Greetings SMS Families,

The first official newsletter of the school year! All families should have already received a postcard and welcome back letter in the mail. We also sent the letter via email too. Our postcard highlighted several welcome back to school events including our popular ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

If you didn’t get a letter or a postcard from us, call us at 802-253-6913. We can double-check your contact information. Did you know we have an active Stowe Middle School Twitter account? Twitter is one of the ways we can quickly show you visuals of what’s happening regularly at school. You can follow us at https://twitter.com/SMSRaidersVT.

New this year…you are encouraged to drop middle-level students off in front of the middle school lobby doors. We will have greeters between 7:35 AM – 7:55 AM. After this, all students must enter through the shared main entrance and sign in. We take classroom attendance at 7:55 AM and aim to begin instructional time at 8:00 AM.

Next week, we are excited to welcome our educators back! All Stowe Middle School educators will arrive on Monday for a week of inservice/professional development. Here is a preview of what we’ll be working on.

  • Academic Achievement: High Quality Instruction – focused on high level Proficiency Based Learning (PBL) instruction happening in every classroom.
    • Math Professional Development in Math Menu
    • Standards and learning scales work to provide better understanding and feedback to students and families.
  • Equity: building our systems so that all students can and will learn at high levels when they are included, supported, respected, and valued.          
    • We are installing our 4th year of SMS Advisory!                       
  • Safe and Healthy Schools: – Building on our teaming structures that lead to belonging, academic achievement, and social and emotional growth for all students.              
    • We are implementing a schoolwide system for student success in classroom management, behavioral support, and norm-setting.   

We have a few other surprises for our educators that will prepare them to welcome students into classrooms on Monday, August 29th!

You can anticipate an email or phone call on Monday, August 22nd, from your child’s advisor. They will invite parents and students to our ICE CREAM SOCIAL on Thursday, August 25th, at 5:00 pm. At our ice cream social, students can pick up their class schedule and go on a self-guided tour with their parents to find all their classrooms! We hope you’ll be able to attend!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to some of the new educators in our school this year. I include additional new educators next week too!

Ms. Alexis Maxfield (left) – Joining our office team as the school’s administrative assistant. You can email her any student absences and ask her any of your questions too! She’s excellent and ready to help!

Ms. Jess Poe (center) – Joining our student support team as the school’s new school counselor! You can meet her during the Principal’s Cup of Coffee on Friday, August 26, from 8 AM – 8:30 AM. This informal opportunity is an excellent chance for coffee, a meet and greet, and to ask any questions you may have before school starts.

Ms. Amy Merriam (right) – Joining our world language team as a middle school French teacher. A shared faculty position with Peoples Academy Middle Level. She’s already been collaborating with our high school French teacher, Mr. Marineau!

You will notice this is not a long list. I want to highlight that our school returned nearly all its educators. Many Vermont schools are struggling with staffing, but at Stowe Middle School, our core values of Belonging, Kindness, and Willingness to Grow help to contribute to a great school and lots of positive energy! We’re so excited to share this with you and welcome you back!

Keep on reading for more information.

Best,
Dan Morrison, Principal
dan.morrison@lsuu.org

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Other Stowe Middle School News and Announcements

Important Dates to Remember and Other Resources

These events are always available on our website too! lsuu.org/schools/stowe-middle-school/

Thursday, August 25th at 5 pm – Ice cream social at Stowe Middle School

Friday, August 26th at 8 am – Parent coffee at Stowe Middle School.

Friday, August 26th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Middle School garden project at Stowe Middle School.

Monday, August 29th – First Day of School!  Arrival between 7:40 – 7:55 am       

Tuesday, August 30th – First Day of Sports / Sports Meeting 6:00-7:00 PM at Stowe MS/HS Auditorium

Thursday, September 15th, at 6 pm Open House!


Shared by LSUU via email on Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Lamoille Valley Transportation has announced the bus routes for Elmore, Morristown, and Stowe students for the 2022-2023 school year.

Stowe routes can be viewed HERE.

The 2022-2023 school calendar can be viewed HERE.

The 2022-2023 Family Handbook, which includes school start and end times, can be viewed HERE.  Please note: Grades PreK – 9 start on Monday, August 29.  Grades 10 – 12 start on Tuesday, August 30.

Breakfast and lunch are currently free for all students 18 and younger.  It is still important that families who are eligible for free and reduced lunch rates complete and return the application on a yearly basis, as students qualify for additional benefits. MySchoolApps is a fast and secure way to apply for free and reduced meals online.  HERE is the link to their website.


Athletics Update from Tim.Albertson@lsuu.org – Co-Curricular Activities Director

Middle School Fall Sports – 2022

Middle School Sports practices begin on August 30th.  This is for Boys and Girls Soccer (7 & 8th Grade), Field Hockey (6-8th Grade), and Cross Country (6-8th Grade). 

After the first Practices, we will have Sports Meeting in the Auditorium from 6:00-7:00 PM.

We are looking for coaches for our Boy’s and Girls’ Soccer Teams and Cross Country.  If you are interested, please email me at Timothy.albertson@lsuu.org.

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