Knightly News 09/18/2020 Edition

Frequently Needed Links Below

Smith Middle School Science Olympiad is ready to start Science Olympiad season 2021.

If you are interested in finding out more about Smith MS Science Olympiad, please join us for our parent information meeting on coming Tuesday, September 22, 2020 ( 6 pm to 7 pm) using the google meeting link below. http://meet.google.com/kie-nwgw-gzp

If you have any questions, please reach us via email to smith-ms-scioly@googlegroups.com

Adult Education Programming

IPad Insurance

As soon as the district is able to get every student and iPad and distribution is over, we will be rolling out the plan to purchase IPad insuring in the coming weeks.

Materials Collection

It appears as thought there may have been a few students that missed out on materials collection and there are still quite a few materials at the school for some of you. If you believe you still have materials to collect at school, please email Mr. Mueller @


Middle School Sports

At this time there is no plan to start our fall sports program at Smith. All Secondary Principals are working with our Troy District Athletic Director for guidance as to how and when we can begin sports programs.

Hiring in our Food Service Department

Media Center Announcement

Does your child need books from the Smith Media Center to read? We are starting a weekly Thursday library book pickup between 9 am and 5 pm. Holds must be placed in Destiny Discover by 3 pm on Tuesdays. Books will be placed outside of the school, if weather permits, or inside the vestibule area by the main office. You may return Smith Media Center books any school day 9 am-3 pm—the cart will be located in the vestibule area by the main office. Here’s How to login to Destiny Discover and How to place a hold.

Email Mrs. Chatel at cchatel@troy.k12.mi.us if you have any questions.

Currently, there are still books waiting to be picked up in between the 2 sets of front doors, parents or students may drop by to pick up. Please do not enter the office or the school. Just open the front doors and grab the grocery bag with your name on it.

PTO Announcement

Cell phone use during class time:

One of the important parts of our virtual classroom expectations discussions has revolved around creating a distraction free environment during class time. We have shared many tips and suggestions for doing so throughout our classes. One thing we are asking for your support on is limiting the distraction of student cell phones during class time. Our teachers have outlined and will continue to work with students on the following. In partnership, please help us in supporting your student’s distraction free learning environment:

i. Keep cell phones on vibrate

ii. Take cell phone and place in somewhere where you will not be distracted by it.

iii. Suggestion: take and place cell phone upside down out of reach

iv. Share the why:

i. It is a distraction to your learning and can keep you from participating fully in class

ii. You could be distracting someone else during their learning experience

iii. Each day we are going over important material you will be responsible for learning – we don’t want you to miss important information

5. Screenshots and taking pictures of class is unacceptable – also part of our code of conduct

Zoom Chat

Zoom has a chat feature that can allow for students to communicate with one another in an open forum and privately. We are sharing with students the importance of utilizing the zoom chat function for classroom discussion and class related chats only. We have taken time to remind students that:

i. Zoom chat is for classroom use only. The zoom chat feature is not for extraneous conversation. Refrain from using the personal chat feature as this is also distracting.

New Student to Troy iPad Pickup

New students/parents can go directly to our Troy Services Building to pick up an iPad during the week of 8/24-8/28

To get to the Services Building, enter the Troy District driveway at 4400 Livernois and then turn left at the fork. Head through the cattails to the Services Building.

Technology and iPad Support

Monthly Calendars

The monthly schedule is for parents and students to track A/B days. Students, make sure that you have a copy of this schedule handy each day to remind yourself if it is an A or B day.

After-School Clubs

After school clubs that may meet online may continue as we start the year virtually. There will be future communications inviting students to join clubs they may be interested in!

PTO Volunteers Needed!!!!

The SMITH PTO is actively recruiting for future Board Members / Committee Leaders for next year NOW, to shadow and train with current parent volunteers to make transitions super easy!

Work with Mr. Mueller and Ms. Hartenburg and other amazing parents at Smith on the PTO Board.

Commitments are generally 1 hr a month for board members and a an hour or two more depending on activity that month. Board operates as a team.

Openings for 20/21 school year President, Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator.

* BONUS — we now offer board members front row seating at key Smith events (plays, orchestra/band, choir, graduation and more)

Contact: SmithKnightsPTO@gmail.com

Thank you for your support of the PTO

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We will share weekly notes for coming weeks closer to our return to school