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Principal's Message

March 9 – 14, 2020
Principal’s Message
     We are in the third week of the 5th Six Weeks. Progress Reports will be due this Friday, March 13th. Encourage your students to turn in all of their assignments and keep up with their AR points. Stress to your students that good grades are a major factor in determining future success.
     As of today, Monday, March 9th, there are only 16 instructional school days left until the 7th grade Writing STAAR, 8th grade Reading STAAR, the 8th grade English 1 EOC exams and the 8th grade Math STAAR! Therefore, in the following weeks leading up to the state exams, students may experience a little more homework than usual in their five core subjects of Math, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies. In preparation for these State exams, we encourage all parents to send their students who received a tutoring parent permission slip earlier this year to After-School Tutoring and to Saturday Tutoring. After-School tutoring is scheduled weekly from Monday through Thursday from 4:00 -5:00 p.m. Saturday Tutoring is from 7:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Our next Saturday Tutoring date for the month of March is the 28th. Extra instructional time outside of the eight hour, five day school week is essential for the success of the struggling learner. If you need tutoring permission slips, please visit with our Testing/Tutorial Facilitator, Mrs. Caren Deaton; Curriculum Assistant, Mrs. Catherine Salazar; or our head counselor, Mr. Joe Martinez.
     CONGRATULATIONS to our SMS Academic U.I.L. Team. Twenty-one members of the team have qualified for the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association State meet in San Antonio. Thank you to their sponsors, Mr. George Cabrera, Mr. Ezequiel Martinez, and Mrs. Marivel Adriana for diligently working with these students and many more. In addition, SMS administration would like to thank Mr. Marc Garza, our U.I.L. Coordinator, who has done an AWESOME job of organizing all of our U.I.L. academic events for many years.
     Spring Break is upon us and will be observed next week, Monday through Friday, March 16th – 20th. All SMS teachers please mark your calendars in advance, as there will be a Faculty Meeting/STAAR Training in the SMS Library the week following Spring Break on Wednesday, March 25th at 4:00 p.m. with a make-up meeting the following afternoon, Thursday, March 26th at the same time.
Several dates important to our Students, Parents and Staff are as follows:
March 10             ECISD Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
March 13             5th Six Weeks Progress Reports Due
March 16 – 20    Spring Break
March 17             St. Patrick’s Day
March 25             ECISD Payday
March 26             Fundraiser Exempt Day
March 28             Saturday Tutoring, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon (11th Day)
March 31             ECISD Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
April 4                  Saturday Tutoring, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon (12th Day)
April 7                  STAAR Exams: 7th Gr. Writing/8th Gr. Reading/English 1 (EOC)
April 8                  STAAR Exams: 8th Gr. Math
April 10                Good Friday/NO SCHOOL
April 13                Staff Development
April 14                ECISD Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
April 16                Fundraiser Exempt Day
April 17                Last Day of the 5th Six Weeks/Grades Due
April 18                Saturday Tutoring, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon (13th Day)
April 19                Easter
April 20                First Day of the 6th Six Weeks
April 24                ECISD Payday
April 25                Saturday Tutoring, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon (14th Day)
April 25                11th Annual ECISD Golf Tournament
April 28                ECISD Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Mary Frances Garza
SMS Principal

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* Excel in Academics and Ensure Equal Access
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* Develop and Retain Highly Qualified Staff

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