Above: Landscape work from 8th Grade Art Class!
Greetings SMS Families,
We’re so excited to welcome families to our Open House later this evening! The event schedule will be available in both English and Spanish. Please feel free to pick-up the schedule from a member of the welcoming team. The purpose of this Open House is to give parents the chance to get acquainted with the teachers, see the school building and classrooms, and get a quick overview of class expectations and the curriculum. As a reminder, you are always welcome to email a teacher and the process is email@example.com to email them. This is not the opportunity for individual student concerns as privacy would be challenging due to the volume of people in the building. However, with that said our Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up quickly (October 10th). After the event, we will follow up with an exit ticket on this event to gather data how well we met the needs of our families. We look forward to seeing you this evening!
Now that we are settling into school, we’re starting to solidify our routines, expectations, and student success opportunities. One area we always welcome families to support us in is keeping personal technology (cell phones, earbuds, etc.) out of the learning environment. Our educators and behavior data tell us that cell phones during the school day create multiple barriers to students’ access to the learning environment. Did you know that phone apps and social media platforms are designed for easy usage with immediate rewards? This interacts with our students’ brains through rewarding learning, which drives behavior. Therefore cell phones can become somewhat of an impulse to spend more and more time on. When students access their phones during school, they tend to have more difficulty using executive functioning skills like organization and impulse control. On average, a student spends 15 to 23 minutes trying to re-engage with learning following a phone distraction. This distraction includes a simple ping or vibration on the phone. The good news is that we are finding high levels of success with a team approach between home and school in keeping cell phones out of the learning environment. Thank you so much for your support!
Our Monday, Wednesday, and Friday opportunities block is designed to increase students’ sense of belonging. For example, we are excited to have 50+ students in Band and another 50+ students in Chorus! In addition, students who are not in band or chorus have an opportunity like art, gardening, cooperative games, or fencing! See below!
Again, we look forward to seeing you at the Open House.
Dan Morrison, Principal
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Above: PE class practicing games that build trust!
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, September 15th, at 6 pm – Open House!
September 19th – 23rd – 7th Grade’s Nature’s Classroom Trip (Maine)
Wednesday, October 5th – No School (Yom Kippur)
Monday, October 10th – Conferences
Friday, October 28th – 11:45 AM Early Release for Stowe Middle High School
Athletics Update from Tim.Albertson@lsuu.org – Co-Curricular Activities Director
Middle School Fall Sports – 2022
- Field Hockey 3:00-4:15 PM on the Field Hockey Field
- Girls Soccer 3:15-4:30 PM on the Middle-Level Field (near the Backstop)
- Boys Soccer 3:15-4:30 PM on the Middle-Level Field (near the Backstop)
- Cross Country 5:00-6:00 PM, meet in front of the Auditorium
Please take a moment to read a message from the Stowe Boosters.
Important Links and Community News
We are in the final stages of revising our mastery reports for the 2022-23 School Year based on the feedback of our students, educators, and families. You will notice that we are streamlining these reports and adding ways for teachers to provide more personalized information. Click HERE to review some of the sample reports and informational flyers going home at the end of the quarter or trimester. Reminder: These are still in draft form.
Working Communities Challenge (WCC’s Community Share
Omicron-specific Bivalent boosters are here. Ages 12 years and up are eligible two months after completing the primary vaccine series or two months after receiving a monovalent booster. Get the booster in doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and walk-in clinics around the state. Local clinic Sunday 9/18, 104, Stowe Mountain Resort.
BIPOC clinics for Covid vaccines
- Cathedral Church of St Paul (2 Cherry Street, Burlington)
- Saturdays, 9-11 AM