Principal News

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.   
This is an opportunity for you to join the Smith Academy School Council for 2020/21
Smith Academy School Council positions available for 2020/21 It is important to us that we are fully informed when considering decisions that may impact the educational journey of each student at Smith Academy. For this reason I would encourage parents, families and members of the Smith Academy community to consider joining the School Council for 2020/21. Being a part of the council...
Erin with her winning design
Hello everyone,  I hope that you are making the best of the break and continue to wash hands, wear masks and social distance.  Below are some updates in relation to July. Please email me with any questions or concerns. Best wishes Chris Return to School HPS staff and admin continue to work with community members on the three return to school models required by...
Emily collects her HS diploma from Mr Roberts & Mr Buckland
      Good afternoon,  I am sure that everyone is relieved that this is the last Friday email and that Monday is the last day of the academic year for 2019/2020. I wanted to take this last opportunity to thank all members of the SA community for their flexibility, understanding, empathy and support of each other during this very...

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