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SMS September 2022 Newsletter

SMS Newsletter


Welcome to Struthers Middle School.  A special welcome to our fifth-grade students and any new students to our district.  We hope you enjoy your experience at SMS and become actively involved in curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Please join us in welcoming the following new staff members to SMS for the 2022-2023 school year:  Avery Cabuno (8th grade Math), Kelsey Wormley (8th grade Math), Maria Saunders (Art), Ralph Stellato (P.E.), Jackie Pollo (Custodian), Tori Neale (Jan Tech) 

Thank You,

Mr. Vecchione, Principal
Mr. Gelonese, Assistant Principal


Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5 – No School
Tuesday, September 6 – Classes Resume
Wednesday, September 14 – SMS Tailgate
Wednesday, September 21 – Picture Day
Friday, September 23 – Interim Reports

Please take your child’s temperature before taking them to school or placing them on the bus.  If your child has a temperature, please keep him or her home for the day.  As a precaution, we will be screening every student’s temperature as they enter the building. 

Our annual tailgate party will be Wednesday, September 14 at 4 PM.  We will begin at SMS and then walk over to the football game – Struthers versus Hubbard.  The cost is $5, which includes food and drink at the tailgate and admission into the game.  The tailgate party is for CURRENT MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY.

If a student arrives after 11 AM, he/she is to be marked absent for a half of day. Any time prior to
11 AM, he/she will be marked late/tardy. If a student leaves prior to 8:50 AM, he/she is marked absent for the entire day.

Parents can access their child’s grades on Progress Book Parent Access.  For 5th grade students and any new student to the district, please look for a letter with information to register. 

Monday, August 22 – Volleyball vs Poland

Wednesday, August 24 – Football vs. JFK

Wednesday, August 24 – Volleyball @ Salem

Monday, August 29 – Volleyball vs. Niles

Wednesday, August 31 – Football @ Poland

Wednesday, August 31 – Volleyball @ Lakeview

Thursday, September 1 – Volleyball vs. Salem

Tuesday, September 6 – Volleyball @ Jefferson

Wednesday, September 7 – Volleyball vs. Hubbard

Wednesday, September 7 – Football vs. South Range

Monday, September 12 – Volleyball @ Girard

Tuesday, September 13 – Volleyball @ Glenwood

Wednesday, September 14 – Football vs. Hubbard

Thursday, September 15 – Volleyball vs Austintown

Monday, September 19 – Volleyball vs South Range

Wednesday, September 21 – Volleyball @ Niles

Thursday, September 22 – Football @ Lakeview

Monday, September 26 – Volleyball vs Lakeview

Wednesday, September 28 – Volleyball vs. Jefferson

Wednesday, September 28 – Football @ Jefferson

Throughout the year, we will use the automated call system to inform parents of upcoming activities.  If your phone number changes, please contact the office so we can update the call system as well.  In the event you know we had an automated call and you did not receive it, please contact the office.

SMS will continue to offer high school credit to 8th grade students in the following subjects: Health, Physical Education, Algebra, and Family & Consumer Science will count towards their high school G.P.A. 

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. 

In order to qualify for free and reduced lunch this year, you will need to complete and return your new application by September 30.   If you received a Direct Certification letter (in the mail this summer from Mary Spatholt, Director of Food Services for Struthers City Schools) stating your child has already been approved for free lunch, DO NOT fill out a new application. You may just sign and return the Fee Waiver form. 

If new forms are not completed and turned in by September 30, your child will have to pay REGULAR PRICE for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served from 7:30 AM – 7:50 AM.

Regular Price:      

Breakfast-$1.50 Lunch-$2.50

Reduced Price:  

Breakfast-$.30 Lunch-$.40

Struthers City Schools has an online web-based payment system that allows parents to manage lunch accounts for their child/children.  The links can be found on the district website, under Parents – click PaySchools. 

Or, the website can be found at  For more information, please email or call 866-729-5353.


We will begin to dismiss students by 2:50 PM by releasing 5th and 6th grade students.  By 2:53 most students will have been dismissed.  We will not be using the main entrance after school to dismiss. 

Bottles of water and water bottles with lids will be permitted throughout the school day.  Water ONLY.

Struthers Middle School is looking for alternate ways to share information about the school and activities throughout the year.  Please call 330-755-8201 and select the following prompts to access this information. 

  • Press 3 for Public Events and Building Announcements. 
  • Then press 2 for information for the Middle School. 
    • Then press 1 for Sporting Events
    • Or press 2 for Club News
    • Or press 3 for Building Announcements
    • Or press 4 for the Lunch Menu.


During the school day, students may be pulled from a special class to receive intervention.  Lists are created based on Ohio State Test (OST) scores, attendance, previous grades, and teacher recommendations.  Intervention will begin the week of September 12.  For questions regarding intervention, please contact Mr. Vecchione at 330-750-1064, ext. 41411.

Ohio Department of Health Rules dictate that all seventh-grade students must have a Tdap booster.  This is because of the increase in pertussis cases (whooping cough). Please schedule an appointment with your doctor, Youngstown City Health Department (330-743-3333, ext. 259) or the District Board of Health (330-270-2855, ext. 121).  Record of the shot needs to be returned to the school nurse as soon as possible. 

The Struthers Middle School food pantry is open.  Students can come down to the cafeteria every Friday for a bag of food, and personal hygiene products. 

Click here to download a PDF of this newsletter. 

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