March 2020

Principal’s Message


Greetings, Families!

It is hard to believe that we are moving into the last week of Quarter 3. Your students have dedicated so much time to their learning and development this year, and we have much to celebrate. As we prepare for Spring Break and the start of Quarter 4 at the end of the month, we want to start planning for our 2020 Smarter Balanced Assessment that will help us monitor your student's progress in English Language Arts and Math.
Here is some important information for you to consider:
  • Mark your calendar for our Spring Open House on Wednesday, April 8 from 5:30-7pm; we will share important testing information and tips for supporting your student
  • The SBA testing window begins Thursday, April 9, and continues until Friday, May 8, so attendance every day is VERY IMPORTANT during Quarter 4
  • Encourage your child to continue practice time on iReady Reading and Math during Spring Break; aim for at least an hour on both programs EACH WEEK
  • Practice Tests are available to everyone; use this link to explore some practice questions with your student (Select a grade, then choose from the four links listed under "Smarter Balanced Practice Tests")

Test scores are not the only measurement of learning, but we do want to communicate to our Eagles that it is important to prepare, take their time, and keep a growth mindset when they encounter obstacles. Thank you for reinforcing this message at home!


Adam Swinney
Principal, Seaside Middle School

School News


8th graders Represent at National History Day

50 8th graders participated in Monterey County's National History Day presentations. Students worked individually or in groups to develop 3D exhibit boards, documentaries, and websites. Students researched within the theme of Breaking Barriers in History, developed their presentation, and defended their learning before a panel of judges on Saturday, March 7th. Way to go Eagles!




Moving on to State

Please join us in congratulating the following 18 Eagle scholars who will be moving on to the state competition in May with their presentations!

  • Vanessa Miguel, Julian Johnson, Arely Robles & Kayla Aragones - Dying for Freedom: The Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964
  • Isabel Bernal, Amber Patel, Marissa Henley & Luis Ruiz - "Oh My God, I'm Not Alone": The Stonewall Riots and the Launch of the Gay Pride Revolution
  • Issanamy Pina, Felefele Tautolo & Fernando Munoz - Smallpox at Valley Forge: Washington's Medical Breakthrough
  • Rosalia Zavaleta & Kimberly Leon - Mendez v. Westminster: The First Step in Breaking Racial Segregation Barriers in U.S. Schools
  • Fernanda Alvarado, Jasmine Isidro & Adeline Gomez - What Racism Looks Like: How Mamie Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement
  • Jocelyn Isidro & Deja Lovelynn Caccam - Breaking Down Immigration Quotas: How the Chinese Exclusion Act Changed U.S. Immigration
Special Feature: Parent Teacher Student Association
Your Support is Critical for Our Success - Thank You!

The PTSA hosted the first ever Color Fun Run on Saturday, February 22nd. The event included a 5K Fun Run, Kids' Mile, and a Toddler Lap. Thank you to our participants, volunteers, and organizers. We hope to make this an annual event to bring our community together and raise funds for our students' learning.

The PTSA helps with a variety of events and programs at Seaside Middle. This year they have supported Fun Friday celebrations, jump started the Yearbook, planned community gathering events, and fundraised for athletics, field trips, and positive behavior incentives. Elections for the PTSA Exec Board are Monday, March 30th from 6-7pm. Please consider running for a board position. Your voice matters!

Seaside Middle students bond over the weekend by participating in the 5K Color Fun Run together. Building a strong connection with school and peers is an important part of middle school.


Families showed up to run in the three events together. And, ASB leaders, along with local volunteers, managed the color stations while supporting runners along the course. 
After months of planning and preparation, the PTSA Exec Board celebrates the conclusion of a successful event. Promoting physical activity is a huge part of our holistic wellness plan for students!
Racers take their mark in the Kids' Mile. Many of our Eagles showed up to participate in the event, and they stayed to receive academic support afterwards.
Mark your Calendar for Spring Open House
Spring Open House - Your Voice is Critical

During our Spring Open House, we plan to host a variety of stations for you to visit with your student. We hope the event will be a fun, engaging opportunity for you to connect with staff and other families while learning tips and tools to help you support your student's learning at Seaside Middle School.

Please open this link to provide feedback on what topics interest you.


Our School in Pictures


Ceramics students in Ms. Rivera's class host an art exhibit and pottery sale based on the theme: Saving Our Marine Sanctuary


6th graders work together in Math and Science classes to present their recommendations for improving systems within the school and community.


7th grade nominees for the TechTrek Girls in STEM Summer Camp submitted their applications last week, answering the question: What STEM related topic fascinates you? Good luck, Eagles!


Community leader, Helen Rucker, spoke to our Humanities classes as part of an effort to include local African American perspectives in our history curriculum. A huge thank you to our other guest speakers: Ted Black, Paula Carter, Alice Jordan, Alayna Myles, Chief Abdul Pridgen, and Jon Wizard!

Want to see more of our school? Follow us on Twitter: @SeasideMiddle

Upcoming Events
  • African American Parent Council (6-8pm, Community Center at Soper Field)
  • SMS Basketball Boys vs. LAMS (4-6:15pm @ Seaside High School) / Girls vs. LAMS (4:45-6:45pm @ Marina High School)
  • SMS Basketball Banquet (5:30-7pm, SMS Cafeteria)
  • Spring Music Concert (6-7:30pm, SMS Cafeteria)
3-14 to 3-29
  • Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
  • PTSA Membership Meeting; voting to elect new Exec Board (6-7pm in SMS library)
  • 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Celebrations
  • SMArt Student produced Spring Art Exhibit (4-5:30pm in Room B4)
  • 8th grade pictures during PE class
  • Saturday Academy (8:30-12:30pm)
  • Spring Open House (5:30-7pm)

SOAR Students of February
Last month our staff nominated students who exemplify our school-wide expectations by showing up accountable each and every day. Way to go Eagles!

6th grade:
Fernanda Cruz
Halamehi Funaki
Nataly Monzerrat Lopez

7th grade:
Yesel Gonzalez
Vega Morales Yaretzi
Rosalia Zavaleta

8th grade:
Jaycob Perez Cano
Yesel Gonzalez
Carlos Rodriguez
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