The SMS K-8 PTA congratulates the newly-elected SMS Middle School Student Council. We hope you have a very successful, and gratifying, year!
This members of this year’s Student Council are: President: Hannah Rudt Vice-President: Myah Segura Secretary: Harry Wang Treasurer: Sophia Freed Social Promoters: Marie Brogdon and Nadira Novruzov 6th Grade Delegate: Amal Biskin 7th Grade Delegate: Nina Uesato 8th Grade Delegate: Augie Padua
Family contributions are the most important source of income for the Special Music School PTA, Inc.
Your generosity and support enables the PTA to be a partner, along with the Department of Education and Kaufman Music Center, in providing your child an exceptional educational experience. Our suggested PTA contribution this year is $450 per student. The SMS PTA holds an IRS designation of a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Contributions to the SMS PTA are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Go to SMS PTA DONATIONS page for more detailed information and PTA DONATIONS REQUEST FORM.
If you have any questions please contact the SMS PTA Co-Treasurers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NY Times Article on Music’s impact on education: “Is Music the Key to Success?” Read article here.
Community School District 3 website posts Middle School Admissions Process Calendar. Click here for details.
NYC Department of Education Releases First Ever Teacher Preparation Program Reports. To read more, click here!
NDI is back at SMS. The D.O.E. and PTA sponsor the program, but, NDI still needs added support. Please read more about them, their programs and what you can do to help. Click here for all links and information.
Schools Unite Network (“Sun”) report on information from the NYPD regarding how to prevent and address bullying. Visit the Sun Page for a complete report and links.
The Music Volunteering Team is looking for parents who can donate some time, to help us, and the SMS students, during the various music events that will happen during this coming school year. To Volunteer, or if you have any questions, please, email us at email@example.com. We will give you more details, and answer all your questions about this job. To download a Music Volunteering Form, please click here.
Music Voluntering is one of many opportunities to volunteer for the PTA, and help the kids. We have openings on the PTA Board, in Fundraising, and other social committees that are being developed. If you have an interest in volunteering, joining a committee, or learning more about the PTA, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, please, come to the next PTA meeting October 9, 2013 at 8:45 a.m., in the cafeteria at school.
UpBeat, the SMS PTA Monthly Newsletter, needs a publisher, writers, graphic artists, a group of SMS parents to bring it back to life for 2013-2014! Please, if you have the time, the talent and interest, email the PTA at email@example.com with your contact info, and we will set up a meeting to talk about what UpBeat is all about. You can review two years of UpBeat at the UpBeat Archives. Lots of good articles and info to review and get to know the history of the newsletter. Thanks.
Last year, our BoxTops 4 Education campaign raised over $500 for SMS. That is $500 of free money for the school. Now, what can be easier, or sweeter, than that. Please, keep collecting the coupons … we will start collecting them again in the Fall. Lots of brands now offer multiple box box tops on single packages. It just keeps getting easier and easier! Visit the BoxTops 4 Education page if you have any questions. Thank You.
The New York City Department of Education (DOE) serves more than 1.1 million students and their families in over 1,700 schools. We are committed to providing useful information to parents and families and offering them multiple opportunities to participate in our City’s public school programs and initiatives. This overview is designed to explain the Common Core Learning Standards and how they relate to your child’s education.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS?
Learning standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each grade. Over the next few years, New York and more than 40 other states across the country will transition to a new set of learning standards called the Common Core. These new standards provide a clear picture of what students need to learn each year in order to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers.
The Common Core standards were developed by educators and other experts based on research and lessons learned from top-performing countries. The standards describe the skills and knowledge our students need to succeed in a rapidly changing world, including the ability to think creatively, solve real-world problems, make effective arguments, and engage in debates. For complete PDF of article, click here.
This is the “Official” video as shown in DC on the Jumbotrons (click the video player below. Kids start singing at 3:28 in video if you want to jump ahead). The original version of the video that the Kaufman Music Center submitted (without the Barack Obama section at the beginning) can be accessed from the news section on the Kaufman Music Center SMS home page by clicking here. Enjoy both!