Everything in the Middle School that matters

Volume 4

December 2, 2019


Happy December!

We have a full calendar of events for the month of December. The next 14 days of school will be very busy. We have seen many parents come in to watch some of the middle school winter sports, activities and competitions. Holiday music concerts are in full swing.

In this issue...

  • Mental Health Support During the Holidays
  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • Students of the Month
  • December Calendar
  • Getting a Handle on Stress
  • And much more...

Mental Health support during the Holidays

The holiday season can be a busy and festive time for many. However, for some, it can be a time of struggle and emotional stress. Please know there is support available for those who need it. Check out the resources available through the Middle School Student Center web page.

Toys for Tots

We will have boxes set up in the Main Office and Student Center. All items will be picked up on Dec. 17th. Please encourage students to bring items that are for their age group. Each building in the district is focusing on their age groups to make sure all ages are covered.

Our MMS Book Fair is a Success!

Thank you to all of the visitors to our recent book fair! We love seeing families enjoy our media center spaces while connecting with each other about books. Because of the high level of support, our media center will add more than 200 free books to our collection. The students will be very excited to check out the new titles!

An extra shout-out goes to our Parent Involvement Committee for coordinating the staffing of our book fair during conferences.

We could not have hosted the fair without the wonderful volunteerism of Melissa Gallagher, Mel V., Amanda Erickson, and Ginger Thomas. Thank you!


Social/Emotional Learning at the Middle School:

As noted in October's newsletter, our district adopted a curriculum to help students learn about how to handle emotions and conflicts, while maintaining a positive, resilient attitude. Sixth grade is using The Second Step and 7th/8th grades are using The 7 Mindsets curriculums. These lessons are delivered during their M&M (advisory time).

Look for the monthly theme in this corner.


6th Grade = Mindsets

7th and 8th grade = We are Connected



Big picture

Monticello Middle School's Daily Magic Studio News Announcements Now Streaming on Youtube

The Magic Studio has taken a giant technology leap and is now streaming live throughout the building via Youtube every morning. Each broadcast features student creations and is produced thanks to the dedication of our incredible student volunteers - live since 2007! Daily broadcasts (and an archive of past broadcasts) can be found via our Magic Studio News YouTube channel. As our student crew encourages, "like and subscribe!"


Please note: Due to our building's streaming needs, each broadcast features 5-10 minutes of static content before the announcements. Please scroll towards the end to view the day's content.

Photo Use Authorization

If you DO NOT WANT your child's photo/video/podcast used, please contact Chris at chris.schyma@monticello.k12.mn.us

December Calendar

Friday, December 6

MidTerm 2nd Quarter

Monday, December 9

8th Grade Orchestra Concert 7 pm @ MHS

Thursday, December 12

7th Grade Orchestra Concert 7 pm @ MMS

Monday, December 16

8th Grade Choir Concert 7 pm @ MHS

Tuesday, December 17

7th Grade Band Concert 7 pm @ MMS

December 23 - January 1

No School - Winter Break

MMS District Calendar

Winter Orchestra Concert Details

8th Grade Orchestra & High School Orchestras Concert—Monday, December 9th

Meet at High School for tuning & mass rehearsal with high school – Arrival time 5:00 p.m. for mass rehearsal with high school orchestra – pizza party between rehearsal & concert! The concert starts at 7:00 p.m.

7th Grade Orchestra Winter Concert – Thursday, December 12th

Meet at Middle School for tuning & warmups @ 6:15 p.m. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.

6th Grade Orchestra Winter Concert – Thursday, January 16th

Meet at Middle School for tuning & warmups @ 6:15 p.m. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.

*Concert attire is black dress pants/nice black shirt/black socks/black dress shoes. (NO skirts/dresses)

*Cello/Bass players will need to bring their own instruments from home.

*Parent volunteers are needed and appreciated – let Mrs. Schettler-Stein know if you are willing & able!

See Mrs. Schettler-Stein ASAP if you need to borrow an outfit! (If you would like to donate concert outfits/shoes from previous years that are too small now, please let Mrs. Schettler-Stein know. Thanks!)

These are also on the Middle School Orchestra Website!


Monica Schwickerath, RN, LSN

Dress for the weather

Reminder to parents that with the cold weather upon us, students should dress for school appropriately. There may be times when traveling that they become stalled on the road or some other emergency may occur. Be Prepared.

Please call the health office with any questions or concerns.

Middle School Health Office Phone: (763) 272-2120 or Fax (763)272-2109



Looking towards the end of the year, this can be a season of stress. School is in full swing and our schedules outside of school are getting busier by the day. Children and teenagers are likely feeling the stress too.


Stress is our body responding to pressure or a threat we are feeling. The stress response helps us to work well under pressure. It raises your focus and alertness. It prepares you to go straight into a challenge, like a class presentation or tough opponent at a sporting event, and is a part of learning and growing.


  • Be realistic- Don’t try to be perfect. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Ask for help when you need it.
  • Get a good night’s sleep- Make sure you are getting all the sleep your body needs. Which might mean going to bed earlier than you want.
  • Make time for fun- When schedules get busy, make time for things you enjoy doing.
  • Find the upside- Focus on what you did well under stress and what you learned.
  • Exercise and eat well- We sometimes forget about moving our bodies and fueling our bodies when we are stressed. Under stress, our body needs to move. Eating well helps stabilize our bodies.
  • Build positive relationships- Fill your life with people who want the best for you. People who will support you and you feel you can ask them for help. People you can trust by sharing what you are going through.


We Scare Hunger

Thank you to all students who assisted our MMS and MHS Interact students in collecting donations this Halloween. Over 600 pounds of food were brought to the Monticello Food Shelf with the help of our Rotary volunteers. MMS students also donated two full tubs of candy that will be sent to our troops. Blue Star Mom's will send the candy to military personnel, along with the many cards our MMS students made on Veteran's Day to support those who serve.



  • Boys 7/8 Basketball practice starts on Wednesday, January 2nd from 2:45-4:30


Speech team is looking for students who have or want to develop the ‘gift of gab’!!! Students can present a selection from an author or their own work. Speech can be done solo, or as a duet. Coaches work with students in selection and preparation for meets.

  • 6th - 8th gr. students are eligible to participate in Speech.

  • Practice is 2 / week beginning in December.

  • There will be 5-6 meets where students travel to surrounding schools

  • Fee is $60.00 and can be registered for online @ http://www.monticello.feepay.com

  • Middle School game schedule can be found online at www.mississippi8.org

Questions: contact Abbey Veldhuizen @ abbey.veldhuizen@monticello.k12.mn.us or Michelle Thompson @ michelle.thompson@monticello.k12.mn.us


  • Runs Monday - Thursday from 2:30 - 3:30

  • Complete an emergency card for registration

  • No fee to participate in this program

  • Contact Mr. Hageman with questions @ jonathan.hageman@monticello.k12.mn.us


Parent Involvement Meeting

Monday, Jan. 13th 2020 at 6pm

800 Broadway Street East

Monticello, MN