This has been another great week at Smith Middle School. This week we welcomed our Smith Knight Parents to our annual open house. It was wonderful to see all of our parents and have a chance to share with you all of the great things planned for the year. This week also saw some changes in our courtyard and around the front of our building. Many hands make light work and when it comes to volunteering and putting in some hard work around the school we have some dedicated staff and incredibly helpful students to get the job done! Our picture above and our stories in this Knightly News highlight some of that work.
Meet your Smith Middle School Counselors
Meet Mrs. Hartenburg and Mr. Denyes, our Smith Middle School Counselors. Our counselors work hard to ensure that our students are on track academically, and serve our students needs in a variety of ways. Mrs. Hartenburg and Mr. Denyes's counselor's corner weblink is positioned below if you have the need to contact your child's counselor. Mrs. Hartenburg serves last names (A-L) and Mr. Denyes serves last names (M-Z). We appreciate all they do to serve our students!!!
Smith Service Learning
Over the course of the last week students and staff have volunteered their time, muscles, and green thumbs to clean up and beautify our school. Both the front of our building and our courtyard have seen some gardening and truly look amazing. Thanks to Mr. Koneval, Mrs. Hartenburg and our student council and connectors. In addition thanks for Mr. Mele and his sixth hour class for their help. Those boys moved quite a bit of mulch!
Rubik's cubes and Mathematics
Mrs. Maher uses Rubik's cubes as a team-building activity at the beginning of the year to encourage students to help each other, learn from each other, and be brave enough to admit when they need help. It also develops problem solving skills, perseverance, grit, and the importance of practicing new concepts until they stick. In addition, we are developing 3-D spatial relations and geometric concepts such as surface area. We are done with the active phase of learning, but we’ll keep coming back to it all year.
Open House and Little Library Dedication
Thank you parents!!! Thank you for stopping by Smith Thursday night and sharing your evening with your child's teachers. It was a wonderful evening and we appreciate our partnership with you in providing our Smith Knights with the education, support, and compassion they need to thrive!