Suffield Middle School
350 Mountain Road | Suffield, CT 06078 | 860-668-3820 | https://www.suffield.org
Tuesday, Oct. 7th
Tuesday, Oct. 7th
Thursday, Oct. 9th
Monday, Oct. 13th
Variety Show Auditions
Thursday, Oct. 16th
Tuesday, Oct. 21st
Halloween Bash - 6th Grade
Friday, Oct. 24th
Tuesday, Oct. 28th
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SMS SCHOOL PICTURE DAY!
Emergency Information Needs to be Updated on InfoSnap
Have you updated your child's emergency information yet? This is a yearly update done via infosnap in the PowerSchool Parent Portal! Login now so we have accurate emergency information on your child! Link is below!
Suffield PTAC News
Interested in helping out with our student activities this year? Do you have questions about how you can help? Please use the attached list to contact one of the PTAC Board members if you have questions. PTAC 2014 - 2015 Volunteer Chairpersons - PDF
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Suffield Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SPEDPAC)
The Suffield Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SPEDPAC) is an organization that provides opportunities for parents, school administrators, and support staff to exchange information and ideas, ask questions relative to student programming, and solicit valuable input that promotes our continuous school improvement efforts. We encourage all parents and guardians whose children receive special services to attend and participate in these collaborative meetings. The purpose of these meetings, held monthly at rotating schools, serves to strengthen the partnership that exists between home and school. Possible discussion topics include our literacy and numeracy efforts and social and emotional supports utilized in our schools and how specific strategies may support the home environment. Additional information may be obtained in the main office of each school or via the district website at www.suffield.org, clicking Central Services and then Special Services. You may also reach out to the SPEDPAC chairpersons, Kendra Wiesel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tammi Nealon at email@example.com or the respective building principal. In addition, you may also discuss with your child’s case manager if you have additional questions. We look forward to partnering with you to provide and grow our quality programming for all students.
2014-2015 Sped PAC Meeting Dates
An Important Health Notice From Our Assistant Superintendent
This communication will serve to inform parents of the practices in place to reduce the incidents of head lice that occur in our schools. Head lice are often a fact of life for school-aged children. While inconvenient, head lice cause no medical harm and can be effectively treated.
Our policy (#5141.221) was adopted by the Suffield Board of Education in 2012. It aligns with a clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatric Medicine that recommended the elimination of universal large scale screenings of students and notifying parent of each and every case where lice or nits (the eggs of lice) were detected. Instead, the practice of having teachers monitoring all students for symptom related to lice infestation such as scratching of the scalp. Where symptoms are detected the student is screened individually by the nurse and the nurse works with the parent directly to insure that appropriate treatment is accomplished.
Our regulations were enhanced last spring to insure that the district communicate with parents quarterly by providing information on how to monitor signs and symptoms. Another change is to allow the school nurse and principal to work with the Superintendent to determine if a more targeted notification is necessary when a significant number of cases are detected in a particular classroom.
For more information relative to the treatment and prevention of head lice, I encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control’s website at www.cdc.gov. If you would like hard copy materials, please feel free to contact me directly.
Our staff is aware of the need to watch for signs and symptoms of head lice, such as frequent head scratching. Parents can help by watching for those same signs and by screening carefully at home whenever those symptoms are present. When those symptoms are observed in school, students are referred to the nurse for private screening. The nurse will contact parents to insure appropriate treatment is implemented.
Preventing further transmission when a case is identified requires the cooperation and active response of all teacher, parents and students. That active response includes becoming informed, immediate communication with the school nurse when a student is diagnosed with an active case (even if the child has already been treated), and respect for the privacy of those who may have become infested.
Thank you for your cooperation. If you have further questions, please contact your school.
Jim Collin, Ed.D.
Suffield Public Schools