Principal's Message

Picture of Mrs. Salinas Class doing a Science Experiment
January 14 - 19, 2019
Principal’s Message
               We are in the second week of the 4th Six Weeks grading period. There is a lot of hard work and learning ahead of us. Please encourage your students to keep up with AR Reading and testing, daily assignments, and homework. Often, it’s a little harder to keep teenagers interested in reading, but it is important for our students to understand that the college entrance exams (ACT and SAT) all have a verbal section. The BEST way to prepare for the verbal section of those future exams is to READ, READ, READ challenging books.
                After-School Tutoring resumes today and Saturday Tutoring is scheduled for the 19th and the 26th of this month. If you need tutoring permission slips, please visit with Mr. Homero Tijerina or Mr. Jose Martinez.
                Core Content – Grade Level/Elective Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, January 15th during teacher conference periods in the Data Room #112C to address the Student Learning Objective (SLO) Check Point #2 in addition to teacher collaboration on lesson plans. There will be a Department Chair Meeting on Friday, January 18th, at 7:25 a.m. in the Data Room.
                SMS Administration would like to congratulate SMS teacher Mrs. Guadalupe Marivel Vela-De La Rosa and her 57 Algebra 1/Geometry Cohort students for scoring at 100 percent Mastery Level on the STAAR Algebra 1 (EOC) exam taken earlier this school year in December 2018. In addition, four of her students received individual perfect scores: Naydeline Chapa, Sebastian Gonzalez, Domingo Luevano and Travis Perez.
                In addition, we would like to congratulate two of our 6th grade students who received 1st and 2nd place in the ECISD Spelling Bee as follows: Ann Jacobs (1st Place) and Isabel Thoppil (2nd Place).
Several dates important to our Students, Parents and Staff are as follows:
Jan. 19                    Saturday Tutoring, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon (6th Day)
Jan. 22                    ECISD Payday
Jan. 24                    Fundraiser Exempt Day
Jan. 24                    Middle School Science Fair, (Showcase: 5:30 p.m.; Awards: 6:30 p.m.)
Jan. 25                    4th Six Weeks Progress Reports Due
Jan. 26                    Saturday Tutoring, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon (7th Day)
Feb. 4                      Time Equivalency Day (T.E.P.) (NO School for Students)
Feb. 4 – 8                National School Counseling Week
Feb. 8                      Valentine’s Day Dance, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Gym
Feb. 12                    ECISD Board Meeting
Feb. 12                    8th Gr. Math/Algebra 1/7th Gr. Writing Benchmark II Exams
Feb. 13                    8th Gr. Reading/English 1 Benchmark II Exams
Feb. 14                    Valentine’s Day
Feb. 14                    Fundraiser Exempt Day
Feb. 16                    Saturday Tutoring, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon (8th Day)
Feb. 18                    6th/7th Gr. Math/8th Gr. Science Benchmark II Exams
Feb. 19                    6th 7th Gr. Reading/8th Gr. Social Studies Benchmark II Exams
Feb. 22                    ECISD Payday
Feb. 22                    Last Day of the 4th Six Weeks/Grades Due
Feb. 23                    Saturday Tutoring, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon (9th Day)
Feb. 25                    First Day of the 5th Six Weeks
Feb. 26                    ECISD Board Meeting
Feb. 25 -April 5     TELPAS Window
Dr. Mary Frances Garza
SMS Principal