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

We enjoyed having our families join us for Formation Day this week! Watching our cadets take the lead to start each day is truly impressive. Here's a video of our morning for those who couldn't make it.
Come join us on Thursday, October 18th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Prep cafeteria to celebrate the culmination of our Hispanic Heritage Month activities. It will be a fun evening with snacks, music, activities, student work, and the opportunity to gain one-on-one information pertaining to the SMA Prep online system.

All families are welcome and cadets please dress comfortably by wearing your civilian clothes.

We hope to see you on October 18th!

SMA-LTC Tom Vara, Head of School
Learning in Action: Earth's Systems
SMA-CPT Tilka's science classes used collaboration to develop inquiry-based questions about Earth's systems using their observations from the environment around the Prep campus.  #ourSMA #InquiryLearning   #IBMYP
Disability History & Awareness Weeks
October 1-12

Many contributions have been made by people with disabilities. Here at the Prep we are promoting awareness of some notable figures in the past, such as, Alexander Graham Bell - the inventory of the telephone. He had a learning disability and a slight hearing loss. An there are many more!

Cadets will hear about some of these notable figures each morning on the SMA Prep News . Also, look for posters in the front lobby of our school and in our cafeteria featuring many people who have overcome all types of disabilities and gone on to make wonderful contributions that we all enjoy today.
Counselor’s Corner
SMA-CPT Benitez & SMA-CPT Sacchetti

Orange & Pink Day
Friday, October 12, 2018
The SMA Prep Counseling Program will be hosting our Annual Orange & Pink Day on Friday, October 12, 2018. All cadets and staff may participate, free of charge, by either wearing an orange shirt in support of Bullying Prevention or by wearing a pink shirt in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Regular Friday pants and footwear are still required. We look forward to seeing all of our cadets and staff participating in their orange and pink shirts. Thank you so much for your care and support of these two worthwhile causes recognized in the month of October.
Bullying Prevention Banner Contest
October 8 - 18
The SMA Prep Counseling Program is sponsoring a Bullying Prevention Banner Contest open to all cadets. The contest will run from October 8th to October 18th.

Banners should communicate a positive anti-bullying message using a variety of artistic designs and media which can include drawing, painting, computer graphics, photography, or any combination. Somewhere in your art, display the hashtag #BullyingPrevention.

Banners should be created in landscape format on legal-size (14” x 8 ½”) paper or card stock. Legal-size paper is available in the office. Be sure to write your name and grade on the back of the entry to receive credit. You may submit up to three entries.

Final designs should be submitted to either SMA-CPT Benitez in Room 501 or SMA-CPT Sacchetti in Room 500C no later than 4:15 PM on October 18th. Late entries will not be accepted.

All banners will be celebrated and displayed together on our campus. We will recognize the third place, second place, and Grand Prize winners of the contest, and the Grand Prize winner’s banner will be printed into a larger banner to be displayed at school and become the SMA Prep Facebook Cover Photo!

We look forward to your submissions!
Interact Fundraising Event
Pennies for Patients
By Emily Brooks and Ivy Mchoul

Pennies for Patients was created for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help children receive the appropriate treatment and care needed to handle the difficulties of having cancer. The Interact Club is hosting Pennies for Patients at SMA Prep with the help of Olive Garden, the LLS’s sponsor. Because of help that LLS received, 40.3 million dollars have gone towards treatment for children with Leukemia or Lymphoma. To help raise money, you can collect change in your change box at home and/or the one in your first period teacher’s classroom. Remember all donations will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the class that raises the most money will get an ice cream party!We are counting on you SMA prep. You can do it!

Thank you for your support! The fundraiser will last until October 29.
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 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!
Yearbook Club

Yearbook Club is having an informational meeting with interviews for positions next Tuesday (10/9) and the first official meeting the following Tuesday (10/16).
Yearbook club runs every Tuesday from 4:15 to 5:30 pm. If you are interested please see Captain Miller (room 518) for a form and more information. 
Clubs and Activities

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