OUR VISION: WORLD CLASS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Do The Right Thing
We are so proud of our Do The Right Thing of Greater St. Louis award winners today! Way to go Peyton K. and Bryley J. for being such great leaders! We are so proud of you!
Sportsmanship Spirit Week
The student council is sponsoring a week of fun-filled dress up days April 30-May 4!
End of the year reminders!
Wednesday, April 25 - Talent Show 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1 - Spring Concert 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 7-9 - 8th grade trip
Thursday, May 10 - Field Day
Monday, May 14 - Awards Night - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18 - Kindergarten play - 1:30 p.m., 7/8th grade dance - 7-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 19 - Drama Club play - 2:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 21 - Graduation - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22 - PTO Carnival
Wednesday, May 23 - Kindergarten Graduation - 10:30 a.m, Last day of school - 11:30 a.m. dismissal
Happy Earth Day!
Today at the St. Clair County Health Department Smithton School was awarded the Environmental Excellence Award! This was due to Smithton's work over the past two years. Our students have helped coordinate paper recycling and e-recycling events. These students accepted the award on behalf of the school during the earth day event. Smithton will now fly the Earth Flag as a result of the hard work of our entire community! A special thank you to Mrs. Belding for her coordination and effort in helping us achieve this amazing award! Go Cougars!
Illinois Principals Association Recognition Awards
A huge congratulations to our Principal Association student award recipients and their parents! Thank you, Abby and Paul, for being leaders at Smithton School! Go Cougars!
On Friday, Kindergarten BLASTED off to space! They explored their favorite planets and then stopped on the moon for a quick snack. These little astronauts even got to eat astronaut ice cream! It was such a fun day!
Track Team News
Congrats to our track team!!! Thursday, we had an awesome showing at the Red Bud Invitational:
Eli Hoerner broke the school record in the hurdles!
The boys finished 1st and girls finished 4th. The team as a whole was 3rd overall!
Good luck at Pinckneyville today!
Already today (Friday):
Eli Hoerner has broken the school record in the 100!
Luke Merz has broken the school record for 7th grade in the 100!!!
Team Member Spotlight
This week our team member spotlight is...Michelle Smith! Mrs. Smith teaches 6th grade math!!!
WORLD CLASS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
A new "championship" banner was unveiled on Tuesday during a school-wide assembly. This sign now hangs in the gymnasium to honor the amazing achievements by the entire Smithton Community last school year! Go Cougars!!!
It's not too late to sign up for the Booster Club golf tournament!!!
Due to the forecast this has been rescheduled to April 14. The booster club does many many things to support our extra-curricular activities.
Jump Rope for Heart Celebration
We had a great assembly to celebrate our awesome Jump Rope for Heart fundraising!!! Our highest fundraisers got the chance to slime some of their teachers!
Don't forget PARCC testing starts tomorrow (Wednesday) for grades 3-6!
7/8 begins on Monday, April 9.
Great job to all of our students that have improved their grades! Thank you Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: Scott Geringer for honoring our students with the "Uptick" awards!
Team Member Spotlight
This week our team member spotlight is...Amanda Meister! Mrs. Meister is another of our newest cougar staff members! She is a paraprofessional in middle school!
Olympian Visits Smithton
Mr. Ed Cockrell has been coming to Smithton School for about 15 years to talk to our 6th grade classes; he came this week to share with the students in Mrs. Runyon's classes. This visit is always scheduled to coincide with their study of Ancient Greece. Mr. Cockrell competed in the Paralympics in many countries, including England, France, Australia, China, and Greece. He has a silver medal from his competition in Athens, Greece, rings, watches, and pictures (including one of a visit to the White House). He shares DVD clips of his shot put competition, when he won a silver medal, and the award ceremony. He talks about the experience and the honor of representing our country as an athlete. His message is inspirational as he briefly shares with students about his injury as a young man and shows them his prosthetic. He also shares the Olympic Creed with the students: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." Mr. Cockrell tells students, "You can't let a bad situation define you; you must overcome." He encouraged students to always do their best and if they accomplish great things, "Don't ever forget where you came from." Thank you, Mr. Cockrell!
Team Member Spotlight
This week our team member spotlight is...Matthew Hampel! Mr. Hampel is our newest cougar staff member! He has joined our team as one of our paraprofessionals!
State Bowling Tournament
Congrats to our bowling teams! The girls placed 10th out of 60 teams! Lauren H. was 1st overall!!! Awesome job!
St. Patrick's Day
1st grade had a blast celebrating St. Patrick's Day!!!
Gibault Math Contest
Congrats to our Smithton Mathletes! At the Gibault Math contest, 10 of our Smithton students placed and won awards!!!
5th place overall - Max F.
3rd place overall - Connor B.
2nd place overall - Maggie B.
1st place overall - Carly C.
Edison Z. won the Pi reciting contest for all grade levels with a remarkable 232 digits of Pi!!!
5th place overall - Emma O.
4th place overall - Sara W.
3rd place overall - Abby K.
3rd place overall - Kinzie C.
1st place overall with 32/35 questions right - Allison C.
Earlier this week our 6th grade graduated from the Dare (drug abuse resistance education) program! Thank you to Officer Neff for teaching this program to our students! Graduating 6th graders are pictured here with Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Runyon, Mrs. Wheatley, Mrs. Norton, Chief Vielweber, and Officer Neff!
You probably have heard in the news that some schools participated in a national student walk-out. Today was the one month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
The Character Council found a different way to honor and remember the 17 victims killed. #whatsyour17 is a movement founded by a teacher in northern Illinois that focuses on student's making positive changes - smiling at 17 people they don't know, completing 17 random acts of kindness, etc. Through the sales of these #whatsyour17 shirts, we are able to donate over $1000 to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School!
Rather than walking out our character council wanted to come up with a positive activity in which all students in kindergarten through 8th grade could participate. At 10 a.m., every student was given a shamrock with the words "I am lucky because" on it. For the students in the younger grades, it was simply a St. Patrick's day activity in which teachers lead a quick discussion on things we should indeed be thankful for. It never hurts to be reminded to be positive, be kind, help one another, and be thankful for all that we have. Thank you to our character council for this great idea! What's your 17 for today?
Smithton School Geography Bee Winner to go to State
On April 6, Daniel O. will be going to the State Level of the Geography Bee! He will represent Smithton at the National Geographic Bee at Illinois State University. Pictured here is Daniel with his medal and certificate. Also, with him is his Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Berry. Good Luck at State, Daniel!!!
Team Member Spotlight
This week our team member spotlight is...Connie Schanuel! Mrs. Schanuel is one of our amazing recess/cafeteria supervisors, crossing guard, and Director of Cougar Care!
Smithton School Student Shaves Head to Help Conquer Childhood Cancers
Way to go, Zoey! You may have seen Zoey on T.V. getting her head shaved for a very good cause! She raised $1500.00 for St. Baldrick's Foundation! St. Baldrick's is funding childhood cancer research for a cure - one shavee at a time.
NJHS Induction Ceremony
Congratulations to our new NJHS inductees! Thank you, National Junior Honor Society members for all that you do to help make Smithton a great school! #GoCougars
Team Member Spotlight
This week our team member spotlight is...Gail Morgason! Mrs. Morgason is one of our awesome paraprofessionals!
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Smithton Elementary Optimist Student for the Month of April, 2018
Elijah H. was chosen for this honor by the faculty and administration of the school. The guidelines used were: the student who goes out of his or her way to help others and be thoughtful and kind to others, a student who shows cooperation, follows the rules and has an optimistic outlook at all times. Elijah will receive a plaque and framed Optimist Creed and will be invited to the Optimist Pancake Breakfast where he will be honored.
Elijah is the son of Tessa and Michael Hill. Some of Elijah's hobbies and activities include watching and playing baseball. Elijah's plans for the future are to play college baseball at LSU and later on professional baseball. Elijah's favorite quote is "Heart has no limit". Elijah wants everyone to know he loves baseball. Way to go, Elijah!
The Village of Smithton received the 2013 Governor's Hometown Award. This award recognizes promotion of a healthful & supportive environment & a high quality of life.
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After the statewide release of PARCC scores, we have some celebrating to do!!! We are very proud to announce that our students were the top scoring district in St. Clair County in both ELA and Math!!! According to updated rankings on schooldigger.com our students are ranked in the top 5% of all schools in Illinois! Congratulations to our entire Smithton Community! This is truly a team effort!
WE ARE A SMALL SCHOOL WITH BIG DREAMS! Click on the image below to watch our video!
WE LOVE OUR SCHOOL!
Smithton School has been honored as the Illinois DO THE RIGHT THING School of the Year twice!!
After graduation from Smithton School at the end of eighth grade, students continuing their public school education attend Freeburg High School, an excellent comprehensive 9-12 school offering students rich academics and extensive extracurricular activities.
During inclement weather, the district administration may elect to cancel school for the safety and security of students and staff. In the event that school is cancelled, parents will be notified using the SCHOOLREACH automated phone system. Additionally, school closure information will be made available on the district's website as well as the following media outlets: KMOX Radio, KTVI FOX Channel 2, KMOV CBS Channel 4, KSDK NBC Channel 5, KDNL ABC Channel 30.