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  • SMS Update - March 8

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 3/8/2017

    Don’t Delay! Schedule Your Child’s Student-Led Conference Today!
    Thank you to the 400 parents/guardians who have already scheduled their child’s student-led conference for March 21.

    If you have not scheduled your child’s conference, please do so by March 12. After March 12, all students without schedules will automatically be given a schedule.  We will send SLC confirmation letters home with students on March 15.

    Why should you attend conferences? Your child will share with you what they have learned at SMS this year, as well as input course requests for next year.  High school counselors will be available to assist our 8th graders.

    Use this link to access the online conference scheduler https://pickatime.com/sumnermiddleconferences.  If you need assistance, please contact Cheryl Jessop at 253-891-5000.   We look forward to seeing you at SLCs on March 21.

     

    Booster Donation Drive Going on NOW!
    Sumner Middle School values our Booster Parents!  Our Booster parents provide financial support to so many programs at SMS such as:

    ·         our end-of-the-year Bobcatpalooza that is free to all students

    ·         our after-school clubs and activities that provide engaging activities for our students

    ·         our arts and music programs that receive extra money to run their programs

    ·         our positive recognition program that provides rewards for students who earn Student-of-the-Month  awards and links

    ·         and so much more!

    This year, instead of hosting an auction, our Booster parents are running a Donation Drive.  Today, your child was given information from a Booster parent about this Donation Drive. You can also access this letter on the Booster parents’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Sumnermiddleschoolboosterclub/.  There are extra copies of this letter outside the Booster office located directly across from the main office. Donations can be placed in the Booster mailbox next to the Booster office.

    Thank you, Booster parents, for all of the support you provide the staff and students at Sumner Middle school.  Partnering with the Boosters makes a difference for all SMS students.

     

    Football (6-8) Volleyball (6-8) and Tennis (6-8) Athletic Clearance

    Practice times:

    7th and 8th Grade Football will issue gear on March 14

    ·         8th graders will receive their gear from 2:30 to 3:30; 8th graders can be picked up at 3:30 on March 14

    ·         7th graders will receive gear from 3:30-4:30. 7th graders will stay after school and hang out with the 8th graders as they are receiving gear; 7th graders can be picked up at 4:30 on March 14

     

    7th and 8th Grade Football first practice is March 15 from 2:30 - 5:30

    6th Grade Flag Football first practice is March 22, 2:30 - 4:00

    7th and 8th Grade Volleyball first practice is March 15, 2:30 - 5:00

    6th Grade Volleyball first practice is March 22, 2:30 - 4:00

    Co-Ed Tennis first practice is April 3, 2:30-4:00

     

    Athletic clearance needs to be completed online by using this FamilyID link: www.familyid.com/organizations/sumner-middle-school. You can also access the FamilyID link from the Sumner Middle School webpage. The link is open now!

     

    If my child was cleared for a Fall or Winter Sport, do I still need to complete an athletic clearance online?
    Yes. However, it will take you considerably less time than the first time. For the spring sports season, you only need to complete the Inherent Risk form online for the sport your child will be participating in and you need to make sure fees are paid.

     

    I have not registered before. How do I register my child?
    Make sure you have a current sports physical completed and signed by your doctor.  You will be able to upload a copy to FamilyID or send the copy you have to school with your son or daughter to give to Mike Jessee, our Athletic Coordinator.  If you already have a physical on file at SMS with Mr. Jessee he will enter the information once you have completed the registration form online.

     

    What are the fees for the winter sports and how do I pay?
    To make payments for the athletic fee you can do the following:  pay at the SMS office or go to the following link to pay online at https://payments.sumnersd.org/

     

    The fee schedule is as follows:
    Regular Fee
    Reduced Lunch Fee
    Free Lunch Fee
    6th Grade Athletic Participation Fee, per season
    $40
    $20
    $10
    6th Grade Athletic Participation Fee, full year
    $110
    $55
    $27.50
    7-8 Athletic Participation Fee, per season
    $60
    $30
    $15
    7-8 Athletic Participation Fee, full year
    $135
    $67.50
    $33.75
     

    FOLLOW SMS ATHLETICS ON TWITTER

    Follow @SMSAthletics15 for all things SMS sports! Game results, clearance items, and lots of fun stuff, too!

     

     

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  • SMS Update

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 1/25/2017

    Hello Bobcat Families!

     

    No School on Monday, January 30 for middle school and high school students. This is a teacher grading day.

     

    Change of semesters:  Friday, January 27 marks the end of first semester. First semester grades will be mailed home in mid-February. Second semester starts Tuesday, January 31 (no school on January 30).  Most students will see a change in at least one of their Encore classes.  8th grade students will either have Skills For Life or Pacific Northwest History added to their schedule. Students will receive second semester schedules this Friday, January 27.

     

    Intervention Class Letters:  Students who are remaining in Intervention classes or are being added or exited from Intervention classes will receive letters on Wednesday or Thursday this week to bring home.  Please ask your student about this. We are so proud of our Bobcats and the academic growth they have made so far this year! Let our counseling office know if you have questions at 253-891-5000.

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  • SMS Update

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 1/10/2017

    High School Showcases: DATE CHANGE
    Students in grades 8-11 and their families are invited to attend upcoming high school showcase events.  These open-house-style programs offer an opportunity to better understand students’ choices for classes at Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools, including graduation requirements, academic offerings, electives, extra-curricular activities and athletics.

     

    Jan. 17, 2017 (originally scheduled Feb. 7)
    Sumner High School , 1701 Main St. in Sumner
    6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Jan. 19, 2017 (originally scheduled Feb. 2)
    Bonney Lake High School, 10920 199th Ave. Ct. E. in Bonney Lake
    6 – 7:30 p.m.

     

    Waiver Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017
    The window for submitting all waivers for next school year is Jan. 1-31, 2017.  Resident students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school must complete the In-District Waiver Application. In-District Waiver Applications are not required each year for continued attendance unless transitioning to another school. (Example: Elementary to Middle School, or Middle School to High School)

    For students residing outside of the Sumner School District Attendance Boundaries, an Out-of-District Waiver Application is required. A Choice Transfer Request (Release of Attendance form) from the resident district is also required with the Out-of-District Waiver Application. Out-of-District Waiver Applications are required each year for continued attendance.

    For students wanting to transfer out of the Sumner School District, a Choice Transfer Request must be submitted to District Administration.

    Waiver Application Timeline:

    Jan. 1 - 31, 2017:  All waiver applications must be submitted for consideration.  (Per Board Policy 3140, waiver applications for children of Sumner School District employees are exempt from submittal deadlines.)
    Feb. 1 – Sept. 20, 2017:  District closed to new waiver requests.
    Sept. 20 – 29, 2017:  Waiver applications received during this period may be considered if it has been determined the grade level and building capacity allow. 
    Visit the District Website for more information.


    K-12 STEM Fair
    February 25, 2017
    Sumner Middle School
    10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

     


    STEM Fair gives students the opportunity to model the work of professional research scientists. Students who develop science projects learn or improve their skills in scientific method and experimentation, logical thinking and problem-solving, writing and public speaking, and advanced library research. Students will present projects to science fair judges, with the top projects moving on to regional competition in March.

     

    Each school will send first, second, and third place entries and two honorable mention entries per grade level on to the District Science Fair. To ask questions or to volunteer for the Science Fair, please e-mail Kelly Denn or Don Pruett. 

     

    Grades 6-12 Science Fair Schedule
    Registration: 9:00 a.m
    Students must register one half-hour before judging begins for their grade level.
    Grades 6-12 Judging: 9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m
    Grades 6-12 Awards Presentation: 12:00 p.m.

    6-8 Engineering Project Packet
    6-12 Science Project Packet
     
     

    Girls Soccer (6th- 8th) and Boys Basketball (6th -8th) Athletic Clearance
    7th/8th Girls Soccer will start practice on Thursday, January 12th.  Soccer practices start at 2:45 p.m. at Sumner High School and will end at 4:15 p.m. Players will ride the first load buses from Sumner Middle at 2:20 p.m. over to the high school. Practice will be on the turf at Sunset Stadium. Parents needs to pick athletes up from Sunset Stadium at 4:15 p.m.

     

    6th grade Girls Soccer will start on January 23rd from 2:30 to 4:00pm at Sumner Middle School. Practice days will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays,

     

    7th/8th Boys Basketball will start practice on Tuesday, January 10th in the gym at Sumner Middle. Basketball practice starts at 2:30 p.m. and will be over at 4:30 p.m.

     

    6th Boys Basketball practice will start on January 17th from 2:30-4:00pm. 6th grade boys will also practice on January 19, 23, 25, and 27.  Coaches will hand out a schedule with the remaining practice dates.

     

    All athletic clearance needs to be completed online by using the following FamilyID link: www.familyid.com/organizations/sumner-middle-school. You can also access the FamilyID link from the Sumner Middle School webpage.

     

    If my child was cleared for a sport in a previous season, do I still need to complete an athletic clearance online?
    Yes. However, it will take you considerably less time than the first time. You will still need to click on the “2017 Boys Basketball and Girls Soccer Registration” link on the FamilyID site. In the participant information section, a box reads 'add participant below or click to select'. You can click in this box and should see any students you have registered in the past as options. Select your child's name and the entire form will fill in. Next, select the sport your child plans to play and sign those sports specific agreements. Finally, make sure all fees are paid at the school.

     

    I have not registered before. How do I register my child?
    Make sure you have a current physical completed and signed by your doctor.  You will be able to upload a copy to FamilyID or send the copy you have to school with your son or daughter to give to Mike Jessee, our Athletic Coordinator.  If you already have a physical on file at SMS with Mr. Jessee he will enter the information once you have completed the registration form online.

     

    What are the fees for the winter sports and how do I pay?
    To make payments for the athletic fee you can do the following:  pay at the SMS office or go to the following link to pay online at https://payments.sumnersd.org/

     

    The fee schedule is as follows:

    6th Grade Athletic Participation Fee, per season (Regular Fee: $40, Reduced Lunch Fee: $20, Free Lunch Fee: $10)
    6th Grade Athletic Participation Fee, full year (Regular Fee: $110, Reduced Lunch Fee: $55, Free Lunch Fee: $27.50)
    7-8 Athletic Participation Fee, per season (Regular Fee: $60, Reduced Lunch Fee: $30, Free Lunch Fee: $15)
    7-8 Athletic Participation Fee, full year (Regular Fee: $135, Reduced Lunch Fee: $67.50, Free Lunch Fee: $33.75)
     

     

    FOLLOW SMS ATHLETICS ON TWITTER

    Follow SMSAthletics15 for all things SMS sports! Game results, clearance items, and lots of fun stuff, too!

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  • SMS Update

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 12/21/2016

    Girls Soccer (6th- 8th) and Boys Basketball (6th -8th) Athletic Clearance
    7th/8th Girls Soccer will start practice on Thursday, January 12th.  Soccer practices start at 2:45 p.m. at Sumner High School and will end at 4:15 p.m. Players will ride the first load buses from Sumner Middle at 2:20 p.m. over to the high school. Practice will be on the turf at Sunset Stadium. Parents needs to pick athletes up from Sunset Stadium at 4:15 p.m.

     

    7th/8th Boys Basketball will start practice on Tuesday, January 10th in the gym at Sumner Middle. Basketball practice starts at 2:30 p.m. and will be over at 4:30 p.m.

     

    6th Girls Soccer and 6th Boys Basketball practice information will be released shortly.

     

    All athletic clearance needs to be completed online by using the following FamilyID link: www.familyid.com/organizations/sumner-middle-school. You can also access the FamilyID link from the Sumner Middle School webpage.

     

    If my child was cleared for a sport in a previous season, do I still need to complete an athletic clearance online?
    Yes. However, it will take you considerably less time than the first time. You will still need to click on the “2017 Boys Basketball and Girls Soccer Registration” link on the FamilyID site. In the participant information section, a box reads 'add participant below or click to select'. You can click in this box and should see any students you have registered in the past as options. Select your child's name and the entire form will fill in. Next, select the sport your child plans to play and sign those sports specific agreements. Finally, make sure all fees are paid at the school.

     

    I have not registered before. How do I register my child?
    Make sure you have a current physical completed and signed by your doctor.  You will be able to upload a copy to FamilyID or send the copy you have to school with your son or daughter to give to Mike Jessee, our Athletic Coordinator.  If you already have a physical on file at SMS with Mr. Jessee he will enter the information once you have completed the registration form online.

     

    What are the fees for the winter sports and how do I pay?
    To make payments for the athletic fee you can do the following:  pay at the SMS office or go to the following link to pay online at https://payments.sumnersd.org/

     

    The fee schedule is as follows:

     

    6th Grade Athletic Participation Fee, per season (Regular Fee: $40, Reduced Lunch Fee: $20, Free Lunch Fee: $10)
    6th Grade Athletic Participation Fee, full year (Regular Fee: $110, Reduced Lunch Fee: $55, Free Lunch Fee: $27.50)
    7-8 Athletic Participation Fee, per season (Regular Fee: $60, Reduced Lunch Fee: $30, Free Lunch Fee: $15)
    7-8 Athletic Participation Fee, full year (Regular Fee: $135, Reduced Lunch Fee: $67.50, Free Lunch Fee: $33.75)
     

     

    FOLLOW SMS ATHLETICS ON TWITTER

    Follow SMSAthletics15 for all things SMS sports! Game results, clearance items, and lots of fun stuff, too!

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  • SMS Update

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 12/7/2016

    Inclement Weather
    When inclement weather occurs, our goal is to make information available to families about school closure or changes in the school schedule by 5:30 a.m. In this digital age, here's how we can quickly reach you with this information:

     

    Family Access: Log into Family Access and click on "Skylert" located in the left-side column. The options you can choose in the "Emergency" column designate how we contact you with closure or school schedule changes. Please be aware that if all "emergency" boxes are checked for various contacts, you could receive closure or changes in the school schedule information multiple ways such as by house phone, cell phone, email, and/or text.

     

    FlashAlert: The Sumner School District uses FlashAlert Newswire (previously schoolreport.org) to inform media and parents of weather closures and school schedule information. Families can subscribe to information posted on the Newswire at www.flashalert.net.
    Please continue to stay informed by accessing the Emergency Hotline (253-891-6001), the Sumner School District website and staying connected on Facebook and Twitter.   

     

    Toy Drive
    Sumner Middle School is proud to be partnering with the Sumner Police Department as they support local families by collecting new, unwrapped toys, now until December 12.  Toys for all ages are appreciated!  The collection boxes are located on the stage in the school commons.

     

    Changes Next Week: Please Plan Ahead!
    Some important changes next week:

    We will not have Wednesday Morning Wake-Up next Wednesday, December 14.  Students can begin arriving at 8:40 am on Wednesday, December 14.

     

    There will be no after school activities on Friday, December 16. Students need to head home at 2:25pm on Friday, December 16.
    Thank you for planning ahead.

     

    Winter Break
    Winter break is December 19 through January 2.  We return to school on Tuesday, January 3. Happy Holidays!!! Enjoy this time with family and friends!

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  • SMS Update

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 11/21/2016

    Wednesday, November 23:

     

    It’s a normal Wednesday for middle and high schools. School starts at 9:05 am and ends at 2:25 pm. (There has been some confusion since elementary schools do not have school on Wednesday).

     

    All after school clubs are cancelled on Wednesday:

    NO PAWS Club
    NO Pawsitive Choices Club
    NO Photography Club
    Students need to head home when school is over at 2:25pm

     

    Basketball practice is cancelled on Wednesday.  We do have wrestling practice on Wednesday.

    Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25: NO SCHOOL

     

    Enjoy your time with family and friends!

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  • SMS Update

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 11/14/2016

    FUNDRAISER
    Thank you to all of our students and families who contributed to our ASB fundraiser. This fundraiser is our ONE big student fundraiser of the year—it funds our student athletics and extra-curricular activities. Thanks to you, we raised over $8,000 for our student programs.

     

    Fundraiser Pick-Up on Wednesday, November 16 from 2:40pm to 5:30pm
    Fundraiser products are being delivered to the school, November 16Please make arrangements to pick up your orders between 2:40-5:30pm or arrange for a friend to pick up for you.  We do NOT have storage or freezers at the school and many items need immediate refrigeration so they will need to be picked up on Wednesday. 

                Limo rides for students who sold 15 or more items

    Students who sold 15 or more items will take a limo ride to Yeti Yogurt on November 16 during lunch.  Permission slips have been given to these students and they need to be returned no later than the morning of November 16. Thank you to our top sellers!

     

    8th GRADE SKILLS FOR LIFE
    If your child is in an 8th grade Skills for Life class this semester, please be advised that your child will be participating in the district approved KNOW curriculum.  Topics may include:

    • Human Growth and Development (sex education)
    • Human Relations (birth, death, divorce)
    • Personal Safety (this unit includes the prevention of child sexual abuse.) 
    • HIV/AIDS Prevention:  This curriculum is required by state law, 1988 AIDS Omnibus Act, RCW 28A.230.070. Detailed information on this requirement is available at the OSPI website.  Please note: Before a parent/guardian can have their child excused from participation in the HIV/AIDS prevention program, the state requires the parent/guardian to first preview the materials.

    Your opportunities to preview the curriculum:

    • Attend Prevention Curriculum Review Night on November 22, from 4:30-6:30pm at Sumner High School’s Library Resource Center. Stop by to preview the curriculum, including videos. This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to understand the health content at each grade level, preview teaching materials and ask questions about the resources used in the classroom.
    • The curriculum may be previewed at this website: http://www.k12.wa.us/HIVSexualHealth/KNOW.aspx

    If you have any questions, please call our main office at 253-891-5000.

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  • SMS Update

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 10/31/2016

    Picture retake is this Wednesday, November 2!
    Picture retakes are for students who were:

    • absent on our first picture day
      • Pictures can be ordered online at www.mylifetouch.com.  Use Picture Day ID: LS226904Q1.  We also have picture packets available in our main office.
    • not satisfied with the pictures taken on September 19
      • If you are not satisfied with your pictures, make sure you bring the picture packet back to school on Picture Retake Day, November 2

     

    Fall/Winter Sports!
    Wrestling and girls’ basketball started last week.  Today, 6th grade girls turn out for their first practice.  Remember to check the SMS sport calendar on the Sumner Middle website for up-to-date information about games. Click here to go directly to our calendar.

    Practice times:

    • Wrestling practice: 2:30 - 4:30
    • 7th/8th Grade Basketball practice: 2:30 - 4:45
    • 6th Grade Basketball practice: 2:30 - 4:00. 6th graders will practice every day for the first couple weeks.

     

    Resources for the upcoming holiday season!
    Thanksgiving food baskets for you and your family

    • contact your child’s counselor by Friday, November 4 if you are in need of food for Thanksgiving. Counselors can be reached at 253-891-5000; Shawna Eklund (last names A-K); Donna Knutsen (last names L-Z).

    Holiday Wish List

    • If you would like help getting your child a gift this holiday season please contact your child’s counselor by Wednesday, November 23.

    Winter clothing

    • It is getting cold outside!  Let us know if you need help getting your child a winter jacket, shoes, hats, and/or gloves.

     

    Mom And Me Mobile Medical Clinic
    The Mom and Me Mobile Medical Clinic offers free basic healthcare to any individual in need.  There is no cost for care.  They will be at the Orting Food Bank (224 Washington Ave S., Orting, WA ) on November 5 at 10am.  For more information call 360-367-6992 or visit momandmemobile.org to see a calendar of upcoming locations.

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  • SMS Update

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 10/20/2016

    Friday, October 21: Dance/Activities from 2:30 - 4:30pm

    Our dance will be held Friday, October 21 from 2:30 to 4:30pm.  Activities other than dancing will be offered such as karaoke, ping pong, games, and basketball.  Snacks will be available for purchase.

    Dance tickets were on sale all week. Tickets can still be purchased first thing Friday morning.  Tickets cost $3.00 with ASB and $5.00 without ASB. 

    Students are not allowed to leave the dance without parent permission.  Students must be picked up promptly at 4:30pm. 

    Important traffic alert: the Sumner High School Homecoming parade starts at 4:30pm in downtown Sumner on October 21.

     

    Due to the dance, there will NOT be PAWS Club on Friday.

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  • SMS Update

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 10/13/2016

    FUNDRAISER UPDATE! Thank you to all families who participated in our fundraiser! If your student did not turn in their forms today, they are due to the SMS office Friday, October 14th so that the orders can be processed.  Thank you again for supporting our clubs/activities/athletics! Please call 253-891-5000 with questions.

     

    WRESTLING AND GIRLS BASKETBALL! Reminder—our second sports season is just around the corner. Practices for wrestling and girls' basketball start on October 25th.  Please check with our Athletic Coordinator, Mr. Jessee to get cleared to participate! Sign up online at: https://www.familyid.com/organizations/sumner-middle-school

     

    SPIRIT WEEK!  Next week is Spirit Week with our first activity/dance being held on Friday, October 21st from 2:30-4:30pm. The cost is $3.00 with ASB, $5.00 without ASB.

     

    Monday, 10/17- COMFY/LAZY DAY

    Tuesday, 10/18- CHARACTER DAY! (Disney, Anime, Pixar, Cartoons, etc.)

    Wednesday, 10/19- CRAZY HAIR/HAT DAY

    Thursday, 10/20- GAME DAY (Sports, Games, Gamers, etc)

    Friday, 10/21- PINK DAY (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

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