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Smith Elementary Honored with the Texas Honors Circle Campus Award

We are pleased to announce that Smith Elementary has been recognized by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts with the Texas Honors Circle Campus Award. This award looks at academic, financial, and demographic data and recognizes public schools that have achieved significant student academic growth while keeping spending relatively low compared to peer schools.

Smith is one of 347 Texas schools to be recognized for demonstrating both academic and financial effectiveness by the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST). Smith received a five-star FAST rating and will be featured on the website at http://www.fastexas.org.
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Spelling Bee Winners

Smith Elementary hosted its annual Spelling Bee last week, and we are pleased to announce the winners. Ryan Adamson, a third grader, beat out 36 students to claim the title of Spelling Bee Champion. Another third grader, Clara Lawrence, was the runner up. In order to participate in the school-wide spelling bee, each student had to first place in the top ten of his or her grade-level bees. Congratulations to all of the participants and winners!
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Daddy Daughter Dance Tonight!!!

Calling all Dads and Daughters! Please join us tonight, Friday, January 16th, for the Daddy Daughter Dance from 6:30 to 8:00.

The cost is $5 per child - Dad or Special Date is included.
You can also get two pictures for $5.
$5 for a wrist corsage.
Complimentary sweet treats will be served. Water is $1 per bottle.
We hope to see you tonight!
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Mrs. Roman Gets Taped to the Wall

As a reward for meeting our fundraising goal of $12,000, Mrs. Roman agreed to be taped to the wall. Students received one piece of tape for every $25 they earned, and placed the tape on our dangling principal during morning assembly for all to see. Thank you, Mrs. Roman, for being a great sport! And another huge thanks to our fabulous PTO for organizing the entire fundraising event. We appreciate you!
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UIL Forms Due this Friday, January 9th

Your child has the opportunity to participate in MISD's UIL Academic Competition on Saturday, February 7th. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students compete in academic events against other elementary students.
We hope your child can represent Smith in this fun and challenging event! Click this post for more information and to access the permission form.
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Exciting Events this Week

We are fortunate to be in a district where students get to experience many special events. This week we were visited by the Charlie Riley Band, the Bear Branch Junior High Band, and the Bear Branch Junior High Choir. Smith students enjoyed dancing and singing to the festive music.

As a reminder, class parties are on Friday (Pre-K on Thursday), and we will have early release at 1:25. Click this post to see party times.
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Congratulations to Tyler Mitchell - MISD Student of the Month

Our very own Tyler Mitchell has been selected as the Magnolia I.S.D. student of the month. Tyler represented Smith at Monday night's school board meeting, where he received an award from Deborah Rose Miller, our school board president. Click this post to read more about Tyler's accomplishments. Congratulations to Tyler and his family!
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We Reached our Fundrasing Goal of $12,000!!!

Thank you for your support in our Fun Run Fundraiser!!!
We were able to raise just over $12,000 to help purchase 2 Smart Boards for each grade level. These interactive boards make a huge difference in how instruction is delivered to the students and how engaged they are each day.
Click on this post to see a video about Smart Boards.
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Get Involved at SES!

We are always looking for people to lend a hand in making Smith Elementary the best it can be. All volunteers must complete a criminal history authorization form, even if you have volunteered in previous years. Click on the link in this post to complete the application online. We also encourage parents to join the PTO by filling out the form that went home or by contacting Katie Mitchell at ktannemitchell@aol.com or 281-844-0073. Thank you for your support!
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Smith Elementary Honors our Veterans

Smith Elementary School celebrated Veteran's Day on Friday with a special program. Many veterans were in attendance as the fifth graders sang patriotic songs and the entire school got involved by singing the five military anthems. The event concluded with a slideshow honoring veteran friends and family members of Smith students and staff.

We would like to thank all veterans and current military personnel for their service and dedication to our country.
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