Sunridge Middle School January Newsletter

Mr. Houck's "RATT Pack"

The RATT Pack Reading Club will be meeting at a new time next week. The new meeting times will be 7:30 AM - 7:50 AM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Come sit back and enjoy the melodious tones of Mr. Houck’s soothing voice as he reads aloud from the popular, heart-wrenching novel “Hunger Games”, by Suzanne Collins. All 7th and 8th grade students are welcome! “Destroying things is much easier than making them…” – Katniss Everdeen

SMS Robotics Club

The SMS Robotics Club has finished competition in the Columbia Basin League of ORTOP (Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program). ORTOP’s Columbia Basin League includes 25 middle and high school teams from Northeast Oregon. The second year SMS club is comprised of four teams of 7th and 8th grade students. During the League Championship that was held on January 21st at the Pendleton Convention Center, two of the teams, ROBOTICA and MALWARE, qualified for spots at ORTOP’s Super Qualifier which will be held on February 12th in Hillsboro. The SMS Robotics Club would like to thank the Oregon Department of Education and QORVO Semiconductor for their financial support, and the many parents who have volunteered to make this season a great experience. Good luck at Super Qualifier!

ROBOTICA League Championship Winning Alliance and Inspire Award Winners (L to R) Jake Airoldi, Ian Barhyte, Andrew Halsey, Grady Phelan, Chelsea Kendrick, Seth Gardner, Morgan Schumacher, Coach Fred Wolotira

Magazine sales

After much consideration, Sunridge Middle School will not be conducting a Magazine Sales fundraiser this winter. If you would like to renew a subscription to a magazine purchased in prior years, please visit the website below. Sunridge will still receive proceeds from magazine renewals.

Mr. Jacob's Woodshop

Mr. Jacobs’ Woodshop has received additional community support toward the purchase of equipment and supplies. Sunridge Middle School would like to thank Pendleton Wheels and the Pendleton City Club for their generous donations! Their donations will help purchase additional cutting blades, maintenance equipment and replaceable supplies for projects along with additional wood. Mr. Jacobs’ Woodshop has received approximately $24,000 in community support in the last year. Thank you to all who have supported our Shop Program.

parent club

The Sunridge Middle School Parent Club recently granted over $6,000 to SMS for the purchase of bedding materials for Outdoor School and cameras for our Film and Photography Class. Many thanks to our awesome Parent Club! Any parent of an SMS student is welcome to attend our Parent Club meetings. If you’d like to learn more about the SMS Parent Club, please visit their Facebook page at:


Our school has been selected to represent schools across Oregon and the United States by participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). In our school, the NAEP test will be given on February 16th. 8th grade students may be selected to take a mathematics or reading assessment. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public. For more information about NAEP, please visit the website below:

Presenting.... Mr. Gary Humphries!

Video by Mr. Gundlach's Film and Photography students

SMS Leadership Students making posters for "Hat Day"

Sunridge PBIS:

Bronc Pride Activity Hour

Sunridge Middle School is committed to the principles of school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). As such we seek to maximize student success through positive relationships and proactive instruction that teaches and recognizes students that are ready to learn, respectful and responsible. As part of this, we teach and reinforce school-wide expectations in coordination with systemic rewards and recognitions including Bronc Bucks, No Tardy Parties, dances, Bronc Pride Activity Hours, and the Sunridge Snack Shack.

One reward that students always look forward to and work hard to qualify for is our Bronc Pride Activity Hours. These exceptional activities, held three or four times throughout the year, recognize student efforts in academic responsibility. In the weeks leading up to an activity, students recommend activity options that are hosted by teachers, and then sign up for them in their advisory classes. Popular past options include: capture the flag, dodgeball, basketball activities, Minute-To-Win-It, indoor soccer, cookie decorating, computer games, S’more Science, drawing, holiday crafts, wood shop and art projects, Just Dance, karaoke, and trivia specific to Harry Potter, Star Wars, Disney, and music. On the day of the event, we run a special bell schedule that allows for about an hour of activity time at the end of the day. At our last activity, over 600 of our students qualified to participate! Students who don’t qualify because of missing assignments or the need to retake assessments, are assigned study halls where even there they can earn their way to limited time in an activity.

Indeed, these hours not only provide some motivation for many of our kids to be responsible, but they are also a fun and memorable experience for staff and students alike.


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