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Newsletter 11/ 2/ 2018

Weekly Newsletter 11/02/2018
November 2, 2018
I hope all of you had a wonderful week! This ends our first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year and I can’t be more pleased with what we have accomplished. Grades will be stored into PowerSchool for this quarter and cannot be altered after next Wednesday, November 7th. As you look at your students grades, write down your questions/concerns so that you will be ready for Parent-Teacher Conferences next week. On Wednesday, November 8th from 4:00 - 8:00 pm all teachers will be in the cafeteria for on the spot conferences. You will be provided a link (from the teachers) to sign up for a one to one conference for Thursday, November 9th from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. Many students and parents do not see “the quarter” as an important benchmark since grades are not finalized until semester, however, the quarter is an important benchmark because it provides insight on where your students progress is in regards to the content/class.
This is a perfect time to sit down with your student and set new goals while also reflecting on where they currently are. What are the issues they are having in regards to school? What supports do they think they need? Overall, our biggest challenges for most students has been organization, time management and stress. I have mentioned numerous times how much I am concerned with the amount of stressors our high schoolers face. Anxiety and many times depression are roadblocks to their success. They fall into the trap of feeling overwhelmed and “not good enough, smart enough, _________enough.” DO NOT take this lightly when your student is sharing their feelings and mentioning these things. We are doing our best to meet the needs of EVERY STUDENT, EVERY DAY, but this is a huge task when so many face mental health challenges. Please reach out to the counselors and or administration if you feel you need to mention any concerns for the well-being of your child. We do have resources and supports that can help them while at school. Also, please pay close attention to the Monday’s Matter sessions and encourage your student to attend. (See below) These are sessions that teach skills and strategies that are extremely beneficial. Parents are welcome to join us as well.
As we end the final week of the first quarter, I can’t help but reflect on how proud I am of what our students have accomplished. I look forward to seeing us FinishSTRONG as we move into second quarter and complete our first semester. Please take advantage of Parent-Teacher conferences next week. Remember we have a half day this Friday, November 2nd and next week students will not have school on Thursday or Friday.
Here are a few things for the week ahead! #warriorSTRONG #1stquartercomplete
Your Proud Principal,
Dr. Platt
Monday’s Matter, November 5th
Are you aware that it takes 23 minutes to regain an intense focus after being distracted? How do you control distractions in your life and carve out time to take care of yourself? Distractions destroy productivity! This week for our Monday’s Matter session we will discuss stress and time management. This is the perfect time to consider new strategies for these areas as we end first quarter and set new goals for second quarter. We will talk about our biggest distractions and ways we can reduce them and manage our time better. Please join us in the library at 7:10 am for a lesson that can change your life!
Warrior Shout outs:
Over the weekend, the Smithville Warrior Cross Country team competed in the Class 3 District 8 championship in Maryville, MO. The boys and girls teams both finished in first place! The Warriors will travel to Jefferson City to compete in the state championship on Saturday, November 3rd. This is the 9th state appearance for our boys team and the 18th state appearance for our girls. 
Girls: District Finishes
1. Olivia Littleton
3. Lily Cutler
4. Jadyn Yoder
6. Avery Bannwarth
7. Anna Maria Snodderly
14. Abigail Deanna
23. Courtney Dull
- Riley Kochanowicz
- Maggie Kruse
- Trinity Riecker 
Boys: District Finishes
1. Jonah Palmer
2. Luke Termorshuizen
5. Ty Chapman
7. Jake Johnson
8. Talon Scott
14. Nathaniel Hartman
21. Jordan Cullen
- Regan Dunn
- Mason Eversole
- Ian Foster
Several students represented Smithville HS this past Saturday. They rehearsed all day and performed an outstanding concert with the Northwest Missouri District Choir. 
During the day, auditions were held to determine who would represent the district in the Missouri All-State Choir. It is my privilege to announce that among those chosen was Laura Alexander. (This honor means that Laura ranks in the top 4 sopranos from the Northwest District.)
The Smithville High School debate team had another successful weekend last weekend at Rockhurst High School's tournament. 
Rob Schwind and McKinley Hopkins were quarter finalists in public forum debate and Dane Winterboer was the tournament champion (1st place) in Radio speaking. 
Please join us in congratulating these amazing debaters! 
Smithville Warrior Volleyball girls won the District 16 title! The girls won District Champs for the first time in 35 years! Way to go girls and coaches!
No School -
Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conference:
Please mark your calendars for parent-teacher conferences. These will take place on November 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in our cafeteria and November 8th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in teachers classrooms if you'd like to set up a one on one conference.
NCC Open House
Northland Career Center is having an Open House for students in the 8th, 9th, 10th grades and their families at NCC November 8th from 4:30 to 7:30. This will be an opportunity for students and parents to tour the building, talk to Northland Career Center students and instructors in the lab, and ask questions about each program. A chili dinner will be served by the Culinary Arts students. If you have any questions please contact Ron Webster at 816-858-5505.
The After Prom Committee Fundraiser: November 10th:
The After Prom Committee has a Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov 10th. A Used Clothing drive and Bake sale at the Smithville High School Parking lot from 9am – 11:00am. We will be accepting clothing, shoes, belts, purses, sheet, & blankets. Please place these items in garbage sacks for easy handling. Small household items are accepted also. All proceeds from donations will fund the 2019 SHS After Prom.
We would appreciate your help in making this years event a success. Many hands make light work! We hope to see you there!
Follow us on FACEBOOK for updates on activities!
Again - thanks for all your continued support!
To sign up to donate baked items click here
Inclement Weather Notice:
Per the Board of Education approved school calendar for the 2018-2019 school year, if an inclement weather day occurs before February 15, 2019, the missed day will be made up on Monday, February 18, 2019, which is currently shown as “President’s Day” (No School).  All other missed inclement weather days will be made up in the month of June.  With NO inclement weather days, the last day of the 2018-2019 school year is scheduled for Friday, May 31, 2019.
 Notes from the Nurse:
Students who do not feel well during the day must see the nurse before leaving school or they will be considered truant.   We have a lot of students texting parents for permission to go home when they don't feel good, they must see the nurse first. We appreciate your help with this process.
Picture Retake Day:
Were you absent on picture day? Pictures not turn out the way you wanted? Reed Portrait Group will be here on November 15th for Picture Retakes during your students scheduled lunch.
Snoopy the Musical:
Live at the Performing Art Center - November 1st, at 7:00 p.m. November 2nd at 5:00 p.m. and November 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $5 at the door
 EngineerGirl Writing Contest
·       NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
  • WHO: Women in grades 9-12 who are active and interested in computing and technology. Recipients receive engraved awards, scholarship and internship opportunities, entry to a peer-network of technical women in the NCWIT AiC Community, various prizes, and more.
  • WHEN: Entry deadline is November 5.
Dazzler Fundraiser:
SHS Dazzlers are selling yard signs as a fundraiser. They have set high goals for themselves this year, planning to travel to Orlando, Florida to compete in the National Dance Team Association's Dance Competition in February. The team would appreciate your support to achieve their goals. Please consider purchasing a yard sign to show your Warrior Pride. Each sign can be customized with your child's activities. (Examples include "Class of 2020" or "Robotics" or "Marching Band", or "students name" or "school") Simply click on the link below to order. Thank you for helping the Dazzlers!
Yearbooks are on Sale:
To purchase a yearbook, please click on the link
Daylight Savings time this Saturday:
Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before bed.
Our current fundraiser is ShopWithScrip -you shop and SHS After Prom receives a percentage from the money spent through this web site. If you haven’t signed up…NOW is the time. ScriptNow cards (E-Cards) are a fast and easy and they are available to use right now from your cell phone. That means you can use them for everyday shopping at Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target & many other stores. Not all stores have e-cards but most do otherwise you can order plastic gift cards and they will ship them to us monthly. The After Prom Committee receives them we will bring them to you.
It is really that simple! Just by using scrip cards to pay for your normal weekly purchases, you can easily help raise $500 or more per year for SHS After Prom! Please share this information with your family and friends.
Enrollment number: 194242FC61362
We ask that if any Veterans are interested they attend this event as we honor those who have served and are serving. Please fill out this form so we can appropriately accommodate all those planning to attend.
Upcoming November events:
Nov. 1: Blood Drive in PAC lobby 6am - 3pm
Nov. 2: End of Quarter. Early Dismissal @ 12:05
Nov. 5: After Prom Committee meeting 7pm cafeteria
Nov. 7: Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 8:00pm in the gymnasium
Nov. 8: Parent/Teacher Conferences 7:00am - 7:00pm in classrooms
Nov. 12: Veterans Day Assembly and Breakfast. Breakfast starts at 6:30
assembly begins at 7:45 a.m.- 8:45 am
Nov. 15: Picture Retake
Nov. 12-20: Stuco Food Drive
Nov. 21 - 23: Thanksgiving Break
Laura Edwards - Administrative Assistant
Smithville High School
816.532.0405 Fax 816.532.4193
645 S Commercial, Smithville, MO 64089