MERMS Weekly Newsletter: 1.19.16
January 19, 2016
Tuesday, January 19: Day 5
Green Card Prizes
In the past, students have earned milkshakes from Richdales, ice cream from Captain Dusty's, Dunkin' Donuts giftcards, Surfari gift cards, and iTunes gift certificates. We are looking for donations in the form of prizes or gift cards in small values ($5, $10 or $15) as prizes for our monthly drawing.
If you are able to make a green card prize donation, please drop it off with Mrs. Hunt in the main office, labeled with "Green Card Prizes." Thank you for your consideration!
Patriots Spirit Day: This Friday, January 22!
MERMS Winter Concert: This Thursday @ 7pm
Grade 6 Science Star Lab: Thank you PMEMS!
What a fabulous opportunity this was for our students! A big thank you to our PTO!
You can learn more about the Star Lab by going here: http://www.mos.org/traveling-programs/starlab-portable-planetarium-6-8
Grade 6 Literacy/Info Skills Switch This Week
A Block: Go to Info Skills with Mrs. Krause in the Library
B Block: Go to Literacy with Mrs. Marra in A308
C Block: Go to Literacy with Ms. Gale in A117
F Block: G to Literacy with Ms. Gale in A216
G Block: Go to Info Skills with Mrs. Krause in the Library
DESE MERMS Report Card
Every year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides a summary report card of our progress as a school at MERMS. Please take a look at this report here:
If you have any questions, please let Mr. Guditus know.
Nominate a MERMS educator to be Massachusetts Teacher of the Year!
Each year the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year (TOY) program honors a Massachusetts teacher who exemplifies excellent teaching in the Commonwealth. Beyond celebrating the individual, the program looks at the complex work that is involved in educating all students through highlighting student achievement, commitment to the profession, innovations in education, and teacher leadership. It draws attention to issues of teacher quality and reiterates the importance of the teacher as the single most important school-based factor in improving student outcomes.
To nominate an educator, go to: http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators/recognition/toy/
High School Application: New Process
The first step in this process is to fill out the following online form:
MERMS High School Application Process - this is also available on our school website.
Once you fill this out (once per school application), please supply all application materials directly to Mr. O'Maley in the main office - this includes recommendation requests, transcript requests, self-addressed stamped envelopes, releases for information, required postage, and any other application specific information.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. O'Maley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please register: 8th Grade Trip to Washington, DC
The 8th Grade will visit Washington, DC as a class trip this May, 2016. Please register as soon as possible! Go directly to our Washington, DC Trip Page for more information:
http://www.merms.mersd.org/Pages/MERMS_Washington/index - this page includes information including:
- Parent/Guardian Info Presentation from October 21
- Individual Fundraising Ideas
- Financial Assistance Application
- Link to registration
If you have any questions about the trip, please contact the Trip Coordinator, Mr. Thomas, at email@example.com.
Clubs and Activities
- Student Council: Mondays with Mrs. Schaub and Mrs. Petrie (A319)
- Mountain Biking Club: Mondays with Mr. Ricci-Munn (Gym)
- Homework Club: Mondays with Mrs. Kavanagh (A304) and Tuesdays with Mrs. Plante (A309)
- Bradford Ski and Board Club: Mondays with Mr. Magers: SIGN UP HERE - associated fee
- Bug Club: Tuesdays with Dr. McGravey (A319): SIGN UP HERE - associated fee
- Card-Marking Club: Thursdays with Mrs. Vosseler (A308): SIGN UP HERE - associated fee
- Gay-Straight Alliance: Thursdays with Dr. McGravey (B139)
- Computer Coding Club: Fridays with Ms. Arthur (A117): SIGN UP HERE - associated fee
- Journalism: Fridays with Mrs. Plante and Mr. Stefanek (A309)
- STEM Club: Fridays with Mr. Pennoyer (A231)
Manchester-Essex Apparel Sale
Check out our Manchester-Essex School Spirit Store. A percentage of the cost is donated back to our PTO, Parents of Manchester-Essex Middle School (PMEMS). Items ship directly to your home with a flat $8 shipping rate. To order, you can go directly to:
MERMS Day Calendar
Pictures from MERMS This Week
Graphic novelist Gareth HInds visits sixth graders last week, organized by Mrs. Krause.
Students color code mitosis and meiosis diagrams in 8th grade science, as part of a study skill technique embedded into the class.
7th graders enthusiastically participate in band with Mr. Janack!
Middle School Council Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 2:45pm
36 Lincoln Street
Middle School Concert
Thursday, Jan. 21st, 7pm
36 Lincoln Street
Rising Freshmen High School Transition Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 28th, 7pm
36 Lincoln Street
On January 28th at 7pm, MERHS will hold a grade 8 transition event. "Curriculum, Content and Choices" is a program for both students and parents. It will provide an introduction to the high school's curricular offerings. The program will include a panel discussion by students. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask specific questions to Department Heads.