Seymour Middle School

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21st Century Scholars

All students need to apply by June of their 8th grade year. The scholarship is based on income, but all should apply. It will pay for tuition to any state school in Indiana.

This link will take you to the site for more information and to actually apply.

(Please direct any questions to Mr. Hubbard and Mrs. Ault.)

http://scholars.in.gov/

Seymour Middle School yearbook now on sale

only $20 for a soft covered yearbook

80 pages and full color

Now on sale until Spring Break

order online at ybpay.lifetouch.com yearbook code 8829518

or place order and money in yearbook box in office

Academic Team

Will be starting on January 16th in the AG room at the 7/ 8 building from after-school until 5:00. Please make sure your ride is there to get you at 5:00. . We will be learning about WW1 this year. You can choose upto two subject areas to compete in. Please join Google Classroom with this code: p27h3u. I will put updates on this site. See you on the 16th.

Mrs. Clay


-Don't forget to collect your box tops and turn them in the main office.


"Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out."

~John Wooden



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CHROME EXTENTSION:

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Brunch for Lunch Entree

Hash Brown Triangle

Tomato Juice

Fresh Veggie Choice

Assorted Fruit

Low-Fat or Fat Free Milk

THURSDAY

Doritos Locos Taco Salad

Lettuce & Salsa

Refried Beans 'n Cheese

Fresh Veggie Choice

Assorted Fruit

Low-Fat or Fat Free Milk

Mini Cinnamon Roll


FRIDAY

Bacon Cheeseburger

Jo Jo Potato Wedges

Fresh Veggie Choice

Assorted Fruit

Low-Fat or Fat Free Milk


From the Counselors

H.E.R.O

It is our school theme for the 2017/18 school year.

H - Helping yourself and helping others.

E - Engaging in learning.

R - The 3 Rs: Respect, Resourcefulness, and Responsibility.

O - Optimism, on-task, and open minded.

In the coming weeks, we will be 'breaking it down' to help us all define what each letter of the motto stands for and what it means for our education.

Let's take a look at the first letter, H.

Helping yourself doesn't mean helping your self to more snacks! It means taking a look at yourself, realizing what your goals are and working toward them. Helping yourself to do what is right FOR you. For example, you might have earned a poor grade on last weeks math test, so in order to help yourself, you are going to go back and review and spend more time studying. It might mean losing those extra holiday pounds or exercising more, too.

Helping others should be a 'no brainer'! All it means is being good to each other. Helping a friend with a project, helping your parent or guardian around the house. If you haven't realized it yet, helping others is one of the most important actions you can do.

Please email Mr. Hubbard or Mrs. Ault with any questions or ideas and examples.

Next week, we'll take a look at the letter E.


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Holiday Blues

This time of year can bring much happiness, joy, and sharing. For a lot of us, though, it can also be a time full of anxiety, apprehension, and sadness.

The following quote from Medicinenet.com is a good definition:

"Many factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and excessive commitments can cause stress and anxiety at holiday time. Certain people may feel anxious or depressed around the winter holidays due to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sometimes referred to as seasonal depression."

Be on the lookout for these feelings on your self and on those you love. Here's some helpful hints from the UK's Telegraph:

1. Take it easy- don't try to get everything done for everyone. Allow your self time to 'do nothing'.

2. Be artistic- color, paint, build, ...anything that will allow your mind to 'shut off'.

3. De-Clutter- take the time to get rid of old possessions and items you are no longer using.

4. Be Selfish- do the things YOU want to do.

5. Eat Light- try not to overindulge.



Many of us study in ways that really don't provide the best experience for learning and educational growth. While everyone is different when it comes to 'how' they learn, there are several universal ideas that can apply to all of us.

1. Have a 'place' to study. (It doesn't have to be a desk, it can be the kitchen table!) Use the same place as much as possible.

2. Us a planner or the agenda. Write down assignments and check them off as they are completed.

3. 'Chunk' your time. Don't try to cram for two hours the night before a test. Spend 15 minutes every night reviewing what you have learned.

4. Review every day. Go over the day's math or LA assignment, even if you think you know it inside and out.

5. When reviewing for tests, always be thinking of questions that might be on the test and don't just reread thinking that it will 'stick'. Highlight or write down important information so you don't blank out. There are other ways too, such as post it notes, study cards, and mapping concepts.


These are just a few ideas, but the main idea is that cramming doesn't work and you have to be active in your learning!


Reviewing the Types of Bullying

Even though we just had our Cyber Bully presentation, it's always time to review the different types of bullying and identify the 4 main types.

  1. Physical - Uses force or intimidation to bully. Typically male. Examples- Hitting, Kicking, Tripping, Pushing, throwing items.
  2. Verbal - Uses words to hurt or intimidate. Typically both male and female. Examples - Put downs, hate speech, slang names.
  3. Friendship/Relational - Uses friends and other situations to bully or intimidate. Typically female. Examples- not including in a group, not allowing others to participate.
  4. Cyber - Using any electronic means to bully by any of the previously mentioned types. This is the most commonplace now and is the hardest to avoid. Typically both male and female. Examples - taunting on facebook or twitter. Using texts or emails to belittle or downgrade the victim.




Empathy


em·pa·thy

ˈempəTHē/

noun

  1. the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Our most recent 'Rewind' lesson was on Empathy and how important it is in our daily lives.

Here is a link to the lesson, wonderfully created by Mrs. Ault:

The old saying, "Walk a mile in 'their' shoes", is a prime example of empathy. One of the best examples, though, is one of the simplest.

Listen....to each other!



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Chromebook 101 for Parents and Students

Care & Maintenance

  • All chromebooks must be carried in a school-supplied carrying bag.
  • Students should not carry sharp, pointed, or heavy objects in the pocket of the carrying bag.
  • Books or other heavy objects should not be stacked on top of the chromebook.
  • Chromebooks should not be open while walking in the hallways, to and from school, or on the bus.



Procedures for damaged/loaner chromebooks

  • Loaner chromebooks are available in the OwlsNest for damaged, lost, or forgotten chromebooks.
  • If a student comes to class without a chromebook (lost, stolen, damaged, or left at home), the student will be sent to the OwlsNest for a loaner chromebook.
  • Students who repeatedly have a damaged, lost, or forgotten chromebook will be referred to Mrs. Wessel for discipline.
  • Loaner chromebooks will be identified by a yellow “Loaner” tag that will be displayed on the carrying bag.



Parent Responsibility

  • If you are aware that your child’s chromebook is lost, stolen, or damaged please contact Student Services at 812-522-5453 to inform us.
  • Any damage to a chromebook that has been deemed to be the result of negligence, improper care, and/or repetitive damage, will be the responsibility of the parent to pay the repair cost.
  • Seymour Middle School will send a damage report home, with an explanation of events leading up to and causing the damage to the chromebook. A bill will also be sent with the damage report.
  • Parents are expected to make payment at Seymour Middle School in a timely manner.
  • All students at SMS are required to have a chromebook. Parents cannot request that their child not be given a chromebook.

Seymour Middle School Attendance Policy

When a student is absent from school a parent or guardian needs to call the attendance office on the day of the absence, unless the absence was prearranged. Absences are categorized into two categories: excused and unexcused. Excused absences are absences that represent urgent reasons: sickness, impassable roads, quarantine, death in immediate family, required religious observance, or weather so inclement as to endanger the health or safety of the student. Absences are unexcused if a parent doesn't notify the school of a student absence or if the absence doesn't fall into one of the excused categories. Parentally excused absences (called in, but no doctor's slip) are limited to 10; any absences after 10 that are due to illness must have a doctor's note. New this year, unexcused tardies to school will begin accumulating into unexcused absences on the 6th tardy.

Attendance Court Procedure for Jackson County Schools

1. At three unexcused absences the school attendance officer will send a letter to the parent/guardian of the truant child.

2. At 6 unexcused absences the juvenile prosecutor will send a letter to the parent/guardian of the truant child.

3. At 8+ unexcused absences, a conference will be held at the child's school. If the parent/guardian fails to attend the conference, decline to participate in a program of informal adjustment, or if the child/parents fail to abide by the conditions of the informal adjustment program, a school official will file probable cause affidavit alleging failure to attend school, and the case will be referred to the Prosecutor's Office.