Welcome to the

South Pasadena Middle School 

PTA Website!

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.

ASK CONGRESS TO INCLUDE SCHOOLS IN THE NEXT COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE!

Unless Congress acts, schools are about to experience major budget cuts triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. 

We need you to contact your federal representatives ASAP to support money for schools. Your action will help prevent layoffs, larger class sizes and the reduction or elimination of important programs and services for our students.

Please join with education leaders around the country in asking for $200 billion to support education funding, including special education, distance learning, Title 1 for low-income students and other programs:

  • Learning Policy Institute: “A 15 percent reduction in state education funding could lead to the loss of more than 300,000 teaching positions.”
  • Ed100: “During Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s say a loud ‘thank you’ in a way that really matters: by supporting education funding in this time of crisis.”
  • National Education Leaders, including PTA: “As Congress negotiates a fourth emergency supplemental in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative any package include significant, robust and flexible funding for our nation’s public schools.”
  • Council of Great City Schools:“…Support an additional federal allocation of $175 billion in Educational Stabilization Funds distributed to the local level through the Title I formula. We also urge Congress to provide an additional $13 billion for IDEA, $12 billion in additional Title I program funding, $2.0 billion for E-Rate, and emergency infrastructure funds that include public schools.”

Please click the “Take Action” button to send a message to your U.S. senators and representatives, and help ensure that robust education funding is included in the next COVID-19 relief package. Our children deserve it!

 

 

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As the school year draws to a close, please take a few minutes to complete the following:

Parent Survey: Click here to respond to the 2020-2021 School Year Parent Survey. We need your input as we develop plans for the next school year. Please complete the survey by Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Chromebook Return: If your child borrowed an SPUSD Chromebook this spring (and is not participating in Special Education Extended School Year (ESY) or SPEF Summer School), please return it to the District Office at 1020 El Centro, South Pasadena. Chromebook collection will take place from June 1-5, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please park in the District Office lot (enter off of Fairview Avenue) and proceed to one of the four check-in lines. Maintain social distancing by following the posted directions.

Thank you for your assistance.

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Dear SPUSD Community,

Navigating the challenges of this pandemic may feel overwhelming at times, but I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy.

SPUSD also has been planning for the future and working hard to ensure that systems are in place for when we eventually come back to school. 

Summer School

South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF) runs the highly-successful summer program for the South Pasadena community. Some summer school classes will be offered online through a distance learning program.

 

 

New Student Registration

Registration for new students – preschool through twelfth grade is underway. SPUSD has established protocols for new student registration while ensuring employees and parents are safe and practicing social distancing while completing the necessary procedures. Please see https://www.spusd.net/ and click on the tab titled, “Enrollment/Registration” for additional information.

Construction Projects

Measure SP construction projects – the high school Athletics Project and the middle school Old Gym Rehab – are continuing at this time.  Supply line/manufacturing delays have challenged the construction teams. However, they remain dedicated to completing the projects by the planned completion date. Other projects that have been completed include the high school exterior painting and new security gates located along the SPHS numbered walkway. The roof replacement project on the two-story section of classrooms at the middle school is scheduled to begin on June 1, 2020.   Planning for the replacement of the elementary schools’ portable classrooms and new arts room continues with the expectation that construction will commence in Spring of 2021. Measure SP funds are restricted to construction related expenditures and may not be used for other purposes. Additionally, our dedicated staff continues working on district-wide maintenance and custodial needs.

Academic Year 2020-2021

We are uncertain about what the future holds for our return to school next year.

SPUSD is doing everything possible to institute an effective distance learning model for our students and staff. We continuously engage in conversations with local superintendents, school administrators, and our respective labor associations regarding the practicality of our educational programming now and in the coming months. SPUSD will continue to be flexible and innovative as we approach any future challenges together.

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Maybe you’d like some guidance and support in these strange days. Click here:  STUDENT STRESS. 

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Community Helping Community
 
Hello, South Pasadena families and friends. ­­
 
There are many of our fellow neighbors in need of help and assistance during this COVID-19 shutdown and a group of community helpers has put together a website where they can go to receive help with shopping needs. SPEF wants our community to remain healthy and strong so please reach out to this website if you need help.
 
Also, if you would like to volunteer to shop you can sign up on the website as well.
 
We are sure that you are all tired of cooking right now as well! Support your local restaurants by picking up curbside delivery. Your local restaurants are still there for you as they have been there for our schools all these years. Eat out!
 
South Pasadena Strong!
 
Here is a partial list from the local South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce of restaurants and other eateries that are open. Be sure to call them as the hours and other information can change.
 
 
Berry Opera
Café X2O
Cos & Pi
Fiore Market Cafe
Heirloom Bakery
Jones Coffee
Kaldi
Grassroots
Gus’ BBQ
La Fiesta Grande
La Monarca
Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza
Mike & Anne’s
Munch Co.
Teamorrow
Two Kids Coffee
 
Other South Pasadena eateries that are open:
 
Jersey Mike’s
Menchie’s
Oak Tree Inn
Shakers
Shiro
Simplee Boba
 
Please let the Chamber know if there are others – we will try to update the list periodically. Those businesses that are closed may still be accepting orders online.

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The SPMS PTA nominating committee met in November 2019 to consider all eligible candidates for the 2020-2021 term of office. On behalf of the nominating committee we present the following slate of officers for the associations consideration:
 
President – Grace Kung
Executive Vice President – Shang Hur
1st VP Ways and Means – Judy Woo
2nd VP Programs – Christina Hansen
3rd VP Membership – Vanessa Godson
Wish Night – Katrina Lowstutter and Sara Shaffer
Treasurer – Dana Thompson- Davis 
Recording Secretary – Ingi Jennings
Auditor – Eboyne Zeno
Corresponding Secretary – Loren Platt
Parliamentarian – Kathy Baumann
Historian – Tammy Selden
Financial Secretary – Karin Burger
 
Those people have been voted in and will be sworn into office in May, 2020.
 
Thank you!
The 2019-20 Nominating Committee
Sara Shaffer
Kim Carlson
Judy Woo
Lauren Black
Stephanie Stein
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If you are new and/or need more information about South Pasadena Middle School, you can print your own information packet from the DOWNLOAD page. There you’ll find info about PTA 6th Grade Parent Orientation, PTA donation and membership, SPEF, and Boosters.

The full SPUSD calendar year can be found HERE

Questions or suggestions? Please contact PTA President Emily Cline at emilycline@sbcglobal.net.