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2019-20 School Year

Welcome back! I hope that your summer was full of fun in the sun and surrounded by family and friends. Our SIS/SMS staff rested and enjoyed their time with family and friends as well. Many of our staff members have been working throughout the summer to plan and prepare for our students’ return in the fall. Many have attended trainings and are ready to integrate new knowledge into their daily lessons. Six staff members and I attended the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Summer Institute. It is always enjoyable to learn and challenge ourselves as educators.  We look forward to sharing our new knowledge with our staff in order to better prepare students for high school and college. We are looking forward to a fantastic school year with our new 8th grade leaders; our amazing returning 5th, 6th and 7th graders and I can’t leave out how excited I am to get to know all the new incoming 4th graders.  For those of you who have SMS (6th-8th) students, please make sure you visit the website for our changes to the school supply list. All students in those grades will be using a binder system that is designed to create prepared, organized and academic minded students.

The parent-student handbook provides important information about our school's philosophy, procedures, policies, curriculum, and schedules. It is a guide to the way we operate as a school. Also included in the handbook are behavioral expectations and guidelines for students, often the most referred to pages in the book. There have been some changes since last year, so everyone should read the handbook carefully, especially the discipline section, and use it as a reference throughout the year.  I would also like to remind parents/guardians to pay particular attention to your child’s clothing. We have a dress code policy; remember with the changing fashion trends in society, not all are acceptable within a school setting. The handbook is available on the NSSD website or a copy is available in the school office.

Consistent and clear communication with parents is essential to student success at SIS/SMS. Our handbook is only the start. Our monthly SIS newsletter, SMS Weekly Update, Facebook, Wednesday Folders (SIS) and website updates keep parents informed of special events, sports schedules, and goings-on in classrooms and around the entire school. The newsletter and weekly update is sent via email to parents that have given us a reliable e-mail and is also available on-line. Parents may also communicate with the school and individual staff through e-mail or on the telephone.  Parent conferences will be the week of November 7th-9th. This is a great opportunity to become more involved in your child’s education. We encourage you to volunteer in the school as well. If you can’t figure out how, just contact Donna Hill at SIS or Wendy Nau/Christina Bridge at SMS offices.

This year, we welcome several new staff members to SIS/SMS. We are excited to have all of them join the Stayton community and look forward to having them on board. Know that staff at SIS/SMS will work very hard, every day, to create a positive and welcoming school climate for students. We want to make strong connections with students, offer them an engaging curriculum, and help them develop and grow into responsible and respectful human beings. Not a day goes by when we are not reflecting on how we can improve as a school.

I look forward to this school year and most of all developing a relationship with you and your child.

 

Michael Proctor - Principal - SIS/SMS