Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Grief Support Retreat

A no-cost grief support  retreat for youth & adults 
March 3-5, 2017 at Camp McDowell
For more information and to register, please click here.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

The School Counselors Broke Out!

The school counselors participated in a team building "Break Out" session organized by Mr. Jeff Richardson, SMS's wonderful Instructional Technology Coach.  It took a lot of brain power and team work, but we were able to break out with time still left on the clock!  We had so much fun working as a team! 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

SMS Virtual Giving Tree


The Annual SMS Virtual Giving Tree is up and ready to accept donations on the SMS Home Page. Please click on the link provided to make a donation via My School Fees. The Giving Tree is an opportunity to assist those members of our family who may need a little extra help this Holiday Season. No donation is too big or too small and all donations will be used to the benefit of Simmons’ students and families.

Friday, November 4, 2016

8th Grade JA Day

JA Economics for Success Lessons:

Mirror, Mirror (Language Arts)
Students make choices to better understand the concept of self-knowledge – the awareness of their skills, interests, and values – as they consider education, careers, and other life choices.

Be a Success (Social Studies)
Students learn how to set goals for their financial future.  They play the Be a Success Game to see the connection between personal finance, education and careers.

Keeping the Balance (Math)
Students receive Occupation Cards and observe how different jobs provide different monthly salaries.  Based on those monthly salaries, students evaluate the opportunity cost when making budget decisions. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

All "A" Field Trip Forms

All "A" Field Trip permission forms are due on Wednesday, October 26th!  Pick up a form at the following locations:

6th Grade: 6th Grade Office
7th Grade: 7th Grade Office
8th Grade: Outside of Mrs. Berryhill's Office

The field trip will be during the following dates:

6th Grade: Thursday, October 27th
7th and 8th Grades: Friday, October 28th

Hoover City Schools Parent Night: Let's Keep Talking

November 15, 2016, will be the date for Hoover City Schools' upcoming Parent Night - Let's Keep Talking. 

This resource-filled night will include panelists from inside and outside the school system who will share expertise, field questions, and lead breakout sessions relating to a number of current topics including:
  • adolescent anxiety
  • social media trends
  • substance abuse trends
  • sleep and teens
  • preparing for independence
  • developmental stages
Let's Keep Talking will be held at the Metropolitan Church of God, 2800 Metropolitan Way, Hoover 35243 from 6-8 pm.  Free childcare will be provided for children ages four and older.  Click here to RSVP for this free event. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Parent Resources for Red Ribbon Week


Red Ribbon Week is October 24th-October 28th!  Our theme this year is "Happy to be Drug Free!" We have several activities planned next week.

Monday, October 24th: Introduction to Red Ribbon Week by SMS Shipmates
Tuesday, October 25th: Red Ribbon Week Activity led by SMS Shipmates
Wednesday, October 26th: Hoover High School Peer Helpers in PE Classes
Thursday, October 27th: Wear Red!
Friday, October 28th: Team Door Decoration Contest

Parents, please partner with us for Red Ribbon Week by encouraging your child to make safe, healthy, and drug-free choices.  Please click below for parent resources provided by the Alabama State Department of Education.

How to Talk to Your Kids about Drugs

For additional resources, click here and select the "Resources" tab.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Community Service Program 2016-2017

Students who earn at least 60 hours of verified community service this year will earn a Community Service Plaque at the end of the year.  Hours should be documented on the SMS orange community service program card.  For more information and to pick up a community service card, please see your grade level counselor.  Community service cards should be turned in to your grade level counselor upon completion of hours.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

TOPSoccer of Central Alabama: Participation and Community Service Opportunity!

For more information or if you are interested in playing or becoming a volunteer (sidekick), please complete the online registration at  Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award: Open to All Middle School Students

For more information and to apply, go to or to access the online application.  Deadline to complete the application and the student/parent agreement is November 8, 2016.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Peer Helper Applications Now Available!

Are you interested in applying for Shipmates and/or S.A.I.L. Club for the 2016-2017 school year? 

SHIPMATES…these students will welcome and orient new enrollees to SMS throughout the year, facilitate Red Ribbon Week activities , and assist with Character Ed materials and lessons.

S.A.I.L. Club (Students Assisting In Learning)…these students will work with peers assisting with organization, homework, quiz/test preparation, and study strategies. These students agree to be present at morning sessions as scheduled by team teachers

Pick up an application from the following locations:

6th Grade: 6th Grade Office

7th Grade: 7th Grade Office
8th Grade: 8th Grade Office or The bin outside of Mrs. Berryhill's Office

Application are due Friday, September 16th, no exceptions!  Please see your school counselor if you have any questions! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

2016-2017 School Year and Needs Survey

(L-R) Ms. Ashlee Webster, 6th Grade Counselor
Mrs. Winnie Davis, 7th Grade Counselor
Mrs. Erika Berryhill, 8th Grade Counselor

Here's to a Wonderful 2016-2017 School Year!

Our counseling team will use this Blog to post announcements, articles, and resources for students and parents. Please check this Blog regularly so you will not miss out on important opportunities! 

Parents, please take our 2016-2017 Parents Needs Survey to assist us in better supporting your students!

6th- 6th Grade Parent Needs Survey
7th- 7th Grade Parent Needs Survey
8th- 8th Grade Parent Needs Survey

Students, please take our 2016-2017 Students Needs Survey to assist us in planning classroom guidance topics this year!

Ms. Webster, Mrs. Winnie, and Mrs. Berryhill

Monday, August 1, 2016

Access from AT&T

Access from AT&T
 is designed to help bridge the homework gap for students and families by bringing low-cost home Internet service to qualifying households. 
The program offers discounted wireline home Internet service to qualifying households with at least one resident who participates in the U.S.D.A. Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). 

There is NO term commitment, NO deposit, and NO installation fee. 

Other eligibility requirements apply.
Visit for complete information and to apply.
Or call 1-855-220-5211.

Friday, May 13, 2016

2016-2017 Math Camp Opportunity

Click here to sign up for Math Camp!  Please contact Brennan Hall at for more information. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,
During our Awards Day programs, the following groups will be recognized or presented an award by the counselors:

·        Finley Award winners

·        Duke TiP participants (7th grade only)

·        Shipmates

·        SAIL Club

·        Sunshine Helpers

·        Community Service participants (Remember forms are due no later than Friday, May 13th)

Below you will find the schedule of our Awards Days:

Thursday, May 19th                 Friday, May 20th

8:30-7th grade                          8:30-6th grade

1:00-8th grade

We would love to have you join us if you can. 

SMS Counselors

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mad Scientist Day Jr. is a free event that will take place on May 7th, 2016. The event will be held in the UAB Chemistry Building from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Elementary and middle school age children accompanied by an adult will be able to do up to 30 hands on experiments that explain science concepts in simple ways. Snacks will also be provided at the event.

 All participants must register on the Mad Scientist Day Jr. website at the link provided below. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

  For event registration, general event information, and to see some of the exciting things that can be seen at the event please visit our website at the link below.

If there are any questions, we can be contacted at

We hope to see you at the event!