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June 4, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last Tuesday Mr. Lambert came down from the high school today to talk with 8th graders regarding summer academy.  There are many classes being offered this summer including drama, poetry, modern government, etc. Students who expressed an interest in the program took brochures.  I hope to have the brochure attached to this web site at the end of the day.  The cost for each class is $50.00 to secure your support, but upon completion of the class, the money is returned.  We highly encourage incoming freshman to take advantage of this opportunity.  We have attached the summer academy registration and course listing at the bottom of this page for your convenience.

The play we attended on Wednesday was very good.  We think the students enjoyed it as much as we did!

All permission slip for Canobie Lake and the Dinner dance should be in by now.  If you have not seen this from your child, it is also at the bottom of this page for your convenience.  Please know the dinner dance is NOT a semi-formal.  Regular summer dresses, skirts, pants and shirts/tie are all that is needed.

Progress reports went home with your child on Thursday last week.  

 The AR schedule has been updated and listed below.  Please be aware that this quarter is a bit shorter than usual due to missed days.  Students will be reading two books in school for which they will take AR quizzes on.  This should help with their AR goals, but students should also be reading 1/2 hour each night.

Can you help us?
If possible, please remind your child to plug their chrome books in at night so they arrive to school with fully charged computer.  Thank you so much for your support! 

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 25th!

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!

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:  

6/13 Career Day for 8th graders-Community members will speak with students regarding their jobs, expectations, etc.  
6/14 Sports Banquet
6/15 8th grade Dinner Dance/Chrome books must be returned
6/20 Canobie Lake field trip (community service hours must be completed)
6/21 Move up ceremony and last day for 8th grade

Please encourage your child to read every day and check their AR percentages regularly. Please note that we are still completing the STAR testing and AR goals have not yet been set.  This should occur by 9/15.  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.

Here is the quarter 3 AR schedule.  Please encourage your child to read!

 3rd Quarter AR Schedule

        Date              Percent of Goal

      5/4                            20%

      5/11                             40%

      5/18                             60%

      5/25                           70%

      6/1                              80%

    6/8                               90%

    6/14                             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.  It is early in the year and we are all trying to get into the "routine" of school, and  have therefore been lenient thus far.  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)

Sincerely,

The Sage Team


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