Principal's Weekly Message

Principal Griffin's Weekly Message

October 14, 2017

SMS Parents,

The end of the first nine weeks is Thursday, October 19th.  We are finishing up nine weeks exams and students first nine weeks grades are being finalized.  Report cards will go home on Wednesday, October 25th.  Of course, you can get a preview of your child’s report card by looking at his/her grades on Parent Portal.  If you do not use Parent Portal, I would encourage you to call our front office for more information on how to look at your child’s grades on a regular basis.  Please contact your child’s teachers for a conference if you would like to discuss your child’s progress at 803-548-8199.

Did you know that attendance at school is the leading indicator for predicting if a student will be a dropout?  Poor attendance ranks ahead of poor behavior and poor academic performance.  Did you know that if a child is out of school two days a month that he/she would miss 18 school days and that this is 10% of the school year?  It becomes a vicious cycle because bad attendance equals bad grades in most cases.  Employers want employees who are at work.  Students are learning habits that will last a lifetime.  Let’s work together to have your child at school!

Please send in Medical, Dental, or Orthodontic excuses with your child when he/she returns to school from those appointments or visits.  Parent notes may excuse students for five (5) days during the school year for illnesses that don’t require a doctor visit.  Please send these to the front office or attendance office to Ms. Karla Johnson.  Email is acceptable at johnsonkw@fortmillschools.org .

Our Zombie Chase Fundraiser  is within reach of our goal with two weeks to go because of the involvement of many more parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, and students.  Thank you to all who have donated to Springfield Middle’s Zombie Chase through our Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO).  We will continue to collect donations either online or through homeroom teachers with checks or cash.  Please include your child’s name and homeroom teachers name on checks and with cash.  Also when using Pay Pal, please also include the child’s name and homeroom teacher.  Thanks for your continued support and we thank our PTO for their hard work!

This Week

There were many activities this past week with volleyball games, a Blue Out for students, and a football playoff game.  The week ended with a Hispanic Heritage assembly on Friday.  Thank you to our students and staff for a great week and to our culture club, led by Mrs. Usry, for the assembly.  Our school is amazing!

We will have a Scholastic Book Fair in our Media Center the week of October 16 – 20 from 7:40 AM – 3:20 PM.  On Wednesday, October 18th, the Book Fair will be open until 5:30 PM.  Checks, cash, and credit cards will be accepted for payment. 

October 16 – 20

October 16  - 8th grade volleyball championship game against PKMS at FMMS 5:00

                        Good luck Lady Mustangs!

                        Book Fair open 7:40 AM – 3:20 PM

October 17 - Last day of the 1st Nine Weeks

                        After School Help 3:20-4:45

                        Book Fair open 7:40 AM – 3:20 PM

October 18 - Football at Gold Hill Middle  5:00 PM

                        Book Fair open 7:40 AM – 5:30 PM

October 19 - After School Help 3:20-4:45

                        District STEAM Kickoff at District Office 4:30 – 7:30 PM

                        Book Fair open 7:40 AM – 3:20 PM

October 20 - Happy Friday!

                        Book Fair open 7:40 AM – 3:20 PM

Thank you for reading and reviewing this information!

Yours in education,

Keith Griffin, Principal

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