MERMS Weekly Newsletter: 1.19.16

January 19, 2016

Tuesday, January 19: Day 5

Green Card Prizes

Did you know? We have a positive behavioral intervention program in our school, tied to our core values: perseverance, exploration, responsibility, community and kindness. Students who are "caught" doing the right thing and embodying our core values earn a green card from a staff member. At the end of the month, a student in sixth, seventh and eighth grade will each have their name pulled from the green cards that were distributed for the month, and will earn a prize.

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

We are pleased to invite all parents, guardians, community members, staff and students to the MERMS Winter Concert: this Thursday, January 21 starting at 7pm. Please join us!

Grade 6 Science Star Lab: Thank you PMEMS!

Last week, our PTO, PMEMS (Parents of Manchester Essex Middle School) generously funded and organized a visit from the Museum of Science for our sixth graders. The Museum of Science Star Lab came to us - and brought two inflatable planetariums! Students had the opportunity to spend an hour in an inflatable planetarium, working with Mrs. Ells, Mrs. Locke, Ms. Noviello and a Museum of Science museum educator.

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:

Grade 6 Literacy/Info Skills Switch This Week

Grade 6 students take a half year of Literacy and a half year of Information Library Skills. Students will switch between these two classes tomorrow - Tuesday, January 19. This switch will be as follows:

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

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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:

DESE MERMS Report Card 2015

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:

High School Application: New Process

Is your child considering attending a high school other than Manchester-Essex Regional High School? If so, we are shifting our MERMS process to support your child in the process. This year, all application materials will go directly to Mr. O'Maley, MERMS Guidance Counselor, in the middle school main office. This includes any recommendation requests, transcript requests, and other items.

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

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: - 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

Clubs and Activities

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

The middle school day calendar, which lists what day of our six day cycle it is, has been published. This was revised on 9.21.15. You may access it here:

2015-2016 Middle School Day Calendar

Pictures from MERMS This Week

Websites of Interest

If you have a few minutes to peruse, you may find the following links of interest:

Upcoming Events

Middle School Council Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 2:45pm

36 Lincoln Street

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Middle School Concert

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 7pm

36 Lincoln Street

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Rising Freshmen High School Transition Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 28th, 7pm

36 Lincoln Street

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

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.

Early Release

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 11:30am

36 Lincoln Street

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA