The Junior Council Leadership Board is excited to announce that they have raised funds to offer the teachers an educational mini-grant. From their hard-work they have raised $300 and wanted to give back to our school through two mini-grants of $150 each! After careful consideration they presented the checks to the two lucky winners! We can’t wait to see the visual art Mrs. Miller is going to add in the hallway and the TV in the cafeteria for announcements and pictures that Miss Ashley was hoping for!
As a reminder, St. Baldrick's fundraising has officially started! If you would like to shave your head and raise funds for Childhood Cancer Research, please stop down in the office to pick up an informational envelope. Any student who raises at least $50 will get a free shirt! If you receive a Shavee packet, please create your account online ASAP to submit your information and give us your shirt size! Also, don’t forget that Bobcat stocking hats are still available for $15!
Poetry Club is canceled for today and is rescheduled for tomorrow after school until 3:45.
ATTENTION 6th Grade parents: Don't forget the STEMFest parent meeting tonight at 5:30 in the Middle School Cafeteria!
Don't wait and have all those summer camp registrations sneak up at once! Sign up for the Bobcat Soccer Camp TODAY! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/582371/2020_Bobcat_Soccer_Camp_INFO___FLIER.pdf
DUE TO PENDING WEATHER FOR TOMORROW MORNING, OAV IS CANCELED FOR TOMORROW MORNING.
The 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament in Paw Paw has been canceled for tomorrow.
To All Bobcats, On Friday March 13th we will be celebrating our Second Annual St. Baldrick's Assembly/Shaving Event at 1:30. You will be receiving more information about all of our events as we get closer to the event. Last year we raised over $12,000 as a district, we look forward to another spectacular year, raising funds for Childhood Cancer Research! Our first fundraiser as a district will be our annual Stocking Hat. This year's grey hat with a blue, yellow and white pom pom, sports BOBCATS embroidered in white and a gold 4 leaf clover in support of children with Cancer. Students and or staff that purchase a hat are allowed to wear this hat in the building throughout the day. These hats will be sold for $15.00, and can be purchased in each building's main office. Please make checks payable to Somonauk CUSD #432. Proceeds will go towards our district's fundraising efforts.
Congratulations to 8th Grader Madeline Short for winning first place at the spelling bee. Aubrey Chiavario came in second place. Madeline and Aubrey will represent SMS at the Dekalb County Spelling Bee. In addition, Ellie Wiegman, Ava Diederich, and Landon Hawkins completed the top five and will compete at the Junior 10 spelling competition. Other participants were Mikey Lewinski, Anthony Spilman, Abby Hohmann, Ava Warner, Quinten Hentschel, Junia Johnson, Jake Miller, Emma Rominski, and Eden Shaw. Congratulations to all of our top SMS spellers!
Congratulations to Tanner Daniels, Hailey Gilchrist, Madelyn Hernandez, Alex Hoffman, Nolan Kerley, Abigail Hohmann and Landin Stillwell for participating in the School Finals of the National Geographic Bee. Aiden Wold placed third. Luke Newlin placed 2nd and our National Geographic School Bee Champion is Cole Gudmunson.
Dog Wheelchairs are expensive, and many shelter animals do not have access to them. 6th Grade STEM wanted to correct this problem by designing and donating their own hand-made dog-wheelchairs - at a low cost! After reaching out to the Tails Humane Society of DeKalb, the 6th Grade STEM class was invited to donate their products and spend some time with the animals! They had an amazing time and their efforts will never be forgotten.
Candy cane gram sales are underway. You may purchase candy cane grams at lunch for 25 cents/gram. All grams will be delivered during the lunch hours on Friday, December 20th. When making purchases, don't forget friends, teachers, and staff members...they will all love to receive a candy cane gram from you. To honor the idea of giving is more important than receiving, purchase a gram as a random act of kindness for someone outside your circle of friends this holiday season! Other than making someone's day, the coolest thing about our candy cane gram sales is that all profits raised will be used to purchase items from the giving trees for Somonauk families in need!
STEM Club hour of code ends at 4:30 today!
How many times have you asked ‘would you like to buy a Rosati’s gift card and support Somonauk Middle School?’ A 5th grade student stopped in the office yesterday and said he is up to 16 certificates sold and he still has 2 more days to go! Will he be a top 4 seller? Will YOU? How does free pizza for a YEAR sound? Keep on selling, SMS! Orders are due Friday morning!
The Book Fair is here! Shop in the SMS Library today through Thursday or online here: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=somonaukmiddleschool1 If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Zaeske in the Library or by email at email@example.com
For our fifth consecutive year, we are excited to announce that we will again be participating in the Rosati's fundraiser. This is a quick and easy fundraiser that will help our school raise money for technology and teaching tools as well as for student recognition incentives and events. The fundraiser is simple. Today, your student will bring home an envelope that outlines the fundraiser and it will also have a list attached to include names of people who purchase a Rosati's gift certificate. Rosati's will give our school $5 for every $20 gift certificate that we sell. Checks should be made out to Somonauk Middle School. On Friday, November 8, after one week of selling, students are to bring back their envelopes with money for gift certificates. We will remove the money from the envelopes and stuff them with gift certificates and send them home with your student that same day. Any student who sells 5 gift certificates will get a free kids pizza delivered from Rosati's to SMS lunch on November 15. The top 4 sellers in the school will receive a coupon for one free pizza a month for a year. Here are some of our 'Hall of Fame' students over the last two years: Julian Diaz has sold 62 gift certificates (31 each year) over the last two years! Gavin Lorentzen sold 31 gift certificates over the last two years! Olivia Taylor sold 43 gift certificates over the last two years! Sienna Deacon sold 29 gift certificates over the last two years! Collectively, these four students have sold $3,300 worth of gift certificates and raised $825 for our school over the last two years! Julian told me today he WILL be selling 38 in order to reach the hundred mark...how awesome is that?!?! Thank you to everyone for participating and helping our school! Imagine if every student could sell 5 gift certificates and get a free pizza delivered on November 15! I would love to call in that order for 230 kids pizzas to be delivered at lunch!
The Book Fair is coming! Details here: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=somonaukmiddleschool1
It's SPIRIT WEAR ORDER time! Order form available here: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/493477/Spiritwear_2019__2_.pdf
Students in Mr. Roberts Social Studies class created a mural of how Civilizations have evolved over time. The examples are from the Beginnings Human Society Unit. Some examples include: Fire, Hunters and Gatherers, Wheel and Axle, Cities Develop, Cultural Borrowing, Social Classes, Bronze Age, Governments Formed, Farming, Domestication, Trade Over Land and Water and Specialization of Jobs.
Due to pending weather, Walk to School Day is canceled for tomorrow and rescheduled for this Thursday morning, October 3rd. Meeting times will remain the same. Heroes Park at 7:30, the Little Playground at 7:40 and the Old Gym at 7:45.
Tonight's MIDDLE SCHOOL sporting events have been canceled due to weather. The games will be rescheduled for Wednesday October 9th at home vs Leland. High School games are still pending*
Reminder for JC Health & Fitness Class Participants: Youth Fitness (K-3) Starts-Tuesday, October 1st at 3:00, ends at 4:00 at JRW Speed and Agility (grades 4-6) Starts Wednesday, October 2nd at 3:00, ends at 4:00 at JRW
Student/Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 10 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. This is a valuable opportunity to get to know your child's teachers and be engaged in your child's learning. Student/Parent/Teacher conferences also send a strong message to your child that you are involved his/her education. To schedule a conference on October 10, you can call Ms. Morris in the office at 498-1866x1406. We are here that day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Conferences are 15 minutes in length and although you can schedule with an individual teacher, most parents schedule a conference with the entire team of teachers. Additionally, if that day does not work for you, all you need to do is make a phone call and request an alternative date and time to meet with teachers. Call anytime!
Students in Mr. Roberts' Class had a choice for their 5 Themes of Social Studies Enrichment Project. One of the options that students chose to investigate and create was Geography. Students within the pictures made topography maps of different regions throughout the World. Many students created the topography maps with salt dough or clay and then painted them to emphasize elevation. Students identified parts of a map and wrote an explanation in regards to the region, for the enrichment project.
Middle School Yearbook Order Forms are available here https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/435928/0214_001.pdf
School pictures will be sent home today. Retakes will be taken on October 3rd. If you plan on getting retakes please be sure to bring back your picture packet with you on that day.
Reminder: Middle School Soccer and Volleyball pictures will be taken right after school tomorrow.
GAME ON for Soccer and Volleyball at Leland tonight @ 4:15.
Middle School Soccer practice is canceled for tonight.
Reminder! The Shirt Shop is here until noon with P.E. uniforms!
JUST A REMINDER! Middle School picture day is the first full day of school, Thursday, August 15th. 5th grade students will get their order forms at 5th grade BBQ. 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will bring their order forms home the first day of school. Please avoid wearing green.
Soccer and Volleyball practice schedules are available on our website: https://www.somonauk.net/o/somonauk-middle-school/browse/72749
Attention Middle School Soccer and Volleyball Players! Don't forget there is a soccer/volleyball parent meeting on the 7th at 5pm in the Middle School cafeteria.
Attention all Soccer and Volleyball players! Practice starts Monday, August 12th. In order to participate, students will need a current physical and sports form on file along with registration and sports fees both paid. Both forms are available on our website: https://www.somonauk.net/o/somonauk-middle-school/browse/49781
We still have yearbooks available for $22. Call the Middle School office before you stop in. 815-498-1866 X1406
It's SUMMER BREAK! Turn this up really LOUD! Our 5th grade band members are livin'' life the BOBCAT WAY! #bobcats432 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNz05DeuPgI
Volleyball Camp was added to the Virtual Backpack today! Soccer, Basketball, Art, Stem...there is something for everyone! Don’t miss out! https://www.somonauk.net/o/somonauk-middle-school/browse/49770
Summer Camp deadlines are quickly approaching! Don't miss out! https://www.somonauk.net/o/somonauk-middle-school/browse/49770
Due to the extreme weather at around 11:45 a.m. all District 432 schools had taken precautionary measures & students took shelter. The district has released students back to class.
Tomorrow is Spring Walk to School Day! Meet at: Heroes Park @ 7:30, the 'Little Playground' @ 7:35 or the Old Gym @ 7:40
Congratulations to the following athletes for qualifying and competing in the State Track Finals this past weekend in East Peoria: Garin Zaeske, Max Gabrys, Isaac Reiss, Ruben Perez, Benson Gudmunson, "Shoeless" Luke Rader, Haley McCoy, Josie Rader, Kelsey Knauf and Emma Hohman. - Max Gabrys broke the one minute mark and placed 10th in the 400 Meter Dash - Garin Zaeske who was rated 9th in the 200 Meter Dash shocked the field and placed 2nd with a time of :25.79
IESA STATE TRACK Max Gabrys placed 10th in the 400 meter dash with PR time of :59.54 Excellent job Max!
Parents, today, Friday, May 10th, is the final day to complete Online Registration. Online Registration is completed through Teacherease. NO PAYMENT NEEDS TO BE MADE AT THIS TIME. Fees are due August 2, 2019. Online credit card payments made after June 3, 2019, will include a $1.50 service fee. Payments in cash or check can be paid in the school office. If registration is not completed you will not have the ability to see your students' schedule for next year when it becomes available.
Our Coffee Cart Crew spent Tuesday morning volunteering at the Cornerstone Food Pantry by helping unload the food bank truck and organize it all in the food pantry, big thanks to Mr. And Mrs. Banister! After that, they went to Culvers to practice some of our communication skills, money skills, and social skills. It was a great day!
The end of the year means lots of activities going on! Here is this week's sixty second supe message. #bobcats432 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6IbergAv84
There are only two days left to complete Online Registration. It is critical that we have an accurate count of students for next year as we plan course offerings at HS and MS as well as sections at JRW. No fees are due at this time. The registration process takes less than 5 minutes and is completed through Teacherease.
Congratulations to all who ran at the Sectional on Saturday, at Aurora Central Catholic. Qualifying for the State Meet in East Peoria this weekend are the following athletes: Emma Hohman, Kelsey Knauf, Haley McCoy and Josie Rader in the 4x100 Meter Relay Sectional Champions Isaac Reiss High Jump Sectional Champion Max Gabrys 100 Meter Dash Sectional Champion Garin Zaeske 200 Meter Dash Sectional Champion Max Gabrys 400 Meter Dash Sectional Champion Rueben Perez, Isaac Reiss, Max Gabrys and Garin Zaeske 4x100 Meter Relay Sectional Champions Rueben Perez, Isaac Reiss, Max Gabrys and Garin Zaeske 4x400 Meter Relay Sectional Champions
Next Week is Teacher Appreciation Week! SMS has the best teachers around, let’s celebrate them! Students are encouraged to write thank you notes for their teachers to let them know how much they are appreciated!
During our morning bus routes this morning one of our district busses was involved in a minor accident. Somonauk Fire Department, Lasalle County Sheriffs and district administration assisted on the scene. Parents of all current riders are currently being notified and checked in the scene. We have no injuries on-site. Further updates to follow.
***TRACK UPDATE*** For some odd reason some of the calendars that were handed out did not have today as a practice. There is practice today for ALL TRACK ATHLETES until 4:45 P.M. The Conference Championships have been rescheduled to tomorrow Thursday, May 2nd, at Plano beginning at 4:15. ALL Field Events begin at 4:15. Running Events will begin after ALL Field Events have concluded. Those who are not participating in the Conference Championships will NOT have practice on Thursday, 2nd. The Sheridan 6th Grade Meet has been rescheduled for Friday, May 3rd. The Meet will begin at 4 PM. 7th-8th Grade will not have practice on Friday due to the 6th Grade Meet Information for the Sectional Meet on Saturday will be given to students during lunch on Thursday. Mr. Roberts has a Sectional Seeding Meeting tonight in Aurora and will give each athlete information on the Sectional in a handout, on Thursday.
It's going to be a busy summer! Soccer, Boys and Girls Basketball, and Art Camp forms are now available in our Virtual Backpack. https://www.somonauk.net/o/somonauk-middle-school/browse/49770
The Middle School track meet is canceled for today and rescheduled for May 13th. Only the athletes participating in the Jr. 10 meet will have practice today.
Smile Illinois...the mobile dentist and hygienists will be in the district and providing dental exams, cleaning, fluoride treatment and apply sealants (if age appropriate) on Monday, May 13th. Students pre-k through 8th grade are eligible and the exam will be valid for required dental exams for Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grade. Medicaid and private insurance as well as self pay is accepted. Permission forms were sent home the week of April 1st however additional forms are available in JRW and SMS offices. Deadline for sign up is Friday May 3rd. There needs to be at least 20 students signed up for the visit or it will be cancelled. We are still short of that goal! Additional information is available at www.mobiledentists.com or contact Lisa Lee RN, School Nurse if you have any questions.
CORRECTION: The Middle School Track Conference Championships in Plano are on Tuesday, April 30th not Monday April 29th.
Attention 8th grade parents! Don't forget to send your pictures for the Celebration Slideshow! Time is running out! Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Thank you!
SUMMER CAMPS GALORE! Check our Virtual Backpack! https://www.somonauk.net/o/somonauk-middle-school/browse/49770
The Middle School Track Meet in Sandwich is cancelled and moved to Wednesday at 4:30. No practice.
Middle School Track meet at Plano is CANCELED. No practice.
SMS Students: Let's see your talent! Can you sing? Dance? Act? Do you have a comedy or musical act you are ready to show off? It's time for the 2019 SMS Talent Show! If you are interested, please pick up a permission slip in the office and return it by next Thursday, April 18th. Auditions will take place the following Wednesday, and the show is scheduled for Friday, May 17th. Please see Mrs. Dimitri or Mrs. Tjelle with any questions.
Bobcat FAMILY, do not miss out on this T-Shirt order! Help support the Blue Room. Orders are due this Friday. Print an order form from our Virtual Backpack here: https://www.somonauk.net/o/somonauk-middle-school/browse/49770
Tonight's Middle School Track Meet at Mendota is CANCELED due to weather. No practice. A meet has been added Monday, April 8th at Mendota.
For our March Madness Challenge, SMS is kicking off our fundraiser, BUCKETS FOR BRENNA, to support our 7th grade student, Brenna Slais who is battling leukemia. Each grade level and gender is competing in a bracket style penny war. All proceeds will go to Brenna and her family. Don't forget to bring in your coins all week long! #B4B #bobcats432
As a district, we are selling Somonauk Bobcat hats. The profits will go directly to the St. Balrdrick's organization on behalf of our school district. In addition to supporting St. Baldrick's, if you purchase this hat, you may wear it during the day at school for the remainder of the school year. How cool is that?!
PIZZA! FRIENDS! OPEN GYM! GAMES! FUN! Jr. Council presents, the 2nd annual PIZZA PALOOZA! Tickets will be available starting tomorrow during lunches. Don't miss out on the fun! A $5.00 ticket gets you admittance to the Palooza, a large piece of pizza, and drink. If you just want to come and hang out, $2.00 tickets are also available.
Is your 6th, 7th or 8th grader signed up for Track? Please be sure that they have a current physical and sports form on file and their track fee and registration fee have both been paid in order to practice. Fees can be paid in person or in Teacherease. Call x1406 with any questions.
We just finished our Middle School student portion of Detective Wistocki. The presentation was very informative and eye opening. We cannot wait to come back tonight for the parent presentation. This is a MUST SEE for all of our parents. Our kids were a great audience with many good questions. PLEASE do not pass up this opportunity for crucial information to keep our kids safe! I look forward to seeing all of my middle school parents tonight at the parent presentation. The presentation begins at 6:30 and is in the high school gymnasium. Go Bobcats!
The Book Fair is here today though Friday! Visit from 7:45-3:15. See Mrs. Zaeske with any questions or email email@example.com