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Klinger Middle School Winter 2020 Newsletter

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Principal News

Greetings from Klinger! It is hard to believe that we are already in the third marking period. I hope you enjoyed a nice winter break and are staying healthy throughout this season. It's been a great start to 2020 with our recent MLK Day of Service and over $1,400.00 raised for Pennies for Patients!. Our winter concerts were superb; our orchestra, band, and choral students delighted the audience with beautiful programs in our auditorium. Our girls' basketball team improved significantly throughout the season. Our wrestling team, which we are proud to have brought back to Klinger this year, showed great sportsmanship and represented Klinger well. Our boys' basketball team has started their season and is looking good.

It is truly a pleasure to work with your children every day. What goes on in our classrooms is top-notch education. The team at Klinger is like none other. Our teachers and support staff work together to provide an outstanding education for all. The high level of academic rigor is balanced out with supports for the social/emotional aspects of middle school. This approach can be seen in our results, both academically, and with our kindness quotient. Klinger is a wonderful school, and we are proud of the entire Klinger family.

Thank you for all of your support this year. If you have not done so yet, I encourage you to join our Home and School Association. The work they are doing to support our students and teachers is extraordinary. New members are always welcome and the meetings are open to all parents and guardians.

I hope to see you at our musical (February 21st and 22nd) 101 Dalmatians, Jr. I've had the luck of seeing our students rehearse and they are absolutely wonderful. Don't hesitate to get your tickets as these shows are likely to sell out.

Thanks again for reading and I look forward to seeing you at Klinger soon


Martin Hayes

Principal, Klinger Middle School


A Complete Guide to Potentially Dangerous Apps All Parents Should Be Aware Of

Since Social Media is constantly evolving, the guidance department felt it important to share some of the Potentially Dangerous Apps that may be on your child’s phone. As a parent or guardian, it is important that you monitor your child’s use of social media to protect them from harm. If you have any concerns, you are always welcome to contact your child’s counselor. Although the following list is not exhaustive of all the Apps that could be potentially dangerous, it is a fairly comprehensive listing. You may access the complete article at the link at the bottom of this article.

An Almost Complete Guide to Potentially Dangerous Apps All Parents Should Be Aware Of

Charise Rohm Nulsen Updated: November 14, 2019

We've compiled the ultimate list of the sites and apps tweens and teens are flocking to in 2019. Plus, we have useful tips for protecting your child from cyberbullying and other online safety hazards.

Pop quiz: What is Voxer? If you're scratching your head, it's time to read up on the trendy new social media apps kids are using. Friending your child on Facebook is now just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online safety. Click through to see some of the sites and apps tweens and teens are flocking to these days, and get useful tips for protecting your child from cyberbullying and other online safety hazards. Have you heard about a new app causing safety concerns?


Purpose: TikTok is an app for creating and sharing short videos. Users can create short music videos of 3 to 15 seconds and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds. It encourages users to express themselves creatively through video. Special effects can be added to the videos.

Why Parents Should Be Worried: Thirteen is the minimum age, but there isn’t a real way to validate age so anyone can download the app. Also, parents express concern that there is a lot of inappropriate language in the videos so it’s not appropriate for young children. Lastly, by default, all accounts are set to public so strangers can contact your children.


Purpose: YouTube is a place to house and share your videos. You can control privacy settings. It’s also a great resource for educational videos and entertainment.

Why Parents Should Worry: Inappropriate content has been sliced into both all-ages content and children’s content. Also, comments on videos can be extremely inappropriate and hurtful.


Purpose: This is an anonymous messenger app. It calls itself “the most honest place on the internet.” This app is extremely popular in middle schools and high schools and it allows kids to ask and answer questions anonymously.

Why Parents Should Worry: It is a regular occurrence to see cyber bullying, violent threats, and sexual content. It also offers unmonitored access to the internet.

Bigo Live

Purpose: Bigo is a live streaming app. It is rated for teens 17 and up. Users can vlog about their lives, live stream video game play, and host their own shows.

Why Parents Should Worry: There is no age verification and users have to provide personal info like their age and location. This is a place where bullying, nudity, violence, and profanity is common.


Purpose: This is a virtual world game like SIMS. Users interact with each other as avatars. IMVU stands for Instant Messaging Virtual Universe.

What Parents Should Worry: There is nudity and sexual encounters in areas that are for 18+, but there is sexual talk and behaviors in the regular area of IMVU as well. There is a Chat Now feature that randomly pairs users with other users and can lead to inappropriate pairings and interactions. All profiles are public.


Purpose: Houseparty is a video chatting app that's pretty open. Friends can communicate with each other through live video and texts in chat groups.

Why Parents Should Be Worried: There's no screening and the video is live, so there's nothing to keep kids from inappropriate content. Users can send links via chat and even take screenshots.


Purpose: Tinder's developers describe the app as "the fun way to connect with new and interesting people around you." But it's mainly used as a dating tool or an anonymous hook-up (read: one-night stand) locator by 20-somethings, college students, and even younger teens and tweens. (Yikes!)

Why Parents Should Worry: The app is rated ages 17+ but Tinder's privacy policy allows teens as young as 13 to register (the app connects with Facebook — which is also technically for ages 13+ — to pull in photos for users' Tinder profiles). Tinder helps people find others in their geographic location and allows users to view each others' photos and start instant messaging once both people have "liked" one another.


Purpose: This app allows users to interact in a question-and-answer format — with friends, peers, and anonymous users alike.

Why Parents Should Worry: The app is rated ages 13+ and is most popular in Europe but is catching on in the U.S. Some kids have used the app for hurtful cyberbullying that has been linked to suicide.

Kik Messenger

Purpose: Kik is a mobile app that people can use to text with friends at high speed and with more of a "face-to-face feel" than regular texting.

Why Parents Should Worry: The app is rated ages 17+, but there is no age verification so anyone can download it. Like some other instant messenger apps, Kik allows your teen to connect with others using just a username (rather than texting from her phone number). The app also has been connected with cyberbullying and sexting.


Purpose: This walkie-talkie PTT (push-to-talk) app allows users to quickly exchange short voice messages. They can have chats going on with multiple people at a time and just have to tap the play button to hear any messages they receive.

Why Parents Should Worry: Hurtful messages from cyberbullies can be even more biting when they're spoken and can be played repeatedly.


Purpose: Snapchat is an app that allows users to send photos and videos that disappear after they're received. It's rated ages 12+.

Why Parents Should Worry: Some kids are using the app to send racy pics or inappropriate comments because they believe the images can't be saved and circulated. But it turns out that Snapchat pics don't completely disappear from a device, and users can take a screenshot before an image vanishes in the app.


Purpose: Vsco is a photo creation app that gives users the tools to shoot, edit and post images to a profile, kind of like Instagram.

Why Parents Should Worry: You should know that you have to manually turn on privacy settings and limit location sharing.


Purpose: This 17+ app's motto is: "Share Secrets, Express Yourself, Meet New People." It has a similar feel to the now-defunct PostSecret app, which was discontinued shortly after its release because it filled up with abusive content.

Why Parents Should Worry: Whisper lets users set up anonymous accounts to make their messages or confessions overlap an image or graphic (similar to e-postcards), which other users can then "like," share, or comment on. While it allows for creative expression, it can also take overly personal content viral. The app also shows a user's location.


Purpose: Many children and young teens are also active on this 17+ photo-sharing app. It can also be used for sharing videos and chatting.

Why Parents Should Worry: Common Sense Media says Tumblr is "too raunchy for tykes" because users can easily access pornographic, violent, and inappropriate content. Common Sense also notes that users need to jump through hoops to set up privacy settings — and until then, all of a user's photo and content is public for all to see.


Purpose: This hugely popular photo-sharing site is owned by Facebook, so you may be more familiar with it than with other photo-sharing apps. Users can add cool filters or create collages of their photos and share them across Facebook and other social media platforms.

Why Parents Should Worry: The app is rated 13+ and may be slightly tamer than Tumblr, but users can still find mature or inappropriate content and comments throughout the app (there is a way to flag inappropriate content for review). A user can change the settings to block their location or certain followers, but many users are casual about their settings, connecting with people they don't know well or at all.


Purpose: Look is a free video messaging app. Users can send video (of course), test, emojis and gifs. They can also draw on and use filters on their videos.

Why Parents Should Worry: With Look, strangers can message kids pretty easily, and because there are no content filters, kids can come across inappropriate content. Users have reported cyberbullying activity and have found it difficult to delete their accounts.

Jailbreak Programs and Icon-Hiding Apps

Purpose: These aren't social media apps — and they're confusing — but you should still know about them (especially if you have a tech-savvy teen or have had to take away your child's mobile phone privileges because of abuse).

Why Parents Should Worry:"Jailbreaking" an iPhone or "rooting" an Android phone basically means hacking your own device to lift restrictions on allowable applications — meaning, the user can then download third-party apps not sold in the App Store or Google Play store. It's hard to say how many teens have jailbroken their mobile device, but instructions on how to do it are readily available on the Internet. Cydia is a popular application for jailbroken phones, and it's a gateway to other apps called Poof and SBSettings — which are icon-hiding apps. These apps are supposedly intended to help users clear the clutter from their screens, but some young people are using them to hide questionable apps and violent games from their parents.

Next Steps for Parents and Guardians

Sit down with your child and find out which apps he or she is using, how they work, and whether she has experienced any issues on them, such as cyberbullying or contact from strangers. Look into apps that help you monitor your child online. And keep these tips in mind:

  • You can set up age limits on your child's device.

  • Tell your child to let you know if someone is hurting her or making her feel uncomfortable online, even if the person is acting anonymously.

  • Make a rule that your child must ask for permission before downloading any apps — even free ones — just so you're aware of them. When your child wants to join a new social media platform, go through the security settings together to choose the ones you're most comfortable with. Advise your child not to share passwords with anyone, including best friends, boyfriends, or girlfriends.


Klinger Middle School Appears on Fox 29's The ClassH-room

It went down to the wire. The students battled the teachers and the teachers fought back in a neck and neck contest. To see who won, please watch the video below.
The ClassH-Room - Klinger Middle School

6th Grade Math

In 6th grade math, we are completing Chapter 5 in the CPM curriculum. We covered topics on writing expressions, using ratios, finding parts of parts, and we discovered how to find the area of polygons. We explored how multiply fractions and how to enlarge and reduce figures so they maintain their shape. We also completed our second round of MAP testing and completed our second Core Assessment of the year. Over the next few weeks, our students will be moving onto topics such as dividing fractions, evaluating algebraic expressions and combining like terms in expressions. This year our students have been working hard on IXL, an online math program, to supplement what they are learning in math in preparation for the PSSA at the end of April.

6th Grade English / Language Arts

In the sixth grade ELA classes, students read the classic short story, "The Ghost of the Lagoon" by Armstrong Perry, and completed many tasks related to the story. Students explored characterization techniques, themes and word choice. They continue to choose current nonfiction articles via our Newsela Pro subscription to use to sharpen their vocabulary and non-fiction reading skills.

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS ) News

There are many exciting things that happened this year in FCS. Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS ) is an exploratory class that includes problem-solving, hands-on activities, technology, and cooperative learning techniques. This marking period we are focusing on food and nutrition. 7th grade is learning about “My Plate” and has been making simple meals that they can make at home. We have made Fried Rice, Ice Cream in a bag, Twice Baked Potatoes and lots of holiday cookies. 8th grade has been doing so much cooking, we made pizzas, holiday cookies, mini pies, and a giant breakfast buffet. We love baking for Klinger Kafe which keeps us cooking all year long. Our greenhouse is blooming. We are growing a variety of herbs, and vegetables. This week we are learning about the 6 essential nutrients and how important they are for our body. Our next cooking lab is soup and then we will be moving onto sewing. FCS has been such fun and exciting this year.

Donations are not mandatory, but appreciated:

Potting soil, Plants Seeds, Parchment Paper, Aluminum Foil, Saran Wrap, Ziplock Bags Kitchen Appliances, Sewing Needles, Fabric Tissues and Thread

Thank you

Mrs. Seder

Family Consumer Science Pictures

Klinger Science News

The 6th-grade science classes have just wrapped up the Rock Transformation unit and are beginning to explore and investigate the Earth, Moon and Sun system. We will also continue exploring characteristics of density in several labs. In 7th grade Honors Science, students are conducting different experiments to explore physical and chemical changes. Currently, in Mr. Dooley's class, we are exploring Thermal Energy and Molecular motion. Mrs. Wilson's 7th-grade classes were recently introduced to their role as student chemists. Their job is to investigate a mysterious reddish-brown substance coming out of the water pipes in Westfield, a rural neighborhood that gets its water from a well.

In 8th grade Science, we wrapped up our Traits and Reproduction genetic spider studies with an argument about an inherited human protein ACTN3 which has been shown to help muscles contract faster, thereby leading to better sprinting times. We have recently started our new unit, Populations and Resources, and we are investigating what caused the population of moon jellies to rapidly increase in an Arctic ecosystem.

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Refugee Board Meeting Jan 2020