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7001 Madison Street
Holland, Ohio 43528
419.867.5644 (office)
419.867.5732 (fax)
419.867.5662 (attendance)

Principal: Mrs. Dana Falkenberg
Asst. Principal: Mr. Gary Devol
Asst. Principal: Mr. Jeff Pendry
 
Doors Open at 7:15 AM
School Starts at 7:35 AM
Dismissal is at 2:25 PM
 
 
 



Click here to access all SMS Schedule Pick-Up Forms.  Click to open the file, once that has occurred, you will have access to all materials.  The three required forms that you will need to bring to schedule pick-up are: 
-  Emergency Form
-  Parent Consent Form
- Tech Use Agreement Form

Click here for information and access to School Messenger, the district's instant alert system
 
Stay Connected!  Click here to download instructions on how you can receive frequent email updates from the school district.

Click here to view the most recent Devils' Dispatch
Click here to view information on the Target Incentive Program

 
Welcome to Springfield Middle School (SMS). 
 Meeting the educational needs of young adolescents requires special curricula that feature content that connects with the everyday lives of students as well as activities that actively involve them in the learning process. SMS academic standards are high. Although the Ohio Department of Education's rating system has recently changed, it is important to reflect that SMS has consistently achieved an "Excellent" rating over the past several years!   We are very proud of the entire SMS family - students, parents, faculty, and staff - for consistently being recognized for outstanding academic achievement. We truly are committed to being exceptional - - without exception! 

Opportunities to enrich student learning, including the availability of Honors courses, foreign language offerings, problem-based learning approaches all challenge today’s learners to develop and refine the critical thinking skills they will need to become tomorrow’s leaders.  Classes are offered to students on a trimester schedule.  The school mascot is the Blue Devil.

Academics are complimented by a full range of creative, athletic and extracurricular programs, including:

 
ACADEMICS ATHLETIC CREATIVE
Chess Club Basketball Band
Robotic Lego League Cheerleading Choir
Math Counts Cross Country Newspaper-Devils’ Dispatch
Quiz Bowl 7th Football; 8th Football Power of the Pen
Science Olympiad Track Yearbook
  Volleyball
  Wrestling/Wrestlerettes  

ACADEMIC AND INFORMATION LINKS:
Click here to link to the SMS Technology Resource Page
Click here for the SMS Media Center Link
Click here for Miss Holden's Webpage
Click here for the link for students on formatting papers MLA-style
Springfield Middle School
Parent Testimonial
"As an alumnus of Springfield Local Schools, one may expect my opinion to be nothing less than favorable.  I can tell you that as an active parent and community member, Springfield Local Schools consistently raises the bar for producing a quality education. 

The staff amaze me on a daily basis as to their willingness to go the extra mile and put forth consistent effort both in and out of the classroom. I am very pleased to see the tradition continue as I watch my own children receive the same first-class education that helped make me the person I am today."

 

Helen Darrah
SLS Parent and Alum

Principal's Weekly Message

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Flip Flops, Jump Ropes, Frisbees – and a lot more!
This summer some Springfield Middle School students have the opportunity to go on a medical mission trip.  Libbie Breymaier and Caleb, Isaac, Eli and Simon Roth will be traveling to LaRomana, Dominican Republic.  While in the DR, they will travel to bateyes on sugar plantations to deliver medical care to the Dominicans and Haitian migrants who live and work there.  People who live in the bateyes are very poor and sometimes go without shoes.  The kids there also do not have toys like kids do in the U.S.  Thankfully, the students and staff at SMS have very graciously helped out.  During just one week, everyone at SMS donated almost 900 flip flops, jump ropes and Frisbees for the kids in the Dominican Republic.  As one teacher put it, this was a way for kids to realize that they could actually help other kids.  The flip flops, jump ropes and Frisbees will be very much appreciated by the kids in the DR.  Thank you to everyone who donated!

5th Grade Transition
At Springfield Middle School (SMS), we understand the importance of transition opportunities as we welcome 6th graders in from Crissey, Dorr, Holland and Holloway Elementary schools. The 5th grade transition opportunities include our 5th Grade Parent Night, 5th Grade Tours; SMS Schedule Pick-up; and the 6th graders first day in August.  We believe that the importance of 5th grade transition opportunities is that they assist in what can be a stressful time for both students and parents. Through these transition opportunities, we try to provide information and exposure to SMS in smaller chunks over a period of time, so we can ease the transition. Another great asset to 5th Grade Transition this year will be the introduction of 7th Grade Student Ambassadors. These SMS ambassadors will serve as student leaders throughout the transition process by assisting with tours, schedule pick-up and be available to 6th grader students’ first day of school. All of these opportunities are in place to help ensure student success, and ease the transition for students and parents. 

The 5th grade open house night, held on May 13th, offered students and their parents their first opportunity to visit and tour SMS as part of the 5th grade transition efforts. SMS staff members shared important middle school information and were available to answer any questions from parents and students. This event offered a great opportunity for students and parents to get a first glimpse of SMS and gather information to begin to ease anxieties about the transition from elementary to middle school.

As a follow-up to that evening, in the weeks after, each 5th grade group came over for the opportunity to meet SMS principals, staff and students; and receive a more in-depth guided tour of the 6th grade wing of the building. 5th graders also took this opportunity to write letters to their future 8th grade selves, which included information about their middle school goals and current hobbies. The student leaders for this event were SMS 7th Grade Student Ambassadors that not only participated in this event, but will also serve as student leaders during their 8th grade year. The ambassadors are trained leaders that answered student questions and offered valuable information during student tours, and a special Q&A session. 

SMS Schedule Pick-up will take place on August 13-14, 2014. Please note that Wednesday, August 13th is specifically designed for 6th students as extra staff will be on hand to specifically support our incoming 6th grade class. This is also an opportunity for students to tour their schedules, pick up their blue locks for their lockers , turn in important paperwork and take their first school picture as a middle school student.

Finally, students’ first day as 6th grade Blue Devils at SMS will be Thursday, August 21, 2014. This day marks the first day of each student’s journey through middle school. Students should remember that this day offers them the ability to walk the halls of SMS without 7th and 8th graders in attendance, take advantage of the opportunity to really explore their class schedules and how to get from place to place before their 7th and 8th grade classmates arrive on Friday, August 22nd. All SMS teachers, counselors and principals will be on hand to answer any questions, assist with locker and combination usage and help them find their way around the building and to their busses at the end of the day. This is a great day and an exciting start to their days at SMS!

Outdoor Ed

It's another year of outdoor education for 6th graders at the middle school and students are experiencing activities not seen since the days of Camp Michindoh. The Metroparks recently gained licensure to conduct some new activities, and SMS students are the first in the area to experience some of these classes.
 
Over the next few weeks, each sixth grade team will experience two packed days of activities at area metroparks. Students will visit Oak Openings and be able to build fires, survival shelters, and use current technology trends and experience a geocache adventure. Students will also visit Sidecut Metropark and have the opportunity to canoe, participate in an archery class, and also go on a nature hike with a licensed naturalist.
 
Past years saw students using natural surroundings on campus and using the wetlands behind SMS in the grove. Although students enjoyed the experiences, when word came the Metroparks could provide those experiences, surveyed students expressed tremendous interest at seeking those opportunities.
 
Each team will visit the metroparks divided in small groups. Teams are split and half the students visit each park each day during the two day outdoor education experience. Teams solicit chaperones to help offset the adult to student ratio, and allow for a good time to be had by everyone.