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Today: 5/24/18
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Welcome incoming 6th Grade Families!!

We are so excited to welcome another class of students to Sowers Middle School next year. Please click on the following PDF to learn about some upcoming events for all incoming 6th grade families. 


Here is the link for electives requests as well:



Go Vikings!
Mr. Ashby



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Welcome to Sowers Middle School

Isaac L. Sowers Middle School is proud to be a part of a school community that looks to actively support all our students, families, and staff through partnerships and continuous collaboration. The school is focused on creating learning experiences that allow students to discover, embrace, and enhance their abilities in a rigorous academic environment. These experiences are cultivated with passion, pride, and purpose to help students realize their full potential.

As your principal it is my goal to build on the rich history of the school by celebrating past and current successes, while also keeping a keen eye to the future. This is going to be an amazing school year as our students, staff, and school community are poised for greatness. Go Vikings!


John Ashby

Twitter: @john_ashby_
Twitter & Instagram: @SowersVikingsHB



Please see the attached PDF for the latest issue of the Viking Voice!


The World Fit Walk starts Monday, April 30th and runs for 6 weeks until Friday, June 8th. Students can login to the World Fit site and log their physical activity each day during the 6 weeks. Students with the most miles will be able to attend an award ceremony with an Olympian, receive a certificate, and possibly a medal. More information about World Fit is linked below.


Start logging in your physical activity on Monday, April 30th:



  • Login at: http://worldfitactivities.org/account

  • Username: lunch #

  • Password: first and last initial plus “wfw18”

Example: John Smith = jswfw18


Log your activity from home every night!



World Fit Objectives

  1. Promote physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle to children in schools.

  2. Provide students with Olympian and Paralympian mentors.

  3. Encourage students to walk, socialize and engage in healthy competition.


Good Afternoon Viking Students and Families!

I hope that you all had a great week off and are well rested and ready for a great last few months of the school year. I'm sending this out tonight to bring clarity to some important upcoming events towards the end of the 2017-18 school year: Distinguished Honor Roll recognition and 8th Grade Promotion.

I made the decision to change the manner in which students who earn the Distinguished Honor Roll are recognized at the beginning of the year for a few reasons: I had numerous conversations with students with great grades (3.6+) that were told they weren’t “good enough” to attend the trip; the trip to Knott’s was during the instructional school day but did not provide any education value for students; while some students were legitimately sick, we received myriad parent phone calls for students that happened to be “sick” on the day of the event (in fact more than 10% of our population was out that day. I have worked alongside our student leaders in ASB to gather feedback from all students about what they wanted to celebrate their accomplishments within the parameters of honoring the school’s instructional minutes while also keeping the celebration on campus. Their collaborative, and creative, solution recognizes the academic achievement of our Distinguished Honor Roll recipient for their efforts in the classroom during the 2017-18 school year. Please click the following link for a great video that was produced, directed, and edited by our ASB student leaders (https://youtu.be/ELWSCkJN-sY). The Distinguished Honor Roll event will be held on May 31st from 1:30-3:00pm on the Sowers MS campus. We hope it’s lots of fun for all those in attendance!

Also, I firmly believe that the transitions our students make from 5th - 6th grade and 8th - 9th grade are very important milestones for students that must be supported and celebrated. However, the culminating K-12 academic celebration for our students will not occur until they graduate from high school in a few years. That being said, I have come to appreciate the desire of families to be able to attend end of year celebrations/traditions at both elementary and middle school. As such, this year Sowers will be piloting a later start date by 30 minutes to allow families to take part in these events. Start time for promotion on June 22nd will be 2:30pm.

That's all for now. Have a great rest of the week and… Go Vikings!

John Ashby, Ed.D.


Please see the attached state testing schedule for this year. The testing window is from April 9 - June 1st. The CAASPP will be delivered to all students in their CORE class, while the CAST is a science specific test that will be given to only 8th graders in their science class.