2022-2023 CURRICULUM WEBSITES
Hours are from 8:20 – 2:40
All students should enter the school at the main front entrance
STUDENTS SHOULD NOT ARRIVE AT SCHOOL BEFORE 7:50 am
Any student arriving at 7:50AM or before 8:15 should go to the cafeteria.
Parents are asked to please pull all the way up to the end of the circle to keep dropoff moving smoothly. We have added additional space to the drop off area in order to ensure that drop-off is quick and smooth. Please help us by pulling all the way to the front of the semi-circle. Parent vehicles are not allowed in the back parking lot for the safety of the children entering the building.
*The first day of school for 5th-graders will start at 8:45 am. There will be a team meeting for all 5th-graders, teachers, and administration in the Little Theater upon arrival.
Students are expected to be in their seats in their homeroom class no later than 8:20AM for attendance. Please make sure your child is on time. We allow 5 tardies per marking period. Once your child’s 6th tardy in a given marking period, he/she/they will receive a detention. The good news is that we start fresh every marking period!
Please review the SPS District Handbook for the full description of the SPS attendance policy.
AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION: Detention runs from 2:45 to 3:30.
LUNCH DETENTION: Held in the main office during student’s assigned lunch period
If your student will be out sick, please call the sick line at 781-596-8820. Follow the prompts for the sick line and leave a clear message with your child’s name. Students who are absent and wish to do school work could check google classroom and their team website.
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
There is a rolling drop off at the front entrance of the school at the beginning of each day. Parents may not park or get out of their cars in this lane. Parents should drive all the way up in the semi-circle area in order to accommodate all the drop offs.
Students can be picked up in the front semi-circle, on Forest Ave on the side closest to the school, and in the lower lot beside the tennis courts. For safety reasons, parents are not allowed to drive or park in the back lot by the cafeteria.
When a student has forgotten something at home and a parent/guardian drops it off at the school (at the desk in the front lobby), we will get it to them as soon as possible. We encourage students to stop by and check the desk at the front lobby if they are expecting something to be dropped off or realize they have forgotten their lunch. Please note: We will not interrupt classes for student messages or forgotten items.
The Program of Studies is on the Middle School website and details the courses and class requirements (if applicable): Program of Studies
Each day begins with homeroom where attendance is taken and any announcements are made.
Grade 5: Each student is assigned to a team. There are two 5th grade teams. Students will move through classes in their homeroom groups. Both teams merge together for specials.
Grades 6-8: Teams in grades 6, 7, and 8 have 4 to 5 teachers on a team. A student’s homeroom teacher in these grades is also a teacher they will have for a class during the day.
Each day starts with Advisory. This takes place in the student’s homeroom class and provides students with an opportunity to seek extra help, connect with a School Counselor, catch up on work, read quietly or work on homework. Chorus and Band also take place during Advisory and are open to all students. There will also be occasions that there are grade level or multi-grade assemblies or presentations during the advisory period.
Specials are scheduled on a rotating basis. Students will have each special for 25 days at a time. They will have PE/Health for 2 sessions (50 days total). The other specials offered are Art, Tech Education, Music, Robotics, and Computers.
Snack and Lunch
Lunch is 25 minutes. Students can purchase lunch or bring from home. Peanut butter is allowed in the cafeteria but NEVER in the classrooms.
We do have peanut free tables in the cafeteria to help keep our students safe.
NO SNACKS IN CLASSROOMS SHOULD HAVE ANY NUTS. PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF OUR STUDENTS WITH SEVERE ALLERGIES.
There is NO gum allowed in school. Please help us keep our school clean and refrain from sending your student to school with gum.
Families may complete an application for “free and reduced lunch” which is used as a qualifying process to determine eligibility for free or reduced fee in athletics.
Students will have recess in 5th grade only.
Every student will be assigned to a locker. Students may store coats, backpacks, lunches and books in lockers. Lockers for grades 7 & 8 have locks, but sometimes these locks can break in which case we will fix or give your child another locker. Lockers for grades 5 & 6 do not have locks. Please do not keep valuables in lockers as we are not responsible for any missing item in a locker. If your child’s locker is not working, please have them report it to their homeroom teacher as soon as possible.
Cell phones may not be used and should be shut off and in student backpacks during the school day.
Extra Curricular Activities
There are many programs (choral, plays, math team, athletics, clubs) offered and will be communicated as they become available throughout the year.
Aspen: Grades, Report Cards, and Student Info
Assignment grades and report cards are posted online to Swampscott’s Student Information System – Aspen – throughout the year. Each family will receive an account to access their student’s grades throughout the year.
Students in grades 7-8 also receive their own personal accounts to view the same information.
LOGIN here: Aspen Login
Here is also a helpful refresher link for viewing progress reports and report cards: Aspen Reports
New this year! Chromebooks are staying at SMS!
At the beginning of the day, students will pick up their chromebooks from their homeroom classroom.
At the end of the day, ALL students will return to their homeroom classroom for afternoon announcements, return their chromebooks to a charging station, and then head home for the day.
💻 FAMILIES REQUESTING A DEVICE FOR HOME
SMS believes all students should have equal access to their education. As such, if a student and family needs a device to use for at-home work, please follow the required steps.
Students in all 4 grades are assigned a Google Drive account and will continue to have access once their Technology Acceptable Use Form is passed in. Students will be able to access their accounts in school and at home. If a student has an account from elementary school, the account moves up to SMS with the student.
PLEASE LOG ON TO FAMILY ID TO BEGIN YOUR REGISTRATION
In order to be eligible in athletics, try-outs, practices, games, all students and families must complete the entire registration process below.
1. REGISTER: All parents/guardians must register their student-athletes at Family ID (new users must register as a new user then check your email for confirmation before you can begin a registration) Please confirm your registration is complete (you will get an email stating that it is complete).
2. PAID USER FEE (please go to www.swampscottps.org to pay the fee on-line - click resources and then online payments and follow directions). You may also pay by check made out to the "Town of Swampscott". Please pass in to the athletic office and put your student's name and sport on the memo line. The user fee is $200.00 per season/per athlete. Families may complete an application for “free and reduced lunch” which is used as a qualifying process to determine eligibility for free or reduced fee in athletics.
“Free and reduced lunch form” is available in multiple languages and can be completed at any time during the school year. The form can be found on the food services site and should be returned to SMS - main office or the Business Office.
For any family having difficulty completing the form, please contact the Assistant Principal, Ms. Zotto at email@example.com
3. PROVIDE AN UP TO DATE PHYSICAL within the last 13 months. If you believe we have an up to date one on file, please call or email the athletic office to confirm. (PLEASE NOTE: If your physical expires during the season, you are responsible to provide an updated physical to the athletic office or your student-athlete will become ineligible). Another note: If you are going into the 7th grade then you need to provide two copies of your physical (one for the school nurse and one for the athletic office).
SPORTS SCHEDULES CAN BE FOUND AT www.northeasternma.org
Principal: Jason Calichman
Assistant Principal: Emily Zotto
Phone: 781-596-8800 x6307
School Counselor: Erin Curtin
Phone: 781-596-8800 x6243
Students: Last names A-F
School Counselor: Dylan Randall
Phone: 781-596-8800 x6318
Students: Last names G-N
School Counselor: Erin Waffle
Phone: 781-596-8800 x6308
Students: Last names O-Z
School Counseling Office Assistant:
Phone: 781-596-8800 x6316
Phone: 781-596-8800 x6305
Phone: 781-596-8800 x6124