SMMS Programs

Santa Maria Middle offers a variety of programs to both support and encourage success for all students.

After school tutoring is offered to students that have been identified and assigned to the tutoring session after school. They get help with homework, read and have logs signed and complete assignments as needed. The after school tutoring group is held a few times a year, meets three days a week and comes home on the 5pm bus.

The Responsible Thinking Process (RTC) is our approach to student discipline here at Santa Maria Middle School. This approach is designed to help students assume responsibility for their actions. It focuses student’s thoughts on why their behavior may be inappropriate and through a series of questions, asked by the teacher, provides support for students to use appropriate behavior and remain in class.

Wake-Up is a program sponsored by the Phoenix Police Department, which meets once a week after school and one Saturday a month. This program is one of community service. Students visit an "assisted living" care facility, St. Mary’s Food Bank, in addition they will receive mini classes on helping others, anti-gang, and community related classes.  

Santa Maria Middle's chapter of Honor Society is dedicated to service both in and out of school. We work to improve our community and learn leadership skills through service projects such as Box Tops for Education fundraising, Fowler Christmas Angels, campus cleanup, and serving the needs of other clubs and groups on campus. Students in Honor Society are chosen based on academic excellence, personal integrity and willingness to serve others.

Santa Maria Middle School is also part of The Valley Junior High Athletic Conference, a nonprofit organization that includes twenty-four middle schools in the valley. The middle school student needs to maintain academic eligibility to remain on the school athletic team. Athletes need to maintain passing grades in all academic or special area classes.  Grades that fall below the requirements will be considered ineligible until the next grade check. Sports offered throughout the year include: Boy’s Flag Football,  Boy's & Girl's Soccer, Boy's & Girl's Basketball, Girl's Volleyball, Track & Field, Softball/ Baseball, and Cheer leading.

STEM Club(Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)meetings take place on Mondays from 4:00–5:00 PM in room 611.During the year STEM Club members will be engaged in science based learning experiences which include but are not limited to coding, online games, robotics, engineering design, challenges and scientific experimentation. Student members will participate in two field trips to Arizona State University during the year. In order to join STEM Club, students must complete an application obtained from Ms. Neilssen in room 611 during the school day.Participation is limited to 30 students per quarter. Students who are committed to more than one quarter are given preference. 

Santa Maria Middle school is a supporter of Unified Special Olympics. Students with disabilities compete or play an instrument alongside their peers at different events throughout the school year. For example, we have a Unified Special Olympics’Ukulele band that performs at the Christmas and end of year band concerts. Along with the Ukulele band, our school sponsors Unified Athletics. The students compete in a bowling tournament in the Fall and attend a Super Special Olympics event in the Spring. 

SMMS proudly participates in the “R” word campaign on the 1st Wednesday in March.  The campaign signifies our school’s pledge to not use the “R” word here at SMMS, but to instead use words that empower and respect all members of our school community. We are very proud here at SMMS to call our campus a truly inclusive place for all to feel welcome.