The Stinger January 12, 2024

Good afternoon Stinger families!

I have some repeated information in this newsletter as I felt that it was important enough to repeat a second week. Please scroll to the bottom of the newsletter and read about the upcoming assemblies that we will host on our campus for our students, and one for parents only. I am asking you to RSVP to the parent assembly as we want a good idea of how many plan to attend. I assure you that you don't want to miss this presentation. Feel free to bring a friend if you would like. This will benefit all parents.

If you are looking for a fun Saturday morning, please consider joining STMS at the CCUEF "Run the District" 5K on January 20th. We hope to see lots of green walking with me or running past me. :)

Is there one teacher out there who you feel goes above and beyond for your child? Are you looking for an easy way to honor that individual? Well, look no longer. It is that time of year again to nominate a teacher of the year! I know at STMS we have so many, but take a minute to reflect on that person who has really made a difference for your child. This nomination does not take long at all. If you have any questions, please reach out to me. This is a great way to honor the work that our staff does! Thank you in advance.

As a reminder, there is no school on Monday- Martin Luther King Day. Enjoy the long weekend.


Jill Sarraino, Principal


Main Line Phone Number: 480.272.8600

Attendance: 480.272.8604

Health Tech: 480.272.8602

Upcoming Dates

January 15: No School- Martin Luther King Day

January 17: 1:00: Early Release PLC

January 17: Falcon Parent Night

January 20: Run the District- how much fun would it be to have a bunch of our STMS families run in their Stinger green? See below links for the flyer and registration.

January 24: 1:00: Early Release PLC

January 26: 8:00 am: 7th grade parents- if you have questions about schedules, next year, etc- plan to attend a Q/A session in our library. If you cannot make this, yet have questions, feel free to contact our 7th grade school counselor, Mr. Moriarty, or Mr. Boggs/Mrs. Sarraino

January 31: 1:00: Early Release PLC


Theme Days

As a part of PBIS, we celebrate and do fun "things" with our kids. Every Friday, we have a school theme day. We will share these days with our students during announcements, but you can also find them in this section of the newsletter. Please encourage your child to participate. We can still have fun while learning. Go Stingers!

January 19: Layers Day- how many layers can you wear?

January 26: Anything but a backpack day- be reasonable

Outstanding STAR Students

There are students out there who continue to do the right thing, don't always get recognized for their efforts, or just might need a little pick me up. We invite you to write up a nomination. Please revolve your answer around Safety, Trustworthy, Accountable, Respectful. Student names will be read on announcements OR they will get a special visit in one of their classrooms. When completing, you can remain anonymous if you so choose.

Stinger Shining Staff

This is an opportunity (and part of our PBIS system) for you to share your words of appreciation to any staff member on our campus- and it is FREE. The form below will take less than a minute to complete. We appreciate you in advance for letting our staff know the great joy and success that they bring to our campus, students, and community!

Tuesday was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Thank you to our very own Officer Brooks!

Stingers of the Month


Office Hours are by appointment only. Every teacher will have a google form that students will complete prior to attending their office hours. This ensures safety and also allows for our teachers to appropriately prepare for the many needs that our students have when they come to get additional support in office hours.

Honors 8th grade science students are simulating radioactive decay, connecting what they learned in chemistry last semester as well as what they learned about probability in their math classes! They determine how the half-life of unstable elements helps to inform us of the age of fossils and other ancient geologic formations.


  • February 26-March 8: Mimic #3 (ELA/Math)
  • March 18-April 12: AzSci State Assessment
  • April: AASA State Assessment (schedule will be forthcoming)


7th grade parents- We will host a scheduling assembly for our 7th graders on January 23rd during 5th period. Students will bring home their registration sheet that evening. Please review this with your child, select classes for 8th grade, sign and return to your child's Science teacher. Our counseling team will assist students with signing up for their 2024-2025 classes the week of January 30-February 2nd. As a reminder, we staff based on requests, thus, we do not change schedules once they are made. PLEASE take time to talk through your child's wishes, needs, etc. prior to finalizing the course registration sheet. These are due back to the Science teachers no later than January 29th. If you have any questions or need anything, we will hold a one hour Q&A in our library on Friday, January 26th at 8:00.

8th grade parents- Be sure to attend the Falcon parent night on January 17th for more information regarding scheduling and other important information.


Welcome back students. The counseling department will continue to support all of our students on campus, and we hope to continue the strong work we began first semester. As last semester progressed, we noticed more and more students accessing our unique and supportive services. We hope to continue this trend, and believe we can actively assist students who are struggling academically, or those who are looking to build upon the skills they have developed. We are here for everyone.

This month in counseling and social work, the team is preparing for the 6th grade elementary schools to come visit the middle school. This is an exciting time for our up and coming 7th graders! They will get to tour the school, meet some current students and visit classrooms. This is also our registration time. 7th graders will be receiving their registration forms on January 23 and the high school counselors will be visiting the 8th graders on March 4 to give a presentation and then again on the March 7th to register them for classes. Below is some more important information from our Mental Health Team.


At STMS, we are committed to fostering an environment that goes beyond academics, recognizing the value of nurturing the whole child. We were able to use tax credit money (thank you) and secure two different presentations for our students that we feel will add great value to the every student on our campus. Assemblies serve as a key platform for achieving this goal. Here is why they matter:

  1. Community Building: Assemblies bring our middle school community together, creating a sense of unity and belonging. They provide opportunities for students to connect with peers, teachers, and staff, fostering a supportive and inclusive atmosphere.
  2. Character Development: Beyond textbooks and exams, your child's character is shaped by their experiences. Assemblies often feature discussions and presentations that promote values such as empathy, respect, and resilience. These moments contribute to the development of well-rounded individuals.
  3. Inspiration and Motivation: Guest speakers, performances, and presentations during assemblies expose students to diverse perspectives and ideas. These experiences can inspire and motivate our students to explore new interests, set ambitious goals, and develop a lifelong love of learning.
  4. Social and Emotional Learning: Middle school is a crucial time for social and emotional development. Assemblies will often touch on topics related to mental health, effective communication, and positive relationships. These discussions equip students with essential skills to navigate the challenges of being an adolescent.

February 5th: Student assembly, "Technology Talks" with Dr. Lisa Strohman during school hours regarding the impact technology has on our students daily lives. We will host a parent presentation at 6:30 that evening in our gymnasium. Please plan on attending this presentation as you will find it to be great value to you! Dr. Strohman is a Cave Creek community member who has a wealth of knowledge on educating and training kids, schools and parents to become responsible digital citizens. Check out her website here:

February 12th: "Your Story Matters"- We are excited to welcome Cory Greenwood to STMS on February 12th. "Cory teaches students resilience and tools to overcome challenges and pursue their dreams, while creating a positive school culture." Cory will be presenting to our 7th and 8th grade students in two, separate sessions. We encourage you to review his website for detailed information about his program's message and review student/parent feedback on their experience. If you do not want your child to attend this session, please contact his/her school counselor directly. Students will be provided an alternate activity during their scheduled presentation time.

If you prefer to have your child opt out of the Cory Greenwood assembly due to the content, please email our school social worker, Daniel Slager, with that request.


We are so lucky to have these two on campus who organize these fabulous events for our kids. Mr. Francis and Ms. Arnold lead our Student Council and they organized a terrific Culture Festival. Bravo.


Yearbook Information

Are you interested in submitting photos to our yearbook? Please click on the link below!

Are you ready to purchase your child's yearbook? Please click on the link below!


Thank you to our PTO and our amazing STMS families for the Amazon gift cards that teachers received today as a welcome back gift and an opportunity to buy something special for their classrooms. You are always so thoughtful!!!


  • Sarah Fairfield, President
  • Bethany Flower & Annie Schwartz, Vice Presidents
  • Mollie Sutherland, Secretary
  • Virginia Sierra, Treasurer
  • Kelly Clary & Jessica Cammarata, FunShine Chairs
  • Ashley Renie & Kelly Groth, Snack Shack Chairs
  • Kelly Harkins, Web & Technology
  • Jessica Spencer, Social Media Chair and Site Council

Future Stinger Night

Please share the below information to any 6th grade parents that you may know! We cannot believe we are already talking about the 2024-2025 school year!



There are just so many wonderful things happening each and everyday on our campus. To ensure you don't miss out on anything, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for daily updates.

Around CCUSD


CCUEF is going to have a Rally the District with the Suns, March 7th, 2024. They only have until Jan 31st to sell tickets. CCUEF will also be the Community Partner for the Night! They will be showing a short video from Grant the District on the Overhead Screens. They have 350 seats set aside in 6 different price ranges. 30 CCUSD students (16 yrs and younger) will get to be on the court during the National Anthem with the teams. CCUEF will randomly pick students who have tickets. Plus, we get early entrance to watch warm-ups sitting in the lower level.

$5 per ticket will go to CCUEF and any donations received will as well. CCUEF will have a table on the lower level concourse. This will help CCUEF fund grants for 2024.


Superintendent Bill Dolezal



November 5, 2024