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  • April 2018 Newsletter

    Principal’s Corner

     

    Dear Shark Family,

    Thank you for joining us during our Celebration of Success to celebrate 168 alphas and 217 betas, a total of 385 students, for the third quarter at St. James Middle School.  We also celebrated 286 students who have earned a Superb Shark award from a staff member this year for moments when they demonstrated strong pillars of character and life skills that are part of the Profile of a South Carolina graduate. We feel so fortunate to have your support as our teachers continue to work hard to help all students do their best.

    Working together with parents is a key strategy in why we were able to be presented with our Schools To Watch® banner at our third quarter assembly. The Schools To Watch® Award is not one that can be earned overnight.  We are fortunate to earn this re-designation by learning from the St. James Eagle Alumni who defined “The St. James Way,” and we were especially fortunate to have had members of our Eagle Alumni faculty join us, as well as the leaders of the legacy, Mr. Wendell Shealy, the founding principal of St. James Middle School in 1988, and our most recent legacy leader of 19 years, Dr. Dwight Boykin. 

    Our students are amazing and we will continue to strive to stay sharp, work hard, inspire a generation, and move forward to maintain national recognition as we prepare to “Celebrate 30 Years of St. James Middle” in the 2018-2019 school year.  Thank you for making St. James Middle School such a special place to learn and grow.

    Olga G. Toggas

    Principal

     

     

    We need you!
    PTO

    The SJMS Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) sponsors many projects which benefit the school. All parents are strongly encouraged to join.  Officers are nominated and elected prior to or at the beginning of the school year.

    Next meeting: Thursday, May 2nd,  7:15 am - 8:00 am in the OCR

    Spring Book Fair
    The SJM Library Learning Commons will be hosting a Bedford Falls spring book fair from April 10 to April 20.  The hours will be from 7:45am – 4:00pm each day.
    The book fair will also be open after the Celebration of Success on April 13 and during Muffins for Moms and Doughnuts for Dads on April 19 and 20. 
    We will also have a representative from the Surfside Public Library to discuss their summer reading program and opportunities. Students will also be able to sign up for their own library card.
    We look forward to seeing you at the Book Fair!
    Celebration of Success Assembly
    Mark your calendars! Our 8th Grade Celebration of Success Assembly will be held at 9:00 a.m. on June 4th. Our 7th Grade Celebration of Success Assembly will be held on June 5th. We look forward to having our families attend the celebration.
    Spring Musical Performance
    SJM Musical Theater & Chorus presents Disney’s The Lion King Jr. Show times will be Thursday, April 26th at 6pm; Friday, April 27th at 6pm and 8pm; and Saturday, April 28th at 1pm in the SJM Auditorium. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students, and ages 0-3 are free.

    School Improvement Council

    The School Improvement Council was initiated by the S.C. School Improvement Councils (SICs) through legislation, as a means of assuring the influential voice of parents and community members in the education of our children.

    If you are interested in becoming a SIC member, please contact Cindy Wells at cwells@horrycountyschools.net.

    Next meeting: Wednesday, April 25th, 3:45pm - 4:45pm in the OCR   Wednesday, May 9th, 3:45pm - 4:45pm in the OCR

    State Testing Schedule
    These are the dates and times of our state testing schedule for St. James Middle School. Thank you for flexibility in helping us protect these dates and times for students. Abbreviated schedules will be in place on these dates.
           May 2nd TDA Writing Test English 1 ONLY
           May 8th TDA Writing Test SCREADY
           May 9th Reading Test SCREADY
           May 10, 11,14th Writing and Reading Make-up Testing
           May 15th Math Test SCREADY
           May 16th SCPASS Science or Social Studies
           May 17,18, 21 Math, Science, and Social Studies Make-up Testing
           May 22th English 1 EOC Reading Test (8th graders in English 1)
           May 24th Algebra 1 EOC (7th and 8th graders in Algebra 1)
           May 25th-June 1 Make-up EOC Testing (7th or 8th graders in Algebra 1/ English 1)
           May 25th Honors Geometry Final Exam for SJM
     

     

    MyPayment Plus
    We are proud to inform you that our school will now offer My Payments Plus, an online service that provides you the opportunity to pay online for the yearbook, field trips, and PDL fees and fines.

    There is no cost to you.  All you must do to sign up is visit https://www.

    mypaymentsplus.com and click on “Register Now.”  You will need the student’s ID number to complete registration.  Use the same ID# for your student that is in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Once you finish, you may log-in to begin your payment process.

    If you have any questions, please call Sharon Bradley at 843-650-5543.

    Yearbook Orders
    Remember this year of your SJMS Journey! Yearbook sales have been extended for one week only. Final order deadline is Friday, April 13. There are only 100 books for sale. Once these have been purchased, no other books will be available. This is "first come, first purchase.

    Purchase your yearbook through mypaymentsplus.com.

    HCS Board Visit Planned
    On April 25th, SJM will welcome the HCS Board Members, Superintendent, and District Office Leadership Team for a visit to showcase how our SJM sharks lead the way in learning “The St. James Way.”

    Visitors
    Parents/Guardians are welcome to visit school at any time, but teachers appreciate knowing in advance of their desire to visit. The procedure for visiting  SJMS is as follows:
     1. Parents/Guardians who wish to visit a class must make an appointment through the grade level administrator.

     2. Visits to classrooms must be timed to begin at the start of a class period. Classes may only be interrupted in cases of an emergency.

     3. Conferences may be set up by contacting your child’s teacher or by contacting the assistant principal.

     

    MyPayment Plus
    We are proud to inform you that our school will now offer My Payments Plus, an online service that provides you the opportunity to pay online for the yearbook, field trips, and PDL fees and fines.

    There is no cost to you.  All you must do to sign up is visit https://www.

    mypaymentsplus.com and click on “Register Now.”  You will need the student’s ID number to complete registration.  Use the same ID# for your student that is in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Once you finish, you may log-in to begin your payment process.

    If you have any questions, please call Sharon Bradley at 843-650-5543.

    Yearbook Orders
    Remember this year of your SJMS Journey! Yearbook sales have been extended for one week only. Final order deadline is Friday, April 13. There are only 100 books for sale. Once these have been purchased, no other books will be available. This is "first come, first purchase.

    Purchase your yearbook through mypaymentsplus.com.

    HCS Board Visit Planned
    On April 25th, SJM will welcome the HCS Board Members, Superintendent, and District Office Leadership Team for a visit to showcase how our SJM sharks lead the way in learning “The St. James Way.”

    Visitors
    Parents/Guardians are welcome to visit school at any time, but teachers appreciate knowing in advance of their desire to visit. The procedure for visiting  SJMS is as follows:
     1. Parents/Guardians who wish to visit a class must make an appointment through the grade level administrator.

     2. Visits to classrooms must be timed to begin at the start of a class period. Classes may only be interrupted in cases of an emergency.

     3. Conferences may be set up by contacting your child’s teacher or by contacting the assistant principal.

     

    MyPayment Plus
    We are proud to inform you that our school will now offer My Payments Plus, an online service that provides you the opportunity to pay online for the yearbook, field trips, and PDL fees and fines.

    There is no cost to you.  All you must do to sign up is visit https://www.

    mypaymentsplus.com and click on “Register Now.”  You will need the student’s ID number to complete registration.  Use the same ID# for your student that is in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Once you finish, you may log-in to begin your payment process.

    If you have any questions, please call Sharon Bradley at 843-650-5543.

    Yearbook Orders
    Remember this year of your SJMS Journey! Yearbook sales have been extended for one week only. Final order deadline is Friday, April 13. There are only 100 books for sale. Once these have been purchased, no other books will be available. This is "first come, first purchase.

    Purchase your yearbook through mypaymentsplus.com.

    HCS Board Visit Planned
    On April 25th, SJM will welcome the HCS Board Members, Superintendent, and District Office Leadership Team for a visit to showcase how our SJM sharks lead the way in learning “The St. James Way.”

    Visitors
    Parents/Guardians are welcome to visit school at any time, but teachers appreciate knowing in advance of their desire to visit. The procedure for visiting  SJMS is as follows:
     1. Parents/Guardians who wish to visit a class must make an appointment through the grade level administrator.

     2. Visits to classrooms must be timed to begin at the start of a class period. Classes may only be interrupted in cases of an emergency.

     3. Conferences may be set up by contacting your child’s teacher or by contacting the assistant principal.

     

    St. James Middle School
    Counselor’s Corner
    7th Grade Goal Setting Conferences

    Our counselors will be offering individual conferences with all 7th grade students and parents.  The conference usually lasts about 30 minutes.  Topics include reviewing current grades and test scores, profile of a SC Graduate, high school GPA and uniform grading scale, scholarships, SC graduation requirements, Horry County Schools high school program options.  We will also discuss both academic and exploratory course selections for 8th grade.  Students will share their digital portfolio with parents.  We look forward to meeting with all of our 7th grade      parents.  Please look for an email from Barry Ledford,       jledford@horrycountyschools.net to sign up or call any counselor to sign up for a conference. 

    Good Morning Day Camp

    This free camp is a part of Tideland Community Hospice Foundations Children’s Bereavement Program.  The loss of a loved one, friend, or family pet through death or life situations affects each of us differently.  Children and adults cope differently.  This camp is offered free for children and adolescents, ages six to fourteen living in Horry and Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties. 

    Camp will be held from 9 AM until 2 PM on Saturday, April 21st.

    Pre-Registration is required and applications can be picked up in the guidance office.   Registration deadline is Monday, April 9, 2018.   

     

     

    2018 Summer Scholars Registration
    Registration opens March 30!

    Horry County Schools’ Summer Scholars Program is a special experience that provides academic enrichment opportunities to students in grades 3-11. Summer Scholars recognizes the importance of allowing gifted and high-achieving young people the opportunity for critical thinking and learning through creative exploration.

    You can apply at  https://www.horrycountyschools.net/Page/352.

    Summer Scholars Program Schedule

    Week 1:  June 11 – 14

    Week 2:  June 18 – 21

    Summer Scholars Pricing

    1 class - $125

    2 classes - $225

    3 classes - $325

    4 classes - $425

    *Specialized classes require an additional $10 for each class

     

    Get Involved!
    Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    FCA’s morning gatherings will be held EVERY Tuesday morning of each month from 7:30am - 8:00am.  Youth from St. James High School will be leading the         devotions and activities.  We will have monthly themes for the FCA “ONE” curriculum.  This non-denomination organization accepts all of God’s people.

    All are welcome and goodies will be served!  Spread the word, set your clocks, and create a carpool! 

    Drop off is on the car rider side.  Please DO NOT drop off at the front office! If you are a bus rider, come on!  What a way to start your day in God’s Word before school! 

    For any questions or concerns: Whitney Ann Lewis or Brandi King, Huddle Leaders  for SJMS WLewis@horrycountyschools.net or BKing001@horrycountyschools.net

    Rise and Shine Club

    Rise and Shine Thursday! 

    Faith, fellowship and fun with local youth pastors sharing God's Word through devotion and worship. 

    Sunrise with God is every Thursday at 7:30 in the auditorium.
    Fund Raiser Dance

    There will be a dance this afternoon from 3:30 - 5:00 for ALL students with DJ Ryan from our winter Pep Rally. There will be free admission for fundraiser participants, students who met all 3 MAP goals this year, and students who earned alpha or beta for Quarter 3. All other students need to pay $3. All students attending the dance must have on their wristband.

    Student Council

    There will be an informational meeting at 7:30am in Mrs.     Gilman’s room, D9, on Tuesday, April 17th for all 7th grade students interested in running for 2018-2019 SCA office of President or Vice-President.

    Math-A-Thon

    The SJMS Math Department is once again sponsoring the St. Jude Math-A-Thon. This wonderful and worthy        fundraiser raises money for the St. Jude Children’s       Research Hospital. The goal in holding the Math-A-Thon is to help the children of the world who are stricken with diseases like cancer, AIDS, and Sickle-Cell Anemia. St. Jude Children’s   Research Hospital is a world leader in the fight against these diseases, and they have made great progress, but only because of the help of young people like the students at SJMS! Math Students, please be collecting sponsors at this time. All collection envelopes and Fun books will be due April 30th.  To date, we have raised over $40,000 at SJMS for the children at St. Jude’s.  To help with the Fundraiser, students and staff  members will participate in a Jean and Hat Day on Friday, April 20th.

     

    March MAP Madness

    MAP Incentive Day will be Friday, April 20th. Students reaching two or three of their Spring to Spring Goals will be rewarded with the following:

                    Ice cream during lunch

                    45 minutes of social time with concessions to purchase during exploratory               time to be located outside on the grassy area between A and D Halls.

                                            8A - 8:55am

                                            8B - 10:35am

                                            7A - 1:03pm

                                            7B - 2:33pm

    Students reaching all three of their goals will receive all of the above PLUS prize drawings during 7th and 8th grade lunches and free admission to the Fund Raiser Dance on Wednesday April 18th.

     

    Shark Athletics
    Cheerleading Tryouts
    Open practice will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45pm - 6:00pm during the month of March. Tryouts will be held April 10th-12th from 3:45pm - 6:00pm. Students must have a physical on file to participate in all of these.

    Sharkies Dance Team
    All rising 8th-12th graders interested in trying out for the Sharkies Dance Team must pick up a tryout packet available at the front desk. Tryouts will be held May 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 8th in the SJHS Cafeteria from 3:45pm-5:30pm.

    Football Meetings
    All current and prospective football players need to meet with Coach Adkins in the Commons Area on Tuesday, April 17th, at 8:00 am.

    Also, there will be a parent meeting at SJHS on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria for any rising 9th grade student who is interested in playing football at St. James High School.  All interested players and students are encouraged to attend.

    Shark Life
    National History Day

    Alli Beyersdorf, Grace Leonard and Allison Moore have qualified for the State National History Day competition.  The girls were in the top two for their Group Performance category out of Horry and Georgetown Schools competing at Coast Carolina University.  Their performance was titled “The Rise of the Flapper” and was based on South Carolina women who  lived during the 1920’s and rejected the traditional roles of previous generations.  Please wish them luck as they will be competing in Columbia, SC on April 21 for a chance to qualify for the national competition.
     

    Shark Life cont.
    Orchestra Rates Superior

    The St. James Middle School 8th Grade Symphony Orchestra performed at the South Carolina State Concert Performance Assessment on Friday, March 23rd, 2018.  These young musicians rehearsed tirelessly since the beginning of the spring semester, and it sure did pay off!  The SJMS Symphony brought home the highest rating of "Superior" and earned a trophy with the ensemble's name on it!  

    The Symphony will performing their music again at their Spring Concert on May 11th, 2018, at 6pm in the SJMS gymnasium.  Please come out and support these talented young musicians!

     

    Fine Arts Day at SJE
    On Thursday, March 29th, SJM Art club students and the SJM Chorus and Musical Theatre classes participated in the St James Elementary Fine Arts Day. Art Club members painted faces for Kindergarten-2nd grade students. SJMS Chorus and Musical Theatre classes performed for the students. They performed 3 choral selections & 3 songs from The Lion King Jr. Musical. Our students did awesome! Thanks to their teachers for an amazing job leading them! It was a great way for students to represent our school and community!   

     

    Celebrating Student and School Success
    On Friday, April 13th, SJM students and staff celebrated both student and school wide success at the 3rd Quarter Celebration of Success.  During the ceremony, 385 students were recognized for their academic success (168 alphas and 217 betas), as well as 286 students who were recognized as Superb Sharks for their demonstration of character. The staff and school was also presented with St. James Middle School’s Schools to Watch® banner. On hand to join in the celebration were numerous former SJM staff members and alumni; HCS’s Superintendent, Dr. Rick Maxey; 2 former principals, Mr. Wendell Shealy and Dr. Dwight Boykin; and parents. Students and staff were rewarded with a special treat of cookies after the event provided by Lowes Foods. Thank you to all who came to the ceremony and to all who help make SJM great!

     

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