Principal News

Smith Academy is preparing to welcome everyone back on April 26th
Good morning,  Thank you to students, families and staff for providing feedback on helping how we return to in person learning. Please find a link to general plans and expectations around our return to school on April 26th.  During the week of April 12th, students will be given hard copies of: New schedules (these will also be in portals) CREW and FLEX blocks...
Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey will take place on March 31st, 2021
Dear Parents, Every two years, the Strategic Prevention Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) administers the Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey to students in Hampshire County. The PNA survey measures substance abuse and other problem behaviors; the factors that place students at risk for engaging in problem behaviors; and the factors that make students less likely to engage in...
Smith Academy Report Card for 2020 is now on the HPS site
Every year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education releases a report card for each school and district in the state. Just as a student's report card shows how they are doing in different classes, school and district report cards are designed to show parents and community members how a school or district is doing in different areas. Report cards highlight a school or...
 Angela Rivero has been named as one of GCC's Bright Lights Diversity Award winners
We are extremely proud to share  that Sophomore, Angela Rivero has been recognized by the Diversity Standing Committee at GCC as one of the recipients of the  Bright Lights and Living the Dream Awards for 2021. These awards go to individuals or organizations that have carried on the ideals of MLK in their school or community. The year’s awardees will be recognized at the...
Our three SA MIAA ambassadors (pictured pre-Covid)
MIAA’s 4 th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit Our three SA ambassadors, Story Goldman, Riley Intrator and Rose Mccollough attended this virtual event. Please see an outline of the speakers and also their takeaways and thoughts on how we can incorporate some of the ideas they heard into our school culture The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the...
Q2 survey results
SA Q 2 Snapshot: Health and Safety, SEL, Technology, Teaching and Learning   Qualitative and quantitative data was pulled from surveys sent out to students, families and staff. Surveys were sent out three times weekly emails and posted several times on social media. In addition, separate emails were  sent to students and families on Monday of the last week and the Thursday of the...
CREW is the advisory block that all students attend on Wednesday mornings
At yesterday's school committee meeting, Crew Coordinators, Ms Anderson, Ms Gieul and Ms Kwiecinski provided the school community with an update on CREW in Q1. Below is a brief summary of their presentation. After the summary is a little more detail taken from the Hybrid handbook - shared with the SA community in August/ September.   What is Crew?  Weekly space for...
Grade 7 Design and App project
December 10th This month in Computer Science, Ms Shockey has been working with Grade 7 on designing their own apps.  Please have a look at this pdf for some great examples from our students. Computer Science is delivered to all students in Grade 7 & 8 and we will offer it to students in Grade 9 from 2021/22.
This is what we heard from you in Q1
SA Q 1 Snapshot: How are we doing? At the end of Q1 Qualitative and quantitative data was pulled from surveys sent out to students, families and staff. The purpose of the surveys was to provide a snapshot of how SA was doing in relation to the three focus points for hybrid learning this year: Health and Safety of all in our building Supporting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL...
An update from NAP on COVID (November 18th)
November 18th Please find below a COVID update from NAP (Northampton Area Pediatrics) that I thought it would be useful to share with the SA community.  An update on the most recent new developments regarding Covid-19 in our area and at NAP. We are seeing more cases of infection, but we are all very hopeful that this “wave” will not result in as many cases as the first wave. We...

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