SMS School Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Student drop off starts at 7:30 a.m. Please do not drop your child off prior to 7:30 on any day. Attendance is taken promptly at 8:00 a.m.
SMS Phone Number: 802-253-6913
SMS School Nurse: 802-253-6913 x 1099

Happy December!

Our students are excited to see the snow on the ground. This comes with a general reminder that students should have gloves, a hat and a jacket for outdoor activities and mask breaks. If you have any outgrown gloves or winter hats you wish to donate, we could use some as backups for students who are in need. Additionally, if you have any unused in good condition sleds, we are interested in them too!

Now that winter is here, it seems timely to introduce the Winter Break Reading Event at Stowe Middle School!

Students should be on the lookout for emails and posters (as seen above) around the middle school with instructions for how to access the signup link for the Winter Break Reading Event. Students will have the opportunity to fill out a quick signup form and during the last week of school before the December break, students will receive a box with 4-5 surprise books along with a secret raffle entry link to complete. Parents can help students sign-up right now by going to the tinyurl in the poster too! Three lucky readers who participate will win a gift certificate to a local independent bookseller! Enjoy your winter break with a book or two and maybe win a prize just for reading!

Above: Our sixth graders learned about the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of making temporary sand mandalas. Artists explored questions like, “Why would somebody spend days on a project that is just going to be destroyed?”  While these paper mandalas are not nearly as temporary, this project celebrates the fact that the process of creating art is sometimes even more important than the final product.  Creating these detailed patterns required students to have a mindset of focus, perseverance, and patience.

Have a great week!

Best,
Dan Morrison, Principal

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Other Stowe Middle School News and Announcements
Vermont Works for Women & GMTCC Career Challenge Day – Career Challenge Day is a free career exploration event for female, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students in grades 6-8. Middle school students are invited to their local career and technical center for a day-long event where they meet the instructors of non traditional programs (programs where female identifying students comprise of 25% or less of students enrolled) and participate in hands-on activities to gain a better understanding of the courses, learning activities and corresponding career pathways. Career Challenge Day creates the opportunity for students to think broadly about their futures, explore in a fun and confidence-building environment, and consider incorporating career and tech center education into their learning journey. There is limited space available for this program and sign up is on a first come basis throughout the state.  We will do our best to provide this opportunity to students who have indicated interest by completing the Career Challenge Day Interest Form.  Thank you, Lauren Conti SMS School Counselor (lauren.conti@lsuu.org)
When: February 11th 8:30am-2:30pm
Where: Green Mountain Technical Career Center
Next Steps: Complete the Career Challenge Day Interest Form by December 9th (please note this is not a permission slip)
Additional Information: Vermont Works for Women Career Challenge Day website

Important Dates to Remember and Other Resources
These events are always available on our website too! lsuu.org/schools/stowe-middle-school/
December 3rd – Early Release
December 24th – 31st – December Break
January 7th – Friday Program
January 11th – School-based Vaccination Clinics Dose 1 Date @ SES
January 14th – Friday Program
January 21st – Friday Program
January 27th – Winter Concert at Stowe Middle-High School. 
January 28th – Friday Program
February 1st – School-based Vaccination Clinics Dose 2 Date @ SES

Links:
Attestation Form
District 2021-22 Calendar
Return to School Procedures
School Based Clinics
United Way Community Resource

Athletics Update from Tim.Albertson@lsuu.org – Co-Curricular Activities Director
Winter Sports – Please make sure to return all fall sports uniforms.  Student-athletes will be unable to start participating in winter sports, if uniforms haven’t been returned.

Check out our athletics page! lsuuactivities.com/smsraiders   

Working Communities Challenge (WCC) Sharing PriorityIf you are experiencing domestic or sexual violence, or if you want to support someone you know, call:

  • Clarina Howard Nichols Center hotline: 802-888-5256
  • Vermont Domestic Violence hotline: 800-228-7395

To report child abuse: Child Protection Line: 800-649-5285
More on domestic and sexual violence resources here.
If you need support, find mental health resources in our community here.

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