SMA Prep News
Middle School Campus
Here's what is happening at the Prep:
Dear Families,

This was an incredible week of activities that connected our parents, teachers, and students together in support of our learning community.  Thank you to our PTCC and all of our parent volunteers who helped to make our Fall Book Fair a success! We also greatly appreciate everyone’s support in purchasing books during this event.  Thanks to your generosity, our PTCC is able to provide donations for teachers to purchase books for their classrooms.
This week, Dr. Tracy Fanara visited with our 6th grade cadets to share her expertise about environmental health and red tide. This was an incredible opportunity for our cadets to ask a local scientist questions about a current event affecting our community. Many thanks to SMA-MAJ Carol Pelletier and SMA-CPT Jennifer Neff for their dedication in coordinating this special program!

I also want to give SMA-MAJ Deb Walker a shout out for her tireless work in preparing this year’s garden along with many other agriscience activities.  Thanks to Deb and the University of Florida extension service in providing supplies and expertise from master gardeners, Carol Holmes and Martina Venz, the SMA Prep garden is off to a great start!

We have an important opportunity for our SMA community to come together in support of the Hurricane Florence victims . PLEASE take a moment to read about how you can donate in support of this important cause.

We have several other activities next week for families to get involved. Our blood drive is Thursday and Formation Days is on Wed. and Thur. for parents of 7th and 8th grade cadets. We hope you will join us in the morning to see our cadets in action during formation.  See below for more details.

As always, thank you for being a part of our community!

~ MAJ Becky Morris, Asst. Head of School
Dr. Fanara's Visit

Dr. Tracy Fanara  from  Mote Marine Laboratory was back on the Prep campus Tuesday to engage our 6th grade cadets in discussions about environmental health and address the many questions our cadets had about the red tide outbreak. We greatly appreciate Dr. Fanara returning each year and being a part of our learning community! 

Donations for Hurricane Victims
Sarasota Military Academy joins the effort to get non-perishable supplies to Hurricane Florence victims.

We are collecting donations at our High School campus from 2:00pm until 3:30pm
and at our Middle School campus from 4:00pm to 6:00pm beginning Wednesday, September 26th through Thursday, October 4th. Please call either campus for more details!

Please click here for the non-perishable supply list.

SMA Prep Formation Days
7th Grade - Wed. (10/3) & 8th Grade - Thurs. (10/4)
Dear Families of: 7th & 8th Grade Cadets
You are cordially invited to attend
Sarasota Military Academy Prep
Formation Day

7th Grade Families
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
9:05 - 9:30 AM


8th Grade Families
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
9:05 - 9:30 AM

Please plan on arriving between 8:30 - 9 AM  (cafeteria door). Formation begins promptly at 9:05 AM in the courtyard. Adults 18 and older need to bring a driver's license or state identification for entry onto the campus.
Learning in Action: Planting this year's garden
SMA-MAJ Walker's Agriscience Program
Master Gardeners, Carol Holmes and Martina Venz, along with Martina's husband John, through the University of Florida extension services, provided their support, skills, and knowledge to help SMA-MAJ Walker's agriscience teams launch this year's SMA Prep garden.

Planted on Tuesday were mini carrots, Black Spanish radishes, White Icicle radishes, arugula, kale, corn, beans lettuce, watermelon, bok choy, and many herbs. What a collection! Cadets will document growth until harvest time and submit a final report to the extension service.

#ourSMA #PrepGarden #LearningInAction

Blood Drive at SMA Prep
October 4th - 1:00-5:30 pm

Every donor receives a gift card for a free small sub from Firehouse Subs!
The October 18th Dress Down Day will be free to any Prep cadet that has a parent donate blood.

Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome! Sign up to donate by calling Kathy Simon at 941-877-7737
Cross Country
Parent Meeting - October 4 at 5:15 pm

  • Parent meeting is October 4th at 5:15 pm in the Prep gym.
  • Cross Country practices are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
  • Meets are on Wednesdays starting October 17th.
Character Day - Perseverance

SMA-CPT Reyes' class focused on "perseverance" for this year's Character Day. Using collaborative activities, they connected their use of perseverance as a way to reach goals and support learning.
Attention 8th Grade Parents

  • Special Event Packet information (green form/field trip permission slips) need to be returned as soon as possible to SMA-MAJ Munson
  • Chaperone Lottery for those that entered will be completed on September 28th. All entries will receive an e-mail by October 3rd about being chosen or not chosen in the drawing.

Please contact SMA-MAJ Munson if you have any questions about the Special Event Packet.
Volunteer/Donation Opportunity 8th Grade Science

SMA-MAJ Munson and SMA-CPT Olsen are in need of supplies for our large CSI lab in October done with 8th grade science.

If you are able to help, please contact SMA-MAJ Munson via e-mail at for a list of needed items.

Have empty plastic Easter/holiday eggs? We are seeking donations to help with our relay review games! 

Thank you for your support!
Clubs and Activities

For information about ongoing clubs and activities, please see our website: SMA Prep/Middle School Clubs & Activities
Counselors' Corner
SMA-CPT Sacchetti & SMA-CPT Benitez

September is Attendance Awareness Month

Did You Know?

A student is chronically absent if he or she
misses as few as two days of school a month.

Here are some ways to help eliminate chronic absenteeism:

Parents and Families can:

  • Make getting to school on time everyday a high priority for your family.
  • Talk with your child about the importance of school attendance from an early age and the negative effects of too many absences.
  • Have a back-up plan for getting your child to school when there are difficulties with transportation, family illness, or other challenges.
  • Schedule doctor and other appointments for before or after school hours whenever possible.
  • Contact your child’s school counselor to discuss supports that can help your child maintain regular school attendance.

From: U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice, Every Student, Every Day: A Community Toolkit to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism, Washington, D.C., 2015.

Saturday, October 13th

The Game Day 10K is a fun fitness event promoting the College Game Day ritual of Tailgating. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in support of their favorite college team. All proceeds from this fund raising event will be gifted away in the form of academic college scholarships.

Click here for more information and the registration form.
Click here for information on sponsorship levels.
Click here for the sponsorship agreement.

Substitute Teachers Wanted!

Anyone that has a bachelor's degree and is interested in substitute teaching should contact Denise Harper.
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: October 10th .
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.
Rise and Run 5K
February 16, 2019

SMA Raiders 2nd Annual 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.
SMA Board Meeting
October 25, 2018

The next SMA Board of Directors will hold a board meeting on October 25, 2018 at 2:30 in the conference room on the high school campus.  
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.
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