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June 3, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Next years schedules went home last week. Please check with your students to see what is in store for their first year coming up at ConVal high school. 

The end of year permission slips for the 8th grade dinner dance, as well as the Canobie Lake field trip went home last week. Please get these back to us as soon as possible. Service learning hours will no longer be accepted for the Canobie trip.

Here are the dates concerning the end of the year activities.

The week of June 3rd, the 8th grade advisories will visit the HS and have lunch there.  One advisory goes each day, leaving before PLUS block and returning after lunch.

Wednesday , June 12 - Canobie Lake Park trip (Students with 20 hours of community service)

Thursday, June 13 -Sports Banquet 6:00-8:00pm.

Friday, June 14 - 8th grade Dinner Dance 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Friday, June 14 - Last day to take AR tests for quarter 4!

Monday, June 17 - Academic awards 1:30; Move-up ceremony 6:00 - 7:00p.m.

Just a reminder that students should be at 80% of their AR goal as of 5/24.

No math maintenance this week! We are doing self taught lessons in class instead. These lessons are done on Khan Academy online, as well as through guided notes and worksheets in class. There is a chapter outline and worksheets which every student should have in a folder they need to keep track of and turn in. Have your student show you the work they are doing and the Khan Academy website as well. Khan Academy is a great tool for extra math help and summer work.

There has been an an overwhelming number of students coming to school with dead chrome books. As we are sure you can imagine the issue it causes in class as students scramble to find a charger, use other students' chargers, have to leave the classroom, etc. Please help us by encouraging your child to charge their computers at home each night to insure we are using class time productively.

All 8th grade students are required to do 20 hours of community service hours.  Please know the community service or service learning paperwork can be found on the SMS website.  All community service paperwork is due to your child's advisory on or before May 24th. 

Please remind your child that the kind of work they do this year in eighth grade will reflect on the choices they get to make for their freshman year at ConVal.  

As you know, the parent portal is up and running.  If you have not already done so, please create your account so you can stay appraised of your child's grades.  Thank you!

Some of our teachers are beginning to use Twitter to show what is happening in their classes. Keep checking back for Twitter handles as more of the Sage Team teachers join and begin to tweet.

Mrs. Lyons- @Lyons_SMS
Mrs. Hopgood-@hopgood_SMS 
Please check us out!

Please remind your child to check in with teachers when missing a class due to EHP or band lessons.

Here is the Sage Team policy regarding homework and classwork. These will be posted in each classroom as well. If you have any questions, please let us know. 

Some important dates to include on your calendar are:  

May 24 - Last day to turn in community service paperwork
May 27 - Memorial Day
June 12 Canobie Lake Park field trip to celebrate completion of community service.
June 13 - Sports Banquet 6-8
June 14 - Dinner Dance 6-8pm
June 17 - Awards 1:30; Move up ceremony 6-7pm in the gym
June 18 - No school for 8th grade

Please encourage your child to read every day and check their AR percentages regularly. All students should now have a book to read and are expected to read 1/2 hour each night.  We thank you for your support!

Accelerated Reading is a computerized program we use to track students outside reading.  Each student is tested on their reading ability, then given a point goal for each quarter.  Students then take an online quiz for each book they read.  The point value of each book is based on the length of the book, number of words on a page, and the syllabication of words within the text.  If students do poorly on the quizzes, it is an indication that they may be having trouble comprehending.  It can also serve as a motivator to keep students reading as we all know reading in the gateway to knowledge.  Thank you for your support.

Quarter 3 schedule to be released soon.  Please encourage your child to read!

 4th Quarter AR Schedule

        Date              Percent of Goal

    4/8/10                                   10%

    4/19/19                                 20%

    4/26/19                                 30%

    5/3/19                                   40%

  5/10/19                                   50%

  5/17/19                         60%

  5/24/19                         70%

  5/31/19                         80%

  6/7/19                           90%

  6/14/19                         100%


We would like to ask your help in reminding your band and EHP students to check in with the teacher of each class they miss to pass in homework and check in regarding the day's lesson they miss.   Students not turning in homework due to a missed class for instrument lessons and EHP will be marked late and ultimately lose 10 points for each late assignment. 

Please check the Sage Team website weekly and the homework pages daily to assist your child in completing homework regularly.  

Please help us promote your children's reading abilities by encouraging them to read for 1/2 hour each night.  This will also count toward their homework grade in LA each quarter.  

The following table is our Plus block schedule.

 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  • Chorus
  •  Silent reading
  • extra help
  • EHP (if everything is up-to-date)
  • chorus
  • Silent reading
  • extra help
  • EHP (if everything is up-to-date)
  • Silent reading
  • Extra help
  • Band (to begin soon)
  • EHP (if everything is up to date)
  •  Band
  • silent reading
  •  extra help
  • EHP (if everything is up-to-date)
  •  Band
  • Silent reading
  • EHP (if everything is up-to-date)


The Sage Team

Meredith Lyons,
Aug 30, 2018, 11:52 AM
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Sep 21, 2015, 3:52 AM
Mary Hopgood,
Aug 10, 2018, 5:55 AM