Welcome to Springfield Middle School - home of the Blue Devils!
 

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            Principal: Mr. Jeff Pendry                                       
                                                                                                                 
Doors Open at 7:15 AM      -     School Starts at   7:30 AM
          Asst. Principal: Mrs. Angie Duckworth                                        Dismissal: 2:25 PM              -     Early Dismissal: 10:40 AM            Dean of Students: Mr. Andrew Ward                        
                                419.867.5662 -  Attendance Line
          Athletic Director: Ms. Pam Vinkler                                                            419.867.5732 - Main Fax Line                  
    
 

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Meeting the educational needs of young adolescents requires special curricula that feature content that connects with the everyday lives of students as well as activities that actively involve them in the learning process. SMS academic standards are high. Although the Ohio Department of Education's rating system has recently changed, it is important to reflect that scores demonstrate that SMS students are well prepared to succeed both today and tomorrow!

The entire SMS family - students, parents, faculty, and staff - takes pride in consistently being recognized for outstanding academic achievement. Opportunities to enrich student learning, including the availability of Honors courses, foreign language offerings, problem-based learning approaches all challenge today’s learners to develop and refine the critical thinking skills they will need to become tomorrow’s leaders.  Classes are offered to students on a trimester schedule.  The school mascot is the Blue Devil.

Our high academics are complimented by equally high expectations for behavior and character!  To challenge students to realize their full potential, we offer a full range of creative, athletic and extracurricular programs, including:

ACADEMICS ATHLETIC CREATIVE
Chess Club Basketball Band
Robotic Lego League Cheerleading Choir
Math Counts Cross Country Newspaper-Devils’ Dispatch
Quiz Bowl 7th Football; 8th Football Power of the Pen
Science Olympiad Track Yearbook
  Volleyball  
  Wrestling/Wrestlerettes  
 
Principal's Weekly Message
Mr. Jeff Pendry 
#springfieldstrong


SMS Power of the Pen 
IThis week, I've asked Mrs. Amy Merrill-Wyatt to update webguests on Springfield Middle School's Power of the Pen Team, members of whom video-conferenced with YA (Young Adult) author Julia Walton. Students asked the writer for advice on everything from overcoming writer's block, to finding inspiration to methods for naming their characters. "It was a great experience," says 7th grader Rosemary L. "I picked up a lot of good tips from her."5--3.jpg
Power of the Pen is a statewide competitive writing team. Students learn how to craft powerful stories in a short amount of time. Walton shared tips on how to find a character's voice in order to make each on unique. Says 7th grader Samantha H, "The tips she gave us about writing were very helpful!"
Walton talked with the students about the challenges she faced in her own writing. She explained to students that she wrote 3 novels before she had the courage to send one out to agents. Her current book was rejected by numerous agents before Heather Flaherty of the Bent Agency agreed to represent it, landing Walton a deal with Random House. Says 8th grader Taylor E, "From talking to Julia, I really felt like I got a 'behind the scenes' view of what it takes to develop a book." 7th grader Nick B agrees, "She gave us a window into what it takes to actually get your writing published."

Offering Each 6th Grade Student Access to ChromeBooks to use daily while in school . . .
This year, SMS implemented a new effort to provide each 6th grade student with a ChromeBook!  To make this effort a reality, building   leadership worked for over six months—the process   included teachers volunteering their time and formatting ChromeBooks and ChromeBook Carts in mid October. Administration discussed with all 6th graders details of the effort , the timeline for its roll-out and shared tips, strategies, and advice at how to be successful with the technology.

Sixth grade teachers have attended since August professional development clinics that promote and support the integration of one-to-one technology. Sessions focused on ChromeBook tips, Google classroom support, app suggestions, and student-centered websites.

Here is how it works— students arrive at SMS and pickup their ChromeBooks and are responsible for them until they return the devices at the end of the academic day. Since August, 6th,  Some students and families chose to bring in their own devices, opting to use personal laptops to access the WiFi and curriculum.
With much of the curriculum available through online sites, the days of using the textbook as the main resource will be phasing out, as teachers continue to support the technology based world in which we live.  Additionally, as part of the integration, 75 ChromeBooks were shared with Springfield High School to support their efforts to further the use of technology in the classroom - we are #springfieldstrong!