“The mission of South Meadows is to ensure that all students
are successful in high school and in life
in order to contribute to a global society”
MAIN OFFICE: 503-844-1220
ATTENDANCE LINE: 503-844-1238
OFFICE FAX: 503-844-1221
Office Hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday thru Friday.
Hello parents, visitors and staff!
Today I am writing to let you all know about a concerted effort that we are making regarding the student pick up area in front of the school. The aim of this is to keep our students and families safe while we move many people through what is admittedly a tight area. If you have ever ended up stuck waiting on Davis to turn into our front parking lot you probably already know it fills up fast. What we are asking from you is this; When you pick up, pull all the way to the front of the line. As space is made available please continue to pull forward allowing those stuck out on Davis to pull into the parking lot. This allows them to stop blocking the traffic behind them. Another issue is cars being left unattended. Please; if you are not parked in a marked parking space we cannot have you leave your vehicle for any amount of time.
Thank you for your help and cooperation as we try to make SMMS a safer place.
Greetings South Meadows Families!
Hopefully you have all had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer and are ready to gear up for a fabulous school year! I am really excited for this school year as we dive into our second year of AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, and continue striving for excellence for all of our students. Almost all of our current 8th grade students will have learned about AVID through their Strategies for Success class last year, teaching students how to be organized, how to take notes, and how to study. This year we will continue this practice with all 7th grade students taking the class as well. One key to organizational success is the AVID binder, which is a 3”-5” binder used for all classes. Having this binder is critical to helping students have the materials they need and not losing or forgetting assignments. There are other important materials needed for a successful year and are included on the enclosed school supply list for 2015-16. This is not different than what was advertised in the spring, but very different from years past, so please do look. We also distributed this list to our local Fred Meyer, Target, and Walmart stores, so with any luck you have seen it there as well.
Many of you are aware of my email updates and are already on the list, but if you want to receive regular emails from me regarding upcoming events and activities at SMMS, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you on my distribution list.
A few key dates to keep in mind as the school year begins are pictures, back to school night, and our annual fall fundraiser. Pictures will take place on Sept. 15. Students will receive picture packets on the first day of school, so please be sure to have them ready to go on the 15th. Back to school night will be at 6:30 PM on Sept. 24. We look forward to seeing you all on that evening to walk through your student’s schedule and meet their teachers. Finally, the fall fundraiser assembly will take place on Oct. 5th during advisory in the morning. Students will be coming home later that day with a catalogue of fun items, including magazines to sell to family and friends. This is our only major fundraiser, other than the spring cookie dough sale, and it helps fund activities for students throughout the year.
I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to go on a mission trip this fall to Uganda Africa. I will be gone from Sept. 14-Oct. 1 visiting and supporting the Village of Hope which is an orphanage for child soldier refugees located outside of Gulu, Uganda. SMMS will be in the capable hands of Mr. Barraza while I am gone, and we will have additional administrative support as well. During my absence I will have limited access to phone or email, so please communicate with Mr. Barraza. Also, I am collecting over the counter medications to take to the clinic there, so if you are so inclined, there is a box in the main office for collection.
I look forward to working together to have a positive and successful middle school experience for your student. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or ideas for the school year. There will be multiple opportunities to meet face to face with morning coffee chats and evening parent nights which will be included on the school calendar your student brings home the first day of school. There is also a pre-school “Picnic with the principals” on Aug. 27 at 6:00PM on the front lawn of South Meadows. Bring something to munch on for dinner, if you choose, and I will supply soda and water.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing you soon!
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the first week of school, so I’ve attached a schedule for you – I hope it makes sense! The column on the right you can ignore as it is for staff to know where they are to be at different times, but the rest of it should be really helpful for you. A couple of key points:
1. 7th graders only on Sept. 8. Please do not have them bring ANYTHING with them to school that day. Students will get locker assignments on this day and will have access to them first thing Wed. to store supplies.
2. Schedules are given to students on their first day, so 8th graders will get schedules on the 9th.
Also, I please see the attached electronic copy of "This is how we do it at SMMS" and our dress code brochure. We are asking students to return a signed copy of "This is how we do it at SMMS" and give it to their advisory teacher the first week of school. You should have received a copy in your summer mailing.
Have a wonderful day, and I look forward to seeing your children next week!
This is how we do it at SMMS - 2015 Spanish.pdf
SMMS Dress Code.pdf