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CELEBRATING 2015-2016!

keep-calm-schools-almost-out-for-summerIt’s hard to believe that another school year is coming to a close.  This was such a notable year for SSMS, check out the list below:

Magnet Recognitions

SSMS was recognized as the first 6th– 8th grade Franklin Covey Certified Lighthouse School in the world

SSMS was recognized as a Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America

The Arts

smART art competition on Lake Eola Saturday April 23rd: Samantha Mesa – 1st Place for Awesome Artison;  Ellie Williams – 2nd place for Best in Show; Hannah Hansen won 1st place for the Drop saver Poster contest for Seminole County; Zalynn Gardner won 1st Place 7th grade in the Drug Free Poster\Calendar Contest; Alexa Murphy won 2nd Place 7th Grade in the Drug Free Poster\Calendar Contest; District Chorus and Band MPA awards

Athletics

JV Boys Cross Country finished meets undefeated, resulting in Eastern Division Champs; Boys and Girls Basketball both made the Final Four; 6th Grade Girls County Runner Up :Naomi Flowers 800 Meter; 7th Grade Girls County Runner Up  :Odette Matsanga 100 Meter; 7th Grade Boys County Runner Up- 4 X 400 Meter Relay:  Pedro Agosto, Grayson Ilarraza, Colin O’Toole & John Michael Shircliff ; 8th Grade Girls County Runner Up:4 X 100 Meter Relay-Jemiah Alston, Ayanna Brown, Jasmine Molina & Nayade Ortiz  ;200 Meter County Runner Up:  Ayanna Brown; Long Jump County Runner Up:  Sierra Quast

Academics

3rd Place SCPS Middle School County Math Festival; 3rd Place SCPS Middle School Battle of the Books

Leadership

SCPS County JROTC Awards: Inspection: 2nd SSMS; Drill: 3rd SSMS; Arm Exhibition Drill: 2nd SSMS; Color Guard: 1st SSMS;Team push ups: 1st SSMS;10-100 Relay: 1st SSMS

We Truly STORMED Throughout the year!!!!!! We applaud ALL of You, for it Takes a Village!

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

WIG Data

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEAD UPDATES!

As we are working on the marketing and branding of our school, we are looking for input from all stakeholders about the future for SSMS.  Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NRT928

Are you interested in being part of the Lighthouse Team for the 2016-2017? If so, please contact Julie Ciocca.

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PBS STORMS!

As we wind down the school year, please remember to supervise hallways during transitions via each floor supervision plan.

No PBS or AIP updates this week.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
 
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
Shout Out to all the teachers who made the 8th Grade Awards and Ceremony such an great event for our students and their families!
Shout Out to Mrs. McLean, Mrs. Strickland, and Ms. Stalker for their extra efforts in organizing the 8th Grade Awards and Ceremony!!
Shout Out to Mrs. Egerton and her Chrous Students for a fantastic performance at all three award ceremonies!!!
Shout Out to Chief Jackson and his JROTC Color Guard for their part in the Awards!
Shout Out to Ms. Hernandez and her Student Government for putting on a great dance for our 8th Graders!!!
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
  
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • Happy New Year Breakfast/Summer Launch- May 27, 2016 in the Media Center; 8am -12pm
  • Please remember to notify Ms. Leenen in advance when you have a training, personal day, or any event that can be anticipated and you are going to be out. These past few weeks have been challenging and we need to make sure all classes are covered.
  • CLICK HERE for UF/IFAS Free Teacher Workshop: PLANT CAMP 2016

 

 
 

SSMS Achieves National Recognition

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This past week, Dr. Coleman-Baker proudly accepted the Merit School of Distinction award on behalf of SSMS.  SSMS is one of 258 public magnet schools and programs located in 19 states are recognized for their commitment to high academic standards, school diversity, specialized curricula and instruction, family engagement, and community partnerships.  To receive a national merit award, MSA member schools must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create community partnerships that enhance the school’s theme.

Thank you to every member of our Hurricane Team that helped us to achieve this Honor!

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

WIG Data

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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 LEAD UPDATES!

As we are working on the marketing and branding of our school, we are looking for input from all stakeholders about the future for SSMS.  Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NRT928

Are you interested in being part of the Lighthouse Team for the 2016-2017? If so, please contact Julie Ciocca.

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PBS STORMS!

As we wind down the school year, please remember to supervise hallways during transitions via each floor supervision plan.

Click here for the 5-16-16 AIP Update

Positive Referral Celebration for 4th Quarter: 5/20/16 during all lunches

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
 
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
 
Shout Out to Chief Jackson and his cadets for competing in the Annual JROTC Middle School Drill Competition!
 
Shout Out to the students and staff that participated in the Battle of the Books!!

Shout Out to all the teachers who took their planning period time to assist us when we have been short on subs. Without your help we would have not been able to accomplish it!!

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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
  
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • Happy New Year Breakfast- May 27, 106 in the Media Center
  • Please remember to notify Ms. Leenen in advance when you have a training, personal day, or any event that can be anticipated and you are going to be out. These past few weeks have been challenging and we need to make sure all classes are covered.
  • CLICK HERE for UF/IFAS Free Teacher Workshop: PLANT CAMP 2016

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK HURRICANES!

 
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Posted by on 05/13/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

Celebrating the Stars at SSMS!

Teacher Appreciation Week was a great opportunity to celebrate the dedication, passion, and expertise of our magnificent educators at SSMS! Our generous PTSA coordinated and sponsored daily activities for our staff members to enjoy!   We certainly appreciated all of the special treats throughout the week!

“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” — John Wooden

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

WIG Data

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEAD UPDATES!

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Our next  Lighthouse Team meeting is Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8:15 am.

As we are working on the marketing and branding of our school, we are looking for input from all stakeholders about the future for SSMS.  Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NRT928

Are you interested in being part of the Lighthouse Team for the 2016-2017? If so, please contact Julie Ciocca.

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS update below.

The last day to submit positive referrals for this quarter will be Friday, 5/13/16. Submit all positive referrals to Ms. Leenen in the discipline office.

If you need more STORM Bucks, please email Mr. Motley.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
 
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
Shout Out to the Boys and Girls Basketball team and coaches for both making to the Final Four!!!
Shout Out to all the students and Math Teachers who participated in the Math Festival – 3rd place finish in the County!!!
Shout Out to all the students and staff that participated in the Seminole County Earthfest Celebration!!!
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
  
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • National Secretaries Day is Wednesday, April 27th! Take a moment to recognize them and the continuous support they provide!
  • Click the link below for anyone who would like to join the SSMS Relay for Life Team or make a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Orozco!

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK HURRICANES!

 
 

Celebrating our STARS!

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Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day!

Our support staff team strives to exemplify the 7 Habits each day with our students, staff, families, and the greater community.   We are so appreciative of the work they do each day at SSMS!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Hellen Keller

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

WIG Data

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEAD UPDATES!

Our next  Lighthouse Team meeting is Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:15 am.

As we are working on the marketing and branding of our school, we are looking for input from all stakeholders about the future for SSMS.  Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NRT928

Are you interested in being part of the Lighthouse Team for the 2016-2017? If so, please contact Julie Ciocca.

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS update below.

The last day to submit positive referrals for this quarter will be Friday, 5/13/16. Submit all positive referrals to Ms. Leenen in the discipline office.

Click here for the 5-2-16 PBS Updates

If you need more STORM Bucks, please email Mr. Motley.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
 
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
Shout Out to all staff and students for working together to make our testing sessions successful!
Shout Out to the boys and girls basketball coaches and players for a great season!
Shout Out to the math teachers and students who are competing at the Seminole County Math competition!
Shout Out to the teachers and students participating in the Earth Day community event!
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
  
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • National Secretaries Day is Wednesday, April 27th! Take a moment to recognize them and the continuous support they provide!
  • Click the link below for anyone who would like to join the SSMS Relay for Life Team or make a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Orozco!

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK HURRICANES!

 
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Posted by on 04/29/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

HURRICANES ON PARADE!

 

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Hello Hurricanes!!! We have so many celebrations and congratulations this week!!! Congratulations to Mr. Perri for being recognized as Cigna’s Feature Teacher, Mr. Motley as Cigna’s Feature Support Staff, and Chloe Zijl as Cigna’s Feature Student representatives for SSMS! Thanks, Dr. Griffin, Ms. Almond, and Ms. Schaffner for recognizing these amazing Hurricanes. Additional  Hurricane Shout Outs: Ms. Maingot was named Rookie Teacher of the Year for SSMS, Ms. Trenholm, Mr. Cudney, Ms. Rydenbark (not pictured), Ms. Palermo (not pictured), and Ms. Ciocca (not pictured) were recognized by their peers for all that they do for SSMS and our students! 

These Hurricanes embrace The eighth habit which is “Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.” Voice is Covey’s code for “unique personal significance.” Those who inspire others to find theirs are the leaders needed now and for the future, according to Covey. Thank you for Continuing to Inspire and Empower Leadership in our Students!!!!

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

Check out this weeks WIG Data

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEADER IN ME UPDATE!

click here to read the most recent The Leader In Me Newsletter!

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS update below.

Please remember to recognize students with a STORM Buck for displaying STORM behaviors or the Action of the Week. Don’t forget to write positive referrals for students who go above and beyond consistently and/or demonstrate behaviors worthy of a positive referral. Submit all positive referrals to Ms. Leenen in the discipline office.

No PBS Updates

If you need more STORM Bucks, please email Mr. Motley.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
Shout Out to Mrs. Egerton and all her students on a great performance!!!
Shout Out to Mr. Motley for being named the Cigna Non Instructional Award Winner!
Shout Out to Mr. Perri for being recognized as the Cigna Feature Teacher!
Shout Out to Ms. Maingot for being selected as the SSMS Rookie Teacher of the Year!  
Shout Out to Mrs. Trenholm, Ms. Rydenbark, Mrs. Ciocca, Mr. Cudney, and Ms. Palermo for being selected by their peers as Teachers of the Month!! 
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
  
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • National Secretaries Day is Wednesday, April 27th! Take a moment to recognize them and the continuous support they provide!
  • Click the link below for anyone who would like to join the SSMS Relay for Life Team or make a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Orozco!

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HAVE A GREAT WEEK HURRICANES!

 
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Posted by on 04/24/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IS FUNdamental!!!!

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Mr. Culberson’s students engaged in a “Gallery Walk” while using the information to draw conclusions about how events led to a separation of the North and South.  Gallery Walk is a discussion technique that gets students out of their chairs and into active engagement. The advantage of the method is its flexibility. A Gallery Walk holds a variety of benefits for students and teachers. For students, it’s a chance to share thoughts in a more intimate, supportive setting than a larger class discussion. For teachers, it’s a chance to gauge the depth of student understanding of particular concepts and to note and use misconceptions to shape instruction.  The Gallery Walk strategy is aligned with our goal of increasing content rigor, because it: 1. dedicates time for students to practice discussing, debating, organizing, and writing about course content rather than just hearing ideas presented by the teacher; and 2. promotes the use of higher‐order thinking skills like analysis, evaluation, and synthesis when teachers choose levels of abstraction when designing questions.  Continue to STORM, Hurricanes! 

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

Check out the latest WIG Data

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEADER IN ME UPDATE!

click here to read the most recent The Leader In Me Newsletter!

school

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS update below.

Please remember to recognize students with a STORM Buck for displaying STORM behaviors or the Action of the Week. Don’t forget to write positive referrals for students who go above and beyond consistently and/or demonstrate behaviors worthy of a positive referral. Submit all positive referrals to Ms. Leenen in the discipline office.

Click here for the 4-18-16 PBS Updates

If you need more STORM Bucks, please email Mr. Motley.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
Shout Out to all the students, teachers, and staff for a great job during testing this week!
Shout Out to our Basketball Coaches.  They do an amazing job with our students!!  
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
 
 
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • Click the link below for anyone who would like to join the SSMS Relay for Life Team or make a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Orozco!

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Have a Great Week Hurricanes!

 
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Posted by on 04/17/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

BLENDED LEARNING IN ACTION-SOMETHING TO TWEET ABOUT!

 

FullSizeRenderThis week we had the pleasure of hosting distinguished visitors to SSMS.  Although we were in the midst of 8th grade Science testing, our teachers ensured students were still engaged in rigorous instruction.  In fact, Dr. Walt Griffin tweeted about his positive experience in Ms. Palermo’s class.  Our Civics PLC has implemented a blended approach to  instruction utilizing a station-rotation model.  Through this model, they are providing students with opportunities to learn in centers featuring small group instruction, independent practice and cooperative groups.  Through these varied instructional methods they are able to differentiate and individualized instruction to meet the needs of all students. Way to go, Civics!

“It is my belief that every child has the right to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make, and do!” ~Laura Fleming

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

Click here for WIG data tracking!

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEADER IN ME UPDATE!

click here to read the most recent The Leader In Me Newsletter!

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS and AIP weekly updates below.

Please remember to recognize students with a STORM Buck for displaying STORM behaviors or the Action of the Week. Don’t forget to write positive referrals for students who go above and beyond consistently and/or demonstrate behaviors worthy of a positive referral. Submit all positive referrals to Ms. Leenen in the discipline office.

No PBS update this week.

No AIP Update this week.

If you need more STORM Bucks, please email Mr. Motley.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
 
A Shout Out to Chief Jackson for a wonderful promotion ceremony for his JROTC Cadets!
 
A Shout Out to the 8th Grade Science Team and Dr. Scheiner for providing our students with the opportunity to attend the UCF STEM field trip! 
 
A Shout Out to Ms. Trenholm for being recognized  by the Department of Teaching & Learning  (@ the Superintendent’s meeting)  for having the most student use in eCampus than any other SCPS Middle School!
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
 
 
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • Click the link below for anyone who would like to join the SSMS Relay for Life Team or make a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Orozco!

 

 
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Posted by on 04/08/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 
 
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