Dear Parents and Guardians,
I would like to thank Thaden Colwin, a fifth grade student, for being an amazing “Principal for the day on Wednesday, October 27th. He received this opportunity through the Ledgerfest auction. We spent the day in various meetings, making decisions, visiting classrooms, having lunch, meeting with President Akay, leading leadership meetings with prayer, making a PA announcement and supporting the crossing guard duty. He did a wonderful job and made the most of the day we experienced together. I’m proud of the way he presented himself to students, faculty, leadership and parents. He truly is the LEDGER WAY in action. He inspired me and many others along his journey of his day. Thank Thaden for being an amazing and inspiring Ledger.
Halloween Party – October 29th
The “spooktacular” classroom Halloween parties are coming the afternoon of Friday, October 29th, 2021. SMSA is asking for each classroom teacher to collaborate with the room parent(s) to organize the festivities. As we allow parents and volunteers onto campus for this event, we do so with the Ledger Way core values on our minds and in our hearts. The Ledger way guides our decision making. We are asking a maximum of three volunteers per classroom. We are asking for volunteers only to come into school if you are feeling 100% healthy and have not been exposed to COVID-19 in the last ten days. Please follow these guidelines to keep in person learning fully functioning for the greater community. We ask this as well as other holidays are soon to follow. Thank you for your understanding and partnership as we continue to keep learning happening on the Ledge.
Grades six through eight will be having a Halloween dance on Friday, October 29th from 4:00 to 6:00p.m. Look for communication from the classroom/homeroom teachers for more information regarding the festivities.
The autumn MAP testing window has been completed for grades 2-8 in the areas of math and reading. Teachers use MAP data to guide their individual instruction for the students they teach in real time throughout the school year. MAP scores support learning and measures growth throughout the school year. Look for scores to be coming home through backpacks next week.
First Quarter Ends – November 5th
The first quarter comes to a completion on Friday, November 5, 2021. Please be mindful of Skyward as our avenue to communicate student progress throughout the quarter and school year between home and school. It has features to get alerts right to your cell phone as you see fit for your family.
Thank you for your continued partnership with SMSA . Together we will create a path for tomorrow’s children to achieve amazing dreams.
Elementary Principal, SMSA
Standards Based Grading
The objective of the video series is to educate parents in short videos to unpack Standard Based Grading. The series intends to deliver an education and mindshift to understand Standards Based Grading, why Standards Based Grading is best practice, and how Standards Based Grading functions with the parent and teacher supporting the student’s journey.
Please select the following six links to see the box set of SBG at SMSA.