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Fellow Bobcats and Parents/Guardians:

District and School Website

The Saco School Department website is a useful tool to learn more about both the district and SMS.  Information on both the district site as well as the middle school site will be added throughout the remainder of the summer and into the school year.  To access the middle school site, you can look under the heading of “schools.”  I have also included the link here:

The district and school sites provide a great deal of relevant information and will be one manner in which the Saco Middle School administration and staff communicate with our families.  If you have any questions about the site or are looking for specific information, please contact anyone in the main office or a school administrator.

Start Times/Daily Schedule

Saco Middle School begins at 9:00 with students in their advisory room.  The homeroom period begins at 8:30 and the regular academic day a few minutes later.  The day concludes at 2:30.  When students arrive, they will be asked to go to one of two locations:

  • Cafeteria for breakfast and to sit with friends, or

  • Library for a quiet space to read and/or complete assignments prior to the start of the day.

At 8:15, all students will be released to their team areas.  From there they will be released to homerooms (their advisory location) for announcements and attendance and then to their first class.

Reminder: Each Wednesday is an early release.  Students will be dismissed at 2:00 PM, so SMS staff can participate in scheduled professional development activities.

Student Handbook

The purpose of our handbook is to inform parents and students of the various programs at and general expectations and processes of Saco Middle School.  The handbook is a comprehensive document that every student and parent/guardian should read in order to obtain an understanding of our academic and behavioral expectations.  Although all of the information contained in the document is important, I would suggest that everyone carefully reads the following sections as some of the expectations and processes are different from what students and parents have experienced in the past:

  • Section I: Introduction

  • Section IV: Attendance

  • Section VI: Grade Calculations and Habits of Work

  • Section VIII: Conduct and Discipline

You can access the handbook on the middle school website under the Parents/Students Tab.  The Table of Contents provides the headings and subheadings for each section of the document with an embedded link for easier access to the information.  If you have any questions or want clarity around a school procedure, please contact the main office or a school administrator.


Student Support

Along with building an overall positive climate in our building, we are also committed to focusing on individual student well-being. SMS will be launching an advisory program this year. Advisory provides each student with a one-to-one relationship with an adult at Saco Middle School, as well as a consistent and ongoing small-scale peer community. Your student's advisor is also your primary contact person at SMS for academic and social/emotional concerns. We will provide more information on the program at the open house.

We also have a student support team that includes schools counselors and social workers to best support students. Please see contact information below.

Janice Johnston - 6th grade
Rachel Hasty - 7th grade
Jason Bradeen - 8th grade


Ken Hawkins, Principal & Thomas Partridge, Assistant Principal


Mr. Kenneth Hawkins
40 Buxton Road
Saco, Maine 04072

Assistant Principal

Mr. Thomas Partridge
Assistant Principal
40 Buxton Road
Saco, Maine 04072

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