Monday, November 30, 2015

SMS Newsletter - November 2015

Solon Middle School

December Newsletter

KCRG Student of the Month – Congratulations to 7th grader Ashley Stinocher for being named KCRG Student of the Month.  If you haven’t already done so, please see the feature here. 

Student & Staff of the Month – Congratulations to 5th grader Kale Mostrom and Reading Teacher, Francesca Kaiser, for being named SMS Student and Staff of the Month. 

Barnes & Nobel Book Fair - Solon CSD Media Services will be sponsoring a Barnes and Noble Book Fair December 5, 2015 at the Coralville Barnes and Noble from 9:00AM - 9:30PM.  Feel free to shop in-store or online using our book fair ID (a voucher can be located in the virtual backpack). When purchasing in-store, you can present the voucher or inform the cashier that you would like purchases to go towards the SCSD Media Services Book Fair.  When purchasing online, the book fair ID will be entered upon checkout.
On December 5th, there will be demonstrations of computer science/coding tools at 1:00PM, 3:00PM, and 5:00PM, in the cafe area of Barnes and Noble, to celebrate Computer Science Education Week. 
Thank you for your continued support of the Media Services program at SCSD! 

Japanese Exchange Students – Any 7th grade family who may be interested in hosting a Japanese exchange student for three weeks can contact the office for more information. 

Conferences & Book Fair – Thank you to those who attended our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences and Book Fair.  Your generous support of the book fair put over $2,000 worth of new books in our classrooms. 

PTO – Please join us for our next meeting on February 1 at 7PM in the Media Center.
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Volunteer Needed:  Anyone interested in volunteering with a Chess Club, please contact Jody McSweeney in the office. 

PTO Wish List - Please see the SignUpGenius to help the MS PTO support our teachers and their classrooms.  Donations (items, gift cards or cash) should be in the SMS office anytime before 3pm on December 17.
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Box Tops for Education and Pull Tabs – Box tops and pull tabs can be turned in to the middle school office.

Yearbooks - Orders are being taken for the 2015-16 year book for $19.99. The price will increase to $25.00 after December 31st.  On-line orders may be placed at

PowerSchool Mobile App - The PowerSchool Mobile app can be downloaded on Apple or Android devices (link is here).  Parents may also find the links to download the apps after logging into their parent PowerSchool accounts online.  The district code (GDZH) is available there as well.   

Clubs & Organizations – SMS students are invited to join any of the following clubs and organizations:

Tech Club – Tuesdays – 7:30AM in the Media Center 
Jr. Optimist – 2nd Thursday of the month – from 2-3:00PM 
Earth Team – 4th Thursday of every month – from 2-3:15PM 
Robotics – Monday and Wednesday 3:15 – 6:15PM (some Sat.  8:30-12PM)

Facilities Usage Meeting  - December 9, at 7:00 pm. in room 403

We will meet to discuss the upcoming facilities needs for January through April.  Please make sure your team or group has a representative present and bring your schedule.  You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319/624-3401, ext. 1300.

Athletic Schedules Middle school schedules, including directions to WaMaC venues. 


·      Dec. 9 – Facilities Usage Meeting – 7PM Room 403

·      Dec. 15 – 7th & 8th Grade Vocal Concerts – 6:30 PM

·      Dec. 17 – 5th & 6th Grade Band & Jazz Band Concerts – 6:30

·      Dec. 17 – 7th & 8th Grade Band & Jazz Band Concerts – 7:30

·      Dec. 22 – End of 2nd Quarter – Winter Break Begins – 1:45 Dismissal

·      Jan. 4 – Classes Resume

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