Announcements

Posted 11/23/2016

5/6 Activity Night:  5th and 6th Grade Activity Night has been rescheduled for Friday, January 6th.  Sartell Middle School along with the Boys and Girls Club will be hosting this event from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Sartell Middle School.  Activities will include open gym, DJ dance, games, swimming, and other miscellaneous activities.  A variety of concessions will be available in the commons area throughout the evening. 

Admission is $5.00 or $4.00 with the donation of a non-perishable food item.  This event will be chaperoned by Sartell Middle School staff members as well as staff members from the Boys and Girls Club.  This event is open to all Sartell/St. Stephen School District students in grades 5/6 only.  Students from other schools will not be allowed to attend.  In addition, students who choose to leave the building during the event will not be allowed to return.  Thank you for making arrangements to have your daughter/son picked up by 9.00 p.m.

Attention 7th and 8th graders: Auditions for the Musical Shrek Jr. will be December 12th, 13th, and 14th after school.  Join the Schoology Course access code SH6S9-MRMX3 to sign up for your audition, or see Mr. Cicharz.  Students interested in working on a crew can also sign up on Schoology.  Come join the fun!

FILL THE TRAILER……

Thanks to everyone who participated in the FILL THE TRAILER food drive to benefit Quiet Oaks Hospice.  Stay tuned for total number of items collected and winning Homerooms/SA’s.

Learning Lab Fun: Our Learning Lab is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings (8-8:35 am) in Room 673, Computer Lab located by Mr. Miller’s room. Our students rocked the Duct Tape challenge and made some crazy stuff …Now it is time for the next theme, CODING! The hour of Code is coming on December 9th. To prepare, we are going to have a whole month of coding. Anyone can code and it will be super fun. Come one and come all for some AWESOMENESS! Contact Mr. Scherer or Mrs. Holstrom with any questions.

Schoology Notifications Tutorial:

Schoology is our Learning Management System or essentially our digital classroom. We do not run our gradebook through Schoology, although assignments may be turned in using that platform. All of our grading and missing work will be located in Skyward. It is possible that a “missing” assignment on Schoology may have been turned in as a paper copy and as a result shows as missing in Schoology. Please rely on Skyward, for your student grades/missing assignments. 

If you would like to discontinue receiving notification for assignments in Schoology, below is a video link on how to do that. https://vimeo.com/190773476  If you have any questions please feel free to call the Middle School and talk to Mrs. Holstrom or Mr. Scherer.

SMS Student Council Coat Share Project:  The SMS Student Council is partnering with Schluchter Investment Advisors for “Coat Share”.  We will be collecting new and gently used coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves and mittens. All sizes children to adult will be accepted. Used items must have working closures and no rips or stains. All items will be donated to the St. Cloud Area Child Response Initiative. Clothing items may be dropped off in the box located in the commons or brought to Mrs. Dornburg’s room 675.  The “Coat Share” project will run through November 28th.

It’s GEO BEE time:  Looking for all Geography Buffs.  Permission / Intent to Participate forms are available from your Social Studies or History teachers or from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.  Preliminary Bees will be held Wednesday, December 14th.  5th/6th graders will compete at 1:30 p.m. and 7th /8th graders will compete at 2:30 p.m in room 673.  The top 5 scoring students from each preliminary bee will then go on to participate in the school wide Geo Bee on Monday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. at SMS.

Lindbloom’ s Library Reads: November Edition  The Book reviews will be done every month and will highlight interesting series, biographies, new titles or books that have been highly recommended by the students.    The November review can be found using the following link:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1wIglz8YWOSfoNWhmpAqfqqJHhcCc6S0Rt4-TFdcv38g/edit?usp=sharing

Turkey Cards:  If you have a partially filled Coborn’s Turkey cards, we would love to have them.  You can turn them into the middle school office and we will combine them. We will accept them through Wednesday, November 30th.  Turkeys are given to families in need in our community. 

5/6 Math Masters:   Attention 5th /6th graders…..MATH MASTERS will begin soon!!

6th grade practices will begin Thursday, December 15th

5th grade practices will begin Thursday, January 5th

Practices will be from 3:30 – 4:30  p.m. in Mrs. Greeley’s room - 317

Pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Greeley or from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675. Competitions will be:  6th graders in March and 5th graders in April.  Sign up today.

Hunters:  You are invited to enter the SMS deer hunting picture contest.  The contest runs from October 31st – December 22nd.  Please submit your picture to Mr. Determan is room 443. The picture must be of your deer; it cannot be anyone’s but your own.   Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 winners!

SMS Student Council: The next Student Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 30th, at 7:45 a.m. in room 675.

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are for sale ONLINE.  Here is the link to order:   http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1062037/Sartell-Middle-School/2017-Yearbook/2016082405103315767/CATALOG_SHOP/;jsessionid=D6DC282B6D989D50D97D899F980F32BF Paper forms are also available in the office. The price for a yearbook is $20 for a hardcover and $15 for a softcover.

Turn you trash into cash: Sartell Middle School collects “Box Tops for Education and Coborn’s Labels for Learning”.  Please bring them to the middle school office!  We no longer collect CAMPBELL’S Soup Labels.   This program was discontinued last year.

Writing Contest for Young Readers:  Take the “Letters about Literature” writing challenge.  Write a personal letter to an author you admire, an author of a book (fiction or nonfiction) that inspired you.  Your letter must be personal but persuasive, explaining just how the author’s work changed your view of yourself or your world.

Open to Grades 4 – 8.  Registration forms are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 674. 

All entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg NO LATER than Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Patriot’s Pen Essay:  Congratulations to 6th grade student Taylor Chaika who placed 1st and 8th grade student Zayda Thalacker who placed 2nd in the area Patriot’s Pen contest. 

Outside Recess A.M. and Lunch: To better prepare students for recess we have outlined some cold weather guidelines as to what will need to be worn as the temperature drops.  The expectations are as follows:

·       Above 50:                               shorts and t-shirt are okay

·       Below 50, but above 40:         sweatshirt

·       Below 40, but above 30:         need long pants and a  sweatshirt

·       Below 30:                                need long pants and a coat

·       Below zero:                             no outside recess

·       All temperatures are based on the wind chill factor

WEEKLY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Monday, November 28th

7:30 a.m.               5-6 Academic Triathlon Practice in Mrs. Olson's room

7:30 a.m.               7-8 Academic Triathlon Practice in Ms. Maslowski's room

3:30 p.m.          5-8 Knowledge Bowl Meet @ Big Lake – Bus leaves at 2:15 (Dismiss at 2:05)

3:30 p.m.          7/8 Swimming practice starts today after school – SMS pool

Tuesday, November 29th

7:30 a.m.           Math Counts practice

3:30 p.m.          Targeted Services 5/6 Reading and 5/6/7 Study/Organization

4:30 p.m.          7/8 Girls Basketball - Sartell vs. Alexandria @ Alexandria

5:00 p.m.          Wrestling Middle School scrimmage @ Albany High School

Wednesday, November 30th 

Ski/Snowboard Registration forms and fees are due today!

7:30 a.m.           7-8 Knowledge Bowl Practice in Ms. Maslowski's room

7:45 a.m.           Stock Market Game in Tech Computer Lab

7:45 a.m.           Student Council meeting in room 675

10:15 a.m.         Cribbage Club in room 675

      3:30 p.m.         “After School Study" for 8th grade

      3:30 p.m.         Targeted Services 5/6 Math     

       3:30  p.m.             5-6 Knowledge Bowl Practice in Mrs. Greeley's room

     Thursday, December 1st

     3:30 p.m.          Targeted Services 7th Math and  7th Reading

     4:00 p.m.          8 Girls Basketball - Sartell vs. Cathedral @ Whitney Center

     Friday, December 2nd

     5:00 p.m.          Wrestling Middle School Invitational @ Foley High School


Posted 11/11/2016

If you ride a bicycle to school, please lock your bike on the bike rack that is located in front of the school. Thank you!

Lost & Found:  The lost and found is overflowing!   There are shoes, jackets, lunch boxes and miscellaneous items currently in the lost and found.  Please put your name on any item that belongs to you. 

6 – 8 Ski & Snowboard Club:  Sartell Middle School is organizing and taking registrations for the 2016-2017 ski and snowboard club. The club is open to students in grades 6th-8th. We will take six trips to Powder Ridge Ski area throughout the months of December and January. If your child is interested in becoming part of this club, please read all of the enclosed information and return necessary forms with your payment made out to SMS. Return all forms and payment to the SMS office by November 23rd.  Please contact Luke Rude or Chad Krauel with any questions.

Scheduled Dates:         Tuesday, December 6th

                                    Tuesday, December 13th

                                    Tuesday, January 3rd

                                    Tuesday, January 10th

                                    Tuesday, January 17th

                                    Tuesday, January 24th

 

5/6 Grade Activity Night: Sartell Middle School, along with the Boys and Girls Club will be hosting an Activity Night for 5th and 6th grade students on Friday, November  18th.  This event will be held at Sartell Middle School from 6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Activities will include open gym, DJ dance, games, swimming and other miscellaneous events and activities.  A variety of concessions will be available in the commons area throughout the evening.

Admission is $5.00 or $4.00 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. The activity night will be chaperoned by Sartell Middle School staff members, as well as staff members from the Boys and Girls Club. This event is open to all Sartell/St. Stephen School District students in grade 7 and 8 only.  Students from other schools will not be allowed to attend. In addition, students who choose to leave the building during the event will not be allowed to return.  Thank you for making arrangements to have your daughter/ son picked up by 9:00 P.M

 

Learning Lab Fun: Our Learning Lab is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Wednesday mornings (8-8:40 am) in Room 673, Computer Lab located by Mr. Miller’s room. Our new theme is Duct Tape…we are busy making awesome duct tape project, come join in! If duct tape isn’t your thing, then come checkout the other amazing things we have to offer. Come one and come all for some AWESOMENESS! Contact Mr. Scherer or Mrs. Holstrom with any questions.

 

SMS Student Council Coat Share Project:  The SMS Student Council is partnering with Schluchter Investment Advisors for “Coat Share”.  We will be collecting new and gently used coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves and mittens. All sizes children to adult will be accepted. Used items must have working closures and no rips or stains. All items will be donated to the St. Cloud Area Child Response Initiative. Clothing items may be dropped off in the box located near the front entry at SMS or brought to Mrs. Dornburg’s room 675.  The “Coat Share” project will run through November 28th.

Turkey Cards:  If you have a partially filled Coborn’s Turkey cards, we would love to have them.  You can turn them into the middle school office and we will combine them. We will accept them through Wednesday, November 30th.  Turkeys are given to families in need in our community. 

 

SMS Student Council Food Drive:  The Student Council is sponsoring a food drive to benefit Quiet Oaks Hospice.  Food will be collected in Homerooms/SA’s.  Each homeroom/SA will receive a Bingo card with items requested by Quiet Oaks.  Filled Bingo cards can be turned in for prizes to Mrs. Dornburg or Mrs. Rude. Items will be accepted until Friday, November 18th.   Please help us fill the trailer!

Attention 5th graders:  Here’s your opportunity to brag about what good things you are doing for your community.  The 2016 LIVE UNITED ESSAY CONTEST is open to SMS 5th graders.  Whether it’s volunteering to help your neighbors shovel snow, helping a classmate with homework, volunteering at your church or donating clothing to a local charity the United Way wants to hear about it. In 100 words or less tell how you “Live United”.  Pick up entry forms from your classroom teacher or from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.  Entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16th. The first place winner will receive a $200 Visa gift card.  14 runners up will each receive a $75 Visa gift card.

5/6 Math Masters:   Permission slips are available from 8th Grade Math teacher Mrs. Greeley in room 317 or from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675. 6th grade Math Masters practices will begin on Thursday, December 15th and

5th grade practices will begin Thursday, January 5th. Practices will be from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Mrs. Greeley’s

room – 317. Competitions will be:  6th graders in March and 5th graders in April.  Sign up today!

Hunters:  You are invited to enter the SMS deer hunting picture contest.  The contest runs from October 31st – December 22nd.  Please submit your picture to Mr. Determan is room 443. The picture must be of your deer; it cannot be anyone’s but your own.   Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 winners!

SMS Student Council: The next Student Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 16th, at 7:45 a.m. in room 675.

Kids Fighting Hunger Event:  The fourth annual “We are Thankful” packaging event is Sunday, November 20th at the River’s Edge Convention Center.  Food packaged will be donated to area food shelves and some will be shipped to Sierra Leone.  Check out the Kids Fighting Hunger – Central Minnesota website for more details. http://getconnected.unitedwayhelps.org/aam/general/event/?doc_id=3459

5 – 8 American Math Association competition test:  This test will be administered on Tuesday, November 15that 1:00 p.m. in room 673 (Tech computer lab). Sartell Middle School has 20 spots available for students who excel in Math.  Spots will be filled on a first come/first serve basis. If you/your student is interested in taking this competition math test please pick up a permission form from Mrs. Dornburg or their math teacher.

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are for sale ONLINE Here is the link to order:   http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1062037/Sartell-Middle-School/2017-Yearbook/2016082405103315767/CATALOG_SHOP/;jsessionid=D6DC282B6D989D50D97D899F980F32BF Paper forms will be available starting October 17th. The price for a yearbook is  $20 for a hardcover and $15 for a softcover.

Turn you trash into cash: Sartell Middle School collects “Box Tops for Education and Coborn’s Labels for Learning”.  Please bring them to the middle school office!  We no longer collect CAMPBELL’S Soup Labels.   This program was discontinued last year.

Writing Contest for Young Readers:  Take the “Letters about Literature” writing challenge.  Write a personal letter to an author you admire, an author of a book (fiction or nonfiction) that inspired you.  Your letter must be personal but persuasive, explaining just how the author’s work changed your view of yourself or your world.

Open to Grades 4 – 8.  Registration forms are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 674. 

All entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg NO LATER than Friday, January 5, 2017.

Willow Sweeney: Parents are invited to attend a family enrichment opportunity “ Helping your Child Develop Perseverance and Grit” on Monday, November 14th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sartell High School Auditorium.

Please RSVP at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fen2016 This event is organized by: Pine Meadow Parent Teacher Organization and sponsored by Resource Training and Solutions.

Outside Recess A.M. and Lunch: To better prepare students for recess we have outlined some cold weather guidelines as to what will need to be worn as the temperature drops.  The expectations are as follows:

·       Above 50:                               shorts and t-shirt are okay

·       Below 50, but above 40:         sweatshirt

·       Below 40, but above 30:         need long pants and a  sweatshirt

·       Below 30:                                need long pants and a coat

·       Below zero:                             no outside recess

·       All temperatures are based on the wind chill factor

WEEKLY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Monday, November 14th

3:30 p.m.          Nordic Ski practice begins

3:30 p.m.          5-8 Knowledge Bowl Meet at Sartell Middle School

Tuesday, November 15th

7:30 a.m.           Math Counts practice

1:00 p.m.          American Association Math test in room 673

9:00-11:30 p.m. 7th Grade Connecting to the Community

4:00- 8:00 p.m.  6-8 Parent/Teacher conferences

Wednesday, November 16th 

7:30 a.m.           7/8 Academic Triathlon practice in room 450 – Ms. Maslowski’s room

7:30 a.m.           5/6 Academic Triathlon practice in room 816 – Mrs. Olson’s room

7:45 a.m.           Stock Market Game in room 673

7:45 a.m.           Student Council Meeting in room 675

9:00-11:30 p.m. 7th Grade Connecting to the Community

10:15 a.m.         Cribbage Club in room 675

     3:30 p.m.          Targeted Services 5/6 Math

     3:30 p.m.           "After School Study" for 8th grade

    Thursday, November 17th      

    7:30 a.m.           Math Counts practice

     3:30 p.m.          Targeted Services 7th Math and 7th Reading

     4:15 p.m.           7/8 Girls Basketball at Sartell vs. South Junior High

     Friday, November 18th

     6:30- 9:00 p.m.   5/6 Activity Night


Posted 11/4/2016

If you ride a bicycle to school, please lock your bike on the bike rack that is located in front of the school. Thank you!

No School: School is not in session for students on Monday, November 7th, in grades 5-8 due to teacher in-service.

Lost & Found:  The lost and found is overflowing!   There are shoes, jackets, lunch boxes and miscellaneous items currently in the lost and found.  Please put your name on any item that belongs to you. 

Parents/Guardians of 7th grade students:  All 7th grade students must be up to date with their immunizations to be allowed to attend school per the state of Minnesota.  The deadline to submit immunization paperwork was the first day of school, September 6, 2016. The health office is requesting all parents/guardians to complete your child’s immunizations and paperwork as soon as possible.   Thanks for your attention to this important matter.  Please contact the health office with any questions.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  6th – 8th Parent/Teacher conferences are November 10th and 15th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Conference time are available to view and schedule in Skyward Family Access.  Please view the “You Tube” video for instructions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFCHm2dBpGw&feature=youtu.be

6 – 8 Ski & Snowboard Club:  Sartell Middle School is organizing and taking registrations for the 2016-2017 ski and snowboard club. The club is open to students in grades 6th-8th. We will take six trips to Powder Ridge Ski area throughout the months of December and January. If your child is interested in becoming part of this club, please read all of the enclosed information and return necessary forms with your payment made out to SMS. Return all forms and payment to the SMS office by November 23rd.  Please contact Luke Rude or Chad Krauel with any questions.

Scheduled Dates:         Tuesday, December 6th

                                    Tuesday, December 13th

                                    Tuesday, January 3rd

                                    Tuesday, January 10th

                                    Tuesday, January 17th

                                    Tuesday, January 24th

5/6 Grade Activity Night: Sartell Middle School, along with the Boys and Girls Club will be hosting an Activity Night for 7th and 8th grade students on Friday, October 18th.  This event will be held at Sartell Middle School from 6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Activities will include open gym, DJ dance, games, swimming and other miscellaneous events and activities.  A variety of concessions will be available in the commons area throughout the evening.

Admission is $5.00 or $4.00 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. The activity night will be chaperoned by Sartell Middle School staff members, as well as staff members from the Boys and Girls Club. This event is open to all Sartell/St. Stephen School District students in grade 7 and 8 only.  Students from other schools will not be allowed to attend. In addition, students who choose to leave the building during the event will not be allowed to return.  Thank you for making arrangements to have your daughter/ son picked up by 9:00 P.M

Twinderalla Cast & Crew: You are invited to attend the cast and crew pizza party on Wednesday, November 9th, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Theater room.  We will watch the video of the play, eat pizza and share stories. Come and join the fun.  If you wish to eat pizza, the cost will be $3.00.  Please return the form below with your money to Mr. Cicharz by Tuesday November 8th.

Saturday School:   Saturday School Workshop is an opportunity for Sartell Middle School students to obtain assistance on and complete missing or incomplete coursework.  As a proactive approach, Student Advisors/Homeroom teachers will monitor a student’s Missing Assignment Report and may suggest a student attends a work session to avoid an incomplete.  Classroom teachers, parents and guardians may also request that their child attend. Students are to report to the Sartell Middle School commons at 9:00 am and sign-in with the teacher(s). Students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m.; if coursework is completed prior, the student may call his or her parent/guardian and will be dismissed.  If you are interested in having your child attend, please contact your child’s homeroom or Student Advisor.  The next Saturday School is Saturday, November 5th.

Learning Lab Fun: Our Learning Lab is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Wednesday mornings (8-8:40 am) in Room 673, Computer Lab located by Mr. Miller’s room. Our new theme is Duct Tape…we are busy making awesome duct tape project, come join in! If duct tape isn’t your thing, then come checkout the other amazing things we have to offer. Come one and come all for some AWESOMENESS! Contact Mr. Scherer or Mrs. Holstrom with any questions.

7/8 Wrestling:  If you are interested in joining wrestling, please plan on attending the meeting on Thursday, November 10th, at 8:15 a.m. in Mrs. Stewart’s room 310.  Coach Josh Stewart is hosting the meeting.  

7/8 Nordic Ski Team:  Any students interested in joining the Nordic ski team should attend the parent/athlete  meeting at Cathedral High School on Monday, November 7th at 7 p.m. in the commons.  This is a joint ski team with Cathedral High School.  The first practice will be Monday, November 14th

SMS Student Council Coat Share Project:  The SMS Student Council is partnering with Schluchter Investment Advisors for “Coat Share”.  We will be collecting new and gently used coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves and mittens. All sizes children to adult will be accepted. Used items must have working closures and no rips or stains. All items will be donated to the St. Cloud Area Child Response Initiative. Clothing items may be dropped off in the box located near the front entry at SMS or brought to Mrs. Dornburg’s room 675.  The “Coat Share” project will run through November 28th.

Turkey Cards:  If you have a partially filled Coborn’s Turkey cards, we would love to have them.  You can turn them into the middle school office and we will combine them. We will accept them through Wednesday, November 30th.  Turkeys are given to families in need in our community. 

SMS Student Council Food Drive:  The Student Council is sponsoring a food drive to benefit

Quiet Oaks Hospice.  Food will be collected in Homerooms/SA’s.  Each homeroom/SA will receive a Bingo card with items requested by Quiet Oaks.  Filled Bingo cards can be turned in for prizes to Mrs. Dornburg or Mrs. Rude.  Please help us fill the trailer!

Attention 5th graders:  Here’s your opportunity to brag about what good things you are doing for your community.  The 2016 LIVE UNITED ESSAY CONTEST is open to SMS 5th graders.  Whether it’s volunteering to help your neighbors shovel snow, helping a classmate with homework, volunteering at your church or donating clothing to a local charity the United Way wants to hear about it. In 100 words or less tell how you “Live United”.  Pick up entry forms from your classroom teacher or from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.  Entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16th. The first place winner will receive a $200 Visa gift card.  14 runners up will each receive a $75 Visa gift card

Hunters:  You are invited to enter the SMS deer hunting picture contest.  The contest runs from October 31st – December 22nd.  Please submit your picture to Mr. Determan is room 443. The picture must be of your deer; it cannot be anyone’s but your own.   Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 winners!

SMS Veteran’s Day Event: Sartell Area Veterans are invited to attend lunch with SMS students Friday, November 11th between 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the SMS commons.  Please RSVP to Lori Dornburg by Friday, November 6 at 656-3701 ext. 2675 or E-mail at dornburg@sartell.k12.mn.us

SMS Student Council: The next Student Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 16th, at 7:45 a.m. in room 675.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!  If you are interested in volunteering an hour or two of your time to the SMS Scholastic book fair during the parent teacher conferences on Thursday, November 10, or Tuesday, November 15, please feel free to e-mail Lisa Lindbloom at Lindbloom@sartell.k12.mn.us or use the following link to sign-up:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0948AAAC2AAAFA7-scholastic

10th Annual SMS Veteran’s Day Recognition – Students are invited to bring in photos of relatives who have served or are currently serving in the military to be posted on the SMS Wall of Honor during the month of November.

Please label each photo with student name/advisor or homeroom teacher and the name of the person/persons in the photo along with the branch of service they served and rank.  Please drop pictures off in the middle school office or to Mrs. Dornburg in room 675 by November 1st. PLEASE do not send ONE OF A KIND ORIGINAL PHOTOS.  Copies of the photos are much appreciated!

Kids Fighting Hunger Event:  The fourth annual “We are Thankful” packaging event is Sunday, November 20th at the River’s Edge Convention Center.  Food packaged will be donated to area food shelves and some will be shipped to Sierra Leone.  Check out the Kids Fighting Hunger – Central Minnesota website for more details. http://getconnected.unitedwayhelps.org/aam/general/event/?doc_id=3459

5 – 8 American Math Association competition test:  This test will be administered on Tuesday, November 15th

at 1:00 p.m. in room 673 (Tech computer lab). Sartell Middle School has 20 spots available for students who excel in Math.  Spots will be filled on a first come/first serve basis. If you/your student is interested in taking this competition math test please pick up a permission form from Mrs. Dornburg or their math teacher.

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are currently for sale ONLINE ONLY at early bird prices. For a limited time hardcover yearbooks are $18 and softcover are $14.  Here is the link to order:   

http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1062037/Sartell-Middle-School/2017-Yearbook/2016082405103315767/CATALOG_SHOP/;jsessionid=D6DC282B6D989D50D97D899F980F32BFPaper forms will be available starting October 17th and will cost $20 for a hardcover and $15 for a softcover for the remainder of the year.  

Turn you trash into cash: Sartell Middle School collects “Box Tops for Education and Coborn’s Labels for Learning”.  Please bring them to the middle school office!  We no longer collect CAMPBELL’S Soup Labels.   This program was discontinued last year.

Writing Contest for Young Readers:  Take the “Letters about Literature” writing challenge.  Write a personal letter to an author you admire, an author of a book (fiction or nonfiction) that inspired you.  Your letter must be personal but persuasive, explaining just how the author’s work changed your view of yourself or your world.

Open to Grades 4 – 8.  Registration forms are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 674. 

All entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg NO LATER than Friday, January 5, 2017

Outside Recess A.M. and Lunch: To better prepare students for recess we have outlined some cold weather guidelines as to what will need to be worn as the temperature drops.  The expectations are as follows:

·       Above 50:                               shorts and t-shirt are okay

·       Below 50, but above 40:         sweatshirt

·       Below 40, but above 30:         need long pants and a  sweatshirt

·       Below 30:                                need long pants and a coat

·       Below zero:                             no outside recess

·       All temperatures are based on the wind chill factor

WEEKLY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Monday, November 7th

Teacher In-Service Workshop – No school for students       

7:00 p.m.          7th & 8th Nordic Ski parent meeting at Cathedral High School

Tuesday, November 8th

     7:30 a.m.           Math Counts practice

3:30 p.m.          Targeted Services 5/6 Reading and 5/6/7 Study/Organization

4:30 p.m.          7/8 Girls Basketball at Sartell vs. Alexandria

Wednesday, November 9th 

7:30 a.m.           7/8 Knowledge Bowl practice in room 450 – Ms. Maslowski’s room

7:45 a.m.           Stock Market Game in room 673

10:15 a.m.         Cribbage Club in room 675

     3:30 p.m.          Targeted Services 5/6 Math

     3:30 p.m.           "After School Study" for 8th grade

     3:30 p.m.          5/6 Knowledge Bowl practice in room 317 – Ms Winter’s room

3:30 p.m.          Twinderalla Cast and Crew Pizza Party in Mr. Cicharz’s room

Thursday, November 10th     

    7:30 a.m.           Math Counts practice

    8:15 a.m.           7/8 Wrestling meeting in Mrs. Stewart’s room 310

    Targeted Services does not meet tonight

    4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Grades 6-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences

     Friday, November 11th

     Veteran’s Day - Please welcome area veteran’s into our building!

     1:35 p.m.          5th & 6th grade Veteran’s Day Program in the North Gym

     2:25 p.m.           7th & 8th grade Veteran’s Day Program in the North Gym

     4:15 p.m.           7/8 Girls Basketball at Sartell vs. North Junior High

     Saturday, November 12th

     9:00-12:00 p.m. Saturday School


Posted 10/19/2016

7/8 Grade Activity Night: Sartell Middle School, along with the Boys and Girls Club will be hosting an Activity Night for 7th and 8th grade students on Friday, October 28th.  This event will be held at Sartell Middle School from 6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Activities will include open gym, DJ dance, games, swimming and other miscellaneous events and activities.  A variety of concessions will be available in the commons area throughout the evening.

Admission is $5.00 or $4.00 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. The activity night will be chaperoned by Sartell Middle School staff members, as well as staff members from the Boys and Girls Club. This event is open to all Sartell/St. Stephen School District students in grade 7 and 8 only.  Students from other schools will not be allowed to attend. In addition, students who choose to leave the building during the event will not be allowed to return.  Thank you for making arrangements to have your daughter/ son picked up by 9:00 P.M. 

Outside Recess A.M. and Lunch: To better prepare students for recess we have outlined some cold weather guidelines as to what will need to be worn as the temperature drops.  The expectations are as follows:

·       Above 50:                                           shorts and t-shirt are okay

·       Below 50, but above 40:             sweatshirt

·       Below 40, but above 30:             need long pants and a  sweatshirt

·       Below 30:                                            need long pants and a coat

·       Below zero:                                       no outside recess

·       All temperatures are based on the wind chill factor

5th Grade Afterschool Robotics:  Registrations are now being accepted for 5th Grade Afterschool Robotics. 

Act fast if you are interested since space is limited to 20 students.  Enclosed is a flyer with registration information. 

6th Grade Play:  The cast and crew of “Twinderalla” invite you to attend their performances this week.

“Twinderella” is the story of Cinderella and her twin brother Bob.   Performances are Friday, October 28th at

7:00 p.m.  & Saturday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m. at the Sartell High School Auditorium.  Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults.  

Saturday School:   Saturday School Workshop is an opportunity for Sartell Middle School students to obtain assistance on and complete missing or incomplete coursework.  As a proactive approach, Student Advisors/Homeroom teachers will monitor a student’s Missing Assignment Report and may suggest a student attends a work session to avoid an incomplete.  Classroom teachers, parents and guardians may also request that their child attend. Students are to report to the Sartell Middle School commons at 9:00 am and sign-in with the teacher(s). Students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m.; if coursework is completed prior, the student may call his or her parent/guardian and will be dismissed.  If you are interested in having your child attend, please contact your child’s homeroom or Student Advisor.  The next Saturday School is Saturday, October 29th.

Attention 5th graders:  Here’s your opportunity to brag about what good things you are doing for your community.  The 2016 LIVE UNITED ESSAY CONTEST is open to SMS 5th graders.  Whether it’s volunteering to help your neighbors shovel snow, helping a classmate with homework, volunteering at your church or donating clothing to a local charity the United Way wants to hear about it. In 100 words or less tell how you “Live United”.  Pick up entry forms from your classroom teacher or from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.  Entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16th. The first place winner will receive a $200 Visa gift card.  14 runners up will each receive a $75 Visa gift card

5-8 Academic Triathlon:  Are you creative, able to “think outside the box,” into trivia, and love hanging out with other people your age? If you answered yes, then Academic Triathlon is just the activity for you! Please come to a 5th-8th Grade Academic Triathlon Information Meeting on Wednesday, October 26th, at 8:15 am in Ms. Maslowski’s Room (room 450) for further information and to receive a registration packet. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please see Mrs. Olson (5th/6th grade) or Ms. Maslowski (7th/8th grade) for further information

SMS Veteran’s Day Event: Sartell Area Veterans are invited to attend lunch with SMS students Friday, November 11th between 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the SMS commons.  Please RSVP to Lori Dornburg by Friday, November 6 at 656-3701 ext. 2675 or E-mail at dornburg@sartell.k12.mn.us

SMS Student Council: The next Student Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:45 a.m. in room 675.

Boys Middle School Swimming/Diving: If you are interested in being on the Sabre Powerhouse Swimming & Diving team, there will be an informational meeting in Mr. Anderson’s room on Wednesday, November 2ndat 8:20 a.m. Practice for Middle School swimmers/divers will start on November 28th at the SMS pool

Grade 5-7 Targeted Services: Targeted Services recommendation letters were mailed out last week.  Please check your mail for more information.  If your child does not receive a recommendation letter, but you would like to do a parent referral please contact Shannon Zinken, or Luke Rude, SMS School Counselors.   Targeted Services will start on Tuesday, October 25th.   The following programs are offered:

§  Tuesdays:  5/6 Reading and 5/6/7 Study/Organization

§  Wednesdays: 5/6 Math

§  Thursdays: 7th Math and 7th Reading

10th Annual SMS Veteran’s Day Recognition – Students are invited to bring in photos of relatives who have served or are currently serving in the military to be posted on the SMS Wall of Honor during the month of November.

Please label each photo with student name/advisor or homeroom teacher and the name of the person/persons in the photo along with the branch of service they served and rank.  Please drop pictures off in the middle school office or to Mrs. Dornburg in room 675 by November 1st. PLEASE do not send ONE OF A KIND ORIGINAL PHOTOS.  Copies of the photos are much  appreciated!

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are currently for sale ONLINE ONLY at early bird prices. For a limited time hardcover yearbooks are $18 and softcover are $14.  Here is the link to order:   

http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1062037/Sartell-Middle-School/2017-Yearbook/2016082405103315767/CATALOG_SHOP/;jsessionid=D6DC282B6D989D50D97D899F980F32BFPaper forms will be available starting October 17th and will cost $20 for a hardcover and $15 for a softcover for the remainder of the year.  

5th & 6th Cribbage Club:  Attention 5th and 6th graders – Cribbage Club will be starting soon.

Novice to experienced players welcome. Will meet Wednesday mornings from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. in room 674 October 26th – November 13th.  Pick up permission forms in the office or from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.  Must have parent signature AND approval from classroom teacher. 

Volunteers Wanted!  We are currently looking for adult volunteers to lead students in the Stock Market Game. Knowledge of the stock market is necessary. Do you enjoy playing CRIBBAGE, CHESS and/or BACKGAMMON??  Would you like to share your skills with middle school students? This Academic Extension program is in need of a volunteer or volunteers to teach these strategy games.  Day and time is flexible. A current background check is required to volunteer. If you are interested please contact Lori Dornburg, Academic Extension Coordinator at 656-3701 ext. 2675 dornburg@sartell.k12.mn.us

Turn you trash into cash: Sartell Middle School collects “Box Tops for Education and Coborn’s Labels for Learning”.  Please bring them to the middle school office!  We no longer collect CAMPBELL’S Soup Labels.   This program was discontinued last year.

Learning Lab is EPIC: Our Learning Lab is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Wednesday mornings (8-8:40 am) in Room 673, Computer Lab by Mr. Miller’s Room. Our first month is LEGO themed…we are busy making a LEGO map of the city of Sartell, come join in! We will also have other epic LEGO challenges that we dare you to complete. If LEGOs aren’t your thing, come check out all the other great things! Come one and come all for some AWESOMENESS! Contact Mr. Scherer or Mrs. Holstrom with any questions.

2016 PATRIOT’S PEN Essay Contest:  The essay contest is sponsored by the local VFW Post this year’s

theme is:  “The America I Believe In”. Entry forms and a complete set of contest rules are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.  All entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg no later than Tuesday, October 26th.

One SMS entry will be selected to be read by the author at the annual Sartell Middle School Veteran’s Day assembly.

Writing Contest for Young Readers:  Take the “Letters about Literature” writing challenge.  Write a personal letter to an author you admire, an author of a book (fiction or nonfiction) that inspired you.  Your letter must be personal but persuasive, explaining just how the author’s work changed your view of yourself or your world.

Open to Grades 4 – 8.  Registration forms are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 674. 

All entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg NO LATER than Friday, January 5, 2017

WEEKLY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Monday, October 24th

3:30 p.m.          7/8 Girls Basketball practice starts today after school

Tuesday, October 25th

7:30 a.m.           Math Counts

3:30 p.m.          Targeted Services 5/6 Reading and 5/6/7 Study/Organization

Wednesday, October 26th     

7:30 a.m.           7/8 Knowledge Bowl practice in room 450 – Ms. Maslowski’s room

7:45 a.m.           Stock Market Game in room 673

10:15 a.m.         Cribbage Club in room 675

8:15 a.m.           5-8 Academic Triathlon meeting in Room 450 – Ms. Maslowski’s room

     3:30 p.m.          Targeted Services 5/6 Math

      3:30 p.m.         "After School Study" for 8th grade

Thursday, October 27th       

     3:30 p.m.          Targeted Services 7th Math and 7th Reading

     Friday, October 28th

     6:30-9:00 p.m.   7/8 Activity Night at SMS

     7:00 p.m.          6th Grade Play “Twinderella” at Sartell High School Auditorium

     Saturday, October 29th

     9:00 a.m.-12:00   Saturday School Workshop

     2:00 p.m.          6th Grade Play “Twinderella” at Sartell High School Auditorium


Posted 10/14/2016

No School:  School is not in session on October 20th and 21st due to the Education Minnesota Convention.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  5th Grade Parent/Teacher conferences are October 17th & 18th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 19th, from 12:00 – 3:30 p.m. 5th grade students will have class on October 19th during conferences.  6th – 8th Parent/Teacher conferences are November 10th and 15th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Conference time are available to view and schedule in Skyward Family Access.  Please view the “You Tube” video for instructions:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFCHm2dBpGw&feature=youtu.be

7/8 Grade Activity Night: Sartell Middle School, along with the Boys and Girls Club will be hosting an Activity Night for 7th and 8th grade students on Friday, October 28th.  This event will be held at Sartell Middle School from 6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Activities will include open gym, DJ dance, games, swimming and other miscellaneous events and activities.  A variety of concessions will be available in the commons area throughout the evening.

Admission is $5.00 or $4.00 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. The activity night will be chaperoned by Sartell Middle School staff members, as well as staff members from the Boys and Girls Club. This event is open to all Sartell/St. Stephen School District students in grade 7 and 8 only.  Students from other schools will not be allowed to attend. In addition, students who choose to leave the building during the event will not be allowed to return.  Thank you for making arrangements to have your daughter/ son picked up by 9:00 P.M. 

Outside Recess A.M. and Lunch: To better prepare students for recess we have outlined some cold weather guidelines as to what will need to be worn as the temperature drops.  The expectations are as follows:

·       Above 50:                                           shorts and t-shirt are okay

·       Below 50, but above 40:             sweatshirt

·       Below 40, but above 30:             need long pants and a  sweatshirt

·       Below 30:                                            need long pants and a coat

·       Below zero:                                       no outside recess

·       All temperatures are based on the wind chill factor

Saturday School:   Saturday School Workshop is an opportunity for Sartell Middle School students to obtain assistance on and complete missing or incomplete coursework.  As a proactive approach, Student Advisors/Homeroom teachers will monitor a student’s Missing Assignment Report and may suggest a student attends a work session to avoid an incomplete.  Classroom teachers, parents and guardians may also request that their child attend. Students are to report to the Sartell Middle School commons at 9:00 am and sign-in with the teacher(s). Students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m.; if coursework is completed prior, the student may call his or her parent/guardian and will be dismissed.  If you are interested in having your child attend, please contact your child’s homeroom or Student Advisor.  The next Saturday School is Saturday, October 29th.

5-8 Academic Triathlon:  Are you creative, able to “think outside the box,” into trivia, and love hanging out with other people your age? If you answered yes, then Academic Triathlon is just the activity for you! Please come to a 5th-8th Grade Academic Triathlon Information Meeting on Wednesday, October 26th, at 8:15 am in Ms. Maslowski’s Room (room 450) for further information and to receive a registration packet. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please see Mrs. Olson (5th/6th grade) or Ms. Maslowski (7th/8th grade) for further information

SMS Veteran’s Day Event: Sartell Area Veterans are invited to attend lunch with SMS students Friday, November 11th between 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the SMS commons.  Please RSVP to Lori Dornburg by Friday, November 6 at 656-3701 ext. 2675 or E-mail at dornburg@sartell.k12.mn.us

SMS Student Council: The next Student Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 19th at 7:45 a.m. in room 675

10th Annual SMS Veteran’s Day Recognition – Students are invited to bring in photos of relatives who have served or are currently serving in the military to be posted on the SMS Wall of Honor during the month of November.

Please label each photo with student name/advisor or homeroom teacher and the name of the person/persons in the photo along with the branch of service they served and rank.  Please drop pictures off in the middle school office or to Mrs. Dornburg in room 675 by November 1st. PLEASE do not send ONE OF A KIND ORIGINAL PHOTOS.  Copies are appreciated.

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are currently for sale ONLINE ONLY at early bird prices. For a limited time hardcover yearbooks are $18 and softcover are $14.  Here is the link to order:   

http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1062037/Sartell-Middle-School/2017-Yearbook/2016082405103315767/CATALOG_SHOP/;jsessionid=D6DC282B6D989D50D97D899F980F32BFPaper forms will be available starting October 17th and will cost $20 for a hardcover and $15 for a softcover for the remainder of the year.  

5th & 6th Cribbage Club:  Attention 5th and 6th graders – Cribbage Club will be starting soon.

Novice to experienced players welcome. Will meet Wednesday mornings from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. in room 674 October 26th – November 130th.  Pick up permission forms in the office or from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.  Must have parent signature AND approval from classroom teacher. 

Volunteers Wanted!  We are currently looking for adult volunteers to lead students in the Stock Market Game. Knowledge of the stock market is necessary. Do you enjoy playing CRIBBAGE, CHESS and/or BACKGAMMON??  Would you like to share your skills with middle school students? This Academic Extension program is in need of a volunteer or volunteers to teach these strategy games.  Day and time is flexible. A current background check is required to volunteer. If you are interested please contact Lori Dornburg, Academic Extension Coordinator at 656-3701 ext. 2675 dornburg@sartell.k12.mn.us

Turn you trash into cash: Sartell Middle School collects “Box Tops for Education and Coborn’s Labels for Learning”.  Please bring them to the middle school office!  We no longer collect CAMPBELL’S Soup Labels.   This program was discontinued last year.

Learning Lab Is EPIC: Our Learning Lab is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Wednesday mornings (8-8:40 am) in Room 673, Computer Lab by Mr. Miller’s Room. Our first month is LEGO themed…we are busy making a LEGO map of the city of Sartell, come join in! We will also have other EPIC LEGO challenges that we dare you to complete. If LEGOs aren’t your thing, come check out all the other great things! Come one and come all for some AWESOMENESS! Contact Mr. Scherer or Mrs. Holstrom with any questions.

News from the Nurse’s office:  Are you seeing increased headaches in your student? Because I care about your student and want to make sure they are getting everything they can out of their school day, I have attached the link below on dehydration headaches. Water consumption is very important for many body functions, cognition being one of them. Let’s work together to help remind your student to drink lots of water throughout the day so that they are cognitively ready to gain all the knowledge they can at school every day. Thank you!! http://universityhealthnews.com/daily/pain/dehydration-headache/

2016 PATRIOT’S PEN Essay Contest:  The essay contest is sponsored by the local VFW Post this year’s

theme is:  “The America I Believe In”. Entry forms and a complete set of contest rules are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.  All entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg no later than Tuesday, October 26th.

One SMS entry will be selected to be read by the author at the annual Sartell Middle School Veteran’s Day assembly.

Writing Contest for Young Readers:  Take the “Letters about Literature” writing challenge.  Write a personal letter to an author you admire, an author of a book (fiction or nonfiction) that inspired you.  Your letter must be personal but persuasive, explaining just how the author’s work changed your view of yourself or your world.

Open to Grades 4 – 8.  Registration forms are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 674. 

All entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg NO LATER than Friday, January 5, 2017

WEEKLY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Monday, October 17th

4:00-8:00 p.m.   5th Grade Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 18th

7:30 a.m.           Math Counts

3:30 p.m.          6th Volleyball – Parent night

4:00-8:00 p.m.   5th Grade Parent/Teacher Conferences

4:30 p.m.          7/8 Boys Soccer at Sartell vs. Alexandria

4:30 p.m.          7/8 Girls Soccer away vs. Alexandria

4:30 p.m.          7th Volleyball away vs. Alexandria

4:30 p.m.          8th Volleyball at Sartell vs. Alexandria

6:00 p.m.           7th & 8th Grade Intersquad Scrimmages at Sartell Middle School

Wednesday, October 19th     

7:45 a.m.          Stock Market Game in room 673

7:45 a.m.          SMS

3:30 p.m.          5-6 Knowledge Bowl practice in Ms. Winter’s room 317

Thursday, October 20th  

     No School

     Friday, October 21st

     No School


Posted 10/10/2016

The Stewart family would just like to thank everyone within the Sabre community for the amazing out-reach of support in being a part of granting Jackson’s wish. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring generosity with donations, kind words and encouragement as we shared our family’s story. We are so grateful to live in a community that is not only supportive, but enthusiastic about making a boy’s wish come true. I hope that all staff, students and community members know that each donation, t-shirt, button, pom-pom, kind word, and smile has been deeply felt within our family and we know that the place we call home couldn’t be any better than to be called a Sartell Sabre. Thank you!

Knowledge Bowl:  On Wednesday, October 12th, 7/8 Knowledge Bowl practice will be at 7:30 am in Ms. Maslowski’s room (450)

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  5th Grade Parent/Teacher conferences are October 17th & 18th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 19th, from 12:00 – 3:30 p.m. 5th grade students will have class on October 19th during conferences.  6th – 8th Parent/Teacher conferences are November 10th and 15th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Conference

time are available to view and schedule in Skyward Family Access.  Please view the “You Tube” video for instructions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFCHm2dBpGw&feature=youtu.be

7/8 Grade Activity Night: Sartell Middle School, along with the Boys and Girls Club will be hosting an Activity Night for 7th and 8th grade students on Friday, October 26th.  This event will be held at Sartell Middle School from 6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Activities will include open gym, DJ dance, games, swimming and other miscellaneous events and activities.  A variety of concessions will be available in the commons area throughout the evening.

Admission is $5.00 or $4.00 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. The activity night will be chaperoned by Sartell Middle School staff members, as well as staff members from the Boys and Girls Club. This event is open to all Sartell/St. Stephen School District students in grade 7 and 8 only.  Students from other schools will not be allowed to attend. In addition, students who choose to leave the building during the event will not be allowed to return.  Thank you for making arrangements to have your daughter/ son picked up by 9:00 P.M. 

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are currently for sale ONLINE ONLY at early bird prices. For a limited time hardcover yearbooks are $18 and softcover are $14.  Here is the link to order:   

http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1062037/Sartell-Middle-School/2017-Yearbook/2016082405103315767/CATALOG_SHOP/;jsessionid=D6DC282B6D989D50D97D899F980F32BFPaper forms will be available starting October 17th and will cost $20 for a hardcover and $15 for a softcover for the remainder of the year.  

5th & 6th Cribbage Club:  Attention 5th and 6th graders – Cribbage Club will be starting soon.

Novice to experienced players welcome. Will meet Wednesday mornings from 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. in room 674 October 26th – November 130th.  Pick up permission forms in the office or from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.  Must have parent signature AND approval from classroom teacher. 

Volunteers Wanted!  We are currently looking for adult volunteers to lead students in the Stock Market Game. Knowledge of the stock market is necessary. Do you enjoy playing CRIBBAGE, CHESS and/or BACKGAMMON??  Would you like to share your skills with middle school students? This Academic Extension program is in need of a volunteer or volunteers to teach these strategy games.  Day and time is flexible. A current background check is required to volunteer. If you are interested please contact Lori Dornburg, Academic Extension Coordinator at 656-3701 ext. 2675 dornburg@sartell.k12.mn.us

Turn you trash into cash: Sartell Middle School collects “Box Tops for Education and Coborn’s Labels for Learning”.  Please bring them to the middle school office!  We no longer collect CAMPBELL’S Soup Labels.   This program was discontinued last year.

SMS Student Council: Thanks to everyone who participated in Homecoming Activities last week – from dressing up for SMS Spirit Days!  Also for the overwhelming support of buying buttons and t-shirts to support Jackson’s wish. The next Student Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 19th at 7:45 a.m. in room 675

Learning Lab Is EPIC: Our Learning Lab is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Wednesday mornings (8-8:40 am) in Room 673, Computer Lab by Mr. Miller’s Room. Our first month is LEGO themed…we are busy making a LEGO map of the city of Sartell, come join in! We will also have other EPIC LEGO challenges that we dare you to complete. If LEGOs aren’t your thing, come check out all the other great things! Come one and come all for some AWESOMENESS!Contact Mr. Scherer or Mrs. Holstrom with any questions.

2016 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest: What would our cities look like if kids were in charge? Find out by having students you know take part in the “2016 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest”! Minnesota cities build and take care of streets, roads, and sidewalks to help people get from place to place. Some cities also have buses and bike trails.
This year, we're asking students: If you were mayor for a day, what would you do to make it easier for residents to get from place to place in your city? This essay contest is open to Minnesotans who will be in the 4th, 5th, or 6th grades this school year. Entries must be handwritten and postmarked no later than Oct. 17th. Three winners will be chosen and awarded $100, as well as have their essays published in the Minnesota Cities magazine. Winners only will be notified no later than Dec. 2, 2016. Entry forms are available in the office or from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.

2016 PATRIOT’S PEN Essay Contest:  The essay contest is sponsored by the local VFW Post this year’s

theme is:  “The America I Believe In”. Entry forms and a complete set of contest rules are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.  All entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg no later than Tuesday, October 26th.

One SMS entry will be selected to be read by the author at the annual Sartell Middle School Veteran’s Day assembly.

Writing Contest for Young Readers:  Take the “Letters about Literature” writing challenge.  Write a personal letter to an author you admire, an author of a book (fiction or nonfiction) that inspired you.  Your letter must be personal but persuasive, explaining just how the author’s work changed your view of yourself or your world.

Open to Grades 4 – 8.  Registration forms are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 674. 

All entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg NO LATER than Friday, January 5, 2017

WEEKLY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Monday, October 10th

Tuesday, October 11th

3:30 p.m.          6th Volleyball

3:30 p.m.          Cross Country Invitational at Oak Hill Elementary in St. Cloud

4:15 p.m.          7/8 Boys Soccer away vs. Brainerd

4:15 p.m.          7/8 Girls Soccer at Sartell vs. Brainerd

4:30 p.m.          7/8 Girls Tennis away vs. Alexandria

4:15 p.m.          7th Football at Sartell vs. Willmar

4:15 p.m.          8th Football away vs. Willmar

4:15 p.m.          7th Volleyball at Sartell vs. South

4:15 p.m.          8th Volleyball away vs. South

4:30 p.m.          7/8 Girls Swimming Invitational at Sartell

Wednesday, October 12th     

7:45 a.m.           Stock Market Game in room 673

8:15 a.m.           7-8 Knowledge Bowl Meeting in Mrs. Maslowski’s  room 450

Thursday, October 13th  

3:30 p.m.           6th Volleyball

4:15 p.m.          7th Volleyball away vs. Brainerd

4:15 p.m.          8th Volleyball at Sartell vs. Brainerd

4:15 p.m.           7/8 Girls Tennis at Sartell vs. Brainerd

         Friday, October 14th     

          3:30             5/6 Running Club

          4:30 p.m.     Cross Country Middle School Invitational at Sartell

          “Mayor for a Day” writing contest entries due to Mrs. Dornburg


Posted 9-30-16

Knowledge Bowl:  Are you interested in joining the 5th-8th grade Sartell Middle School Knowledge Bowl team?! Attend an informational meeting in Ms. Maslowski’s room (SMS room 450) on Wednesday, October 5th, at 8:15 am. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please talk with Ms. Winter (5th/6th grade coach) or Ms. Maslowski (7th/8th grade coach) to find out more information and to pick up a registration packet. Information packets are available in the office as well.

Lindbloom’s Library Reads-Edition One:

What is this…Mrs. Lindbloom will be doing a monthly book suggestion for students to view.     The Book reviews will be done every month and will highlight interesting series, biographies, new titles or books that have been highly recommended by the students.    The September review can be found using the following link:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Lac2OUEv99nfpkY2lIdtmREvDrK0mRH2gbeQhxxWwfI/edit?usp=sharing

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  5th Grade Parent/Teacher conferences are October 17th & 18th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 19th, from 12:00 – 3:30 p.m. 5th grade students will have class on October 19th during conferences.  6th – 8th Parent/Teacher conferences are November 10th and 15th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Conference

time are available to view and schedule in Skyward Family Access.  Please view the “You Tube” video for instructions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFCHm2dBpGw&feature=youtu.be

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are currently for sale ONLINE ONLY at early bird prices. For a limited time hardcover yearbooks are $18 and softcover are $14.  Here is the link to order:   

http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1062037/Sartell-Middle-School/2017-Yearbook/2016082405103315767/CATALOG_SHOP/;jsessionid=D6DC282B6D989D50D97D899F980F32BFPaper forms will be available starting October 17th and will cost $20 for a hardcover and $15 for a softcover for the remainder of the year.  

Homecoming T-Shirts & Buttons for Make a Wish:  Sartell Middle School student council is teaming with Sartell High School to raise funds to grant a “Make a Wish” request. Homecoming t-shirts and buttons will be for sale throughout the week before school in the concession stand in the commons. Shirts are $15.00 & pompoms will be for sale at the football game for $2.00. 

We have adopted Jackson Stewart’s wish! Jackson is a student at the Oak Ridge Elementary school in Sartell who

has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He is the son of two teachers in our district, Josh Stewart who teaches at the  high school and Kat Stewart who is a teacher at the middle school. His wish is a kitty cat golf cart.  Proceeds from the sale will help grant his wish. Thank you!

Turn you trash into cash: Sartell Middle School collects “Box Tops for Education and Coborn’s Labels for Learning”.  Please bring them to the middle school office!  We no longer collect CAMPBELL’S Soup Labels.   This program was discontinued last year.

SMS Student Council: The SMS Student Council welcomes everyone to the 2016-2017 school year!  We are already working on plans for activities for this year!  Any student in 6th – 8th grade interested in being a member of the SMS Student Council, applications are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675 or Mrs. Rude in room 900. Applications are due on Monday, September 26th.   5th Grade student council members will be selected from each homeroom.

The next meeting is Wednesday, October 5th, at 7:45 a.m. in Mrs. Dornburg’s room 675. 

What is Student Council?  An organization made up of SMS students who want to make a difference in the school, community and nation. Members meet twice a month to plan, organize and carry out activities at Sartell Middle School. 

The SMS Student Council will be sponsoring “SPIRIT WEEK 2016” the week of October 3rd – 7th. 

Students are invited to show your “Sabre Spirit” and dress up!

Monday:         Pajama Day

Tuesday:         Minnesota Sports Day

Wednesday:   Western Wednesday

Thursday:      Class Color Day

5th Grade:  GREEN
6th Grade:  BLUE

7th Grade:  RED

8th Grade:  Neon or Tie Dye

Staff:  BLACK

Friday:             “Sartell Sabre” Day

** Hats will be allowed “All Week!”

Student Council members are invited to be a part of the 2016 Homecoming Parade.  Meet in the St. Francis Xavier parking lot at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7th.  The parade begins at 5:30.  Students will walk the parade route showing their SABRE PRIDE ending at the middle school. Permission slips are available from Mrs. Dornburg or Mrs. Rude.  Please return slip by Thursday, Oct. 6th.

SMS Stock Market Game:  What would you do if you were given $100,000? Would you spend it all at once? Would you think about putting some of it in the bank? We’d like to teach you how to invest it. Through the Stock Market Game (SMG), you will gain a fundamental understanding of investing and how you might get your money to work for you!  Participants in the Stock Market Game will be divided into teams to buy, sell and trade. The Stock Market Game meets on Wednesday mornings in room 673 from 7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Permission forms are available in the office or from Mrs. Dornburg.  All students in grades 5- 8 are encouraged to join!

Learning Lab Grand Opening 2016-2017

Our Learning Lab will be opening on Monday morning (8-8:40 am) on October 3rd! We are busy planning. Our Learning Lab (in Room 673, Computer Lab by Mr. Miller’s Room) will be opening on Monday morning (8-8:35 am) on October 3rd! Our first month will be a LEGO theme. We will have EPIC LEGO challenges that we dare you to complete. Come one and come all for some AWESOMENESS!

A big shout out to Sartell Stephen Education Foundation for all their financial support of the Learning Lab. Check out this video link to see the space in action, https://vimeo.com/114994489. Contact Mr. Scherer or Mrs. Holstrom with any questions. 

Volunteers Wanted!  We are currently looking for adult volunteersto lead students in the Stock Market Game. Knowledge of the stock market is necessary.   

Do you enjoy playing CRIBBAGE, CHESS and/or BACKGAMMON??  Would you like to share your skills with middle school students? This Academic Extension program is in need of a volunteer or volunteers to teach these strategy games.  Day and time is flexible. A current background check is required to volunteer. If you are interested please contact Lori Dornburg, Academic Extension Coordinator at 656-3701 ext. 2675  dornburg@sartell.k12.mn.us

2016 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest: What would our cities look like if kids were in charge? Find out by having students you know take part in the “2016 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest”! Minnesota cities build and take care of streets, roads, and sidewalks to help people get from place to place. Some cities also have buses and bike trails.
This year, we're asking students: If you were mayor for a day, what would you do to make it easier for residents to get from place to place in your city? This essay contest is open to Minnesotans who will be in the 4th, 5th, or 6th grades this school year. Entries must be handwritten and postmarked no later than Oct. 17th. Three winners will be chosen and awarded $100, as well as have their essays published in the Minnesota Cities magazine. Winners only will be notified no later than Dec. 2, 2016. Entry forms are available in the office or from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675

2016 PATRIOT’S PEN Essay Contest:  The essay contest is sponsored by the local VFW Post this year’s

theme is:  “The America I Believe In”. Entry forms and a complete set of contest rules are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 675.  All entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg no later than Tuesday, October 26th.

One SMS entry will be selected to be read by the author at the annual Sartell Middle School Veteran’s Day assembly.

Writing Contest for Young Readers:  Take the “Letters about Literature” writing challenge.  Write a personal letter to an author you admire, an author of a book (fiction or nonfiction) that inspired you.  Your letter must be personal but persuasive, explaining just how the author’s work changed your view of yourself or your world.

Open to Grades 4 – 8.  Registration forms are available from Mrs. Dornburg in room 674. 

All entries are due to Mrs. Dornburg NO LATER than Friday, January 5, 2017

SEAC:  The Special Education Advisory Council invites parents to the first of four meetings on Monday, October 3rd from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the District Service Center in the Le Sauk Room.  Our goals are:  Offer input to improve special education services.  Grow a network of support for families and providers.  Provide education and information to empower our team to do our best for our kids! For additional information please contact Jill Murphy at 32-656-3701 extension 1104. 

WEEKLY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Monday, October 3rd

Pajama Day

4:15 p.m.          7th Volleyball away vs. North Junior

4:15 p.m.          8th Volleyball at Sartell vs. North Junior High

Tuesday, October 4th

Minnesota Sports Day

7:30 a.m.           Project Earth at St. John’s University

3:30 p.m.          6th Volleyball starts today

4:15 p.m.          7/8 Boys Soccer at Sartell vs. Willmar

4:15 p.m.          7/8 Girls Soccer away at Willmar

4:30 p.m.          7/8 Girls Tennis away vs. Rocori Middle School

4:15 p.m.          7th Football at Sartell vs. North Junior High

4:30 p.m.          8th Football away vs. North Junior High

4:15 p.m.          7th Volleyball at Sartell vs. Rocori

4:15 p.m.          8th Volleyball away vs. Rocori

Wednesday, October 5th      

Western Day

7:45 a.m.           Stock Market Game in room 673

8:15 a.m.           5-8 Knowledge Bowl Meeting in Mrs. Maslowski’s room 450

Thursday, October 6th           

Class Color Day

3:30 p.m.           6th Volleyball

4:15 p.m.          7/8 Girls Soccer away vs. Sauk Rapids

4:15 p.m.          7/8 Boys Soccer at Sartell vs. Sauk Rapids

4:15 p.m.          7th Football at Sartell vs. St. Cloud Cathedral

4:15 p.m.          7th Football away vs. Albany

4:15 p.m.          7th Football at Sartell vs. St. Cloud Cathedral

4:15 p.m.          8th Football away vs. Albany

4:15 p.m.          7/8 Girls Tennis at Sartell vs. Brainerd

5:00 p.m.          7/8 Girls Swimming away vs. Brainerd

5:30 p.m.          Homecoming Parade starts at St. Francis Xavier School

     Friday, October 7th      

     Sartell Sabre Day – Show your school spirit!!!

     3:30                  5/6 Running Club

     7:00 p.m.          SHS Homecoming Football Game vs. Sauk Rapids