Welcome to Saranac Middle School
Please see pages 11 and 12 of our Student Handbook tab for the most updated Student Attire Guidelines for the 2014-2015 school year. This was updated by our Middle School Shared-Decision Making Committee during Spring 2014.
- Spring sports sign-ups for current 7th and 8th graders are on-going in the Health Office. Sports include softball, baseball, track and field, Varsity Golf and Varsity Tennis. JV and Varsity Sports will start March 10th and Modified Sports will start March 23rd. Students should see Mrs. Lawrenz to sign up.
- News from the Health Office: We continue to see the flu at the Middle School, although the number of cases seems to be tapering off. Thank you for keeping us informed when your child displays flu like symptoms and for keeping your child home when he or she is ill. We appreciate your cooperation with our 5-7 day exclusion protocol. We know it is not easy for students to keep up with academics when they are out of school for an extended period, but it has helped to limit the number of students and staff who have become ill. Students at the Middle School have had a very limited exposure to Pertussis (whooping cough). The recent changes in immunization requirements for NYS students help to ensure that Pertussis illness will be very limited in the school. NYS also requires two measles (MMR) vaccines and again, any illness is likely to be limited due to these requirements. There has not been a case of measles in the district in over 20 years. Please encourage your child to practice good respiratory etiquette and feel free to call the Health Office at 565-5650 with any questions.
- There will be a Cabin Fever Reliever on February 10th from 3-4 p.m. Mrs. Maden will host an “Introduction to Crochet” class. Students will learn the basics of crocheting and more experienced students can learn a new stitch. On February 12th, students are invited to stay after to make homemade Valentine’s cards with Mrs. Bunker. Permission slips are available in the MS Office. After school busing is available.
- All students in grades 6-8 will meet with our school resource officer during the 2nd half of their lunch on Thursday, February 12th to discuss anti-drugs/tobacco awareness.
- There will be no school on February 16th -20th.
Students who refuse (opt-out), or are absent for all or part of, a state assessment will be eligible for AIS services. Such services will remain in place until they have demonstrated proficiency on the next state assessment. For these students, the following will be considered for placement in either direct or indirect AIS services;
- Student academic record
- Teacher/counselor/administration recommendation
- Previous state assessment results
- Previous AIS services
For previous issues, go to the "Middle School" tab and scroll down to "Newsletters".
Middle grade children go through dramatic changes and desperately need their parents’ support. Many parents want to help, but aren’t sure what to do. Every issue offers practical ideas to:
- Improve school success.
- Strengthen the home and school partnership.<?LI>
- Enhance parenting skills.
- Strengthen family life.
- Understand middle graders’ behavior.
- Build positive character traits.
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
I hope you all had a lovely summer filled with fun adventures. My new adventure begins on September 23rd as the new principal at Saranac Middle School. It will be a privilege and honor to lead the Saranac Middle School community during a time of incredible change and tremendous possibilities in education. Our challenge is to embrace the future of 21st century learning by embracing the new Common Core Standards. This is the most significant change under way in middle schools across New York State. The Common Core Standards are intended to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help each child. The standards are designed to be rigorous and relevant to the real world, reflecting knowledge and skills that our young people need for academic success and to be college and career-ready. As the year progresses, we will be communicating with you on how these changes will affect you and your child and what you can do to help us achieve success with the Common Core Standards.
To all students, I ask that you create a personal goal and strive to do your best every day. Know that administration, faculty, and staff are here to support and encourage you as you explore different opportunities and grow as individuals. Remember that with these opportunities comes a personal and collective responsibility to be supportive of one another and our school. I will count on you to go beyond tolerance and treat all members of our community with respect.
I have high hopes for a successful school year. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you in the near future.
Middle School Principal