Middle Academic Magnet School provides an environment that
encourages students to become lifelong learners. We are committed to offering a
variety of courses that enhance intellectual and personal growth. Students learn
through the integration of research, writing and technology.
Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School we believe it is the collective
responsibility of students, teachers, parents and the community to improve
Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet is an A rated school, a National
Magnet School of Excellence and a National Blue Ribbon School of
New Way for Visitors to Sign In
For the protection of your children and our students, SMAMS has implemented a new more secure way for visitors to our campus to sign in.
Starting immediately all visitors to the campus will need to have a valid driver's license. These will be scanned into our system to record the person's name and other information held on the card.
If your child is late for school, the parent/guardian MUST come to the office to scan in their driver's license.
This is also true for parents checking students in and out of school during the day.
By have up-to-date information of who is visiting our campus we are encouraged that our school will be a place where you can feel confident that your children are being protected.
REMINDER: WHEN VISITING OUR CAMPUS, PLEASE BRING IN YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE.
Great schools start with their leadership. Mrs. Crawford, the principal of Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School was recently chosen as the Outstanding Principal by the Magnet Schools of America. Mrs. Crawford was chosen from magnet principals throughout the region that includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Sherwood was also recognized by Magnet Schools of America as a 'School of Excellence'.
“These principals are being recognized for their ability to provide the necessary vision, leadership, and support to create truly engaging theme-based magnet schools that are embraced by their community and inspire all students to succeed."
Sherwood is a great school, with great students, parents, and teachers, who are all dedicated to being successful.
is that time of year again when the school library and ELA teachers start the
process of collecting all the books students have checked out over the course
of the school year and holding students accountable for ones they have
Please take a moment of your time this week to check your room and bring back your books.
SMAMS's librarian, Ms. Gauthier, was recently awarded the School Library Media Specialist Award that recognizes the outstanding
contributions of a school library media specialist within Louisiana. Ms. Gauthier is a enthusiastic librarian who has a genuine love for our students and books. She also works with Intel and gives numerous webinars to others around the state. Ms. Gauthier takes a lot of her free time away from school to attend conferences around the country in order to broaden her knowledge and bring it back to share with the faulty and student body. We are very fortunate to have Ms. Gauthier as our librarian.
Congrats to the Sherwood Middle School Intermediate
and Advanced Bands for their superior ratings and sweepstakes
trophies at the LMEA District IV Large Ensemble Music
Assessment! Way to geaux band students!!!!
We want to congratulate our 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Choirs for earning Sweepstakes ratings at the District Choral Festival that was held on Wednesday and Thursday March 12th and 13th. We are so proud of our students and their choir director, Ms. Defoe.
To make things a little easier we post the A/B block schedule.
Tuesday and Thursday
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
What's Coming Up
April 7th-11th: Phase 2- LEAP and iLEAP testing (whole school)
April 11th-14th: Band and Choir trip to Disney World for Festival
April 16th-17th: Youth Legislature @ Old State Capitol
April 17th: 4th Nine Weeks Progress Reports issued
April 18-25: Spring Break
April 22-26: 7th/8th grade Washington D.C. trip
April 30-May 2: SMAMS Barnes and Noble Book Fair Corporate Blvd location
May 8th: Field Trips: 8th grade Lynhaven; 7th grade Global Wildlife; 6th grade Baton Rouge Zoo.
May 12th: End of Course (EOC) Algebra and Geometry
Sherwood Recycling One Piece of Trash at a Time
We wanted to let all of our Sherwood family know that Sherwood has an active and on-going recycling program.
Every classroom has a recycling bin to put all paper trash in. These are collected by the Green Club and dumped into our large Recycling Trash Bins which are picked up each week.
But it doesn't stop there. We also have collection boxes for snack and chip bags, pens, markers, glue sticks and bottles, Capri and other juice pouches, plastic tape dispensers and the center core of office tape dispensers.
We always encourage our students to drop these items in their proper storage boxes and we would like to invite you at home to do the same. Collect these items and instead of throwing them in the trash at home, bring them to school and we'll do it for you. You don't even have to have a student at our school.
Not only are we saving the landfills of unwanted trash, but for every filled collection box we send in to be recycled, the school gets money back!!
Recently we sent off a 15 pound box of snack/chip bags, 5 pound box of empty glue sticks/bottles, and a 9 pound box of juice pouches.
Help us clean up the planet and contribute financially through our recycling program!
Practice PARCC Tests online
Here is an opportunity for you to have your child practice the format and state assessment PARCC tests that will be required.
We are happy to announce that Mr. Pizzo, our band director, has been chosen by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System as the Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Pizzo serves in
the official capacity of the school’s band director, but unofficially he is a
great ambassador for SMAMS as he takes his talented groups of musicians all
around the south, displaying their amazing talent.
Sherwood may be
officially known as an ‘academic’ magnet program, but even though it excels
academically, the music program is far above any middle school program in the
We sat and chatted
with Mr. Pizzo about the band program and here is what he had to say.
Mr. Pizzo is in his
15th year of teaching, nine of which he has been at
He is a 1999 graduate of
LSU, holding a Bachelor of Music Education
He is the past president of
the Louisiana Assoc. for Jazz
He serves as a Getzen
Trombone Artist which allows appeahim to
participate in clinics, make guest appearances with different
ensembles, and write articles.
As the band director at
Sherwood, Mr. Pizzo has traveled everywhere with the
members of the program. His bands have competed
and appeared at
such places as San Antonio, TX; Houston, TX; Atlanta, GA; Orlando,
FL; as well as all over
His bands have consistently
receive superior ratings in concert bands at the LMEA
District IV and
LMEA State Large Ensemble Music Assessment Festivals, as well asthe SMAMS Jazz Band having consistently received
superior ratings at various Jazz festivals throughout
He is also the
featured trombonist for the widely popular band Phat Hat.
When asked about the
music program at Sherwood and in the district, this is what Mr. Pizzo had to
“I've seen our SMAMS
Band Program grow to new heights since I took over in 2005. We've gotten back to
being on the national stage for band competitions and are very well known
regionally as having very strong concert and jazz bands. It's been a pleasure
getting the chance to work with such outstanding young musicians and their
parents as well.
As far as music in EBR, I
hope it continues to be a strong point for our school system and that the arts
are never sacrificed to appease non-artistic means.”
2013-14 Student of the Year
UPDATE: Rosemary has been chosen as one of three finalist for Middle School Student of the Year. We wish her the best!!
pleased to announce it Student of the Year.
Rosemary Johnson, an 8th grade
student, has been chosen to represent our school. Rose's personality is
contagious as she walks the hallways and sits in class. She is a bright and
intelligent young lady who has always worked hard towards her goals.
Back when she was in
the sixth grade, the teachers were already noticing Rose’s leadership qualities
as she was chosen Outstanding 6th grade student. She has been on the
A Honor Roll every semester in the sixth and seventh grade and plans to continue
to maintain her high expectations. She is the president of Junior Beta and is a
member of Best Buddies, a group that works with the mentally handicap. She is a
volunteer by heart, volunteering at such places as the Louisiana Book Fair and
at a local daycare for children with disabilities. Rose loves to play
soccer as well. She had played with the school’s Lady Falcon Soccer Team as well
as other soccer teams associated with Baton Rouge Soccer Association.
Rose recognizes what
an honor it is to have been chosen from all of the outstanding students who
attend Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet and looks forward to representing us at
the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Middle School competition to be held
We Welcome Your Comments
Here at Sherwood Middle, we always welcome your comments, concerns and
questions. We have a link here on our main page where you can send in those
concerns and questions.
It is important that you include a phone number or email address with your
comments so that we can get back with you. When you only make a comment, we
cannot work to solve your concerns or answer your questions.
Each month we will announce students who represent what it is to be a Falcon at Sherwood. Someone who exemplfies the RAD motto of Respect, Accountable, and Dedicated.
6th Grade: Grace B and Roberth G.
7th Grade: Anthony B and Anna M.
8th Grade: Julia K and Justin W.
6th: Harrison W. and Toan D.
7th: Sarah D. and Shimon G.
8th: Nicholas E and
6th: Mitchell B and Kadaria P.
7th: Hayden W and Cameron D
8th: Daisha B and Kolbie J
6th: Nestor A and Hannah A
7th: Ben M. and Darian H.
8th: Kyris L. and Ravathi M.
6th: Alliyah W. and Harrison B.
7th: Olivia D. and Tyler T.
8th: Shadayah M. and Ethan N.
6th: Annabelle Phillips and Alex Wells
7th: Brea Miles and Tresman Williams
8th: Pamela Solis and Joshua Verret
National Board Certification Teachers
We are proud to announce that we have two teachers who recently achieved a milestone.
Ms. Anna Chauvin and Ms. Kiesha Arceneaux have been award NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION IN ELA.
She joins Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Segura, Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Day, Ms. Overton and Mrs. Decuir as National Board Teachers at Sherwood Middle.
PLEASE DRIVE SLOW
We are experiencing more and more parents and guardians driving too fast through our parking lot while
they drop off students in the morning.
You are putting our students in danger when you do this. A few seconds spent
driving at a reasonable speed will not inconvenience anyone.
So please...keep our students, and your children, safety in mind and SLOW DOWN.
For safety reasons we DO NOT allow parents to drop off their children on Goodwood or Marlbrook in the morning. All students are to be dropped off in the front parking lot.
When teachers on duty see a student being dropped off in unauthorized areas, the student will be asked to remind their parents of our policy. Continued disregard for this policy may result in the student being placed in afterschool clinic, which is not fair to the student to have to be punished for the actions of his or her parent.
Please do not let the problem cause difficulty for your child.
Follow our procedures and rules. They are for the safety of your child.
Here is a great way to contribute financially to Sherwood just by
buying Coke products.
One each bottle, no matter the size, and cartons of cans there is a
code. On the bottles it is located underneath the cap and on cartons it
is located on the carton itself.
Save these caps and/or the code and send them to Sherwood with your child.
These can be turned in to the office.
That's all there is to it! Simple to do and it helps your child greatly by
helping us purchase much needed equipment and supplies.
So, refresh yourself today with a
Coke...and send us the REWARDS!
Box Tops for Education Competition
SMAMS recently held a competition between the girls and boys to see who could
collect the most Box Tops. The winning group received a FREE DRESS
The girls out collected the boys. Way to go girls. What is
even better, both groups were able to collect nearly
$600 in Box Tops!!
We are still collecting Box Tops so keep them coming. Have
your child turn them in during Prime Time or at the office. Parents and friends
of Sherwood can drop them off at the office.
NEW @ SHERWOOD
Sherwood Middle now has a monthly newsletter magazine!! We have partnered with a company called NewsCrafted in California to publish our newsletter magazine. We will use our monthly newsletter magazine to highlight special events, important information, and other school news.
Our newsletter magazine is funded through sponsorships from localbusinesses, and if you would like to help sponsor our school, please send an email to: email@example.com or please call Ben at 818-644-7789.
Thanks for supporting Sherwood Middle!
THE SPIRIT OF SHERWOOD
The Sherwood family really cares about our community and the people in our
community. Recently the family of Sherwood was called upon to help out one
family that is undergoing a hardship as well as the Muscular Dystrophy
association, which by the way, we have several students who attend Sherwood who
are victims of this disease.
The students and faculty bought jambalya lunches and were treated to a picnic
on the grounds. The students were also allowed to purchase drinks for their
lunches. The event raised over $4000 for the family. Also on Friday the students
were given the opportunity to come out of uniform for only $1. The monies raised
from that event went to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Sherwood raised over
That is the Spirit of Sherwood. When one is in need, many step forward.
Sherwood is not only a school of academic success, but also a school of caring
young people willing to help.
Canes and Sherwood Together
We are very happy to receive this check from Raising Canes
for $2300 from our recess lemonade sales last year. These delicious
cool drinks are refreshing and the money that was spent on them turns right
around and helps your child. Thank you to all
Most Valuable Professionals
Each month we will highlight teachers, staff and administrators who are what we consider our Most Valuable Professionals (MVP).
Ms. V. Bates (Community Based Students Aide)
Ms. Defoe (Choir)
Ms. Arceneaux (ELA)
Mrs. Metoyer (Spanish)
Mrs. Hebert (ELA)
Mrs. Noel (Administration)
Ms. Lux (Science)
Ms. Butler (Guidance)
Ms. Morrison (SS)
Ms. Cavanaugh (Magnet Lead teacher)
Ms. Varnado (Office)
Ms. Hecksel (Spanish)
Ms. Crawford (Principal)
Ms. Schmidt (Office)
Mr. Beatty (SS)
Mr. Coston (Building)
Ms. Hines (SS)
Ms. Murray (P.E.)
Mr. Eliason (Strings)
Ms. Olinde (Office)
Ms. Neill (Math)
Ms. Evans (ELA)
Mr. Berthelot (SS)
Ms. Gosserand (Office)
Ms. Hinyard (Science)
Ms. McCoy (Building)
Ms. Schultz (Science/Math)
Ms. Gauthier (Library)
Ms. Borazanci (ELA)
Mr. James (Math)
Ms. Segura (ELA)
Mr. Pizzo (Band)
Ms. Faust (Science)
Mrs. Frye (Guidance)
Mrs. Self (Science)
Mrs. Johnson (Community Based Teacher)
Mr. Cecchini (Spanish)
Coach Randolph (PE)
Coach Rawlins (PE)
Sherwood's Challenging and Engaging Curriculum
FUN AND CHALLENGING
Virtual Learning-8th grade only
Washington D.C. field trip (7th&8th grade)
HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT COURSES
Journey to Careers
Pre Law Levels 1,2,&3
Study Skills (6th grade)
Band, Choir, Strings
3 Full Computer Labs +iPads
Math & Science Labs
Top 10 Things For Middle School Success
THINGS Parents need to know
Here is a website to help parents know of some things kids may try but can be lethal.
Want to support Sherwood financially and not do anything more than you are already doing? Click HEREto find out how!
(Click LOGOS to see how you can help our school!)
Parent Power District Newsletter
Career Day @ Sherwood
Each year the Guidance Department hosts a Career Day for our 8th grade class. We wouldn't be able to have such a wonderful day without the community's support.
We would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their help in sending representatives to speak to your children.
2014 Summer Reading Information
Students in all grade levels are required to:
1. Read 2 summer reading books they have not previously read. Students are allowed to read any book of their choice with the following conditions:
a. One book must be fiction, the other book must be nonfiction
b. Chosen books must be middle school reading level or higher. If possible, parents and students should use the student’s last known Accelerated Reading ZPD range to guide book choices.
2. A “Bingo” activity chart is attached with a variety of assignments to complete in conjunction with their summer reading. From the Bingo chart students must complete:
a. 2 activities of their choice for the fiction book
b. 2 activities of their choice for the nonfiction book
c. A total of four different squares must be completed
Sherwood Middle has been designated as a 2013 Magnet Schools
of America School of Distinction.
The Magnet Schools of
Merit Award recognizes member magnet schools/programs that demonstrate a high
commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity
efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community
Accountability and Assessment Scores District/Schools
This link will take you to the EBRPSS Accountability page on its website. It gives you district and individual school results on LEAP and iLEAP.
The school district is in the process of transitioning to Common Core. State assessments will be changing
and instruction in the classroom will change as well. You can expect more rigor,
or deeper critical thinking skills, that will asked of students.
We are asking all of our parents to take a look at this pdf file,
especially page 4, to see how constructed responses
will change. We need parents to begin exposing their children to more
informational text and disseminating the information that is included.
Click the logo to see the pdf document
Common Core State Standards
PTA Guide to Common Core by Grade
Want to know how the Common Core will affect your child by grade level?
In an effort to instill in our students the character traits that will help them become successful, the Postive Behavior Support team will be posting each week, three character traits that students can think about and apply in their lives.
Determination vs Faintheartedness
Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition
Honor vs Disrespect
Respecting others because of the higher authorities they represent
Gratefulness vs Unthankfulness
Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life