EAGLE WEEKLY
SMA HIGH SCHOOL
FROM OUR HEAD OF SCHOOL


Friends and Families,
 
This past week has been at the least interesting, and at the most - nearly - divisive. This week the leadership with the Sarasota County Schools released a document providing their guidance for gender diverse populations. Please understand that these are not policy, but rather a guiding document for schools to refer. I would like to set all of your minds at ease by expressing the following guidance from the SMA Leadership Team:

  • First and foremost, ALL cadets, regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender and gender orientation, age, disability, marital status, and sexual orientation are valued as members of our community and will be treated with RESPECT.

  • Any type of harassment will not be tolerated, and any accusations of harassment should be reported immediately.
         
  • Sharing of personal cadet information is a violation of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.

With these understandings in place, and under the guidance of best practices and policies, the accommodations to be implemented in the case of gender diverse cadets are based on  case by case circumstances by a team that considers the health, wellness, and academic success of all cadets impacted.

  • Gender diverse refers to the social construct that may include gender identity and gender expression.
        
  • The determination of accommodations for the gender diverse cadet will be determined by a team that includes the cadet, administration, parent/guardian, counseling, and an advocate if requested.
        
  • A plan will be developed that meets the privacy needs of the gender diverse cadet, as well as all cadets.
  • Uniforms will be issued to match the most consistently identified gender identity as determined by the team. This guideline is supported by JROTC protocol.
  • Restroom use will be determined and agreed upon by the team to ensure privacy and comfort levels of all cadets. There are multiple types of restrooms on each campus, to include; single use and traditional with multiple private stalls. These restrooms are for the use of all cadets, but if your cadet has a legitimate privacy concern, the use of the single use restroom may be made available at administration’s discretion. Any cadets have concerns for their own privacy should speak first with the Teacher, and any accommodations will be approved by administration.
  • Locker Rooms use will be determined and agreed upon by the team to ensure privacy and comfort levels of all cadets. Each locker room has privacy options available, and the scheduled use of locker rooms can be arranged to address any privacy concerns. Any cadets have concerns for their own privacy should speak first with the Teacher, and any accommodations will be approved by administration.

I cannot stress enough that each individual within our SMA family must at all times be treated with respect, as this is a foundational value of who we are. I fully trust the integrity of our cadets, staff, and faculty to value every individual and provide them with this respect. If you have any follow up questions or concerns, I would be happy to meet with you. Please feel free to email me at  fred.fout@oursma.org , or make an appointment through the front office to meet with me. 

Respectfully,

SMA-LTC Frederick T. Fout
Head of School

VETERANS' DAY PARADE
Sunday, November 11th
 
All SMA Cadets, staff, faculty, parents, guardians, friends and family from both campuses are encouraged to participate. Please note that the parade will be on SUNDAY, November 11th in the morning. Please stay tuned for more details. W e are looking forward to great support and attendance!




WATER DONATIONS NEEDED

We are asking for your generous donation of cases of bottled water for the Veterans' Day Parade. The water may be dropped off in the Main Office between 6:30am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday. Thank you in advance for your help!


SPONSOR A WREATH TODAY!
Sponsorship Deadline
Tuesday, November 20th

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

Please show your patriotic appreciation for the thousands of veterans laid to rest at the Sarasota National Cemetery. The remembrance wreath laying ceremony embraces honor and respect for our uniformed service veterans. Since the Sarasota National Cemetery opened in January 2009, the Wreaths Across America annual campaign for the Sarasota National Cemetery has been led by SMA, its cadets, and their families.

Click here  to order online on our school website.
Click here  for the order form.
Click here  for the sponsor tally form.
Click here  for the Wreath Decorating Contest.
Cadet Wreath Contest
Cadets that sponsor 5 or more wreaths will receive a t-shirt that they can wear on Fridays during November and December. Please turn in money to the main office as it is collected. All funds are due by November 20, 2018. In addition, the High School PTCC will be awarding a gift basket to the Cadet that sponsors the most wreaths and there will be prizes to the top three cadets for the Thank a Veteran Wreath Designing Contest. 

Wreath Laying Ceremony
December 15th at 10:00am
at Sarasota National Cemetery

HOLIDAY FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT FUNDRAISER

Enjoy a family photo just in time for the holidays! Each family will receive 5 professionally edited digital photos for use in their own holiday cards. Children and pets are welcome. Register today for a scheduled session on Saturday, November 10th between 10am and 4pm. 

Locations are:
SMA Prep - Middle School 3101 Bethel Lane, Sarasota, FL 34240
SMA High School 801 N. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

REAL LIFE. MEMORIES. CAPTURED.  

Click here to register today!

*All proceeds will go to both SMA High School and SMA Prep-Middle School specifically for the purchase of digital cameras for classroom, yearbook and media use.

Thank you for your support!
CLASS RINGS, CAP & GOWNS, AND INVITATIONS

Monday, October 29th, immediately after formation, the 11th and 12th graders will report to the cafeteria for a presentation from Josten's about class rings and graduation items. 
IMPAIRED DRIVING DAY

The SMA National Honor Society is holding an IMPAIRED DRIVING DAY on Thursday, November 15th, during 2nd, 3rd, and the first part of 4th period. This activity will be held in the senior parking area of the rear parking lot (behind Windom). Cadets will wear impaired vision goggles while attempting to complete various tasks (a mini-obstacle course, jumping rope, etc.).
INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK AT SMA

SMA will be holding an International Heritage Week from December 3rd-7th. IB is the sponsor of this school-wide event that will celebrate the diversity at SMA. Our theme is "Making Connections." In order to make this event a success, we need donations. If everyone sends the link below to at least 20 other people, we will reach our goal of $5000. 

All donations are greatly appreciated! Thank you for your support. Please click below to make a donation or copy and paste when sharing.
http://www.sarasotamilitaryacademy.org/sma-international-heritage-week

Click here to read the news article.
PICTURE DATES

SENIORS:

Friday, November 2:  All Seniors Cap & Gown (Room 10)

MAKE-UP PHOTOS:

Thursday, November 1st: Underclassmen and Senior Class A (Room 10)
Thursday, November 15th: Senior Boys Formal and Cap & Gown (Room 11)
Friday, November 16th: Senior Girls Formal and Cap & Gown (Room 11)

Click here for the Senior order form.

Underclassmen photo forms were distributed to cadets in class.
CONNECT WITH
INTERACT CLUB & CONNECTING HANDS PROJECT

Thank you to all cadets, staff and parents who participated and volunteered for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
HALLOWEEN GRAMS

Purchase a Halloween gram for your Boo by the Registrar’s Office (room 34) beginning October 22nd during lunch. The cost is .50 cents and proceeds will be donated to help Floridians affected by Hurricane Michael. Donate an additional $1 and get a raffle ticket to win Chic-fil-A gift card or a Dress Down Day Ticket.
DONATIONS NEEDED!

Operation Christmas Child
 
Make a child’s Christmas joyful by sending love in a box!!

If your club or sports team or you and your family would like to fill a shoe box, please pick up a box in the front office or stop by room 216. 

The donations need to be in by November 9th and National Collection Day will be November 12th-19th.
Thanks for your support!

How to make a gift box?
Find a shoe box
Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoe box. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.
Girl or Boy?
Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
Fill with Gifts
Select a quality “wow” toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal. Then add other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies

NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK: NOVEMBER 12th-19th!
PLEASE JOIN US!

Interact Club Meetings:
1 st and 3 rd Friday of every month during lunch

Connecting Hands Project Meetings:
Every Wednesday from 2:30pm-3:30pm

INTERACT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

All year volunteer: Habitat for Humanity Restore
Contact Person: Crystal Frazer
Community Outreach Manager
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity
941-748-9100 ext.116

Making Strides for Breast Cancer
October 20, 2018       
10:00am- 2:30pm     
Click here for more details and to sign up.
ATHLETICS

Boys & Girls Golf teams advanced to their respective Regionals. The Boys are this years District Runner-Up! Congratulations to: Zach Perron, Tim Williamson, Tyler Eckes, Jack Greene & Stephen Kellerman. Job well done and with only graduating Zach we are looking forward to Golf's future!

The Girls Golf team: Hannah Phillips, Zoe Phillips, Carmella Romeo & Haley Dunham represented very well and achieving their first ever Team advancement to Regionals! Graduating only Hannah their future is bright as well!

Cross Country boys has finished their season with Personal Records for every race! Our 2 female runners: Cecilia Petereit & Victoria Morton-Mijares will move on to Regionals next week. 
WANT TO TRAVEL?

If you sign up by the 23rd of October, you will need to complete the registration through the QR code on the flyer (below) to reserve your spot. If you come to the meeting, you automatically save $200 OFF THE COST OF THE TOUR!  Click here for more details.

RAIDERS 2ND ANNUAL RISE AND RUN 5K
FEBRUARY 16, 2019

The SMA Raiders 2nd Annual Rise and Run 5K sponsorship and registration is up on our school website. It is open for donors, sponsors or to register for the run on February 16, 2019. Please contact Coach Trecartin with any questions at jackie.sharkey@oursma.org. Please click here for more details.
CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER
SUPPORTING THE RAIDERS RISE AND RUN 5K

Please visit the Chipotle on Fruitville Road on Tuesday, November 20th between 5:00pm - 9:00pm. Show this flyer on your phone or tell the cashier you are supporting SMA Raiders - Rise and Run 5k. See flyer for more details. 33% of proceeds will be donated to the SMA Raiders Programs.
THE 2018 STATE OF JOBS CONFERENCE

If you are a sophomore and want to learn more about what jobs, careers, and education tracks are offered in our community, register to attend the 2018 State of Jobs Conference on October 30 th , 2018 at Robarts Arena. The conference will kick off promptly at 8:45AM and will conclude at 1:15PM. Transportation & lunch provided. Register in the Counseling office to attend. Permission slip must be signed by a parent/guardian.

This year, there are six tracks to select from including:
Healthcare  Sponsored by Plymouth Harbor
Hospitality/Tourism  Sponsored by Visit Sarasota
Business/Entrepreneurship
Information Technology
Art/Design  Sponsored by Ringling College of Art & Design
Engineering/High-Tech Manufacturing 

Click here for the permission slip.
NEWS FROM THE COUNSELING OFFICE

Click here for information about scholarships
and other important information from the Director of Counseling.

FAFSA

Click here for more details on how to get money for college.

BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP

Click here for more details.

SMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

On Thursday, November 8th at 2:30pm, the SMA Board of Directors
will meet in the conference room on the SMA high school campus.

Sarasota Military Academy
High School Campus

941-926-1700