Welcome to the Pioneers team at Strongsville Middle School!Mrs. Baker Mrs. Kubek Mr. Misencik Mr. PortIt's year number two at SMS! While last year everything was brand new to every person in the building, thisis the first year in middle school in Strongsville in which the 7th graders can say, "Been here, done that!"That sure saved time on the first day, when we no longer had to spend 20 minutes on "How to Open a Combination Lock!"The first days this year seemed much more like coming back home after a family vacation than last fall, which seemed like moving into a brand new house! We're definitely excited about starting the new year!What we're most excited about, though, is our students! We're off to a great beginning, and we're looking forward to a sensational year together. We hope that we get to meet each of you in person as the year goes on, or at least communicate on the phone or through email.Our team page will be a place to find out about upcoming events for the team and school, to see some of the awesome things we're doing in and out of the classroom, and to check homework assignments for all the teachers on the Pioneers team. Stop by often to see what's going on!What's a PIONEER?According to the dictionary, a pioneer is a lot of different things: the first to enter or settle an area; or the earliest to study in a particular field, or to champion a cause, or to try a new procedure. It was also the name of a series of space probes sent out by NASA. Being a pioneer has to do with being the earliest, the first, or an original. To borrow a phrase from the back of our SMS Spirit shirts (which borrowed a phrase from a popular sci-fi show), it has to do with "boldly going where no one has gone before."In a very real sense, we're all pioneers at SMS, but not every student or teacher is on the PIONEERS team! We're very glad that YOUR son or daughter is, though, and we'll do everything in our power as teachers to encourage all of the PIONEERS to go where they've never been before, and to break new ground academically, as well as in other ares of their lives. With that in mind, buckle up! It's just about that time . . .3 . . . 2 . . . 1BLAST OFF!!!Pioneers Team Incentive ProgramWe're planning to have a series of activities as a team to cultivate effective academic habits,to celebrate positive behavior, and to recognize academic achievements. Keep your eyes open for more info to come!