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Scott Ziomek, Principal
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Schalmnot Middle School student girls smile as they sit in classLife at SMS

The halls and classrooms of Schalmont Middle School are a happening place.

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Early dismissal this week

Just a reminder that all Middle School students, grades 5-8 will be dismissed at 10:10 this week. This will be Monday through Thursday with no school on Friday!

5th Grade orientation on Tuesday, June 19, 5:30-6:30 at SMS

 The program for incoming fifth grade parents and students is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30p.m. in the cafeteria near the fifth grade entrance to the building (first set of doors on the right as you enter the bus loop at the MS/HS complex). The orientation program will be an opportunity for your child to begin acclimating to their new building. During the orientation visit, you will have an opportunity to take a guided tour of the building. Building administration will be on hand to answer any questions that you have.

Y program changes for week of June 18

The Y program has the following changes for next week:

  • June 18 & 19 - No Coverage for Middle School Students
  • June 20 & 21 – Y program open until 1pm for Middle School Students

Stop summer slide with summer math packets!

Students standing triumphantly with their arms raisedFor the last few years, teacher Kristen VanDyk has been asking students to devote just a little of their summer vacation to keeping their math skills sharp. She develops summer math packets – calendars of the summer months with math-related activities on each day. The activities are manageable -most take ten minutes or less. And they’re meant to be fun.  Click here for more information.


students at a table with books and lunchesSchalmont middle schoolers like a little lit with their lunch.

Greer Pomeroy is a community volunteer who, along with Melanie March, helps SMS with the Lunch Book reading program. Most of the meals have been provided by Greer and Merridy Aggen, who had grandchildren in the district. The students meet each Friday during their lunch period and discuss a shared reading book. 

Books they have read this year include “Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein, “The Always War” and “Don't You Dare Read this Mrs. Dunphrey” by Margaret Haddix.


Grades 6-8 Honor and High Honor Roll for Third Quarter

Did your student make the Honor or High Honor rolls for the third quarter? Click the links to find out!
Honor Roll [PDF]
High Honor Roll [PDF]

High, middle schools conduct successful lockdown drill

The Schalmont Central School District, in conjunction with Rotterdam Police Department, conducted a successful lockdown drill at the middle school/high school campus this morning, Monday, March 5. Read more about school safety.

Dressed for science!

Students recently learned about plant and animal cells in science class.  Arielle Coons, 7th grader dressed up as a plant cell to show off her love of science!


New student-run cafe at SMS

A new student-run café will serve faculty and staff at Schalmont Middle School! Middle School Home and Careers instructor Regina Hanson and a cadre of hard-working students are opening up the Sabre Café, an all student-run café that will be located near the cafeteria in the middle school. Read more about the cafe.

Flu facts

What are the symptoms? Should your child stay home from school?
With flu season upon us, take some time to read this handy flu fact sheet [PDF].

SMS Engineering Club builds the future

The Schalmont Middle School Engineering Team placed fifth and was awarded multiple awards at the recent Future City Competition.  Read more about the Future City Competition.

The buzz about the bee

the schalmont website homepageThe SMS Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the middle school LGI.  A small and mighty group came to show off their spelling skills and compete for the opportunity to represent Schalmont in the Regional Spelling Bee at Proctors in February. Read more about the bee.


A message from Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas

As we begin the new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the successes of the first few months of the school year. Read the letter from Dr. Pallas.

Advisory Committee gets budget, fund balance overview

Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas and Business Administrator Joe Lenz gave a budgeting primer and an in depth look at fund balance to the Schalmont Budget Advisory Committee when it convened its first meeting recently. Read more about Schalmont's budget.

SMS students honor veterans

Schalmont Middle School was honored to partner with Charter Communications, the History Channel, and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s office to host area veterans at Schalmont Middle School. Read more about the ceremony.

November SMS Newsletter

Read PTO, library, and other school news for the month of November in this SMS Newsletter.

Makerspace 2017-18 schedule available

Schalmont Middle School Makerspace has a number of amazing events and activities planned for the 2017-18 school year. Click here for a schedule of events

Back-to-School Night scheduled for Thursday evening

Schalmont Middle School will host a Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Cafeteria Foyer Click here for a complete schedule of the night's events

Professional Development Days focus on the future

Superintendent Carol Pallas welcomed new and returning teachers and staff to a new school year, asking that this year the district focuses on the future and how they can best prepare their students for it. Click here to learn more about this year's goals

Letter to Community from Schalmont Superintendent on 2017-18 school year

It’s hard to believe that it is almost time to start another school year! The 2017-18 academic year gets underway Thursday, Sept. 7 for grades 1-12 and Friday, Sept. 8 for our kindergarten students. Between now and then, our staff is busy preparing for another great year! Click here to read the full letter from Dr. Carol Pallas

5th Grade orientation program scheduled

We are excited to kick off the new year with an informative 5th Grade orientation program on Tuesday, August 29th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. that should make your child’s transition to the middle school building as smooth as possible.  Click here for more details

Register online for "Race Back to School" 5K Run/Walk

You can register online for the "Race Back to School" 5K Run/Walk being held at Schalmont CSD on Saturday,September 16, 2017.  Click here to learn how you can sign up

Middle School Fall Sports Clearance Dates

Sports Clearance for Middle School Students will be in the Middle School Health Office starting on August 7th.  Click here for the complete schedule

Middle School supply lists for 2017-18 school year

Schalmont’s Middle School staff has compiled a list of supplies students will need for the 2017-18 school year  Click here for a complete list of supplies (UPDATED 6th Grade Supply List)

Schalmont's walk/ride distance establishment vote postponed

The June 15 vote to establish walk/ride distances for students has been postponed. Read more about the decision here.

Please take Schalmont's Technology & Learning Survey

We are asking parents to fill out our Technology & Learning questionnaire. Click here to get started.

Scott Ziomek named MS Principal

Schalmont Board of Education named Scott Ziomek as the new Middle School Principal at it's March 13 meeting. read the letter from the superintendent about the appointment.

Engineer Club heads to Future City competition

Schalmont Middle School’s Engineering Club has developed a plan for Sabre City and is preparing to debut their idea at the Future City Competition at Proctors. learn more about their city

Abatiello wins spelling bee

Participants went through 17 rounds before a winner was declared. Michael Abatiello (grade 8) came in first place with Max Schaefer (grade 8) as the 1st Runner-up and Luke Toma (grade 8) as the 2nd Runner-up.  read more about the spelling bee

Students create edible cells

Mrs. Bryson's and Mrs. Duxbury's seventh-grade life science students recently had the opportunity to create a 3-D model of an animal or plant cell using food. learn more about the project

Things get hairy at SMS

As part of "Save it or Shave it," a few good sports agreed to grow a beard throughout the month of November and then let students vote on the style of facial hair they would sport in return for a donation to the Weekend Backpack Program. view gallery

When the weather outside is frightful...

When winter weather arrives, the Schalmont Central School District has established criteria for deciding whether to close school for the day, cancel afternoon and evening activities, or dismiss students earlier than normal. Learn more about the process

Important notice regarding student drop-off and pick-up

Please remember that only school buses are allowed in the middle/high school traffic circle between the hours of 7-8 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Passenger vehicles are not permitted to enter the area during that time, as well as any other time the red light may be flashing. To drop-off or pick-up students, please proceed to the middle school parking lot for fifth- through eighth-graders and the high school new gym (located at the rear of the building) for ninth- through twelfth-graders. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Help the middle school earn free equipment

Please be sure to register your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card with Schalmont Middle School's code—16010. By doing so, you will automatically earn credit for our school every time your AdvantEdge Card is used. Visit the Price Chopper website to sign-up or re-enroll today!


• Proposed budget preserves program, staff; increases security, student support

 District budget vote and board election is May 15, 2018

• On-campus bus facility would come at no tax increase to the community

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