- Selvidge Middle
SMS Weekly Wrap UP 11.19.21
Greetings SMS Community-
This has been a tough week for our school community. Last Sunday morning we learned that there was fatal car accident involving young people. Details were sketchy to start, but as social media and the age of technology began to roll along, we learned that 5 students between the ages of 15 and 17 were involved in this horrific accident.
These 5 people were Jake, Cole, Rhegan, Sammie, and Andrew. Jake, Cole, and Rhegan passed away. Each of them was either 15 or 16 years old.
For those that may not know, my middle child is a sophomore at Marquette. His name is Dominic. Dominic came through Selvidge beginning in 6th grade. He became good friends with Jake, knows Rhegan well, and used to play soccer with Cole. Cole and Jake both have spent the night at the Anselmo house.
Like everyone, our family is working through this moment and hoping to guide our son in a way that helps him understand better why there is death and how can we move forward. Jake, Cole, Rhegan, Sammie, and Andrew are all of our kids. They are us and we are them. As our former Superintendent, Dr. Eric Knost, stated so eloquently:
"...right now, in this very moment, there is nothing but common ground surrounding you. All that matters are the kids. All that matters are the families. All that matters, is being human, being together and rallying around each other in every way and in all ways possible. Right now, nothing else really matters, and everything else is simply noise.
I have often referenced Sir Ken Robinson's metaphorical example of a dry and excessively hot desert floor, and how many would say nothing can grow in such awful conditions. But the truth is, with a little rain and a slight change in conditions, beautiful flowers can emerge from even the seemingly most impossible situations and unlikely climates.
I hope you rally around your kids, Rockwood. Forget the rest. Refocus, grieve together, be there for one another, love each other and rally today, tomorrow and everyday into the foreseeable future. This is how a school community heals, and I believe there to be no better way to honor the lives of these beautiful children."
Please take a moment to hug on your loved ones, to breathe in their life light, to reflect on why we are all here together in this moment.
It does not matter whether my child knows these children better or more intimately than others may. What matters is the kids and their families. We are all in this thing called life together. Let's make a promise to those we have lost: that we will be better to each other and ourselves. Let's make every day a celebration of life for Cole, Rhegan, and Jake. Let's understand that Sammie and Andrew will need support along with every other person connected to this tragedy.
Be Loving, Be Caring, Be Thankful
Our SMS Theatre Company presented their first show on November 18th. Tonight they will hold their final performances. Good luck to all!!
Our performance groups will be holding their shows on the following dates:
Band Concert-Thursday, Dec. 2nd
Choir Concert-Monday, Dec. 6th
Orchestra Concert-Tuesday, Dec. 7th
Monday and Tuesday next week will be "Casual for a Cause" days for our staff. Our staff is asked to donate money to "dress-down" during the work day. Students are welcome to be a part of the fun as well. All proceeds from this event will go to the families who lost loved ones in the Kiefer Creek accident.
After school activities will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays most weeks. While there is transportation provided, space is limited and the time it can take a student to get home varies depending on ridership. If parents are able to pick up their child(ren) from Selvidge at 3:45pm, it is strongly suggested. All students who plan on staying for activities must have a permission slip filled out.
As a reminder, if your child is not feeling well, please keep them at home. Also, if someone in your household has recently been tested for COVID-19, student in the family who attend Selvidge should stay home until the results come back. If the results are negative, then students are able to come to school. If the results are positive, then students should stay at home. Either way, please keep the school informed by calling our Attendance Line at 636-891-6115. We must work together to keep all of us safe!
P.S.--Stay Safe and Well