Welcome to Swampscott Middle School!
Within the walls of Swampscott Middle School, there are a lot of different people. The population of students at SMS is made of over sixty-five nationalities, and we have just over seven hundred students. There are two languages offered for seventh and eighth graders, Spanish and French. Next year, we’re hoping to expand to offering Latin as well.
At SMS, there are a lot of things that go on. There are eight specials offered during the school year: Comm. TV, Project Adventure, Art, Music, Tech Ed, Computers, and Gym (twice). All of them are TONS of fun. You learn important values as well. For example, in Project Adventure, you learn teamwork and how to respect others and in Comm. TV, you learn how to speak in front of others and different concepts of acting. Like I said, they’re a lot of fun.
There are also extracurricular activities like Chorus and Band, which happen during Team Time. Also, there is Chorale, and Theatre. Right now, there are sixty students in Band, and there have been three performances; 150 students in chorus, and have had three performances; and thirty-two chorale students, and they’ve had fifteen performances. The Drama club has fifty to sixty students, and two performances, one in the fall and one in the spring.
A huge amount of students participate in sports. In the fall cross country is offered, in the winter there is basketball, and in the spring is track and field.
SMS is a great school for learning and having fun! With everything offered, there is always something to do!
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Student Representation at SMS
By Ari and Coleman
Over two thousand years ago, the Ancient Greeks invented a revolutionary new form of government: Democracy. This administration allows all citizens the right to vote for certain officials who in turn make decisions on our behalf. Despite the fact that this form of government currently presides in our country today, the students at SMS presently do not have the chance to experience first hand what democracy entails. Most middle schools like ours have a student council, and even we did before our transition to a new building in 2007.
Last year, students were told that the student council was being organized, but that was over a year ago. We could come to a number of conclusions. One is that people are too busy to organize it with so many other programs going on. Another is that it may cost money, and we know that the school has a very limited budget.
Regardless, we don’t have one, and some people would like one. For example, Noah, a fellow student told us so. “Yeah, I think it would be good. I mean we would have more say in changes in rules and stuff” Also, that he “I wasn’t really surprised when I came to this school to find that there wasn’t one.” We are still settling down with all the changes from the new building to the addition of the fifth grade.
Laura, a former Student council secretary at SMS, gave us some info on how the student council worked. “There were representatives, a president, a vice president, and a secretary,” Says Laura, “Meetings were held once a week, and elections once a school year.”
Sounds pretty simple, but let’s see what Mr. Watson, our principal has to say about this matter. He does have experience with student councils. “When I was a teacher, I helped as a teacher leader.” He gave his thoughts as to how it would be organized. “It would be run like before. Each homeroom has a representative, and in eighth [grade] there would be a president and a vice president.” He went on to tell us what responsibilities the student council would hold. “They could decide on their responsibility. Before, they ran book drives and helped out with dances. They also organized school spirit days and other events.”
Some wonder how this will positively affect our school. While students learn about democracy and governments as a whole, they could plan educational events such as field trips or speakers. Also, special days like hat days or mix-up days. These would help stimulate students’ leadership skills.
When would a student council become a reality? Again, Mr. Watson has the answer, “A couple of teachers are planning for next year.” Students who see themselves as political activists should definitely start preparing for next years possible elections.