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News and Notes from Mr. Cassie

Hello Shumate Families,

Please see below for some helpful information about next week and beyond.

2019 National Geographic Bee

We are pleased to announce that Shumate Middle School will once again be participating in the National Geographic Society's Geography Bee.  Each year, thousands of schools, from all 50 states participate to crown one student National Champion. There are three levels of, state and national. Next Tuesday, January 15th, all Shumate students will participate in the preliminary competition to determine which students will advance to the final competition of the school bee. The 10 highest scores on the preliminary assessment will advance to the final competition.  The final competition will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd, with one student emerging as the school champion. The school champion will receive a medal and certificate of achievement from National Geographic as well as the opportunity to take the online state qualifying exam on Tuesday, January 29th.  We are very excited to bring this amazing competition to Shumate for the 4th consecutive year.  To help your child prepare, please go to or download the Geo Bee Challenge app and study on the go at  Stay tuned for more information.  Please direct questions to your child's social studies teacher or Mr. Dunwoody at or 734-379-7650.

8th Grade Trip to Washington DC

The Little Caesar Pizza Kit fundraiser begins on Tuesday, January 15th.  This will be the final opportunity to raise money for your child's trip to Washington DC.  Your child will earn $5-6 dollars for each kit sold.  Information packets will be handed out to all 8th graders registered for the trip on Tuesday, during Social Studies class.  Please direct questions to Mr. Dunwoody at or 734-379-7650.

Interested in going to Washington DC?  There are still a few spots available on the 8th grade trip.  If you or your child have not registered and are interested in going, please contact Mr. Dunwoody at or 734-379-7650 for details.

SMS Robotics

The competition was really tough at the State Tournament, but the Hacker Hawks rose to the occasion, finishing within the top half of teams in the finals. We are so proud of our Hacker Hawks, as well as the other 4 SMS robotics teams, all of which had tremendous seasons! Through robotics, our 36 SMS robotics students learned practical, 21st Century skills, which will help them become better problem solvers, collaborators, and critical thinkers.

NWEA Testing

Our students will be taking the second of three rounds of NWEA assessments in their ELA, Math and Science classes over the next few weeks. These assessments are extremely important indicators of what students need in order to reach their potential. NWEA results are taken into account as teachers plan for instruction, and a breakdown of results drive types of problems Compass Math assigns 6-7th grade students.

Important Events & Dates

Half Day Students

January 18, 2019

No school for students or staff - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 21, 2019

Half day for all students
January 25, 2019

End of 2nd quarter and semester
January 25, 2019

Half day for all students
February 15, 2019

No school - Presidents' Day
February 18, 2019

Half day for all students
March 8, 2019

Half day for all students
March 29, 2019

End of 3rd quarter
March 29, 2019

No school - spring break
April 1-April 5 2019

School resumes
April 8, 2019

Half day for all students
April 12, 2019

No School - Good Friday
April 19, 2019

No School - Memorial Day
May 27, 2019

Last day of school - Half day for all students - End of 4th quarter and semester
June 12, 2019


Winter 2 Sport Schedule     


Coach: Emily Howard

Saturday      1/05   Brighton

Saturday      1/12  Stoney Creek

Saturday      1/19   Grosse Ile

Thursday     1/24   Allen Park  

Saturday      1/26   Lake Orion

Friday          2/01   Carlson - Pat C.    


Coaches: Katie LeBrun & Cliff Mentzer

Wednesday 1/23      Wyandotte          A       4:00

Friday                  1/25   Allen Park   A       4:00

Monday      1/28   Southgate    H       4:00

Wednesday 1/31   Taylor West          A       4:00

Monday      2/04   Lincoln Park         H       4:00

Wednesday 2/06      Taylor Hoover   A       4:00

Monday      2/11   Woodhaven H       4:00

Wednesday 2/13   Melvindale  H       4:00

Wednesday 2/20   Trenton                A       4:00

Friday                  2/22   Allen Park   H       4:00

Monday      2/25   Wyandotte  H       4:00

Wednesday 2/27   Woodhaven A       4:00


Coaches:  Scott Martin

Tuesday      1/15   Woodhaven A       4:00

Thursday     1/17   Allen Park   H       4:00

Tuesday      1/22   Trenton                A       4:00

Thursday     1/24   Lincoln Park         H       4:00

Tuesday      2/05   Southgate    H       4:00

Thursday     2/07   Wyandotte  A       4:00

Wednesday 2/13   Melvindale I & II  A       4:00

Saturday     2/23   DRL Meet   A       9:00



Arthurs MS           Trenton

Strong MS            Melvindale

Hoover MS           Taylor

West MS               Taylor

Wilson MS           Wyandotte

Brownstown MS   Woodhaven

Davidson JH         Southgate

Allen Park MS      Allen Park

Lincoln Park MS   Lincoln Park


Warmest Seahawk Regards!

Eric Cassie & Dave Anderson