March 2020 Newsletter

Smith Academy students taking a break from community service projects in Costa Rica

Dear Smith Academy community, 

I hope that you all enjoyed a restful break and are ready to jump into the fray of the last few months of school. 

February saw 18 students and 3 staff members visit Costa Rica to practice their Spanish and complete community service projects, the completion of the basketball season and continued rehearsal  for the Spring musical, 110 In The Shade.

Please follow Smith Academy on Facebook and Instagram for more instantaneous news, events and photos.

Wishing you the best for the upcoming month.

Best wishes

Chris Buckland 


Important Information

MCAS Exams

  • Parents of students in Grades 7,8,9 and 10, please review the MCAS information for 2020. 

  • Please note that due to the need to use all staff to proctor Grade 10 ELA and Math MCAS, on the following days, Grades 7, 8 & 10 will be expected at the normal start of day time and Grades 9, 11 & 12 will not be required to be in school until 10:30: 3/ 24 & 3/25, 5/19 & 5/20. Students in Grades 9, 11 & 12 who are not able to secure transportation to school at 10:30 are invited to be in school at the normal time and are asked to bring work to do in the library.

Grade 8 Washington DC

  • Washington DC information was sent to Grade 8 parents via the portal on January 30th. Please check your email or with Kristy in the office about: Medication, Permission to travel forms and the payment schedule.

Smith Academy School Improvement plan (SIP): 2020-23

The SA School council is interested to invite all members of the community to provide feedback on what should be considered for the SIP for 2020-23. We would be appreciative of your time in completing this brief survey, here. We would like to consider all feedback by March 19th.

Upcoming Events


March 2 - 6th: Superintendent semi-finalist interviews. Details and dates on the finalists will be announced soon by the school committee.

March 11th: 6:30 - 8:30pm: Booster Club Winter Sports Banquet, SA

March 13th: No school for students. Staff PD

March 14th: Smith Academy Variety Show: 7:00pm, SA

March 17th: Preview performance of excerpts from 110 in the Shade for the Hatfield Council on Aging

March 19th; Smith Academy School Coucil meeting, 4-5pm SA

March 16 - 20th: Smith Academy Student Council presents: March Madness week. More details to come soon.

March 20th: ½ day for students. 11:15 finish. Staff curriculum development ½ day.

March 24th: Headsup meeting, 6pm HES

March 24 & 25th: Grade 10 ELA MCAS assessments. Grades 7, 8 & 10 will be expected in school at the normal time. Students in grades 9, 11 & 12 are expected in school by 10:30. Students in 9, 11 & 12 who are only able to come into school at the regular time are asked to bring work to do in the library until 10:30. This will be the schedule for the same grade levels for grade 10 MCAS exams only. 

March 28th: Scarlett Sock Foundation Annual Gala



The class of 2022 is about to start the pink flamingo flocking fundraiser. Please email for more details on how you can temporarily “gift” a flock of plastic pink flamingos to someone and raise money for the current Grade 10 class.


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