Normangee MS Family Newsletter
November 30, 2022
From Mr. Wingfield
I hope everyone had a restful break and it was great to see all of our students come back safely. On Monday they were still in sleep mode, which made the campus very quiet. I am happy to report that by Wednesday they are back into MS student mode again. They rebound quickly. We have a quick 3 weeks and then we are off again for Christmas break. Unbelievable how this semester has flown by.
A quick reminder that if you plan to travel over Christmas break, please do not make plans during scheduled school days. We are funded based on daily attendance and we lose that funding when students are not here in school. This is also a short 6 weeks and teachers are working to make sure they go over as much information as possible and it is important that our students are here to receive it.
This semester we have had some concerns with damaged or missing chromebooks as well as some non-school related use. At the MS we are in the process of transitioning to classroom sets of chromebooks. This will alleviate a lot of concerns since they will never leave the classroom and will be managed by the classroom teacher. We understand there may still be a need for some students to have computers at home so if that is the case they will be able to check them out in the main office on a daily basis, and they must be returned the next day. We have also installed a new network monitoring system that allows us to make sure chromebooks are being used appropriately. This new program will help us by blocking even more potentially dangerous sites as well as making sure students are safe and having appropriate conversations through approved channels. Please help us by reminding your students that the chromebooks need to be used only in a manner that is educational and within the technology use guidelines.
Basketball season is underway and we love that you and your students come and support our athletes. Please use only supportive dialogue with players, coaches, and referees. We would also appreciate you and our students sitting on the appropriate side, home when we are at home and visitor side when we play at another site. Thanks for your cooperation.
As we wrap up the three week grading period it is important that students get all of their work in promptly. This period will determine eligibility for anyone that may have failed last 6 weeks.
Starting tomorrow we will be celebrating 12 days of Christmas with our teachers. We would love for the students to participate. Please see the document below in order for students to know how to dress each day. Please make sure all attire is still in dress code.
Please check below for new information for REMIND for MS Teachers. Along with parent portal, REMIND can be used to get information on assignments in your students classes. I am receiving these from teachers little by little so all teachers may not be listed below.
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12 Days of Christmas Dress up Days
MS Basketball @ Burton, December 5 (Venue Change)
7th Girls 4:30
8th Girls 5:30
7th Boys 6:30
8th Boys 7:30
MS Basketball @ Somerville, December 12
8th Girls 5:30
7th Boys 6:30
8th Boys 7:30
Band Christmas Concert, December 15 @ 6:30 in the auditorium. This will follow the Elementary School Christmas Program
December 15-Early Release Day
December 16-Early Release Day
Christmas Break December 19-January 2
MS Basketball at home vs Mumford, January 5
7th Boys 4:30
8th Boys 5:30
8th Girls 7:00
Computer Use Reminders
Thanks for your help
A Message from Officer Mordecai and Administration
From Mrs. Martin
The Capturing Kids Heart focus for December will be Responsibility
What is Responsibility?
Responsibility is the willingness and ability to take ownership of our thoughts, words, and actions. We have a responsibility to our school, family, and community to be accountable for our choices and how they impact ourselves and others.
Why focus on Responsibility?
- Responsibility teaches resilience. It is not possible to persevere and achieve our dreams without taking personal responsibility seriously.
- Responsibility empowers us to own our actions. There is great power in being able to make conscious, calculated choices to reach goals and manage those things in our control.
- Responsibility teaches us to manage our time and resources. Responsibly organizing and prioritizing needs is an executive function of the brain that improves with practice.
Responsibility in Action:
- Give students roles and responsibilities. When students have a leadership role in class, they are accountable for contributing positively to the classroom culture.
- Empower students with self-management tools. Provide students with tools to help manage stress and impulsivity while motivating them to meet goals.
- Clearly communicate consequences. Empower students to make choices and experience the consequences of their actions, both positive and negative.
From the Bus Barn
Please remind your students about continuing to show proper behavior on the buses. We want the bus ride home to reflect the same level of respect we expect in the school building. Disruptive behavior can distract our bus drivers and we want to make sure everyone behaves appropriately and everyone gets home safely.
Thanks for your support