Monday, February 15
*No School (Presidents' Day)

Tuesday, February 16
*Box Tops due
Upcoming Events
Italics = Added this week
Monday, February 22
*Strings Concert @ Prairie, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 23
*Band Concert @ SME, 7 p.m.
*6th Grade Configuration Discussion, Hocker Grove MS, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24
*Chick-fil-A Night 4-8 p.m.

Thursday, February 25
*1st Grade Musical, 6 p.m.
* 6th Grade Configuration Discussion, Trailridge MS, 6 p.m.
*Free Screening of Most Likely to Succeed at SME, 7 p.m.


Thursday, March 3
*Science Night, 6-7:30

Friday, March 4
*Dental Clinic screenings

Sunday, March 6
*Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

Tuesday, March 8
*Cyber Security Guest Speaker: Jeff Lanza, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 10
*6th Grade Configuration Discussion, Indian Hills MS, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 11

Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18


Monday, March 21
*School Resumes (note calendar change)
*6th Grade Configuration Discussion, Indian Woods MS, 6 p.m.

The Dragon Digest

Your Corinth PTA Newsletter
Week of February 15-19, 2016
Hello Corinth Families!

I hope you all have had a delightful Presidents/Valentine weekend.

Even though it's not really spring, I expect to see many Dragons in shorts this week! And with spring right around the corner, we are starting to plan for next year's PTA. If you are interested in a Board position, please contact Kim Katz. If you are interested in chairing a PTA committee, please contact Amy McCarthy. We have such a tremendous group of parent volunteers and a new generation of leaders is so crucial to the continued success of Corinth's community.

Have a great week!

Erin Herbst
PTA President
1. Tuesday: Bring in Box Tops

Please send your box tops in a ziplock bag or envelope with your teacher's name on it. The class that collects the most Box Tops will win an award. Deadline is Feb 16.
Corinth PTA NEWS:

Corinth’s 5th Annual Sense-ational Science Night

Thursday, March 3rd 6:00-7:30 PM

What can you expect to see and do at Science Night??

  • Make a Kaleidoscope
  • See and touch the SME Environmental Science Animals
  • Visit the Brain Lab
  • Check out Robotics!
  • Star Wars SOUNDBOARD
  • What is an Owl Pellet?
  • Test your Taste
  • Do some Stargazing

…..And MUCH MORE!!!

We need parent volunteers!! Please contact Kelly Cannova

Parents! We need the following items donated for Science Night: Pringles cans with the lid ON, and see-through beads in various sizes. If you have any of these items around your house, please drop them off at the school office. Thanks!

Save the Date: For a Date with your Dragon

Fathers and Daughters are invited to the annual Spring Fling on Friday, April 8.

And this year, we're excited to announce our first Mother/Son event. Watch for details coming soon!
The Corinth Garden will need water this summer!

Thank you to our Volunteers!

  • Used Book Sale: Stephanie Cherra and Julie Crabb collected, organized, displayed, sold, and donated all those books. Thank you also to the volunteers: Paul Barbre, Brynn Burns, Alicia Cheeseman, Shannon DeSalvo, Victoria Flower, Nicole Harris, Tiffany King, Kimberly Levitan, Amy Pecaut, Sarah Powell, Debra Rettenmaier, Colby Ritter, Jennifer Robinson, Brenda Storbeck, John Williamson, Dixie Williford. And to all who donated and bought books!
  • Staff Appreciation: We LOVE our Corinth Staff!
    The Staff Appreciation Committee showed our Corinth staff how much they are loved by bringing them their favorite Sonic drink along with a special Valentine treat. A special thanks to Mr. Lowe for hand delivering the drinks for us and to Sonic for donating the drinks! Thanks also to Dani Beaver, Kelly Brende, Susan Brown, Margaret Chaffee, Shannon DeSalvo, Lindsay Peattie, Trisha Sims, Amy Thurston, and Rachel Warner for bringing the special Valentine's treats!

Community Invited to Forums to Discuss Sixth-Grade Configuration

A task force is reviewing grade configuration, specifically related to sixth-grade students in the Shawnee Mission School District. Superintendent Jim Hinson has engaged the task force to discuss this topic as a result of feedback and questions he received from stakeholders. To inform the review process, the task force will hold community forums in each of the five geographic high school feeder areas. Task force members are charged with researching the issue, gathering input from the community, and sharing resulting recommendations with the superintendent. No decisions or recommendations for change have been made at this time. All discussion would center on potential implementation during the 2018-2019 school year at the earliest. Task force members will research and share information at community forums regarding the many aspects to be considered. Each forum is open to all community members. The schedule of meetings, all of which are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at each location, is as follows:

February 23: Hocker Grove Middle School

February 25: Trailridge Middle School

March 10: Indian Hills Middle School

March 21: Indian Woods Middle School

March 24: Westridge Middle School

In order to gain broad feedback from staff and community, an online survey will be available starting February 23 and closing March 31. A link to the survey will be shared with parents via SMSD Alert, as well as posted on the district’s web site and through social media.

News from the Shawnee Mission Special Education PTA (SEPTA)

CLICK HERE for recent news and upcoming events.

Most Likely to Succeed

For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in today’s innovative world.

This film points to the critical issues affecting education today and conveys the urgency for moving our schools into the 21st century …in an inspiring way. Also, the film poses questions about the future and engages and inspires parents and educators, with lots of energy and commitment to a future of possibility.


“The 21st century is going to be all about building, creating, and innovating. This remarkable film shows a path of how we can empower all of our children to do that.” – Sal Khan, Khan Academy

“A smart and engaging look at education in 21st century America.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“among the best edu-documentaries ever produced.” –Education Week

View Movie Trailer

Who: The SME Community. The target audience of this movie is parents and educators, however children are welcome to attend.

Where: The Shawnee Mission East Auditorium

When: Thursday, February 25 at 7:00pm

Cost: FREE viewing brought to you by the Briarwood Foundation and the McKee Family. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Run Time: 89 minutes

Here is an additional article that you may want to read.

Stay Home and Read a Book Ball on Sunday, March 6th.

The Johnson County Library Foundation is excited to have a “Ball” with you!

On Sunday, March 6, 2016, the Johnson County Library is hoping for pictures of you and your favorite book, the whole family reading together, your fanciest Ball-worthy reading garb, your coziest footie PJs, or purrrrhaps your favorite furry reading buddy! Post using the hashtag #jocobookball and share your love of reading and the Library! You can also tag us on Facebook or Twitter.

Our honorary host is New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn: read her letter of support.

Thank you for helping us spread the love of reading and our Library! We are very excited to see your fun pictures on social media!

CLICK HERE for more information.

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