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Recognizing we have in-person learners who will be offsite due to illness or quarantining, Sossaman Middle School will be providing the following means of academic support effective Tuesday, January 19th. Please note the respective day, time, and core subject in which a highly qualified instructor will be available to offer a mini lesson, tutoring, confusion in Canvas, and/or sounding board for work assigned.
Social Studies 7 and 8
Every Monday @ 4pm
Math Grades 7 and 8
Every Tuesday @ 4pm
Science grades 7 and 8
Every Wednesday @ 4pm
Math Grades 7 and 8
Every Thursday @ 2pm
ELA Grades 7 and 8
Every Thursday @ 4pm
Picture Day Retakes
Date: Friday, February 5th
Important Information: As a means to protect academic instruction and socially distance, students interested in having their pictures retaken are asked to reach out to Mrs. Marqueling to be added to the schedule. We ask that all requests be made prior to Wednesday, February 3rd.
New to SMS or missed Picture Day? No need to contact Mrs. Marqueling as you will automatically be added to the schedule.
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Marqueling at Angie.Marqueling@husd.org or 480.279.8513
Welcome to Sossaman's Virtual Open House!
Welcome to Sossaman Middle School! We encourage you to take the time as a family to familiarize yourself with our campus. Through Bitmoji classrooms and YouTube videos, you’ll be introduced to our core classes, elective offerings, have insight as to how our students feel about being Spartans, while receiving a brief hello from Mr. Dolan, Mr. Keeling, and Mr. Potts. You’ll also find a find a Frequently Asked Question page in the Parent Portal in hopes to alleviate some common questions that arise as your child begins the transition from elementary to middle school.
- Please note your child will utilize their current Canvas log-in to access the tour.
- User Name: first.last name (example: John.Dolan)
- Password: S.00studentID (example: S.0012345)
OR FOR THOSE WITHOUT CANVAS
- Welcome To Sossaman Middle School (instructure.com)
- User Name: Spartacus Spartan
- Password: Spartan4Life
We look forward to forming a strong partnership as your child’s Spartan journey begins. Please let us know how we can support.
Virtual Open House / Preparations for the 2021_2022 School Year
Welcome, Incoming Spartan Families.
At Sossaman Middle School we believe success starts with making connections long before your son or daughter begin academic instruction. As your child begins the transition from elementary to middle school, we extend an invitation for you to virtually visit our campus on Wednesday, January 20th beginning at 7:00pm. Recently recognized as an A+ School of Excellence, we are excited to showcase and highlight an environment where young adolescents find exactly the kind of opportunities, challenges, and support they need to thrive. This virtual open house coupled with a virtual information session from administration will outline upcoming course registrations, discuss curriculum, and our campus philosophy of Respect and Accountability.
Wednesday, January 20th 7:00pm – All Elementary Feeder School Sites & Those Interested in Open Enrollment
Virtual Individual Site Follow Ups
Monday, January 25th 6:00pm – Centennial Elementary Click here to join the meeting
Monday, January 25th 6:00pm – San Tan Elementary Click here to join the meeting
Tuesday, January 26th 6:00pm – Power Ranch Elementary Click here to join the meeting
Tuesday, January 26th 6:00pm – Cortina Click here to join the meeting
Wednesday, January 27th 6:00pm – Bridges Click here to join the meeting
- 6:00pm – 6:10pm Review goals/SMS opportunities/electives including world languages and accelerated
- 6:10pm – 6:20pm Expectations regarding schoolwork, classes and campus motto
- 6:20pm – 6:45pm Q & A
In the interim, questions and concerns can be directed towards Mrs. Marqueling at Angie.Marqueling@husd.org.
Again, welcome! We are excited to have you join our journey!
Freshman Orientation – U-Knighting the Kingdom – Virtual for our middle school students
Date: February 5, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. - Freshman Orientation – U-Knighting the Kingdom – Virtual
Incoming students are invited to meet with representatives virtually as we share the opportunities and excellence that HHS has to offer! This event will include pre-registration information, 2021-2022 HHS course offerings, and how to register for courses. A student panel will provide information about HHS and answer questions students have about high school. This event will also include our HHS Kingdom virtual tour, information about HHS athletic opportunities and upcoming camps, student extra-curricular activities, and clubs that will highlight some of the many opportunities for students to get involved.
Guest link will be provided to your onsite SMS teachers, administrators, and counselor. The sessions will be recorded. If anyone misses a session, we will send out the recording links in the school newsletter and families can review independently.
Find below a description of our Virtual Sessions being offered during Spring 2021 U-Knighting the Kingdom Orientation sessions during the first three periods of the school day at Sossaman Middle School:
Virtual Knight Series: Higley 101 (1st Hour Presentation)
Higley 101 allows you to learn tips and tricks to succeed academically at Higley High School. Pre-Registration Information: Learn about the 2020-2021 HHS Course Offerings and how to register for course. You will have the opportunity to engage in discussions, ask questions, and learn more about academic resources.
9:00 – 9:20 a.m.
Virtual Knight Series: Knight Chat
The Knight Chat virtual session allows you to ask questions about your transition to Higley High School. You will have the opportunity to engage in a discussion with other future Knights and an Orientation and Welcome Leader and Student Panel: HHS students will provide information about HHS and answer questions you have about high school. Join us on February 5th for the Knight Chat Virtual Session! Please see the following discussion topics below!
Knights Roundtable Discussion
Finding Your Favorite Spots & Places on Campus
Making the Most of Your Higley Experience
How to Transition to High School Learning
Countdown to Classes and Starting the Fall Semester
9:20 – 9:50 a.m.
AP/Honors & Rising Freshman Session (2nd Hour Presentation)
Learn more about our AP, DE and Honors courses. Educators will be available to answer questions about our programs. Speakers include Principal Walker and HHS Counselor.
10:00 – 10:20 a.m.
Virtual Knight Series: Ready, Set, Go Knights!
The Ready, Set, Go Knights! virtual session allows you to hear from a group of our Link Leaders about how they prepared for their first semester and journey as a Knight at Higley High School and get a tour of the kingdom.
10 min. HHS Kingdom Tour
AFJROTC Virtual Info Session
Students interested in the Air Force JROTC program can join SMSgt Alltop and Col. Vaughn for a virtual info session, learn more about the AFJROTC program! For further assistance please reach out to SMSgt Alltop or Col. Vaughn at David.email@example.com
Athletic, Elective and CTE Virtual Info Session Sessions (3rd Hour Presentation)
Students interested in athletic programs can join Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Dille and coaches for a virtual info session, learn more about the HHS athletic programs! Students can drop-in to see more from Assistant Principal Johnson about the elective and CTE offerings at Higley High School. We have a video tour of elective classes, offerings and explanations from teachers and counselors.
Resource Panel & Schedule Review Assistance on Site List Dates of HHS Counselor Visits
Do you have questions regarding your journey at Higley High School? Our administrative team will serve as a resource to help answer questions and provide the necessary resources available to better support your student. Dean of Students, Tommie Byrd will inform you on the next steps for the scheduling and course registration. Orientation and Welcome Leaders are not able to conduct academic advising. Course Registration with Students at Sossaman Middle School: Our HHS counselors will travel to Sossaman Middle School to review and lock-in courses with students February. Online course registration for the 2020-2021 school year will be open in StudentVUE and ParentVUE in February (exact dates to be announced).
2021-2022 Application/Audition Elective Course Offerings
Have an incoming 6th grader or current 7th grade student interested in continuing and/or pursuing an interest in one of the below noted elective offerings for the next school year? Please ensure they familiarize themselves with the application/audition process and due dates.
Interested in participating in Student Council for the 2021-20221 school year? Applications for this course are due no later than February 26th with interviews scheduled immediately upon the return from Spring Break. Please note this elective course will take place during the academic instructional day and no longer offered as a zero hour course. STUCO Application
Applications for students selecting Yearbook in their course requests are due no later than February, 28th. These can be submitted directly to Ms. Trisko, Yearbook Advisor, or turned in at the Sossaman Middle School Administration building. As this application requires two references from current teachers, we encourage you to start early. Yearbook Application
Advanced Dance Auditions for the 2021-2022 school year will be addressed differently this year. Please familiarize yourself with the below outlines and email Ms. DelRosal if you have any questions.
- Thursday February 25th: Videos will be posted on Ms. DelRosal’s teacher page on the Sossaman website of routines and across the floor combinations that you will learn at home (https://www.husd.org/Domain/3431).
- Then, you will email Ms. DelRosal ONE video of yourself performing all the routines and combinations. (firstname.lastname@example.org). All videos will need to be submitted by Monday March 1st. No late videos will be accepted.
- Please dress in fitted athletic clothing with your hair pulled back so Ms. DelRosal can see your lines and technique.
- Film your video in landscape (wide angle), not portrait (tik tok mode).
For auditions, we will be looking for the following technique abilities:
- double pirouettes
- single stags
- double stags
- leaps (front and center)
- battements (kicks)
- improvisation ability
- and great performance quality
A step by step tutorial has been provided as a means to support your student's academic journey. SMS Canvas Student or SMS Canvas Observer. A reminder: currently Canvas does not sync with our Student Information Database; therefore the only accurate grades reflect in ParentVue/StudentVue. We ask that you recognize the importance of viewing ParentVue on a regular basis, as you will find the most-up-to-date grades.
In an effort to be considerate of costs, students interested in purchasing a 2020-2021 yearbook are encouraged to visit the following site to place their order. Current cost for a yearbook is $35 with prices increasing October 1st. The Sossaman Middle School code to purchase is 13905821.