IN THE MIDDLE
February 17, 2016
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Friday, February 19
- Spirit Day - Twin Day
Saturday, February 27
- SEMMLAA Quiz Bowl @ Saline Middle School
Tuesday, March 1
- PTSA Meeting @ Media Center, 5:30 pm
Tuesday, March 15
- Variety Show Auditions (more information to come)
Friday, March 18
- MS Fun Night (5/6, 5:00 - 6:30 pm and 7/8, 7:00 - 8:30 pm)
A MINUTE WITH MRS. MAYES
I love my job. I really do. I also love chatting with families, promoting our school, and ensuring a safe, rigorous learning environment for each student that we have the privilege to serve.
We know that by sending your child to MMS you've just sent us your most precious possession. We thank you for entrusting us with your beloved one(s). Sometimes, though, we recognize that there will be issues along the way. There will be questions about school policy or classroom practices, concerns regarding another child, or general misunderstandings from time to time. We are all human. So, what is the best way to handle a question or a concern? As much as I do enjoy interacting with our "customers," more often than not, you shouldn't start with me. Please take a moment to review the district's protocol for handling these delicate situations. Usually concerns are handled more quickly and with more accurate information if you start here:
1.) Take your question or concern to the person closest to the problem.
Whether in the classroom, in the cafeteria, on the bus, or on the playground or practice field, the quickest and easiest solution is usually found with the staff member most directly involved. Talk with that person first. In order to find a time that is satisfactory to both you and the individual involved, you may need to make an appointment. When you make an appointment, please state the general nature of your question or concern, so the staff member can save both of you time by researching the issue and gathering the necessary information in advance of meeting with you.
It is a good practice to establish and maintain open communication with school staff. Please contact them not only when you have a question or concern, but also when things are going well.
2.) If your question or concern is not resolved go to the next level.
The school principals, Special Education Director, Athletic Director, Community Education Director, Transportation Director, Technology Director and Food Services Director are all individuals who are willing to work with you to help answer questions or resolve concerns. These persons, too, may need to find a time that is appropriate for both of you to meet. When you make contact with them, to arrange a time to talk or meet, it is helpful for them to know the basic nature of your concern and the person with whom you first talked in working to resolve the concern.
3.) If your concern is still not resolved go to the Superintendent of Schools.
There are times when you may not receive satisfaction at the first two levels and need to go to the Superintendent of Schools. If this happens, please keep in mind that the superintendent is often expected to attend meetings both inside and outside of the school district, which means a meeting may require advanced planning. When you make contact with the Superintendent's Office, to arrange a time to talk or meet, it is helpful for them to know the basic nature of you concern, and the persons with whom you have talked at the building or department levels to resolve the concern.
4.) If your concern is still not resolved contact a member of the school board.
School board members are elected to represent the interests of all parents and district residents. They do not, however, have direct authority in day-to-day operations of the school. The authority of the Board of Education is the result of official actions decided on by a majority of board members at meetings open to the public. The board's primary responsibility is to make policies that guide the school district.
Contact with a board member is appropriate after you have attempted to resolve a question or concern at all prior levels, when a policy is being enforced but you believe it results in bad consequences, or when you believe that at the superintendent level a policy isn't being followed or is not being followed fairly for all at the superintendent level.
Open communication is always the best policy. Thanks for reading!
- Text alerts are available through Remind. TEXT @mms5678 to 81010
- Weekly classroom assignment charts are listed below, or you can also find them under the middle school's "Parents & Students" tab.
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Meet Mrs. Baskins, Media Center Clerk
Mrs. Baskins decided to be a librarian in 5th grade after working as an aide in her school’s library. She was a library aide all through high school and earned her Bachelors’ Degree in Library Science and Communication Arts. After more than 20 years in the banking industry primarily in human resources, she finally started her library career five years ago at Manchester Middle School. As our Media Clerk, she enjoys helping our students find their future “most favorite book." Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Baskins moved to Michigan in 1987. She is married and her daughter is a junior at MHS. Mrs. Baskins has been active with many different Manchester activities over the years with her favorite being Girl Scouts. She is in her 12th year as a Girl Scout leader of a Manchester Girl Scout troop and her third year as an adult volunteer with a Mackinac Island Governors Honor Guard Girl Scout Troop.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUBS / ATHLETICS
- Girls' Basketball: Wednesday, 2/17/16 v. Napoleon (A), 4:30 pm
- Girls' Basketball: Thursday, 2/18/16 v. Vandercook Lake (A), 4:30 pm
- Girls' Basketball: Monday, 2/22/16 v. Addison (A), 4:30 pm
- Wrestling: Wednesday, 2/17/16 @ Manchester, 4:30 pm
- Wrestling: Saturday, 2/20/16 @ Bedford, 8:30 am
- Builders Club meets this month on February 23.
Manchester Middle School
Educational Excellence in a Caring Community
Manchester students are provided the stepping stones for success.
District Mission Statement
Manchester Community Schools, in partnership with parents and community, use best practices to develop the skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in all students to ensure they are future ready.
To provide a secure, challenging learning environment which will empower all students to achieve their greatest potential. The MMS team joins the parents and community to assist students in developing skills necessary to become successful, responsible, contributing citizens.