Meet our new Social Worker, Emily McPherson! Emily comes to us after spending time in schools in Sparta, Red Bud, Okawville and Evansville. She has her Bachelors & Masters Degrees in Social Work from SIUE. Emily is married to Keith and has two sons Konnor & Kameron who attend Smithton School! They also have two dogs named Charlie & Mimi. In her free time Emily likes to read, hike and spend time with her boys. She is excited to work at Smithton because she loves the idea of working in her hometown & building a connection with all the kiddos in the community!
Quote: "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." Dr Seuss.
Thank you to all who came out to our PTO Swim Party last night! Here are a few more upcoming dates for your calendars! School starts next Wednesday!
Softball will practice in the outfield and the cages by the baseball field (August 2nd) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Baseball tryouts will be moved indoors this evening (August 2nd) from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. in the Smithton School Gym. Players will need to wear tennis shoes and may wear shorts.
We are currently looking for a Girls C Team Basketball Coach for the 23-24 Season. Please contact Mrs. Belosi if interested!
Meet new Early Childhood Para, Alivia Wilson! Alivia has 3 dogs - Rosie, Addy and Charlie and in her free time she likes to spend time with her family, draw and paint, go fishing and go for walks. Alivia is excited to work for Smithton School because she loves working with kids and with her mother as an educator, she has loved watching her mom work. "Smithton School is doing a lot of amazing things that I'm excited to be a part of!"
Quote: If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. - Wayne Dyer
If you have the means and desire to help out our younger students, they could use the following items for their classroom. You can drop off any donations in the main office. We thank you in advance!
Legos (big bulky kind)
String n Beads
Connector/ Snapping Toys
Color or Counting Toys
Welcome 3rd Grade Teacher Emily Dobey! Emily is a recent graduate of SIUE with her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Emily student taught and substitute taught at Ellis Elementary in Belleville before making her way to Smithton. In her spare time Emily enjoys spending time with her mom, her 2 brothers and her boyfriend. She also loves to spend time hunting, fishing and being outdoors. When she is not outside, she enjoys reading. Emily is very excited to meet her students when the school year gets started!
Quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
❤️COME AND SEE A GREAT MUSICAL! You will laugh lots and really enjoy the songs!🤣😃 Smithton's own Mrs. Berry is one of the backstage singers. MUSICAL: HP & THE DEATHLY HALLOWEEN 🎃 WHEN: Thursday, August 3rd @ 7:30 PM; Friday, August 4th @ 7:30 PM; Saturday, August 5th @ 7:30 PM, and Sunday, August 6th @ 2:00 PM WHERE: Belleville East High School in the Theater Building (2555 West Blvd, Belleville, IL 62221) WEBSITE: You can buy tickets at the theater or online ahead of time. https://takeabowshowcase.org/product-category/tickets/?fbclid=IwAR3_exO9hWPz4N0zL-sHR5Q7Oop7MDcpjOMfMq661WgA0n-7lekT6lNnX4M
SHORT DESCRIPTION: This musical is themed around the Harry Potter book series, but each of the characters has different names that playoff of this literary masterpiece. The songs are parodies of other musicals & band songs. There are so many jokes that play off of movies and television shows. TAKE A BOW SHOWCASE & RISING STARS is the theater company putting on the show. DRESS UP IN COSTUME: (OPTIONAL) There is a Halloween costume contest at each performance. So you are welcome to dress in costume.
Here is your link to July's Board Brief: https://5il.co/20d3b
To see this and previous month's Board Brief's, please access our website under Board of Education - Board Briefs.
Meet 3rd Grade Teacher Ireland Keen! Ireland is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama and has previous experience in Alabama city & county schools. Ireland comes from a family of 4 kids with 3 older brothers! She has a mini goldendoodle named Ella. In her free time, Ireland loves to be at the lake, to play sand volleyball and to shop. She is excited to work at Smithton because of the community. She is most excited to work with the incredible staff that she has already met!
Quote: "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." - Mother Teresa
You can now support Smithton Elementary through #WalmartSparkGood! Find us on walmart.com/sparkgood, and you can round up your change to donate to us when you shop at walmart.com or in the Walmart app. From now until September 4, Walmart will match your Round Up donations to schools 2:1!
Meet Early Childhood Teacher, Trisha Gaffner! Trisha comes to Smithton School from Central School District where she spent the last 4 years. Before that she spent time at Edinburg, Wood River / Hartford, Bond County and East St. Louis districts. Mrs. Gaffner has her Bachelors Degree from Eastern Illinois University. She has been spending her summer spoiling her niece and nephew! Trisha enjoys working out, running, cooking, listening to music, giving back to the community through the Moose Lodge, and spending time with family & friends.
Trisha is excited to work at Smithton School because the program is new and to be able to help familes that may not know about the positives of early childhood.
Quote - "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou
Supply Lists are here! Including Pre-K!
You can also access via our website under Parents & Students.
Our apologies, Cross Country is only available for students 5th - 8th grade. We accidently included 4th grade in our initial message. Thanks for understanding.
Meet 5th Grade Teacher Jordan Liszewski (Li-Shef-Ski)! Jordan comes to us from Germantown Elementary where she spent the last 8 years. Before that she taught at St. Libory Elementary and student taught at Freeburg Elementary School. Mrs. Liszewski has her Bachelors Degree from Lindenwood University. She is married with a 2 year old daughter and 3 dogs. In her free time, Jordan coaches basketball and hangs out with her family. She is one of 4 children in a very close family. Fun Fact: Mrs. Liszewski is Mrs. Stuhlsatz's sister in law!
Jordan is very excited to work at Smithton to be closer to her family and to teach 5th Grade!
Quote: "Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda
Welcome to Smithton School Mrs. Liszewski!
Yearbook Pickup TOMORROW!
Meet Early Childhood Para Angela Flake! Angela comes to Smithton School after spending time at Millstadt Kids Club, Kid's Academy and Teeny Tot Preschool. Angela has her Associates degree from SWIC. She is mom to Bobby and Tori, who attend Smithton School, and a fur mama to their cat, Cookie. Angela loves to read, hike and spend time with her family. She is excited to work at Smithton School because she went here and looks forward to helping give back to her community.
Quote: "There is always something to be thankful for!" Unknown.
Welcome to Smithton School Ms. Flake!
Meet Pre-K Teacher Lyndsey Nichols!
Lyndsey comes to Smithton School from Sparta Lincoln School where she spent 4 years. Prior to that Lyndsey spent 8 years at St. John the Baptist here in Smithton teaching Pre-K. Ms. Nichols has her Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from SIUE.
She has a daughter named Nora Lynn, 2 dogs and 2 turtles and is engaged to Jeff.
In her spare time, Lyndsey likes to kayak and spent time with her family.
Ms. Nichols is excited to be back home & teaching in the district her family will be a part of!
Quote: "A person's a person, no matter how small!" Dr. Seuss
Welcome to Smithton School Ms. Nichols!