EAGLE WEEKLY
SMA HIGH SCHOOL
FROM ADMINISTRATION

Dear SMA Families and Friends,

Learning never ends! At SMA, we take every opportunity to encourage our cadets to be diligent in their classwork and to attend school everyday as these are ways to show they value their education and school community. 

For instance, how many of us have heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words”? This basically means that our behavioral responses to situations and circumstances show our real attitudes, values, and beliefs. When I conference with a student about their academics, I often let them know that their actions speak louder than words. I hear from many of them how they can do the work, but they acknowledge not completing it or submitting it to their teachers or they don’t study for tests, or it’s the teachers fault and that’s the reason why they have a poor grade. A few of them have even stated that they just don’t feel like doing the work. As I reflect back on their statements and their excuses, I would bring to their attention that the course grade is ultimately the evidence of effort and work completed by them in class. Mind you, some excuses students bring up may very well be justified. However, where did accountability go? For example, when a student is absent, teachers are available to provide the missed work; nevertheless, it’s the student’s responsibility to complete any missed assignments in a timely manner. At conferences we discuss how we are accountable for our actions and how choices and decisions made impact learning and class grades.

In brief, we need to have tough conversations with our children regarding accountability. As we face the five weeks left of school, we have to keep reminding our children that they need to own their education and take responsibility for their actions. We, as educators, are here to support our students and to provide them with the best learning environment so they can be successful and productive members of society. However, at the end of the day, it’s up to them to demonstrate that they value their own education.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” “Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in the future as future leaders.” Nelson Mandela
 
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely, 
                                                                                                                     
Dr. Catherine Rodríguez
Assistant Head of School

Upcoming Important Dates:
  • No school tomorrow, Friday, April 19th
  • Prom is on Saturday, April 20th
  • VIP Exclusive Kayaking Experience with Les Stroud - Survivorman on Thursday, April 25th ($150)
  • Les Stroud - Survivorman - Concert to be held at Bayside Community Church, Friday, April 26th from 7:00pm-9:30pm. Tickets for sale $35
  • SMA Talent Show scheduled for next week has been changed to May 10th
  • Last day of school for Seniors is Friday, May 17th!

Please click here to view our school calendar.
RE-ENROLLMENT AT SMA

Dear Families,

It's that time of year again when parents/guardians need to complete the online  re-registration  form for next year. This is for families who already have existing registrations for their child in Sarasota County. For those who have an email address on file, an email was sent from the school district with a "snapcode" that you will need in order to complete the re-registration process. For those without an email, your snapcode was sent home in a letter via mail. If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please contact our registrar, Gail Biroscak at ext. 255.

Additional information will be sent to our new families who are not currently enrolled in a Sarasota district or charter school, with instructions on how to enroll online.
IB SENIOR BANQUET

Saturday May 11th, 2019    
at The Westin Sarasota

To register and purchase tickets, please click here.
Tickets must be purchased by April 29, 2019
Submit favorite photos of your cadet
for a photo montage (by April 25th) to:
Reference “IB Banquet” in the Subject Line

We would like to thank our Sponsors for their generous donations to purchase the cadet and IB staff tickets along with offsetting the families ticket prices.
 
The Family of Jacob Mayer:
Christy Morris, Philip & Susan Morris
 
The Family of Jackson “Crosley” Jones:
Jeff and Amy Phelps  
PLEASE HELP US CELEBRATE!

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is
May 6th-10th

Dear Parents and Guardians,
We need your help! We love our teachers and staff at SMA and want to go out of our way each year in May to say "Thank You!" for all they do. We appreciate your help in this endeavor! 

Each day of the week we'll have a different treat. We will have a luncheon from Pizza SRQ provided by the PTCC, many chances to win various prizes throughout the week, a pamper spa day, and other fun stuff! 

If you would like to make a food or monetary donation, provide a service, contribute in any other way, or have any questions, please contact Monika at 941-926-1700 ext. 222 or monika.chenkus@oursma.org. If you would like to help, please click here to visit the Sign Up Genius to sign up. We truly appreciate all your generosity! 

THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS ARE NEEDED:

Monday, May 6th
Cinco de Mayo Lunch:
Lunch catered by Pizza SRQ provided by the PTCC. Thank you!

Tuesday, May 7th
Coffee and High Tea:
Variety of Herbal teas (loose leaf and/or tea bags). Variety of grinded Coffee and/or K-Cups. Cappuccino/Latte flavored instant mixes. Variety of milks and flavored creamers. Finger sandwiches, petit fours, scones, biscuits and fruit preserves, biscotti, shortbread, macaroons, or any other tiny treats.
Please drop off in the main office before 7:00am (if possible) or the day before. 
 
Wednesday, May 8th
Breakfast:
Quiches, breakfast casseroles, fruit, bagels, hard boiled eggs, pastries, biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, etc.
Please drop off in the main office before 7:00am (if possible) or the day before. 

Thursday, May 9th
Treats and Sweets:
Goodie bags, popcorn, candy bars, brownies, cookies, chips and dip, crackers and cheese, fruit, homemade treats, cakes, etc.
Please drop off in the main office before 10:00am or the day before.

Friday, May 10th
Healthy Bites:
Veggies and dip, fruits, bars, cheese and crackers, hummus, chips and guacamole, hard boiled eggs, trail mix, salads, homemade snacks, fruit salads, etc.
Please drop off in the main office before 10:00am or the day before.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP:
  • "Thank You" cards to display in the staff lounge
  • Monetary donations to help cover the costs of festivities and necessary items
  • Gift cards, gift baskets, services, tickets, and other gifts for daily drawings
  • Individual gifts, goody bags, candies, treats, and other items for each teacher/staff (100)
  • Items for our daily drawings, such as gift cards, gift baskets, certificates for services, tickets for movies/events/shows, and other awesome prizes.
  • Chair Massages: We are looking for a Massage Therapist who would be willing to provide 10 minute massages to our staff throughout the day. You may select the day (May 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th) and you may stay all day (6:45am-2:15pm) or for a few hours if you prefer. You may advertise your business while you are here. 

Please CLICK HERE
if you would like to sign up to help.


THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

ATTENTION SENIORS!!!

CADET CLEARANCE FORMS

You may pick up your Cadet Clearance Form from the Registrar in room 34 beginning Wednesday, May 1st.

CLASS B UNIFORM RETURN

You may turn in your Class B Uniform beginning Thursday, May 9th . You will need to have the Cadet Clearance Form with you. You must wear the Polo Uniform through Wednesday, May 17th AFTER you turn in your Class B Uniform to the supply room. 

CAP AND GOWN PICK UP

You may pick up your Cap and Gown in the main office beginning Friday, May 10th.

LAST DAY FOR SENIORS

Last day of school for Seniors is Friday, May 17th. Be sure to make up all your work, tests, turn in your uniforms, and complete your Cadet Clearance Form.

GRADUATION PRACTICE

Graduation practice will be Friday, May 24th at 9:30am. Please click here for more details.

2019 GRADUATION CEREMONY

Graduation will take place on Friday, May 24th at 7pm at Bayside Community Church on St. Rd. 64. 
No tickets needed to attend. Please click here for more details.

CAP AND GOWN

If you have not ordered your cap and gown, please do so as soon as possible. Please  click here  to place your order.

FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS

Seniors, time is running out! You have just over a month until graduation! If you have not completed your FLVS or your community service hours, you should do so immediately. You MUST complete at least 75 volunteer hours to receive your diploma and 100 hours for the bright futures scholarship. If you are still in need of volunteer hours, see Mrs. Olree in the counseling office for current opportunities.

PBIS EAGLE POINTS

Don’t forget to use up your points before the end of the year. Stop by the media center for some goodies or gift cards.

DONATE YOUR POLO AND PT UNIFORMS

Please consider donating your Polo and PT Uniforms to the Gently Used store. You may drop them off at the main office, Monday-Friday 6:30am-3:00pm.
REGISTER TO VOTE

Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd county representatives will be on campus to register voters during lunch. Please bring your ID to register.
GET YOUR DISCOUNTED TICKETS
FOR SURVIVORMAN TODAY!
All employees and cadets may purchase a concert ticket for $20.00,
all other tickets are $35.00.
Remember, the VIP Kayaking Experience
with Survivorman is limited to 40!
Do not wait to get your tickets
for this amazing once in a lifetime opportunity!
SMA TALENT SHOW
NEW DATE!

Please note that the SMA Talent Show has been postponed until the 10th of May due to an unforeseen conflict with the date. The deadline for submitting the Talent Show Application has also been extended to 30th of April.
SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS

If you would like to help out by donating items or services to the silent auction, please contact SMA-MAJ Gillotte at sylvia.gillotte@oursma.org. Thank you in advance!
CONNECT WITH
INTERACT CLUB & CONNECTING HANDS PROJECT         
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  

Porch Light 5k Run, Rescue and Restore: April 27th
*see SMA-CPT Bauck for details.  

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

Next Meeting: April 25th
FOOD DRIVE

Please drop off all non-perishable food donations
to the main office or the counseling office by May 15th.







JSA is continuing to partner with Yankee Candle® Fundraising to help achieve our goal this year. Yankee Candle is the world's #1 candle brand, offering a wide range of premium candles, fragrances, and decor items at a very wide range of prices. The most important thing to know is that our group will receive the profit for every item sold!

To help support us, click on the website here and order items online. Your purchases ship directly to your home and our group receives profit on each and every sale. Once you are on the site, enter Group Number 990092496 in the "Start Shopping" box there. With that number, your purchases will still help JSA.

BE SURE TO ORDER YOUR ITEMS IN TIME TO GIFT THEM FOR MOTHER’S DAY OR ENJOY THEM IN YOUR HOME DURING PASSOVER AND EASTER.

There are three days left on a special promotion, so hurry and make your purchase now!
NEED COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS?
Sailor Circus Needs YOU!

Short 2 hour morning and evening shifts are available.
The dates are April 18th-April 27th.
Please click here to sign up.
NEWS FROM THE COUNSELING OFFICE

~ Scholarships are available for seniors attending College and Technical School
~ Get some hours of service and have fun at Boys and Girls Club this Spring Break (up to 35)
~ Get ready for college/technical school with Florida Shines
~ Attention sophomores! If you have a minimum of overall 3.0 GPA, you may be eligible to start dual enrollment at State College of Florida and earn college credit while completing high school (for free). For more information on all this and more, please click here.

GREAT VALUE COLLEGES
FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP

Click here for more details.

COLLEGE & CAREER WORKSHOPS

Click here for more details.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Click here for more details.

UF ABA SCHOLARSHIP

Click here for more details.

PYE PROGRAM

Click here for more details.

TESTING INFORMATION

Click here for more details.

SMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

 On Thursday, May 9th 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