Sedgefield Middle School PTO
Important Dates
Tuesday, March 3 - Thursday, March 5 - School book fair in the media center, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4: Early release day

Friday, March 13: March Dadness Event, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27: No school - teacher workday

Thursday, April 9 - Friday, April 17: - No school - spring break
News
Tell a Friend - Prospective Family Tours at SMS
If you know a prospective family headed to middle school next year, share with them this sign up to schedule a tour of Sedgefield Middle. Tours are offered twice per month . Families are welcome to bring their student with them on the tour and we welcome the opportunity to meet their child. Families should indicate who will be attending when they complete the sign up.
Hispanic Family Night a Big Success!
The first-ever Hispanic Family Night was held at SMS on Thursday, February 27. Nearly 30 of our parents and scholars enjoyed an evening - presented completely in Spanish - with dinner, how-to's on navigating PowerSchool and ParentSquare, information on planning for future careers, and so much more. Thank you to Sedgefield Middle supporter Grisel Fernandez for organizing and leading this fantastic event, and to the Caribbean Hut for providing the delicious meal!

Estimados padres de familia - muchas gracias a todos aquellos que participaron en el evento del día jueves 27 de febrero que fue llevado acabo completamente en español en Sedgefield MS. Se trató acerca de cómo utilizar herramientas para apoyar a sus hijo en la escuela. Tocamos temas acerca de PowerSchool, Parent Square y como abogar por los estudiantes de Sedgefield. Su presencia es muestra de la dedicación hacia el desarrollo escolar de sus hijos.

Para cualquier pregunta o si tiene alguna una consulta acerca de esta charla o algunos de nuestros eventos en español, por favor comuníquese con Grise Fernández al  7046616591  o  grisel219@yahoo.com.

SMS Book Fair This Week, March 3-5
Get ready for the book fair! Scholars are welcome to browse and buy their next favorite book at the book fair from Tuesday, March 3 through Thursday, March 5. The book fair will run each day from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the media center. All purchases benefit our school!
Sixth Graders Participate in Paideia Seminars
Earlier this year, your Empowering Extraordinary donations facilitated a training for Sedgefield Middle teachers on increasing academic rigor through Paideia seminars. Last week, teachers shared their knowledge and led sixth grade students through their first Paideia seminars. On hand to assist was the CMS Advanced Studies Department and Dr. Terry Roberts, director of the National Paideia Center in Asheville, NC.

A Paideia seminar is a collaborative intellectual dialogue facilitated with open-ended questions about a text and can:

  • significantly improve achievement scores in reading and writing, especially among traditionally underserved populations;
  • improve student motivation due to increased student voice in an active environment;
  • create a more respectful school culture with fewer behavior problems.

Spartan Spotlight: Ms. Demeka Kimpson
Growing up in Charleston, Ms. Kimpson knew she’d one day be involved in the arts, either as a fashion designer, art teacher, or in her chosen profession as a band director. An educator for 21 years (15 of those spent at Sedgefield Middle), she teaches beginning, intermediate and advancing band students. Beyond her role as band teacher, Ms. Kimpson co-advises the SMS student government association and advises our TRI-M National Music Honor Society; she’s a member of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) committee; mentors new teachers through the National Association for Music Education (NAfME); and chairs the CMS Middle School Honors Band Clinic.

Ms. Kimpson describes the work she does each day at SMS with three words: “Loud, busy and fun!” She enjoys her role as the band teacher at SMS because she helps “children learn and develop the skill of playing a musical instrument. Band is a unique program that brings together students of all interests. In band, scholars also learn to work as a team and learn the purpose of developing healthy friendships that are based on trust, cooperation and unity.”

Principal Search Update
Working with Tara Lynn Sullivan, Central 2 Learning Community Superintendent, representatives from staff and parents participated in a meeting to develop the principal profile to find a replacement for Mr. Turner, who has begun his new role as principal at Vance High School. This profile helped serve as a guide through the screening process and we are in the final stages of this process with Superintendent Winston. Many thanks to the parent and staff leaders who participated in this process.  
 
Additionally, the interim principal, Dr. Maureen Furr, has been meeting with staff, students, and parent leaders while at the school this week. The Learning Community and district team will continue to provide support for Dr. Furr and the Spartan Team. 

Ms. Sullivan will continue to keep us updated as we move through this transition. Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sullivan at 980-344-7130 or SMS PTO leadership at  sedgefieldmiddlepto@gmail.com .


March Dadness Event on Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
Calling all SMS male students and their fathers, father figures and mentors! Join us at school for a community event designed to foster positive relationships between our male students and the influential male adults in their lives.

From 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, attendees will hear from guest speakers and participate in basketball activities, workshops and fellowship. Food will be served at the conclusion of the event. There is no cost to attend.

Questions? Call SMS at 980-343-5840, or e-mail Dr. Tornfelt or Mr. Gwinn.

Proctors Needed for EOG/EOC Testing
We're halfway through the year - which means it's never too early to start thinking about end-of-grade (EOG) and end-of-course (EOC) testing. We need volunteers to proctor the following exams:

  • May 27 - Reading EOG
  • May 28 - Math EOG/Math 1 EOC
  • June 2 - 8th Grade Science EOG

More than 50 volunteers are needed each day to proctor exams. Click here to sign up to volunteer!
Help Boost Literacy by Becoming a Reading Buddy!
Are you interested in reading with one of our amazing scholars once or twice a week? Our Reading Buddies Program is an amazing program matching a volunteer with one of our scholars to read books on a weekly basis together. Helping to model good reading, the Reading Buddies program provides success in literacy, students often become more positive about their ability to read and may also improve their reading skills. The school will have a selection of books for the scholar and Reading Buddy to select from based on the scholar’s reading level.

The times and days will be based on your availability and the scholar’s schedule.

If you are interested in this amazing program, please e-mail Mrs. Courtney Pierce, our dean of instruction, at courtneye.pierce@cms.k12.nc.us

All volunteers must be a registered CMS Volunteer.  Click here to register.
Got Snacks? Support Our Scholar Athletes
Get in on all of the sports-related action at Sedgefield Middle by helping support our scholar athletes and our athletics department! It's quick and easy to sign up to help with everything from athlete snacks to on-field support.

Click here to review what's needed , then sign up today!
New Clubs Starting Soon - Sign Up Today to Volunteer!
Clubs are a great way for scholars to work with different peers and learn new skills...and a phenomenal way for staff members to build relationships with scholars. SMS is excited to offer over 20 clubs to our scholars! The clubs range from academically-based clubs to sports-related. Scholars will be in the same club for one semester and may choose a new club in January.

We welcome any support from our parents and community members to assist with the clubs. If you are interested, please sign up here . Be sure to include your e-mail and phone number to receive updates. Please note: all volunteers must be cleared CMS volunteers; this must be done on a yearly basis. Click here to register as a CMS volunteer .
Let's Take a Field Trip!
Throughout the school year, Sedgefield Middle students are taking some amazing field trips. The best part? If you volunteer to chaperone, you get to experience them, too!

Trips include everything from taking our dance students to live performances to visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to give back to Sedgefield Middle. Click here to sign up to chaperone!