Brief Description of Activity
How Students Get Involved and/or Qualify for Club/Activity
Sue Ellis, Debbie DuBois, Daniel Sprague
Beta Club is a service organization designed to introduce members to active volunteering in the community. Opportunities are introduced, voluntary hours tabulated, meetings held once per month to share experiences, team build, and extend learning and awareness of service needs.
Requirements for Jr. Beta Club membership: Fifth grade students must have ALL As on their first fifth grade report card as well as exemplary behavior in all fifth grade classes, including specials, French, etc. Students who fulfill all the above requirements are invited to join. Following induction, students must maintain their grades, exemplary behavior, attend monthly meetings, and complete the required community service hours.
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
Aunjeanette Brown, Melanie Payne, Prissy Stewart
4th and 5th
The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl ("HRRB") is a unique reading competition offered to 4th and 5th graders at Smith and other schools in APS and surrounding school districts.
Students are selected for the team based on their Accelerated Reader Points from the previous school year, participation during their fourth grade year, classroom/school-wide behavior, enthusiasm towards reading and the ability to read an extensive collection of books within a set amount of time.
4th and 5th
The SRS Debate Team provides students with the opportunity to improve their academic performance by having an avenue through which to challenge themselves in terms of
literacy, critical thinking, communication skills, and decision making skills. By participating in debate, students gain knowledge and practice skills that will better equip them for their future lives inside and outside the world of academia. The team meets once a week after school.
Students complete an application process which includes writing a persuasive essay for a debate prompt. Applications are reviewed and students are selected based on their level of competency for debate. Parents should be willing to serve as a judge for one of the debate competitions throughout the school year.
Girls on the Run
Amanda Larkin (Head Coach: Donna Freedman)
3rd - 5th
Third, Fourth and Fifth grade girls meet twice a week to learn about life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. At each season's conclusion, the girls complete a 5K running event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible, and teaching girls that they can.
Girls in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade sign up for a lottery, through the Girls on the Run website, in August and January. There are 15 spots for each season.
Letricia Henson/Tim Spraggins
4th - 5th
Chorus is open to all students in grades 4 and 5. Chorus meets every Monday from 2:30 - 3:45 pm. During the musical production, the time is extended until 4 pm. There is a short application process which requires a letter of rerference from a previous teacher at Sarah Smith. For more information, please contact Tim Spraggins at timothy.spraggins@atlanta. k12.ga.us.
Chorus Application and Reference required for all participants. Special events throughout the year (Macy's Chorus, Spring Musical, Star - Spangled Banner, etc. may require an individual audition. Students will be prepared for the audition in class and given appropriate dates and times well in advance.
No Place for Hate Coalition (PC)
Two representatives from each 2nd grade class meet once monthly to assist with carrying out planned NPFH Activities throughout the year.
Applications are available during the first week in September. Students must have good attendance, and are required to write a one paragraph essay(4 sentences) about what it means to be a leader. There is also a recommendation form that must be completed by their teacher.
SRS Ambassadors/Student Council
Samuel Jones, Ellie Boydston, Karla Cravey
Rising 4th and 5th Graders
This group will consist of a group of elected and volunteer students working together with an adult advisor within the framework of a constitution or bylaws to provide a means for student expression and assistance in school affairs and activities, give opportunities for student experience in leadership and encourage student / faculty / community relations.
Students will campaign for all available positions. They will have to present evidence of model citizenship, global mindedness, IB learner profiles, and strong academic effort.
Technology Fair/Boot Camp
3rd - 5th
The Technology Competition is for students to showcase their interest in technology and utilize their technology skills to create a technology project to enter into the local school Tech Tourney. Students have the opportunity to advance to the district and state level.
Students enter a technology project of choice to be judged in the school competition and participate in a 4 week prep-course to enhance their technology and presenttion skills for the next levels of the competition.
SRS News Team
John Blackwell, Chiesa Carter, Prissy Stewart
The SRS News Team is a school leadership opportunity that allows students to communicate creatively and express themselves daily on the school's morning broadcast. We seek students who consistently exhibit the characteristics of an IB learner, show excellent communication skills, and exude personality. Students use a variety of tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate for their daily goals.
An application process is completed at the beginning of the school year. Students are interviewed and selected to participate on the team based on their skills, knowledge, and recommendations from teachers. Excellent communication skills and some knowledge of video editing is preferred.
ESOL After School Tutoring
Amanda Larkin, John Blackwell, Sherry Riley, Lane Guyer, Melissa Baublitz, Karla Lewis, Melanie Payne, Sam Jones, Holly Kent
2nd - 5th
The Title III ESOL After School Tutoring Program provides tutorial support to identified English Learners in extended day programs approved in advance by the Coordinator of ESOL & World Languages. The Sarah Smith model incorporates the use of the online computer programs Lexia for reading and Dreambox for math. Students needing additional support on specific skills (as identified by the online programs) work one-on-one with a tutor to master the skill.
Any active (not monitored) ESOL student in grades 2-5 may attend the after school tutoring program. Bus transportation is provided to 4 major apartment complexes. Any ESOL student living elsewhere must make arrangements for alternate transportation.
The safety Patrols is an organization that assist with the safe travel of students in the hall, carpool and bus area during arrival and dismissal.
Students apply in early May , through an application process. Students are then selected based on grades, behavior and teacher recommendations.
Spring Musical Theatre Production
Tim Spraggins, Latricia Henson, Susan Moccia, Elaine Goldberg,
3rd - 5th
Smith on Stage sponsors an annual Musical Theatre Show or Musical Revue. An audition is required for all students interested in participating in this production. Auditions are held before the Holiday break usually in December. The production will be in late spring and rehearsals begin in early January. The schedule is put together according to scenes - you must attend only when your scenes / songs are rehearsed. A normal rehearsal week includes Vocals on Monday, Choreography on Tuesday, Stage Direction on Wednesday. Thursdays will be scheduled as needed throughout the production. For more information, please contact Tim Spraggins at email@example.com.
Students will be given a song to prepare for the audition. Three songs will be on an approved list. The song will be performed for a panel of judges (see directors / sponsors). The song (excerpt) must performed with the provided sound track. Students are adjudicated on tone quality, pitch, rhythm, breath support and management, stage presence, and overall performance. Students may also be asked to do a "cold" reading from the production. In other words, you will not know what the reading will be until you are asked to read your part and interact with another actor. Parents are expected to serve as volunteers for the production.