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6/12/19 Incoming Freshman Information

8th grade Scripps Families,

First, let me say thank you for letting us work with your children this past year.  I believe they have shown wonderful growth since last September.  I wish them all the best as they move on to bigger and brighter opportunities!

Below is some information from LOHS that may be helpful as you head into summer:

August 22nd - 9th Grade - Photo/Schedule Pick-up Day, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

August 26th - Make-up Day - Photo/Schedule Pick-up Day, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

August 29th - Freshman First Day, 7:30 a.m. – 9:46 a.m.

September 3rd – First Day of School, 7:30 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

·         LOHS 9th Grade School Supply List-19-20.pdf 

·         Girls' golf will begin August 12, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. at Boulder Pointe Golf Course. For more information, players and parents can contact Coach Gallaher or the Athletic Office:  Monty.Gallaher@lok12.org  or 248-770-6847.

Have a wonderful summer.

Mr. Haas

6/11/19 Social Media

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It has come to my attention that there is a new app “Yolo” that allows others to make comments to a person anonymously.  Over the years I have seen similar apps such as ASKfm or Sarahah.   

Many students think others will say kind comments and make them feel better about themselves.  I see many students come in with screen shots of very hurtful comments.

As we are preparing for summer, this might be the perfect opportunity to talk with your child about their technology use and the apps on their electronic devices.

Take care,

Nancy Tedder

Scripps Counselor

nancy.tedder@lok12.org

6/9/19 End of the School Year Information

Scripps Families, 

As we wind down the 2018-2019 school year there are a few things we need to make everyone aware of:

  • Friday, June 14, 2019 is the last day of school.  Dismissal is at 10:25 a.m.
  • Per the Food Service Department, students need to have proper funds to purchase lunch for the last week of school.
  • Yearbooks will be distributed on Wednesday, June 12.  If your child did not purchase a yearbook and would like to there will be yearbooks for sale on a first come, first serve basis on June 12.  Cost is $50.
  • The last day for students to bring backpacks and use lockers is June 12, 2019. 6th & 8th grade students may bring small bags/cinch sacks for their field trips on June 13, 2019.  Students will not have access to any lockers after June 12, 2019.
  • All items in the lost and found will be donated or discarded after June 19, 2019.  If your child has lost any items since January please have them take a look.  Scripps will be open during the week of June 17 if you are unable to make it before the end of the week.
  • All medications in the counseling office need to be picked up by 12:00 p.m. on June 19.  Medications that are left after that day will be properly disposed of.  This includes all over-the-counter medications and epi-pens.  If you have any questions regarding medications please contact Mrs. Palmer at 248-693-5444.

 

Looking forward to a great week of school!

Mr. McKay

6/6/19 Oakland County K9 Search

Scripps Families,

We wanted to inform you that an Oakland County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit performed a scheduled search of lockers today. Students remained in closed classrooms during the inspection and did not come in direct contact with the dog during this search. We are very pleased to report that no illegal substances were found.

Please note that this procedure was a preventative measure and was not brought about by any recent incidents of illegal substances. Today’s event was for the safety and well-being of everyone. We continue to be committed to creating an environment that is safe for all students. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

 

Mr. McKay

6/2/19 A message from the Food Service Department

Scripps Families, 

The Food Service Department wish to notify all staff, parents and guardians that students will not be allowed to purchase food from the cafeteria without the proper funds after Friday, June 7, 2019.

The federal government which oversees the School Meals Program requires that all meal debts are collected and paid in full before the end of the school year. Your student’s meal account balance is available on line by logging to www.sendmoneytoschool.com or by calling the Food Service Office at (248) 814-0201. Thank you.

If you have any questions please let me know, 

David McKay

5/31/19 Middle School Football Information

Dear Middle School Parents of Prospective Football Players,

 

As announced earlier this spring, by our Athletic Director Chris Bell, we are excited to take another step forward in the reshaping of our middle school football program to best serve our student athletes at the middle level.

On May 28, 2019 we held a meeting to introduce coaches, share important camp and practice dates, as well as dialogue about the moving forward with reshaping our football program at the middle level.

We are aware that it was a busy night; therefore, I have attached a copy of the presentation for you to view if you were unable to attend.  We focused on the program purpose, four core values, important dates, and unification facts.  We did not cover the three roles within the football program due to time, but I wanted to share that information with you as I feel it is  important information in ensuring you and your child have a positive football experience.  

MS Football Presentation 

Go Dragons!

John Blackstock Head Football Coach

john.blackstock@lok12.org

5/31/19 Scripps Emergency Drill Follow-up

Scripps Families,

This morning all students and staff practiced our “code red” emergency drill.  As a part of this drill teachers and students practiced some of the A.L.I.C.E. protocols we have been implementing as a district.  We are very proud how our students and staff reacted to today’s drill.  It went very well.

For more information about A.L.I.C.E and all of the Lake Orion Community Schools safety procedures please refer to the link below.

LOCS Safety & Security

Please feel free to use this drill as an opportunity to discuss with your child their feelings on school safety here at Scripps.  

If you have any questions feel free to let me know,

David McKay

5/29/19 8th Grade Celebration - June, 6, 2019

8th Grade Families, 

Please read the letter below regarding our 8th Grade Celebration. This will be taking place on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

8th Grade Celebration 

Have a great week!

Mr. McKay

5/24/19 Survey

7th grade Families,

Today our 7G students took a survey regarding at-risk behaviors.  Students on 7W will be taking the survey early next week.

This survey is being conducted in partnership with North Oakland Community Coalition (NOCC).  The information is anonymous and will give valuable information and data for our community.  Surveys such as this are vital in keeping our children safe and healthy.  Please ask your child about the survey and use this as a spring board to discuss risky behaviors and your expectations.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Mr. Haas

5/22/19 2019 - 2020 School Supplies

Scripps Families,

Hard to believe but it is that time to start thinking about school supplies for the fall!  Knowing that some people would like to get this out of the way and take advantage of early deals, the PTO has put together common supply lists by grade level.  They are also providing a service where you can order the supplies and have them ready for pick-up at the August Walk-Through on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.  Once students learn which team they are on at walk-through, there may be a small list of team specific supplies that can be purchased as needed.  

Please follow the link below for the supply lists and ordering information.  All orders must be placed before June 30, 2019.

https://www.rmwdschoolkits.com/scripps-middle-school/

PLEASE NOTE PARENTS OF 8th GRADERS IN ADVANCED MATH - It is recommended students purchase a TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator.
While they are expensive, they will be used through high school & college. Consider it a long term investment. Those students choosing not to purchase a TI-84 Plus will need a graphing calculator app or program on their home computer to complete homework.

The calculator provided on the website is optional for 7th grade and Math 8 classes only.

We wish all of you a great end of the year.

Mr. McKay and PTO Officers

5/20/19 Scripps Information

Scripps Families,

Below are a couple upcoming events for students and adults.

  • A former student of Scripps is hosting a free rocket workshop on May 28, 29, and 30.  This was initially developed as a "girls in STEM" initiative, but boys are welcome as well if they are interested.  There is a limited amount of spots available so please look over the flyer ASAP.
  • The 14th annual Golf Fore Kids Golf Scramble hosted by the Lake Orion Educations Foundation (LOEF) is coming up soon!  Please take a look at the flyer to see how you can support this wonderful group that helps our schools better serve our students.

Have a wonderful week!

Mr. Haas

5/15/19 Middle School Football Information Meeting

Dear Middle School Football Parents,

As announced earlier this spring, by our Athletic Director Chris Bell, we are excited to take another step forward in the reshaping of our middle school football program to best serve our student athletes at the middle level. 

On May 28 at 7 P.M. at Scripps Middle School, there will be a meeting for players and parents.  At the meeting, the coaching staff will be introduced.  Information will be given regarding summer football camp opportunities, pre-season meetings, and practice details.

Since 1998, the Lake Orion Community Schools Middle School Football Program has been a big part of the Lake Orion Football Program.  We look forward to continuing a great program and positive athletic experience for our middle school students.

Go Dragons!

Christopher Bell
Athletic Director

John Blackstock
Head Football Coach

5/15/19 Yearbook Ordering Deadline

Scripps Families:

If you haven’t ordered a 2018-2019 Scripps yearbook yet, you have until this Sunday, May 19 to do it.  The cost is $45 and you can only order through the Jostens website: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1063998/Scripps-Middle-School/2019-Yearbook/2018051704164173376/CATALOG_SHOP.  You can also go through our website under Parents/Yearbook. 

There will be some extra yearbooks for sale at the Pen Party (distribution day) on June 12.  However, the only way to guarantee that you have a yearbook is to order one through the website.

If you have questions or concerns at Kelly.Stalions@lok12.org.

~ Kelly Stalions, SMS yearbook advisor

5/14/19 2019 Olweus Survey

Scripps Families, 

Next week your child will be taking a survey as a part of our Olweus bullying prevention program.  Please take a look at the link below for more information about the survey.

Olweus Survey Information 

Have a great afternoon, 

David McKay

5/10/19 8th Grade Class Photo

Scripps Families, 

Geskus photography will be taking our 8th grade panoramic photo on Friday, May 17, 2019.  Students will be receiving an order form in their STAR classes on Monday, May 13, 2019.  

If your child would like a class photo they can bring the completed order form and payment in a sealed envelope on picture day.

Below is a link to the order form:

8th Grade Class Order Form 

Have a great weekend!

Mr. McKay

5/10/19 6th Grade MSTEP Begins

Scripps Families, 

Your 6th grade child will begin taking the M-STEP assessment on Monday, May 13, 2019.  The document below lists the testing times for each team.

6th Grade M-STEP Schedule 

Over the weekend please take a few minutes to discuss the upcoming assessments and to encourage your child to put in their best effort.  If you would like more information regarding the M-STEP assessments please refer to the links below:

Online M-STEP Practice

What parents can do to help 

 

Have a great weekend, 

David McKay

Assistant Principal

Scripps Middle School

5/8/19 Battle of the Books Information

Dear Scripps Families,

Many of you may be looking ahead to your summer vacation already. Has your child thought about their summer reading? Lake Orion Middle Schools and the Orion Township Library are pleased to release one of next year’s Battle of the Books titles so that your child can start reading right away! Your child can even submit titles to be considered for inclusion in next year’s Battle of the Books titles. Check out the attached handout for more information on next year’s Battle of the Books competition!

Battle of the Books Info Flyer

Happy Reading!

5/6/19 Scripps Technology Showcase Tomorrow, May 7th

Dear Scripps Families,

Tomorrow (May 7th) is the Scripps Technology Showcase! Students will be presenting projects that showcase the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. Presentations will occur from 9:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the media center. We hope you will come and talk to the students about the great learning they’ve been doing here at Scripps this year!

Hope to see you there!

5/6/19 Water Polo

Scripps Families,

If you think water polo is swimming with horses, it is time to learn about the sport of WATER POLO! Most often described as a cross between swimming, football, soccer and volleyball, it is a fast paced, fun sport designed to build cooperation and camaraderie.  Lake Orion High School has both a boys and girls team, AND students are welcome to join the junior varsity team during their 8th grade year, giving students the opportunity to make friends and get accustomed to the high school before attending school there!

On Wednesday, May 8, during STAR, Varsity Water Polo players welcome any interested students to join them in the cafeteria to introduce the sport and answer questions! The team will also be sharing information on a FREE Water Polo Clinic for both boys and girls May 13-17.  Look for information to come home with your child! This is a video to show you more about this amazing sport! The team hopes to see your child this Wednesday during STAR! (bonus- there will be doughnuts!)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9NkKHYGFTI

Please take a look at the attached flyer for more information.

Go Dragons!

May 8 mtg.pdf 

5/1/19 TIMMS Assessment May 15, 2019

Scripps Families,

This letter is to inform you about an important international study of student learning being conducted in our school this spring. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) provides important information for bench marking student performance in mathematics and science at grades 4 and 8 in the United States against countries around the world. Since 1995, TIMSS has measured worldwide trends in student knowledge of mathematics and science.

Our school has accepted an invitation from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the U.S. Department of Education, to participate in TIMSS 2019. Two of our 8th-grade classes will take part. One of these is your child’s class. The links below provide some background information about TIMSS, explains what is involved for each student selected to participate in the study, and gives a contact phone number and email address where you can find answers to any questions you might have.

TIMMS Website

TIMMS Brochure 

TIMMS Parent FAQ 

To have an accurate picture of what U.S. 8th graders can do in mathematics and science, it is important that each student selected take part in the study. In addition to answering mathematics and science questions, students will be asked to complete a questionnaire about themselves. I urge you to support this effort by encouraging your child to take part; however, participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Previous experience suggests that students actually enjoy taking part, and participating students will receive a small gift, which we think they will like.

All of the information collected is safeguarded, as required by law. NCES is authorized to conduct this study under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA 2002, 20 U.S.C. §9543). All of the information provided by school staff and students may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151). Students and schools are never identified in any reports. All reported statistics refer to the United States as a whole.

Our students will be taking the assessment on May 15, 2019. 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about this important study.

Sincerely,

David McKay

Assistant Principal

Scripps Middle School

4/30/19 Scripps Technology Showcase

Dear Scripps Families, 

Please join us on May 7th as students show off some of the amazing projects they have worked on this year that apply scientific knowledge for practical purposes. The Technology Showcase will be in the media center from 9:10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

4/27/19 7th Grade M-STEP Testing

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Scripps Families, 

Your 7th grade child will begin taking the M-STEP assessment on Monday, April 29, 2019.  The document below lists the testing times for each team.

7th Grade M-STEP Testing Schedule 

Over the weekend please take a few minutes to discuss the upcoming assessments and to encourage your child to put in their best effort.  If you would like more information regard the M-STEP assessments please refer to the links below:

Online M-STEP Practice

What parents can do to help 

 

Have a great weekend, 

David McKay

Assistant Principal

Scripps Middle School

   

385 East Scripps Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360

248-693-5440

   

4/23/19 Scripps Technology Showcase Volunteers

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On May 7th from 9:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Scripps will be hosting a Technology Showcase. This event will allow students to present different projects they have worked on throughout the year involving the use of technology. We are hoping to add a new component this year, and assign someone to interview each student so that each child has a chance to practice his or her speaking skills. If you would be interested in volunteering to interview a student (or more than one student!) about their project, please contact Ms. Lowe at Rebecca.lowe@lok12.org and let her know what time you would be available.

Thank you!

4/22/19 Incoming 6th Grade Friends and Fun Night

Dear Scripps Families,

The PTO is hosting a special Friends and Fun Night on May 3rd to welcome the 5th graders who will be moving up to Scripps in the fall. Although student attendance for this activity is for incoming 6th graders only, we would certainly accept our current parents' help running the event. If you would like to volunteer your time or contribute to the concessions, please follow the sign-up link below. Thank you, as always, for your support!

https://signup.com/go/oWDqanh

-Scripps PTO

4/22/19 6th Grade M-STEP Testing

6th Grade Families,

 

The state assessment, M-STEP, will be administered to all 6th grade students beginning Monday, May 13, 2019.  The attached document has more specific details about dates and times that each team will be testing.

6th Grade M-STEP Schedule 

If you would like more information regarding the M-STEP assessments please refer to the links listed below:

M-STEP Parent Letter  

Michigan Department of Education

What Parents Can Do to Help Students 

What can Students Expect Video 

Parent Guide to State Assessments in Michigan 

Online Practice for M-STEP

 

Thank you, 

David McKay

Assistant Principal

Scripps Middle School

4/15/19 Upcoming Opportunities

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Scripps Families,

Please review for upcoming opportunities and meetings:

  • Scripps PTO meeting on Tuesday, April 16 (tomorrow) at 7:00 p.m. in the Scripps Media Center.  All meetings are held to no more than one hour!  Please swing by if possible.
  • Beginners Mountain Bike Skills Camp Wednesdays: May 1 - June 12, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Bring a bike, a helmet, a water bottle, and let us teach you how to shred all the local mountain bike trails our community has to offer. This beginner’s skills clinic will teach you all the basics of mountain biking with certified coaches in a safe environment. There is no better way to enjoy the outdoors, have fun, exercise, and make new friends all in one activity. All girls and boys are welcome to attend, grades K-12. For more information, contact Mr. Shaskos at nicholas.shaskos@lok12.org. Meetings will take place at Lake Orion High School's lower parking lot.
  • For the next week Scripps will be participating in the “Change for Autism” fundraiser to benefit the Autism Alliance of Michigan. Please review the flyer for more information. Come on Scripps; let’s see the spare change start coming in for this great cause! change for autism flyer5786.pdf 
  • Reminder that Thursday, April 18 is a half day with 10:25 a.m. student dismissal and there is no school on Friday, April 19.

Have a wonderful week.

Mr. Haas

   
     

4/12/19 Detroit Institute of Arts Field-Trip

Greetings, 

Mr. Brazeau is leading an after school field-trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts on May 10th (1/2 day of school).  We plan on leaving Scripps around 11:00 a.m. and return around 4:30 p.m. All interested students are welcome, and chaperones are needed. Students are encouraged to pack a lunch, or bring money for lunch which will cost around $10 depending on how many items are chosen.

 

Please return permissions slips for students by May 3rd , and iChat forms for chaperones as soon as possible to Mr. Brazeau.                DIA Consent 2019.pdf              DIA ICHAT 2019.pdf

4/9/18 7th Grade M-STEP Testing

7th Grade Families,

 

The state assessment, M-STEP, will be administered to all 7th grade students beginning April 29th.  The attached document has more specific details about dates and times that each team will be testing.

7th Grade M-STEP Testing Schedule 

If you would like more information regarding the M-STEP assessments please refer to the links listed below:

M-STEP Parent Letter 

Michigan Department of Education

What Parents Can Do to Help Students

What can Students Expect Video

Parent Guide to State Assessments in Michigan

Online Practice for M-STEP

Thank you, 

David McKay

Assistant Principal

Scripps Middle School

PSAT 8/9 Tuesday April 9, 2019

Scripps Families,

We hope that everyone had a wonderful week off of school and are ready to get back to Scripps tomorrow!

On Tuesday April 9, 2019 all 8th grade students will be taking the PSAT 8/9 assessment from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Here is testing information to share with your child:

  • There is no penalty for guessing.
  • Students will need calculators (we will supply them if needed).
  • Students must use #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils).
  • Only water is permitted in the testing rooms.
  • No cell phones or smartwatches in the testing rooms.

Below are more resources about PSAT 8/9:

PSAT Website

PSAT Quick Facts 

Have a great week!

Mr. McKay

3/28/19 Schedule and Cyberbullying Law Info

Scripps Families,

  • Reminder - Tomorrow, Friday, March 29 is a half day at Scripps.  Dismissal will be at 10:25 a.m.
  • A new state of Michigan cyberbullying law went into effect this week.

The Detroit Free Press summarized the impact in an article on Wednesday and LOCS would like to make sure parents share the potential outcomes with their children.

Staying responsible online is a topic we discuss with our students and now there are legal penalties beyond the schools.

Approved in December 2018, the cyberbullying law involves posting in a “public media forum” intended to put someone in fear of harm and an intent to commit violence, that there is an expectation that it will be viewed as a threat and is part of a pattern of harassment/intimidation.

As with all of these emerging technology issues, we appreciate families as partners keeping all of our children safe online. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has more anti-bullying resources on its site for those interested.

Have a safe and fun spring break!  Standardized testing season (PSAT and M-STEP) begins when we return.

Mr. Haas