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Updates from Manassas Park Middle School - 6/7/2019
Week 40 - SOLs are done - Field Days and Honors Ceremonies Next Week!
It's hard to believe that the 2018-19 school year is almost over! This week wrapped up our SOL testing and saw many classes starting the final assignments and projects for the school year.
Next week features lots of fun events and activities from the field day and honors assembly for each grade level to the 8th grade class picnic. See the "Upcoming Big Things" sections for start times - we hope you will join us for your student's grade level honors ceremony!
Tuesday: Grade 6 @ 7:45
Wednesday: Grade 7 @ 7:45
Thursday: Grade 8 @ 8:30 (with a cake reception to celebration completing Middle School!)
Important Reminder as we approach the end of the school year:
Please pay and settle all outstanding fines (technology obligations, library fines, etc.) as soon as possible. Payments can be made by cash or check or online at myschoolbucks.com. If you are paying for a technology obligation by check, please make checks payable to MPCS.
We are requesting that all payments be made by June 3, 2019.
If you have any questions or need to know what your student owes, please contact Mrs. Wence, the Bookkeeper, in the front office. 703-361-1510, x17102 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For library fines, please contact Mrs. O’Connell via email at email@example.com.
Thank you for your assistance.
PE Locker Clean out!
In the next two weeks, starting June 6th, students will begin cleaning out their PE lockers. Remember to bring a plastic bag or leave space for your uniform. Any clothes/shoes left in your locker will be donated at the end of the year.
Box Tops! Keep Clipping and Turn them in!
Please continue to snip and send your box tops to school with your students!
Ms. Murphy’s homeroom just won our Box Top competition and was awarded with Krispy Kreme donuts!! Continue to save them throughout the summer so that your student’s homeroom has the opportunity to compete in the competition. Every box top saved is another 10 cents for our Middle School.
If you have any questions about Box Tops, please feel free to contact Miss Marotta at Claudia.firstname.lastname@example.org
What Happened in School this Week? Check out these Great Teacher Tweets! (Click on each to see captions or video!)
Upcoming Big Things!
Monday, June 10: 8th Grade Field Day!
Tuesday, June 11: 6th Grade End of Year Assembly (7:45 am start) and Field Day
Wednesday, June 12: 7th Grade End of Year Assembly (7:45 am start) and Field Day
Wednesday, June 12: 8th Grade Picnic at Signal Hill Park
Thursday, June 13: 8th Grade End of Year Assembly (8:30 am start)
Thursday, June 13: Last day of school for students - 10:30 am dismissal!
Monday, July 8: Summer School Starts
8th Grade Students - Start High School Ready with the 9th Grade Summer Bridge!
Transportation and a snack provided with registration
Taking AP Human Geography as a Freshman? Be sure to go to AP Summer Bridge!
Transportation and a Snack will be provided with registration
Save the Date! Device Deployment next AUGUST!
Save the Date - Deployment is at MPMS
Deployment dates for the 2019-2020 School Year:
Monday, August 12 4:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 14 4:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 21 4:00-7:00 PM
Thursday, August 22 4:00-7:00 PM
For Next Year's 6th Graders!
Also, the attachment below is from the health department discussing required vaccinations for Middle School. The TDaP shot is required to be given to all students prior to the start of 7th grade. (This was previously required for 6th graders... this upcoming class is the first with a 7th grade requirement.)
Please make sure that you talk with you doctor about vaccinations and if your child has a physical completed over the summer that they fill out a VHSL sports physical form to be turned in for after school athletics next year!
Elective Schedule Realignment for 2019-20 School Year
In our ongoing efforts to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities at MPMS, we are excited to share a realignment in our elective schedule for the 2019-20 school year. Now, all elective classes will be 90 minutes on A and B days.
Students will only be taking 5 classes per quarter (instead of the current maximum of 7) and students will change their elective classes each quarter or semester. In addition, this allows our electives teachers more teaching time (as it removes a transition each school day) without compromising the plethora of elective offerings currently available to our students at MPMS.
In order to keep the same number of instructional minutes, different classes will be offered for different lengths of time:
Full Year Electives: Band, Choir, ESOL, Spanish I
Semester (1/2) Year Electives: PE
Quarterly Electives: All Art, Business, STEM, Family & Consumer Science, Guitar, Journalism, and Spanish 6 & 7 classes
See the two example schedules below for a possible 7th grade elective student schedule to gain an idea of how the year would work.
Students who have met with their school counselor have a worksheet that breaks down electives, and if you or your child have any questions please reach out to their school counselor or elective teachers (specifically band and choir.)
Can't Come to a School Board Meeting? Watch from Home!
Connect with us on Twitter!
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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