Dear Spring Ridge Middle School Students and Parents/ Guardians,
Welcome Back Everyone! It is with sincere hope that summer brought relaxation and joy to you and your family. As we open the doors to our students once again, we feel recharged and ready to meet the successes of a new year.
Open House will be held on Tuesday, August 23, from 8:00 to 9:00am for Eighth Grade students, 9:30 to 10:30am for Seventh Grade students, and 11:00 to 12:00pm for Sixth Grade students. Students will be able to follow their schedules and meet their teachers during Open House. Gym uniforms can be purchased during Open House. All students are required to pay a $5.00 locker rental fee. This fee covers both the instructional locker space and the PE locker space. During Open House, only sixth grade students can pay for their locker fee and purchase agenda books. Seventh and eighth grade students can pay for these items during advisory the first couple of weeks of school. Agenda books are required for sixth grade students to assist in the transition to middle school. We look forward to seeing all of our students at their respective Open Houses.
Your child’s schedule for the 2016-2017 school year will be available on the Home Access Center beginning Friday, August 19, at 4:00pm. Schedules will also be available for students on the first day of school, which is Wednesday, August 24. Our school team has worked diligently this summer to use all available data to determine appropriate classes for all students. As you review your child’s schedule, you will see on-grade level courses ending in “30” and accelerated courses ending in “40”.
This school year, you may notice a continued commitment to a growth mindset. This will guide our process of planning to include individualized, project based, and small group opportunities. This is no small task, and our teachers truly map the common core curriculum into big ideas and projects that are designed based on the kids sitting in front of them. What these creative and talented individuals are putting together provides your child with a truly unique and innovative approach to how they learn.
SRMS will host an Aloha Dance for all students on Friday, August 26, from 2:15-4:00pm. Families are responsible for transportation home from all school dances. Dance dismissal procedures will be sent home with students on the first day of school. Permission slips to attend the dance will be given out on the Thursday before the dance. All students must have a signed permission slip, along with $5.00, to attend the dance. The permission slip and money will be collected during advisory the day of the dance.
Bus schedules are available on the school website, as well as the school system’s website. The parking lot at the southern end of the school is utilized for parent drop-off and pickup. Students are to walk down the sidewalk and enter the front of the building. In the morning, students should not be dropped off prior to 6:55am since we do not have staff on duty prior to that time. Students will wait in the school lobby until they are dismissed by staff to go to advisory. For pickup in the afternoon, please contact the school by 1:00pm if a message is to be delivered to your child that he/she will be picked up. You may also contact the office and have your child put on the parent pickup list to be called each day. Students’ names are called during dismissal. Students will walk down to the end of the sidewalk to meet their ride and be signed out with staff on duty.
Please note that attendance at school is mandatory. Absences from school due to family vacations, oversleeping, or missing the bus are not excused or acceptable. Our current attendance percentage for our students is 93%. We need all parents, families, and students to make a commitment to be at school everyday. If a child is absent, they are not here to learn, and that will have a direct impact on grades and achievement. If a child is going to be absent for a legitimate reason, it is essential that a parent or guardian report the absence. The easiest way to do this is to go to the SRMS website and report the absence electronically. Failure to report an absence will automatically create an unexcused absence for the child. If a child has an unexcused absence, the teachers are not required to provide make-up work, which will impact grades and achievement.
As we begin to prepare for a new school year, remember that our mission is to provide our students with an outstanding middle school experience while increasing child achievement. To help us meet this goal, we have several new staff members joining our SRMS family. Please join me in welcoming our newest staff members:
|Special Education||Jennifer Kaminski|
|Special Education||Ian Harrison|
Please note the Dress Code for Spring Ridge Middle School students is located on our website. This is to help you plan as you begin preparing for your child to return to school. All students are required to adhere to our school’s dress code. I ask that you take the time to review this policy carefully with your child prior to the start of school to avoid any dress code issues.
I would also like you to note the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Cell Phone Policy. Please note that students are not permitted to have their cell phones turned on during the school day, unless given permission to use by a staff member as some teachers do have students use them for instructional purposes. Please take the time to review this policy carefully with your child prior to the start of school to avoid any cell phone issues. This policy will be reviewed with all students during the first few days of school.
You will have the opportunity to become involved in PTSA during Open House on August 23 or you can send to me an email expressing your interest. The PTSA can be a wonderful support to the school in multiple ways and your involvement makes a difference. Please consider volunteering.
Our website has been revamped and updated. This is a great place to find communication updates and events occurring at your school. Also, follow SRMS on Twitter @SRMS_SMCPS.
If you collect Box Tops for Education, they can be turned into Ms. Chelednik. The Physical Education department uses the funds to replace equipment and purchase other sporting gear.
I am looking forward to seeing students around the building! It has been a short, but productive summer. Get ready for a great year at Spring Ridge Middle School!
Spring Ridge Harriers
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