We could not be happier to announce that SCMS's Amy Walton was selected as the SCC RESA's Distinguished Teacher Award winner for the Month of March. Along with a certificate and flowers, Mrs. Walton received a check from MEEMIC Insurance for $300 to be used for classroom supplies. Congratulations to Mrs. Walton....very, very well deserved.
East China will be offering Segment I Driver Education again this summer. The cost for the class is $300. The classroom instruction will take place June19-22, June 26-29 and July 10-13. Driving will take place through the end of July. The week of July 3-7 is considered an MHSAA dead week, which means that coaches are not allowed to schedule anything this week so athletes will have a dedicated week off. Driving will take place this week for those non-athletes and those athletes not on vacation. If your student qualifies, which means he/she must be 14 years, 8 months of age by the first scheduled day of class, they can pick up a contract in the main office of their school. These contracts will be available the week of April 24.
It was a great day for problem solving as our SCMS Science Olympiad and Robotic Teams both competed on Saturday. Our Science Olympiad Team received a sixth place Fast Facts medal, a third-place medal in Mission Possible and a fourth-place in Rocks and Minerals. Our SCMS Robotics Team won their regional competition and now is headed to States. Congratulations to all our of students that participated. Special thanks to Mr. Burdick for all of his work with our Science Olympiad Team and Mr. Eisele for all of his work with our Robotic Team. A very special thanks to all of our parents that helped to make these teams possible.
It's that time of year again....time to start thinking about M-Step. As everyone knows, M-Step is the assessment the State uses to compare schools and judge how well our students are mastering State Standards. I completely believe that our students are as good as any in the State and I'd like our test scores to prove it. In order for that to happen, Even though the testing windows aren't until April and May, I need some help. The first and most important thing parents can do is to stress the importance of your child doing their best. Lets be honest.....the M-Step is more of a marathon than a sprint. Our kids at the middle school level are not wired to take a test that lasts over 50 minutes. Many of our students will get to a point where they just run out of gas and start to hurry, just so they can be done. Getting kids to fight that and do their best on every question is our #1 job. If we can accomplish that, there is no doubt in my mind that our scores will be at the top when the State and County scores are announced. The second area I need a little help in is with M-Step prep. To make sure that our students perform to the best of their ability, it's important that they get a taste for what kind of questions they can expect to see on the assessment. Below is a website and directions to access some sample questions. Thanks in advance for your help and thanks for sending us great kids.
Our 1st PTO Activity Night of the year was a HUGE success. Thank you to our PTO and all of the chaperones that made this fun event possible.
If you ever wondered what the phrase "a picture is worth a 1000 words" meant, take a look at the photos below. Mrs. Beindit was able to give her class a real life experience and you can tell by the looks on their faces, the experience was a huge success. The Field Trip to Liberty Riders was the result of Mrs. Beindit applying for and receiving a East China Educational Foundation Grant. Thank you to all of the chaperones that helped to make this possible and a special thank you to Mrs. Beindit for organizing this experience that they'll remember for a lifetime
Our 2016 Washington DC Trip is now behind us and it was a GREAT trip.....not good, GREAT. The amount of information and sights that we squeeze into 3 days is hard to put into words. If you have not had a chance, check out or SCMS Facebook page for some of the photos and highlights. If you are a current 6th or 7th grade parent, please start planning on signing up for the trip when your student is an 8th grader. We currently have an ongoing fundraising opportunity for all students, regardless of grade called Scrip. If you'd like information about Scrip, please contact Mrs. DeVries in our main office. Current 7th graders and parents will be having a informational meeting in February.