SMA Prep News
Middle School Campus
Here's what is happening at the Prep:
Agriscience at SMA Prep

This week in Agriscience, cadets got a head start on the fall garden and plant sale by sowing seeds indoors. Crops include basil, cilantro, oregano, corn, peppers, tomatoes, beans and pumpkins. Good job, cadets!
Learning in Action:
PE classes working on their 40 yard dash
(photo by 1st year photography student)
Epaulet Ceremony

Dear Families of: 6th Grade Cadets Only
(new 7th and 8th grade cadets will be at a later date)
You are cordially invited to attend the
Sarasota Military Academy Prep
Epaulet Ceremony

Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Please plan on arriving between 8:30 - 8:45 AM (cafeteria door) to see the morning formation in the courtyard.  Adults 18 and older need to bring a driver's license or state identification for entry onto the campus.  

RSVP through our   online reservation form .
Prep Running Club
Begins August 28

Running Club begins on August 28 at 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Dates: 8/28, 9/4, 9/11, 9/18 (Cross Country Try-outs)
Location: Field behind the Prep gym
Cost: $25.00 Make checks payable to SMA
IB/MYP Parent Meeting
August 30

Parents: Please mark your calendars to attend a parent meeting for IB/MYP information. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at SMA Prep.

Club 28

Club 28 is a leadership club focused on creating and spreading equality. Members actively take part in educating the campus about the different groups that make up our society through hosting various events. Any cadet and staff member is welcome to join the meetings and be a part of the exciting activities we have planned for the year. Our first major event is Character Day on September 26th. Remember to sign up for your Character strength in the google doc!

Club 28 meetings will be held in the Media Center on Tuesdays of the second and third full week of each month from
8:00 - 8:45 am. The schedule differs during months including extended holidays.

  • August 14 and 21
  • September 11 and 18
  • October 9 and 16
  • November 13 and 27**
  • December 11**
  • January 15 and 22
  • February 12 and 19
  • March 12 and 26**
  • April 9 and 16
  • May 14 and 21
**Holiday month
Prep Drill Team

Drill team starts in November. New recruits welcomed!

Cadets grow upon the fundamentals of unarmed precision drill and ceremony, focusing on self and team discipline, through the assistance of Prep Captains and SMA High drill team cadets. This is a competitive team competing against high school teams at the start of the new year.

6th and 8th - Clinics
13th and 15th - Tryout
20th - no practice (Thanksgiving week)
27th - Mandatory parent meeting and practice begins (T/TH)

Ducks Unlimited Club
First Meeting Next Week

The first meeting is Wednesday, August 29 at 4:30 pm in the Prep cafeteria.

Ducks Unlimited middle school level is known as Green Wing. Prep will partner with the high school club and will be working with our science department, alongside our Eco Team and other staff to support the conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, other wildlife, and people. Ducks Unlimited is known nationally with over 700,000 members and has conserved at least 12.5 million acres of waterfowl habitat.
Community Service Opportunity
September 22
8:30-11:30 am

Join us at the Celery Fields located at 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota on Saturday, September 22nd from 8:30-11:30 am.

Improve Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility by weeding, pruning, removing nuisance exotic plants and picking up trash.

Bring loppers or hand pruners, gloves, a hat, sunglasses, water, bug spray and sunscreen.

Wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes, such as hiking boots or sneakers.

Register online at  or email
Enrollment Information Meetings
8:30-9:30 AM

Please share with neighbors and friends that are interested in their child attending SMA Prep that our Enrollment Information Meetings start promptly at 8:30 AM and end by 9:30 AM. Let them know to bring their inquiring student to hear directly from Prep Cadets about campus life at the Prep.

The first meeting date is on Wednesday: September 12. No reservation is needed. Please share with any interested family, friends, and neighbors!

Upcoming Enrollment Information Meetings: 10/10, 11/14, 12/5, 12/19, 1/16, 2/6, 2/27, 3/13, 4/10, and 5/1.
SMA Prep 2018-2019 All Faith’s Sign-Up
  One aspect of our SMA Prep Counseling Program is our local partnership with All Faiths Food Bank. By simply and privately signing up at the link below, we can continue to help feed your child this 2018-2019 school year by discreetly providing them with extra bags of food. These bags help families with the cost of packing lunches, after school snack, or food for the weekend. If you are interested in your child receiving this additional service at our school, please sign up today:
Looking Ahead Next Week:

August 28 - 4:30-5:30 pm - Running Club

August 30 - 9:00-10:00 am - 6th Grade Epaulet Ceremony

August 30 - 6:00 pm - IB/MYP Parent Meeting at SMA Prep

Looking Ahead:

September 6 - SMA Prep Open House - 6:25 - 8:05 pm - More information to come.

September 20 - Individual Student Pictures - Information will be sent home with cadets on September 13
Calling all volunteers! Please contact Betty Bultemeier or Kathy Simon if you are interested in helping serve lunch to our Prep cadets! Register on the Volunteers Count computer at any Sarasota County School or at The Landings.
World Languages Tutoring
Beginning next week


Tuesday Morning   Major Santana      Room 309   8:15 to 9:00
Tuesday Afternoon  Captain De La Cruz  Room 311   4:15 to 5:00
Thursday Morning   Captain Fallon      Room 203   8:15 to 9:00
Thursday Afternoon  Captain Jauregui   Room 307   4:15 to 5:00


Wednesday        Captain Liu        Room 519  Lunch B

Girls Basketball Coach

SMA Prep is currently looking for a girls basketball coach for the upcoming season. If interested, please contact AJ Brown, Athletic Director at . Thank you.

Rise and Run 5K
February 16, 2019

Raiders Rise and Run 5K and sponsorship and registration is up on the main website. It is open for donors, sponsors or to register for the run on February 16, 2019. Please contact Coach Trecartin with any questions.
Before-School Care Program

We are pleased to announce that our before-school care program rates will remain the same for the upcoming school year. You may complete this form along with your payment to reserve a space for you child. Payment can be made using a credit card in our school office during office hours. More information about the program will be available during the August information meetings and 6th grade orientation.

After-School Care Program

SMA Prep partners with The Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota to provide after-school care through the Lee Wetherington Club location at 3100 Fruitville Rd. Transportation is provided by SMA Prep for students with confirmed registration in the program. Sign up for this program is done directly with the Boys and Girls Club but transportation spaces are limited. Transportation sign up will be handled during the August information meetings and 6th grade orientation.
Junior Raiders Tryouts
December 10-14

Jr. Raiders tryouts will be December 10-14 from 4:30-6:00 pm.
SMA Board Meeting
September 13, 2018

The next SMA Board of Directors' meeting will be Thursday, 13 September 13 at 4:30 pm at the SMA prep Band Room.
Gently-Used Clothes Closet

Uniform donations are greatly appreciated throughout the year. This allows us to continue offering a selection of sizes at a reduced cost of $7 per item. Please bring items you wish to donate to the office during office hours.

We are taking appointments for anyone wanting to purchase a gently-used uniform. Please call our office at 941-877-7737 to make your appointment.