Principal's Weekly Message

Principal Griffin's Weekly Message

Dear SMS Parents,

This has been a busy week at Springfield Middle with a home football game, volleyball matches on the road, and school assignments in all subject areas.  The honeymoon is over with our students.  All of us in the building seem to be more comfortable with each other.  We do see many smiles and this is really a great student body.  I hope that we are taking care of each other and the emotional, social, and academic needs for all involved.  Please let us know if there is anything that you feel that we can do to help your child at Springfield Middle.

Being part of a team- The benefits of being part of a team are endless.  Collaboration, communication, emotional development, social skills, teamwork, time management, and character development are just a few of the skills and areas that are enhanced when a young person is part of a team.  When I mention being part of a team, I am including athletics, band, WEB, academic teams, student council, beta club, Girls on the Run, Let Me Run, Boy Scouts, and any other group that works together.  There are so many different ways for parents to help their children grow by allowing them to work as part of a team.  If you are interested in looking at a few online articles related to this subject, here are a few links.
https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/social-and-academic-benefits-team-sports 
https://www.competitivedge.com/power-teamwork 
http://www.rasmussen.edu/student-life/blogs/college-life/importance-of-teamwork-skills-in-work-and-school/ 

Advocate for yourself- We also want middle school students to advocate for themselves.  If something happens at school that they don’t like, such as verbal or physical bullying, please talk to a staff member immediately.  The more students speak for themselves now, the more they will advocate for themselves in the future.  Self-advocacy is one of the most important skills that you can teach your child.

Eating Lunch with your student- We have many parents and some grandparents who eat lunch here at Springfield Middle with their children or grandchildren.   Due to a number of previous issues, we do not allow siblings, cousins, friends from other schools, or out of town guests to eat lunch or visit during the school day.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Cell phone use at school when sick- Students must visit the nurse at Springfield Middle if they are sick and think that going home is a good possibility.  We have some students who are calling or texting home on their cell phones without talking to the nurse first.  This will be considered a cell phone violation.  Please talk to your child about this.  We will make sure that students understand the proper procedures at SMS.

Thank you for reading!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Keith Griffin, Principal

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