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Week 11 - 11/8/2019

Making Figurative Language Comics in ELA 6!

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Week 11 - Second Quarter Begins!

Second quarter is in full swing here at MPMS! Many students started new elective classes this week, and first quarter grades are now finalized and locked into PowerSchool. (Click below to check the first quarter report card for your student.)


Wednesday, November 13 is our first quarter honor roll assembly. Honor roll is awarded for all students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher. (This means more A's than B's on their report card.) If your child earned this recognition, they received an invite letter in homeroom today.


7th Grade will also be going on a field trip on Wednesday, going to see a play called Reach Out at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Students will return to MPMS in time for lunch - it will be a great experience!


Reminder: No School on Monday for Veterans Day - thank you to all veterans for your service.


Have a great weekend!

Q1 Honor Roll Assembly is Wednesday!

Wednesday, November 13 is our first quarter honor roll assembly. Starting at 7:45, this ceremony honors all students who earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher. In order to calculate GPA, the all grades should be turned into a numeric value:


A=4.0

B=3.0

C=2.0

D=1.0

F=0.0


After converting grades, add them up and divide by 5 to see the GPA for first quarter. A good rule of thumb is if your child earned more A's than B's (with no grades below a C) then they would be on honor roll!


There are two types of honor roll based on GPA:

Principal's Honor Roll: 3.5-3.99

Superintendent's Honor Roll: 4.0


Congratulations to our awardees - and I hope to have even more honor roll recipients in second quarter!

8th Grade Students Only - Do You Want to Take the PSAT?

Manassas Park High School will be offering the PSAT for 8th and 9th grade students on November 16. While completely optional, if you would like your 8th grader to test, please sign up!


The test fee is $12.00 and parents must email Ms. Watson at the high school (cindy.watson@mpark.net) in order to register before November 13.


For more information, parents can check the high school web page and read the pop-up information along with parent letter.

Important Dates and Events Coming Up!


November 11: Veterans Day - No School!


November 13: 7th Grade Field Trip to Hylton Performing Arts Center


November 16: PSAT @ MPHS for registered 8th grade students ONLY


November 18: School Board Meeting @ 7 pm


November 22: Fall Photo Retakes


November 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School!


****Note: All MPMS Athletic Events require the purchase of a ticket at the door.****

****$3 for adults, $1 for students****

Meet a New Teacher @ MP Middle School!

Welcome Mr. Milosek!


Mr. Milosek is our new 6th Grade Social Studies teacher, coming to Manassas Park from his hometown in Souderton, Pennsylvania! He can be found in room 1172 and planning in the 6th Grade pod during the school day!


Quick Facts about Mr. Milosek:

-Attended Millersville University!

-Majored in Social Studies and Special Education!

-Likes to watch movies and TV shows, watch the eagles and flyers, play video games!

-Enjoys listening to music music, history, and ice hockey (both playing and watching!)

-Loves teaching and making a positive impact!


When you see him in the building, at a school sporting event, or in the community, please welcome Mr. Milosek to Manassas Park!

Operation Turkey Class Competition!!

SGA is supporting Operation Turkey by collecting non-perishable foods to provide families around Prince William County with Thanksgiving dinner. It is a grade-level competition and the class that wins gets a pajama day and cookie decorating activity!"

Here's a list of the items that can be donated:

  • stuffing
  • gravy
  • cranberry sauce
  • cornbread mix
  • muffin mix
  • Bisquick mix
  • applesauce
  • rice
  • dry/canned beans
  • soup
  • pasta and sauces
  • coffee/tea/cocoa
  • boxed desserts
  • jello/pudding
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • sugar
  • flour
  • canned pumpkin
  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables

Check out this week's Teacher Twitter Posts!

Are You Curious about the MPCS Capital Improvement Process? Learn More on With the CIP Document!

The MPCS Proposed FY20-24 CIP document is available on the MPCS website at:

https://manassaspark.finalsite.com/uploaded/DistrictDocs/Finance/FY20-24_Proposed_CIP.pdf


The plan will be the focus of discussion at the School Board work session on November 4 at 6:59pm.


A public hearing on this proposal will be held during the regular School Board meeting on November 18 at 6:59pm. All are welcome to attend both meetings and to make comment at the hearing.

2019-20 MPMS SOL Test Schedule!

Save the date(s)!


SOL tests are critical days for the assessment of students and the school.


Please make sure that you do not schedule any trips that would pull your student out of school on or immediately before the following SOL testing dates.


Semester 1 Grade 8 Civics and Science 8 SOL: January 15, 2020


Grade 8 Writing SOL - Multiple Choice Section: March 17, 2020


Grade 8 Writing SOL - Short Paper Section: March 19, 2020


Read Aloud Testing (only for those with this accommodation, all grade levels): Week of May 11-15, 2020


Math 6 and Geometry SOL: May 19, 2020


Reading SOL for All Grades (6-8): May 21, 2020


All 8th Grade Math SOLs (except Geometry): May 27, 2020


All 7th Grade Math SOLs: May 28, 2020


Semester 2 Grade 8 Civics and Science 8 SOL: May 29, 2020

Reminder for Walkers/Bike Riders In the Morning!

Crossing Guards are an integral part of the team that gets your children to school safely each day. Please note that crossing guards are at their posts beginning at 6:30 am each school morning. As the mornings are dark and many motorists utilize the Bloom Quarry intersection, please help ensure your children are not crossing intersections before crossing guards are in place. Crossing Guards are prohibited from directing traffic, but their presence will assist in safe road crossing for all pedestrians.

Help the Middle School - Here are the Many Different Fundraisers That Are Always Running!


Box Tops: Please continue to snip and send your box tops to school with your students! Or, you can now scan in your box tops using their app - Click here to see more: https://www.today.com/parents/there-s-whole-new-way-collect-box-tops-education-t159507


Shoparoo

Shoparoo is an app that allows you to take a picture of your receipts (from any store )and upload them. When you reach $50, they will mail a check to the school. It doesn’t cost anything and it is an easy way for us to raise some money for our school! Just make sure you choose Manassas Park MS when you set up your account to start earning!


Harris Teeter Together in Education Program

Harris Teeter’s Together In Education program gives schools a chance to earn funds when you link your VIC card and shop Harris Teeter brands. Harris Teeter has donated over $28.7 million to Together In Education schools since 1998! When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the school that your VIC card is linked to. There are NO LIMITS to how much a school can earn. All you need to do is go to https://www.harristeeter.com/together-in-education and click the “Link Your School Today” button. Either log in to your “My Harris Teeter” account or create one using a valid email address and make sure your VIC Card is connected to your online account. Once you are logged in, use code 6643 to add Manassas Park MS to your account so you can start earning for your school!


Shutterfly

Shutterfly is an online photo printing service. You can print photos, canvases, holiday cards and more! If you use the link: https://www.mpms.ShutterflyStorefront.com Shutterfly will donate 8% of your purchase to the school. Be sure to follow our specific MPMS link and purchase using a web browser, not the Shutterfly phone app.


Staples Classroom Rewards


Staples Classroom Rewards program helps parents give 5% of their Back to School purchases directly to their child’s teacher. Teachers will enroll in the program and parents can easily visit the site, select their child’s teacher and enter in their receipt number and purchase amount. This will be automatically added to the teacher’s classroom account. Sales can be donated until 9/15/19 so be sure to get your receipts entered for your students classroom account!

Can't Come to a School Board Meeting? Watch from Home!

All School Board Meetings and Work Sessions will now be taped and available for viewing the day after the meetings take place. To view, visit the Manassas Park School Board Channel on YouTube. Type “Manassas Park School Board” into the YouTube search engine or visit the channel by clicking the button below!

Connect with us on Twitter!

Weekly newsletters are great, but if you would like daily updates and pictures of the great things happening at Manassas Park Middle School, follow @MpMiddle on Twitter!


If you want to see what Mr. Sieloff is reading regarding educationally focused articles and more MPMS, MPHS, and MPCS likes and retweets, follow him @MattSieloff


If you want to be the first to know about any school delays or cancellations, follow our Superintendent @MPCSmcdade


There are also a number of teachers who are showing off what's going on in class on Twitter. If you like their tweets above, follow them!


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