EAGLE WEEKLY
SMA HIGH SCHOOL
FROM OUR ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL

Friends and Family,

The national political and societal environment has thrust some difficult topics into the forefront of our academic, health, and emotional discourse, especially in relation to harassment, abuse, and gender role behaviors of our youth and youth of the past. Many adults are having a great deal of difficulty addressing this topic with each other, so you can only imagine the difficulties our students are having with this discussion. I would like to share with you some disturbing statistics: 

A recent national survey by Making Caring Common, a frightening 87 percent of 18- to 25-year-old women report having endured at some point in their past at least one of the following: being catcalled (55 percent); touched without permission by a stranger (41 percent); insulted with sexualized words (like "sl^&" or "b$%^&") by a man (47 percent); insulted with sexualized words by a woman (42 percent); having a stranger say something sexual to them (52 percent); and having a stranger say they were "hot" (61 percent). Half of the men in this survey reported that they'd harassed a woman in at least one of these ways in the past. (Educational Leadership, Oct. 2018, v76, #2, pg. 52-57)

At Sarasota Military Academy, all of our students are "cadets", a gender-neutral term. In addition, the concepts of " honor ", " respect ", and " integrity " are explicitly taught through our JROTC curriculum and are consistently discussing concepts of leadership. We ask that our instructors, and parents, speak to our cadets and children, both in the academic setting and at home, regarding the impact of an honorable leader (our cadets) on their society, simply by being an active  "upstander" (stands up for the oppressed) . Talk to your cadets about how this topic has become so divisive in our national setting, and encourage them to be that leader, that  "upstander" , that changes his/her immediate societal environment. I truly believe that our cadets can make a very positive impact on their society and lead the way for our national leaders. 

Respectfully,

SMA-LTC Frederick T. Fout
Head of School
SMA SUPPORTS
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

SMA is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. On Friday, October 26th students and staff will be permitted to wear this approved pink t-shirt with their Polo Uniform. In order to guarantee you get a t-shirt, you may pre-order it in the Counseling or Main Office. The cost is $10.00 ($13 for XL and up) and all the profits will go to a local breast cancer organization. 

STUDENT INFORMATION UPDATE

Parents, please make sure that SMA has the correct mailing information and phone numbers for your cadet. If you have moved, the district requires you to provide us with a copy of a utility bill, lease/ bill of sale (just the page with the address). Below is the form that needs to be submitted to make any changes to a student record.  Click here for the Student Information Update Form.
"COMMANDANT'S TIME" ASSEMBLY
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH

Each quarter we will have an assembly led by our Commandant of Cadets, LTC Ben Weiss. Each grade level will meet separately in the cafeteria for about 20-30 minutes in the beginning of class. Cadets must check in with their teacher for attendance before attending the assembly and again, right after it is over.

Period 1   all 12th graders
Period 2   all 11th graders
Period 3   all 10th graders
Period 4  all 9th graders
SPORTS, SPORTS, & MORE SPORTS!

Athletic Events this week and coming...
Oct. 5 Volleyball Home vs Palmetto 6 pm
Oct. 5 XC @ North Port Tri-Match 6 pm
Oct. 8 Volleyball @ Southeast 7 pm
Oct. 8 Boys Golf @ Long Boat CC 8am
Oct. 9 Volleyball Home vs Bayshore 6 pm (senior night)
Oct. 11 Boys Golf Home vs Southeast 3 pm
Oct. 11 Boys Golf Home vs Palmetto 3:30 pm

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 10/10

On October 10th, SMA will have 350 cadets participating in either the PSAT or the SAT School-based test. We need some parent volunteers to assist with proctoring the exams. A proctor may work in a testing room with a teacher supervising. The duties will include helping to pass out and collect materials, handing out breakfast in the testing room, getting the brown-bag lunches and handing them out in testing rooms, monitoring cadet bathroom usage, and staying in a testing room while a teacher may take a brief break. Help will be needed from 7:00am-2:00pm. Please send an email to  pamela.donehew@oursma.org  if you would like to volunteer.  All volunteers should be approved per the county. Please click here to apply or to reactivate. Reactivation is required each school year.
PICTURE DATES

SENIORS:

Thursday, October 25th:  Formal Boys (Room 11)
Friday, October 26th:  Formal Girls (Room 11)
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.
FUN FACT FRIDAY

#FunFactFriday Did you know? SMA-CPT Jeanette Marks is our Marine Science Educator and this week was SMA's Shark Week! Students participated in a five-day comparative anatomy lab where they compare and contrast two specimens from different classes of fish. They dissected a Spiny Dogfish shark (S. acanthias) and a Perch (P. flavescens) and compared the morphological features of the two specimen. This is part of a larger unit designed to expose students to the wide variety of life found in the World Ocean.

Students learn about the importance of sharks to our marine ecosystems and why sharks should be respected, not feared or hated. At the end of the week, students created a presentation of their work, including photographic documentation of each stage of the dissection process. #wearesma #oursma #sarasotamilitaryacademy #cadetlife
CONNECT WITH
INTERACT CLUB & CONNECTING HANDS PROJECT

Thank you to all cadets who donated for Operation Christmas Child Kick Off!
The following cadets are winners of the raffle:
Jose Gonzalez
Kenny Derisie
Deven Juracka

Please see SMA-CPT Bauck for your prizes in room 216. 

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.



WANT TO TRAVEL?

Click here for more details.
RISE AND RUN 5K

February 16, 2019

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.
NEWS FROM THE COUNSELING OFFICE

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

A NOTE FROM THE ESE LIAISON

Click here for more details on a webinar for parents/guardians
to learn more about dyslexia.

DeSantis INTERNSHIP

Click here for more details.

FAFSA

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

BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP

Click here for more details.

TESTING INFO

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SMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

On Thursday, October 25th at 2:30pm the Board will meet
in the conference room on the SMA high school campus.

Sarasota Military Academy
High School Campus

941-926-1700