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Week of 5-13

posted May 14, 2019, 7:58 AM by Jonathan Kutis

Swift Creek Middle School Captain’s Log 2019 5.13 (Monday 5-13-19)

Good Evening!  This is Dr. Frye, principal of Swift Creek Middle School, with this week’s Captain’s Log and announcements.  Additional announcements and dates may be found on our website.

Follow us on our educational voyage on Twitter: Calvin Frye @DrJFrye

I plan to send Tweets about the amazing things our teachers and students are doing throughout the year, SCMS sports, and educational research and insights.

 

There is still time to purchase the 2019 Swift Creek Yearbook!

Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 4943.

or cash / check can be sent to Ms. Hutto in 203.

The cost is $30.00

Thank You PTSA for a Great Teacher Appreciation Week!

Our PTSA has done it again!  Teachers were treated to all kinds of goodies throughout last week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.  I would also like to thank our generous community for the donations that contributed to the celebration. Additionally, thank you Mr. Males and Mr. Palmer for taking over grilling for the faculty on Friday as I was away with students who were being honored at an awards ceremony.

        

Congratulation! Student Win Top Middle School Prize!

Congratulations to Mr. Boughner and his students, Carter, Ishita, Jeremy, and Julie! They were honored at a luncheon at the top of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank on Friday for placing 1st in the State among middle schools competing in the spring Stock Market Game. Starting with $100,000 (not real money) and using actual real-time stock market values, the team of students made over $12,000 in four months!  Mr. Boughner’s teams of students also took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the region!  They will be honored this Wednesday at VCU’s School of Business.

  

Battle of the Books Reveal Party

Almost forty interested students gathered in the library for the 2019-2020 Battle of the Books Reveal Party.  Students watched book trailers for next year's books and learned about the program.  The BOB team is open to any interested student.  See Ms. Vaughn or Ms. Garbera for details.

PTSA Elections

We are happy to announce or 2019-2020 Slated Officers

President - Angelina DeSimone

Vice President - Amy Jimenez

Treasurer - Melissa Mann

Secretary - Carole Peters

The election will be held on June 6th at 6:30 in the cafeteria, please join us!!

 

Summer Programs

Are you looking for summer programs for your student?  Check out this link to CCPS Summer Programs  LINK

Summer Heat

Students can access summer math preparation and summer resources to stay academically HOT over the summer. Suggested summer reading resources are available for each school level. LINK

Community Service Started June 16, 2018 (Due May 31st)

Last school year, Swift Creek Middle School students accumulated over 7500 hours of community service. Students who completed 30 hours of community service were honored at the end of the year awards ceremonies. Students may begin logging hours for the coming year starting June 16, 2018.  A copy of the log sheet may be found on our website and attached below. Students, who reach the goal of 30 hours of service by the end of May 2019, will be recognized at our end-of-the year awards ceremony!

Non-Sanctioned Basketball Event Scheduled in New York City through Group Called OVERTIME

VHSL staff has received information regarding an event in New York City May 17-19 in which Virginia schools are supposedly attending.  Student/Athletes attending this event may find themselves ineligible based on the VHSL Amateur Rule 28B-2-1 as information shows this event will be providing merchandise etc. well above the $500 limit set by the VHSL.  Additionally it is VHSL staffs understanding that this event intends to use names and pictures of the athletes as a promotion of the event and the athletes.  This also is a violation of the VHSL Amateur Rule.  Please make a special point to discuss this issue with both your coaches and players, as OVERTIME is listing athletes from Virginia boys and girls teams as attending.

Makerspace Camp

Are you tired of hearing your child tell you how bored they are every summer? Are you looking for enriching and exciting activities for your middle schooler to do? What if you could give your child a week of fun and engaging activities at summer camp? What if you could also give your child a way to make new friends?  Imagine your middle schooler building, tinkering, and creating new things every day. The Makerspace Camp at Swift Creek Middle School will provide all of that and more. Have your child come join the fun! To register visit our school website. Click on the Resources Tab, scroll down to Fee Payments, then click on MakerSpace Camp and  select the week you would like your child to attend. Or,  you may register in the front office.  Hurry, slots are filling up quickly! You do not want to miss out on this opportunity.   

Course Requests for ‘19-’20

Please remember to return signed course requests to SCMS as soon as possible. All requests for changes must be made before April 17, 2019.

Academic and Career Plan

This spring, your 8th grade student created their Chesterfield County Academic and Career Plan to be used and revised throughout their high school career.  This document can be found within your student’s Google Drive.  Please visit the document with your student to review and discuss their future academic and career plans..  Note the verified credit and testing requirements of both the Standard and Advanced diplomas.  Please feel free to contact your child’s counselor with questions.

World Language Sequence and Offerings

As our school division continues to identify additional ways to provide equitable access to rigorous learning, a change has been made to the sequence of courses for World Languages at the middle school level.  This change occurred after our course offering sheets were printed, so please be aware that students who selected the 1A or 1B version of a World Language for the 2019-20 school year will have that request changed to the general level 1 of the language, such as Spanish 1, French 1, etc. 

Teachers will continue to deliver differentiated and personalized instruction based on student needs within the expectations of a high school credit course.  If you feel you would prefer for your student to wait an additional year to take level 1 of a World Language, please contact our School Counseling office at 739-6315 as soon as possible so that we can note your request.  All changes to course requests still must be completed by April 17th as indicated on the original form.

Thank you for your patience with this change and for partnering with our school as we support our students in developing the skills to become global citizens.

 

PTSA Message:

Membership/ Giving Campaign:  We are going for 100% membership in our PTSA!! And it is easier than ever to join!! You can purchase your membership online here.  You can also participate in our fundraising event at the same link.

 

Electronic Smart Watches

Parents, please remind students that electronic smart watches (e.g. Apple Watches) are categorized under and treated as cell phones.  Therefore, these devices may be brought to school but must be turned off and left in the locker throughout the school day.

 

Clothing to Cash to Support the PTSA

Are you cleaning out your closet?  Don’t let those items go to waste.  Consider putting them in the Clothing to Cash container located in the parking lot on the auditorium side of the building.  Proceeds go directly to our PTSA!

 

Helping the SCMS Library with the Kroger Community Rewards Program (NEW!)

The SCMS Library participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  You can help us raise money for library books and supplies by registering your Kroger card.

  1. Go to Kroger.com/KrogerCommunityRewards
  2. Scroll down to I’m a Customer/View Details
  3. Sign in to your Kroger account
  4. Search for Swift Creek Middle School Library
  5. Confirm that it is account AI089
  6. Click on Enroll

That’s it.  Every time you shop and scan your Kroger card a % will go to SCMS library.  Thank you for supporting the SCMS Library.

 

THIS IS A CHANGE Cheerleading Tryouts for 2019-2020

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Swift Creek Middle School cheerleading squad will be held May14th- May 16th from 4:15-6:00. (The change in date makes it possible for athletes to complete a physical on or after May 1st and it be good through June 30th the following school year.  According to VA High School League rules, which we are required to follow, physicals dated this school year prior to May 1st are acceptable for trying out this year, but will need to be done again after 5-1-19 to be used for sports during the ‘19-’20 school year).  If you are interested, please pick up an informational packet from the main office (see attached). All completed packets are due by the first day of tryouts!! Email Ms. Katie Titus at katie_titus@ccpsnet.net if you have any questions.

1. VHSL Physical Form for Student Athletes 2017.pdf 

2. headsupconcussion_parent_athlete_info.pdf 

3. Swift Creek Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts (2).pdf 

4. tryouts-MS (1).pdf 

 

In Intramurals, Sports, & Clubs…

 

Intramurals:

Tuesday – basketball and frisbee

Wednesday – basketball

Thursday – frisbee

Sports:

Cheering tryouts start tomorrow!

Club meetings this week:

All club activities are contingent upon CCPS decisions regarding after school activities.  Students should listen to daily announcements for the most up to the minute information.

Name of Club

Day

Location

Sponsor

Model UN

Tuesday

Room 121

Mr. Rushton

TSA

Thursday

Room 308

Ms. Rushing

Chess Club

Friday

Room 201

Mr. Kutis

Elevate

Friday (AM)

Gym

Ms. Taylor

 

Parking

When visiting Swift Creek MS after 2:30 p.m. to attend a game or other event, parents may park in the front parking lot or enter the bus loop and turn left to park in the lot on the hill.  This will avoid the high school specialty buses which use the bus loop as a HUB location.  

 

High School Credits and Seat Time

Parents, we are at the point in the school year where some families are receiving letters regarding seat time in high school credit classes. Please review the county seat time policy outlined in the ‘18-’19 Standards for Student Conduct and Attendance, as well as the ‘18-’19 SCMS Student-Parent Handbook, and School Board Policy 4020:

“The CCPS School Board expects students and their parents or guardians to actively take responsibility for ensuring attendance, with support from the school. A student is expected to arrive on time and attend class for the full instructional period daily.

Any student whose [excused and unexcused] absences exceed, during school year, 20 school days in a year or 20 class periods of a course scheduled daily or 10 class periods for a block class will not receive credit for the course unless the student completes tutoring or an alternate learning module as prescribed by the principal or his/her designee….  This consequence complies with the State Standards for Accrediting Public Schools that define the standard for awarding course credit for graduation [high school credit courses].”

In order to recover the required number of instructional hours for a high school credit bearing course, a student must makeup the time they missed seated in class. Any additional absences from the date of the notification forward will be added to the seat time requirement.

Seat time can be made up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:15 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.  Students who stay after school to makeup seat time will need to sign-in upon arriving to the Collaboration Lab, and indicate “seat time” as their reason for coming.

We strongly encourage keeping up with seat time requirements because remediation will help strengthen student skills, which will be needed if a student has to repeat the course. Additionally, some students who believe they will fail a high school credit class, may recover a passing grade by taking the final exam or completing extra credit.

If you have any questions regarding seat time, please contact Margaret Daly in the school counseling office by calling SCMS at 739-6315 x6021 and pressing 1, or emailingmargaret_daly@ccpsnet.net

 

Have a spectacular week!

J. Calvin Frye, Ph.D., Principal

Swift Creek Middle School

 

Calendar:

** Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information and changes.

LINK to CCPS Calendars

LINK to Swift Creek Middle’s Website

 

Monday, May 13

2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, May 14

Reading SOL 6, 7, 8

2:05 – 3pm MAC Club Meeting - Room 102

2:05 – 3pm Rotary Club Meeting - Room 103

2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:45pm Spring Orchestra Concert Rehearsal - Auditorium

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

 

Wednesday, May 15

Field Trip CBG - Ford's Theatre (Washington D.C)

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

7 – 9pm Spring Orchestra Concert - Auditorium

 

Thursday, May 16

Earth Science SOL

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

 

Friday, May 17

Science 8 SOL

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

7 – 7:40am Core Value Breakfast - Cafeteria

7:30am – 2:30pm Field Trip - Teams 8th G - UVA Tour

1 – 3pm NJHS Induction Ceremony - Auditorium

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

2:15 – 3:15pm From Kids to Pets Club - Room 122

 

Monday, May 20

2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, May 21

Block 1: Math 7 & Algebra SOL

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting -Room 121

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

 

Wednesday, May 22

Block 3: Math 6, Algebra & Geometry SOL

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club- Room 300

5:30 – 7:30pm CBG Social - Cafeteria

 

Thursday, May 23

Block 4: Math 6, 7 & Algebra SOL

 

Friday, May 24

Block 5: Math 6, 7 & Algebra SOL

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club -Gym

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

2:15 – 3:45pm Band Rehearsal - Auditorium

 

Monday, May 27

No School - Holiday

 

Tuesday, May 28

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124

2:15 – 3:45pm Band Rehearsal - Auditorium

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

 

Wednesday, May 29

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

2:15 – 3:45pm Band Rehearsal - 6th Grade - Auditorium

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

 

Thursday, May 30

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

7 – 8:30pm Band Spring Concert - Auditorium

 

Friday, May 31

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

 

Monday, June 3

Exams & Expedited Retakes

 

Tuesday, June 4

Exams & Expedited Retakes

2:10 – 3pm Self Determined Meeting - Room 218

2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting - Room 121

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

 

Wednesday, June 5

Exams & Expedited Retakes

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

2:15 – 3pm Crime Solvers - Room 112

2:15 – 3pm SCA Meeting -Cafeteria

 

Thursday, June 6

Exams & Expedited Retakes

6 – 7:30pm PTSA Meeting & Transition Dinner - Cafeteria

 

Friday, June 7

Exams & Expedited Retakes

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

7:30 – 9am Chromebook Collection

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

2:15 – 3:15pm From Kids to Pets Club - Room 122

7 – 9pm 8th Grade Dance

 

Monday, June 10

Exams & Expedited Retakes

 

Tuesday, June 11

Exams & Expedited Retakes

Polling Station - Auditorium - Door 13 -Auditorium

11:30am – 2pm Summer School Registration

 

Wednesday, June 12

Exams & Expedited Retakes

8am – 12pm 7th Grade Field Day

8:30am – 12pm 8th Grade Award Ceremony - Auditorium

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

 

Thursday, June 13

3 Hour Early Release

Rescheduled - Summer School Registration - Now 6/11

8 – 11am 6th Grade Field Day

8:30 – 11am 7th Grade Award Ceremony - Auditorium

 

Friday, June 14

3 Hour Early Release

End of 9 Weeks

8 – 11am 8th Grade Field Day

8:30 – 11am 6th Grade Award Ceremony - Auditorium

Week of 5/6

posted May 8, 2019, 11:03 AM by Jonathan Kutis

Good Evening!  This is Dr. Frye, principal of Swift Creek Middle School, with this week’s Captain’s Log and announcements.  Additional announcements and dates may be found on our website.

Follow us on our educational voyage on Twitter: Calvin Frye @DrJFrye

I plan to send Tweets about the amazing things our teachers and students are doing throughout the year, SCMS sports, and educational research and insights.

 

There is still time to purchase the 2019 Swift Creek Yearbook!

Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 4943.

or cash / check can be sent to Ms. Hutto in 203.

The cost is $30.00

Night at the Library 5-7-19 (6:00- 8:00 PM)

Please join me in celebrating the contributions our local libraries have in our community.  Visit your nearest library to browse their collection and discover a new favorite book.  The focus is on summer reading opportunities and an unveiling of the 100 books associated with the Great Chesterfield Read.  I will be at the Clover Hill Public Library; I hope to see your there!

 

PTSA Celebrates Staff Appreciation Week: Volunteer Sign-up

It's Staff Appreciation Week soon!!!   We have some great days planned out for the teachers and staff!!  Please take a look and hopefully you can sign up to help or donate an item.  SIGN UP LINK

Monday, May 6th - Nacho Bar served during lunches in Teachers' Lounge

All Items need to be dropped off front office by 10:30 am Monday 5/6

Chips and Salsa donated by Chuy's and Qdoba.

Wednesday, May 8th - Healthy Mid-week Snack

All items to be dropped off to front office by 8:30 am Wednesday 5/8.

Friday, May 10th  -  Dr. Frye Grilling Hot dogs served in Teachers' Lounge during lunches

All items to be dropped off to front office by 10 am Friday 5/10

PTSA providing Hot dogs and buns.

 

PTSA Elections

We are happy to announce or 2019-2020 Slated Officers

President - Angelina DeSimone

Vice President - Amy Jimenez

Treasurer - Melissa Mann

Secretary - Carole Peters

The election will be held on June 6th at 6:30 in the cafeteria, please join us!!

 

Picture of the Week!

NJHS Pie in the Face for Charity

 

Congratulations to the Girls’ Soccer Team

The girls’ soccer team had a great season under the leadership of Coach Williams and Coach Cristian. Congratulations to Swift Creek and Robious MS for winning today's final championship.  Robious won 3-2 in the Premier Championship and Swift Creek won 4-3 in the Classic game. 

Gold Medal

Our very own Tristan Lewis won the gold medal for the paper plane flying contest @ the Air and Space Museum!

Rise Against Hunger

Thanks again to all the teachers for helping fund raise, chaperoning the dance, and recruiting students to take part.

Bring a Kid to Work Day

Last Thursday was Bring a Kid to Work Day.  Many of our teachers do that every day!

  

Music in the Park

Congratulations to Mr. Fletcher and his students, they placed first in our AA division among many other middle schools. They also won grand champion overall middle school orchestras in all divisions, so they came home with two trophies and a superior rating!

Technosphere 2019

The SCMS Technology Student Association attended and competed at "Technosphere 2019" this past weekend.  Members competed in three competitions and placed as state semi finalist in two of the three.  Placing in "Off the Grid'  were Jacob Alexander, Brenden Rafferty and Megan Rafferty.  Placing in "Mass Production" were Jacob Alexander, Chelsea Mereand  and Allie Davis.The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).   Together, TSA chapter members work on competitive events, attend conferences on the regional, state and national levels, and learn and apply leadership skills.  SCMS proudly represents Chesterfield County as the only active TSA chapter.  As a result of students hard work and dedication SCMS has been asked to host the South Central Regional competition in 2019-2020.

 

  

Career Speaker

On Thursday, May 2nd, Mrs. Tal Thompson, artist, entrepreneur, and owner of the Art Factory and Party Place located in Brandermill Market Square, shared her career pathway and professional expertise with our Art students.  She encouraged our students to recognize that they are already budding artists and should appreciate their own art evolution.  Immigrating from Israel, Mrs. Thompson acknowledged her own academic challenges.  In addition, she challenged the students to study the role of art in advertising and business.  To conclude, she stated that, “practice makes better” and that perfection is not always attainable, but improvement is always possible. 

National History Day Winners!

On Saturday, April 27th Briana Cordon, Danica Francis, Emma Scholtz, and Vanessa Wigfall participated in the Virginia History Day Competition and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. These young ladies placed Second in the group exhibit category out of all the schools in Virginia with their project titled "Scars of the Past." They will now advance to the National History Day Competition in June in Maryland, where they will compete against schools from all over the Country.

TEAMS Capitol Field Trip

Students had a great time simulating how a bill becomes a law in the House of Delegates!

 

 

Summer Programs

Are you looking for summer programs for your student?  Check out this link to CCPS Summer Programs  LINK

Summer Heat

Students can access summer math preparation and summer resources to stay academically HOT over the summer. Suggested summer reading resources are available for each school level. LINK

Community Service Started June 16, 2018 (Due May 31st)

Last school year, Swift Creek Middle School students accumulated over 7500 hours of community service. Students who completed 30 hours of community service were honored at the end of the year awards ceremonies. Students may begin logging hours for the coming year starting June 16, 2018.  A copy of the log sheet may be found on our website and attached below. Students, who reach the goal of 30 hours of service by the end of May 2019, will be recognized at our end-of-the year awards ceremony!

After School Tutoring

We will have after-school accelerate on Tuesday-Thursday.  Parent pick up promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday – science and math

Thursday – English and math

Non-Sanctioned Basketball Event Scheduled in New York City through Group Called OVERTIME

VHSL staff has received information regarding an event in New York City May 17-19 in which Virginia schools are supposedly attending.  Student/Athletes attending this event may find themselves ineligible based on the VHSL Amateur Rule 28B-2-1 as information shows this event will be providing merchandise etc. well above the $500 limit set by the VHSL.  Additionally it is VHSL staffs understanding that this event intends to use names and pictures of the athletes as a promotion of the event and the athletes.  This also is a violation of the VHSL Amateur Rule.  Please make a special point to discuss this issue with both your coaches and players, as OVERTIME is listing athletes from Virginia boys and girls teams as attending.

Makerspace Camp

Are you tired of hearing your child tell you how bored they are every summer? Are you looking for enriching and exciting activities for your middle schooler to do? What if you could give your child a week of fun and engaging activities at summer camp? What if you could also give your child a way to make new friends?  Imagine your middle schooler building, tinkering, and creating new things every day. The Makerspace Camp at Swift Creek Middle School will provide all of that and more. Have your child come join the fun! To register visit our school website. Click on the Resources Tab, scroll down to Fee Payments, then click on MakerSpace Camp and  select the week you would like your child to attend. Or,  you may register in the front office.  Hurry, slots are filling up quickly! You do not want to miss out on this opportunity.   

Course Requests for ‘19-’20

Please remember to return signed course requests to SCMS as soon as possible. All requests for changes must be made before April 17, 2019.

Academic and Career Plan

This spring, your 8th grade student created their Chesterfield County Academic and Career Plan to be used and revised throughout their high school career.  This document can be found within your student’s Google Drive.  Please visit the document with your student to review and discuss their future academic and career plans..  Note the verified credit and testing requirements of both the Standard and Advanced diplomas.  Please feel free to contact your child’s counselor with questions.

 

Dress Code

As the weather warms, it is a good time to review the dress code policy with your student.  Academic/ Behavior Expectation Assemblies were held on February 11th and 12th, and this was one of the topics covered.  Please refer to the Parent- Student Handbook attached for information about this and other policies/rules. 

2018-2019 SCMS Student-Parent Handbook (2) (1).pdf 

World Language Sequence and Offerings

As our school division continues to identify additional ways to provide equitable access to rigorous learning, a change has been made to the sequence of courses for World Languages at the middle school level.  This change occurred after our course offering sheets were printed, so please be aware that students who selected the 1A or 1B version of a World Language for the 2019-20 school year will have that request changed to the general level 1 of the language, such as Spanish 1, French 1, etc. 

Teachers will continue to deliver differentiated and personalized instruction based on student needs within the expectations of a high school credit course.  If you feel you would prefer for your student to wait an additional year to take level 1 of a World Language, please contact our School Counseling office at 739-6315 as soon as possible so that we can note your request.  All changes to course requests still must be completed by April 17th as indicated on the original form.

Thank you for your patience with this change and for partnering with our school as we support our students in developing the skills to become global citizens.

 

PTSA Message:

Membership/ Giving Campaign:  We are going for 100% membership in our PTSA!! And it is easier than ever to join!! You can purchase your membership online here.  You can also participate in our fundraising event at the same link.

 

Electronic Smart Watches

Parents, please remind students that electronic smart watches (e.g. Apple Watches) are categorized under and treated as cell phones.  Therefore, these devices may be brought to school but must be turned off and left in the locker throughout the school day.

 

Clothing to Cash to Support the PTSA

Are you cleaning out your closet?  Don’t let those items go to waste.  Consider putting them in the Clothing to Cash container located in the parking lot on the auditorium side of the building.  Proceeds go directly to our PTSA!

 

Helping the SCMS Library with the Kroger Community Rewards Program (NEW!)

The SCMS Library participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  You can help us raise money for library books and supplies by registering your Kroger card.

  1. Go to Kroger.com/KrogerCommunityRewards
  2. Scroll down to I’m a Customer/View Details
  3. Sign in to your Kroger account
  4. Search for Swift Creek Middle School Library
  5. Confirm that it is account AI089
  6. Click on Enroll

That’s it.  Every time you shop and scan your Kroger card a % will go to SCMS library.  Thank you for supporting the SCMS Library.

 

THIS IS A CHANGE Cheerleading Tryouts for 2019-2020

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Swift Creek Middle School cheerleading squad will be held May14th- May 16th from 4:15-6:00. (The change in date makes it possible for athletes to complete a physical on or after May 1st and it be good through June 30th the following school year.  According to VA High School League rules, which we are required to follow, physicals dated this school year prior to May 1st are acceptable for trying out this year, but will need to be done again after 5-1-19 to be used for sports during the ‘19-’20 school year).  If you are interested, please pick up an informational packet from the main office (see attached). All completed packets are due by the first day of tryouts!! Email Ms. Katie Titus at katie_titus@ccpsnet.net if you have any questions.

1. VHSL Physical Form for Student Athletes 2017.pdf 

2. headsupconcussion_parent_athlete_info.pdf 

3. Swift Creek Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts (2).pdf 

4. tryouts-MS (1).pdf 

In Intramurals, Sports, & Clubs…

Intramurals:

Tuesday – basketball

Wednesday – basketball

Thursday – basketball and Frisbee

Sports:

Our Girls’ Soccer Team won the county classic championship game on Tuesday, May 1st.  Way to go ladies!  Congratulations again to our Track and Field and Girls’ Soccer teams on a great season.

Club meetings this week:

All club activities are contingent upon CCPS decisions regarding after school activities.  Students should listen to daily announcements for the most up to the minute information.

Name of Club

Day

Location

Sponsor

Latin Club

Tuesday

Room 124

Mr. Leber

MAC

Tuesday

Room 102

Mrs. Buckley

National Junior Honor Society

Tuesday

Room 204

Mr. Brown

Astronomy Club

Wednesday

Room 118

Mrs. Kasarda

Strategy Board Game Club

Wednesday

Room 300

Ms. Chalkley & Mrs. Laubenthal

TSA

Thursday

Room 308

Ms. Rushing

Chess Club

Friday

Room 201

Mr. Kutis

Elevate

Friday (AM)

Gym

Ms. Taylor

 

Parking

When visiting Swift Creek MS after 2:30 p.m. to attend a game or other event, parents may park in the front parking lot or enter the bus loop and turn left to park in the lot on the hill.  This will avoid the high school specialty buses which use the bus loop as a HUB location.  

 

High School Credits and Seat Time

Parents, we are at the point in the school year where some families are receiving letters regarding seat time in high school credit classes. Please review the county seat time policy outlined in the ‘18-’19 Standards for Student Conduct and Attendance, as well as the ‘18-’19 SCMS Student-Parent Handbook, and School Board Policy 4020:

“The CCPS School Board expects students and their parents or guardians to actively take responsibility for ensuring attendance, with support from the school. A student is expected to arrive on time and attend class for the full instructional period daily.

Any student whose [excused and unexcused] absences exceed, during school year, 20 school days in a year or 20 class periods of a course scheduled daily or 10 class periods for a block class will not receive credit for the course unless the student completes tutoring or an alternate learning module as prescribed by the principal or his/her designee….  This consequence complies with the State Standards for Accrediting Public Schools that define the standard for awarding course credit for graduation [high school credit courses].”

In order to recover the required number of instructional hours for a high school credit bearing course, a student must makeup the time they missed seated in class. Any additional absences from the date of the notification forward will be added to the seat time requirement.

Seat time can be made up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:15 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.  Students who stay after school to makeup seat time will need to sign-in upon arriving to the Collaboration Lab, and indicate “seat time” as their reason for coming.

We strongly encourage keeping up with seat time requirements because remediation will help strengthen student skills, which will be needed if a student has to repeat the course. Additionally, some students who believe they will fail a high school credit class, may recover a passing grade by taking the final exam or completing extra credit.

If you have any questions regarding seat time, please contact Margaret Daly in the school counseling office by calling SCMS at 739-6315 x6021 and pressing 1, or emailingmargaret_daly@ccpsnet.net

 

Have a delightful week!

J. Calvin Frye, Ph.D., Principal

Swift Creek Middle School

 

Calendar:

** Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information and changes.

LINK to CCPS Calendars

LINK to Swift Creek Middle’s Website

 

Monday, May 6

2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, May 7

2:05 – 3pm MAC Club Meeting - Room 102

2:10 – 3pm Self Determined Meeting -Room 218

2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting - Room 121

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

 

Wednesday, May 8

Civics SOL

2:05 – 3pm Astronomy Club -Room 218

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

 

Thursday, May 9

11:30am – 1:30pm Field Trip - First Tee Golf (Fit for Life)

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball -Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

6 – 9pm Jazz Night@Cosby High School

 

Friday, May 10

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

6:55 – 7:30am NJHS All Member Meeting - Room 204

10am – 2:30pm Federal Reserve Awards Ceremony - Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

 

Monday, May 13

2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, May 14

Reading SOL 6, 7, 8

2:05 – 3pm MAC Club Meeting - Room 102

2:05 – 3pm Rotary Club Meeting - Room 103

2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:45pm Spring Orchestra Concert Rehearsal - Auditorium

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

 

Wednesday, May 15

Field Trip CBG - Ford's Theatre (Washington D.C)

11am – 12:45pm Principal's Advisory Lunch - Collaboration Room

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

7 – 9pm Spring Orchestra Concert - Auditorium

 

Thursday, May 16

Earth Science SOL

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

 

Friday, May 17

Science 8 SOL

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

7 – 7:40am Core Value Breakfast - Cafeteria

7:30am – 2:30pm Field Trip - Teams 8th G - UVA Tour

1 – 3pm NJHS Induction Ceremony - Auditorium

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

2:15 – 3:15pm From Kids to Pets Club - Room 122

 

Monday, May 20

2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, May 21

Block 1: Math 7 & Algebra SOL

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting -Room 121

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

 

Wednesday, May 22

Block 3: Math 6, Algebra & Geometry SOL

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club- Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

 

Thursday, May 23

Block 4: Math 6, 7 & Algebra SOL

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

 

Friday, May 24

Block 5: Math 6, 7 & Algebra SOL

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club -Gym

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

2:15 – 3:45pm Band Rehearsal - Auditorium

 

Monday, May 27

No School - Holiday

 

Tuesday, May 28

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124

2:15 – 3:45pm Band Rehearsal - Auditorium

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

 

Wednesday, May 29

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

2:15 – 3:45pm Band Rehearsal - 6th Grade - Auditorium

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

 

Thursday, May 30

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

7 – 8:30pm Band Spring Concert - Auditorium

 

Friday, May 31

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

 

Monday, June 3

Exams & Expedited Retakes

 

Tuesday, June 4

Exams & Expedited Retakes

2:10 – 3pm Self Determined Meeting - Room 218

2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting - Room 121

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

Week of 4/29

posted Apr 30, 2019, 4:55 AM by Jonathan Kutis

Swift Creek Middle School Captain’s Log 2019 4-29 (Monday 4-29-19)

Good Evening!  This is Dr. Frye, principal of Swift Creek Middle School, with this week’s Captain’s Log and announcements.  Additional announcements and dates may be found on our website.

 

Follow us on our educational voyage on Twitter: Calvin Frye @DrJFrye

I plan to send Tweets about the amazing things our teachers and students are doing throughout the year, SCMS sports, and educational research and insights.

There is still time to purchase the 2019 Swift Creek Yearbook!

Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 4943.

or cash / check can be sent to Ms. Hutto in 203.

The cost is $30.00

PTSA Celebrates Staff Appreciation Week: Volunteer Sign-up

It's Staff Appreciation Week soon!!!   We have some great days planned out for the teachers and staff!!  Please take a look and hopefully you can sign up to help or donate an item.  SIGN UP LINK

Monday, May 6th - Nacho Bar served during lunches in Teachers' Lounge:

All Items need to be dropped off front office by 10:30 am Monday 5/6

Chips and Salsa donated by Chuy's and Qdoba.

Wednesday, May 8th - Healthy Mid-week Snack: All items to be dropped off to front office by 8:30 am Wednesday 5/8.

Friday, May 10th  -  Dr. Frye Grilling Hot dogs served in Teachers' Lounge during lunches

All items to be dropped off to front office by 10 am Friday 5/10

PTSA providing Hot dogs and buns.

 

Rise Against Hunger

Dr. Daugherty, CCPS Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Dianne Smith, School Board Representative for the Clover Hill District, faculty, and hundreds of students turned out last week to package over 11,000 meals for this year’s Rise Against Hunger event.  Ms. Pam Plahs and Ms. King, all-around fabulous teachers, worked together to organize the event. The kids did a fabulous job helping those in need.  Thanks to all the teachers for helping fund raise, chaperoning the dance, and recruiting students to take part.

  

  

  

 

TEAMS Field Trip to University of Richmond

TEAMS students visited the University of Richmond last week as part of their exploration of higher education.  Students will visit three colleges during their time in the program.

CBG Trip to Virginia Beach Aquarium and Marine Science Center

CBG students visited the Virginia Beach Aquarium and Marine Science Center on a field trip last week. They took a Dolphin Discoveries Boat Charter and spotted both bottle nose dolphins and a humpback whale. After a picnic lunch along the nature trail, they enjoyed touring the 800,000 gallons of fresh and salt water displays in the aquarium. Students learned about over 700 species of animals, and ended the day watching "Turtle Odyssey" which is a 3D movie taking them on a journey through the habitat and life of these amazing creatures.

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Vietnam Guest Speaker

Mr. Jim Dyk served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War as a Navy pilot. He came to speak to our 7th grade students and shared with them  both his experiences in Vietnam as well as those he faced upon returning home to the United States. Mr. Dyk's time with our students provided them a greater appreciation of the sacrifices and challenges the men and women who serve in our military face.

Swift Creek Middle School’s Core Values Students of the Year

Teachers had the opportunity to nominate and then vote for our students of the year.  One student was chosen from the combined 6th and 7th grades, and one was selected from the 8th grade.  I had the privilege of attending Chesterfield Schools’ award ceremony with our students and their parents last week.  Congratulations Jaden Hughes (8th) and Garrett Wilcox (7th), our Core Values Students of the Year!

EXPO 2019!

We had an amazing turn-out for EXPO 2019 last Tuesday!  Hundreds of students were on hand to present their projects to the community and parents.  The work these students have done this year is a testament to the high expectation we have for them and the amazing teachers that develop engaging, real-life lessons.

 

 

Olympics!

It has become a tradition for the whole student body, faculty, and staff to line the hallways and sidewalks to cheer on our Olympians!  I am so proud of our students!

  

2019 Richmond Flying Squirrels Art Contest

Congratulations to Sophia Rivera on winning the 2019 Richmond Flying Squirrels Art Contest.  It was a tough decision as they received over 300 pieces of art and could only choose 15 from the Greater Richmond Area.  They believed Sophia’s was the perfect representation this year. Sophia was recognized on field during the April 7th baseball game.  Her design has been transformed into a 4x9 foot sign and displayed on the main concourse wall at The Diamond for all Flying Squirrels fans to see!

Physicals at Clover Hill High School 5-2-19

Clover Hill High School is sponsoring a student sports physicals night on May 2nd at 3:00. Please see the attached for more information.

CHill Physical Flyer 2019.pdf 

Summer Programs

Are you looking for summer programs for your student?  Check out this link to CCPS Summer Programs  LINK

Summer Heat

Students can access summer math preparation and summer resources to stay academically HOT over the summer. Suggested summer reading resources are available for each school level.  LINK

Career Speaker Series

The School Counseling Department hosted two Career Speaker events during Accelerate on Thursday, April 25th.   Dr. Staci Carr spoke to students about her career as a Developmental Psychologist at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Dr. Carr received a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Carr works and conducts research in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder, developing programs to support individuals in a variety of settings with varying abilities.  Dr. Carr encouraged students to reach out and befriend students that appear different, especially those that struggle socially.  She also shared information on how students can locally fund raise to support various Autism intervention programs. Mrs. Beth Perry, a Realtor, spoke with our students about the career field of Realty.  She shared the advantages of her work, including setting her own hours and promoting our local community.  In addition, she endorsed the use of comprehensive skills acquired in all of our school subjects, especially effective communication, math skills, complex housing laws, and the creative use of technology. To become a licensed realtor, one must be eighteen years old, attend a sixty hour class, and pass both a state and national test.

Community Service Started June 16, 2018 (Due May 31st)

Last school year, Swift Creek Middle School students accumulated over 7500 hours of community service. Students who completed 30 hours of community service were honored at the end of the year awards ceremonies. Students may begin logging hours for the coming year starting June 16, 2018.  A copy of the log sheet may be found on our website and attached below. Students, who reach the goal of 30 hours of service by the end of May 2019, will be recognized at our end-of-the year awards ceremony!

THIS IS A CHANGE Cheerleading Tryouts for 2019-2020

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Swift Creek Middle School cheerleading squad will be held May14th- May 16th from 4:15-6:00. (The change in date makes it possible for athletes to complete a physical on or after May 1st and it be good through June 30th the following school year.  According to VA High School League rules, which we are required to follow, physicals dated this school year prior to May 1st are acceptable for trying out this year, but will need to be done again after 5-1-19 to be used for sports during the ‘19-’20 school year).  If you are interested, please pick up an informational packet from the main office (see attached). All completed packets are due by the first day of tryouts!! Email Ms. Katie Titus at katie_titus@ccpsnet.net if you have any questions.

1. VHSL Physical Form for Student Athletes 2017.pdf 

2. headsupconcussion_parent_athlete_info.pdf 

3. Swift Creek Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts (2).pdf 

4. tryouts-MS (1).pdf 

After School Tutoring

We will have after-school accelerate on Tuesday-Thursday.  Parent pick up promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday- Cancelled

Wednesday – science and math

Thursday – English and math

Non-Sanctioned Basketball Event Scheduled in New York City through Group Called OVERTIME

VHSL staff has received information regarding an event in New York City May 17-19 in which Virginia schools are supposedly attending.  Student/Athletes attending this event may find themselves ineligible based on the VHSL Amateur Rule 28B-2-1 as information shows this event will be providing merchandise etc. well above the $500 limit set by the VHSL.  Additionally it is VHSL staffs understanding that this event intends to use names and pictures of the athletes as a promotion of the event and the athletes.  This also is a violation of the VHSL Amateur Rule.  Please make a special point to discuss this issue with both your coaches and players, as OVERTIME is listing athletes from Virginia boys and girls teams as attending.

Makerspace Camp

Are you tired of hearing your child tell you how bored they are every summer? Are you looking for enriching and exciting activities for your middle schooler to do? What if you could give your child a week of fun and engaging activities at summer camp? What if you could also give your child a way to make new friends?  Imagine your middle schooler building, tinkering, and creating new things every day. The Makerspace Camp at Swift Creek Middle School will provide all of that and more. Have your child come join the fun! To register visit our school website. Click on the Resources Tab, scroll down to Fee Payments, then click on MakerSpace Camp and  select the week you would like your child to attend. Or,  you may register in the front office.  Hurry, slots are filling up quickly! You do not want to miss out on this opportunity.   

Course Requests for ‘19-’20

Please remember to return signed course requests to SCMS as soon as possible. All requests for changes must be made before April 17, 2019.

Academic and Career Plan

This spring, your 8th grade student created their Chesterfield County Academic and Career Plan to be used and revised throughout their high school career.  This document can be found within your student’s Google Drive.  Please visit the document with your student to review and discuss their future academic and career plans..  Note the verified credit and testing requirements of both the Standard and Advanced diplomas.  Please feel free to contact your child’s counselor with questions.

Dress Code

As the weather warms, it is a good time to review the dress code policy with your student.  Academic/ Behavior Expectation Assemblies were held on February 11th and 12th, and this was one of the topics covered.  Please refer to the Parent- Student Handbook attached for information about this and other policies/rules. 

2018-2019 SCMS Student-Parent Handbook (2) (1).pdf 

World Language Sequence and Offerings

As our school division continues to identify additional ways to provide equitable access to rigorous learning, a change has been made to the sequence of courses for World Languages at the middle school level.  This change occurred after our course offering sheets were printed, so please be aware that students who selected the 1A or 1B version of a World Language for the 2019-20 school year will have that request changed to the general level 1 of the language, such as Spanish 1, French 1, etc. 

Teachers will continue to deliver differentiated and personalized instruction based on student needs within the expectations of a high school credit course.  If you feel you would prefer for your student to wait an additional year to take level 1 of a World Language, please contact our School Counseling office at 739-6315 as soon as possible so that we can note your request.  All changes to course requests still must be completed by April 17th as indicated on the original form.

Thank you for your patience with this change and for partnering with our school as we support our students in developing the skills to become global citizens.

PTSA Message:

Membership/ Giving Campaign:  We are going for 100% membership in our PTSA!! And it is easier than ever to join!! You can purchase your membership onlinehere.  You can also participate in our fundraising event at the same link.

Electronic Smart Watches

Parents, please remind students that electronic smart watches (e.g. Apple Watches) are categorized under and treated as cell phones.  Therefore, these devices may be brought to school but must be turned off and left in the locker throughout the school day.

Clothing to Cash to Support the PTSA

Are you cleaning out your closet?  Don’t let those items go to waste.  Consider putting them in the Clothing to Cash container located in the parking lot on the auditorium side of the building.  Proceeds go directly to our PTSA!

 

Helping the SCMS Library with the Kroger Community Rewards Program (NEW!)

The SCMS Library participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  You can help us raise money for library books and supplies by registering your Kroger card.

  1. Go to Kroger.com/KrogerCommunityRewards
  2. Scroll down to I’m a Customer/View Details
  3. Sign in to your Kroger account
  4. Search for Swift Creek Middle School Library
  5. Confirm that it is account AI089
  6. Click on Enroll

That’s it.  Every time you shop and scan your Kroger card a % will go to SCMS library.  Thank you for supporting the SCMS Library.

In Intramurals, Sports, & Clubs…

Intramurals:

Tuesday – basketball

Wednesday – basketball

Thursday – basketball and Frisbee

Sports:

Our girls soccer team continues to compete in the Middle School tournament today against Davis Middle.  If they win, they will have a final game on Tuesday.  Both games will be held at CTC on Hull Street Road.  Games start at 3:00 p.m.  Our track and field team will compete today at James River High School.  The meet starts at 2:00 p.m. Please support both teams.

Club meetings this week:

All club activities are contingent upon CCPS decisions regarding after school activities.  Students should listen to daily announcements for the most up to the minute information.

Name of Club

Day

Location

Sponsor

Rubik's Cube STEM club

Wednesday

Room 132

Mrs. Fantell

Crime Solvers

Wednesday

Room 112

Mr. Maher Ms. Halsey & Mrs. O'brien

TSA

Thursday

Room 308

Ms. Rushing

Elevate

Friday (AM)

Gym

Ms. Taylor

Kids to Pets

Friday

Room 122

Ms. Rochenbach

National Junior Honor Society

Friday (AM)

Room 204

Mr. Brown

Chess Club

Friday

Room 201

Mr. Kutis

 

Parking

When visiting Swift Creek MS after 2:30 p.m. to attend a game or other event, parents may park in the front parking lot or enter the bus loop and turn left to park in the lot on the hill.  This will avoid the high school specialty buses which use the bus loop as a HUB location.  

 

High School Credits and Seat Time

Parents, we are at the point in the school year where some families are receiving letters regarding seat time in high school credit classes. Please review the county seat time policy outlined in the ‘18-’19 Standards for Student Conduct and Attendance, as well as the ‘18-’19 SCMS Student-Parent Handbook, and School Board Policy 4020:

“The CCPS School Board expects students and their parents or guardians to actively take responsibility for ensuring attendance, with support from the school. A student is expected to arrive on time and attend class for the full instructional period daily.

Any student whose [excused and unexcused] absences exceed, during school year, 20 school days in a year or 20 class periods of a course scheduled daily or 10 class periods for a block class will not receive credit for the course unless the student completes tutoring or an alternate learning module as prescribed by the principal or his/her designee….  This consequence complies with the State Standards for Accrediting Public Schools that define the standard for awarding course credit for graduation [high school credit courses].”

In order to recover the required number of instructional hours for a high school credit bearing course, a student must makeup the time they missed seated in class. Any additional absences from the date of the notification forward will be added to the seat time requirement.

Seat time can be made up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:15 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.  Students who stay after school to makeup seat time will need to sign-in upon arriving to the Collaboration Lab, and indicate “seat time” as their reason for coming.

We strongly encourage keeping up with seat time requirements because remediation will help strengthen student skills, which will be needed if a student has to repeat the course. Additionally, some students who believe they will fail a high school credit class, may recover a passing grade by taking the final exam or completing extra credit.

If you have any questions regarding seat time, please contact Margaret Daly in the school counseling office by calling SCMS at 739-6315 x6021 and pressing 1, or emailing margaret_daly@ccpsnet.net

 

Have a beautiful week!

J. Calvin Frye, Ph.D., Principal

Swift Creek Middle School

 

Calendar:

** Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information and changes.

LINK to CCPS Calendars

LINK to Swift Creek Middle’s Website

 

Monday, April 29

Post-Assessment - Writing
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts
2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament -Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

2 -5 pm Track & Field County Championship Meet - James River High School

Tuesday, April 30

Post-Assessment -English

Field Trip Washington DC (7th Grade Social Studies)

9:30am – 1pm Field Trip VA Capitol tour (8th Civics/Econ)
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament - Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

Wednesday, May 1

Post-Assessment - English

2:05 – 2:45pm Rubiks Cube STEM Club - Room 132

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3pm SCA Meeting Cafeteria

2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament Rain Date  Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

Thursday, May 2

Post-Assessment - Math

10am – 2pm 75th Anniversary D-Day Electronic Field Trip Library

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 - 3pm Crime Solvers Meeting - Room 112

6:30 – 7:30pm PTSA Meeting - Library

Friday, May 3

Field Trip 6-8 Orchestra, Band, Chorus York HS & Busch Gardens

Field Trip Technosphere 2019 (Rushing & Clay) - Hampton Roads

Post-Assessment - Math

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club Gym

6:55 – 7:30am NJHS Officer Meeting - Room 204

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

Saturday, May 4

Field Trip Technosphere 2019 (Rushing & Clay) - Hampton Roads

Sunday, May 5

Field Trip Technosphere 2019 (Rushing & Clay) - Hampton Roads

Monday, May 6

2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts

Tuesday, May 7

2:05 – 3pm MAC Club Meeting - Room 102

2:10 – 3pm Self Determined Meeting -Room 218

2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting - Room 121

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

Wednesday, May 8

Civics SOL

2:05 – 3pm Astronomy Club -Room 218

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

Thursday, May 9

11:30am – 1:30pm Field Trip - First Tee Golf (Fit for Life)

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball -Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

6 – 9pm Jazz Night@Cosby High School

Friday, May 10

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

6:55 – 7:30am NJHS All Member Meeting - Room 204

10am – 2:30pm Federal Reserve Awards Ceremony - Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

Monday, May 13

2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts

Tuesday, May 14

Reading SOL 6, 7, 8

2:05 – 3pm MAC Club Meeting - Room 102

2:05 – 3pm Rotary Club Meeting - Room 103

2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:45pm Spring Orchestra Concert Rehearsal - Auditorium

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

Wednesday, May 15

Field Trip CBG - Ford's Theatre (Washington D.C)

11am – 12:45pm Principal's Advisory Lunch - Collaboration Room

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

7 – 9pm Spring Orchestra Concert - Auditorium

Thursday, May 16

Earth Science SOL

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

Friday, May 17

Science 8 SOL

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

7 – 7:40am Core Value Breakfast - Cafeteria

7:30am – 2:30pm Field Trip - Teams 8th G - UVA Tour

1 – 3pm NJHS Induction Ceremony - Auditorium

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

2:15 – 3:15pm From Kids to Pets Club - Room 122

Monday, May 20

2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts

Tuesday, May 21

Block 1: Math 7 & Algebra SOL

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting -Room 121

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

Wednesday, May 22

Block 3: Math 6, Algebra & Geometry SOL

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club- Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

Thursday, May 23

Block 4: Math 6, 7 & Algebra SOL

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

Friday, May 24

Block 5: Math 6, 7 & Algebra SOL

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club -Gym

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

2:15 – 3:45pm Band Rehearsal - Auditorium

Monday, May 27

No School - Holiday

Tuesday, May 28

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124

2:15 – 3:45pm Band Rehearsal - Auditorium

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

Wednesday, May 29

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

2:15 – 3:45pm Band Rehearsal - 6th Grade - Auditorium

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

Thursday, May 30

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

7 – 8:30pm Band Spring Concert - Auditorium

Friday, May 31

95201 Week

SOL Make Ups & Remediation

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

Monday, June 3

Exams & Expedited Retakes

Tuesday, June 4

Exams & Expedited Retakes

2:10 – 3pm Self Determined Meeting - Room 218

2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting - Room 121

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

Week of 4/22

posted Apr 23, 2019, 6:46 AM by Jonathan Kutis

Swift Creek Middle School Captain’s Log 2019 4-22 (Monday 4-22-19)

Good Evening!  This is Dr. Frye, principal of Swift Creek Middle School, with this week’s Captain’s Log and announcements.  Additional announcements and dates may be found on our website.

 

Follow us on our educational voyage on Twitter: Calvin Frye @DrJFrye

I plan to send Tweets about the amazing things our teachers and students are doing throughout the year, SCMS sports, and educational research and insights.

 

There is still time to purchase the 2019 Swift Creek Yearbook!

Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 4943.

or cash / check can be sent to Ms. Hutto in 203.

The cost is $30.00

Earth Day

Did you know that today was Earth Day?  Multiple classes had Earth Day themed lessons today. Today in gym they went Plogging; A new sport where you jog and pick up trash.  In Design and Modeling student did Earth Day Coding.

 

  

  

EXPO Night 2019! Tuesday 4-32-19

The SCMS EXPO Night will be taking place tonight - Tuesday, April 23rd , 2019.  Doors will open at 5:50 PM with student presentations taking place from 6:00 - 7:30.  Students work from all subject areas will be on display throughout the building.  Take this opportunity to come explore what students are learning through project based learning at SCMS.

BOOK FAIR will be open in the library during the Expo.  Please take this opportunity to stop in and pick up some summer reading material.

 

Stock Market Game 1st Place!

Congratulations to Mr. Boughner and his students (Ishita Patel, Carter Grants, Jeremy Colon, and Julie Colon) for placing 1st in the state-wide Spring competition!!  They will be honored at a ceremony at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in May.

 

Report Cards

Report cards are being sent home with students today.  Remember, for a day to day update on how your student is doing, please check out ParentVue.

 

After School Tutoring

We will have after-school accelerate on Tuesday-Thursday.  Parent pick up promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday- social studies and math

Wednesday – science and math

Thursday – Cancelled

 

Non-Sanctioned Basketball Event Scheduled in New York City through Group Called OVERTIME

VHSL staff has received information regarding an event in New York City May 17-19 in which Virginia schools are supposedly attending.  Student/Athletes attending this event may find themselves ineligible based on the VHSL Amateur Rule 28B-2-1 as information shows this event will be providing merchandise etc. well above the $500 limit set by the VHSL.  Additionally it is VHSL staffs understanding that this event intends to use names and pictures of the athletes as a promotion of the event and the athletes.  This also is a violation of the VHSL Amateur Rule.  Please make a special point to discuss this issue with both your coaches and players, as OVERTIME is listing athletes from Virginia boys and girls teams as attending.

 

Awards received by PTSA

Congratulation to our fabulous SCMS PTSA who won multiple awards at the county-wide PTA meeting last week.  Their involvement in the community and the school is a benefit to all of us, and I appreciate their efforts to support the faculty, staff, and students at Swift Creek Middle School.  They’re the best!!

  

Makerspace Camp

Are you tired of hearing your child tell you how bored they are every summer? Are you looking for enriching and exciting activities for your middle schooler to do? What if you could give your child a week of fun and engaging activities at summer camp? What if you could also give your child a way to make new friends?  Imagine your middle schooler building, tinkering, and creating new things every day. The Makerspace Camp at Swift Creek Middle School will provide all of that and more. Have your child come join the fun! To register visit our school website. Click on the Resources Tab, scroll down to Fee Payments, then click on MakerSpace Camp and  select the week you would like your child to attend. Or,  you may register in the front office.  Hurry, slots are filling up quickly! You do not want to miss out on this opportunity.   

 

Course Requests for ‘19-’20

Please remember to return signed course requests to SCMS as soon as possible. All requests for changes must be made before April 17, 2019.

 

Book Fair!

The spring Book Fair has begun in the library.  The Book Fair continues April 15-18, and April 22, 23 from 7:30 to 2:30pm in the library.  We will also be open during PBL Expo night from 6-8pm in the library.

 

Pictures of the Week!  Track Team

 

 

Academic and Career Plan

This spring, your 8th grade student created their Chesterfield County Academic and Career Plan to be used and revised throughout their high school career.  This document can be found within your student’s Google Drive.  Please visit the document with your student to review and discuss their future academic and career plans..  Note the verified credit and testing requirements of both the Standard and Advanced diplomas.  Please feel free to contact your child’s counselor with questions.

 

Dress Code

As the weather warms, it is a good time to review the dress code policy with your student.  Academic/ Behavior Expectation Assemblies were held on February 11th and 12th, and this was one of the topics covered.  Please refer to the Parent- Student Handbook attached for information about this and other policies/rules. 

2018-2019 SCMS Student-Parent Handbook (2) (1).pdf 

 

World Language Sequence and Offerings

As our school division continues to identify additional ways to provide equitable access to rigorous learning, a change has been made to the sequence of courses for World Languages at the middle school level.  This change occurred after our course offering sheets were printed, so please be aware that students who selected the 1A or 1B version of a World Language for the 2019-20 school year will have that request changed to the general level 1 of the language, such as Spanish 1, French 1, etc. 

Teachers will continue to deliver differentiated and personalized instruction based on student needs within the expectations of a high school credit course.  If you feel you would prefer for your student to wait an additional year to take level 1 of a World Language, please contact our School Counseling office at 739-6315 as soon as possible so that we can note your request.  All changes to course requests still must be completed by April 17th as indicated on the original form.

Thank you for your patience with this change and for partnering with our school as we support our students in developing the skills to become global citizens.

 

PTSA Message:

Membership/ Giving Campaign:  We are going for 100% membership in our PTSA!! And it is easier than ever to join!! You can purchase your membership onlinehere.  You can also participate in our fundraising event at the same link.

 

Electronic Smart Watches

Parents, please remind students that electronic smart watches (e.g. Apple Watches) are categorized under and treated as cell phones.  Therefore, these devices may be brought to school but must be turned off and left in the locker throughout the school day.

 

Clothing to Cash to Support the PTSA

Are you cleaning out your closet?  Don’t let those items go to waste.  Consider putting them in the Clothing to Cash container located in the parking lot on the auditorium side of the building.  Proceeds go directly to our PTSA!

 

Community Service Started June 16, 2018 (Due May 31st)

Last school year, Swift Creek Middle School students accumulated over 7500 hours of community service. Students who completed 30 hours of community service were honored at the end of the year awards ceremonies. Students may begin logging hours for the coming year starting June 16, 2018.  A copy of the log sheet may be found on our website and attached below. Students, who reach the goal of 30 hours of service by the end of May 2019, will be recognized at our end-of-the year awards ceremony!  Log sheets for the 3rd 9-weeks may be brought to the office starting this week.

 

Helping the SCMS Library with the Kroger Community Rewards Program (NEW!)

The SCMS Library participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  You can help us raise money for library books and supplies by registering your Kroger card.

  1. Go to Kroger.com/KrogerCommunityRewards
  2. Scroll down to I’m a Customer/View Details
  3. Sign in to your Kroger account
  4. Search for Swift Creek Middle School Library
  5. Confirm that it is account AI089
  6. Click on Enroll

That’s it.  Every time you shop and scan your Kroger card a % will go to SCMS library.  Thank you for supporting the SCMS Library.

 

THIS IS A CHANGE Cheerleading Tryouts for 2019-2020

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Swift Creek Middle School cheerleading squad will be held May14th- May 16th from 4:15-6:00. (The change in date makes it possible for athletes to complete a physical on or after May 1st and it be good through June 30th the following school year.  According to VA High School League rules, which we are required to follow, physicals dated this school year prior to May 1st are acceptable for trying out this year, but will need to be done again after 5-1-19 to be used for sports during the ‘19-’20 school year).  If you are interested, please pick up an informational packet from the main office (see attached). All completed packets are due by the first day of tryouts!! Email Ms. Katie Titus at katie_titus@ccpsnet.net if you have any questions.

1. VHSL Physical Form for Student Athletes 2017.pdf 

2. headsupconcussion_parent_athlete_info.pdf 

3. Swift Creek Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts (2).pdf 

4. tryouts-MS (1).pdf 

 

In Intramurals, Sports, & Clubs…

Intramurals:

Thursday – Basketball and Frisbee

Friday - Basketball and Frisbee

Sports:

Come out and support our girls soccer and track and field team this week.  The girls soccer tournament will be played at CTC on April 25th.  Track and field compete today at Meadowbrook High School.

Club meetings this week:

All club activities are contingent upon CCPS decisions regarding after school activities.  Students should listen to daily announcements for the most up to the minute information.

Name of Club

Day

Location

Sponsor

Elevate

Friday (AM)

Gym

Ms. Taylor

Model UN

Tuesday

Room 121

Mr. Rushton

Strategy Board Game Club

Wednesday

Room 300

Ms. Chalkley & Mrs. Laubenthal

TSA

Thursday

Room 308

Ms. Rushing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parking

When visiting Swift Creek MS after 2:30 p.m. to attend a game or other event, parents may park in the front parking lot or enter the bus loop and turn left to park in the lot on the hill.  This will avoid the high school specialty buses which use the bus loop as a HUB location.  

 

High School Credits and Seat Time

Parents, we are at the point in the school year where some families are receiving letters regarding seat time in high school credit classes. Please review the county seat time policy outlined in the ‘18-’19 Standards for Student Conduct and Attendance, as well as the ‘18-’19 SCMS Student-Parent Handbook, and School Board Policy 4020:

“The CCPS School Board expects students and their parents or guardians to actively take responsibility for ensuring attendance, with support from the school. A student is expected to arrive on time and attend class for the full instructional period daily.

Any student whose [excused and unexcused] absences exceed, during school year, 20 school days in a year or 20 class periods of a course scheduled daily or 10 class periods for a block class will not receive credit for the course unless the student completes tutoring or an alternate learning module as prescribed by the principal or his/her designee….  This consequence complies with the State Standards for Accrediting Public Schools that define the standard for awarding course credit for graduation [high school credit courses].”

In order to recover the required number of instructional hours for a high school credit bearing course, a student must makeup the time they missed seated in class. Any additional absences from the date of the notification forward will be added to the seat time requirement.

Seat time can be made up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:15 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.  Students who stay after school to makeup seat time will need to sign-in upon arriving to the Collaboration Lab, and indicate “seat time” as their reason for coming.

We strongly encourage keeping up with seat time requirements because remediation will help strengthen student skills, which will be needed if a student has to repeat the course. Additionally, some students who believe they will fail a high school credit class, may recover a passing grade by taking the final exam or completing extra credit.

If you have any questions regarding seat time, please contact Margaret Daly in the school counseling office by calling SCMS at 739-6315 x6021 and pressing 1, or emailing margaret_daly@ccpsnet.net

 

Have a fabulous week!

J. Calvin Frye, Ph.D., Principal

Swift Creek Middle School

 

 

Calendar:

** Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information and changes.

LINK to CCPS Calendars

LINK to Swift Creek Middle’s Website

 

Monday, April 22

Report Cards Issued
Vietnam Speaker -Library

Post-Assessment - Electives & Languages

1:00 – 4:30pm Track & Field Northern Division Meet - TBA

2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, April 23

Field Trip CBG VA Aquarium - Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Vietnam Speaker - Library

Post-Assessment - Electives & Languages
11:30am – 1:30pm Field Trip - First Tee Golf (Fit for Life)

2:05 – 3pm MAC Club Meeting Room 102

2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3:30pm  Model UN Meeting - Room 121
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
6 – 8pm PBL Expo

Wednesday, April 24

Post-Assessment - Science & Social Studies

Field Trip 6th Grade Music@Virginia Arts Festival - Norfolk

11:30am – 1:30pm Field Trip - First Tee Golf (Fit for Life)

2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

 

Thursday, April 25

Post-Assessment - Science & Social Studies

11am – 12:45pm Principal's Advisory Lunch - Collaboration Room

2:15 – 4:30pm Rise Against Hunger - Cafeteria

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300

2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament - Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull


Friday, April 26
Post-Assessment - Writing

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

9am – 12pm Field Trip (7th G Teams) U of R tour

9 – 9:35am Art Club - Room 223 or 225
2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 - 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

Saturday, April 27
8am – 2pm District 3 Solo & Ensemble Assessment - Band, Choir, Orchestra, Drama & 224
8am – 4pm National History Day State Competition @ Virginia Museum of History & Culture

 

Monday, April 29

Post-Assessment - Writing
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts
2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament -Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

3 – 6pm Track & Field County Championship Meet - James River High School

Tuesday, April 30

Post-Assessment -English

Field Trip Washington DC (7th Grade Social Studies)

9:30am – 1pm Field Trip VA Capitol tour (8th Civics/Econ)
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament - Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

 

 

Wednesday, May 1

Post-Assessment - English

2:05 – 2:45pm Rubiks Cube STEM Club - Room 132

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3pm Crime Solvers Room 112

2:15 – 3pm SCA Meeting Cafeteria

2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament Rain Date  Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

 

Thursday, May 2

Post-Assessment - Math

10am – 2pm 75th Anniversary D-Day Electronic Field Trip Library

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

6:30 – 7:30pm PTSA Meeting - Library

 

 

Friday, May 3

Field Trip 6-8 Orchestra, Band, Chorus York HS & Busch Gardens

Post-Assessment - Math

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club Gym

6:55 – 7:30am NJHS Officer Meeting - Room 204

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

 

 

Monday, May 6

2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, May 7

2:10 – 3pm Self Determined Meeting -Room 218

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting - Room 121

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

 

Wednesday, May 8

Civics SOL

2:05 – 3pm Astronomy Club -Room 218

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

 

Thursday, May 9

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball -Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

6 – 9pm Jazz Night@Cosby High School

 

Friday, May 10

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

6:55 – 7:30am NJHS All Member Meeting - Room 204

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

 

Monday, May 13

Reading SOL 6, 7, 8

2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, May 14

2:05 – 3pm MAC Club Meeting - Room 102

2:05 – 3pm Rotary Club Meeting - Room 103

2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:45pm Spring Orchestra Concert Rehearsal - Auditorium

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

 

Wednesday, May 15

Field Trip CBG - Ford's Theatre (Washington D.C)

11am – 12:45pm Principal's Advisory Lunch - Collaboration Room

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

7 – 9pm Spring Orchestra Concert - Auditorium

 

Thursday, May 16

Science 8 & Earth Science SOL

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

4:15 – 6pm Cheerleading Tryouts - Cafeteria

 

Friday, May 17

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

7 – 7:40am Core Value Breakfast - Cafeteria

7:30am – 2:30pm Field Trip - Teams 8th G - UVA Tour

1 – 3pm NJHS Induction Ceremony - Auditorium

2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208

2:15 – 3:15pm From Kids to Pets Club - Room 122

Week of 4/15

posted Apr 16, 2019, 6:20 AM by Jonathan Kutis

Good Evening!  This is Dr. Frye, principal of Swift Creek Middle School, with this week’s Captain’s Log and announcements.  Additional announcements and dates may be found on our website.

 

Follow us on our educational voyage on Twitter: Calvin Frye @DrJFrye

I plan to send Tweets about the amazing things our teachers and students are doing throughout the year, SCMS sports, and educational research and insights.

 

There is still time to purchase the 2019 Swift Creek Yearbook!

Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 4943.

or cash / check can be sent to Ms. Hutto in 203.

The cost is $30.00

Course Requests for ‘19-’20

Please remember to return signed course requests to SCMS as soon as possible. All requests for changes must be made before April 17, 2019.

Book Fair!

The spring Book Fair has begun in the library.  The Book Fair continues April 15-18, and April 22,23 from 7:30 to 2:30pm in the library.  We will also be open during PBL Expo night from 6-8pm in the library.

EXPO 2019!

       When: Tuesday, 4-23-19

       Time: 6-8 PM

Come on out to Swift Creek Middle on Tuesday, April 23rd, and see all the amazing student work on display.  There will be a multicultural fair, student presentations, and a book fair!

Core Values

Congratulations to this quarter’s recipients of the Core Values Award.  Students and their parents attended breakfast and award presentation on April 12th.

 

SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition

On March 26th, SCMS Technology and Engineering students participated in the 2019 Regional SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition competing against 5 other schools.  Students designed and built remotely operated vehicles, learning project management, electrical application, the design process, problem solving, and teamwork skills.

The results are in.  The following are the individual Swift Creek Middle School winners:

In Vault:

1st Place -Team 3 - Jackson Banko and Allen Strassel,

2nd Place -Team 17 - Daniel Miller and Parker Brooks,

3rd Place Tie Teams 6 Llukas Thomas and Ashton Schmidt and Team 23 Alex Hilton and Danny Stage

In ROV:

1st Place Team 16 Daniel Kim and Henry Lemaster

2nd Place Team 15 Aidan Findlay and Carter Wilkinson

3rd Place Tie Team 8 Anjelina Mays and Aimee Fuller  and Team 27 Brenden Rafferty and Avery Belisle

In Beacon:

1st Place Team 3  Jackson Banko and Allen Strassel

2nd Place Team 9  Killian Fernandez-Birkmeyer and Matthew Dailey

3rd Place Team 11 Michael Look and Drew Carter

In Stage:

1st Place Team 4 Bentley Gardner and Will Macdougle

2nd Place Team 11 Michael Look and Drew Carter

SCMS Overall Top 3:

1st Place Team 13 Dominic Santangelo and Andrew Orndorff

2nd Place Team 18 Graham LeFevre and Easton Hairfield

3rd Place Team 12 Isaiah Daniels and Jaden Jiggets

The top 4 scoring teams from the Region advance to the National Competition.  It is a honor to say all four advancing teams are SCMS teams.

Regional Winners

1st Place Team 13 Dominic Stangello and Andrew Orndorff

2nd Place Team 18 Graham LeFevre and Easton Hairfield

3rd Place Team 12  Isaiah Daniels and Jaden Jiggets

4th Place Team 16  Daniel Kim and Henry Lemaster

 

ITEEA Program of the Year Awards

Two of the 37 worldwide International Technology and Engineering Education (ITEEA) program of the year awards were awarded to Swift Creek Middle School's technology education program and Cosby High School's technology education program at the ITEEA conference in Kansas City.  Congratulations Ms. Rushing!! CCPS Program Excellence.pdf 

SCA Dance

Students had a great time last Friday at the SCA dance!

Pictures of the Week!  Track Team

  

Academic and Career Plan

This spring, your 8th grade student created their Chesterfield County Academic and Career Plan to be used and revised throughout their high school career.  This document can be found within your student’s Google Drive.  Please visit the document with your student to review and discuss their future academic and career plans..  Note the verified credit and testing requirements of both the Standard and Advanced diplomas.  Please feel free to contact your child’s counselor with questions.

Sun Trust Youth Art Month Exhibition

Artwork done by 8th grader Abby Wambach and 6th grader Jamie Brown was chosen to be part of the Sun Trust Youth Art Month Exhibition. The reception was held at the Sun Trust building in downtown. The work was displayed among other young artists in the Central Virginia Region. Congratulations to our students and their teachers, Sheila Donahue & Christopher Butt.

   

  

Dress Code

As the weather warms, it is a good time to review the dress code policy with your student.  Academic/ Behavior Expectation Assemblies were held on February 11th and 12th, and this was one of the topics covered.  Please refer to the Parent- Student Handbook attached for information about this and other policies/rules. 

2018-2019 SCMS Student-Parent Handbook (2) (1).pdf 

 

World Language Sequence and Offerings

As our school division continues to identify additional ways to provide equitable access to rigorous learning, a change has been made to the sequence of courses for World Languages at the middle school level.  This change occurred after our course offering sheets were printed, so please be aware that students who selected the 1A or 1B version of a World Language for the 2019-20 school year will have that request changed to the general level 1 of the language, such as Spanish 1, French 1, etc. 

Teachers will continue to deliver differentiated and personalized instruction based on student needs within the expectations of a high school credit course.  If you feel you would prefer for your student to wait an additional year to take level 1 of a World Language, please contact our School Counseling office at 739-6315 as soon as possible so that we can note your request.  All changes to course requests still must be completed by April 17th as indicated on the original form.

Thank you for your patience with this change and for partnering with our school as we support our students in developing the skills to become global citizens.

 

PTSA Message:

Membership/ Giving Campaign:  We are going for 100% membership in our PTSA!!  And it is easier than ever to join!! You can purchase your membership onlinehere.  You can also participate in our fundraising event at the same link.

 

Electronic Smart Watches

Parents, please remind students that electronic smart watches (e.g. Apple Watches) are categorized under and treated as cell phones.  Therefore, these devices may be brought to school but must be turned off and left in the locker throughout the school day.

 

After School Tutoring

We will have after-school accelerate on Tuesday-Thursday.  Parent pick up promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday- social studies and math

Wednesday – science and math

Thursday – English and Math

 

Clothing to Cash to Support the PTSA

Are you cleaning out your closet?  Don’t let those items go to waste.  Consider putting them in the Clothing to Cash container located in the parking lot on the auditorium side of the building.  Proceeds go directly to our PTSA!

 

Community Service Started June 16, 2018 (Due May 31st)

Last school year, Swift Creek Middle School students accumulated over 7500 hours of community service. Students who completed 30 hours of community service were honored at the end of the year awards ceremonies. Students may begin logging hours for the coming year starting June 16, 2018.  A copy of the log sheet may be found on our website and attached below. Students, who reach the goal of 30 hours of service by the end of May 2019, will be recognized at our end-of-the year awards ceremony!  Log sheets for the 3rd 9-weeks may be brought to the office starting this week.

 

Helping the SCMS Library with the Kroger Community Rewards Program (NEW!)

The SCMS Library participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  You can help us raise money for library books and supplies by registering your Kroger card.

  1. Go to Kroger.com/KrogerCommunityRewards
  2. Scroll down to I’m a Customer/View Details
  3. Sign in to your Kroger account
  4. Search for Swift Creek Middle School Library
  5. Confirm that it is account AI089
  6. Click on Enroll

That’s it.  Every time you shop and scan your Kroger card a % will go to SCMS library.  Thank you for supporting the SCMS Library.

 

THIS IS A CHANGE Cheerleading Tryouts for 2019-2020

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Swift Creek Middle School cheerleading squad will be held May14th- May 16th from 4:15-6:00. (The change in date makes it possible for athletes to complete a physical on or after May 1st and it be good through June 30th the following school year.  According to VA High School League rules, which we are required to follow, physicals dated this school year prior to May 1st are acceptable for trying out this year, but will need to be done again after 5-1-19 to be used for sports during the ‘19-’20 school year).  If you are interested, please pick up an informational packet from the main office (see attached). All completed packets are due by the first day of tryouts!! Email Ms. Katie Titus at katie_titus@ccpsnet.net if you have any questions.

1. VHSL Physical Form for Student Athletes 2017.pdf 

2. headsupconcussion_parent_athlete_info.pdf 

3. Swift Creek Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts (2).pdf 

4. tryouts-MS (1).pdf 

 

In Intramurals, Sports, & Clubs…

Intramurals:

Tuesday – Tennis and Frisbee

Thursday – Frisbee

Sports:

Please come out and support our spring athletics this week as they finish their final games of the season.  Girls soccer will host Robious on Tuesday and travel to Bailey Bridge on Thursday.  Our track and field team will compete against Bailey Bridge on Wednesday.  The meet will be at Tomahawk Middle School.

 

Club meetings this week:

All club activities are contingent upon CCPS decisions regarding after school activities.  Students should listen to daily announcements for the most up to the minute information.

Name of Club

Day

Location

Sponsor

TSA

Thursday

Room 308

Ms. Rushing

Elevate

Friday (AM)

Gym

Ms. Taylor

Parking

When visiting Swift Creek MS after 2:30 p.m. to attend a game or other event, parents may park in the front parking lot or enter the bus loop and turn left to park in the lot on the hill.  This will avoid the high school specialty buses which use the bus loop as a HUB location.  

 

High School Credits and Seat Time

Parents, we are at the point in the school year where some families are receiving letters regarding seat time in high school credit classes. Please review the county seat time policy outlined in the ‘18-’19 Standards for Student Conduct and Attendance, as well as the ‘18-’19 SCMS Student-Parent Handbook, and School Board Policy 4020:

“The CCPS School Board expects students and their parents or guardians to actively take responsibility for ensuring attendance, with support from the school. A student is expected to arrive on time and attend class for the full instructional period daily.

Any student whose [excused and unexcused] absences exceed, during school year, 20 school days in a year or 20 class periods of a course scheduled daily or 10 class periods for a block class will not receive credit for the course unless the student completes tutoring or an alternate learning module as prescribed by the principal or his/her designee….  This consequence complies with the State Standards for Accrediting Public Schools that define the standard for awarding course credit for graduation [high school credit courses].”

In order to recover the required number of instructional hours for a high school credit bearing course, a student must makeup the time they missed seated in class. Any additional absences from the date of the notification forward will be added to the seat time requirement.

Seat time can be made up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:15 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.  Students who stay after school to makeup seat time will need to sign-in upon arriving to the Collaboration Lab, and indicate “seat time” as their reason for coming.

We strongly encourage keeping up with seat time requirements because remediation will help strengthen student skills, which will be needed if a student has to repeat the course. Additionally, some students who believe they will fail a high school credit class, may recover a passing grade by taking the final exam or completing extra credit.

If you have any questions regarding seat time, please contact Margaret Daly in the school counseling office by calling SCMS at 739-6315 x6021 and pressing 1, or emailing margaret_daly@ccpsnet.net

 

Have a fabulous week!

J. Calvin Frye, Ph.D., Principal

Swift Creek Middle School

 

Calendar:

** Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information and changes.

LINK to CCPS Calendars

LINK to Swift Creek Middle’s Website

 

Monday, April 15

8th Grade Science Field Trip 4H Jamestown Ctr. - Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, April 16
8th Grade Science Field Trip 4H Jamestown Ctr. - Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Tennis - Tennis Courts
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm  Model UN Meeting - Room 121
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 3:30pm  Girls' Soccer vs Robious @ Swift Creek Middle School


Wednesday, April 17

8th Grade Science Field Trip 4H Jamestown Ctr. - Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Meet vs Bailey Bridge @ Tomahawk

Thursday, April 18

6:55 – 7:30am NJHS All Member Meeting - Room 204
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm From Kids to Pets Club - Room 122

2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Bailey Bridge
 

Friday, April 19
No School - Holiday

Monday, April 22

Report Cards Issued
Vietnam Speaker -Library

Post-Assessment - Electives & Languages

2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, April 23

Field Trip CBG VA Aquarium - Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Vietnam Speaker - Library

Post-Assessment - Electives & Languages
2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
6 – 8pm PBL Expo

Wednesday, April 24

Post-Assessment - Science & Social Studies

Field Trip 6th Grade Music@Virginia Arts Festival - Norfolk
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Northern Division Meet - TBA

 


Thursday, April 25

Post-Assessment - Science & Social Studies

11am – 12:45pm Principal's Advisory Lunch - Collaboration Room

2:15 – 4:30pm Rise Against Hunger - Cafeteria

2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament - Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull


Friday, April 26
Post-Assessment - Writing

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym
9 – 9:35am Art Club - Room 223 or 225
2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 - 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

Saturday, April 27
8am – 2pm District 3 Solo & Ensemble Assessment - Band, Choir, Orchestra, Drama & 224

 

Monday, April 29

Post-Assessment - Writing

2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts
2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament -Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

3 – 6pm Track and Field County Meet - James River High School

Tuesday, April 30

Post-Assessment -English

Field Trip Washington DC (7th Grade Social Studies)
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament - Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

Week of 4/8

posted Apr 9, 2019, 5:15 AM by Jonathan Kutis

Swift Creek Middle School Captain’s Log 2019 4.8 (Monday 4-8-19)

Good Evening!  This is Dr. Frye, principal of Swift Creek Middle School, with this week’s Captain’s Log and announcements.  Additional announcements and dates may be found on our website.

 

Follow us on our educational voyage on Twitter: Calvin Frye @DrJFrye

I plan to send Tweets about the amazing things our teachers and students are doing throughout the year, SCMS sports, and educational research and insights.

There is still time to purchase the 2019 Swift Creek Yearbook!

Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 4943.

or cash / check can be sent to Ms. Hutto in 203.

The cost is $30.00

 

Congratulations Ms. Berardo!  SCMS Teacher of the Year!

With so many exemplary teachers at Swift Creek Middle, it is always a challenge for the faculty to vote for one to represent the whole school.  This year, Ms. Berardo, a magnificent 7th grade English teacher, was select!  Ms. Berardo has an amazing rapport with students, and I only wish she was my teacher growing up!  At the announcement, Ms. Berardo’s family was waiting behind the curtain to surprise her.

 

Spring Dance

This Friday, April 12th, the SCA, Rotary Club, and NJHS will be putting on a Spring Dance from 7 to 9 pm to raise funds for our schoolwide Rise Against Hunger Service project. All proceeds from the ticket sales and the concessions sales at the dance will go towards our Rise Against Hunger event. Tickets are $5 and will be on sale everyday this at all lunches. Please buy a ticket and help end world hunger.

Spring Dance Donations

We also need donations for our concessions at the dances. PTSA sent out a link to a Sign-up Genius, but in case you did not receive the link we have a list of items below that we need. We are asking for your help in donating these items. If you are able to help please bring your items to the front office the week of April 8th - 12th, and let them know that they are for the dance.  We truly appreciate you help in making this a success.

Snack Items:  Individual Chip Bags, Candy, Cookies, Brownies, Pizzas, Other Snack Items

Drinks: Juice boxes, Soda, Water Bottles

Paper goods: Plates, Napkins, Cups

 

Sea Perch Competition

Students from around the county designed and built underwater robots capable of completing challenges, and teams of these students competed at SwimRVA on March 26th. Congratulations to all the teams that participated, including teams from Ms. Rushing’s class who did very well!  Award notifications and teams to advance to the next level of competition will be coming soon!

    

    

  

 

Pictures of the Week: Maddox’s Classes Dissecting Squid

    

PTSA Spring Extravaganza!

On March 23rd, the Swift Creek MS PTSA hosted our 3rd annual Spring Extravaganza.  Elementary students from around the county were invited to participate in games and an egg hunt!  Community volunteers, PTSA members, and student volunteers ran the events, and everyone had a great time!  This PTSA event was a wonderful way to engage our community and introduce some of our future Sailors to Swift Creek Middle School.

 

    

Dress Code

As the weather warms, it is a good time to review the dress code policy with your student.  Academic/ Behavior Expectation Assemblies were held on February 11th and 12th, and this was one of the topics covered.  Please refer to the Parent- Student Handbook attached for information about this and other policies/rules. 

2018-2019 SCMS Student-Parent Handbook (2) (1).pdf 

 

World Language Sequence and Offerings

As our school division continues to identify additional ways to provide equitable access to rigorous learning, a change has been made to the sequence of courses for World Languages at the middle school level.  This change occurred after our course offering sheets were printed, so please be aware that students who selected the 1A or 1B version of a World Language for the 2019-20 school year will have that request changed to the general level 1 of the language, such as Spanish 1, French 1, etc. 

Teachers will continue to deliver differentiated and personalized instruction based on student needs within the expectations of a high school credit course.  If you feel you would prefer for your student to wait an additional year to take level 1 of a World Language, please contact our School Counseling office at 739-6315 as soon as possible so that we can note your request.  All changes to course requests still must be completed by April 17th as indicated on the original form.

Thank you for your patience with this change and for partnering with our school as we support our students in developing the skills to become global citizens.

 

PTSA Message:

Membership/ Giving Campaign:  We are going for 100% membership in our PTSA!! And it is easier than ever to join!! You can purchase your membership online here.  You can also participate in our fundraising event at the same link.

 

Electronic Smart Watches

Parents, please remind students that electronic smart watches (e.g. Apple Watches) are categorized under and treated as cell phones.  Therefore, these devices may be brought to school but must be turned off and left in the locker throughout the school day.

 

Volunteers Needed for the Career Speaker Series

Swift Creek Middle School Counseling Department has hosted the Career Speaker Series for the past six years.  We've featured representatives from all sixteen career clusters. Some of our best speakers have been parent volunteers who have shared their world of work.  Please consider signing up if you have the time.  Click the link below and share your information with us.  We will follow up with you to set up a date.  Thank you! LINK

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQHt6Aq-JS8Auk6VFVBWEwKHgQHjSNKToBdoamNylPBKERJw/viewform

 

After School Tutoring

We will have after-school accelerate on Tuesday-Thursday.  Parent pick up promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday- social studies and math

Wednesday – science and math

Thursday – English and Math

 

Clothing to Cash to Support the PTSA

Are you cleaning out your closet?  Don’t let those items go to waste.  Consider putting them in the Clothing to Cash container located in the parking lot on the auditorium side of the building.  Proceeds go directly to our PTSA!

 

Community Service Started June 16, 2018

Last school year, Swift Creek Middle School students accumulated over 7500 hours of community service. Students who completed 30 hours of community service were honored at the end of the year awards ceremonies. Students may begin logging hours for the coming year starting June 16, 2018.  A copy of the log sheet may be found on our website and attached below. Students, who reach the goal of 30 hours of service by the end of May 2019, will be recognized at our end-of-the year awards ceremony!  Log sheets for the 2nd 9-weeks may be brought to the office starting this week.

 

Helping the SCMS Library with the Kroger Community Rewards Program (NEW!)

The SCMS Library participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  You can help us raise money for library books and supplies by registering your Kroger card.

  1. Go to Kroger.com/KrogerCommunityRewards
  2. Scroll down to I’m a Customer/View Details
  3. Sign in to your Kroger account
  4. Search for Swift Creek Middle School Library
  5. Confirm that it is account AI089
  6. Click on Enroll

That’s it.  Every time you shop and scan your Kroger card a % will go to SCMS library.  Thank you for supporting the SCMS Library.

 

THIS IS A CHANGE Cheerleading Tryouts for 2019-2020

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Swift Creek Middle School cheerleading squad will be held May14th- May 16thfrom 4:15-6:00. (The change in date makes it possible for athletes to complete a physical on or after May 1st and it be good through June 30th the following school year.  According to VA High School League rules, which we are required to follow, physicals dated this school year prior to May 1st are acceptable for trying out this year, but will need to be done again after 5-1-19 to be used for sports during the ‘19-’20 school year).  If you are interested, please pick up an informational packet from the main office (see attached). All completed packets are due by the first day of tryouts!! Email Ms. Katie Titus at katie_titus@ccpsnet.net if you have any questions.

1. VHSL Physical Form for Student Athletes 2017.pdf 

2. headsupconcussion_parent_athlete_info.pdf 

3. Swift Creek Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts (2).pdf 

4. tryouts-MS (1).pdf 

 

In Intramurals, Sports, & Clubs…

Intramurals:

Tuesday – Frisbee and Tennis

Wednesday – Tennis

Thursday – Frisbee and Tennis

Friday – Tennis

Sports:

This week our girls soccer team host Falling Creek on Tuesday and Salem on Thursday.  Our track and field team travels to Manchester on Wednesday.  Come out and support our teams!

 

Club meetings this week:

All club activities are contingent upon CCPS decisions regarding after school activities.  Students should listen to daily announcements for the most up to the minute information.

Name of Club

Day

Location

Sponsor

Interact/Rotary

Tuesday

Room 103

Ms. Berardo

Latin Club

Tuesday

Room 124

Mr. Leber

MAC

Tuesday

Room 102

Mrs. Buckley

SCA

Wednesday

Room 122

Ms. Rochenbach

Strategy Board Game Club

Wednesday

Room 300

Ms. Chalkley & Mrs. Laubenthal

Astronomy Club

Wednesday

Room 118

Ms. Kasarda

TSA

Thursday

Room 308

Ms. Rushing

Elevate

Friday (AM)

Gym

Ms. Taylor

 

 

Parking

When visiting Swift Creek MS after 2:30 p.m. to attend a game or other event, parents may park in the front parking lot or enter the bus loop and turn left to park in the lot on the hill.  This will avoid the high school specialty buses which use the bus loop as a HUB location.  

 

High School Credits and Seat Time

Parents, we are at the point in the school year where some families are receiving letters regarding seat time in high school credit classes. Please review the county seat time policy outlined in the ‘18-’19 Standards for Student Conduct and Attendance, as well as the ‘18-’19 SCMS Student-Parent Handbook, and School Board Policy 4020:

“The CCPS School Board expects students and their parents or guardians to actively take responsibility for ensuring attendance, with support from the school. A student is expected to arrive on time and attend class for the full instructional period daily.

Any student whose [excused and unexcused] absences exceed, during school year, 20 school days in a year or 20 class periods of a course scheduled daily or 10 class periods for a block class will not receive credit for the course unless the student completes tutoring or an alternate learning module as prescribed by the principal or his/her designee….  This consequence complies with the State Standards for Accrediting Public Schools that define the standard for awarding course credit for graduation [high school credit courses].”

In order to recover the required number of instructional hours for a high school credit bearing course, a student must makeup the time they missed seated in class. Any additional absences from the date of the notification forward will be added to the seat time requirement.

Seat time can be made up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:15 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.  Students who stay after school to makeup seat time will need to sign-in upon arriving to the Collaboration Lab, and indicate “seat time” as their reason for coming.

We strongly encourage keeping up with seat time requirements because remediation will help strengthen student skills, which will be needed if a student has to repeat the course. Additionally, some students who believe they will fail a high school credit class, may recover a passing grade by taking the final exam or completing extra credit.

If you have any questions regarding seat time, please contact Margaret Daly in the school counseling office by calling SCMS at 739-6315 x6021 and pressing 1, or emailing margaret_daly@ccpsnet.net

 

Have an amazing week!

J. Calvin Frye, Ph.D., Principal

Swift Creek Middle School

 

 

Calendar:

** Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information and changes.

LINK to CCPS Calendars

LINK to Swift Creek Middle’s Website

 

Monday, April 8
8am – 2pm In Person Summer Camp Registration - Chesterfield Career & Technical Center
2:15 – 4pm - Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm - Track Practice

 

Tuesday, April 9
8am – 2pm  In Person Summer Camp Registration - Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull
2:05 – 3pm MAC Club Meeting - Room 102
2:05 – 3pm Rotary Club Meeting - Room 103
2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Tennis - Courts
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:15 – 2:45pm Cosby JV Girls Field Hockey Interest Meeting - Cafeteria
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer vs. Falling Creek @ Swift Creek Middle School

Wednesday, April 10

Map Testing
2:05 – 3pm Astronomy Club - Room 218
2:05 – 2:45pm Rubiks Cube STEM Club - Room 132

2:15 - 3pm Crime Solvers Club - Room 112
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Tennis - Tennis Courts
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3pm SCA Meeting - Cafeteria
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Manchester Middle School

Thursday, April 11
Map Testing
6:55 – 7:30am NJHS Officer Meeting - Room 204
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Tennis - Tennis Courts
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer vs. Salem @ Swift Creek Middle School
6:30 – 7:30pm PTSA Meeting - Library

Friday, April 12

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym
7 – 7:40am Core Value Breakfast - Cafeteria
9 – 9:35am Art Club - Room 223 or 225
2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Tennis - Tennis Courts
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
7 – 9pm Dance - Cafeteria

 

Monday, April 15

8th Grade Science Field Trip 4H Jamestown Ctr. - Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, April 16
8th Grade Science Field Trip 4H Jamestown Ctr. - Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Tennis - Tennis Courts
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm  Model UN Meeting - Room 121
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 3:30pm  Girls' Soccer vs Robious @ Swift Creek Middle School


Wednesday, April 17

8th Grade Science Field Trip 4H Jamestown Ctr. - Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Meet vs Bailey Bridge @ Tomahawk

Thursday, April 18

6:55 – 7:30am NJHS All Member Meeting - Room 204
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm From Kids to Pets Club - Room 122

2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Bailey Bridge
 

Friday, April 19
No School - Holiday

Monday, April 22

Report Cards Issued
Vietnam Speaker -Library

Post-Assessment - Electives & Languages

2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, April 23

Field Trip CBG VA Aquarium - Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Vietnam Speaker - Library

Post-Assessment - Electives & Languages
2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
6 – 8pm PBL Expo

Wednesday, April 24

Post-Assessment - Science & Social Studies

Field Trip 6th Grade Music@Virginia Arts Festival - Norfolk
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Northern Division Meet - TBA

 


Thursday, April 25

Post-Assessment - Science & Social Studies

11am – 12:45pm Principal's Advisory Lunch - Collaboration Room

2:15 – 4:30pm Rise Against Hunger - Cafeteria

2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament - Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull


Friday, April 26
Post-Assessment - Writing

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym
9 – 9:35am Art Club - Room 223 or 225
2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 - 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

Saturday, April 27
8am – 2pm District 3 Solo & Ensemble Assessment - Band, Choir, Orchestra, Drama & 224

 

Monday, April 29

Post-Assessment - Writing

2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts
2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament -Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

3 – 6pm Track and Field County Meet - James River High School

Tuesday, April 30

Post-Assessment -English

Field Trip Washington DC (7th Grade Social Studies)
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament - Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

Week of 3/25

posted Mar 26, 2019, 4:52 AM by Jonathan Kutis

Swift Creek Middle School Captain’s Log 2019 3-25 (Monday 3-25-19)

Good Evening!  This is Dr. Frye, principal of Swift Creek Middle School, with this week’s Captain’s Log and announcements.  Additional announcements and dates may be found on our website.

Follow us on our educational voyage on Twitter: Calvin Frye @DrJFrye

I plan to send Tweets about the amazing things our teachers and students are doing throughout the year, SCMS sports, and educational research and insights.

There is still time to purchase the 2019 Swift Creek Yearbook!

Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 4943.

or cash / check can be sent to Ms. Hutto in 203.

The cost is $30.00

 

March 29, 2019

This Friday is a half day for students and marks the end of the 3rd nine weeks.

Spring Break  April 1st- 5th

Swift Creek Middle School and offices will be closed during spring break.

 

First Day of Spring Luau for Faculty and Staff 

March 20th was the first day of spring, and the faculty and staff were treated to a luau style luncheon.  Thank you to the PTSA for helping to make this event possible.

  

 

Model UN Conference

Students in Mr. Rushton’s Model UN club attended the conference at Maggie Walker last week!

Pyramid Concert

Our 8th grade chorus performed 2 songs to a packed house at Clover Hill HS and did a wonderful job!!  Kudos to the students and to Ms. Ferguson for a job well done. There is no question we have had, do have, and will continue to have exceptional students at SCMS!!

World Language Sequence and Offerings

As our school division continues to identify additional ways to provide equitable access to rigorous learning, a change has been made to the sequence of courses for World Languages at the middle school level.  This change occurred after our course offering sheets were printed, so please be aware that students who selected the 1A or 1B version of a World Language for the 2019-20 school year will have that request changed to the general level 1 of the language, such as Spanish 1, French 1, etc. 

 

Teachers will continue to deliver differentiated and personalized instruction based on student needs within the expectations of a high school credit course.  If you feel you would prefer for your student to wait an additional year to take level 1 of a World Language, please contact our School Counseling office at 739-6315 as soon as possible so that we can note your request.  All changes to course requests still must be completed by April 17th as indicated on the original form.

Thank you for your patience with this change and for partnering with our school as we support our students in developing the skills to become global citizens.

 

The Great Chesterfield Read

The Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) Pre-K Grade 12 Literacy Plan is designed to promote a culture where literacy is equitably developed for all students. The love of literacy is experienced through the joy of reading, writing, listening, and sharing insights about compelling topics. One of our fundamental beliefs is that when provided authentic opportunities students utilize key literacy skills to develop voice and purpose.  They are empowered to make a difference in the world.

This school year, the CCPS Department of Teaching and Learning, the Office of Family and Community Engagement, the CCPS Library Services Team and Chesterfield County Public Library have launched The Great Chesterfield Read, based on PBS's The Great American Read  to discover the “best-loved book” in Chesterfield County. Everyone in our community will have the opportunity to share the book they feel is worthy of the title The Great Chesterfield Read and then the top 100 books will be determined.

Great Chesterfield Read- Edited 1_.pdf 

Rise Against Hunger Coin Drive                                                                

The SCA would like announce that a coin drive will being during lunches this week. The coin drive is for our fourth annual fundraiser for Rise Against Hunger.  Rise Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization that helps us package over 10,000 meals to be sent to countries in need.  This year we need to raise $3,451.00 to help cover the cost of the supplies.  Students have the opportunity to help package these meals on April 25th after school.  The SCA would really appreciate it if you brought in spare change for the coin drive.  So far, we are a quarter of the way there.  The SCA will also have a table suet up at the PTSA Spring Extravaganza for collections on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Thank you, Isabella Wagner, SCA President

 

Dress Code

As the weather warms, it is a good time to review the dress code policy with your student.  Academic/ Behavior Expectation Assemblies were held on February 11th and 12th, and this was one of the topics covered.  Please refer to the Parent- Student Handbook on our website for information about this and other policies/rules.

 

Drama Department Fundraiser

Come out to Panera Bread on Monday, March 25th from 4:00-8:00 pm to support the Swift Creek Drama Department. Get a yummy dinner or just a treat and a portions of the proceeds will go to our next years productions, costumes, sets and more! Please show this image or print off the flyer. You can even order delivery during our time frame, just enter the promo code below!

Thank you for your support.

Drama Flier.png 

 

THIS IS A CHANGE Cheerleading Tryouts for 2019-2020

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Swift Creek Middle School cheerleading squad will be held May14th- May 16thfrom 4:15-6:00. (The change in date makes it possible for athletes to complete a physical on or after May 1st and it be good through June 30th the following school year.  According to VA High School League rules, which we are required to follow, physicals dated this school year prior to May 1st are acceptable for trying out this year, but will need to be done again after 5-1-19 to be used for sports during the ‘19-’20 school year).  If you are interested, please pick up an informational packet from the main office (see attached). All completed packets are due by the first day of tryouts!! Email Ms. Katie Titus at katie_titus@ccpsnet.net if you have any questions.

1. VHSL Physical Form for Student Athletes 2017.pdf 

2. headsupconcussion_parent_athlete_info.pdf 

3. Swift Creek Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts (2).pdf 

4. tryouts-MS (1).pdf 

 

Understanding IEPs from A to Z

Join the Office of Family and Community Engagement and Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) for ongoing, monthly engagement opportunities designed to not only maximize your understanding of the IEP process but provide opportunities to explore other topics related to parenting an exceptional child.  Register at: bit.ly/IEPsAtoZ

For more information: https://youtu.be/a9GQhmv2j4E

 

PTSA Message:

Membership/ Giving Campaign:  We are going for 100% membership in our PTSA!! And it is easier than ever to join!! You can purchase your membership online here.  You can also participate in our fundraising event at the same link.

 

Electronic Smart Watches

Parents, please remind students that electronic smart watches (e.g. Apple Watches) are categorized under and treated as cell phones.  Therefore, these devices may be brought to school but must be turned off and left in the locker throughout the school day.

 

Volunteers Needed for the Career Speaker Series

Swift Creek Middle School Counseling Department has hosted the Career Speaker Series for the past six years.  We've featured representatives from all sixteen career clusters. Some of our best speakers have been parent volunteers who have shared their world of work.  Please consider signing up if you have the time.  Click the link below and share your information with us.  We will follow up with you to set up a date.  Thank you! LINK

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQHt6Aq-JS8Auk6VFVBWEwKHgQHjSNKToBdoamNylPBKERJw/viewform

 

After School Tutoring

We will have after-school accelerate on Tuesday-Thursday.  Parent pick up promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday- social studies and math

Wednesday – science and math

Thursday – English and Math

 

Clothing to Cash to Support the PTSA

Are you cleaning out your closet?  Don’t let those items go to waste.  Consider putting them in the Clothing to Cash container located in the parking lot on the auditorium side of the building.  Proceeds go directly to our PTSA!

 

Community Service Started June 16, 2018

Last school year, Swift Creek Middle School students accumulated over 7500 hours of community service. Students who completed 30 hours of community service were honored at the end of the year awards ceremonies. Students may begin logging hours for the coming year starting June 16, 2018.  A copy of the log sheet may be found on our website and attached below. Students, who reach the goal of 30 hours of service by the end of May 2019, will be recognized at our end-of-the year awards ceremony!  Log sheets for the 2nd 9-weeks may be brought to the office starting this week.

 

Helping the SCMS Library with the Kroger Community Rewards Program (NEW!)

The SCMS Library participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  You can help us raise money for library books and supplies by registering your Kroger card.

  1. Go to Kroger.com/KrogerCommunityRewards
  2. Scroll down to I’m a Customer/View Details
  3. Sign in to your Kroger account
  4. Search for Swift Creek Middle School Library
  5. Confirm that it is account AI089
  6. Click on Enroll

That’s it.  Every time you shop and scan your Kroger card a % will go to SCMS library.  Thank you for supporting the SCMS Library.

 

In Intramurals, Sports, & Clubs…

Intramurals:

None this week – will start again in April

Sports:

Congratulations to our girls soccer team on a win against Providence last Tuesday.  This week they will compete against Carver (Tuesday), Manchester (Wednesday), and Matoaca (Thursday).  Our track and field team will compete on Wednesday at Tomahawk.  Good luck to both teams.

Club meetings this week:

All club activities are contingent upon CCPS decisions regarding after school activities.  Students should listen to daily announcements for the most up to the minute information.

Name of Club

Day

Location

Sponsor

Art Club

Tuesday (AM)

Room 225

Mrs. Donahue

Latin Club

Tuesday

Room 124

Mr. Leber

TSA

Thursday

Room 308

Ms. Rushing

Elevate

Friday (AM)

Gym

Ms. Taylor

 

 

Parking

When visiting Swift Creek MS after 2:30 p.m. to attend a game or other event, parents may park in the front parking lot or enter the bus loop and turn left to park in the lot on the hill.  This will avoid the high school specialty buses which use the bus loop as a HUB location.  

 

Have a spring-like week!

J. Calvin Frye, Ph.D., Principal

Swift Creek Middle School

 

Calendar:

** Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information and changes.

LINK to CCPS Calendars

LINK to Swift Creek Middle’s Website

 

Monday, March 25

Summer Camp Registration Starts

Science Benchmark Assessment

2:15 – 4pm Track Practice

2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice

4pm - 8pm Panera Fundraiser for SCMS Drama Dept.


Tuesday, March 26

Science Benchmark Assessment
8am – 12pm Field Trip Regional Sea Perch - 8th Robotics- SwimRVA
2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124
2:15 - 3pm MAC Club

2:15 – 4pm Track Practice

2:15 - 4pm Intramural - Archery
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Carver

 

Wednesday, March 27

Soc. St.(Civics) Benchmark Assessments
7:45 – 8:55amValentine Museum Program "What Makes a Neighbor" Room 122
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Midlothian
3:30 – 4:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Tomahawk Creek

 

Thursday, March 28

Soc. St.(Civics) Benchmark Assessments
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice

2:15 - 4pm Intramural - Archery
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer vs. Matoaca

 

Friday, March 29

3 Hour Early Release Day
Benchmark Assessment Make-ups.
End of 9 Weeks
6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

 

Monday, April 1

No School - Spring Break
 

Tuesday, April 2

No School - Spring Break
 

Wednesday, April 2

No School - Spring Break
 

Thursday, April 3

No School - Spring Break
 

Friday, April 4

No School - Spring Break
 

Monday, April 8
8am – 2pm In Person Summer Camp Registration - Chesterfield Career & Technical Center
2:15 – 4pm - Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm - Track Practice

 

Tuesday, April 9
8am – 2pm  In Person Summer Camp Registration - Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull
2:05 – 3pm MAC Club Meeting - Room 102
2:05 – 3pm Rotary Club Meeting - Room 103
2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Tennis - Courts
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:15 – 2:45pm Cosby JV Girls Field Hockey Interest Meeting - Cafeteria
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer vs. Falling Creek @ Swift Creek Middle School

Wednesday, April 10

Map Testing
2:05 – 3pm Astronomy Club - Room 218
2:05 – 2:45pm Rubiks Cube STEM Club - Room 132
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Tennis - Tennis Courts
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3pm SCA Meeting - Cafeteria
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Manchester Middle School

Thursday, April 11
Map Testing
6:55 – 7:30am NJHS Officer Meeting - Room 204
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Tennis - Tennis Courts
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer vs. Salem @ Swift Creek Middle School
6:30 – 7:30pm PTSA Meeting - Library

Friday, April 12

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym
7 – 7:40am Core Value Breakfast - Cafeteria
9 – 9:35am Art Club - Room 223 or 225
2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Tennis - Tennis Courts
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm From Kids to Pets Club - Room 122
7 – 9pm Dance - Cafeteria

 

Monday, April 15

8th Grade Science Field Trip 4H Jamestown Ctr. - Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, April 16
8th Grade Science Field Trip 4H Jamestown Ctr. - Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Tennis - Tennis Courts
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm  Model UN Meeting - Room 121
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 3:30pm  Girls' Soccer vs Robious @ Swift Creek Middle School


Wednesday, April 17

8th Grade Science Field Trip 4H Jamestown Ctr. - Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Meet vs Bailey Bridge @ Tomahawk

Thursday, April 18

6:55 – 7:30am NJHS All Member Meeting - Room 204
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Bailey Bridge

 

Friday, April 19
No School - Holiday

Monday, April 22

Report Cards Issued
Vietnam Speaker -Library
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - Tennis Courts

 

Tuesday, April 23

Field Trip CBG VA Aquarium - Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Vietnam Speaker - Library
2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
6 – 8pm PBL Expo

Wednesday, April 24

Field Trip 6th Grade Music@Virginia Arts Festival - Norfolk
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Northern Division Meet - TBA

 


Thursday, April 25

11am – 12:45pm Principal's Advisory Lunch - Collaboration Room

2:15 – 4:30pm Rise Against Hunger - Cafeteria

2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament - Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull


Friday, April 26
6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym
9 – 9:35am Art Club - Room 223 or 225
2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee

2:15 - 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym

Saturday, April 27
8am – 2pm District 3 Solo & Ensemble Assessment - Band, Choir, Orchestra, Drama & 224

 

Monday, April 29

2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Tennis Club - SCMS Tennis Courts
2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament -Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

3 – 6pm Track and Field County Meet - James River High School

Tuesday, April 30

Field Trip Washington DC (7th Grade Social Studies)
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Basketball - Gym
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Frisbee
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 10pm Soccer Tournament - Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull

 

Week of 3/18

posted Mar 19, 2019, 2:04 PM by Jonathan Kutis

Swift Creek Middle School Captain’s Log 2019 3-18 (Monday 3-18-19)

Good Evening!  This is Dr. Frye, principal of Swift Creek Middle School, with this week’s Captain’s Log and announcements.  Additional announcements and dates may be found on our website.

Follow us on our educational voyage on Twitter: Calvin Frye @DrJFrye

I plan to send Tweets about the amazing things our teachers and students are doing throughout the year, SCMS sports, and educational research and insights.

 

There is still time to purchase the 2019 Swift Creek Yearbook!

Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 4943.

or cash / check can be sent to Ms. Hutto in 203.

The cost is $30.00

 

Volunteers Needed!

Our Spring Extravaganza is BACK!!!!!    PTSA is looking for some volunteers and a few items to help welcome our lovely elementary schools to see how WONDERFUL we are!!!

Parent Link to Volunteer: click here to sign up

Oh but wait - does your SCMS student want to help show the elementary school kids we here at SCMS we can have some FUN and that it is not a scary place or do they want some VOLUNTEER hours? 

Student Link to Volunteer: Click here to sign them up

 

CCPS STEAM EXPO

On Saturday, students from schools across the county met at CTC-Hull to compete in various science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) challenges.  Swift Creek Middle School was well represented by our students and teachers.  Thank you Mr. Morris, Ms. Fantell, Ms. Rushing, and Mr. Conlon for assembling and coaching the teams.

Literacy Challenge:  Victor, Christopher, and Priscilla

Med Helicopter Landing

Won the blue ribbon in their heat in Minute to Win It Challenge:  Jarett Griguts, Violet Latvala Gasparotto, Ryan Peters, Daniela Alvarez, & Julia Blanks

STEAM Challenge - Students created "Thingamajigs" that could float for at least five seconds in the marked area of a vertical wind tube.

1st Place Team:  Angelina Ky & Lydia Drauszewski

Science Engineering Challenge - Developed a solar over that community members could use to cook food after Hurricane Emily came through VA.

2nd Place Team: Kalli Eam, Abigail Taylor, & Jessy Samy

Math in Motion Challenge - Teams had to successfully design and drive TI-Inspire Rover on a college tour around the East Coast.

3rd Place Team: Matthew Birk, Marshall Andalis, Victor Zhou

    

The Great Chesterfield Read

The Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) Pre-K Grade 12 Literacy Plan is designed to promote a culture where literacy is equitably developed for all students. The love of literacy is experienced through the joy of reading, writing, listening, and sharing insights about compelling topics. One of our fundamental beliefs is that when provided authentic opportunities students utilize key literacy skills to develop voice and purpose.  They are empowered to make a difference in the world.

This school year, the CCPS Department of Teaching and Learning, the Office of Family and Community Engagement, the CCPS Library Services Team and Chesterfield County Public Library have launched The Great Chesterfield Read, based on PBS's The Great American Read  to discover the “best-loved book” in Chesterfield County. Everyone in our community will have the opportunity to share the book they feel is worthy of the title The Great Chesterfield Read and then the top 100 books will be determined.

Great Chesterfield Read- Edited 1_.pdf 

Creek Cafe

Faculty and staff always look forward to the Creek Cafe that Ms. King’s class runs occasionally! 

Pi Day

On March 14th, SCMS celebrated Pi Day.  The Principal's Advisory Team met and enjoyed pizza.

7th Grade Field Trip to the Living Museum

The 7th grade students had the opportunity to visit the Living Museum in Newport News last week.  What a great learning experience!

   

  

Rise Against Hunger

The SCA would like announce that a coin drive will being during lunches this week. The coin drive is for our fourth annual fundraiser for Rise Against Hunger.  Rise Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization that helps us package over 10,000 meals to be sent to countries in need.  This year we need to raise $3,451.00 to help cover the cost of the supplies.  Students have the opportunity to help package these meals on April 25th after school.  The SCA would really appreciate it if you brought in spare change for the coin drive.  So far, we are a quarter of the way there.  The SCA will also have a table suet up at the PTSA Spring Extravaganza for collections on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Thank you, Isabella Wagner, SCA President

 

Dress Code

As the weather warms, it is a good time to review the dress code policy with your student.  Academic/ Behavior Expectation Assemblies were held on February 11th and 12th, and this was one of the topics covered.  Please refer to the Parent- Student Handbook on our website for information about this and other policies/rules.

 

Drama Department Fundraiser

Come out to Panera Bread on Monday, March 25th from 4:00-8:00 pm to support the Swift Creek Drama Department. Get a yummy dinner or just a treat and a portions of the proceeds will go to our next years productions, costumes, sets and more! Please show this image or print off the flyer. You can even order delivery during our time frame, just enter the promo code below!

Thank you for your support.

Drama Flier.png 

 

Vaping Presentation

Vaping has skyrocketed to the forefront of health and safety issues facing our children, schools, and families.  Within the last several years, the vaping industry has created a product that is easy to hide, appealing to youth and extremely addictive.  Please join Dr. Linda Hancock for a frank discussion on the facts about the vaping industry and the impact it has on our students and families.

Vaping Presentation (2).pdf 

 

THIS IS A CHANGE Cheerleading Tryouts for 2019-2020

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Swift Creek Middle School cheerleading squad will be held May14th- May 16thfrom 4:15-6:00. (The change in date makes it possible for athletes to complete a physical on or after May 1st and it be good through June 30th the following school year.  According to VA High School League rules, which we are required to follow, physicals dated this school year prior to May 1st are acceptable for trying out this year, but will need to be done again after 5-1-19 to be used for sports during the ‘19-’20 school year).  If you are interested, please pick up an informational packet from the main office (see attached). All completed packets are due by the first day of tryouts!! Email Ms. Katie Titus at katie_titus@ccpsnet.net if you have any questions.

1. VHSL Physical Form for Student Athletes 2017.pdf 

2. headsupconcussion_parent_athlete_info.pdf 

3. Swift Creek Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts (2).pdf 

4. tryouts-MS (1).pdf 

 

Understanding IEPs from A to Z

Join the Office of Family and Community Engagement and Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) for ongoing, monthly engagement opportunities designed to not only maximize your understanding of the IEP process but provide opportunities to explore other topics related to parenting an exceptional child.  Register at: bit.ly/IEPsAtoZ

For more information: https://youtu.be/a9GQhmv2j4E

 

PTSA Message:

Membership/ Giving Campaign:  We are going for 100% membership in our PTSA!! And it is easier than ever to join!! You can purchase your membership online here.  You can also participate in our fundraising event at the same link.

 

Electronic Smart Watches

Parents, please remind students that electronic smart watches (e.g. Apple Watches) are categorized under and treated as cell phones.  Therefore, these devices may be brought to school but must be turned off and left in the locker throughout the school day.

 

Volunteers Needed for the Career Speaker Series

Swift Creek Middle School Counseling Department has hosted the Career Speaker Series for the past six years.  We've featured representatives from all sixteen career clusters. Some of our best speakers have been parent volunteers who have shared their world of work.  Please consider signing up if you have the time.  Click the link below and share your information with us.  We will follow up with you to set up a date.  Thank you! LINK

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQHt6Aq-JS8Auk6VFVBWEwKHgQHjSNKToBdoamNylPBKERJw/viewform

 

After School Tutoring

We will have after-school accelerate on Tuesday-Thursday.  Parent pick up promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday- social studies and math

Wednesday – science and math

Thursday – English and Math

 

Clothing to Cash to Support the PTSA

Are you cleaning out your closet?  Don’t let those items go to waste.  Consider putting them in the Clothing to Cash container located in the parking lot on the auditorium side of the building.  Proceeds go directly to our PTSA!

 

Community Service Started June 16, 2018

Last school year, Swift Creek Middle School students accumulated over 7500 hours of community service. Students who completed 30 hours of community service were honored at the end of the year awards ceremonies. Students may begin logging hours for the coming year starting June 16, 2018.  A copy of the log sheet may be found on our website and attached below. Students, who reach the goal of 30 hours of service by the end of May 2019, will be recognized at our end-of-the year awards ceremony!  Log sheets for the 2nd 9-weeks may be brought to the office starting this week.

 

Helping the SCMS Library with the Kroger Community Rewards Program (NEW!)

The SCMS Library participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  You can help us raise money for library books and supplies by registering your Kroger card.

  1. Go to Kroger.com/KrogerCommunityRewards
  2. Scroll down to I’m a Customer/View Details
  3. Sign in to your Kroger account
  4. Search for Swift Creek Middle School Library
  5. Confirm that it is account AI089
  6. Click on Enroll

That’s it.  Every time you shop and scan your Kroger card a % will go to SCMS library.  Thank you for supporting the SCMS Library.

 

In Intramurals, Sports, & Clubs…

Intramurals:

Tuesday – archery

Wednesday – archery

Thursday – archery

Sports:

Our girls soccer team travel to Providence on Tuesday and host Manchester on Thursday.  Our track and field team travel to Midlothian on Wednesday.  Games start at 2:30 pm.  Please come out and support athletics.

Club meetings this week:

All club activities are contingent upon CCPS decisions regarding after school activities.  Students should listen to daily announcements for the most up to the minute information.

Name of Club

Day

Location

Sponsor

Art Club

Tuesday (AM)

Room 225

Mrs. Donahue

Model UN

Tuesday

Room 121

Mr. Rushton

TSA

Thursday

Room 308

Ms. Rushing

Elevate

Friday (AM)

Gym

Ms. Taylor

 

Parking

When visiting Swift Creek MS after 2:30 p.m. to attend a game or other event, parents may park in the front parking lot or enter the bus loop and turn left to park in the lot on the hill.  This will avoid the high school specialty buses which use the bus loop as a HUB location.  

 

Have a fun week!

J. Calvin Frye, Ph.D., Principal

Swift Creek Middle School

 

Calendar:

** Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information and changes.

LINK to CCPS Calendars

LINK to Swift Creek Middle’s Website

 

Monday, March 18

2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice

 

Tuesday, March 19
Reading Benchmark Assessment
Writing SOL

2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:05 – 3pm Rotary Club Meeting - Room 103
2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Archery -Aux Gym
2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting - Room 121
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Providence
6 – 7:30pm EBO Meeting - Collaboration Lab
7 – 8:30pm Pyramid Concert @Clover Hill HS

 

Wednesday, March 20

Reading Benchmark Assessment
Writing SOL
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Midlothian


 

Thursday, March 21

Math Benchmark Assessment
Writing SOL Makeups
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery
2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer vs. Manchester

 

Friday, March 22

Math Benchmark Assessment
Writing SOL Makeups
6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club
9:30 – 11:30am Choral Assessment@Providence MS
2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice

6 – 10pm Model UN Conference@Maggie Walker
 

Saturday, March 23

8am – 6:30pm Model UN@Maggie Walker Governor’s School
11am – 1pm Spring Extravaganza - Outside at SCMS

 

Monday, March 25

Summer Camp Registration Starts
Science Benchmark Assessment
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice


Tuesday, March 26

Science Benchmark Assessment
8am – 12pm Field Trip Regional Sea Perch - 8th Robotics- SwimRVA
2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Carver

 

Wednesday, March 27

Soc. St.(Civics) Benchmark Assessments
7:45 – 8:55amValentine Museum Program "What Makes a Neighbor" Room 122
2:15 – 4pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
3:30 – 4:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Tomahawk Creek

 

Thursday, March 28

Soc. St.(Civics) Benchmark Assessments
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer vs. Matoaca

 

Friday, March 29

3 Hour Early Release Day
Benchmark Assessment Make-ups.
End of 9 Weeks
6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

 

Monday, April 1

No School - Spring Break

School office will be closed.
 

Tuesday, April 2

No School - Spring Break

School office will be closed.
 

Wednesday, April 2

No School - Spring Break

School office will be closed.
 

Thursday, April 3

No School - Spring Break

School office will be closed.
 

Friday, April 4

No School - Spring Break

School office will be closed.

Week of 3/11

posted Mar 13, 2019, 8:58 AM by Jonathan Kutis

Swift Creek Middle School Captain’s Log 2019 3-13 (Wednesday 3-13-19)

Good Evening!  This is Dr. Frye, principal of Swift Creek Middle School, with this week’s Captain’s Log and announcements.  Additional announcements and dates may be found on our website.

 

 

Follow us on our educational voyage on Twitter: Calvin Frye @DrJFrye

I plan to send Tweets about the amazing things our teachers and students are doing throughout the year, SCMS sports, and educational research and insights.

 

There is still time to purchase the 2019 Swift Creek Yearbook!

Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 4943.

or cash / check can be sent to Ms. Hutto in 203.

The cost is $30.00

 

CBG

As you may already be aware, on Tuesday, February 12, the School Board voted to maintain current feeder patterns for middle school CBG sites for the 2019-20 school year. No changes to existing middle school CBG sites were made. Please know that your child attending CBG at our school will continue to do so next year and will not change sites.

 

Rise Against Hunger Coin Drive                                                                

The SCA would like announce that a coin drive will being during lunches this week. The coin drive is for our fourth annual fundraiser for Rise Against Hunger.  Rise Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization that helps us package over 10,000 meals to be sent to countries in need.  This year we need to raise $3,451.00 to help cover the cost of the supplies.  Students have the opportunity to help package these meals on April 25th after school.  The SCA would really appreciate it if you brought in spare change for the coin drive.  So far, we are a quarter of the way there.  The SCA will also have a table suet up at the PTSA Spring Extravaganza for collections on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Thank you, Isabella Wagner, SCA President

 

Dress Code

As the weather warms, it is a good time to review the dress code policy with your student.  Academic/ Behavior Expectation Assemblies were held on February 11th and 12th, and this was one of the topics covered.  Please refer to the Parent- Student Handbook on our website for information about this and other policies/rules.

 

PTSA Spring Extravaganza Volunteers Needed

Our Spring Extravaganza is BACK!!!!!    PTSA is looking for some volunteers and a few items to help welcome our lovely elementary schools to see how WONDERFUL we are!!!

If you are interested please click here to sign up

Oh but wait - does your SCMS student want to help show the elementary school kids we here at SCMS we can have some FUN and that it is not a scary place or do they want some VOLUNTEER hours?  Click hereto sign them up

 

 

Drama Department Fundraiser

Come out to Panera Bread on Monday, March 25th from 4:00-8:00 pm to support the Swift Creek Drama Department. Get a yummy dinner or just a treat and a portions of the proceeds will go to our next years productions, costumes, sets and more! Please show this image or print off the flyer. You can even order delivery during our time frame, just enter the promo code below!

Thank you for your support.

Drama Flier.png 

 

Unified Basketball Game

The whole school turned out to welcome the SCMS and Midlothian M.S Unified Basketball teams as they faced off that afternoon for a fun game!  The gym was packed with fans and the majority of our teachers!

    

  

 

Jude and Cheerleaders

Jude Mallon was honored by the cheering squad for his two years of service as their manager during the halftime show at the Unified Basketball game.  Jude has been a great addition to the team and has not missed a game or competition.

 

 

Vaping Presentation

Vaping has skyrocketed to the forefront of health and safety issues facing our children, schools, and families.  Within the last several years, the vaping industry has created a product that is easy to hide, appealing to youth and extremely addictive.  Please join Dr. Linda Hancock for a frank discussion on the facts about the vaping industry and the impact it has on our students and families.

Vaping Presentation (2).pdf 

 

THIS IS A CHANGE Cheerleading Tryouts for 2019-2020

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Swift Creek Middle School cheerleading squad will be held May14th- May 16thfrom 4:15-6:00. (The change in date makes it possible for athletes to complete a physical on or after May 1st and it be good through June 30th the following school year.  According to VA High School League rules, which we are required to follow, physicals dated this school year prior to May 1st are acceptable for trying out this year, but will need to be done again after 5-1-19 to be used for sports during the ‘19-’20 school year).  If you are interested, please pick up an informational packet from the main office (see attached). All completed packets are due by the first day of tryouts!! Email Ms. Katie Titus at katie_titus@ccpsnet.net if you have any questions.

1. VHSL Physical Form for Student Athletes 2017.pdf 

2. headsupconcussion_parent_athlete_info.pdf 

3. Swift Creek Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts (2).pdf 

4. tryouts-MS (1).pdf 

 

Face Forward Documentary Series

The Chesterfield County Public Schools Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) will be hosting a series of documentary films, free to CCPS families February and March 2019. The documentaries selected are in alignment with the FACE mission and CCPS dedication to connect families to information through explorations of cultural competency, social-emotional, special education, and adolescent supports. For more information: https://sites.google.com/ccpsnet.net/face-fwd-film/home

 

Understanding IEPs from A to Z

Join the Office of Family and Community Engagement and Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) for ongoing, monthly engagement opportunities designed to not only maximize your understanding of the IEP process but provide opportunities to explore other topics related to parenting an exceptional child.  Register at: bit.ly/IEPsAtoZ

For more information: https://youtu.be/a9GQhmv2j4E

 

PTSA Message:

Membership/ Giving Campaign:  We are going for 100% membership in our PTSA!! And it is easier than ever to join!! You can purchase your membership online here.  You can also participate in our fundraising event at the same link.

 

Electronic Smart Watches

Parents, please remind students that electronic smart watches (e.g. Apple Watches) are categorized under and treated as cell phones.  Therefore, these devices may be brought to school but must be turned off and left in the locker throughout the school day.

 

Volunteers Needed for the Career Speaker Series

Swift Creek Middle School Counseling Department has hosted the Career Speaker Series for the past six years.  We've featured representatives from all sixteen career clusters. Some of our best speakers have been parent volunteers who have shared their world of work.  Please consider signing up if you have the time.  Click the link below and share your information with us.  We will follow up with you to set up a date.  Thank you! LINK

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQHt6Aq-JS8Auk6VFVBWEwKHgQHjSNKToBdoamNylPBKERJw/viewform

 

After School Tutoring

We will have after-school accelerate on Tuesday-Thursday.  Parent pick up promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday- social studies and math

Wednesday – science and math

Thursday – English and Math

 

Clothing to Cash to Support the PTSA

Are you cleaning out your closet?  Don’t let those items go to waste.  Consider putting them in the Clothing to Cash container located in the parking lot on the auditorium side of the building.  Proceeds go directly to our PTSA!

 

Community Service Started June 16, 2018

Last school year, Swift Creek Middle School students accumulated over 7500 hours of community service. Students who completed 30 hours of community service were honored at the end of the year awards ceremonies. Students may begin logging hours for the coming year starting June 16, 2018.  A copy of the log sheet may be found on our website and attached below. Students, who reach the goal of 30 hours of service by the end of May 2019, will be recognized at our end-of-the year awards ceremony!  Log sheets for the 2nd 9-weeks may be brought to the office starting this week.

 

Helping the SCMS Library with the Kroger Community Rewards Program (NEW!)

The SCMS Library participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  You can help us raise money for library books and supplies by registering your Kroger card.

  1. Go to Kroger.com/KrogerCommunityRewards
  2. Scroll down to I’m a Customer/View Details
  3. Sign in to your Kroger account
  4. Search for Swift Creek Middle School Library
  5. Confirm that it is account AI089
  6. Click on Enroll

That’s it.  Every time you shop and scan your Kroger card a % will go to SCMS library.  Thank you for supporting the SCMS Library.

 

In Intramurals, Sports, & Clubs…

 

Intramurals:

Tuesday – archery

Wednesday – archery

Friday – archery

Sports:

Please come out and support our spring athletic teams as they start their first game of the season.  The girls’ soccer team will be away on Tuesday at Midlothian and Thursday at Bailey Bridge.  Our track and field team will compete on Wednesday at Robious Middle School.  Game time starts at 2:30 pm

 

Club meetings this week:

All club activities are contingent upon CCPS decisions regarding after school activities.  Students should listen to daily announcements for the most up to the minute information.

Name of Club

Day

Location

Sponsor

Astronomy Club

Wednesday

Room 118

Ms. Kasarda

SCA

Wednesday

Room 122

Ms. Rochenbach

TSA

Thursday

Room 308

Ms. Rushing

NJHS

Friday

Room 204

Mr. Brown

Elevate

Friday (AM)

Gym

Ms. Taylor

 

 

Parking

When visiting Swift Creek MS after 2:30 p.m. to attend a game or other event, parents may park in the front parking lot or enter the bus loop and turn left to park in the lot on the hill.  This will avoid the high school specialty buses which use the bus loop as a HUB location.  

 

Have a fun week!

J. Calvin Frye, Ph.D., Principal

Swift Creek Middle School

 

 

Calendar:

** Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information and changes.

LINK to CCPS Calendars

LINK to Swift Creek Middle’s Website

 

Wednesday, March 13
Field Trip - 7th Grade VA Living Museum
7:45 – 8:55am Valentine Museum Program "What Makes a Neighbor" - Room 122
2:05 – 3pm Astronomy Club -Room 218
2:15 – 4:00pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 - 3:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Robious


Thursday, March 14
Latin Exam

11am – 12:45pm Principal's Advisory Lunch - Collaboration Room
2:15 – 4:15pm Unified Basketball Game @ Providence
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
3:30 – 4:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Tomahawk Creek

 

Friday, March 15

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym
6:55 – 7:30am NJHS All Member Meeting - Room 204
7:45 – 8:55am Valentine Museum Program "What Makes a Neighbor" - Room 122
2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208
2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery

2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 4:00pm Girls Soccer Practice

 

Monday, March 18

Writing SOL
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 4:00pm Girls Soccer Practice

 

Tuesday, March 19

Reading Benchmark Assessment
6:45 – 7:15am Art Club - Room 223 or 225
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice

2:05 – 3pm Rotary Club Meeting - Room 103

2:15 – 4pm Intramural - Archery -Aux Gym
2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting - Room 121
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Providence
6 – 7:30pm EBO Meeting - Collaboration Lab
7 – 8:30pm Pyramid Concert @Clover HIll HS

Wednesday, March 20

Reading Benchmark Assessment
Writing SOL
2:15 – 4:00pm Girls Soccer Practice

2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Midlothian

 

Thursday, March 21

Math Benchmark Assessment
Writing SOL
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice

2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery
2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer vs. Manchester

 

Friday, March 22

Math Benchmark Assessment
Writing SOL
6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club

9:30 – 11:30am Choral Assessment@Providence MS
2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 4:00pm Girls Soccer Practice
6 – 10pm Model UN Conference@Maggie Walker

 

Saturday, March 23

8am – 6:30pm Model UN@Maggie Walker Governor’s School
11am – 1pm Spring Extravaganza - Outside at SCMS

 

Monday, March 25

Summer Camp Registration Starts

Science Benchmark Assessment
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 4:00pm Girls Soccer Practice

Tuesday, March 26

Science Benchmark Assessment
6:45 – 7:15am Art Club - Room 223 or 225

8am – 12pm Field Trip Regional Sea Perch - 8th Robotics- SwimRVA
2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Carver

 

Wednesday, March 27

Soc. St.(Civics) Benchmark Assessments

7:45 – 8:55amValentine Museum Program "What Makes a Neighbor" Room 122
2:15 – 4:00pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
3:30 – 4:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Tomahawk Creek

 

Thursday, March 28

Soc. St.(Civics) Benchmark Assessments
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer vs. Matoaca

 

Friday, March 29

3 Hour Early Release Day
Benchmark Assessment Make-ups.
End of 9 Weeks
6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

 

Monday, April 1

No School - Spring Break
 

Tuesday, April 2

No School - Spring Break
 

Wednesday, April 2

No School - Spring Break
 

Thursday, April 3

No School - Spring Break
 

Friday, April 4

No School - Spring Break

Week of 3/4

posted Mar 5, 2019, 8:11 AM by Jonathan Kutis

Swift Creek Middle School Captain’s Log 2019 3-4 (Monday 3-4-19)

Good Evening!  This is Dr. Frye, principal of Swift Creek Middle School, with this week’s Captain’s Log and announcements.  Additional announcements and dates may be found on our website.

 

Follow us on our educational voyage on Twitter: Calvin Frye @DrJFrye

I plan to send Tweets about the amazing things our teachers and students are doing throughout the year, SCMS sports, and educational research and insights.

 

There is still time to purchase the 2019 Swift Creek Yearbook!

Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 4943.

or cash / check can be sent to Ms. Hutto in 203.

The cost is $30.00

 

Sailor

Not for an assignment or extra credit, one of our students, Tiana Bryant, started thinking what it means to be a Swift Creek Sailor and brought this to me.  Wow!

No School on Friday, 3-8-19

This is a friendly reminder that Chesterfield County schools and school division offices will be closed on Friday, March 8. No students or staff members are to report to school or work.  As a friendly reminder, the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school calendars are available here.  Thank you for your continued support of Chesterfield County Public Schools!

 

 National History Day event Triumph to Tragedy

We would like to congratulate all the winners at this year’s National History Day event that took place this past Saturday at John Tyler Community College. Our 6th and 7th-grade Teams, 6th-grade CBG students, and 7th-grade history students competed against other middle school history student from five surrounding counties in eight different categories. In some of those categories, SCMS took 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Way to go Sailors!!

For the students that took first and second place spots, they will go on to compete at the state level, April  27th at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.

Category: Group Exhibit

1st place: Vannessa Wigfall, Briana Cordon, Emma Schoitz, & Danica Francis  Teacher: Ms. Rockenbach Plahs

2nd place: Kalli Earn, Emma McDaniel, Hailey Gudgel, Abigail Taylor, & Sarah Lambert, Teacher: Ms. Rockenbach Plahs

3rd place: Auden Graham & Maggie Bodman  Teacher: Mrs. Hayes

Category: Group Website

1st place: Olivia Mathews &Nitya Mirajkar  Teacher: Mrs. Hayes

2nd place: Addison Barnett & Devyn Carney  Teacher: Ms. Rockenbach Plahs

3rd place: Nathan Cairns & Andrew Cairns  Teacher: Mrs. Hayes

Category: Group Performance

2nd place: Addison Kleppinger-Miller, Isabella Westfield, & Joshua Corllino  Teacher: Mr. Brown

Category: Individual Performance

1st place: Lily Worsley

Teacher: Mrs. Rockenbach Plahs

Vaping Presentation

Vaping has skyrocketed to the forefront of health and safety issues facing our children, schools, and families.  Within the last several years, the vaping industry has created a product that is easy to hide, appealing to youth and extremely addictive.  Please join Dr. Linda Hancock for a frank discussion on the facts about the vaping industry and the impact it has on our students and families.

Vaping Presentation (2).pdf 

 

TEAMS Challenge: Rube Goldberg Device

TEAMS students stayed after school last week for a top secret challenge.  It turned out to be an engineering challenge where students were given materials to construct a Rube Goldberg device with as many transitions as possible with the goal of putting a marble in a cup.  Congratulations to our winners!

    

 

Support the American Heart Association

Between the money raised during the faculty student basketball game and teachers’ donations, the PE/ Health department raised over $1200 for the American Heart Association!  Thank you PE/ Health Department (Ms. Livingston, Ms. Cristian, Ms. Taylor,  Mr. Persing, Mr. Walker, and Mr. Walters) for planning such a worthwhile event!

 

THIS IS A CHANGE Cheerleading Tryouts for 2019-2020

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Swift Creek Middle School cheerleading squad will be held May14th- May 16thfrom 4:15-6:00. (The change in date makes it possible for athletes to complete a physical on or after May 1st and it be good through June 30th the following school year.  According to VA High School League rules, which we are required to follow, physicals dated this school year prior to May 1st are acceptable for trying out this year, but will need to be done again after 5-1-19 to be used for sports during the ‘19-’20 school year).  If you are interested, please pick up an informational packet from the main office (see attached). All completed packets are due by the first day of tryouts!! Email Ms. Katie Titus at katie_titus@ccpsnet.net if you have any questions.

1. VHSL Physical Form for Student Athletes 2017.pdf 

2. headsupconcussion_parent_athlete_info.pdf 

3. Swift Creek Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts (2).pdf 

4. tryouts-MS (1).pdf 

 

Career Speaker: Chemical Engineer

Ms. Guadalupe Franzosi, a Chemical Engineer employed by Dupont and parent of seventh grade student, Facundo Romero, was our featured career speaker on Monday, March 4th, 2019.  Ms. Franzosi was born and educated in Argentina.  She graduated from the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires.  She has also lived in Brazil and the United States of America and travels extensively for her career.  Her multilingual abilities (speaker of Spanish, Portuguese, French, English) have enhanced her employment value to Dupont.  Ms. Franzosi shared with our students that math and science are important to all fields of engineering, but that English and the ability to communicate and collaborate with team members and prospective clients are equally important.  She emphasized the skill of taking lab created materials and introducing their specific properties and use to customers around the world.  She has worked extensively with polymers.  She also shared the benefits of cooperative education and furthering one’s education at the graduate level supported financially by the current employer.  An example given was a graduate from Virginia Tech who attended graduate school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a scholarship provided by his employer.

The School Counseling Department sponsors the Career Speaker Series.  Students are encouraged to attend and may enroll using the Flextime Tool.

 

 

Career Speaker Series: Death Investigator

On Friday, March 1st, Ms. Sandra Williams, parent of a Rising Sixth Grade Student, spoke to interested students about her career working as a Medicolegal Death Investigator with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  It was a fabulous presentation, complete with various props and a Question and Answer format, of which students took full advantage. 

The School Counseling Department sponsors the Career Speaker Series.  Students are able to sign up through the Flextime Tool.

 

Face Forward Documentary Series

The Chesterfield County Public Schools Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) will be hosting a series of documentary films, free to CCPS families February and March 2019. The documentaries selected are in alignment with the FACE mission and CCPS dedication to connect families to information through explorations of cultural competency, social-emotional, special education, and adolescent supports.For more information: https://sites.google.com/ccpsnet.net/face-fwd-film/home

 

Understanding IEPs from A to Z

Join the Office of Family and Community Engagement and Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) for ongoing, monthly engagement opportunities designed to not only maximize your understanding of the IEP process but provide opportunities to explore other topics related to parenting an exceptional child.  Register at: bit.ly/IEPsAtoZ

For more information: https://youtu.be/a9GQhmv2j4E

 

PTSA Message:

Membership/ Giving Campaign:  We are going for 100% membership in our PTSA!! And it is easier than ever to join!! You can purchase your membership online here.  You can also participate in our fundraising event at the same link.

 

Electronic Smart Watches

Parents, please remind students that electronic smart watches (e.g. Apple Watches) are categorized under and treated as cell phones.  Therefore, these devices may be brought to school but must be turned off and left in the locker throughout the school day.

 

Volunteers Needed for the Career Speaker Series

Swift Creek Middle School Counseling Department has hosted the Career Speaker Series for the past six years.  We've featured representatives from all sixteen career clusters. Some of our best speakers have been parent volunteers who have shared their world of work.  Please consider signing up if you have the time.  Click the link below and share your information with us.  We will follow up with you to set up a date.  Thank you! LINK

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQHt6Aq-JS8Auk6VFVBWEwKHgQHjSNKToBdoamNylPBKERJw/viewform

 

After School Tutoring

We will have after-school accelerate on Tuesday-Thursday.  Parent pick up promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday- social studies and math

Wednesday – science and math

Thursday – English and Math

 

Clothing to Cash to Support the PTSA

Are you cleaning out your closet?  Don’t let those items go to waste.  Consider putting them in the Clothing to Cash container located in the parking lot on the auditorium side of the building.  Proceeds go directly to our PTSA!

 

Community Service Started June 16, 2018

Last school year, Swift Creek Middle School students accumulated over 7500 hours of community service. Students who completed 30 hours of community service were honored at the end of the year awards ceremonies. Students may begin logging hours for the coming year starting June 16, 2018.  A copy of the log sheet may be found on our website and attached below. Students, who reach the goal of 30 hours of service by the end of May 2019, will be recognized at our end-of-the year awards ceremony!  Log sheets for the 2nd 9-weeks may be brought to the office starting this week.

 

Helping the SCMS Library with the Kroger Community Rewards Program (NEW!)

The SCMS Library participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  You can help us raise money for library books and supplies by registering your Kroger card.

  1. Go to Kroger.com/KrogerCommunityRewards
  2. Scroll down to I’m a Customer/View Details
  3. Sign in to your Kroger account
  4. Search for Swift Creek Middle School Library
  5. Confirm that it is account AI089
  6. Click on Enroll

That’s it.  Every time you shop and scan your Kroger card a % will go to SCMS library.  Thank you for supporting the SCMS Library.

 

In Intramurals, Sports, & Clubs…

Intramurals:

Wednesday – archery

Thursday – archery

Sports:

Girls’ soccer and track and field will practice Monday - Friday.  Parent pick for soccer at 3:30 and 4:00 for track and field.

 

Club meetings this week:

All club activities are contingent upon CCPS decisions regarding after school activities.  Students should listen to daily announcements for the most up to the minute information.

Name of Club

Day

Location

Sponsor

Self-determined

Tuesday

Room 218

Mrs. Hampton

Model UN

Tuesday

Room 121

Mr. Rushton

Art Club

Tuesday

Room 225

Mr. Butt

Crime Solvers

Wednesday

Room 112

Mr. Maher Ms. Halsey & Mrs. O'brien

Rubik's Cube STEM club

Wednesday

Room 132

Mrs. Fantell

TSA

Thursday

Room 308

Ms. Rushing

Kids to Pets

Friday

Room 122

Ms. Rochenbach

National Junior Honor Society

Friday (AM)

Room 204

Mr. Brown

Elevate

Friday (AM)

Gym

Ms. Taylor

 

 

Parking

When visiting Swift Creek MS after 2:30 p.m. to attend a game or other event, parents may park in the front parking lot or enter the bus loop and turn left to park in the lot on the hill.  This will avoid the high school specialty buses which use the bus loop as a HUB location.  

 

Have a warm week!

J. Calvin Frye, Ph.D., Principal

Swift Creek Middle School

 

Calendar:

** Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information and changes.

LINK to CCPS Calendars

LINK to Swift Creek Middle’s Website
 

 

Monday, March 4
Virginia War Memorial WWII Presentation - Library
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice

 

Tuesday, March 5
Virginia War Memorial WWII Presentation - Library
6:45 – 7:15am Art Club - Room 223 or 225
2:10 – 3pm Self Determined Meeting - Room 218
2:15 – 4:15pm Unified Basketball Game @ SCMS
2:15 – 3:30pm Girls Soccer Practice

2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting - Room 121
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108

 

Wednesday, March 6
2:05 – 2:45pm Rubiks Cube STEM Club Room 132
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Girls Soccer Practice

2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3pm Crime Solvers - Room 112
2:15 – 3pm SCA Meeting - Cafeteria

 

Thursday, March 7
7:45 – 8:55am Valentine Museum Program "What Makes a Neighbor" - Room 122
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Girls Soccer Practice

2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery
2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
6:30 – 7:30pm PTSA Meeting - Library

 

Friday, March 8
Holiday - No school

 

Monday, March 11

Field Trip - 7th Science VA Living Museum
7:45 – 8:55am Valentine Museum Program "What Makes a Neighbor" -Room 122
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Girls Soccer Practice

 

Tuesday, March 12
Field Trip - 7th Science VA Living Museum
6:45 – 7:15am Art Club - Room 223 or 225
2:05 – 3pm MAC Club Meeting - Room 102
2:05 – 3pm Rotary Club Meeting - Room 103
2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124
2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery

2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Midlothian
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Robious

Wednesday, March 13
Field Trip - 7th Grade VA Living Museum
7:45 – 8:55am Valentine Museum Program "What Makes a Neighbor" - Room 122
11am – 12:45pm Principal's Advisory Lunch - Collaboration Room
2:05 – 3pm Astronomy Club -Room 218
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring

Thursday, March 14
Latin Exam
2:15 – 4:15pm Unified Basketball Game @ Providence
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
3:30 – 4:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Tomahawk Creek

 

Friday, March 15

6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym
6:55 – 7:30am NJHS All Member Meeting - Room 204
7:45 – 8:55am Valentine Museum Program "What Makes a Neighbor" - Room 122
2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208
2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery

2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Girls Soccer Practice

 

Monday, March 18

Writing SOL
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Girls Soccer Practice

 

Tuesday, March 19

Reading Benchmark Assessment
6:45 – 7:15am Art Club - Room 223 or 225
7:45 – 8:55am Valentine Museum Program "What Makes a Neighbor" - Room 122
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery

2:15 – 3:30pm Model UN Meeting - Room 121
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Providence
7 – 8:30pm Pyramid Concert @Clover HIll HS

Wednesday, March 20

Reading Benchmark Assessment
Writing SOL
2:15 – 3:30pm Girls Soccer Practice

2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery

2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Midlothian

 

Thursday, March 21

Math Benchmark Assessment
Writing SOL
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice

2:15 - 4pm  Intramural - Archery
2:15 – 3:30pm TSA Meeting - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer vs. Manchester

 

Friday, March 22

Math Benchmark Assessment
Writing SOL
6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym
2:10 – 3:15pm Chess Club - Room 208
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Girls Soccer Practice
6 – 10pm Model UN Conference@Maggie Walker

 

Saturday, March 23

8am – 6:30pm Model UN@Maggie Walker Governor’s School
11am – 1pm Spring Extravaganza - Outside at SCMS

 

Monday, March 25

Science Benchmark Assessment
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Girls Soccer Practice

Tuesday, March 26

Science Benchmark Assessment
6:45 – 7:15am Art Club - Room 223 or 225
2:10 – 3:10pm Latin Club - Room 124
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:15 – 3:15pm Passport Club - Room 108
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer @ Carver

 

Wednesday, March 27

Soc. St.(Civics) Benchmark Assessments
2:15 – 3:30pm Girls Soccer Practice
2:15 – 3:30pm Strategy Board Game Club - Room 300
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
3:30 – 4:30pm Track & Field Meet @ Tomahawk Creek

 

Thursday, March 28

Soc. St.(Civics) Benchmark Assessments
2:15 – 4pm Track Practice
2:15 – 3:15pm Academic Tutoring
2:30 – 3:30pm Girls' Soccer vs. Matoaca

 

Friday, March 29

3 Hour Early Release Day
Benchmark Assessment Make-ups.
End of 9 Weeks
6:45 – 7:15am Elevate Club - Gym

 

Monday, April 1

No School - Spring Break
 

Tuesday, April 2

No School - Spring Break
 

Wednesday, April 2

No School - Spring Break
 

Thursday, April 3

No School - Spring Break
 

Friday, April 4

No School - Spring Break
 

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