Schalmont Middle School Newsletter

The Sabre Citizen: 2020

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Announcing The 8th-Grade Dance, Saturday, June 13, 2020

Planning for your child’s Middle School Moving-Up Ceremony/Dance has begun! The theme for this year’s event is Red Carpet Gala, which was voted on by the students. Thank you to all who have joined the committee, but volunteers are still needed! If you are interested in volunteering or would like to stay connected with all activities related to t his event, please contact Chris Rose at to be placed on the group email.

We are presently seeking donation s from local businesses and current 8th-grade families to make this a memorable event for all. If you have or know of a business that would like to make a monetary donation to this special event, please collect this donation in the form of cash or check made payable to Schalmont Class of Z0Z4. Please send donations in an envelope addressed to 8th-Grade Dance Committee with your child’s name on it and have your child give it to their homeroom teacher.

To show our appreciation for these donations, the business name and/or family name will be placed in the ceremony program and distributed to hundreds of attendees the day of the event.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. Your time and generosity will go a long way toward making this 8th-grade dance a huge success!


8th-Grade Dance Committee

Environmental Club

Celebrate the Holidays in an Environmentally-Friendly Way

As you are making plans to gather with family and friends this winter, remember your impact on the environment.

Here are some tips to help green your celebration:

  • Set the table with reusable dishes, utensils, and cloth napkins.
  • Purchase local or organic foods when possible.
  • Have guests bring their own reusable containers to share leftovers.
  • Create new recipes using leftovers. There are lots of ideas online.
  • Compost fruit and vegetable scraps in your backyard composting pile. Always compost what you can at home.

Lookout: CLYNK Fundraiser starts January 2020!!!

Literacy Partnership: Just 20 minutes a day

In a world that has become so screen dependent and busy, how important is it to pick up a book and simply read? How important is reading in our children’ s lives?

Research by the American Academy of Pediatrics has found that early parental involvement in a child’ s reading has proven to be one of the most important determinants of language and literacy. Specifically, if adults at home get involved in their child’ s literacy early on, the better and longer-lasting the effects are at school and the more proficient they become. More than ever, we need to continue reading with and reading to our children at home.

Time spent reading with your child at home is absolutely critical time.

How to support your child’s reading development outside of school

  • Be present; make time in your day for books.
  • Talk with your child about your favorite books as a child.
  • Read what your child is reading; share in conversations around those books.
  • Go to the local library with your child – it’ s FREE!!
  • Have books of every level available for  your child—vacation books, “just -right” books, and challenging books.
  • Connect with your child s teacher about what books ore best for your child to read at home.
  • Encourage your child to check out books from the school library Read with and to your child even after they read independently.
  • Tell each other stories about the best or worst parts of your day—practice sequencing ideas.
  • Play games—mad libs, word search, hangman, boggle, etc .
  • Be confident in your own reading—you don’t have to be a reading teacher to support and impact your child.

Guidance Department launches new sign-in system

The Guidance Department is starting a new sign-in system. The new system will keep track of the types of services provided, how often students are seeking help, and the subjects students might be missing to access guidance services. The new system will help us minimize disruption to instruction and learning activities.

Going forward, upon coming into the guidance office students will be directed to sign in using a laptop on Mrs. D’Ambrosio’s desk.  The sign-in process consists of five questions: First name; last name; assigned counselor; reason for the visit; and the class in progress at the time of the visit.

Students will then take a seat and wait to be called in by their counselor.

The guidance office would appreciate the cooperation of students and staff in establishing this new sign-in process.