December 2021

Middle School Campus Newsletter

Principal's Corner

Season's Greetings from the Middle School Campus. It doesn’t seem possible we are finishing our 15th week of the school year already. Progress reports were sent home with students on Tuesday, 12/21. Please take a few minutes to review your child's progress report and contact your child’s counselor with any questions or concerns. It is our sincere hope, that you and your family have a wonderful and relaxing Holiday season.

Mr. Egresits, Mr. Spost and Ms. Hajdasz

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Chromebook Reminders

  • Students are reminded that they need to take their chromebook and all learning materials home each night.
  • It is very important that students shut chromebooks completely OFF each night. Important updates that keep chromebooks running smoothly may happen upon restart. Be sure to click "YES" and "UPDATE" whenever an update pops up!

MS Campus Winter Concert

We hope you caught the streaming of the MS Campus Winter Concert on December 17th at 7PM. Our musical groups did a phenomenal job preparing and venturing to the High School Auditorium for the recording event.

On Thursday, December 9th, all 6th grade band, chorus and orchestra students were bussed to the High School for the recording. On Friday, December 10th, 7th grade chorus, 8th grade chorus, chorale, 7th/8th grade orchestra, 7th grade band, and 8th grade band went to the auditorium to record their winter pieces.

Special THANKS to our teaching staff:

Mrs. Clark-6th grade Band and Orchestra

Mrs. Nobis-6th and 7th grade Chorus

Ms. Joslin-7th and 8th grade Band

Mrs. Ruggio-7th/8th grade Orchestra

Mrs. Sedgwick-8th grade Chorus

Sounds of December

During the month of December, Mrs. Clark, and the Parkway Band and Orchestra have delighted us each week with a timely serenade. Our Sounds of December included the following:

December 2nd:

"Let there be light! Did you know that this week is Hanukkah?"
Hanukkah started this year on Sunday, November 28th. The final day of Hanukkah is this Sunday, December 5th. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that lasts for 8 days and 8 nights. The centerpiece of the Hanukkah celebration is the menorah. A candle is lit each night.

The song Dreydl, Dreydl, is a popular children's song played and sung during Hanukkah. It is about the Dreydl game, a famous family-fun Hanukkah tradition. This week's "Sounds of December" performance of Dreydl, Dreydl this morning featured Parkway Band students Karen Sharkey on alto saxophone, Emma Jerome on french horn, Alex Armstrong on trumpet, Caden Meiss on trumpet and Mrs. Clark on bass guitar in honor of this holiday.

December 10th: Up on a Housetop was the morning welcome to Parkway. Student performers included Alex Armstrong on the Trumpet, Lucy Hagadorn on Tuba, Frank Brown on Trombone, Ethan Cidzik on Tenor Sax, Matthew Ryan on Trombone and Mrs. Clark on Bass Guitar.

December 17th: Our Sounds of December this morning featured some of our string students performing Jolly Old St. Nicholas. Our performers included: Evelyn Lange on Violin, Payton Perrone on Violin, Kylee Warner on Violin, Eleanora Dubina on Violin and Mrs. Clark on Cello.

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Feed the Vets---Middle School Campus Student Councils

NJHS starts Books for the 'Boro Program

This year the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) collected winter themed books for all of the students in our 4 elementary schools. The books were donated by Middle School Campus students and staff. The idea for the campaign stemmed from a November NJHS where members discussed what to do for a December community service project.

On Thursday, December 16th, the NJHS students wrapped ALL 247 books AND wrote individual letters to each kindergarten student in our district! The NJHS students visited all Kindergarten classes on Tuesday, December 21st, and explained the project before passing out all the books and letters.

Well done NJHS! Special thanks to NJHS advisors Mrs. Butka and Ms. O'Brien.

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MS Campus Door Decorating Contest

The Middle School Campus Student Councils sponsored a door decorating contest this month! Homerooms gave it their best Winter Warrior Spirit and came up with designs that captured the season and our students! Congratulations to the following winners: Mrs. Stucchi's, Mr. Farley's, Mrs. Loveric's and Mrs. Yardley's homerooms!
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Quarter 1 High Honor, Honor and Merit Roll

Announcing the Quarter 1 MS Campus High Honor, Honor and Merit Roll. Congratulations to all of our hard working students and teachers. We are so proud of our Warriors!

Please click the link below to view the lists for grades 6, 7 and 8.

Mykee Fowlin and Mentor Meetings

On Tuesday, December 22nd, Middle School Campus students attended a virtual assembly presented by psychologist, performer and poet, Mykee Fowlin. Mykee provided a theatrical presentation where he challenged students to reexamine core precepts in order to be shown what is possible if we were all raised and trained to celebrate differences. The presentation we viewed was titled, YOU DON’T KNOW ME UNTIL YOU KNOW ME. The presentation was shown via zoom in 9th period classes from 1:14 until approximately 2:20.

At its conclusion students moved to their "Mentor Meeting" room locations. Mentor Meetings were instituted this year on the MS Campus as an extension to our annual "Trusted Adult Survey." The Trusted Adult Survey asks students to identify campus staff they feel they can trust and/or feel comfortable with. Our goal each year is that every student will feel connected to AT LEAST one adult on campus. This year, Mentor Meetings paired students with one of their identified trusted adults in order to kick off winter break with a fun activity.

Thank you to all of our students and staff who participated. We wish you all a safe and restful winter break.

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