SCC Middle School

8th Graders Share a "Cup of Holiday Tea"

cup of tea

For the last four weeks, Mrs. Buckel’s 8th grade language arts students worked on their “Cup of Holiday Tea” service project activities. The holiday season—whether celebrated as Christmas, Hanukah, Ramadan, Kwanza, etc.—is known as the season of giving. This service assignment asked students to consider how they could “give” of their time or energies to help someone else this season.

First, students listened to and enjoyed the book A Cup of Christmas Tea by local author, Tom Hegg, in class. Then, students were given time to think about how they could apply the lesson from this book to their own lives. Students needed to arrange to have a “cup of holiday tea” with an elderly or lonely grandparent, relative, neighbor, or care center resident. Some ideas included going for a visit, talking to the person on the phone, reading to the person, writing a letter to or for the person, baking some holiday treats and delivering them, offering to shovel the person’s sidewalk and then going inside and having hot chocolate and visiting, helping a teacher or other school employee, volunteering at their church, the local library, or the local food pantry, organizing a neighborhood food drive or creatively coming up with their own random act of kindness. Finally, after completing their activities, students wrote essays describing their experiences and presented their activities to their classmates.

This year, many 8th grade students opted to help Mrs. Schwalen and the special education department. The accompanying picture showcases just a few of the 8th grade students that assisted students with decorating gingerbread houses, reading books, and putting on a puppet show.

Submitted by: 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher Jonalee Buckel


Book Award Party Held Jan 12

book award party

Every January, the American Library Association announces the newest book awards including the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and many others. Just like the Grammy's are a big deal in the music world, and the Academy Awards are the be-all in the film world, the ALA awards announcement is the highlight of every library and book lovers year. This year these awards were announced on Monday, January 11.

To create excitement about these awards amongst the middle school students, Ms. Olson, library media specialist, hosted a book award party the afternoon of January 12. Students that participated heard about the amazing new award winning books, having the chance to peruse the books SCC already owned and add their name to hold lists for any of the books. They also played book award bingo, created book marks and black out poetry using discarded book pages, and had a great time overall.

You can see the list of award winning books by clicking here. And search your school's Destiny library catalog to check out or place a hold on any of the books.

Submitted by Amanda Olson, Library Media Specialist


Upcoming Events and Announcements

Parent Teacher Conferences


WHEN: Tuesday, February 23rd and Thursday, February 25th

TIME: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Elementary, Middle & High School

Elementary - Parents can sign up via Skyward for a conference time starting Feb 8 at 10am. Find information on this process by visiting the Elementary -- For Parents page



Performance of

into the woods jr

St. Croix Central Middle School will present the musical “Into the Woods JR” this spring! The cast is filled with 5th-8th grade students re-telling various fairy tale stories as they entwine with a baker and his wife on a mission to reverse a witch’s spell.  Rehearsals began in January. The show will be presented, along with the middle school/high school set crew, on March 31st and April 1st.  Show times for both performances will be at 7:00 p.m. in the middle school multipurpose room.

Submitted by:  MS Play Director Michelle Schmitt



Softball Fundamental Clinic


Are you interested in being a fast pitch softball pitcher? Girls in grades 3th—8th are invited to learn the fundamentals of pitching. Older athletes could also learn and practice different pitches. This clinic will be held the following Sundays in the SCC Middle School gym: Feb. 14th, Feb. 21st, Feb. 28th, March 6th. Grades 3rd—5th from 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and grades 6th—8th from 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.. The cost is $5.00 for the four week session. Look for more information in the school’s announcements. We look forward to working with our future SCC softball stars.

Submitted by: Varsity Softball Coach and 5th Grade Teacher Mindy Rudiger




Get your 2015-16 middle school yearbook ordered now! Use ID code 12160516 at the website

The yearbook is $15, with add-ons available for an additional cost. Add-ons include: upgrade to hardcover, autograph insert, current events insert, yearbook stickys, and personalized cover.

Submitted by: Amanda Olson



Game Night

Game Night

The library will be hosting game nights once per month. Students and staff are welcome to join us after school from 3:15-5:00 on these days to partake in some truly awesome table-top games.

Students may bring in their own games or choose from a variety of games the library will have available. 

Prizes for winners will also be handed out occasionally!

Find the dates for game night HERE.

Submitted by Amanda Olson, Library Media Specialist



Annual Notices

Please find the annual notices for SCC on this page:



Other Middle School Documents & Forms

1st Quarter A Honor Roll
1st Quarter B Honor Roll
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