Dear Parents and Guardians:
I would like to congratulate our Star Students for the month of September: Fernando Arroyo, Emma James, Gabriel Bartz, Jonah Jammal, Rebecca Araujo.
Star Students are nominated by any staff member who recognizes a student performing an act of kindness toward another student or staff member.
I am very pleased that our school year is off to a great start. The 1:1 initiative has gone very well. The fifth and sixth grade teachers are reporting that the daily distribution of Chromebooks is going very smoothly. The seventh and eighth graders have their own Chromebooks which they take home.
Picture Day was September 21st and all went well. The makeup day for student pictures is Friday, November 2nd.
All students will be issued new student ID’s in the next two weeks. We ask parents to work with us to make sure that the student ID’s are worn in school every day. In addition, the new ID will be bar coded for students to use at lunch.
Grade Five News
As part of their Constitution Day lessons, the fifth grade memorized and then during lunch performed the Preamble of the Constitution to the tune of Schoolhouse Rocks.
Grade Six News
Project Earthview is coming to SCMS for Grade 6 on Friday, October 12th.
Project EarthView is a joint endeavor of the Department of Geography and the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University. The outside is a hand-painted, large-scale map of the Earth's surface, showing biological communities, rivers, seas, landforms, continents, islands, oceans, and major cities. The inside is a two-story, portable classroom that reveals the positions of continents, islands, and landforms relative to tectonic plate boundaries and ocean spreading centers. All of the detail on the outside of EarthView is visible during sessions inside the globe … though in reverse! Socks are required!
Grade 7 News
In grade seven math class last week students participated in a marshmallow challenge. Students had to collaborate and share ideas to build the largest structure prototype possible in an 18-minute period using a marshmallow, pasta, a yard of string, and a yard of tape. It was a successful activity for all students in every period.
Seventh graders were excited to learn about and use compound light microscopes this past week - students were able to look at human body cells, insect parts, and even live organisms from local Stoneham pond water!
The 7th grade is participating in a mock archaeological dig in Social Studies class
Grade 8 News
Alisa Marvel from the Ethical Choices Program gave a presentation in Health class to the 8th grade students about healthy eating and making better food choices.
Screenagers- Seventh and eighth graders will watch the movie Screenagers on October 5th. Last year we held a viewing for parents in the middle school cafeteria. Screenagers dives deep into how technology impacts kid's development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world where parents must compete with video games, texting addiction, and social media. For more information about the movie screenagers go to: screenagersmovie.com
On Wednesday October 31st the 6th and 7th graders will be attending a theater performance about substance abuse prevention in the gymnasium. The performance is called “Running on E” which features short scenes focused around the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. The production lasts about 75 minutes. The program is put on by Improbable Players. Please visit their website for more information.
The Central Middle School library is open to all students! We offer a range of materials, from nonfiction books and online databases to help your students with their school work, to a collection of fiction and graphic novels for your child's pleasure reading. There's also work space and a tech lab where classes come during the day to receive instruction on how to best use the library's resources.
Homework Club: The library will be hosting an afternoon homework club for students of all grades! Encourage your children to take advantage of the library's space and resources to get class work done, including desktop computers that can be used to print assignments. The homework club will meet every Tuesday and Thursday in the library from 2:50pm to 3:20pm, starting the first week of October.
Below you will find a description of our clubs and the times they will meet.
Robotic's Club will be meeting every Thursday from 3-5pm from September-January. An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20th after school in Room 190. The first Club will begin on September 27th. There will be 18 two-hour sessions and Competition Days. The last day of the club will be Tuesday, January 29th. Club sessions may extend if we advance to VEX Robotics World Competition.
We will be entering two competitions:
Saturday, November 17, 2018: North Andover High School Link to Event
Saturday, January 26, 2019: North Andover High School Link to Event
Coach- Ms. Puopulo
Math Team will meet on Tuesdays, from 2:45 to 3:45. There would still be five meets in addition on Thursdays throughout the year.
Coach Ms. Zavez
Literary Magazine Club starting October 2nd - December 18th (12 sessions, every Tuesday from 2:35-3:30)
Coach Mrs. Mayer
The Walking Club will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday depending on the weather. The Makeup Day will be held on Thursday. This is a great way for students to get some fresh air and exercise.
There will be a brief meeting this week to hand out permission slips and start the week of September 17th.
Coach Ms. Belanger
Chess Club will meet on Wednesdays in room 211 after school
from 2:50-3:50. Starting November 28th. Coach Mr. Havican
Ultimate Frisbee- Will meet on Tuesdays starting September 18th. Students will meet in the gym and proceed to Pomeworth Field.
Mr. Crowe and Ms. Peterson
Video Explorers- This class is 10 weeks from 2:45-4:15. The final class will be at Stoneham TV. Each session is limited to 14 students. Students must commit to all sessions . Please see Mr. Daniels for more details.
Jazz Band- Meets Tuesdays with Mr. Simboski
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!
Meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 3-4 (EXCEPT for the 4th Wednesday of every month)
Ms. Merrel and Mr. Beltram
Intramurals with the exception of Robotics and Video Explorers will run 2:45- 3:45
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The 2018/2019 PTO meetings have been scheduled: November 7th, January 9th, March 20th and May 8th.
IMPORTANT DATES IN OCTOBER:
Friday, October 5th- EARLY RELEASE NOON DISMISSAL LUNCHES WILL NOT BE SERVED
Monday, October 8th – No School Columbus Day
Wednesday, October 31st- EARLY RELEASE NOON DISMISSAL LUNCHES WILL NOT BE SERVED
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.