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Week 6 - 10/4/2019

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MPMS Hosts the Special Olympics!

Week 6 saw MPMS hosting the Special Olympics for the greater Manassas area! Students from all over our area in middle and high schools came to Manassas Park to compete in different athletic activities and work to achieve their best. It was a great day that was also used to honored the late Elizabeth Krafsig, a long-time champion for Special Education and Manassas Park City Schools.

During the week, MPMS students were focused on reading, writing, mathematics, and making great things for the Science and Social Studies classes. You probably saw the first round of regional cereal box projects for our 7th grade students, or helped your 8th grade economist prepare for their test this week. Our ESOL students were writing up a storm with Ms. U, preparing persuasive letters to help convince others to change their actions, and creating inventions with Mr. Reimer to solve problems that affected their lives.

On Wednesday, the group LADAMA took a day off from their world tour to visit MP and give a clinic to the HS and MS percussionists - talking about what life is like as touring musicians and the work required for them to become professional musicians who tour the world sharing their craft. See the tweets for a 30 second clip of their performance for our students!

And as always, check out the teacher tweets this week - super cool things are happening all over the building, every day!

Important Dates and Events Coming Up!

October 7: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball @ Gainesville MS

October 8: Girls Track Meet @ MPMS

October 10: MS Football vs Gainesville MS @ MPMS

October 10: 7th and 8th Grade Choir Concert @ 7 pm

October 11: Girls Track Meet @ Gainesville MS

October 16: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball vs Metz MS @ MPMS

October 17: Family Market @ MPHS

Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball vs Metz MS @ MPMS (4:45 pm start)

MS Football vs Gainesville MS @ MPMS

****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. Guzman!

Mr. Guzman is our new 7th Grade ESOL teacher, coming to Manassas Park from her hometown in East Islip, NY! He can be found in room 2210 or floating through our Social Studies classrooms as the ESOL Social Studies coach. He is on twitter as @_Mr_Guzman

Quick Facts about Mr. Guzman:

-Attended Penn State University!

-Majored in Education!

-Likes to read autobiographies of famous sports players, coaches, and figures!

-Enjoys playing sports, especially basketball, and being active!

-Loves riding his electric scooter!

-Loves his family!

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

Check out this week's Teacher Twitter Posts!

The Elizabeth Krafsig Memorial Fund has been established by United Bank.

The MPCS community, with the assistance of our bookkeepers at each school, can now make donations (cash or check) to the fund to support the family of Cougar Elementary Teacher Elizabeth Krafsig. The campaign for donations will run until October 1, culminating with a recognition event at the Special Olympics Meet in the Middle at Cougar Stadium on Friday, October 4. This Meet in the Middle will be dedicated to Elizabeth’s memory and will ensure her legacy at MPCS is remembered for years to come.

Members of the community are welcome to contribute to the Memorial Fund as well. Please feel free to share this information with those you feel would like to further support the Krasfig Family. Contributions can also be made at United Bank, 9872 Liberia Avenue, Manassas, c/o Talya Conroy, Branch Manager. Ms. Conroy serves MPCS as President of BELL, the education foundation of our school division.

Checks should be made payable to the Elizabeth Krafsig Memorial Fund and can be left with the bookkeepers at any one of the four schools.

Thank you for your patience as the family worked to establish this memorial fund and for all that you have done and continue to do to support the Krafsigs.

Do You Know if You Are Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch?

All students who are eligbile for free and reduced lunch must turn in new paperwork each school year.

The application is open and available for all families to see if they qualify. The paperwork must be completed in the first 30 days of school. After this time, if the paperwork is not completed, all meals charged to start the school year will be billed at their full price.

Please submit your application as soon as possible. The link to the form is the button below.

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

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!

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:


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 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 is an online photo printing service. You can print photos, canvases, holiday cards and more! If you use the link: 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!

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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