Dr. Edward Eduardo came to this country from the Dominican Republic and entered 7th grade without knowing English. Today, he returned to his United States roots and spoke to our students in the 7th grade. His life journey resonated with all of our students in reassuring them that any academic achievement is possible. Dr. Eduardo’s academic career had many stops along the way. He graduated from Somerville High School and attended RVCC. He then transferred to Rutgers University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia was the academic arena that resulted in his earning his M.Ph.. He recently graduated from Columbia University in New York City earning his doctorate in Epidemiology. He truly inspired all of us at SMS. Thank you Dr. Eduardo for taking the time to speak to our students and to show them that the academic journey holds boundless opportunities for anyone who is willing to work and strive.
The SMS Student Council sponsored a school-wide talent show on Wednesday, October 29 as part of the Annual Fall Spirit Week celebration. Students and staff entertained an appreciative audience with song, dance, jokes and magic! This showcase of talent highlights the multitude of talents that are represented in Somerville Middle School. A philanthropic component was also infused in the celebration. Donations were collected to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. SMS Spirit- Feel Our a Pride!
Sixth grade camp SMS is underway here at the middle school. The sixth grade teaching team and this year’s Peer Leaders have organized two days filled with activities to acclimate the new sixth grade class to the middle school community. Rules are being learned, expectations are being set and lockers are being opened. This is the beginning of a great school year!
On Monday, June 9, 2014 the Somerville Middle School chapter of
the National Junior Honor Society inducted 14 new members. Those students embody the characteristics that drive the organization- Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Character and Service. Dr. T. Purnell, Superintendent of Schools inspir
ed all in attendance with his keynote speech. Congratulations to all who have earned this invitation to membership. The members’ families and friends joined the middle school community to share in the celebration of the induction ceremony. We are looking forward to what they are planning for the coming year!
Somerville Middle School celebrated academic excellence last night at our annual High Honor Roll Dinner. Close to 100 students were honored for achieving high honor roll status during the course of the 2013-2014 school year. What a great event! Parents, family members, staff and school district community members all gathered for this auspicious event! A special thank you to Mrs. Olsen, BOE president, for celebrating with us. Certificates of Achievement were distributed to each student. This was followed by a delicious pasta dinner that was served by the middle school teaching staff. A great time was had by all. Congratulations to organizer, Mr. Zubia and his team!
The SMS Parent Council met to discuss plans for the upcoming Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game that will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014. They will be busy supporting this event by selling refreshments and sponsoring a gift basket raffle. More information will be distributed in this coming month.
When the school and community come together, great things happen. Mark your calendar for May 2 so that you can be a part of the experience. If you are interested to lending a hand, please reach out to the school or any of the parents who are involved. Everyone is welcome to be a part of the Parent Council. Will you be able to fill the empty seat in this picture?!
SMS was well represented at this year’s annual NJAMLE (New Jersey Association of Middle Level Educators) conference held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Kean University. We were able to showcase two of the many initiatives that make our school outstanding. Dr. Purnell, Ms. Boulegeris and Mrs. DePace presented a session on implementing the one to one computer initiative throughout the school. Mrs. Honrath and Ms. Parajon facilitated a session on supporting students as they transition in and out of the middle school. This presentation featured our highly successful “Camp SMS” program. Both sessions were well attended. We received positive feedback as well as requests to visit our school. Thank you to all who took the time to put together and facilitated these presentations. SMS Spirit…Feel Our Pride!
The SMS sixth grade had the opportunity to transform the facts and theories they learned in their sixth grade Earth science classrooms to the real world when they visited Sterling Mines last week. Providing students with the opportunity to apply skills and to make connections between text and experience strengthens learning. Each student brought a box of rock samples back to school with them so that they can continue their scientific explorations. A good time was had by all!
The Somerville Middle School community gathered in the gym on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 to participate in the culminating activity for “Hoops for Hearts Month”. Throughout the month, facts about Heart Healthy living were shared with students during morning announcements, health and gym classes focused on Heart Healthy activities, the teachers’ Denim Day raised funds to be donated to the American Heart Association, and the students participated in their own fundraising activities.
The “Hoops for Hearts” event brought the middle school community members together to participate in a great night of basketball. The school’s basketball teams were realigned and played in a red vs. white game. Parent volunteers served as referees and donation bucket monitors, the school’s Pep Band and cheerleaders encouraged school spirit throughout the event and the dance team debuted their first dance for all to witness.
Congratulations to Ms. Breeman and Mr. George for all of their efforts in coordinating this event. A good time was had by all! Wishing everyone Heart Healthy living!
There’s a lot of hustle and bustle happening behind these closed doors. The air of excitement and nervous energy fills the vastness of our great production hall. The Drama and Theater Arts clubs are putting their final touches on their annual musical. The Somerville Middle School drama production of “High School Musical, Jr.” will be performed Friday, February 7 (7:00 pm) and Saturday, February 8 (2:00 pm matinée show). Join us and enjoy an evening of great entertainment. Tickets are available at the door for $5.00 per person. We are looking forward to seeing you!