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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: 6th/2:25; 7th,8th/2:30 PM
 
 
 

Click here for the SMS Calendar on Google
Click here for September Events ; Click here for October Events

 


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 for information and access to School Messenger, the district's Instant Alert System
Click here to download instructions on how you can receive frequent email updates
Click here for SMS Happenings (Announcements)
Click here to link to the SMS Technology Resource Page
Click here soon to view the most recent Devils' Dispatch
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

Click on this link to follow Mrs. Falkenberg on Twitter 

 

 

LAYERED CURRICULUM
Springfield Middle School 8th grade Science Department has kicked-off the school year teaching students about life science.

This year, we are implementing a new way to teach life science skills that provides a learning environment conducive to meet the needs of all students. This new style of teaching is called a layered curriculum. Modeled after creator, Kathie Nunley, this teaching method is one of the easiest ways to differentiate instruction and assessments to meet the needs of all students. A layered curriculum allows students to move at their own pace and holds students accountable for their own learning. This independent learning style allows teachers to monitor students while providing immediate positive and corrective feedback to students.

The curriculum is broken into three layers called, ‘A,’ ‘B,’ and ‘C.’ The C layer consists of multiple activities that pertain to basic content knowledge, concepts and key vocabulary. A student who completes this level is considered proficient and/or on grade level with state standards.  The B layer contains computer-based assignments that allow students to demonstrate their application of the knowledge and skills gained in the C Layer. A student who completes this level is considered accelerated or slightly above grade level with the understanding of state standards. The A layer requires students to analyze a real-world/real-life issue or problem usually in the form of research using the content learned in the B and C layers. A student who completes this level is considered advanced or above grade level in accordance with state standards. Students work their way through the various layers which then determine their earned mark of a C, B or A grade. The benefits to this learning style are numerous and include more one-on-one instruction from the teacher to the student and less stress on the student to perform a final cumulative assessment by demonstrating mastery skills at each level.


September 17th is Constitution Day
 
It is never too early or too late to learn/remember important information about our democracy. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 brave men on September 17, 1787. We’d like to give a shout out to Holloway Elementary School Principal William Renwand for sharing the following 10 Fast Facts on the Constitution.

  1. The U.S. Constitution was written in the same Pennsylvania State House where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where George Washington received his commission as Commander of the Continental Army. Now called Independence Hall, the building still stands today on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, directly across from the National Constitution Center.
  2. Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on September 17th. But it wasn't until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine states.
  3. The U.S. Constitution was prepared in secret, behind locked doors that were guarded by sentries. 
  4. Some of the original framers and many delegates in the state ratifying conventions were very troubled that the original   Constitution lacked a description of individual rights. In 1791, Americans added a list of rights to the Constitution. The first ten amendments became known as The Bill of Rights.
  5. Of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention, 39 signed and three delegates dissented. Two of America's "founding fathers" didn't sign the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson was representing his country in France and John Adams was doing the same in Great Britain. 
  6. Established on November 26, 1789, the first national "Thanksgiving Day" was originally created by George Washington as a way of "giving thanks" for the Constitution. 
  7. Of the written national constitutions, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest. 
  8. At 81, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania was the oldest delegate at the Constitutional Convention and at 26, Jonathon Dayton of New Jersey was the youngest. 
  9. The original Constitution is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. When the Japanese bombed Pearl   Harbor, it was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping. 
  10. More than 11,000 amendments have been introduced in Congress. Thirty-three have gone to the states to be ratified and twenty seven have received the necessary approval from the states to actually become amendments to the Constitution.

More Information:
Those wishing to vote in the November 4, 2014 election must be registered to vote. The deadline to do so is October 6, 2014. Those new to the Holland Springfield community who were previously registered to vote must also update their information with the Board of Elections by that same date. Need Help? We are offering this link on where to register to vote in Lucas County! On this site you can also: become a paid poll worker, obtain an absentee ballot application, and learn many more exciting things about the election process.