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 Angela Rivero has been named as one of GCC's Bright Lights Diversity Award winners
We are extremely proud to share  that Sophomore, Angela Rivero has been recognized by the Diversity Standing Committee at GCC as one of the recipients of the  Bright Lights and Living the Dream Awards for 2021. These awards go to individuals or organizations that have carried on the ideals of MLK in their school or community. The year’s awardees will be recognized at the...
Our three SA MIAA ambassadors (pictured pre-Covid)
MIAA’s 4 th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit Our three SA ambassadors, Story Goldman, Riley Intrator and Rose Mccollough attended this virtual event. Please see an outline of the speakers and also their takeaways and thoughts on how we can incorporate some of the ideas they heard into our school culture The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the...
Q2 survey results
SA Q 2 Snapshot: Health and Safety, SEL, Technology, Teaching and Learning   Qualitative and quantitative data was pulled from surveys sent out to students, families and staff. Surveys were sent out three times weekly emails and posted several times on social media. In addition, separate emails were  sent to students and families on Monday of the last week and the Thursday of the...
CREW is the advisory block that all students attend on Wednesday mornings
At yesterday's school committee meeting, Crew Coordinators, Ms Anderson, Ms Gieul and Ms Kwiecinski provided the school community with an update on CREW in Q1. Below is a brief summary of their presentation. After the summary is a little more detail taken from the Hybrid handbook - shared with the SA community in August/ September.   What is Crew?  Weekly space for...
Grade 7 Design and App project
December 10th This month in Computer Science, Ms Shockey has been working with Grade 7 on designing their own apps.  Please have a look at this pdf for some great examples from our students. Computer Science is delivered to all students in Grade 7 & 8 and we will offer it to students in Grade 9 from 2021/22.
This is what we heard from you in Q1
SA Q 1 Snapshot: How are we doing? At the end of Q1 Qualitative and quantitative data was pulled from surveys sent out to students, families and staff. The purpose of the surveys was to provide a snapshot of how SA was doing in relation to the three focus points for hybrid learning this year: Health and Safety of all in our building Supporting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL...
An update from NAP on COVID (November 18th)
November 18th Please find below a COVID update from NAP (Northampton Area Pediatrics) that I thought it would be useful to share with the SA community.  An update on the most recent new developments regarding Covid-19 in our area and at NAP. We are seeing more cases of infection, but we are all very hopeful that this “wave” will not result in as many cases as the first wave. We...
2020/21 MCAS information for parents
MCAS information for 2020/21   The state has announced that MCAS testing will go ahead as planned this academic year. In addition to regular testing in grades 7-10, an additional computer based testing session has been created specifically for students in Grade 11 who were unable to take MCAS this past year. Further guidance as well as testing dates will be forthcoming from the...
You can buy your own SA mask and build community spirit
The Smith Academy Student Council are selling custom masks with the school logo. Perfect for showing school spirit when you are in and out of the building! The masks have adjustable ear loops and an adjustable nose piece. We’re selling them for $8.00 USD. Proceeds will go to the student council.     Supplies are limited, so if you’re interested, please fill out the...
Q1 School Council Meeting report
The Smith Academy School Council met yesterday. Thank you for everyone who participated, I am highly appreciative of your time and input in the service of students. Please find the presentation made during the meeting, here.  Please find minutes (Thank you Ben C!) here. The next meeting will be scheduled for January and an agenda and meeting link shared beforehand.   

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