Weekly email: May 13th

Smith Academy students made chalk drawings near the lobby
Good morning everyone,
It is hard to believe that we have already been back at school for three weeks and that we are at the half-way point for this last part of the year.
We hope that the school community will participate in the upcoming Spirit week organized by our amazing Student Council and also come and enjoy our Spring Homecoming event on May 22nd.
 
The themes for Spirit week this year are:
  • Monday: Wrong Closet Day
  • Tuesday: Beach Day
  • Weds: Dynamic Duo
  • Thurs: Jersey Day
  • Fri: PJs
Please email with any questions or concerns.
 
Best
 
Chris
 

Health and Safety

Parties

Whilst COVID numbers continue to improve, thank you for continuing to help keep HPS schools open. We are entering party season. Thank you in advance for continuing to remind your children about wearing masks, maintaining safe distances and practices when socializing and making good choices in relation to prohibited substances. Please also make sure that if your child does not feel well after attending a private party, you call and speak with Nurse Martha BEFORE sending them to school. It would be really unfortunate to have to cancel Spirit Week, Homecoming, Graduation or MCAS testing as a result of a COVID outbreak at SA.

Pool testing

We are happy to report that the state will continue to pay for pool testing through the end of this academic year. This is an important tool in keeping students and staff healthy and our buildings open.

Community Events

Lindsay Sabadosa in Middle School CREW

During CREW today, Rep. Sabadosa spoke to the Middle School via a Google meet about what the state government is doing to address racial justice. Thank you to Mr Wall for organizing this event.

Cradles to Crayons Clothing Donations

Project 351 Ambassador Ian Guzowski is running a clothing drive this week for Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides children all around Massachusetts with the supplies that they need to thrive. Please consider donating clothes for children ages 1-12 including socks, but socks must be brand new. All other clothes must be in “like new” condition. There will be a box in the lobby at Smith Academy for anyone who is able to drop anything off.

Homecoming May 22nd

Speeches will take place by the tents at the back of SA. As it is an outside event, all are welcome and people are asked to maintain an appropriate and safe social distance. Food will not be available for purchase and there will not be a parade this year.

10:30-11: Speeches (Welcome, Homecoming Prize recipient, Declamations winner, Senior class gift)

11-11:20 - Senior send off

11:30-1 Baseball, 1 - 3 Softball: Both vs Hopkins

  • Please aim to arrive at SA and park in the lot by 10:20 am
  • Make your way to the back of the building in time to start promptly at 10:30am
  • Any announcement about weather cancellation will be made by social media by 9am
  • Please adhere to the latest CDC guidance on masks when outside
  • Sanitizer will be available
  • Porta Potties will be available on site

Graduation: June 4th, 7-9pm

We are finalizing seating plans and will send out information to students and families as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.
 
Sports
 
 
Please see the latest Athletics Updates
 
Academics
 
Computer Science
We are proud of our students and staff for all of their incredible hard work in continuing to develop Computer Science at Smith Academy. Facilitated by Ms Shockey, Grade 8 students have been hosting Appapalooza21. Eighth grade computer science students selected a problem to address, evaluated other apps that addressed their problem, then designed their own apps. They coded their apps and collected feedback via user surveys to improve their work (completed three iterations). Below are some examples of their projects.
 
We are pleased to announce that next year all Grade 9 students will take Computer Science and the year following, we hope to have AP Computer Science as an option for students in Grades 10-12.
 
Declamations and G10 MCAS
 
Sophomores have a very busy week coming up!
 
 




ELA M 17th May 1 of 2 8:00-10:30
ELA T 18th May 2 of 2 8:00 - 10:00
Math TH 20th May 1 of 2 8:00-10:00
Math F 21st May 2 of 2 8:00-10:00
 
  • Information relating to MCAS testing was sent to all parents and families last week. As a reminder:
  • Students are expected to be in school from 7:30-2 each day. Testing is followed by a lunch break and teachers have been asked to take into consideration the test experience when planning afternoon classes.
  • Students will be told their testing locations on Monday morning at 7:55am
  • If you are planning on bringing and using your own devices for testing and not using a school chrome book:

    All students were asked to complete a survey indicating the type of device they have/ need. Students who are planning on bringing and using their own devices must make sure that they have downloaded the TESTNAV link onto their device prior to setting foot in the building on test day.

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    Please be aware that if you own your own chrome book, you will NOT be able to download TESTNAV or use it during MCAS testing. Thank you for your patience with this as I can appreciate that this is incredibly frustrating.

    Staff will be going through this with students, but this is to let you know so that you can also check with your child.

    https://download.testnav.com/#

    For windows the click on the Windows .exe for Mac click on the OSX/MacOS link.

 

Upcoming dates

  • May 17th - Declamations Deadline!!!!
  • May 22 - Homecoming (Homecoming prize winner, Winning Declamation to be read out, Presentation of the Gift from the Class of '21, Senior Sports Send off)
  • May 28th - Last day for Grade 12
  • Marks close for Seniors - May 28th
  • Grades due for Seniors - June 1
  • May 31 - Memorial day
  • June 4th - Graduation and Class day: 7-9pm
  • June 11th- 1 - 2pm Grade 6 student step up hour at SA (Families will be able to attend a student and family welcome and information session in August)
  • June 14th - Last day of School
  • August 26th - First day of school for students