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Santa Maria Middle School
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SMMS News

We appreciate our involved parents and community members. We also enjoy broadcasting our latest news and information here on our News page, where we will chronicle school activities and student achievements and publish announcements. We’ll also offer helpful resources and information, so check back often; we’ll update it regularly.

Parent Bulletin

Be sure to check out our parent bulletin! Our bulletin contains everything you need to know about what's going on at Santa Maria Middle School.

Important Health Information

We would like to share some important information with you about various illnesses that are prevalent this time of year. Please continue reading to learn about the similarities and distinct differences between COVID-19, the common cold, and the flu.

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new strain of coronavirus, not previously seen in humans, that is spreading quickly worldwide. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include a fever and/or chills, a dry cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tiredness, aches and pains, headaches, and a sore throat. Upper respiratory symptoms, like a runny nose and sinus congestion, tend to be uncommon in COVID-19. For more information about COVID-19, please see the CDC's coronavirus website.

Cold symptoms are generally mild compared to more aggressive viruses like the flu. A cold can cause a runny or stuffy nose, a mild cough, fatigue, sneezing, watery eyes, a sore throat, headaches, aches, and pains. Most over-the-counter medications have, at best, moderate effects on cold symptoms. A typical cold will last on average seven to ten days. Many of the symptoms are not caused by the infection itself, but rather our bodies' immune system trying to get rid of it.

Seasonal influenza, or the flu, is still active and generally comes on fast and furious. It’s a common respiratory infection caused by a virus that affects your nose, throat, and lungs and can last from five to seven days. Symptoms of the flu typically include a fever and/or chills, a dry cough, fatigue, aches and pains, a runny or stuffy nose, a sore throat, and diarrhea. Unlike colds or coronavirus, vaccination is a good way to prevent the flu. If you received a flu shot and still get the flu, your symptoms are generally milder than if you didn’t receive the flu shot.

From the Principal's Desk

As an immigrant to the United States of America, I knew that I was coming to one of the greatest countries in the world. I also knew there were challenges to justice and equality in this country. When I became an educator, I knew how important and influential my job was. I wanted my students to feel free of judgment because of their race, religion, and background. I wanted to build my students' character so they could be strong and, hopefully, do the same for others when they grew up. As we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I relate his rhetoric of justice and equality for all to my own experiences and goals as an educator. In spite of all the difficulties we are working to improve as a nation, his words and example remind us that we are able to still strive for a future where our children can achieve the American dream. We all play an important role in making sure our children build a strong character and have hope for the future. By continuing to practice and teach Dr. King’s beliefs, we give children a powerful and uplifting tool with which to build that strength. Even in the challenges we still are facing to ensure equality for all, there is hope they will use this tool to build a brighter future.

Stay Safe,

Mrs. Castillo
Principal