8th Grade Field Trip!!!
December 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Students will travel to Wolf Pack Meats and the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Center. Students need to bring a sack lunch and a heavy coat (we'll be outside for the majority of the day).
Contact Mrs. Hoy if you'd like to help chaperone.
8th Grade StartUp Night!!!
December 10th, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Students will be sharing their vision of 2029 careers and business with parent *investors.* Parents will be given $2000 Swope Bucks to invest during the evening. It's a fun evening for everyone involved. We look forward to seeing you here!
GATE Institute Parent Forum
December 10th, 2019. 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Parents will hear about opportunities for students at the GATE Institute at Hug High School
VEX ROBOTICS CLUB INFORMATION!
Watch the following video to get an overview of what this competition is all about! Swope MS is looking to have 3-4 teams compete, so there is an opportutnity for everyone to participate!
Hold That Text
Please remember that here at Swope MS, students are expected to NOT use their cell phones throughout the day. Here is an interesting blog post from Tech Talk Tuesday that talks about how even one text can disrupt a student's attention: Hold That Text. We encourage you to take the time to read and talk about this with your child.
Attendance Policy Updates:
IF YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN ABSENT, PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILD CHECK IN WITH EVERY TEACHER IN ALL SUBJECTS TO MAKE UP THEIR WORK. ONCE YOUR CHILD HAS MADE UP THE WORK, PLEASE VERIFY THAT THEIR ATTENDANCE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO *TEP.* IF THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN IN A TIMELY MANNER, YOUR CHILD MAY BE SUBJECT TO RETENTION.
Please note: We have to wait until the week following an absence to update the reports; if it has been more than two weeks since your child's absence, and the code has not changed, please have your child speak to his/her teachers immediately to verify all work has been made up. If your child says they have done the work AND spoken to the teacher, please email the teacher for clarification.
SafeVoice is a new program launched by the Nevada Department of Education. This anonymous reporting app for parents, students, and staff members is designed to confidentially and efficiently send tips to a team of qualified staff at the school, so that the tip may be investigated. See the Channel 2 News story here.
One of our highest priorities here at Swope is your child's safety. To help us in the pursuit, please drop off and pick up your child behind Swope. It is much quicker and much less congested without general traffic and buses driving in and out of the parking lot. Also, keep in mind our 15 m.p.h. zone on school days and that it is illegal to complete a U-turn in a school zone.
A message from our GATE Middle School Counselor:
Please know that your child should be spending an average of about 90 minutes per day in a distraction-free environment to complete their homework. The plan is students are to spend their homework time as follows:
- Math: 15-30 minutes
- ELA: 30 minutes
- Science: 15 minutes
- Social Studies: 15 minutes
Please contact us if this average is not being met; either too much homework is being completed or too little homework is being completed. Research shows that any time spent beyond 90 minutes becomes counterproductive. We also recognize that your child needs time to enjoy their personal passions, be it sports, dance, music, or whatever it is that they wish to participate in. Additionally, children should have plenty of free time and family time. Here is a great article to help you create a great distraction-free homework environment for your child. Distraction Free Homework Environment. This article is also posted on our Social and Emotional page on our website: Swope GT Magnet Social and Emotional Learning.
The Swope Middle School After School tutoring/homework program is in full swing. This program is offered every Tuesday and Thursday in the Swope Library from 2:00-4:00. Swope teachers are in the library during this time to offer help as needed. Transportation will be provided to students at 4:00 delivering students to area elementary schools. This is a great opportunity to provide your child with the time and place to work on their homework. Please contact our school counselors for more information and details.
Speaking of the calendar, please know that we will update this calendar with all Swope and GT related events. Some super important dates to put on your calendar now are our PBLU event dates:
- Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m. 8th Grade StartUp Night
- Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 6:00 p.m. 7th Grade Night at the Races
- Monday, May 18, 2020, 6:00 p.m. 8th Grade College Night
Please click on individual teacher websites for more specific information regarding class content information. You are also welcome to email any of us at any time with any questions and/or concerns.