SMA Prep Weekly
Middle School Campus
Dear Families,

It was an exciting week for me as I attended the Future of Education Technology Conference with a highly enthusiastic team of educators from SMA! In case you don't know, #FETC is one of the largest ed tech conferences in the United States and provides innovative ideas for learning and technology solutions to support a range of interests and needs. A highlight for me was getting to hear keynote speaker, Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy talk about his vision for active, mastery-based learning.
Your child is always welcome to use Khan Academy, a free program, to improve skills in math and now many other content areas as well. Have them log in through our Clever portal using their ourSMA account for quick access.

Monday, 2/4, is our College Spirit Day where cadets and faculty can wear their favorite college shirt (go Westminster Blue Jays !) to school.

The Valentines Dance is this Friday, 2/8, from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Don't forget to purchase your tickets during lunch this week (see details below). THANK YOU to our PTCC for their dedication and hard work in making this event possible!

Time is "running" out to register for the Raiders Rise & Run 5K on February 16th. Be sure to sign up today and show your support for this outstanding program.

Looking forward to another great week with my SMA family!

~ Major Becky Morris, Assistant Head of School
Here's what is happening at the Prep:
Learning in Action: Hydroponics

In Agriscience, cadets set up a new hydroponic system in the garden. Called a "Foody" it is a vertical hydroponic system for smaller plants such as lettuces and herbs. 

On another front, the University of Florida Extension Service is coming February 20 with free seedlings for the spring raised bed garden, so stop by weekly to see the progress!

Race Clock Donated for Rise and Run 5K

SMA Raiders and Jr Raiders are incredibly grateful to Bayside Community Church for the gift of a super cool Race Clock. Thank you to Pastor Jeff and Pastor JT who presented the gift to MSG Browning and Coach Trecartin. A special thank you to Tiffany Manrodt for presenting the idea to the church and making the dream a reality!

Interested in supporting the SMA Raiders? Sign up now for the Raiders Rise and Run 5K at Payne Park on Feb. 16th go to: https://bit.ly/2WzjWfI

#OurSMA #BuildingCommunity #SMAraiders
2019-2020 Freshmen Schedules at SMA HS

If you plan on going into Pre-IB next year at SMA HS, we can schedule an appointment to complete your schedule individually. Please send an email to Pam Donehew and include two dates and times that you are available. She will respond with an email indicating which date and time fits her schedule.

Congrats Dr. Brown!

Dr. Todd Brown was highlighted on Fox 13 News - Tampa Bay for being chosen as part of United Nations #TeachSDGs initiative and all that he does to engage students with his innovative ideas for learning!
#ourSMA #TeachSDGs
Free Dental Care!

LECOM (pronounced Lee-com) School of Dental Medicine is providing free dental care for kids on Saturday, February 16th from 8am to 2pm at 4800 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. An appointment is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. You can only be seen with a parent or guardian. For more information, please contact SMA-CPT Benitez in room 501.
The PTCC will be hosting a Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 8 th  from 4:30-6:30 PM in the SMA Prep Cafeteria. Tickets are $6 for the dance and dress down or $3 for dress down only. 

A signed permission slip is required for cadets to attend. 

Tickets will be sold during lunch on January 30 and 31 and February 1, 4 and 5. 

No tickets will be sold for the dance or dress down
after February 5.  

Volunteers are needed to sell tickets, decorate, chaperone and clean up. All volunteers much be registered and approved in the Volunteer Counts in order to volunteer on campus. Click here for the Sign-Up Genius to volunteer .
Join the Jr. Raiders for Dinner
 and Support the Team!
Raiders 2nd Annual Rise and Run 5K
February 16, 2019

RUNNERS NEEDED

Packet pick up is on 13 February at New Balance located at 1872 Stickney Point Road, from 4-7pm.

SMA Raiders' 2nd Annual Rise and Run 5K sponsorship and registration is up on the SMA website . We are looking for families and businesses that are interested in sponsoring and having names advertised on the race shirt. The first order of shirts is in December. This is a great way to advertise and show your support for both schools. It is open for donors, sponsors or to register for the run on February 16, 2019. Please contact  Coach Trecartin  or MSG Browning with any questions.
Yearbook & 8th Grade Ads

It's that time of year to purchase your yearbook advertisement or 8th grade ad! Complete and return the Advertisement Form to reserve your space today.

Clubs and Activities

For information about ongoing clubs and activities, please see our website: SMA Prep/Middle School Clubs & Activities
Ducks Unlimited

Mr. Todd Walker was the guest speaker at the January 30th Ducks Unlimited meeting. He taught our club about fishing and getting prepared for a fishing excursion in the near future. Thank you Mr. Walker!!
The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 20 from 4:15-5:15.

See you at the meeting, SMA-CPT Wright, SMA-MAJ Fulghum, and Coach TrecartinYour
Volunteers!

SMA Prep needs volunteers to help serve lunch to our cadets. Please contact Kathy Simon or Betty Bultemeier for lunch times and additional information.
Substitute Teachers Wanted!

Anyone that has a bachelor's degree and is interested in substitute teaching should contact Betty Bultemeier .
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.

Our next meeting date is on Wednesday: February 6 .
No reservation is needed. Please share with any interested family, friends, and neighbors!

Upcoming Enrollment Information Meetings: 2/6, 2/27, 3/13, 4/10, and 4/30.

Open Enrollment: begins October 1, 2018 and ends January 31, 2019 for the 2019/20 school year.
SMA Board Meeting
February 14, 2019

The SMA Board of Directors will hold a board meeting on February 14, 2019 at 2:30 pm in the SMA High School Conference 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.