Back to School 2017-2018

 

(Image below: Washington, D.C. Trip 2017)

Dear Smith Academy Community Members,

Greetings, I hope the summer is treating you and your family well...

As we prepare for a successful 2017-18 school year, I am writing to communicate the details for the start of school and important information regarding the academic year. Regarding new personnel, we are excited to introduce several new faculty and staff members. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Allison Slysz (HS Science), Mr. Kevin McGrath (HS Math), Mr. David Morris (Band Director), Ms. Katherine Saik (Drama/Chorus), Mrs. Riley Malinowski (SA Admin. Assistant), and Ms. Shafiya Finger (School Psychologist) to the Smith Academy family. We look forward to experiencing the new energy they will bring to Smith and the benefits of their professional skill-sets! 

Overview

Information regarding the best way to contact teachers, dates for the 7th Grade and New Student Orientation, eligibility guidelines for playing a fall sport, lunch menu and MySchoolBucks, school supply lists for middle school students, and the academic calendars are among the items that we hope you will find useful as you begin to plan for an outstanding and busy year at Smith Academy. After reading the information below, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Our opening day is scheduled for Thursday, August 31. Students playing a fall sport should be ready to join pre-season practices on Thursday, August 24.

In order for us to keep you informed of news and events at Smith Academy, we ask for a current email address. If you are new to Smith Academy this year, or if your email has changed from last year, we request that you share your email address within the first week of school. If for any reason you are unable to receive emails at home or work, please let us know and we will be happy to mail you a hard copy of what we send out electronically. Please notify the Main Office if you are new to Smith Academy or need to update. In addition to the website, we have a twitter account and provide a monthly newsletter to keep you abreast of all happenings at Smith. 

Schedules and Report Card Access

Student schedules are now viewable within plusportal. When report cards are distributed we will utilize the e-locker area of plusportals. Directions on how to access e-locker will be shared when report cards are distributed.

For new parents/guardians, plusportal is an integral tool that allows users to view educator gradebooks, report cards, and student schedules. Users are also able to contact educators directly, view calendars, and view our lunch menu. The user homepage can be accessed here: PLUSPORTAL LOGIN. New users will receive a separate secure email that will permit you access to plusportal. If you have any issue with accessing plusportal please contact Mrs. Malinowski (rmalinowski@hatfieldps.net). 

To learn more about accessing and navigating the portal please view Rediker's instructional videos on their web-based software here: PLUSPORTAL TUTORIAL

Middle School

All 7th and 8th Grade parents/guardians will want to read the Middle School webpage on our website. It provides information on Middle School academic and social expectations. You will also find information regarding the 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip (you will be alerted/updated throughout the year). In addition, please see the Middle School Supply Page for more detailed information and supply requests. All homework and weekly overviews are posted to the Daily Homework Page.

This year, the Hatfield Cultural Council awarded $210.00 to Karen Guiel, middle school English teacher at Smith Academy.  Mrs. Guiel will use the funding to purchase a classroom set of The Boy Captive of Old Deerfield by Mary P. Wells Smith.  Seventh grade students will read the text as part of a unit on local history and historical fiction.  The Boy Captive of Old Deerfield details the experiences of Stephen Williams, a ten year old boy living in the English settlement of Deerfield, who was taken captive by Native Americans during the 1704 raid on the settlement.  Hatfield played a key role in the event as it was the nearest English settlement and Hatfield residents responded to the incident.  Students will learn not only about the impact of the event on Deerfield residents, but also about the larger global issues, including European wars over colonizing North America, the conflict between cultures,  the effect of European colonization on Native American groups, all of which played a role in this event.

7th Grade Orientation and New Student Orientation Information

In order to facilitate a smooth start to the year for our new students, an orientation session will be held on Friday, August 25th from 11-12 pm. Students will receive their schedules and locker assignments, receive a tour of their classrooms, and meet with the Ms. Pescitelli (Guidance Counselor) and myself. Seventh Grade students and parents/guardians will also have the opportunity to meet with the Middle School educators. We also invite you to join us for a lunch/cookout at the conclusion of the orientation program. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend. If you plan on attending, please fill out the Student Orientation Sign-Up so we can plan accordingly. Please contact us at 413-247-5641 if you cannot access this form.

Agenda: Meeting in the Sherry A. Webb Gym for a brief presentation followed by a tour and then lunch.        

Student Schedules and Guidance Meetings

Your students schedule have been mailed to you and are available in plusportal. Please understand that developing the master schedule is a very detailed and intricate process. Our decisions are made on behalf of the best interests of our school community. Academic programming and individual student schedules are balanced in the most academically appropriate manner possible. Our decisions are made with one intention: to provide the highest quality of education possible to our students. 

Mrs. Pescitelli will be available on two separate days prior to the start of school. These sessions are designed to resolve any academic conflicts or concerns you may have with the assigned schedule. The meeting times available are between 8 am-2 pm on the following dates: 8/24 (Thur.) and 8/25 (Fri.). Please contact Ms. Pescitelli directly prior to the dates provided to schedule your appointment (cpescitelli@hatfieldps.net).

*All X-Block selections will be made during the first two days of school.

Athletic Program

  • Fees and Registration

All student-athletes MUST register for each sport through FamilyID.  Please visit our FAMILY.ID PAGE to register your student-athlete.                   

Fees must be paid in advance before the first scheduled game of the season.  No one will be excluded from a team or activity due to the cost of the activity. Students who are unable to pay all or part of the fee should speak with the principal.  Students may not participate in any athletic contest until the fee is paid. All fees must be paid to Brenda in the Main Office as coaches are NOT responsible for collecting athletic fees ($100 per Sport with a Family Cap of $450).

Throughout the year you can find updates on our Athletic Programs webpage. You will also find the MIAA Smith Academy page helpful when looking for game schedules. You are also always welcome to contact our Athletic Director: Mr. David Keir.

  • Fall Participation

In order for a student to participate in fall sports practices, the athlete must have a current physical (within the last thirteen months). For numerous reasons, we must strictly enforce this procedure without exception. Please know that if your family is away during the pre-season conditioning sessions, students may still participate on a team by attending practices when school opens. Lastly, students must also meet academic eligibility requirements in order to participate in the interscholastic sports program.

Smith Academy requires that our Student-Athletes are prepared for the start of a season. If a player joins a team after the first date when practice can occur, they will have to participate in 7 practices before they will be allowed to participate in a game. A practice, in this case, will be defined as actively performing tasks that are specific to the sport in which the player is a part of, and it must last at least one hour in length. Two practice sessions conducted on the same day are allowed on non-school days, but there must be at least 8 hours between the end of session 1 and the beginning of session 2. There will only be 2 days where double sessions are allowed to occur. All practices must be conducted with the head coach in attendance.

Open House

Open House will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 pm.

Consent Information

Armed Forces Recruitment: The No Child Left Behind legislation requires all public secondary schools receiving federal funds to provide student names, addresses and phone numbers to the United States Armed Forces for the purpose of recruitment. If you DO NOT want SA to provide your child’s information, you must notify the school, in writing, to have your child’s information removed from the lists that will be forwarded to the Armed Forces.

Media Release: Please see our media release language below. If you DO NOT want your child utilized in any form of media production, please place in writing your request via email (rmalinowski@hatfieldps.net) or letter form to Mrs. Riley Malinowski in the main office. 

I hereby release and discharge The Hatfield Public Schools, and/or assigns from any and all liability by virtue of distortion, blurring, alteration, optical illusion and/or use in composite form, whether the same is intentional, or otherwise. Parent/guardian understands that images/video posted on the Internet can be viewed and downloaded by others. Parent/guardian understand that The Hatfield Public Schools may use any process or procedure resulting in the completion of the finished product, the publication, distribution, or public display, when images of the subject are used in accordance with the usage listed below.

Usage: To display images/video on Web site and/or for the use of images in publications, media, and print collateral.

Class Dues

Class dues are considered a student’s contribution for being a member of the class for a given academic year and are required in order to support class activities such as Homecoming, the Middle School Social, the Washington, D.C. Trip, Prom, Yearbook, Graduation and the Class Gift.  At present, the dues are set at $60 per year. Families receiving, or who are eligible to receive, free-and-reduced lunch may contact the principal to discuss other payment options, including a reduction of the yearly-established amount. The payment of class dues commences in the 7th Grade and continues through one’s senior year.  All students are required to pay dues regardless of one’s participation in an individual class event. Dues collected for that year are non-refundable. See the Student Handbook for more details.      

Health Office

Parents/guardians whose children take medication during the school day, including asthma inhalers, must fill out medication forms and return them to the school nurse. Additionally, recent immunizations must be on file with the school nurse. Missing records may delay your child’s start of school. All forms can be found under School Nurse Forms: HERE

Substitute Teachers

Smith Academy is looking for adults interested in substitute teaching this year.  If you have an interest in teaching, and are available to contribute in this critical area, please contact Mr. David Keir at 413-588-1915.

Student Handbook

All SA students will receive a Student Handbook within the first week of school. Class meetings will be held to review certain items that all students must know and understand. Parent/guardians are required to sign a form acknowledging that they have had an opportunity to review the Handbook. You can find the 2017-18 Student Handbook HERE and on our website under the Parents and Students tab. Please understand the handbook is a procedural document that provides an outline for school business. Not all circumstances and/or variables involved with a given situation will be outlined within the handbook. Decisions will be made in the school communities best interest and with all information taken into consideration. 

Website Information

Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to explore our website. There is a great deal of information available here, and it will assist you in staying abreast of what is happening at Smith Academy, both in and out of the classroom.

Misc. Forms & Information

  1. Hatfield Public Schools 2017-18 Academic Calendar
  2. Smith Academy Academic Calendar 2017-18
  3. Pupil Data Form
  4. Emergency/Medication Form
  5. Complete Summer Mailing Packet (with Free/Reduced Lunch Application)
  6. School Profile (Updated Yearly)

Looking forward to welcoming back our students and to a great academic year!

Respectfully,

Andrew Berrios, Ed.D.