With the Holiday Season upon us we are really looking forward to some time off. We wish all of our students and families a restful and peaceful time.

This a busy time with the Holidays, the end of the fall sports season and the beginning of the winter season.  Some students are getting their first acceptances to college which is so exciting and there seems to be a million things going on. We are also four weeks into our second semester and no matter how poorly a student is doing at this point there is time to salvage all course grades. Parents can help by checking their sons and daughters progress on-line on the parent portal of Power School and homework assignments on Wave Side. You can see check the home work assignments by going on the SMSA website under Our Staff and click on the Wave Side account.

One thing that has always impressed me with our students is not only their willingness to help others in need but how quickly they jump into action. Just yesterday (Nov. 25, 2013) we had a student blood drive with the Red Cross. Our students just raised $640 from our Penny Wars Contest and another $600 from a dress down for the PTO Scholarship Fund. Through our Dig Pink Dress Down and Volleyball Game, $2700 was raised for Breast Cancer research. Students made ribbons for Veterans Day and the money raised will go to pay the freight charges for care packages to our soldiers. We have a food drive going on currently and in the very near future we will collect toys for Toys for Tots which is an annual U.S. Marine campaign to make sure children receive a gift for Christmas and the Holidays. In December we will also have a dress down fundraiser for the JDF Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Not too bad for a bunch of high school students in a period of just 3 months. We have amazingly good kids and we are proud of them.

Happy Holidays Everyone.