Signal Mountain Middle High School

Principals Corner

Weekly Parent Communication

Week 40

Celebrations

  • Congratulations to our HS Girls Track and Field Team as they won the Sectional Championship and now advance to the State Tournament Meet!
  • Congratulations to our HS Boys Track and Field Team as they finished as runners-up in the Sectional Championship and now advance to the State Tournament Meet!
  • Congratulations to Kara Wilson and Ashlyn Rock as they finished as State Runner-Up and 6th Place respectively in the State Pentathlon earning 11 points for the HS Girls Track and Field Team in the State Championship meet!
  • Congratulations to our HS Girls Tennis team as they won the Regional Championship and now advance to the Sectional Tournament!  Congratulations also to Grace Williams as the Region Girls Singles Champion, Drew and Nathan Morris as the Region Boys Double Champions, Payne Hurst as the Region Boys Singles Runner-Up, and Cambria Ginther and Ellie Donen as Region Girls Doubles Runners-Up!
  • Congratulations to those elected as our 22-23 class officers!  Those elected include Caroline Burns – Student Body President; Julia Dieter – Student Body Vice-President; Ellie Emanuel – Student Body Secretary; Ceci Griffin – Student Body Treasurer; Zack Duncan – Senior Class President; Erik Fowler – Senior Class Vice-President; Caroline Newton – Junior Class President; Genevieve Fisher – Junior Class Vice-President; Annelise Perez – Junior Class Secretary; Ellie Donen – Junior Class Treasurer; Torin Young – Sophomore Class President; Preston Selby – Sophomore Class Vice-President; Ruth Novak – Sophomore Class Secretary; Mary Claire Blanton – Sophomore Class Treasurer; Isabelle Alpers – Freshman Class President; Mia Griffin – Freshman Vice-President; Abigail Holly – Freshman Secretary; and, Lily Haynes – Freshman Treasurer!
  • Congratulations to Ryder Ratliff, Leif Mitchell, Hannah Harris, Luke Schleger, Miley Turner, Kyran Alverson, Sabrina Alves, and Hrushill Beri as they were recognized for exhibiting the May IB Learner Profile Trait of being Reflective!
  • Congratulations to the HS Girls and Boys Lacrosse Club teams for successful seasons as the Girls team finished with the most wins in program history and the Boys finished as State Semi-Finalists for the second year in a row!  Congratulations also to the following 8 players who were named to the TSLA D1 All-Region team:  Jack Tuite, Dakota Pearse, Collins Payne, Forrest Payne, Kaleb Bonastia, Jake Lowe, Devin Sloane and Kale Dodson!

New Information

End-of-Year Final Exams

  • With our TN Ready/EOC testing complete, other end-of-year testing has started and will continue over the next few weeks including Final Course Exams (only courses not tested as part of TN Ready/EOC testing), IB DP Exams, DE Exams, and AP Exams.
  • To access the complete testing schedule, please CLICK HERE.

TN Ready/EOC Scores and Report Card Grades

  • Per TN State Board of Education policy, student TN Ready/EOC scores in grades 3 through 12 will count as 15% of a student’s Semester 2 report card grade.  As you and your students review their grades in Power School, please be mindful of this requirement.

Returning Student Registration 2022-2023

  • All returning students in grades 6-12 (including rising 6th grade students joining us from Nolan and Thrasher) MUST BE REGISTERED THROUGH THE ONLINE REGISTRATION PROCESS.  Please note that the online registration portal for new students is now open from May 1 through May 31 and will then re-open in mid-July.
  • To register a returning student, parents will have two parts to complete: 1) Updating student information in Power School, and 2) Uploading 2 approved proofs of residency (either a scanned copy or a photo of the documents) reflecting the parent/guardian’s name and address within the SMMHS zone.  Approved proofs of residency must be dated within the last 60 days and may include mortgage or lease bills, utility bills, agency or court documentation (IRS, SS Disability, etc.), insurance statement (medical, life, auto, or home), or current bank statement or employment check stub.
  • Step 1—To complete the requirement of updating Power School information for all students returning to SMMHS, parents will log into their Power School Parent Portal by clicking here.  Please note that the Parent Portal will close on June 1 and re-open in mid-July, so please complete this first step in the registration process soon.
  • Step 2— To complete the residency requirement, parents must email 2 approved proofs of residency within the SMMHS zone to [email protected].  Approved proofs of residency must be dated within the past 60 days and may include mortgage or lease bills, utility bills, agency or court documentation (IRS, SS Disability, etc.), insurance statement (medical, life, auto, or home), or current bank statement or employment check stub.
  • The documents must show the parent/guardian name and address within the SMMHS zone and parents must note the student’s name and grade level on the proof of residency copies or in the email.
  • Once received, submissions will be reviewed and our registration team will only reach out to parents if different or additional residency documentation is needed.
  • When trying to register, if you log in to the Parent Portal and receive a “Record not Found” message, please wait for an email stating the record is available for update.  Once you receive the email, then you may log in and complete the registration process.  Due to technical issues, receipt of this email may be delayed.
  • Although our August 5th Registration Day is meant for new students to SMMHS, returning students are welcome to visit the school between 9-11 AM if you need assistance with online registration or you would like to visit the welcome stations.  Student parking spots will be sold on a different day with details forthcoming.
  • If you have any returning student registration questions, please contact our student registration team at [email protected].

New Student Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year

  • To register a new student, parents will complete the New Student Online Registration (opening June 1, 2022) and upload the following required documents (either a scanned copy or a photo of the documents): 
    • Student’s Birth Certificate
    • Student’s TN Immunization Form & Physical- Documented on TN Form (this form may be obtained at Signal Mountain Pediatrics or Hamilton County Health Department), Certificate from Health Care Provider for Medical Exemption from Immunizations or Signed Statement from parent/guardian that vaccination conflicts with their religious tenets or practices.
    • 2 Proofs-of-Residency – Approved proofs of residency must be dated within the past 60 days and may include mortgage or lease bills, utility bills, agency or court documentation (IRS, SS Disability, etc.), insurance statement (medical, life, auto, or home), or current bank statement or employment check stub.
    • If you have a special circumstance regarding custody, please email a copy of court documents signed by a magistrate to Susan Patton at [email protected]
    • For a step-by-step video, please refer to New Student Registration - YouTube
  • During the registration process, you will want to have a scanned copy, or be able to take a photo with your phone, of the following documents to upload during the online registration process:
  • The required documents listed above may be uploaded during the online registration process, or emailed to Susan Patton at [email protected]
  • On our Friday, August 5th Registration Day from 9-11 AM, new students and their families will check-in at the school’s front entrance.  Families who have completed online registration (submitted the online registration with all required documents) will receive a map of welcome stations to visit which will include student-led tours.  Families who have not started or are still working on registration will be directed to our Compass Media Center.  Counselors will be there ready to assist with completing registration.  Please bring a copy of the above listed required documents if you have not previously provided them to the school.  Once registration is complete, the student and their family can visit the welcome stations to learn more about SMMHS!
  • Hardship Applications are available May 1- May 31. For a Hardship Transfer Request Form and information about Hardship application requirements, visit Hardship Information at hcde.org.  All Hardship Transfer Forms must be completed and submitted to the district by May 31.
  • If you have any new student registration questions, please contact Susan Patton at [email protected].  Please note that Mrs. Patton will be out of the office between June 1- July 26.

Rising 6th through 12th Grade Summer Reading

  • To access the summer reading expectations and assignments for rising grade 6th through 12th students, please CLICK HERE.

Summer Student Chromebook Information

  • Chromebooks for Students in Rising Grades 6-12 – All students who will be in grades 6 through 12 during the 22-23 school year will keep their devices over the summer.  All graduating seniors have already returned their Chromebooks.  All HCS student accounts will be operational in case your child needs to access academic enrichment programs.  Chromebooks should be stored on their side, much like you would shelve a book to preserve the battery of the Chromebook.  Please note that the insurance you purchased at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year will extend to cover the summer months and all students and families are responsible for keeping their Chromebooks safe without damage to be used next school year. 
  • If you have any questions related to Chromebooks or chargers, please contact Mrs. Roddy at [email protected].

SMMHS Summer Credit Recovery Program for HS Students

  • Once grades are finalized by teachers on Wednesday, May 25, any student who has earned a failing grade of 50-69 in one or more HS classes required for graduation will need to attend our free 4-week SMMHS Summer Credit Recovery Program. The program will begin on June 6 and will continue through June 30 and will take place in person at SMMHS Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day.
  • Students in need of credit recovery and their parents will be notified via email in May and will need to complete the online registration form for planning purposes.  To preview the letter that would be sent, please CLICK HERE.
  • Transportation and snacks will be provided each day.
  • Any student who does not pass their summer course(s) through our Summer Credit Recovery Program will be required to retake the course in its entirety next year.
  • If you have questions about our Summer Credit Recovery Program, please contact Ms. Patterson at [email protected].

Village Virtual Summer School Courses for HS Students

  • Once grades are finalized by teachers on Wednesday, May 25, any student who has earned a failing grade of 49 or lower is not eligible for credit recovery and must retake the course in its entirety next year or over the summer through Village Virtual Summer School.   in one or more HS classes required for graduation will need to attend our free 4-week SMMHS Summer Credit Recovery Program. The program will begin on June 6 and will continue through June 30 and will take place in person at SMMHS Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day.
  • There is a charge for Village Virtual Summer School courses and information can be found by CLICKING HERE.
  • Any student who does not pass their summer course(s) taken through Village Virtual Summer School will be required to retake the course in its entirety next year.
  • If you have questions about Village Virtual Summer School, please contact Mrs. Sharpe (9th and 10th grade counselor) at [email protected] or Dr. Dagnan (11th and 12th grade counselor) at [email protected].

Reminder Information

Mountain Education Foundation (MEF) Information

  • We want to remind everyone of the important role that the Mountain Education Foundation (MEF) plays in the success of our Signal Mountain Schools!
  • Please be on the lookout for upcoming events sponsored by MEF!
  • If you have not yet become a monthly donor, would like to make a one-time gift, or want to learn more about the many ways that MEF supports all of our students at our Signal Mountain schools, please visit www.meftoday.org or email Hilarie Robison at [email protected]. Every donation is appreciated and much needed!

Calendar Items

Monday, May 23

  • 8th Grade Promotion Practice – 8:00 to 10:15 – HS Gym

Tuesday, May 24

  • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony – 9:00 am – HS Gym
  • HS Boys and Girls Track and Field – State Tournament

Wednesday, May 25

  • Last Day of School for Students
  • ½ Day Early Dismissal for Students at 11:15 am

Thursday, May 26

Teacher Professional Learning/Records Day


 

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