3. Demonstrates a strong desire to be challenged.
    4. Is capable of doing A or B+ work with content a year ahead of current grade level.

Social Studies Data:

  • Grade in class needs a 90% average & 12 teacher received points
  • MAP Reading Score: Need TWO over 85% or a Smarter Balance Score if 4 in Reading
  • DBQ Analysis
  • TAG Placement (This is done in elementary only)
  • Placement requires 3/4 criteria met
  • Teacher Recommendation Criteria and Scores
    1. Meets or exceeds standards for coursework.
    2. Is fully engaged in the learning activities.
    3. Demonstrates a strong desire to be challenged.
    4. Is capable of doing A or B+ work with content a year ahead of current grade level.

Math Data:

  • Grade in class needs a 90% average & 12 teacher received points
  • MAP Reading Score: Need TWO over 85% or above
  • Smarter Balance Score: Need a 4/list level and score
  • TAG Placement (This is done in elementary only)
  • Placement Test Algebra Readiness Only: Needs a score of 85%
  • Placement requires 3/4 criteria met
  • Teacher Recommendation Criteria and Scores
    1. Meets or exceeds standards for coursework.
    2. Is fully engaged in the learning activities.
    3. Demonstrates a strong desire to be challenged.
    4. Is capable of doing A or B+ work with content a year ahead of current grade level.

Science Data:

  • Grade in class needs a 90% average & 12 teacher received points
  • Placement Test: Needs a score of 85%
  • TAG Placement (This is done in elementary only)
  • MAP Math Score: Need TWO 85% or above
  • Placement requires 3/4 criteria met
  • Teacher Recommendation Criteria and Scores
    1. Meets or exceeds standards for coursework.
    2. Is fully engaged in the learning activities.
    3. Demonstrates a strong desire to be challenged.
    4. Is capable of doing A or B+ work with content a year ahead of current grade level.

*If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Wenger at Laurie.Wenger@k12.sd.us 

MakerSpace:

The HSMS MakerSpace is in need of Legos! We will take anything you are willing to give. This includes figures, Lego plates, special sets, or anything you are willing to give. Drop any donations off at the HSMS Library. 

 

 

Attendance:

Just a reminder if your student is going to be absent or late for school, to call the school office at 605.743.2567 option 4-1  before 9:00AM daily.  If your student is going to be out for an extended period of time and/or you would like classwork for the day, please let the office know about attendance and contact your students advisory teacher for missing work.

 

New Learner System:

Learners at South Middle School this year will be utilizing a learning management system called Buzz.  Please click here to read more on how to access the parent side of Buzz.

 

Parking Lot Drop Off/Pick Up Loop Safety:

  1. When entering our school to drop off or pick-up students, please use the South entrance. Drive forward through the loop and use the North exit. (see map below)
  2. The front loop of our parking lot is for drive-through and pick-up/drop off only.  It is a tow away zone since it is our Fire Lane to be used in the event of an emergency.  NO cars should be left unattended or parked in this zone for any reason and for any amount of time.  If you need to park, please use the designated “Guest” parking or the regular lot.
  3. When dropping off or picking up students, please use the RIGHT HAND LANE ONLY, and expect students to use the doors on the right side of the vehicle. In this manner, it is less likely for students to have to walk in front of a waiting car.   Please DO NOT PARK IN THE CROSSWALK, it makes especially dangerous for students and staff to cross the lane.
  4. When using the drop off/pick-up lane in the afternoon, please pull forward to where the bus parking starts by the library (see “X” on map below). Please do not block the handicap spaces or visitor parking if someone is parked in a space.
  5. Thank you for all your help and cooperation to keep everyone safe and still allow for everyone to get to school on time.parking lot

  

From the Counselor:

BackPack Program: HSMS is partnering with Feeding South Dakota again for the Backpack Program.  This program provides food to children throughout the 2016-2017 school year.  The program is designed to help students who have limited food in their home over the weekend.  Backpacks include food for snacks and even small meals.  Please contact Betsy Atwood to sign up for this program.

 

Parent Portal:

Are you signed up for Parent Portal?  If not, please see the form on our “Connect” page and return it to the front office or contact Jean Hudson at ext. 3010 or jean.hudson@k12.sd.us

 

Connect:

Check out the “Connect” tab on the  South Middle School website for more information on various things going on at HSMS and our community.

  • Parent Portal
  • Standards Based Learning
  • FCA Ironman Football
  • Avera Newsletter
  • Peanut Policy
  • HBA
  • Summer Gymnastic Camp
  • Sioux Falls Parks & Rec newsletter
  • Metro Wrestling Camp
  • SF Stampede Kids Night