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Sykesville Middle School
7301 Springfield Avenue, Sykesville, MD 21784
Fax: (410) 751-3573
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The Sykesville Middle School community's purpose is to meet the changing social, emotional, mental, physical, and academic needs of our diverse students and staff. We collaborate in an environment of high expectations that provides a rigorous, relevant, and comprehensive academic program to develop student and staff leaders who are self-advocating, critical thinkers who will continue to grow and enrich our school community.
Sykesville Middle School is a goal oriented, safe environment where students can grow into well rounded citizens who find success by utilizing problem solving skills, communicating, and embracing each other’s unique qualities. It is a community of high expectations where students’ lives are enriched by cooperative and collaborative learning processes in an environment that exhibits cultural proficiency. Sykesville Middle School’s faculty and staff are supported as they enhance the development of life-long global learners.
A Message from the Principal
Hello Parents, Guardians and other Visitors to our school’s website!
I appreciate you taking the time to check out our website! SMS is a great school with a quality faculty and a long history of excellence. We achieve that excellence by recognizing that students have many learning styles, and then working hard to differentiate our instruction in order to meet the needs of every one of our students. Middle School is a tough time of life, but by getting to know every student as individuals, we are able to customize our approach so as to give all students the best opportunity for success.
At SMS, we also recognize the value of establishing positive and enduing partnerships with our parents. If parents are involved and students believe their parents take education seriously, they are much more likely to take it seriously themselves. How does a parent demonstrate to their children they take school seriously? It’s more than just asking, “How was school today?” Those of us who have tried this approach know the answer we are likely to get is , “Fine”. If we ask, "What did you learn in school today?", the answer will probably be, “Nothing.” Instead try, “Tell me about the test I know you took in science today. Were the questions on the test about the material we studied together?” Or try, “How did your presentation in Social Studies go? What feedback did your teacher give you?” These kinds of questions let children know their parents are paying attention and are aware of what’s going on in school. Parents should know the names of their children’s teachers and be communicating with them regularly. They should look for ways to get involved, by joining the PTO, being chaperones on field trips, or volunteering to make copies. Even if your children tell you to stay home, don’t! Chances are, they don’t mean it.
Sometimes parents have no idea the impact their words and actions have on their children. I’m reminded of a story about James Boswell, a famous English writer who wrote many times about a day when, as a boy, his father took him fishing. Mr. Boswell cherished the memory of that day with his father all of his life, and he often reflected on how his father taught him timeless and rich values during that special day together. Years later, a man studying Boswell’s life discovered a diary kept by his father. Interested in what his father had to say about that special day that had meant so much to his son, he turned to the date in question. There he found this short entry: “Gone fishing today with my son; a day wasted.” Think about it. That day, which had such an impact on Boswell as a boy, was considered “a day wasted” by his father. Parents should never underestimate the difference they are making in the lives of their children. Even when they seem not to be listening, or seem completely disinterested in whatever you may be doing with them at the moment, most likely they are hearing every word you say, and will come to value the time you are spending together. Your words and your actions are almost certainly having a profound impact on their young lives, so make every moment you have with your children special. They won’t be young forever and with every interaction, you are helping to mold them into the adults they will become.
We’re in this together! Educating children should be a collaborative effort, so never hesitate to get in touch with me for any reason. I’m here to serve, and you will never be a bother.
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Did you know that Sykesville Middle has a Food Pantry!
The Sykesville Middle Food Pantry is open to the community every other Wednesday afternoon starting 9/14/16 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm during the school year. If you know of an individual or family in need of this vital resource, please spread the word.
Our food pantry also accepts donations of non-perishable food items from the community throughout the school year. Donations are much appreciated, and they can be dropped off in the main office between 8 am and 4 pm.
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