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Kelly Northrup, Principal Tina Board, Assistant Principal MARCH 2016 UPCOMING DATES March 1 Spring Pictures March 8 Women in Science at NSU March 9 End of third quarter March 10 Conferences 4-9 pm March 11 Conferences 8 am - 1 pm March 14 PTA 3:15 pm March 14 Spring Sports Kick-off meeting at CHS 7:00 March 17 NO SCHOOL— Spring Break March 18 NO SCHOOL—Spring Break March 22 NESD Middle School Orchestra Festival in Brookings March 22 Shoot for the Stars 7 pm March 24 NO SCHOOL - Staff Develop ment March 25 NO SCHOOL - Good Friday March 28 NO SCHOOL - Easter Monday March 31 NSU Science Fair SPRING PICTURES Spring pictures will be taken Tuesday, March 1st. Stu- dents will be given a form beforehand to select a pose. No money is required on picture day. The student will only give the photographer the filled out form. The picture packets will arrive back 2-3 weeks later and will be sent home with students for parents to look at. You may send payment in for those pic- tures you choose to keep and return those pictures you do not want. You are not required to make a purchase. SIMMONS MIDDLE SCHOOL 1300 S. 3RD ST. ABERDEEN, SD 57401 PHONE 605-725-7900 FAX 605-725-7999 www.aberdeen.k12.sd.us SimmonsMiddleSchool.Wikispaces.com PTA NEWS Thank you to the PTA members who volunteered to help serve pizza and pop at the social on February 5. Simmons Middle School PTA now has a Facebook Page. It is a closed group so you will need to ask to join. Just a reminder that PTA is still collecting Campbell’s La- bels for Education, Box Tops for Education and Ken’s and Kessler’s receipts.

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  • Kelly Northrup, Principal Tina Board, Assistant Principal MARCH 2016

    UPCOMING DATES

    March 1 Spring Pictures March 8 Women in Science at NSU March 9 End of third quarter March 10 Conferences 4-9 pm March 11 Conferences 8 am - 1 pm March 14 PTA 3:15 pm March 14 Spring Sports Kick-off meeting at CHS 7:00 March 17 NO SCHOOL Spring Break March 18 NO SCHOOLSpring Break March 22 NESD Middle School Orchestra Festival in Brookings March 22 Shoot for the Stars 7 pm March 24 NO SCHOOL - Staff Develop ment March 25 NO SCHOOL - Good Friday March 28 NO SCHOOL - Easter Monday March 31 NSU Science Fair

    SPRING PICTURES

    Spring pictures will be taken

    Tuesday, March 1st. Stu-dents will be given a form

    beforehand to select a pose. No money

    is required on picture day. The student

    will only give the photographer the filled

    out form. The picture packets will arrive

    back 2-3 weeks later and will be sent

    home with students for parents to look at.

    You may send payment in for those pic-

    tures you choose to keep and return

    those pictures you do not want. You are

    not required to make a purchase.

    SIMMONS MIDDLE SCHOOL 1300 S. 3RD ST. ABERDEEN, SD 57401 PHONE 605-725-7900 FAX 605-725-7999

    www.aberdeen.k12.sd.us SimmonsMiddleSchool.Wikispaces.com

    PTA NEWS

    Thank you to the PTA members who volunteered to help serve pizza and pop at the social

    on February 5. Simmons Middle School PTA now has a Facebook Page. It is a closed group

    so you will need to ask to join. Just a reminder that PTA is still collecting Campbells La-

    bels for Education, Box Tops for Education and Kens and Kesslers receipts.

  • Page 2 SIMMONS MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Orchestra

    All middle school orchestra students will be attending the annual NESD

    Orchestra Festival in Brookings on Tuesday, March 22. Students have been given a

    letter with all of the details. Other upcoming dates include the Solo Contest on Thursday, April

    21 at Simmons Middle School and the Spring Concert on May 12.

    SPRING SPORTS

    KICK-OFF MEETING

    There will be a meeting on Monday, March 14th at 7 pm in the Thomas F. Kelly Theatre of CHS for all high school and middle school athletes who will be in-volved in the following sports and their parents:

    Track and Field (grades 7-12)

    Boys Tennis (grades 6-12)

    Girls Golf (grades 6-12)

    All parents and athletes are expected to attend.

    CONFERENCES

    Student-led conferences will be held Thursday, March 10 from 4-9 pm and Friday, March 11

    from 8 am-1 pm. Parents, if you did not receive a scheduled time for conferences in the mail,

    please contact the office at 725-7900.

    The following teachers will only be here for a portion of the conference times:

    Mrs. Hansen: Thursday 5:30-9:00, Friday 8-1

    Mrs. Rostad: Thursday 4-5:30, Friday 8-1

    Mrs. Neitzert: Friday 8-1 only

    Mr. Zimmerman will be gone Thursday and Friday

    6th graders will have their conferences in the cafetorium, 7th graders will be in the main gym

    and 8th graders will be in the library. Elective teachers will meet in their classrooms.

  • MARCH 2016 Page 3

    SOUTH DAKOTA SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT

    APRIL 4-22, 2016

    All students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts and Mathematics with the exception of qualifying students with disabilities, who will take the DSTEP-A. The 8th graders will also be taking a Science test.

    Please help your child by making sure he/she is in school, well-rested and well-

    fed during the testing days.

    Please try to avoid scheduling appointments, vacations, etc. during the testing

    days if at all possible.

    If you have any questions, please call Heather Aldentaler, SMS Counselor, at 725-

    7914 or e-mail at [email protected]

    Congratulations to Bella Gill. Austin Sichmeller and Ashlyn Dinger! In January they were honored with the Young Citizenship Award given by the Aberdeen Exchange Club. Ashlyn Dinger won in December but was unable to attend that luncheon. This award honors middle school students who demonstrate good citizenship, are honest, hard-working, helpful and fair. The Exchange Club seeks to recognize and encourage stu-dents to continue to be good citizens both at school and at home through attitude, ser-vice to others, leadership and sportsmanship. Each month two Simmons Middle School students will be chosen by their teachers.

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  • Page 4 SIMMONS MIDDLE SCHOOL

    BAND NOTES

    Middle School All State Band

    The 17th annual South Dakota Middle School All State Band will be held in Pierre, SD on March 4th and 5th. Abe Wieland (French horn), Kylee Ackerman (clarinet) and Kara Sinar (clarinet) were selected to be members of the group. Congratulations to them!

    Combined Jazz Band/Show Choir/Honors Orchestra Concert

    The jazz bands, show choirs and Honors Orchestra from SMS and HMS will be putting on a concert in the CHS theatre on Tuesday, March 15

    th at 7:00.

    Band Contest

    Saturday, April 16 is the Region IV Band Contest, which will be held this year in Aber-deen at Holgate Middle School. The combined 7th and 8th grade band will participate as a large ensemble and students have been given the opportunity to perform solos and small ensembles as well. Parents are encouraged to come listen to the perfor-mances during the day. A schedule and information will be sent home as we get clos-er to the date.

    Jazz Competition

    The jazz band will be traveling to Brookings on Thursday, April 7th to participate in the SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival. Information and an itinerary will be sent home with students when we are closer to the date.

    SHOOT FOR THE STARS GAME

    March 22, 2016 7pm at the Golden Eagles Arena

    Come early to get a chance at some great raffle prizes. Doors open at 6pm.

    Some new players and officials are in the mix that you may know!! Come cheer on the Aberdeen Golden Eagle Special Olympics team against the Ab-erdeen All-Stars.

  • Page 5 SIMMONS MIDDLE SCHOOL

    8TH GRADE SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS

    Engineering/Math/Computer Science Behavioral/Social Science

    1st - Hannah Kelley 1st - Mackenzie Cordie

    2nd - Trenton Kehrwald 2nd - Jade Mounga

    3rd - Jason Elmore 3rd - Bailey Schopp

    Environmental Physics/Earth Science

    1st - Brody DeHoet 1st - Abe Wieland

    2nd - KiTu LeBeau 2nd - Nathaniel Fritz

    3rd - Tori Neville 3rd - Mason Mehlhoff

    Microbiology Botany/Zoology

    1st - Kylee Ackerman 1st - Brooklyn Briscoe

    2nd - Ty Horner 2nd - Miranda Wangler

    3rd - Austin Huff 3rd - Brody Quiram

    Medicine & Health/Biochemistry Chemistry

    1st - Chris Erickson 1st - Abby Walberg

    2nd - Katelyln Thares 2nd - Abby Smith

    3rd - Blanca Soto-Garcia 3rd - Matt Jewett

    Honorable Mention

    Kaelyn Keefe Donovan Guhin Foster Stevahn

    Hailey Sharp Hannah McLeod Paige Burt

  • Page 6 SIMMONS MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Dont forget to set your

    clocks ahead one hour on Sunday,

    March 13, for Daylight Savings

    time.

    STUDY NIGHT

    American Indian study night at the Presbyterian Church will have high school math teacher, Mr. Dix, available for tutoring during two Monday night tutoring session in preparation for Smarter Balanced testing in April. Please plan on attending! The dates are Monday, March 14 and 21st at 5:30 pm in the church basement. The ad-dress is 318 S Kline and a pizza supper will be served.

    FREE HEALTH SCREENING DURING SPRING PARENT / TEACHER

    CONFERENCES!

    The School Wellness Committee would like to announce that there will be free blood pres-sure screening available at spring confer-ences on Thursday, March 10th from 4-8 PM. A nurse will be on hand to do a blood pressure reading for anyone in attendance, so make sure you take advantage of this free event!

    SPORTS PHYSICALS

    SPORTS PHYSICALS will be held ONE NIGHT ONLY at Central High School on Monday,

    May 9th, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

    6th

    Grade Students- a letter will be sent out providing more information the latter part of April to the parents.

    7th

    Grade Students- Sports physicals are required every three years. Forms will be available in the Principals Office at your school if your child is not currently involved in sports and would like to participate.

    8th

    Grade Students- Sports physicals are required every three years. Letters will be sent out the latter part of April to the parents of students who have an exam which will expire with the close of this school year. If your child is already participating in a school sponsored sport they will not need another exam unless they receive a letter stating such. Forms will be available in the Principals Office at school if your child is not currently involved in sports and would like to participate.

    For further questions call the Athletic office @ 725-8187 or CHS Nurse @ 725-8124.

  • Page 7 SIMMONS MIDDLE SCHOOL

    SIMMONS SINGERS

    On Tuesday, March 15, all students in show choir and jazz band will be presenting a spring concert. Students will be performing with the students from HMS, and the con-cert will begin at the CHS Theater at 7:00 p.m. Students in Simmons Singers show choir will also be competing at the Mitchell Corn Palace Invitational that follow-ing Saturday, March 19th. Their performance time is at 10:05 a.m. and the awards ceremony will begin at 5:15 p.m. All students involved in the competition have been given an information letter and schedule to take home to parents. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Hansen at 605-765-7964 or by e-mail.

    MUSIC FUNDRAISER

    All SMS 6th grade general music students, and 7th & 8th grade music students will be participating in a fundraiser the week of March 7-12. Students in 6th grade gen-eral music will be given a packet and letter to take home and use for sales the fol-lowing week. Students in the 7th & 8th grade music classes will also be given the opportunity to use the packet for sales the same week, or we are offering an option for the students to participate for a one hour long "telethon" sales event the evening of Monday, March 7th, fro 3:20 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Students will be given a "call list" to take home and write down contact information for at least 30 friends or family mem-bers. Beginning at 3:30 the students will then begin to call the names on their sales list. There will be food incentives along with prizes the students will earn as they sell that hour if they happen to meet a goal. Students will be allowed to bring and use their cell phones at the time of the telethon to make calls, and we would like all calling lists to be returned to the appropriate music director within the next week!

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