This Week at SMS – October 28

Hello SMS families! I hope you have had a fun “Halloweekend.” SMS has had an eventful week, including Halloween door decorating at the high school, HS student government events:

the K-8 Halloween Party, 


a joint Harvest dance between SMS and Hunter High School for Science,

an AP Government Peace, Action and Civil Resistance workshop,
and hard-working, heart-giving parents building instrument storage at the high school made possible by a Lowe’s grant. 
Thanks to all the teachers, students, and parents who gave of their time, skills, and elbow grease to make all these events possible!
Big Apple Award Nominations: Deadline November 26
Nominate a teacher that has made a difference to your or your child’s life through the seventh annualBig Apple Awardsprogram. Click here to nominate!


Please send your PTA Annual Contributions by 10/31. Thank you to all who have already contributed, we have made great strides! Let’s keep up the momentum to reach our goals in these final days of October.

High School: Any Advisory to reach 100% receive Out Lunch Pass!

Middle School: First Advisory to reach 100% gets their choice: elevator privileges OR Cupcake Party OR Pizza Party

Lower School: First class to reach 100% receives Cupcake Party!


Hello SMS families! Please see the message below from Sean Hartley and Sandra Noreen….


All SMS families who will have a child going through the assessment process for admission to the school grades K-8 are recommended to attend an information session with Sean Hartley, Chair of the K-2 Admissions, and Sandra Noreen, Dean of Music, on Friday, November 9, at 8:30 in Room 401.


We will discuss what you can expect in the admissions process, and you can ask any questions you may have.


If you are unable to attend, please email Sean Hartley:


All best–

Sandra Noreen & Sean Hartley


Advance screening of GREEN BOOK at AMC Empire 25: Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00PM. You will be placed on the VIP list which will grant you access to the reserved seating section. Please RSVP to Lisa Stump by 3pm Monday.

Female students in grades 5-12: Women In Science and Engineering (W.I.S.E.) FREE symposium for girls in grades 5-12 on Sunday November 11

Women In Science and Engineering (W.I.S.E.) is a free annual symposium, founded by Poly Prep Country Day School educators, Fleurette Turkenkopf and Jamie Nestor. Since it began in 2012, the one-day conference has inspired NYC middle and high school girls to pursue science and engineering and has introduced them to a wide range of career options in STEM fields. Each year, girls from all over the tri-state area descend on the beautiful Poly campus in Brooklyn for a day of inspiration and creativity. They meet accomplished women who work in STEM fields and enjoy a day of hands-on experiences in a variety of workshops specifically designed for grades 5-12. In the workshops, girls collaborate to solve problems using creative design processes. Run exclusively by women, the girls who participate in W.I.S.E. are able to see themselves in the program’s leaders. They leave empowered with the confidence to pursue higher education in STEM and a better understanding of a wide range of career opportunities they may pursue.
Click here for more information:

College Scholarships: If you are interested in the College Board’s new scholarship opportunities, click here for more information.

College Scholarships for 11th grade, Jewish students: Please click here for information on how to apply. Deadline November 30.
Kaden Jones (Grade 7) and Emery Jones (Grade 1) will be in Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol in Harlem’from 11/25-12/8. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
The National Dance Institute was part of the filming of ENOUGH (below), a dance-driven video that serves as an anthem for gun safety. This video features 5 SMS students:  Aubrey Mills (Gr 6), Justin Knolle (Gr 8), Fiona Cashin (gr 8), Melissa Mosley (Gr 6) and Hazel Peebles (Gr 5) . 
Elementary Admissions Events from 6:30-8:30pm: . Attend an elementary admissions event to learn how to apply to 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented programs.

Queens: Monday, 10/29/18: PS 110 43-18 97th Place
Brooklyn:  Monday, 10/29/18: 104 Sutter Avenue
Brooklyn: Tuesday, 10/30/18: PS 69 63302 9th Avenue
Staten Island: Thursday, 11/1/18: Space Shuttle Columbia School, 11 Marsh Avenue
Manhattan: Thursday, 11/1/18: Anna Silver School, 166 Essex St

November 5: 11th and 12th Grade Students: NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair from 6:30-9pm: Jacob Javits Convention Center:
CEC3 High School Admissions Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 1st at 6:30 PM
Joan of Arc Complex, 154 West 93rd Street – Room 204

CEC3 Equity & Excellence Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 1st at 6:30 PM
Mott Hall II, 234 West 109th Street

Specialized High School proposal from 10/25’s CEC3 / Presidents’ Council meeting – ClickHERE Comments may be sent to