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SPMS Reflections – Virtual Art Show and Notable Submissions Announced

Dear SPMS Reflections Participants,

Thank you so much for your submissions to this year’s theme, “I Will Change the World By…”

It is a diverse and exciting group of submissions that allow us all to have a peek into the hearts and minds of our community of young people as they shine lights into their futures. All of the works are now being showcased in the SPMS Library for students to view in person. Click HERE to watch the virtual slideshow.

The following is a list of notable entries:

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY
Outstanding Interpretation – Abigail Hillman, Grade 8 – “Ripples to Breakers”
Award of Excellence – Kayla Yau, Grade 6 – “I Change, You Change, We All Change the World”

FILM PRODUCTION
Outstanding Interpretation -Nyla Khan, Grade 6 – “I Will Change the World by Painting”

LITERATURE
Outstanding Interpretation – Ella Chang, Grade 7 – “I Will Change the World by Volunteering”
Award of Excellence – Paxton Kim-Tang, Grade 7 – “I Will Change the World By…”
Award of Merit – Abigail Kim, Grade 6 – “My Impact on Our World”

MUSIC COMPOSITION

Outstanding Interpretation – Noel English, Grade 7 – “Make a Change”

PHOTOGRAPHY
Outstanding Interpretation – Sophia Vyas – “Dancer”

VISUAL ARTS
Award of Excellence – Madison Ho, Grade 6 – “I Will Change the World by Science”
Award of Merit – Mateo Salas, Grade 6 – “Sin Fronteras (Without Boundaries)”

SPECIAL ARTIST
Isaac Madrigal – “Hunter’s Moon”

Congratulations to all of these artists! The recipients of Outstanding Interpretation and the Special Artist category will be advancing to the regional level of the program.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. In the meantime, enjoy the virtual art show!

Sincerely,
Sorrel Barnard and Marty Freeman
SPMS Reflections co-Chairs


Mental Health Awareness Week Oct. 25-29, 2021 Recap

In a post-pandemic world, our students needed fun as much as we could provide. Our goal this year was to support students in recognizing common mental health challenges while providing them strategies to cope with those complicated emotions. We provided an opportunity for them to have hands-on learning and easy-to-implement coping strategies. While we were rained out on the first day, the rest of our week was a huge success! Raffle winners won lunch delivered to them at school! Special thank you to all of our parent volunteers and the ASB for providing us with music all week!

Stations included:
Responsibility Bingo: After a year of being home, students needed reminders of what responsibilities a middle schooler should have–coming to school prepared and having chores at home are very important to healthy development. Stress/anxiety can be eliminated when a person is in-control and prepared.

Change your words, Change your Mindset:  Students wrote down a “worry” and THREW IT AWAY!  They got rid of that negative attitude and rewrote that worry with a positive intention. Words matter.  If you approach a situation with a negative attitude and word usage, you will have a negative output. BUT….positive words will change your attitude.  “Fake it, until you Make It”

DIY Stressball:  We filled balloons with flour to make our own stressballs.  Research has proven that nerves and muscles stimulate/contract which makes them stronger, improves the overall nervous system and controls overall stress level. We made over 400 stressballs!  

I am:  Students will complete the phrase “I am” on a small slip of paper and glue it to the larger board. We spoke of how positive affirmations and self-talk are proven to be more influential than peer influence on personal happiness.

Gratitude: Grateful paper chains were built and thank you notes were written! Research indicates that sharing gratitude can improve mood, optimism, social bonds and physical health.

Coloring: Lots of coloring sheets were provided since coloring has been proven to decrease stress and anxiety and creates a sense of focus and peace.

Supporting your mental health:  students discussed challenging emotions (stress, sadness, anger etc.) and then shared a strategy they use to move through that feeling.  Students were provided with copies of coping strategies that may have been new to them.



2021 – 2022 SPMS PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD

Officer TitleOfficer Name
PresidentKung, Grace L
EVPSelden, Tammy Cheng
1st VP – Ways & MeansWoo, Judy
2nd VP – ProgramsHansen, Christina
3rd VP – MembershipBaumann, Kathleen
Recording SecretaryJennings, Ingi
Corresponding SecretaryPlatt, Lorne
TreasurerThompson-Davis, Dana
Financial SecretaryHan, Pauline
AuditorMelloh, Cara
HistorianBurger, Karin
ParliamentarianShaffer, Sara
Wish Night Co-ChairLowstuter, Katrina
Wish Night Co-ChairShanley, Adrienne
PrincipalBusick, Cheryl
Teacher RepresentativeBruce, Lindsay

Online classes: a choice for your middle or high schooler?

WELCOME to PTA….

The SPMS PTA is a partnership between our dedicated parents, teachers, administration, and staff. We all work together to enrich our children’s education and school experiences, and to unite our community. We do this inclusively, by having conversations, developing programs, activities, raising funds to implement these plans.

Your involvement, no matter how big or small,  is not only welcome, but also necessary for our students to thrive.

We realize there are a number of items the school will need to continually address and troubleshoot, especially with technology, as we start the school year in this new reality. 

Please contact us with any questions, comments or suggestions and we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner.  And, if we do not have the answers right away, we will guide you as best we can with the appropriate resources. 

We hope you will see that as members of this PTA, we can work together to support our teachers and staff as they navigate this uncertain new world of education.  They will need all the help they can get.  And, we as parents will most likely need more support from each other, to stay connected despite social-distancing.

Thank you,  SPMS PTA

Email:  spmspta@spusd.net