Sunridge Middle School January/February Newsletter

Semester 1 Student Honors

As I go over our Semester 1 Student Honors to submit to the newspaper, I am always reminded how amazing our students are. Here are a few nuggets:

• 76 (10%) had a 4.0 GPA

• Another 150 (20%) had a 3.5-3.99 GPA (Honor Roll)

• A total of 409 students (53%) had a 3.0-4.0 GPA, meaning overall B average or higher

• 128 (17%) had perfect attendance

• 260 (34%) had no tardies

• 442 (58%) had nearly no tardies (0-2 tardies)

To highlight by name just a few, here are our Sunridge All-Around Champions. This distinguished honor goes to the select students who were perfect in all major indicators of student success as a Bronc at Sunridge Middle School: 100% Attendance, 4.0 GPA, no tardies and no behavior referrals for the entire first semester of the 2018-19 school year. This is a truly significant and remarkable accomplishment worthy of the highest honors:

Jocelyn Allen, Maria Alvarez-Barroso, Saralen Campbell, Griffen Coiner, Anson Dressler, Jonathan Ferman Ramirez, Adrienne Fisher, Megan Fisher, Josie Jenness, Ashtyn Larsen, Jack Lieuallen, Madelyn Lieuallen, Kaden Moore, Nessa Neveau, Kaden Noggle, Stella Rabb, Madaline Schumacher, Sophia Smith, Adelaide Tesch, Atticus Tesch, Adam Thorne, Naomi Watrud, Grace Welch, and Dilubch Yaoch.

Mr. Jacobs' Woodshop

Rube Goldberg Machine

SMS ROBOTICS - Let 'er Bot!

We have had an exciting year this robotics season! We began meeting and fundraising back in August and ended up with five teams and 30 6th-8th graders participating at Sunridge Middle School - a record! January 19th marked the FIRST Robotics League Qualifying Meet at the Pendleton Convention Center with teams participating from Cove, LaGrande, Umatilla, and Pendleton. Here is a link to a story printed in the EO! Four of our SMS teams won awards at the meet and advanced to the Super-Qualifier scheduled for Feb. 9th in Hillsboro, OR (the event was cancelled due to weather). 48 teams were to advance from that event and we will find out Feb. 12th whether or not any of our Pendleton teams are awarded a slot to the State Meet at Liberty HS in March.

The Crazy Coders

• Think Award, 1st place


• Motivate Award, 1st place

• Finalist Alliance - first team selected

Circuit Breakers

• Collins Aerospace Innovate Award, 1st place


• Judges' Award

• Connect Award, 2nd place


Do you know students in elementary school who would like to participate in robotics? Want to start a LEGO Robotics after school club? Keep reading!!

There will be a free Lego Robotics workshop offered through Oregon Computer Science Teachers Assoc (ORCSTA) if any teachers or parents are interested in starting or continuing an afterschool robotics program at the elementary level.

"This workshop is designed for people to develop skills with programming and mechanical around the LEGO EV3 or NXT brick. Curriculum that can be taken home with video supports provided. The curriculum is being used with 100's of students and solves many of the issues that instructors have run into when working with groups of students in school and in out of school programs. The instruction is highly individualized, come join us and we will facilitate learning at your level. No prior experience is needed!"

Link to registration:

Mrs. Sickels Art Classes

The 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Mrs. Sickles art classes have done some amazing drawings. These drawings are up on display! The Yogurt Shoppe, at 1803 SW Emigrant Ave, has generously agreed to display this wonderful art work. These drawings will be up for the month of February in The Yogurt Shoppe, so stop by and take a look. SMS along with The Yogurt Shoppe is proud of the talent they have shown.

Mrs. Pitt's ELA Class

Rianna Townsend, Kaitlyn McElroy, and Alexa Sigo chose to read after taking the reading diagnostic assessment in my second period class.

SMS Boy's Basketball

January Bronc Pride

6th Grade

Angel Aguilera, Eric Baisley, Carter Cary, Griffen Coiner, Katelyn Demianew, Anson Dressler, Zoie Garcia, Miia Herranen, Art Hill, William Huber, Oscar Huesties, Addison Jones, Georgia Lieuallen, Layne Prinkey, Liam Sheoships, Malana Spencer, Atticus Tesch, Juan Valladares-Galvan, Adrianna Zamarripa

7th Grade

Nick Alexander, Chloe Alferez, Cali Alanis, Alex Arizaga, Kacie Atkinson, Tessa Ayers, Ben Barhyte, Trey Boston, Alyssa Cruz, Aubrey Harrison, Drew Hathaway, Victoria Farrell, Ashtyn Larsen, Natasha Martin, Baron Moses, Terry Nowland, Sydni Satterwhite, Milre Sherman, Alison Spratling, Claire Wildbill

8th Grade

Gonzolo Arthur, Dossie Bates, Sophie Bronson, Gabby Brown, Jackson Davis, Charlie Mae Franklin, Simon Johnson, Aubrey Lehnert, Tegan Lentz, Aleece Primmer, Bryan Rosas, Saint Schimmel, Olivia Schrader, Adam Smith, Abby Thorne, Adam Thorne, Leona Wemm-Martin, Dilubch Yaoch

Upcoming Events

February 18

No School - President’s Day

March 1

Bronc Pride Activity Night & Dance 6:00 - 8:00 pm

March 4

8th Grade PHS Info Night - PHS Commons 6:00 pm

March 6

East Coast Tour meeting 6:00 pm

March 8

No School - Regional Teacher In-Service

March 12

Evening Conferences 3:30 - 7:30 pm

March 13

7th & 8th Choir and Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm

March 14

Evening Conferences 3:30 - 7:30 pm

March 15

Conferences - No School

7:45 -12:00 and 1:00 - 3:00 pm

March 21

7th & 8th Band Concert 7:00 pm

March 22

6th grade & Beginning Band Concert 9:00 am

March 25-29


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