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SMS October 2022 Newsletter

SMS Newsletter


We want to thank all parents, students and staff for an outstanding beginning to the 2022-2023 school year.  We hope that everyone is taking advantage of our 1 to 1 Chromebook program.  The middle school volleyball and football teams all have played competitive games, and are improving as the season progresses.    

At SMS we believe the performance of the school rises or falls on behavior. We expect all of our students to live "Above the Line" in everything they do.  Above the Line behaviors are conscious and thoughtful - a choice made in alignment with one's goals. They are also intentional and skillful behaviors that must be taught and learned.

Below the line behaviors are impulsive, resistant, little effort or skill and are comfortable and convenient. Below the line behaviors are characterized by the following actions: blaming others, complaining about circumstances, and defending one's self. 

Mr. Vecchione, Principal
Mr. Gelonese, Assistant Principal


Friday, September 23 – Progress Report 
Saturday, October 8 – NE8 Volleyball Tourney
Thursday, October 13 – Spelling Bee
Thursday, October 13 – Early Release 12:33 PM
Thursday, October 13 – Parent Teacher Conference
Friday, October 14 – No School – NEOEA Day
Tuesday, October 18 – Picture make up day
Friday, October 28 – End of the First Nine Weeks
Monday, October 31 – Waiver Day – No School
Friday, November 4 – Report Cards


Picture make up day is Tuesday, October 18 from 8 AM to 9 AM at Struthers Middle School.   


Just a reminder that when any adult is entering the building to pick-up a child for a doctor’s appointment, scheduled appointment at school, or an early release, you must have a driver’s license or picture ID.  

2022-2023 Testing Dates

English language arts – April 17 to April 20, 2023
Mathematics and science – April 24 to May 2.  
For more information, please visit the Ohio Department of Education website link below.  If you plan a vacation during this period, please fill out the student vacation form in the main office.


Parent / Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 1 to 9 PM.  As always, grades are posted online via Progress Book / Parent Access.  The forms to schedule a conference were sent home.  The following staff members who teach at two schools within the district will be at SMS from 1 to 4 PM: Mr. Hawkins, and Mr. Shuluga.  If you would like to speak with Mrs. Saunders and/or Mrs. Tringhese, please call the main office and speak with Mr. Vecchione.  Mr. Donatelli and Mrs. Russo will be at the high school all day and evening.  If you would like to speak with Mr. Donatelli and Mrs. Russo, they can be reached at 330-750-1062.


NO CLASSES on Friday, October 14. Enjoy the long weekend.


Friday, October 28 is the halfway point of the first nine-week grading period. Students are encouraged to use their logins and help monitor their grades.   For parents/guardians who use PROGRESS BOOK / PARENT ACCESS, please log on to your account and check your child’s grades.


Fall sports recognition assembly for all fall middle school athletes will be Friday, November 4 at 2:00 PM in the middle school cafe.   


Thursday, October 13 is the SMS annual spelling bee at 8:30 AM in the auditorium.  Students will watch the spelling bee in their homerooms.  Parents are invited and should arrive no earlier than 8:15 AM.


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