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October 2012 Greetings from Sleeping Giant Middle School! Happy autumn and welcome to all of our new families! We continue to enroll new students even now as I am writing this October Newsletter! SGMS is a little more crowded in the hallways, since we have 48 more students now than we did in June, but the students have adjusted very well. The 2012-2013 school year is fully underway. Breakfast Club and Jazz Band auditions have been held, fall sports are halfway over, all students have completed the fall writing initiative assignment, and we have a Student Council at SGMS for the first time in many years! Student Council Mr. Pettit, Mrs. Hopkins, and Mrs. Rose decided that it was time for SGMS to have a student council once again and I couldn’t agree more! Fifteen students decided to be a part of this new adventure. They are: 8th grade – Charmaine Bigham, Katlyn Gillen, Haley Halstead, Jake Hintz, Maddie Patrick-Hughes, Kendyl Pierson, Alexandra Swoboda, Jadyn Yarborough 7th grade- Highly Peek 6th grade- Hunter Bohannon, Sonia Bornemann, Lilly Eaton, Emma Funk, Adam Lewis, Conor Pierson, The newly elected officers are: President: Katlyn Gillen Vice President: Jake Hintz Secretary: Emma Funk Treasurer: Haley Halstead Activities Director: Sonia Bornemann Congratulations to you all and thank you for providing this much needed service to SGMS! A few of the early agenda items are: to make our drinking fountains healthier, to participate in the PHS homecoming parade, and to discuss the value of a shorter passing time versus a longer lunch. Notes and Reminders: ATTENDANCE is critical to learning! We want your students here every school day, all day long, so that they can participate as much as possible in their classes. HOWEVER if your child has a fever and/or is vomiting, please keep him or her home and keep them home for 24 hours after the fever subsides and they have stopped vomiting. We have had quite a few sick students this year and we do not want to see these illnesses continue to be passed from one student to another. We have started the Before and After School Homework Club. Homework Club Days and Times are as follows: o In the mornings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00-8:00 with Mr. Pettit o Tuesday and Thursday mornings with Mrs. Raymond from 7:30-8:00 o In the afternoons on Monday through Thursday from 3:30-4:00 with Mrs. Willyerd o Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:15 with Mrs. Vogel o Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:15 with Mrs. Ehresmann Homework Club attendance is voluntary for most students. Homework Club will be assigned to students who have missing assignments. Chess club meets on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 in Mrs. Vogel’s room. School opens daily at 7:30 – the gym, library and computer lab are open for use. SGMS is serving breakfast and lunch daily in the SGMS cafeteria. The Food Pantry at SGMS is now open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30-4:00. October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. PE classes will be doing an anti-bullying unit next week and creating a video/podcast for an anti-bullying campaign for SGMS. In October/November PE classes will participate in the Elks Hoop Shoot at the school level. Winners from these contests will go on to the local contest early in November. More information will be forthcoming. Mr. Pettit and his 7th grade Science classes have invited the 7th grade students from Belgrade for a day of wetland investigations on Friday, October 12. Over 200 young scientists will be hard at work finding, identifying and investigating a variety of wetland species. A note from 7th Grade History about Enrichment Activities o Parents, please spend time supporting your child in 7th Grade History by encouraging reading. Students can enhance their learning by reading about the lives of famous people and how they affected the world. They can also expand their imaginations and learn much about history through actual histories and historical fiction. Our SGMS and the Public Library librarians can help you with reading suggestions. o Students earn credit in Language Arts and in History class through Reading Logs. Have your child record what is read on a Read-a-thon sheet and talk about what they learned with you. What a great way to have fun through conversations with your child! o Research tells us that spending time in these kinds of conversations with your child will deepen communication skills and help them when they encounter troubling times in their Middle School and High School years. o Here’s to great reading, great relationships, and great discussions! Contact Mrs. Bray, Mrs. Martenson, and the Public Library for reading ideas. The first dance of the year for SGMS is Friday October 26 from 3:30-5:30. The dance is sponsored by the Cougar Service Organization. The cost is $3 which includes free popcorn and pop. Other treats will be on sale. There will also be a costume contest. Parents interested in chaperoning, please call 222-3292. Students with perfect attendance will be able to attend the dance free of charge. The next home Volleyball game is October 4. The season ends on October 13 with the SGMS Tournament. Home Football for 7th grade is October 9 at 5:00 and the season ends for 7th grade on October 15 at home against Belgrade. Home football for 8th grade is September 29 at 9:00 am and October 6 at 9:00 am. The season ends for 8th grade on October 16 at Belgrade. All of the teams have had a great season so far and have learned a lot in these few weeks! Please pick up children promptly after practices and games. The “winter” season begins with 7/8 girls’ basketball starting on Monday October 22. Girls’ basketball signups will begin Wednesday, October 10. If you are planning on playing basketball this year, please pick up the required forms in the office and have them turned in before the first practice. Each student- athlete wishing to play will need to have a physical on file before they can practice. A $25 participation fee will also be required. Practice will begin October 22 at 3:30 in the SGMS gym. If Mr. Kessler does not have all of your paper work and money in, you will not be allowed to practice until that happens. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Kessler at email@example.com. Thanks and Go Cougars!!! The boys’ basketball season will begin after winter break. One Wednesday each month, Livingston Schools release students @ 2:15 for teacher professional development meetings. Teachers will remain at school for meetings until 5:00pm. Remaining Early Release Dates for 2012-2013 are: October 24, November 7, December 12, January 23, February 13, March 6, April 8, and May 8. SGMS will not have sports practices on those days. The Band/Choir performance schedule for October is as follows: October 23 5:00 6th Grade band and choir 6:00 7th Grade band and choir 7:00 8th Grade band and choir Reminder about concert attire: Students should be dressed nicely – girls in nice slacks, dress or skirt. Boys in nice slacks, shirt with a collar and tie. Nice shoes – not tennis shoes are preferred. Attendance at these concerts is a large percentage of the student’s quarter grade. Attendance is mandatory unless a student is ill and not in school that day, or in cases of family emergencies. Livingston ~ Naganohara Sister City Exchange program applications are available at the front offices at Park High School, Sleeping Giant Middle School, and St. Mary's. The program is open to all students between 12 and 15 as of August 1 and who attend a school within the Livingston city limits. Applications will need to be turned in at a mandatory orientation meeting for all applicants and parents to be held in the Sleeping Giant Middle School Library, October 10 at 7:00 pm. This informational meeting will cover the application process, fundraising commitments, some of the exchange and hosting activities and also an introduction of the students, chaperones, parents and host families from the year before. It is an opportunity for parents and students to ask questions about this international exchange opportunity. Your child’s grades are updated weekly in PASS. PASS is the online grade checking feature of the school district web pages and can be accessed at the following website with your child’s ID and PIN. http://livingston.schoolwires.com/sgms/site/default.asp Accessing some of your child’s textbooks through their teachers’ websites can also be accomplished from the website above. However when logging in with their student ID and PIN you will need to type: #MATH before the password. FINALLY we are at the end of this newsletter! We had an extraordinary amount of news to relay to you this month. Please review your child’s CRT report carefully and contact your child’s Math or English teacher with any questions or concerns. Have a great month and be sure to check out the rest of our website for teacher contact information, teacher daily lesson plans, the SGMS monthly calendar, and SGMS news.
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