I would like to congratulate our Star Students for the month of June: Isabella Shirtcliff, Benjamin Bruno, Sanvi Kumar, Destiny Taranti, Grace Brogan, Keira Hook, Alexis Salkin, Angel Kwong, Mariya Guilmain, Julia MCIntyre,
Maeve Craven, Michael DiMaria, Maya Ibrahim, Sofia Pacheco, Beatrice Val,
Rafael Melo, Caytlin Yii, Vivian Wong, Rachel Norris, and Sarah Norris.
Star Students are nominated by any staff member who recognizes a student performing an act of kindness toward another student or staff member.
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2018
Recognition Night was a great success. Congratulations to the class of 2018 and to graduating eighth grade student Sophia Zullo who is the recipient of the Thomas Cleary Award. The Cleary Award is the highest award that any eighth grade student can receive. I would also like to recognize the following students who received the Eleanor Selvitella Book Award:
Chloe Costa,Amelia Borto , Robert Ghergurovich, Colleen Hess, Angel Spraggins, Jessica Newburn, Vera Bowerman, Michael DiLeo, William Hansen, Beliz Baloglu, Meghan LaTerza, Sarah Norris ,Rachel Norris
Best of Luck to our eighth grade students.
National History Day
Stella De Paula and Sophia Zullo traveled with Mr King, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, to compete in the National History Day National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Stella and Sophia researched, wrote, and performed a project titled Conflict & Compromise in Salem, acting out a courtroom scene from the Salem Witch Trials. Bringing their families along, they had a busy trip; visiting memorials and monuments on the National Mall, traveled to the National Zoo, and took in a Red Sox game in Baltimore! Great job Stella and Sophia!
Congratulations to Katrina Haddad for drawing and designing our 2017-2018 yearbook cover.
This past Thursday, June 7, the annual Middle School Spring Concert was held. Once again, the Cafeteria was packed with family members and friends, and they responded enthusiastically to the performances of the four Middle School instrumental and vocal groups. First to perform was the Concert Band, which played four exciting pieces. During their performance, Mr. Simboski briefly halted proceedings in order to hand out certificates to the graduating eighth grade members. Next to perform was the Flute Ensemble, directed by Ms. Sousa. Down two members, their playing was nevertheless very entertaining, and a worthy result of the last few months of preparation. Third to go was the Jazz Band, which played four pieces in different styles. Both their group playing and soloing showed they have all been making great strides since the January concert. Finally, the Chorus, directed by Mr. Parry, presented a concert with the theme "Reuben & Rachel - Love In Time Of War", which featured songs that were popular during the wars in which America has fought, from the Revolutionary War to the War in Iraq. Keira Haughey and Neena DiIorio played Reuben and Rachel respectively, and in between songs read letters to each other, as if to and from the battlefield. Nine narrators also helped set the scene for each war as the Chorus and audience traveled together through history. The concert was well received, and showed that the kids have been working hard playing instruments and singing songs since the Winter Concert. We look forward to what they will do next school year! Thank you to all for your support of our music program.
On Friday, June 8th, 7th Grade students from the Stoneham Central Middle School attended the Mass STEM Hub design showcase at Boston Children's Hospital. The showcase featured several prototypes for a therapeutic toy designed for a patient with Cerebral Palsy. This event gave students the unique opportunity to interact with professionals who specialize in Cerebral Palsy, including doctors, staff, patients, and special guest visitor, Governor Baker. Students received authentic and relevant feedback on their designs and prototypes, as well as ask questions of the doctors and learn more about future STEM careers. Congratulations to Airanna Griecci, Carly Carlson, Nichole Ingianni, Maya Ibrahim, and Makenzie Williams for their participation and representation at this wonderful event!
The following eighth grade students were inducted to the SCMS chapter of the Jeunes Amis du Français (French honor society for middle school students):
To earn this designation, students worked on various projects to promote French at SCMS: they gave French lessons to fifth grade students, made French greeting cards, and developed posters and promotional materials to be used during National Foreign Language Week. Félicitations!
Mrs. Fulmer and I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable summer break.
We will see you August 29th.
Christopher Banos, Principal
The Stoneham Central Middle School “After Hours Jazz Band” is open to band members in grades 6, 7, and 8. We play music that is both fun, challenging and more advanced than what is performed in Concert Band. During the course of the season, we work on tone production and overall musical technique. As a Jazz ensemble we will be learning about style, articulation, harmony, listening skills and improvisation. Our days and hours of operation will be Tuesdays from 2:50 to 3:50 PM. Please see Mr. Simboski with any questions.
Junior Great Books
Junior Great Books is a guided reading and discussion program for students who enjoy reading and exploring literature. The club is designed to promote close reading, to practice active listening, and to respectfully exchange ideas. Each after-school meeting will last approximately one hour, from 3-4pm. 7th and 8th graders will meet with Mr. Cummings in room 202, and 5th and 6th graders will meet with Mrs. Fennelly in room 168. The club’s first meeting is Wednesday, October 4th.
National History Day Club
National History Day, a year-long educational program sponsored in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Historical Society, encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.
Ms. Zavez will continue to coach the Math Team. The Math Team actively competes against other area middle schools. The Stoneham Central Middle School Math Team is open to all students interested in challenging math. The team will meet this year on Tuesdays after school. Travel meets for grades 6-8 will take place on Thursdays. Junior Math League (5th grade) will not travel but will schedule at-school meets this winter. The math team will have its first practice on Tuesday, September 26th. Practices will be on Tuesdays after school in the cafeteria from 2:45-3:45 with meets once a month on Thursdays. Sign up with Ms. Zavez in room 105. All grades are welcome!
We extend our deepest appreciation to StonehamBank for funding our math team for the past twenty-five years.
Literary Magazine Club
Ms. Mayer will hold her first Literary Magazine club meeting on October 12th. Literary Magazine club is for anyone interested in poetry, writing, photography, or art! This club works to create the middle school's literary magazine "Anything and Everything", which contains short stories, poetry, drawings, and photography all submitted and created by students.
The tentative dates for meetings are: October 12, November 9th, December 14th, January 11th and 25th, February 8th, March 1, 22nd and 29th, April 5th and 12th, May 3rd, 24th and 31st.
Introducing the Robotics Club
Robotics Club is currently open to 7th and 8th grade students.
The SCMS Robotics Club will meet September-May (30 Sessions) on Wednesdays, from 3-4:30
Additional club meetings may be necessary the week before competitions. Any additional meeting dates will be provided with advanced notice.
Robotics Club is for 7th and 8th students interested in further exploration of Technology and Robotics. Club members will work on individual and group projects, and, compete in VEX Robotic Competitions. The SCMS Robotics Club promotes team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking with a hands-on philosophy that incorporates Robot technology. Over an 8 month period, 1-2 teams of students strategize, design, build, program, experiment, test and refine a fully autonomous robot capable of completing VEX Challenges (see link below for more information). The season culminates with our very own Robotics Petting Zoo!
Please see Ms. Puopulo in room 190 for more information.
Memory Book Club
Throughout the year students will be working together to design the end of the year Memory Book (or yearbook). Students will take on different responsibilities such as taking pictures at school events, putting together yearbook pages, and proofreading/editing the book. They will also be in charge of the Memory Book cover contest. This club provides a fun opportunity for students to express their creativity and experience all that goes into creating Central Middle School's favorite publication!
Memory Book Club will start the first week in October on Tuesday the 3rd, but after that the rest of the meetings will be held on Wednesdays.
Chess club will take place on Wednesdays after school room 211 with Mr. Havican from 11/8 - 3/7. Here are the updated meeting dates:
February 7, 14, 28
Mrs. Fratus is in charge of our gardening club. The club is a place where students can experience the joy and reward of watching plants grow from seed. Students can also participate in recycling in a real way by reusing yogurt containers, water bottles, and milk cartons as containers for transplanted seedlings. The garden club promotes good citizenship within our students by providing them the opportunity to sell the plants they grow and use the proceeds from the plant sale to benefit a local charity.
The SCMS PTO distributes information, the PTO newsletter, and other school news electronically. If you would like to receive this information please sign up at: https://www.groupvine.com/stoneham-middle-school/@@apply.
The PTO could use your assistance at school events and with planning activities this year. There are many ways you can support the SCMS PTO. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at: http: email@example.com
The Stoneham Central Middle School P.T.O. has a Facebook group. This is a closed group for families of current SCMS students. It is managed by the PTO, but open to all current SCMS families: http://facebook.com/groups/StonehamCentralMiddleSchoolPTO/
The SCMS PTO would like to thank those who have supported the PTO Donation Drive.
From the Nurse's Office:
The 2017/2018 PTO meetings have been scheduled: March 14th and May 9th.
IMPORTANT DATES IN February:
Tuesday, February 6th- Noon Dismissal Early Release
Thursday, February 8th – Grade Students Versus Teacher Hockey Game 4PM
Monday, February 19th- Friday February 23rd- NO SCHOOL WINTER BREAK
Monday, February 26th –Classes resume
PLEASE VISIT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WEBSITE TO ACCESS OUR MONTHLY SCHOOL CALENDAR. DAYS TWO and FIVE ARE DAYS THAT BAND AND CHORUS MEET DURING ACTIVITY PERIOD.
Mrs. Fulmer and I will continue to update you via email throughout the year. Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns.
We wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!